Bruce Doane Sr. created a legacy of training
umpires, first through his work on the field and later through
the camp that now bears his name. He is pictured here with his
son, Bruce Doane Jr., who has continued the tradition passed
down from his father.
About the Camp
Bruce Doane Sr. had a vision to create a first class training camp for
amateur umpires. This vision has been a reality since 1991.
Bruce established this camp that now turns out over 100 umpires annually. It
was his leadership that brought campers, instructors, players and administrators
together to find common ground. That common ground was the betterment of amateur
baseball through umpire improvement.
Bruce passed away at the age of 72. He is missed by the umpires he has
trained and the baseball community he served. However, his legacy and vision
will continue on through the continual improvement of amateur baseball promoted
by the best umpire clinic in America — the Bruce Doane Sr. Umpire Camp.
||February 6th, 9 am — 6 pm
February 7th, 8 am — 2 pm
||GRCC Ford Fieldhouse
111 Lyon NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
||Saturday, February 7th
8 am to 9 am
||$225.00 / camper
your group of 10 or more umpires registers for camp, EACH umpire will
receive a $25.00 discount on tuition.
- Individual videotaped plate work.
- Live two-man mechanics / base work.
- Situation / people management training.
- NFHS Rules and Mechanics instructions.
- Camp t-shirt.
- Coffee and doughnuts for breakfast & a lunch served both days.
- 10% discount on purchases from Honig's Whistle Stop.
Doane Camp's Own Mike Duffy
Umpires 2015 College World Series
are justifiably proud of the umpiring accomplishments of our
instructors, even if we do not spend time talking about them during the
camp. This winter, we are particularly proud of our own Mike Duffy. Mike
has experienced quite a transformation in the last year. He began
working on his weight in the spring of 2014 and has to-date lost over 75
pounds. This last spring he was selected for and worked the Division I
College World Series in Omaha, NE. The highlight of Mike's outstanding
series was his work behind the plate in Vanderbilt's 1-0 victory over
TCU. We are extremely happy for Mike and what he has accomplished both
personally and through his umpiring over the past 18 months, and we are
proud to call him our own.
Bruce Doane Jr. serves as our
Bruce serves as the umpire supervisor and assignor for both the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic
Conference and the Michigan Community College Athletic Association, and
is also the co-assignor for the Crossroads League. In
addition to these duties, he is still active on the field, having nearly
40 years umpiring experience. He is also the son of the camp's founder,
Bruce Doane Sr., and was instrumental in creating the camp.
Bruce's complete biography can be
viewed on our staff page.
Mark Uyl Assistant Director of the Michigan High
School Athletic Association, serves as our Chief of Instruction. He has been an active umpire for nearly 20
years and is a nationally recognized speaker concerning all aspects of
amateur officiating. Read Mark's complete
officiating biography on our staff page
Instructors at the Bruce Doane Sr. Umpire Camp bring more than 300 years of
umpiring experience at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. More
importantly, they are dedicated to making you a stronger umpire and helping you
reach your officiating goals. The staff will not waste your time with "war
Rooms will be available for campers at the Riverfront Hotel Grand Rapids at a special
rate of $99 / night. The cost of the room may be shared with a roommate.
- Individuals are responsible for hotel reservations.
- Price is good if booked before January 21st.
- Riverfront Hotel phone number is 616.363.9001.
To ensure quality instruction and a small student to instructor ratio, we
will only accept the first 70 students. To guarantee admission, please complete
and return the registration form along with $100 deposit immediately. Please
note: no deposit refunds will be made after February 1, 2016.
Additional Camp Information
Equipment and Dress
All campers should wear their uniform during Saturday and Sunday sessions.
Umpires should also bring their plate equipment. Honig's Whistle Stop will be
on-site selling equipment on Saturday.
Please contact us using the information below if you have further questions
regarding the camp.