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!
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Wendelstedt Umpire School clinics provide the most extensive and comprehensive umpire instruction available, regardless of the student’s aspirations. Having trained thousands of amateur umpires, the Wendelstedt Umpire School has designed local clinic training programs and materials to accommodate all levels of baseball umpiring. Rules, interpretations, and mechanics instruction can also include the variances for college, high school, and other levels of baseball.
All instructors for Wendelstedt clinics consist of instructors of the school’s Professional Umpire Course, current professional umpires, and others specifically selected by Hunter Wendelstedt for their umpiring knowledge, communication skills, and instructional abilities.
All of our clinics offer in-depth Wendelstedt Umpire School training materials and instruction. Each course will be divided between classroom and fieldwork sessions; each containing specific content for the individual clinic based on recommendations of the hosts and attendees. Classroom sessions are filled with detailed and comprehensive instruction in umpire mechanics, procedures, and rules interpretations. Classroom instruction may also include class competitions, open forum discussions, and video review rap sessions. Specific areas of instruction might include:
Field Training consists of a wide range of instruction for both plate and base work, and includes individual cage instruction. Even before entering the pitching machine, students are instructed on the proper wear and use of protective equipment. Each student’s plate stance and mechanics will be reviewed, and will include evaluations in the key areas proven and designed to create top-notch plate umpires. Recommendations will be made to each umpire so that they can reach their highest potential in consistency and accuracy. Determining and developing the strike zone, and learning to accurately judge check swings will also be thoroughly reviewed.
Other areas covered during field training sessions may include:
Have Us Come to You!
The Wendelstedt staff is available for professional clinics during the months of October, November, February, and March. Cost for 2, 3, and 5 day clinics vary due to travel expenses of staff to your area. Individual arrangements for such clinics for your association must be made through the Wendelstedt School at 1-800-818-1690. Let us greatly improve the work of your entire association. Call today!