College Updates 1-22-2019

NW College updates 1-22-2019:

There are several important updates included within this message.  Please take a few minutes to read through and reach out with any questions.

·       Thanks to the 25+ NW umpires who attended the Chicago clinic this past weekend.  It was the largest group of NW umpires ever.  Great to see you all and it appears that everyone made it home safely.

·       Clinic: The NW College Clinic will take place on Sat Feb 16th from 9a-Noon.  Please arrive at the Kennedy Center (next to their dome) and prepared to start sharply at 9a.  We will try to be completed around Noon.  Due to the amount of rule changes and the Augsburg practice times being very early in the AM; we’ll only in the classroom this year.

·       Cage Dates: There are 244 slots for cage work before we throw a first pitch, outside in a real game, in the State of Minnesota.  Please start now in your preparation for the season and take advantage of these opportunities for betterment.  This is a requirement to be part of this group.

o   We have a number of pre-season cage dates that have no officials signed up for them.  Most immediate being 1/24 at the U of M and 1/25 at Concordia St. Paul.  These opportunities to improve and get in shape for the college season are open to all college umpires.  If NW Umpires is unable to fil the slots, the U of M, has informed us that they will go outside of our group to bring other umpires in.  Let’s prevent this from occurring.

·       There was another email sent out through Arbiter today by Adam Berg – Thanks.  Unfortunately, not everyone is receiving information sent through Arbiter (including myself).  I have pasted the information below…….

o   Training Session - Th 01/24 (HS & College Umpires) – note:  this is during the U of M cage date
- Topic: 2019 Rules Changes. We will cover both Rules Books.
- Location: Apple Valley Legion
- Time: 6pm
- Remote Option: We will have a remote option...please see the invite at the bottom of this email.

Test Review - Th 02/07 (College Umpires)
- Topic: Review the 2019 NCAA Rules Test
- Location: Apple Valley Legion
- Time: 6pm
- Remote Option: We will have a remote option...invite will be sent out the week of 02/04.
- HS Umpires are welcome to this session, however, it would only be for education...we will not spend time with the NFHS rule book.

Upcoming Dates
Th 01/24 - 6pm: Training Session (Everyone)
Th 02/07: Training Session (College)
Sun 02/10 - 1pm: NW General Meeting (Everyone)
Sat 02/16 – 9am: Augsburg Clinic (College) – additional information above
Sat 02/23 - 9am: Training Session (Everyone)
Mon 03/25 - 6pm: Training Session (Everyone)

Good time of year to check gear and replace anything that is necessary.  Please refer to the CBUA information sent out last month in this regard.  If you have additional uniform questions please let me know.

Zoom Invite for Th 01/24
Adam Berg is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NW Umpires - NCAA/NFHS 2019 Rules Changes
Time: Jan 24, 2019 5:50 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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