Providing formal, supervised training for students to qualify for umpire positions in professional, college, high school, independent professional, and youth baseball.
Professional Course Training Options
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!
January 2 - February 4, 2014
Daytona Beach, FL
Our Five-Week Professional Course is designed to train, evaluate, and place students for positions in affiliated professional baseball. In addition, the course also prepares students who do not, or choose not, to move into professional baseball for positions in college and independent professional leagues all over the country. It is comprised of five weeks of umpire theory and on-field application, introduction to baseball protocol and rules, the mechanics of baseball umpiring, current positioning theory, professional ethics and philosophy, and integrated and simulated, as well as live game, situations. Our objective is to train and evaluate umpire candidates for positions in professional, independent professional, college, and local amateur baseball.
We are the only program that have exclusive agreements with independent professional leagues, and we are the only program with the extensive and intimate relationships with college-level assignors as well. Several league presidents and league and conference assignors will also be in attendance with our program to look for potential umpire candidates.
Prior umpire experience is not required to attend umpire school, regardless of your aspirations. Many of our successful students have had no umpire experience whatsoever, and many have come from playing or coaching positions. Each student receives a comprehensive introduction to the intricacies of baseball as if they have never umpired before. All subjects are thoroughly covered and explained in a classroom setting, demonstrated by staff members on the field, drilled continuosly for reinforcement through repitition, and applied during simulated controlled situations. Finally, we are the only program that utilizes the play of college and high school teams in live games to help evaluate our students' skills and abilities.
January 2 - January 17, 2014
Daytona Beach, FL
Our abbreviated Two-Week Course is a clinic designed for those students who want the intensive umpire training provided in our Professional Course either for self-improvement or acceleration in the amateur umpire system, but cannot afford the costs or time committment associated with attending the full, extended program. Students who complete this line of training will receive a Certificate of Completion, however, will not be eligible for placement in any other affiliated, professional leagues. They may, however, be eligible for positions in independent professional leagues depending on the league requirements. Additionally, our school provides recommendations to successful Two-Week graduates for placement in other amateur leagues and levels, appropriate to the skills and abilities exhibited while in attendance.