We have found that in order to be a well-rounded and successful umpire, it is critical that each student focus intensely on the mechanics, techniques, and theories of developing consistent and accurate plate work. We instruct you on all of these areas, and then you are drilled on a continuous basis throughout the course schedule. This cage work is reviewed with the students regularly. Students are videotaped every cage turn, and are provided copies of their work for individual review. Throughout the course, students will receive a video review of their cage turns by an instructor so that they can measure their progress and continue to work on deficiencies.
After an initial demonstration of the proper use of equipment, definition of the strike zone, and fundamental plate criterion, students will practice their plate stances, mechanics, and judgment development through repetition and hands-on instruction from staff including experienced MLB umpires.