Wendelstedt Umpire School
The Chief's Take

I want to thank you for your interest in attending our school! As the only independently run professional umpire school recognized by both Minor League and Major League Baseball, we have prepared more umpires to move into professional baseball, and more umpires to move into the Major Leagues, than all other programs in history combined.

This is your time to become one of our next success stories—and whether that means becoming a Big League umpire, or simply improving your skills at the amateur level, our training program is designed for you. It’s an innovative program designed to accommodate students at every skill and experience level, and from every part of the world. Our comprehensive training methods are crafted to instruct umpires in every area of the field, such as…

  • Drills that emphasize proper mechanics and positioning
  • Cage time to develop consistent and accurate strike zones
  • Control situations, with an instructor holding the bat, for setting up specific plays
  • Camp games, played by umpires and students

As the only umpire training program to offer live games as part of our curriculum, you will get the chance to participate with real high school and college teams. This gives us the chance to evaluate students in true game situations on field, and prepares our students for Minor League Baseball’s placement camp. This one-week camp is held to determine the league and level our students will begin their careers in.

Of course, our training methods aren’t the only thing that sets us apart from the rest. Our distinction starts from within, with a staff that is proudly comprised of umpires from every area of professional baseball—from experienced Major League umpires to Minor League umpires at every level. This is helpful because your first years in the game will be in the Minor Leagues, and having instructors who have recently been in your shoes is invaluable. Ultimately, of course, you will want to reach the Major Leagues, which is why we also provide 14 full-time Major League umpires on staff. Their experience and instruction are things that no newer umpire could deliver—and no other program offers you the dedicated, experienced and comprehensive staff that I will provide.

Thank you, again, for taking the time to explore what our program has to offer! I look forward to providing you with an amazing experience at the Wendelstedt Umpire School, and am thrilled to be able to make a difference in your umpiring career. If there is anything I, or my staff, can assist you with, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to help.

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