Diamond Umpire Academy (DUA) was established in 2014 as a collaboration between Christie Cornwell and Tom Meyer, fueled by their love of college softball and desire to provide an elite training platform for umpires. With the addition of several top NCAA umpires as faculty, DUA has grown from that first camp of 12 umpires to now providing more than 6 camps per year and serving close to 500 umpires annually. DUA provides both training and observation opportunities for umpires at all levels.
Diamond Umpire Academy has a unique teaching format. The combination of classroom learning, station drills, video review, and live action play allows umpires to acquire skills at their own pace and specialize to their individual needs. DUA has assembled the finest faculty of trainers and evaluators who have umpired in NCAA post season or are USA Softball Elite umpires. The identification camps have become a recruiting mecca for many conference coordinators across the nation at all levels, with DUA attendees now working in NCAA Division I, II, and III conferences such as the SEC, ACC, Big 10, Colonial, SoCon, Sun Belt, ASUN, Big South, Peach Belt, SAC, and ODAC just to name a few. Many have progressed to working conference championships and NCAA Post Season events.
Our mission at Diamond Umpire Academy is to provide an opportunity for umpires to improve their skill set, regardless of their current level, while opening new doors of opportunity for those aiming to improve their conference schedule and/or get hired into new conferences.