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DUA and Gerry Davis Sports Hold Umpire Clinic

Forty-nine umpires attended the weekend clinic sponsored by the Delaware Umpires Association at Caesar Rodney High School on November 6-8. Along with DUA members, there were umpires from Maryland and several local Little Leagues. The clinic was led by instructors Scott Higgins, Joe Burleson and Bill McCallum from Gerry Davis Sports. The clinic began Friday evening with Higgins and Burleson giving a classroom presentation about positioning and what to look for in situations that happen on the field. They also shared a few of their experiences as professional and college umpires. On both Saturday and Sunday, we took to the field for drills to practice our mechanics, working in simulated game situations. Throughout all of the drills, Higgins and Burleson watched the umpires work and offered suggestions for how to improve our mechanics. Bill McCallum took small groups to the batting cage and gave individual instruction to plate umpires, working on tracking and calling pitches. During the clinic, an area was set up to display uniforms and equipment available for purchase from Gerry Davis Sports. At the end of Sunday’s session, awards were given to umpires who showed outstanding work on the field and prizes were awarded from the raffle to benefit Umps Care Foundation. Overall, the clinic was a success and plans are being made to possibly make this an annual event.

DUA wishes to thank Gerry Davis Sports and their instructors, Scott Higgins, Joe Burleson and Bill McCallum for travelling to Delaware to conduct this clinic. Also, special thanks to DUA member Steve Tull for organizing the clinic and to Caesar Rodney High School for allowing us to use their facility. Great work, guys!

DIAA Rules Handbook

A good umpire is prepared mentally and physically for each game and for whatever he/she may encounter during the contest. Always encourage good sportsmanship.
“The Official shall:

1. Know the rules and interpretations and be thoroughly trained to administer them.
2. Maintain self-control in all situations.
3. When enforcing the rules, do not make gestures or comments that will embarrass the players or coaches.
4. Be impartial and fair, yet firm, in all decisions. A good official will not attempt to compensate later for an unpopular decision.
5. Refrain from commenting upon or discussing a team, player, or game situation with those not immediately concerned.
6. Conduct the game so as to enlist the cooperation of the players, coaches, and spectators in promoting good sportsmanship.”
DIAA Official Handbook 1007 DIAA Sportsmanship (

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