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The Tenth Annual Palm Beach Challenge February 22 - March 24, 2013 Palm Beach County, Florida And the First Annual Division II/NJCAA National Umpire Development.

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2 The Tenth Annual Palm Beach Challenge February 22 - March 24, 2013 Palm Beach County, Florida And the First Annual Division II/NJCAA National Umpire Development Clinic Wednesday March 6-Sunday March 10, 2012

3 How do you stack up against post-season umpires? The Division II National Umpire Development Clinic is designed for 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. You will receive intense instruction in three-man field mechanics and plate mechanics and advanced techniques. You will be evaluated just as Division II regional umpires are evaluated to help prepare you to become part of a collegiate staff or a candidate for post-season assignment. The instructional staff includes the NCAA Secretary-Rules Editor and the NCAA Director of Umpiring, both of whom are also Division I Umpire Coordinators as well. The Division II National Umpire Coordinator and some of his Regional Advisors who are in charge of Division II observation and evaluation are also on hand. Learn first hand from those who make collegiate baseball umpiring decisions for Division I Umpires, Division II Umpires, and Junior College Umpires working the NJCAA. 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.

4 Instructional Staff: - Jim Paronto- Clinician/Rules-Field Mechanics - Phone: (970) years in baseball; 15 Junior College World Series; Mountain West Conference Tournament; Western Athletic Conference Tournament; PAC-10 Northern Division Tournament; PAC-10 Conference Tournament; Supervisor of Officials Junior College World Series; Mountain West Conference Umpire Coordinator; Scenic West Conference Umpire Coordinator; Secretary Rules Editor - Tom Hiler- Clinician/Plate Mechanics/Advanced Techniques Phone: (208) Became a minor league umpire in1992; former instructor for the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring; worked Pac-10, Mountain West, Western Athletic West Coast Conferences; Conference Umpire Coordinator for California Collegiate Athletic Conference, Great North Athletic Conference, West Coast Conference; Current NCAA Director of Umpires - John Magnusson- Clinician/Handling Situations - Phone: (cell) Website: Three Division I College World Series (3); Two Junior College World Series (2); Southeast Conference Championships (19); Sunshine State Conference Umpire Coordinator

5 -Instructors- - David Alstadt- Division II Regional Observer-Evaluator - Phone: (Cellular) NFHS Illinois Baseball Umpire of the Year; Staff umpire Missouri Valley Conference (D-1); Staff umpire MAC and Horizon (D-1); Missouri Valley Conference Tournament (D-1); Region II JUCO Div II District Region IV; JUCO Div III (6 ) NIIC Conference Tournament - Div III; NAC Conference Tournament - Div III; 5-time President of Chicago Athletic Officials Association/Baseball - Dan Weikle-Division II National Umpire Coordinator - Phone: Junior College World Series; 3 NCAA Division I Regionals; 2 WAC Tournaments; NCAA Division I Independent Regional; PAC West Little World Series; NJCAA District IX Tournament; IBF World Cup 2001; IBF Juvenile World Cub 2006; Currently works Mountain West Conference, Great West Conference; West Coast Conference; named Division II National Umpire Coordinator Kirk Knowles-Division II Regional Observer-Evaluator - Phone: Phone: (970) Region 18 Championship Series 3 NJCAA Western District Championship Series; NCAA Division I Independent Post Season Tournament; NJCAA Region 9 Championship Series (Empire Conference); Currently works Mountain West Conference (NCAA Division 1) Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (NCAA Division II); Scenic West Athletic Conference (NJCAA) – 1996 to Present - Alan Zeff-Event Director/Division II Regional Observer-Evaluator - Phone: Alan Zeff started college umpiring when he moved from upstate New York to the South Florida community almost 15 years ago. He then completed a professional baseball umpire school program and has umpired all levels of regular season play. 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 Runchy, 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.

