Q: What does the course cost?
A: Course Tuition for the entire week is only $350 for umpire school students, and $500 for umpires not attending professional umpire school. Your lodging is additional ($56.00 per day for Double Occupancy for the duration of the course) if staying in our host hotel. If you factor in the Professional Umpire staff we have assembled, the on field training and live games, amenities, and opportunity for placement into leagues, you can’t beat the price at any other camp or clinic in the country. We're here to offer opportunities for your development as an umpire.
Q: What leagues will you have positions available for at the 2020 course?
A: Currently we have over 50 positions with the Northwoods League, American Association, West Coast League, Pecos League, and Prospect League for the 2020 season.
Q: What are the chances of getting placed into one of the leagues?
A: We make no guarantees. Attending UPC is a job interview, as positions are based on each umpire's individual ability. However, with multiple leagues having positions available, our high placement rates ensure you will have a good chance of getting placed if you can umpire.
In 2019, 55 umpires attended UPC. 47 umpires were offered positions. That comes to a 85% placement rate. No other camp or clinic in the country has a placement rate higher than us. We are the standard in umpire placement into summer collegiate and independent professional baseball.
Q: If I’m going back to umpire school next year, how will working the 3-Umpire System help me?
A: The 3-Umpire System builds off of the 2-Umpire System. Quite often, you will still be using the 2-Umpire System. You will easily find that once you have worked the 3-Umpire System, reverting back to 2-Umpire System will be quite an easy transition. Additionally, we place umpires into leagues that utilize both the 2 and 3 umpire system.
Q: What if I can’t afford to pay for the camp ahead of time?
A: Not a problem. We ask that once you register, you pay a deposit to secure your spot, and to have the balance paid in full prior to or at check in before our opening session on February 3, or you will not be able to attend.
Q: Is there a cap on enrollment and when is the deadline to register?
A: No! The deadline to register for students is midnight on February 2.
Q: What should I bring?
A: Required: All of your umpire gear (plate gear and protective cup included), plate and base shoes, rule books, and a baseball glove (for drills and camp games). Also bring pens/pencils, notebooks.
Q: What uniforms should I bring to umpire my live games in?
A: Preferably black umpire jersey's and jackets. However, if you do not have black bring whatever you have. In the classroom you will wear base pants and a jersey/jacket/shirt you bring with you. For the course, you will wear a jersey/jacket/shirt during our on field drills and for the duration of the course. You must have a jersey and cap to work live games.
Q: Do I have to stay at the course hotel? What if I am able to commute?
A: No! We offer the low hotel rates as part of our way to help keep your lodging costs down. If you are commuting you do not have to stay at the hotel.
Q: Is ground transportation provided for those of us who fly in?
A: No. Ground transportation is not provided, however SuperShuttle offers pickup and drop-off service from Sarasota (SRQ) and Tampa (TPA) to our host hotel. They can be reached at (727) 571-4220.
Q: Will my meals be provided?
A: Breakfast: Provided daily at the hotel. This is a full hot breakfast, not a continental breakfast.
Lunch: You are responsible for lunch during the course.
Rest Breaks: The days we are on the field for drills, you will have breaks. During each break you will be provided water.
Dinner: You are responsible for dinner during the course. However, we will have a "Social Night" at the end of the course where a dinner will be provided for students and staff to enjoy and look back on your week at UPC.