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The Eleventh Annual Palm Beach Challenge Palm Beach County, Florida and the Second Annual Division II/NJCAA National Umpire Development Clinic Wednesday March 5-Sunday March 9, 2014. Palm Beach Challenge/National Umpire Development Clinic 2014.

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The Eleventh Annual Palm Beach Challenge Palm Beach County, Floridaand theSecond Annual Division II/NJCAANational Umpire Development Clinic Wednesday March 5-Sunday March 9, 2014

palm beach challenge national umpire development clinic 2014
Palm Beach Challenge/National Umpire Development Clinic 2014

How do you stack up against post-season umpires?The Division II National Umpire Development Clinic is designed for advanced high school and collegiate level umpires seeking advanced instruction and exposure to the Division II evaluation process. This is a training clinic and is not a Division II post-season tryout camp. NUDC will prepare you to become a more attractive candidate to those who make post-season selections. Learn how to put your best foot forward.

Curriculum has been developed and will be presented by Tom Hiler, the Director of Umpiring. He will be on-site throughout and will also observe and evaluate. Tom’s classroom and field sessions have been highly praised by all who have attended in the past.

You will receive intense instruction in three-man field mechanics and plate mechanics. You will be evaluated just as Division II regional umpires are evaluated by Division II Regional Advisors- the men who evaluate Division II post-season umpires.

Prepare yourself for post-season when you get it. The instructional staff includes several Division II Regional Advisors, the Division II National Umpire Coordinator and Dr. Jim Paronto; Secretary-Rules Editor. Other clinicians have Division I post-season experience including appointments to the Division I College World Series. Tom Hiler and Jim Paronto are also Division I Umpire Coordinators.

The four-day clinic features videotaped plate and field instruction. All umpires will be evaluated according to the standards of performance required at the Division II level by Regional Advisors who function as Evaluator/Observers for the Division II Baseball Umpire Improvement Program.


- Tom Hiler- - Jim Paronto-

Director of Instruction Playing/Rules-Field Mechanics and Curriculum

Conference Umpire Coordinator Umpire Supervisor;

for California Collegiate Athletic Junior College World Series,

Conference, Great North Athletic Mountain West Conference

Conference, West Coast Conference; Umpire Coordinator, Scenic West

PAC West Conference; Umpire Coordinator. Current

Current Director of Umpiring Secretary/Rules Editor

- Bob Jones- - John Magnusson-

Plate Mechanics Handling Situations/Analysis

Big XII and Missouri Valley Division I College WorldS Series

Conference Coordinator 9 years; (3);Two Junior College World 15 Division I Regional Tournaments; Series (2); Southeast

Division I College World Series (3); Conference Championships (19);

DII Regional Observer/Evaluator; Sunshine State Conference

Representative to Division I Regional Umpire Supervisor

and Super Regional Tournaments

instructor evaluators
Instructor /Evaluators

Dave Alstadt, Division II Regional Advisor

Conferences: Missouri Valley; Big 10

Rick Castorena, Division II Regional Advisor

Former Mountain West Conference; Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference;

Great West Conference

Mark Denzin, Division II Regional Advisor

Former Pac-10; Big XII; Mountain West; Big 10; Missouri Valley Umpire,

8 Division I Regionals; Conference Championship Tournament selection in every Division I conference worked

clinic administration
Clinic Administration

Alan Zeff, Palm Beach Challenge Coordinator;

Division II Region al Advisor

Alan has evaluated umpires on all levels of college baseball including Junior College, NAIA, Division II, Division I and post season regional play. He has been a college umpire supervisor and instructor in both 2-man and 3-man clinics/camps alongside Dave Yeast, Dick Runchey, and Nick Zibelli. He spent many years as a college baseball umpire assignor for most of the colleges in South Florida. Several years ago he had the opportunity to teach a 3-man umpire clinic to a dozen professional umpires from Italy. Currently, he is a Regional Adviser for the NCAA Division II Umpire Development Program.

Dan Weikle, Division II National Umpire Coordinator

Junior College World Series (2); NCAA Division I Regionals (3); WAC Tournaments (2); NCAA Division I Independent Regional; PAC West “Little World Series”;

NJCAA District IX Tournament; IBF World Cup 2001; IBF Juvenile World Cub 2006; Former Mountain West Conference, Great West Conference; West Coast Conference; Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Umpire, named Division II National Umpire Coordinator 2010


Best Western Palm Beach Lakes

Located just 20 minutes from

SantalucesSports Complex at Exit 71Phone: 561-683-8810, Ext. 452Contact: Astrid Dawson$99 per night, per room, plus tax

-Rollaway cots available if needed for $10

-(3 person occupancy if desired)

-micro/fridge unit and free wireless internet.

-guest laundry and business center.

-Target next door has Pizza Hut Express Restaurant

-Starbucks and grocery section.

Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast is served from 6 to 9.30am

schedule of events
Schedule of Events

Wednesday 3/5

-Hotel Check-In 4-5:30 pm

- Classroom 6-10 pm - Information Distribution

-3-man mechanics -Observation/Evaluation Criteria

-Clinician Comments

Thursday 3/6

-Breakfast 7 am - Group Picture

- Assigned Games 10-4pm

-Plate/Field Intensive-TBA - Classroom 8-10 pm

Friday 3/7

-Breakfast 7 am

-Batting Cage Plate Work - Infield Area – Field Mechanics

-Plate/Field Intensive-Assigned Games 10-7


-Video-Selected Topic

- Clinicians’ Q and A

Saturday 3/8

-Breakfast 7 am

Assigned Games 10-7

-Clinician Comments/Evaluations on field


Sunday 3/9

-Clinic Overview-Evaluation

-Clinicians’ Q and A


-Have a Safe Trip Home After Your Games

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  • Here’s what they said about last year’s clinic-

- Eric Nakagawa

This Program was a fantastic opportunity to improve as an umpire. Not only working with, and learning from, my peers, but also the excellent level of instruction and detailed game evaluations provided by the staff.

  • Work on new mechanics
  • Sharpen up your on-field presentation
  • Receive complete and thorough evaluations
  • Meet motivated umpires from around the nation
  • Gain on-field confidence through top-flight training


  • Clinic T-Shirt
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Group Picture
  • Letter of commendation to your Division II Conference Coordinator


  • Transportation to Palm Beach
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Tuition $350.00 ($175.00 non-refundable)
  • Umpire Uniform and Equipment

-Mark Wahl

Tom Hiler. He's the only reason I came to the clinic.  I enjoy seeing/hearing him every year in the regional clinics so I knew I'd love learning from in at this clinic. Rick Castorena- He was great.  Enjoyed working a game with him and the excellent feedback he provided. 

-DJ Breighner

 Dave Alstadt-The time he spent on the evaluation was amazing.  Plus he took the time to type it up and mail it out.  His feedback was awesome.  Dan Weikle- I think the other huge plus was his approach to the practical aspect of umpiring.  It's one thing to follow a book and mechanics, but he put a spin on the teachings that made it easy to bring to the real world. 

-Brandon McWhorter

Dave Alstadt- Very observant in his critiques.  Couldn't get anything by him!  He was very pleasant and professional.  Also, it was very nice of him to type up all his notes from my plate job and email them to me Dan Weikle- His plate work sessions were awesome, and he gave me probably the most immediately helpful tip of the weekend.  Best thing was getting to hear what the NCAA "brass" wants to see from their umpires.  It was basically a blueprint on how to succeed. 

umpire registration
Umpire Registration

Clinic is limited to 24 umpires. You will work exclusively 3-man mechanics at all time. Field instruction will be totally devoted to 3-man mechanics., although two-man will be covered in classroom discussion as well.

Attendees will stay at the same hotel where there will be free breakfast and meeting room provided. Games and cage work will be videotaped and critiqued in meetings.

You must pay the entire tuition with your registration Send this page to at this address:

We will create a waiting list and make every attempt to accommodate umpires but we will not jeopardize quality instruction for increased attendance.

We provide transportation to and from the Sports Complex. Take the shuttle from the airport. Fly into West Palm Beach.


Contact Alan Zeff, Palm Beach Challenge Umpire Director.

OR Dan Weikle, DII Umpire Coordinator

Alan Zeff

Umpire Director

Phone: (561)-704-1043


Dan Weikle

Division II National Coordinator

Phone: (303) – 919-1956


Deadline February 1, 2014

You’re not registered until

we have your tuition payment

Name _______________________________

Address ______________________________

City/State ____________________________

Phone _______________________________


Shirt Size__________________

Tuition : $350.00 ($175.00 refundable)

Make check out and send to-

Division II National Umpire Development

1115 Aberdeen Dr.

Broomfield, CO 80020

last year s roster 2013
Last Year’s Roster- 2013

Balsinde, Alejandro Miami, FL

Behrends, Richard Charleston, SC

Brant, Charles Mead, WA

Breighner, Daniel* Miami, FL

Chavez, Gabe Dallas, TX

Craig, Jimmy Gahanna, OH

Crawford, David Santa Fe, NM

Dyber, Ken Portland, OR

Kohler, Stewart Covina, CA

Lee, Troy Chehalis, WA

McWhorter, Brandon Lake Wales, FL

Moge, Moe* Sunrise, FL

Nakagawa, Eric San Jose, CA

Ostrov, Marc Boca Raton, FL

Riordan, Jay Chicago, IL

Rogers, Adam* Seattle, WA

Still, Jamie R. San Francisco, CA

Wahl, Mark* Loysville, PA

Yennie, Thane Green River, WY

*DII Post-season selection 2013

Thanks, Guys!!!!