OKLAHOMA CITY – The 2011 Biennial Umpire-In-Chief Clinic is just days away from being held in Oklahoma City, February 3-6, announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America. The clinic will include breakout sessions, guest speakers and a banquet to honor those who receive the Award of Excellence.
The Biltmore Hotel will again be the host hotel for this year’s clinic. Sessions will begin on Thursday evening, February 3. The meeting for New UIC’s will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the session on being a UIC, or Assistant UIC at a National Championship. Attendance at this session is required if you wish to be considered for a UIC or Assistant UIC assignment. The evening will be topped off by a Hospitality party hosted by the Eastern Territory.
Friday morning will begin at 7:45 a.m. with opening remarks and introductions. Comments from the ASA Executive Director Ron Radigonda, Director of Membership Services Craig Cress, ASA President Andy Dooley, Supervisor of Umpires Kevin Ryan and the Umpire Committee Chairman will be followed by a report on Insurance from Bollinger. The morning will be capped off by guest speaker, Mike Perriera, former Vice President of Officiating for the NFL.
“The UIC Clinic is a great teaching tool for ASA to help our umpires to better their skills. It’s also a great time for bonding between umpires all throughout the nation, sharing tips and stories,” said Ryan. “This year we are in for a special treat with Mike Perriera coming in to speak to our umpires. He is in Dallas for the Super Bowl and is coming in for a couple hours to address our attendees. We are looking forward to a great three days.”
Friday afternoon’s breakout sessions will be held from 1–5 p.m. These topics include Thinking Outside the Box – Rule 7, Local UIC Responsibilities and ASA Mechanics – WHY it’s in the book. Regional meetings and dinners will be scheduled for the late afternoon and evening. Saturday’s breakout sessions will begin at 8 a.m. and last until noon. Saturday afternoon will feature sessions on equipment and interference/obstruction.
The banquet will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday and will be highlighted by the presentation of the Award of Excellence to Regional and National recipients.
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