The Umpire School gets underway

28-day course with PBUC supervisors ends February 5

By The Umpire School | January 6, 2012 9:36 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Umpire School, the only all-inclusive professional baseball umpire school with on-site field and classroom instruction; housing, dining and recreation, will begin instructing its first class Sunday at Vero Beach Sports Village in Vero Beach, Fla.

Professional Baseball Umpire Corp (PBUC) supervisors will instruct attendees of the 28-day course that runs through Feb. 5. PBUC oversees the training and employment of umpires in the Minor League Baseball system throughout the United States and Canada.

"We are excited to welcome our inaugural class," executive director of The Umpire School, Justin Klemm, said. "It is rewarding to see the culmination of two years of planning come to fruition. Our entire staff is looking forward to seeing the immediate impact our training methods will have on the umpiring profession, and watching our students' growth during the course."

Representatives from Indian River County, Fla., the city of Vero Beach and Minor League Baseball, including president Pat O'Conner, will be on hand for the opening of The Umpire School.

MiLB Vero Beach, which owns and operates The Umpire School, and PBUC are both subsidiaries of Minor League Baseball.

For more information about The Umpire School, a State of Florida licensed school, please visit online. The Umpire School can also be reached at 877-799-UMPS (8677) or via email at

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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