The main reason I am staring this thread is to get some info but also to discuss the lack of personnel coming into umpiring. I signed up and have been attending all clinics that my association requires durning this time. Initially the clincics were on field and very informative, but since our winter clinics have started my instruction time has reduced to less than thirty minutes. This is while veterans have been privy to over an hour at each session. After 7 clinics only one was used to discuss mechanics and this was also about 10 minutes. I have as much love of baseball as any other umpire, but even with an association that is highly reputable, anyone who has less than a year of work under their belts is put in an instructional situation that will not make them successful. Any thoughts would be appreciated.