Providing formal, supervised training for students to qualify for umpire positions in professional, college, high school, independent professional, and youth baseball.
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 implemented 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
Instructor Stu Scheurwater Getting Ready for the Season
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 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 the PBUC 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. If there is anything that I or my staff can help you with, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Harry Wendelstedt, Jr.