Plate work advanced clinic

Master your plate work by learning advanced principles taught by top elite umpires in the game. From Little League to Collegiate Baseball, this clinic will take your plate work to the next level. The clinic will be held from January 29-30, 2021 at Fury Academy in Rossville, GA and conveniently located near Chattanooga, TN.


Instructional Staff:

Marvin Hudson- MLB #51, 2x MLB World Series Umpire

Tom Honec- 2x NCAA DI Regional Umpire, Former MiLB Triple-A Umpire, Manager of Umpire Technology with MiLB Umpire Training Academy

Matt Bates- MiLB Triple-A Umpire

Matt Brown- MiLB Double-A Umpire, Instructor with MiLB Umpire Training Academy

Jacob McConnell- MiLB Single-A Umpire, UPC Instructor

John White- NCAA Division I Umpire, Northwoods League & West Coast League Umpire Supervisor

Ken Chase- 6x TSSAA High School State Tournament, 12 year Collegiate Baseball Umpire


You will receive professional umpire training as well as topics that cover the following:

  • Building blocks. The foundation of solid plate work.

  • Calling card: Make the strike 3 mechanic yours.

  • Catcher & Umpire Relationships w/Special Guests.

  • Strike Zone Principles.

  • Working the big game.

  • The Look. How to look your best when stepping on the field.

  • Tools of the Trade: Properly fit equipment to keep you safe.

  • Round table discussions w/Special Guests.

  • Laser Strike Zone Training. 

  • Individual cage work w/instruction and video analysis from MLB, MiLB and NCAA Umpires.​​

  • Receive individual and group instruction on the 2 and 3-umpire system mechanics for plate umpires. (Part of the responsibilities as a participant include fielding, running, and acting as a player in simulated game situations. Therefore if you are uncomfortable, this may not be the camp for you. Additionally, if you have a medical condition that prevents you from participating, please provide this in advance from your personal/family doctor.)

  • Develop methods for handling advanced situations at the high school, collegiate, and professional level.

  • Examine and apply OBR, NCAA, and NFHS Rules as well as interpretations.

  • Analyze the philosophy towards high school and collegiate umpiring; including attitude, appearance and advancement. 

What to Bring

  • Black/Blue Jersey's, plate & base pants, hat, jacket (optional).

  • Chest protector, leg guards, mask, protective cup, ball bag(s), indicator, plate brush.

  • Baseball Glove.

  • Cell Phone or Tablet with video recording capabilities, notepad, pen/pencil.

  • OBR Rule book, NCAA Rule book, CCA Manual (optional items).


Our host lodging partner for the 2021 Plate Work Advanced Clinic (held January 29 & 30) in Chattanooga, TN is the Hampton Inn by Hilton Chattanooga East Ridge, conveniently located off I-75. Rooms are available on a limited basis through the Hampton Inn (includes breakfast daily, complimentary WiFi). They are first come, first serve and are at a discounted rate of:

$109.00 per day - Double Queen

*(Above rates do not include a 17.25% tax) 

To make your reservations, you can do it online by going to our exclusive page that the hotel has set up: 

Hampton Inn by Hilton Chattanooga East Ridge 

You can also contact the staff of the Hampton Inn by Hilton Chattanooga East Ridge at (423) 269-6600. Mention “Umpire Placement Course or UPC” when making reservations.

This rate is only guaranteed until January 9, 2021. Umpires typically room with another umpire to split the cost of the room, which makes the above double occupancy rate very affordable. If you are interested in finding a roommate to pair with, please contact us at once you have registered for the course. We are happy to assist pairing you up with a roommate.

Clinic Tuiton Information

$165 for the entire session. Balance due at registration.