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!
Frequently Asked Questions
- I have never umpired before. Do I need experience before I come to school?
- How big is your class?
- What is your student to instructor ratio?
- How many jobs are available?
- What are the requirements to attend umpire school?
- What separates your program from others?
No. We assume that when you arrive, you have no umpiring knowledge or experience. Regardless of your experience level, we start everyone from the basics on the first day. Often times, extensive experience can lead to established bad habits that must be broken first. With limited, or no, experience, you will not have these bad habits to break before learning the "Wendelstedt Way".
Our class size varies from year to year. Though our class size usually remains around 100 students, we will not know our class size until January 2 because some enrolled students are unable to report for various reasons, and some students register the last couple of days before the start of school.
The ratio varies based on class size, however, we have 31 staff members, 14 of them Major League umpires. We usually have about 100 students attend every year.
We are provided with the number of placements available on the first of February. This number usually ranges between 25 and 35, and we also send an additional 10 on a reserve list. These students are selected throughout the year as positions become available due to injury and retirements.
You must be at least 18 years old to attend umpire school. Our job is to provide professional baseball with the best possible candidates for placement into professional baseball. When you leave our school, you leave with our label. We place the the best students, regardless of age, gender, race, or any other factors. We strive to keep the our reputation of providing the best possible product on the field. If you are a top student, we want you to represent the Wendelstedt School.
- We are the only independently run professional umpire training program recognized by Minor League and Major League Baseball. Our school offers you the best opportunity to excel in baseball through our unique presentation and exclusive teaching methods. One of the most important of these is through the use of live games, played by high school and college teams. We are the only program that provides you with this opportunity. And since your placement at the PBUC placement camp is determined solely on your performance during live games, this provides our students with a head-start to real game situations. The results are proved through our wonderful success over the years.
Our school also provides an excellent facility, great location, more experienced staff, and most importantly. . . better results!
To see a side by side comparison of our school and our nearest competitor, CLICK HERE.