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Our veteran officials will train you to become a high school baseball official. You will learn the rules of the game, mechanics, and game management. Before you know it, you'll be officiating high school baseball games.
Former association member and current Major League Umpire Mike Winters (#33) leads the rookie class in classroom rules study every Monday night meeting in January and early February.
We have an extensive training program with both classroom and live instruction. You will discuss nuances of the game, officiating techniques, and specific situation as well as officiate actual games. For more information, please contact us or join now!
Shawn Wennes Director - Umpire Development
JORDON SHEPHERD FIELD INSTRUCTOR
Joe Barnhart FIELD INSTRUCTOR
DEWEY BRATCHER FIELD INSTRUCTOR
IOHN PERRETA FIELD INSTRUCTOR
LARRY DILLMAN FIELD INSTRUCTOR
JOE HARRIS TRAINING COORDINATOR 1ST & 2ND YR CLASS INSTRUCTOR
MLB RULES INSTRUCTOR
He umpired in the minor leagues from 1982 to 1989 before joining the NL's regular staff in 1990. Winters has worn uniform number 33 his entire career. He has officiated the All-Star Game in 1995, 2007, 2010, and 2016, the Division Series in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018, the League Championship Series in 1997, 2004, 2008, 2011, and 2012, and the 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2015 World Series. He was crew chief for the Division Series in 1998, 1999, 2014, and 2018.
On June 28, 2007, Winters was at second base when Toronto Blue Jay Frank Thomas hit his 500th career home run off Minnesota Twinspitcher Carlos Silva. Later in the game, Thomas was ejected by plate umpire Mark Wegner for arguing balls and strikes, with Toronto manager John Gibbons also getting thrown out.
Winters served as one of three MLB umpire representatives for the November 2014 MLB Japan All-Star Series.
Winters was chosen as the crew chief in the 2017 American League Wild Card Game.
10 Things That Will Happen to You This Season by Mike Winters This is my 27th year as a professional umpire. Not that that makes me an expert, I still have plenty to learn, but I do have a pretty good idea of some of the things that you may see as you get started on your season. Unfortunately, most of the things that I come up with tend to be negative. I guess that is a part of the territory that we have chosen to work in. Here is my list in no particular order except of when I thought about them: 1. You will be in the shithouse. By that I mean that you will, through no other reason than you are wearing the uniform, be involved in a situation where everyone seems to be pissed off … at you! Sometimes you may create this on your own, and sometimes it is just a by-product of the job. The point is, no matter the reason, you will have to … 2. Handle a situation. You will find yourself having to deal with a situation where there are people that are out of control. Keeping order in un-orderly surroundings. That might involve ejections or it may call for diplomacy. 3. Your timing will be too fast. At some point during this next year, you will make a call and know immediately, the second the words come out of your mouth, that you made the wrong call. That doesn’t mean that you know whether the player was out or safe. It simply means that you said it too quickly. If you had waited that split second longer, the correct words would have come out of your mouth instead. When this happens, recognize it, understand it, and strive to correct it. 4. You will have an ejection. I know that I said you will handle a situation earlier, but handling situations does not always involve ejections. I feel it is safe to say that an ejection is bound to happen to you at some point this season. If it does not, you might need to start thinking about taking less shit from players and coaches. 5. You will make a call and know that you are 100% right. You will know it because you saw everything so clearly that you will not question yourself. Even if players, fans, coaches and managers are questioning you. This will give you a special confidence and that confidence will show through during your discussions with all of the above. 6. You will have to work when you don’t feel like it. Whether it is a plate or the bases, you will find yourself out there one day when you just don’t want to be there. For whatever the reason; maybe you had a bad day at work, your wife is pissed off at you, your kids are having a tough time at school. Whatever it is, you have to put it away and get the job done. This is what separates the good from the bad. Concentrate. Do your job. Be in the game. 7. You will learn something. In fact, you should strive to learn something from every partner that you have and every game that you work. The less experience that you have, the more you will learn. 8. You will get down on yourself. For whatever reason. Maybe you made the wrong call, maybe you didn’t handle a situation as well as you thought you should have, who knows? Just remember: You’re never as good as you think you are, and you’re never as bad as you think you are. Try and shrug it off and just know that it does happen to all of us from time to time. You are not alone. 9. You’re going to get hit with the ball. It is impossible to avoid. The lower the level that you’re working, the higher the chance that you will be hit. Do yourself a favor and get gear that will protect you from getting seriously hurt. Don’t kid yourself. That 12 your old kid out there can do some real damage. That ball is hard. Keep yourself safe so that you can do your job. 10. You’re going to have fun! This I promise. The camaraderie of this profession has always been high. Enjoy your time with your fellow umpires. Have a beer together and talk over situations and games. It will help you learn and it will help to make your umpiring experience more enjoyable! Have a great year!
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