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2017 Baseball Annual Meeting


The TASO Baseball Division will conduct their 2017 Annual Meeting on January 6-7, 2017, at the Arlington Convention Center.  The meeting details are located in the event info block to the left.

The Collin County Chapter will serve as the host chapter for the meeting.


  • 2017 NFHS Rule Changes

  • 2017 Points of Emphasis

  • 2017 UIL Exceptions

  • Topic focused Breakout Sessions

  • Special Break Out for NEW Umpires!





2017 Baseball Annual Meeting

OPTIONAL CLINIC - Mechanics for Plays at the plate/ & Plays at first


National Umpire Camps conducted a very well received plate clinic at last years state meeting .  This year we will have them back for our 2017 State Baseball Meeting.  This year the focus will be plays at the plate/plays at first seminar. We intend to have a demonstration of the mechanics and positioning, as well as video showing proper usage of the mechanics. This will be a seminar setting. We will have a throw down plate and base. We will demonstrate the different plays that occur, talk through each scenario, and show video of umpire utilizing our process on the field. After review the video and demonstration of proper positioning we will discuss why is best and provides positive reinforcement, versus showing umpires missing plays.  

We will have one hour sessions, similar to last year. Cost will remain the same as last year, $35 per umpire for the session. Sessions will begin at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 PM. Last year, because of the nature of our drills, we were limited to a certain number of umpires per hour. We can actually accommodate more umpires each hour, but will need to  keep a limit of 40 umpires per session.

Instructors will include current and former professional umpires, most of which are also umpiring in the top college conferences. With over 100 years of collective professional experience, this is one of the best clinic staffs in the country. Instructors will be based on availability. Current instructors for National Umpire Camps include:


  • John Brammer

    • 13 years of Professional Baseball Big 12, SEC, 2 NCAA Div-I Regionals, Junior College Div-II World Series

  • Chris Griffith

    • 9 years of Professional Baseball, Big 12, SEC

  • Lance Barrett

    • MLB #94, 14 years of Professional Baseball, former Chief Instructor Jim Evans Academy, former National Umpire Camps student

  • Wes Hamilton

    • 10 years of Professional Baseball, Big 12, C-USA, Mountain West

  • Seth Buckminster

    • MLB #67, 10 years of Professional Baseball

  • Blake Felix

    • PCL #29, 7 years of Professional Baseball, MiLB Umpire Academy Instructor, former National Umpire Camps student

  • Matt Czajak

    • PCL #21, 7 years of Professional Baseball, MiLB Umpire Academy Instructor, former National Umpire Camps student

  • Shane Metheny

    • 6 years of Professional Baseball, Big 12, Sun Belt, C-USA, Wendelstedt Instructor

  • Jon Wolfe

    • 4 years of Professional Baseball, Big 12, C-USA, Mountain West

  • Casey Moser

    • 14 years of Professional Baseball, Big 12, American, C-USA, Missouri Valley

  • John Bullock

    • 10 years of Professional Baseball, Big 12, Pac 12, WAC, Mountain West

  • Justin Sassaman

    • 6 years of Professional Baseball, Jim Evans Academy Instructor, former National Umpire Camps student


Arlington Convention Center 
1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011  


TASO Baseball Division 
Texas Association of Sports Officials
214-390-2895 ext 1002 


Friday, January 6, 2017

  • Pres/Sec Meeting

  • Baseball Board Meeting

    • Optional Plate Clinic

Saturday, January 7, 2017

  • General Session & Breakouts 





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Register online and order your personalized TASO Bag Tag.  This "credit card" size color bag tag has the TASO logo on one side and your name and "BASEBALL DIVISION" printed on the opposite side.  The name you specify for your name badge will be used on the bag tag.  The cost per bag tag is $5.00, plus tax.

The ONLY way to order your bag tag is to pre-register

online before the online registration ends.

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