Providing formal, supervised training for students to qualify for umpire positions in professional, college, high school, independent professional, and youth baseball.
Wendelstedt Umpire School to Host another Caribbean Umpire Classic - This time to the Bahamas!
Following up on the success of the last couple of Winter time umpire clinic cruises, the Wendelstedt Umpire School has announced that they will host yet another cruise in early December. This year's clinic will be reduced to four days to accommodate those of your who indicated that you would be interested in a less-expensive, shorter option. Dates and costs will be posted soon. Availability will be limited. Make sure to keep checking back so you can reserve your spot. And bring along your spouse, too.
A New Look
The Class of 2014 will experience a new look when attending umpire school. Facility and location changes have been made, as well as the addition of a number of new technologies to improve the student learning environment. After compiling the requests of past students, we have made changes that we expect will only improve our already premier status in the umpire training world. Some of those changes were slowly implimented this year, but more are to come. We look forward to seeing you there!
International Students Wanted
We are the only program offering international students the ability to attend umpire school and vie for a position in professional baseball. As a world umpire training provider, we are classified as an M-1 from the Department of State and INS. International students applying for enrollment with our program will be provided an I-20 Visa certificate.This process can take up to three months to process, so please be certain to get in your enrollment to us ASAP.
In the News and Around the Bases:
Jenna Wolfe and the Today Show staff recently made a visit to the Wendelstedt Umpire School, where Jenna learned some of the ropes of making in in professional baseball. CLICK HERE to see the brief training Jenna endured.
Another Successful Spring Training
Another eventful Spring Training has come and gone, and with all of our AAA umpire instructors receiving MLB games! Our staff continues to lead the pack in reaching the Major Leagues. Already, the majority of our AAA staff has been assigned to work as fill-ins for the regular season. They continue to prove their abilities and are in line for those next open positions. Congratulations guys! Good luck this season!
A Note From the Chief's Desk
To My Fellow Umpire and Potential Student:
I want to take a moment to thank you for your interest in attending our school. We are the only independently run professional umpire school recognized by Minor League and Major League Baseball, and we have prepared more umpires to move into professional baseball, and more umpires to move into the Major Leagues, than all other programs in history, combined! I am very happy to hear that you are interested in becoming one of our next success stories. Whether your aspirations in umpiring are to become a Big League umpire, or just to improve your skills at the amateur level, our training program is designed for you. . . Continue
Did You Know?
The Wendelstedt Umpire School is proud of of record as the oldest and most attended umpire school in the world! At #26, our State of Florida Education License is one of the oldest for all institutions, including Major Universities, within the state. Please feel free to contact the Florida Department of Education at 888-224-6684 for confirmation.
100% of the Wendelstedt Graduates were called for placement in baseball, as well as our entire school reserve list! More of our umpires are placed in positions at the highest levels than any other program in history.
We are the ONLY program that also provides its students with exclusive opportunities with independent professional leagues all over the world.
We are the ONLY independent program that accepts international students through the M-1 Visa program.
We are the ONLY program with current Major League Umpires on staff! It is also composed of a Baseball Hall of Fame Nominee, Minor League umpires from all levels of professional baseball, and international professional umpires.
We are a recognized and approved training program for Umpires by the Florida Department of Education, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation, and many Independent Professional Leagues all over the country.
Our former and current instructors are some of the most successful in the world. Two more of our former instructors were selected as MLB Supervisors following their retirements from the field. The list of former instructors on the MLB supervisory staff is now seven, and includes Charlie Reliford, Cris Jones, Bruce Froemming, Rich Rieker, and Chuck Meriwether. These supervisors are part of the group that determines umpires' promotions to the big leagues. The success of our students is, in part, due to the ability of our staff members to reach the highest levels of the Major Leagues.