Where are the Professional Umpire Schools Located?
In order to be considered for a professional umpiring position, the umpire must first attend a professional umpire training school.
The Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy operates for approximately four weeks from the first part of January through the first part of February each year. The instructors at the Academy consist of Minor League Baseball Umpire Development Field Evaluators/Instructors.
The Harry Wendelstedt School for Umpires operates for approximately five weeks from the first part of January through the first part of February each year.
You may call or write to either of the two schools for further information, including cost, exact dates of operation and other details.
Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy
9550 16th Street N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
4003 26th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Wendelstedt Umpire School
88 S. St. Andrews Drive
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
Note: Attendance at one of these schools for one or more times does not guarantee that an umpire candidate will be recommended either by the school to the Umpire Development Advanced Course or by Umpire Development to the Rookie or Short-Season A league presidents for hire.