"I’ve never been to a camp where we got more reps, so that was my favorite part of the camp. Seriously, the best set of instructors I’ve ever had at a clinic! Having instructors at every base was perfect to review each rep in real time. I thought this was one of the best clinics I’ve ever attended. It was well organized and the instruction was over the top! It was one of the best learning environments I’ve been around."
"The personal nature of the instruction was terrific. Each instructor gave 100% effort in assuring that each student understood what was expected of them. Also, given the vast amount of experience of the instructors, one might expect them to boast or show their ego. Refreshingly, this was not the case at this clinic. There was NEVER a feeling of being talked down to or that the instructor was above the student. Instructors embraced the input from students. What was different about this clinic and perhaps it was due to the size (big positive) is that the instructors were fully engaged with each play. "Mental Reps" gets preached at most clinics, but at this one I feel they actually occurred. I was extremely impressed with the lack of "war stories" being told (this is a great thing!). Instead explanations as to why a certain mechanic could be used in a specific situation. I think this allowed students to feel better about asking questions and knowing they would receive a quality answer with an opportunity to learn without feeling preached to by someone. This was a high quality clinic with a no nonsense approach to learning but also very fun and family oriented in its own right. I would certainly be willing to return as a student to any of your future clinics. I like to think I've seen a "few cars" like Joe Burleson states, but attending this clinic gave me an incredible amount of information that I can bring to my game and I learned from everyone this weekend, students and instructors. It was AWESOME!"
" The videos really help and create a great learning environment for rules, knowledge, philosophy and demeanor that is expected of us in order to continue to develop. Enjoyed that we got a lot of reps and great feedback from all instructors. All instructors were engaged! Thank you for providing this clinic."
"I really enjoyed the small groups and the attention each person received. I enjoyed seeing the 2 man mechanic in action the way it is supposed to be done. I had never seen that. Only read about it. Thought the handling of conflict was the best part of the entire training! I thought everyone was truly great! The knowledge and experience they all have is amazing. So impressed that guys with such accolades would be willing to come hang with us and share all they could. I learned a ton just watching, listening and building those mental reps. I felt the experience was well worth my time and love the affordable price. Overall, I was really impressed. Great job!! I hope to do it again when I can fully participate."
San Jose, CA
"Good classroom, it was an opportunity to take notes on great fundamentals! Favorite part! Helps to get to a point of “unconscious competent” because you get to really “practice to become permanent!" Loved the live scrimmage with junior college since we got to really practice live and got immediate feedback.You guys made the clinic. You are all great umpires but what’s more obvious is how great you all are as people! It’s evident you guys love what you do and you believe in what you preach...”humility”! Thank you for welcoming even rookies like me! I can’t thank you all enough for such a fantastic experience!"
"I loved the videos and the way they flowed into our discussions. I loved the small groups and 1 on 1 interaction with the instructors. There was no wasted time, all very structured and it flowed very smooth. Each instructor was so knowledgeable. The fact that they are all so humble really made it work. This is one of many reasons this is the best clinic out there. Each one of these instructors WANTED to be there. They were truly positive and encouraging and were there for us. I am forever grateful and know I will be a better umpire every time I walk on the diamond. To all of our instructors and to Ted Barrett (MLB Umpire) and Fonzie Marquez (MLB Umpire), I want to say a great Big THANK YOU for investing your time with this great group guys and helping us get better."
"Plenty of content and videos allowing the group to following real situations. Enjoyed getting insight from several Instructors and the ratio between students. Absolutely worth it. Informative, engaging and well done. The ability to talk to many different skill levels without overwhelming some and boring others was spot one. Steve has done a great job with keeping me(us) in the moment. Travis and Kellen added the balance needed and the Certificate of completion brought out the kid in all of us."
"Training on field was great. Situational arguments and how to be approachable, willing to listen, giving warnings, when to dump coaches, just outstanding. All the instructors were willing to share insights that when practiced make us better umpires. UTI, a collection of master umpires, has found a way to teach the best habits and skills of umpiring in an environment of openness and the highest learning. Steve Mattingly and his team have set a high bar, and umpires come away from this experience wiser and more highly skilled. Best bang for the buck in baseball."
"Perfect facility for our sized group, close personalized instruction, correct amount of time spend at each station. Efficiency. I thought it was really great they way you kept the drills moving. Not wasting time between each umpire rotating in. And you could continue with the drill while another instructor worked with the student that just completed the drill. The two at once drill was really efficient, loved it. Great Instructors, I felt that each one of you really cared about each student and each seemed to know all our names, impressive. Instructor knowledge and experience levels were high and it showed. Having our two special guest instructors was a nice touch."
"I really loved the fact that we got to have more of a one on one engagement. I enjoyed the fact that you explained what we are doing and why we are doing it. I also enjoyed the fact that you showed video so that we could see what you were talking about when it came to rules and how to imply them. I really enjoyed all the instructors. They were all willing to help and answer any questions and help out everyone no matter their skill set. This clinic it was by far the best and most organized clinic I have attended."
"Reps, reps, reps. Physical and mental. Group size was excellent. Anyone paying attention learned just as much watching someone else, as when they were up. You guys were awesome. Delivered direction and information in a manner determined to improve performance without insult and/or injury. Every step in the process is a step toward better umpiring. If you tell me we will have the exact same clinic last week of February 2019, and you will change nothing from this clinic, I will have my check in the mail that day to reserve my spot."
"All the instructors were detailed in their feedback. I liked being in small groups. I especially enjoyed the demonstrations on handling situations. I think that kind of instruction really set this clinic apart from others. Everyone is a true professional. All the feedback was direct, easy to understand, and offered in a manner that was only designed to help us get better. Everyone is humble."
"I have been to the Black and blue three times in Northern California, I have learned and enjoyed each one of those clinics, the UTI was much more of a family type atmosphere, I really enjoyed and felt like I can talk to any of the instructors on much more of an equal level. Steve, Travis, Jason and all the instructors thank you. I will put the word out and all my associations that this is the clinic we need to attend in the future."
"I really enjoyed the personal attention of all the instructor's. I enjoyed the breakdowns of the training for both the plate and base umpires, the involvement from the staff insuring that we got it right. The instructors were class acts and the finest that I have been associated with umpiring, I particularly appreciated the integrity and dignity that they promoted and modeled for us. They are the best in the business!"
"I think this was a very high quality clinic. The training was second to none. It shows that you love what you do and that is contagious. There is always something to learn in various scenarios. Enjoyed discussions on videos. Everyone's sense of humor...kept it light, but informative. Thank you for taking the time for us. One word I can use to describe it is inspiring. Thank you, just thank you."