what we offer
The 2021 Umpire Placement Course is a seven-day instructional, evaluation and placement course. Baseball umpires that attend are eligible for placement into the Northwoods League, American Association, West Coast League, and more for the 2021 season. Our course will have 30+ umpire positions available for placement for the upcoming season.
The course will begin on January 18, 2021 and finish January 24, 2021. For the 2021 session only, it will be held at the Lawnwood Baseball Complex in Ft. Pierce, FL. The initial days of this course will primarily focus on classroom sessions, mechanics training, and on field drills, as well as rotations and umpire responsibilities. This will also include instruction on managing advanced game situations. The remaining days of our course will be mainly devoted to the evaluation of student performance and the selection of qualified umpires for placement into the Northwoods League, American Association, West Coast League, and more for the 2021 season. You will have the opportunity to work live games during the evaluation portion of the course. There will include continued advanced training during this time on specific areas such as; league administrative responsibilities, off field behavior and protocol, ejections, and league directives to prepare you for the season.
We aim to provide advanced training for umpires that attend our program, so they are best equipped for placement, as well as professional and collegiate baseball. Our instruction, field work, and mechanics training are all designed to improve umpire mechanics and to equip each umpire with greater confidence while on the field. The staff of instructors and curriculum we have put together will assist every umpire in attendance, regardless of your ability. We want to help you become the best umpire you can be.
Our placement course staff includes MLB, MiLB, NCAA umpires and Professional Umpire School instructors.
UPC's purpose is meant to be an advanced extension of training you received during umpire school, or from your current umpiring ability. Umpires will be trained and evaluated using similar criteria, as well as hiring standards that are used for umpires in professional and collegiate baseball. You will be evaluated of course, based on on-field performance. Good judgment on plays and managing game situations is crucial, as well as baseball instincts, timing, and on field positioning while working the 3 umpire system. Additional things our staff is seeking are poise, demeanor, and the ability to recover from advanced game situations or adversity while umpiring. Our staff will provide real time, instant verbal feedback based on your performance during the course, as well as written evaluations upon completion. Our goals are to make an umpires strengths stronger and to improve upon their weaknesses. We want you to be the best umpire you can be.
Each umpire at the completion of the umpire placement course will meet with our staff for individual evaluation of your current ability, and given a decision if they will be placed into the Northwoods League, American Association, West Coast League, and more for the 2021 season.
2021 Course Tuition Information
Umpire School Student: $475
*Balance Due at registration. This discounted umpire school student tuition above is only available to umpire school students who have registered for and will be attending the Wendelstedt School for Umpires or MiLB Umpire Training Academy in 2020. Proof of umpire school registration required once you have registered for the Umpire Placement Course.
*You must make your own lodging reservation through our host hotel's room block or elsewhere.
*Earlier enrollment enables us to guarantee hotel availability and adequate staffing.
*All Payments are Non-Refundable.
Our host lodging partner for the 2021 Umpire Placement Course (held January 18-24) in Ft. Pierce, Florida is the Hampton Inn & Suites Ft. Pierce, conveniently located of I-95. Rooms are available on a limited basis through the Hampton Inn (includes breakfast daily, complimentary WiFi). They are first come, first serve and are at a discounted rate of:
$49.00 per day - Double Occupancy
$98.00 per day - Single Occupancy
*(Above rates do not include a 12% tax)
To make your reservations, you can do it online by going to our exclusive page that the hotel has set up:
-Select Date of Event
-Click on Special Rate
-Under Group Code put "UPC"
-Click on Check Room & Rate
You can also contact the staff of the Hampton Inn & Suites Ft. Pierce at (772) 828-4100. Mention “Umpire Placement Course or UPC” when making reservations.
This rate is only guaranteed until January 9, 2021. Umpires typically room with another umpire to split the cost of the room, which makes the above double occupancy rate very affordable. If you are interested in finding a roommate to pair with, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org once you have registered for the course. We are happy to assist pairing you up with a roommate.
You will receive professional umpire training and the opportunity for placement for the 2021 season, as well as:
Affordable lodging rates for duration of the Umpire Placement Course.
Breakfast daily at host hotel.
Student ID Badge.
Umpire Placement Course Student Manual.
7 Days of Professional Instruction from MiLB Umpires and Professional Umpire School Instructors w/Special Guests.
Over 50 Hours of Instruction and Evaluation (9:30 am-5pm Daily).
Receive individual and group instruction on the 3-umpire system.
Understand and develop a consistent strike zone.
Receive instruction on positioning, timing, voice and signals when working the plate and bases.
Develop methods for handling situations at the professional and collegiate level.
Examine and apply OBR and NCAA Rules as well as interpretations.
Analyze the philosophy towards professional and collegiate umpiring; including attitude, appearance and advancement.
Work simulated game situations. Students participate as base runners and fielders while instructors set up game situations. (Part of the responsibilities as a participant include fielding, running, and acting as a player in simulated game situations. Therefore if you are uncomfortable, this may not be the camp for you. Additionally, if you have a medical condition that prevents you from participating, please provide this in advance from your personal/family doctor.)
Work live games (pending weather). You will receive instant feedback from our instructors.
What to Bring
Black/Blue Jersey's, plate & base pants, hat, jacket (optional).
Chest protector, leg guards, mask, protective cup, ball bag(s), indicator, plate brush.
OBR Rule book, NCAA Rule book, (optional items).