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NORTHWOODS LEAGUE

The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 2020 season will mark the 27th season of the Northwoods League. It is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 185 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).

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WESt coast league

The West Coast League (WCL) is the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi. Situated in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the fifteen-year-old, twelve-team, professionally operated wood-bat league showcases pro prospects from major conferences around the nation. Every summer, the league features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with the best summer weather in North America. Ninety alums and current players of WCL teams were selected in the 2019 MLB Draft, including No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman. In 2019, 317 WCL alums appeared or were active in affiliated professional baseball, including 45 in the major leagues, such as 2019 MLB All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber (Cleveland Indians); star outfielder Mitch Haniger (Seattle Mariners); hurler James Paxton (New York Yankees); slugger Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia Phillies); and rising star pitchers Marco Gonzales (Seattle Mariners) and Matt Boyd (Detroit Tigers). In 2019, overall member attendance increased to 497,050.

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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION

The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball is an independent professional baseball league founded in 2005. It operates in the central United States and Canada, mostly in cities not served by Major League Baseball teams or their minor league affiliates. 

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PECOS LEAGUE

The Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs is an independent professional baseball league headquartered in Houston, which operates in cities in desert mountain regions throughout California, New Mexico, Arizona, southern Colorado, Kansas and West Texas.

wendelstedt UMPIRE SCHOOL

The Wendelstedt Umpire School for professional baseball is the only independently run professional umpire training program recognized by the minor leagues and major leagues. It is located in Ormond Beach, Florida. It runs for five weeks each early January through early February. The school was previously known as the Bill McGowan School for Umpires, founded in 1938. The Wendelstedt Umpire School has produced more MLB umpires than all other schools in history combined. It has fourteen full-time MLB umpires and a number of minor league umpires on its staff. 

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minor league baseball umpire training academy

The Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy is a natural extension of Minor League Baseball and its ongoing efforts to enhance umpire training and development. The MiLB Umpire Training Academy opened its doors in 2012 to allow students the opportunity to achieve their fullest personal and professional aspirations. Since Minor League Baseball Umpire Development’s inception in 1997, every umpire hired by Major League Baseball has come through the Minor League Baseball Umpire Development system.

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PURCHASE OFFICIALS

The nation's leading supplier of officiating gear. Get all of your officiating gear in one place for low prices! Purchase Officials is dedicated to bringing customers the highest quality gear, apparel and customer service. On-field supplier of apparel for the Umpire Placement Course, and official on-field supplier of uniforms for the Northwoods League and West Coast League.

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