6 47 Miles of beaches on the Atlantic Ocean - Affordable Hotels - Two Major League Spring Training Teams Florida Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals train in Palm Beach County Easy airport access for West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, or Miami Golf Courses Shopping, Eating and Entertainment in a clean and safe environment Santaluces Sports Complex four beautiful, professionally maintained fields in a wheel configuration. Former home of Major League Baseball Montreal Expos. All fields are lighted Top Quality Spring Training Schedule of Events for Umpires Arrive early-golf on Wednesday Wednesday night Ice-Breaker Dinner Meeting Palm Beach Challenge Baseball Morning Plate and Field Mechanics Sessions Games at 10/1/4/7 Observation/Evaluation Umpires will receive written evaluations made by DII Observer/Evaluators from the Division II Manual: ESSENTIALS OF OBSERVATION/EVALUATION FOR THE DIVISION II UMPIRE

7 Daily Schedule of Events Wednesday March 6 Hotel Check-In 4-5:30 p Classroom 6-10 pm -Information Distribution -3-man mechanics -Observation/Evaluation Evaluation Criteria (Regional Observers) Clinician Comments Thursday March 7 Breakfast 7 am Group Picture Assigned Games 10-4pm Plate/Field Intensive-TBA Classroom 8-10 pm Questions/Answers Field Uniform- Batting Cage Infield Area Observer Comments Bob Jones-Plate Work

8 Friday March 8 Breakfast 8 am Plate/Field Intensive- Assigned Games 10-7 NO CLASSROOM -Video-Selected Topic - Clinicians Q and A Batting Cage Infield Area EXCURSION Saturday/Sunday March 9,10 Breakfast 8 am Assigned Games 10-7 Umpires depart after Sunday game assignments Clinician Comments Clinic Overview-Evaluation THANK YOU !!!! Have a Safe Trip Home After Your Games Daily Schedule of Events

9 Airport Holiday Inn $99.00 per night-up to three person per room-free full hot breakfast Palm Beach-Airport Conference Center 1301 Belvedere Rd. West Palm Beach, Florida code:2013 Palm Beach Challenge contact: Terry Sam

10 TAKE THE CHALLENGE ! -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 WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE -Clinic T-Shirt -Certificate of Completion -Group Picture -Letter of commendation to your Division II Conference Coordinator YOUR RESONSIBILITY -Transportation to Palm Beach -Hotel Accommodation -Tuition $ ($ non-refundable) -Umpire Uniform and Equipment The Palm Beach Challenge began as the brainchild of Palm Beach County residents Alan and Michael Zeff (father and son). In 2003 Alan and Michael had the idea of expanding the Homestead Challenge College Spring Training event, then in its 10th year, to Palm Beach County. Alan and Michael approached Mario Signorello, the Director of the Homestead Challenge, with the idea and all that Palm Beach can offer. The founders then approached and received encouragement from Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department got involved and coordinated the field logistics and the new home for College Baseball was created. The Palm Beach Challenge played its first game on February 27, 2004 when Frederick Community College of MD took on Corning Community College of NY. All totaling, 30 baseball teams from 13 different states and Canada played nearly one hundred games at the Santaluces Sports Complex that first year with the numbers rapidly growing ever since. The following year the two events were merged and the Palm Beach Challenge became the exclusive home for college baseball in South Florida. In total, over 200 teams from 18 states and Canada have participated in the Homestead and Palm Beach Challenges since their inceptions. These teams would not return year after year if not for our passion for service and dedication to preparing teams for battle once they return to their home towns. In addition to the teams, the residents of Palm Beach County are the winners. Palm Beach Challenge participants, spectators, scouts and umpires use almost 3000 hotel rooms in Palm Beach County every March and over $2 million in economic impact is contributed to our community.

11 Umpire Registration Deadline February 1, 2013 Youre not registered until we have your tuition payment Name _______________________________ Address ______________________________ City/State ____________________________ Phone _______________________________ _________________________________ Shirt Size__________________ Tuition : $ ($ refundable) Questions? Contact Alan Zeff, Palm Beach Challenge Umpire Director. OR Dan Weikle, DII Umpire Coordinator 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: Division II National Umpire Development PO Box 2210 Centennial, CO $ refundable Make check to Division II National Umpire Development Deadline is February 1, 2013 or whenever clinic is full We will create a waiting list and make every attempt to accommodate umpires but we will not jeopardize quality instruction for increased attendance. Alan Zeff Umpire Director Phone: (561) Dan Weikle Division II National Coordinator Phone: (303) –


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