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Jim Evans European Classic

Join us for an exciting, fun, and informative clinic with veteran Major League Umpire Jim Evans!

This bi-annual umpire training clinic is undertaken by Jim Evans, one of the world's best umpire trainers along with former
AAA umpires, a former Minor League umpire supervisor and some of Europe’s best umpires. The course includes a total
of 40 hours of tuition in umpiring. Approximately 80 umpires from nearly 15 European countries have already taken part in the European Classic.

Previous European Classics:
April 7 – 11, 2008 – Rouen, France
April 5 – 10, 2010 – Prague, Czech Republic
April 15 – 20, 2012 – Wil, Switzerland
2014 – Taking bids

    The package includes the following:
  • 5 days of tuition (classroom and field) on the 2 man system as taught to professional umpires, as well as Official Baseball Rules and dealing with arguments / ejections. It will follow the same format and approximate curriculum as other Jim Evans Classics
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Banquet on the final night
  • A course Uniform Shirt and Cap
  • On another evening there will be a social event for the students to question the instructors about the game.
  • The course will be conducted in English and French translation will be offered

Travel to and from your home to the event is not included.

    Things to bring:
  • Full umpire gear (we will be doing some work on pitching/ plate work) and base gear will be required for the rest of the class time. Notebooks and Rule book if you have one.
  • If you have a glove/mitt and can make plays for fellow umpires, please bring it.

This event is totally self-funded and will be limited to a maximum of approx 50 students on a first come, first served basis.

Students should have a reasonable level of fitness as you will be on your feet at least 3 hours in the afternoons (often running). There is no pre-requisite level of umpiring required for this course as everyone will be treated equally; all umpires welcome!

We're looking forward to seeing you for some umpiring fun!

  • Check back with us for future European Classic announcements

  • Please give us a call with any questions. (303) 290-7411

2008 Jim Evans European Classic

  • Start: April 6, 2008
  • Registration: Begins 10 a.m. April 6.
  • Orientation: 8:00 p.m. April 6.
  • End (Hotel Check-Out): April 11, 2008.

  • Tuition - €495 per person or €710 per person if a single room is required. A $150 non-refundable deposit required with enrollment.

  • Kyriad in the centre of the city (in a shared twin room).
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  • Click Here to Enroll Now in the European Classic.
  • Please give us a call with any questions. (303) 290-7411

2008 Jim Evans European Classic

Class Schedules


  • 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.

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