Arrival and Departure Information
The Wendelstedt Umpire School will convene January 3, 2017, and conclude February 4, 2017. The school is located in Daytona Beach, Florida and air travel arrangements should be made to Daytona Beach International or Orlando International airports. The school is a 10 minute cab ride from the Daytona International Airport or bus terminals, and a quick shuttle ride from the Orlando International Airport. If you choose to fly into Orlando (or Sanford), and need a ride to our resort, we suggest that you utilize the services of DOTS Shuttle Service. This can be found at www.dots-daytonabeach.com. DOTS is offering shuttle service from the Orlando International or Sandford airports to the hotel front door for $62 round trip. This is a $40 savings off the normal price. Students wishing to take the DOTS shuttle service from Daytona International Airport can do so for $33 round trip.
Students should report to the Best Western Castillo Del Sol by 3:00 p.m., January 3, 2017. After checking into the hotel, our instructors will direct you to our office to complete your registration. At our opening meeting at 5:00 p.m., January 3, 2017, we will introduce our staff instructors and then give an outline of our program. Students reporting before January 3, 2017 pay a discounted hotel rate. Please contact the hotel at 386-672-6711 to make these early-arrival arrangements on your own.
Return travel can be planned to suit the schedule, which follows. Our graduation banquet will be held February 3, 2017 with the cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m. We welcome and encourage our students to invite their friends and families to join us on this special evening. Each students banquet is included in the cost of tuition, however, guests may attend for a small fee each.
Evaluations will take place on February 4th. All students must vacate the hotel premises by noon, February 4, 2017. Students may leave at any time after their evaluation, however, we recommend making your travel arrangements after 4 p.m. to ensure that you may complete the evaluation day process. At this evaluation, each student will be advised on their progress throughout the course and final standing within the class. Assignment and placement details will be discussed at this time.
Placement Opportunity Travel
Students seeking placement in professional baseball should be prepared to change their date of departure to at least February 14, 2017 in order to allow for completion of the placement camp that takes place February 7-14, 2017. The Wendelstedt Umpire School will arrange for your transportation to the placement camp free of charge on the morning of the 7th, and will hold rooms at the Best Western Castillo Del Sol from the 4-6 at the school discounted rate.
For students not selected for placement in professional baseball, another option is attendance at OUTS. The OUTS evaluation course is a program that runs from February 14-20, 2017 and that offers attendees an opportunity to vie for positions in independent professional leagues. Wendelstedt Umpire School students receive a special opportunity to go directly to the OUTS campus from February 5-20, and will be provided transportation the morning of the 5th. Students may also arrange to arrive at the OUTS Evaluation Course on the morning of the 14th. A select number of Wendelstedt students not selected to be sent for placement in professional baseball will receive full scholarships to attend OUTS. The OUTS evaluation course is separate registration than the Professional Umpire Course and students must be registered with OUTS before being eligible for the scholarship opportunities. You can receive more information at our OUTS Evaluation Course page.
What to Bring
Those students wishing to bring their own personal umpiring equipment may do so, and we recommend that you do for your comfort. All others will be supplied use of our equipment for the school term. This does not include personal items such as socks, shoes, jock and protective cup, and a belt. These items must by brought to school by the student, or purchased when they arrive. We recommend an athletic or umpire shoe with appropriate tread for running on grass and dirt infields. Students may bring their own uniforms if they have them. Other students should wear athletic apparel suitable for umpire activities, or the uniform pants and shirts provided by the school. We suggest wind or sweat pants rather than shorts. Umpire socks, soccer socks, or long undergarments tend to be more comfortable while wearing shin guards. Students should review our required dress code prior to arriving. Students should be prepared for both warm and cold weather. It is also recommended that you bring a glove if you have one to participate in camp games. Mark all equipment and uniforms. The school will not be held responsible for lost or stolen items.
The school will provide students with new caps, rule books, t-shirts, uniforms, and other course materials. It may be prudent to bring with you writing utensils, notebooks, or audio recorders. There is no video recording allowed during training sessions.
It is advised that students bring a jacket and tie for the banquet. Most students will wear jacket and tie or business casual for registration. There is no dress code during personal time, but students should bring enough clothes for a variety of weather conditions. Many students will bring beach wear for off days on Daytona Beach.
Students should bring sunglasses and sunscreen for the protection of their eyes and skin. Many students will bring flip flops for walking around the hotel or beach. Soap, shampoo, and other toiletries are provided by the hotel staff, but students should be prepared to supply their own. It is suggested that students bring enough spending money with them for entertainment, laundry services, and food if not on a meal plan. Additional money should be brought for cab or shuttle rides, tips for room attendants, or to throw in for gas if another student drives you to an out-of-the-area location on off-days.