Providing formal, supervised training for students to qualify for umpire positions in professional, college, high school, independent professional, and youth baseball.
A New Look
The Class of 2015 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. The primary addition includes an indoor training facility. This allows us to continue training even when that Florida weather sets in. Some of those changes were slowly implemented 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.
Wendelstedt Students Continue to be the Most Successful in the World
Congratulations to Staff Members Jordan Baker, David Rackley, and Cory Blaser on being hired by MLB as full-time Major League Umpires. They all have been key parts to this staff over the years and it's exciting to see them reach their goals in umpiring. We are so excited for them and thrilled that they are part of the MLB staff. Best of luck, we are proud of you!
Also, Congratulations to Mike Estabrook, He is a former Wendelstedt top student, he was also selected to the full-time MLB staff! Way to go!
In the News and Around the Bases:
Congratulations to MLB umpire and former staff member Mike Winters on being chosen as the 2014 Wendelstedt Umpire of the Year. Mike gave a heart felt speech at the banquet held at the Hilton Daytona Beach. Mike has had an extremely decorated umpire career and what a pleasure to be able to honor him with such an award. Thanks for coming back to Daytona Beach and being such a great asset to our school. We are proud to say Mike Winters is a Wendelstedt Umpire School graduate!
Congratulations to our Gerry Davis Sports "Golden Mask Award Winners". Every year we select students who are key contributors to the class through their hard work and dedication to the course. These are the students that make the class come to together and were also a joy for the staff to work with on a daily basis.
Pictured below left to right.
Earnest Moore, Anthony Guarino, Larry Bokin, Korefumi Yano, and Barry Gilliam
Instructor Stu Scheurwater Getting Ready for the Season
Another Successful Spring Training
Congratulations to Stu Scheurwater he's been an instructor here for many years now, and we are ecstatic to announce he was selected to work as a fill-in in the Major Leagues for the 2014 season and was given the #85 to wear on his MLB jersey. Congratulations and we can't wait for you to work in the Major Leagues. Stu was one of our International graduates, he hails from Regina, SK, Canada.
In Memory of
Al Somers was known as the finest umpire instructor of his time. Called with affection "The Whip," he commanded on the field and in teaching his craft with a firm dedication. He helped thousands into umpiring careers. Seventy former students reached the majors.
Most of all, Al was a man with a big heart. He cared about people, and he helped so many. His devotion to the Catholic Church was the center of his being. Al will be greatly missed.
He made an enormous difference in the world.