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.


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.

  • 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).


​Will be announced the week of November 25, 2021.

Clinic Tuiton Information

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

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