While the cost of attending a professional umpire school is not extravagant it is also not trivial. The financial cost and time spent is well worth the experience you’ll have but it’s important to understand what you’re getting into when embarking on any new adventure. Financial planning is part of being a responsible adult. Below you’ll find some basic information on what to expect when attending one of the more popular umpire schools. Hopefully this information will get you started on your path to becoming a professional umpire by moving you toward getting the training all umpires need.
The Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School charges $2950 US in tuition for their 5 week program. $600 a week, when you break it down, is really a fair cost for an umpire school that could change your life. This charge included room rent (you’ll share a room with another student), insurance to protect you and the school, course materials including rulebooks and a t-shirt, taxes, and food during meal times. Upon registration they ask you pay $150 US upfront as a deposit when completing your application. This leaves $2800 US due before completing registration. Other expenses you need to consider while at school include the cost of laundry, snacks, and if you wish to purchase additional clothing or memorabilia to remember you experience. They do not take personal checks but most major credit cards are accepted.
Unfortunately the school can not accept veterans under the G.I. Bill due to recent changes in the law and the school does not provide scholarships or student loans. With that said, there is a program for disabled military people which you should investigate if you severed in the force.
While this is only a sample of what one school expenses are, it should give you a good idea of what to expect when you begin your umpiring journey. $3000 can seem like a major expense to some people but if you’re serious about changing your life and becoming an umpire the first place to start is to get proper training and a professional umpire school is the best way to advance.