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!
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.
Our program was designed to accommodate students at every experience level, and from every part of the world. We employ comprehensive training methods, designed to instruct and evaluate umpires in every area of umpiring. Students are put through drills regularly in order to emphasize the proper mechanics and positioning through repetition. Students are sent through the cages on a constant basis in order to develop consistent and accurate strike zones. We put our students through control situations, with an instructor holding the bat, in order to set up specific plays and situations in every area of the game. Our students will also participate in camp games, played and umpired by the students. We are also the only umpire training program that includes in their curriculum live games, played by high school and college teams. This not only offers the ability to evaluate students in real game situations on the field, but also prepares them better 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. Here, students are evaluated solely on the performance during live games. Offering students the experience of live games during their training best prepares them for gaining higher placement at the course.
Our training methods aren’t the only thing that sets us apart. Our staff is comprised of umpires from every area of professional baseball. It is a staff that consists of both experienced Major League umpires and umpires from every level of Minor League Baseball. Because your first years in the game will be in the Minor Leagues, it is important to have instructors who were recently in your position. But because your ultimate goal is to reach the Major Leagues, we also provide 14 full time Major League umpires on staff. They can offer you the experience and instruction that a newer umpire cannot provide. No other program can offer you the dedicated, experienced, and comprehensive staff that I will provide.
Again, I want to thank you for the time you’ve taken to explore what our program has to offer you, and look forward to providing you with an amazing experience at the Wendelstedt Umpire School. I am excited about the opportunity to make a difference in your umpiring career. If there is anything that I or my staff can help you with, please do not hesitate to contact us.