Providing formal, supervised training for students to qualify for umpire positions in professional, college, high school, independent professional, and youth baseball.
Another Successful Spring Training
Congratulations to Stu Scheurwater he's been an instructor here for many years now, and we are ecstatic to announce he was selected to work as a fill-in in the Major Leagues for the 2014 season and was given the #85 to wear on his MLB jersey. Congratulations and we can't wait for you to work in the Major Leagues. Stu was one of our International graduates, he hails from Regina, SK, Canada.
A New Look
The Class of 2015 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. The primary addition includes an indoor training facility. This allows us to continue training even when that Florida weather sets in. 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.
Wendelstedt Students Continue to be the Most Successful in the World
Congratulations to Staff Members Jordan Baker, David Rackley, and Cory Blaser on being hired by MLB as full-time Major League Umpires. They all have been key parts to this staff over the years and it's exciting to see them reach their goals in umpiring. We are so excited for them and thrilled that they are part of the MLB staff. Best of luck, we are proud of you!
Also, Congratulations to Mike Estabrook, He is a former Wendelstedt top student, he was also selected to the full-time MLB staff! Way to go!
In the News and Around the Bases:
Congratulations to MLB umpire and former staff member Mike Winters on being chosen as the 2014 Wendelstedt Umpire of the Year. Mike gave a heart felt speech at the banquet held at the Hilton Daytona Beach. Mike has had an extremely decorated umpire career and what a pleasure to be able to honor him with such an award. Thanks for coming back to Daytona Beach and being such a great asset to our school. We are proud to say Mike Winters is a Wendelstedt Umpire School graduate!
Congratulations to our Gerry Davis Sports "Golden Mask Award Winners". Every year we select students who are key contributors to the class through their hard work and dedication to the course. These are the students that make the class come to together and were also a joy for the staff to work with on a daily basis.
Pictured below left to right.
Earnest Moore, Anthony Guarino, Larry Bokin, Korefumi Yano, and Barry Gilliam
A Note From the Chief's Desk
To My Fellow Umpire and Potential Student:
I want to take a moment to thank you for your interest in attending our school. We are the only independently run professional umpire school recognized by Minor League and Major League Baseball, and 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! I am very happy to hear that you are interested in becoming one of our next success stories. Whether your aspirations in umpiring are to become a Big League umpire, or just to improve your skills at the amateur level, our training program is designed for you. . . Continue
Did You Know?
The Wendelstedt Umpire School is proud of of record as the oldest and most attended umpire school in the world! At #26, our State of Florida Education License is one of the oldest for all institutions, including Major Universities, within the state. Please feel free to contact the Florida Department of Education at 888-224-6684 for confirmation.
100% of the Wendelstedt Graduates were called for placement in baseball, as well as our entire school reserve list! More of our umpires are placed in positions at the highest levels than any other program in history.
We are the ONLY program that also provides its students with exclusive opportunities with independent professional leagues all over the world.
We are the ONLY independent program that accepts international students through the M-1 Visa program.
We are the ONLY program with current Major League Umpires on staff! It is also composed of a Baseball Hall of Fame Nominee, Minor League umpires from all levels of professional baseball, and international professional umpires.
We are a recognized and approved training program for Umpires by the Florida Department of Education, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation, and many Independent Professional Leagues all over the country.
Our former and current instructors are some of the most successful in the world. Two more of our former instructors were selected as MLB Supervisors following their retirements from the field. The list of former instructors on the MLB supervisory staff is now seven, and includes Charlie Reliford, Cris Jones, Bruce Froemming, Rich Rieker, and Chuck Meriwether. These supervisors are part of the group that determines umpires' promotions to the big leagues. The success of our students is, in part, due to the ability of our staff members to reach the highest levels of the Major Leagues.