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Desert Classic
2012 Desert Classic Clinic
October 23 through October 28, 2012
Kino Sports Complex
Tucson, Arizona

Spring Training Home of the:
2005 World Champion Chicago White Sox
2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks

Join us for an exciting, fun, and informative clinic with veteran Major League Umpire Jim Evans! We'll even be able to watch and talk about the World Series! (if series not over)

Our extended clinic will be held at the Kino Sports Complex, which is also the Spring home to the Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks. With a beautiful view of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains, Kino Sports Complex is one of the finest complexes in the country!

All of your training will be conducted on the very same fields the White Sox and Diamondbacks use for their spring training. Kino Sports Complex is made up of 12 regulation professional diamonds, 1 stadium, 3 half fields, and batting cages.

Kino Sports Complex's location and close proximity to Tucson International Airport makes transportation extremely efficient!

We're looking forward to seeing you in October/November for some fun in the sun!



Start: October 23, 2012
Registration: Begins 10 a.m. October 23.
Orientation: 6:30 p.m. October 23.
End (Hotel Check-Out):  October 28, 2012.
Graduation Banquet: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. October 27.



Tuition - $425. A $150 non-refundable deposit required with enrollment.

The Academy has negotiated these room rates:

Shared Room: $39.50/night ($197.50 Total)
Private Room: $79/night ($395 Total)
Suite: $99/night ($495 Total)

(Price valid only to reservations made with the Academy office.)


Cost includes a full hot breakfast, 2 Desert Classic T-shirts, an embroidered combo cap, name tag, class photo, Certificate of Completion and Graduation Banquet. For those staying at the Holiday Inn, transportation to and from the airport and to and from the the training facility will be provided. Hotel check-in is on October 23rd at the Academy Office. The banquet will be held on the 27th at 5:30pm. Hotel check-out is the 28th. Please plan your home return travel for the 28th.


Holiday Inn
4550 South Palo Verde Blvd.

The Holiday Inn, conveniently located just a few miles from the airport, is modern and has a long list of amenities. To view their website, click here.



All training, classroom and field, will be conducted at the Kino Sports Complex - The spring training home of the White Sox and Diamondbacks.
The Academy Office will be located in a room at the Holiday Inn.



Click Here to Enroll Now in the Desert Classic.
Please give us a call with any questions. (303) 290-7411

Clinic Information

 - Class Schedules -
Classes are held daily from 8:30 to 5:00. A course completion banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the last training day.

  • Angle/Distance Theory
  • Timing Techniques
  • Reading Plays
  • Positioning Theory
  • Communication Procedures
  • Use of Equipment
  • Handling Arguments/Ejections
  • Survey of Official Rules
  • Overthrows/Awarding Bases
  • Obstruction/Interference
  • Checked Swings
  • Balks
  • Plate Stances/Mechanics
  • Developing a Strike Zone

Classroom instruction includes a comprehensive survey of the rule book and proper umpiring procedures. In addition, you will participate in open discussions, rap sessions, and class competition. All our training is designed to take your amateur umpiring to a new level.

Personal plate stances are evaluated and recommendations made which will improve your calling of balls and strikes. Jim and his instructors will demonstrate the three most popular stances used in professional baseball and help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each. You will work with individual instructors, videotape, and pitching machines to accelerate your learning. 


Jim Evans is your chief instructor, working with you each day in the classroom and on-the-field. His assistants are all honor graduates of the Academy, current professional umpires, and instructors at the professional course. Each one is selected for his umpiring, instructional, and communication skills.

If you have additional questions contact the Academy Office by Clicking Here, or by calling (303) 290-7411.

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