Major League Baseball's prestigious Umpire Camp is set to kick off from the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., next week, with over 100 campers slated to participate and six Major League umpires slated to educate.
Ted Barrett, Mark Carlson, Gary Cederstrom, Kerwin Danley, Gerry Davis and Jeff Nelson will be the instructors for the sixth annual camp, which will run Monday through Friday at MLB's first UYA. Barrett and Cederstrom recently worked the World Series between the Cardinals and Rangers, with Cederstrom behind the plate for that memorable Game 6.
Among the 100-plus attendees will be 25 members of the U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy based in Southern California, as well as 12 international World Baseball Classic aspirants.
"I am very excited about being an instructor at the 2011 MLB Umpire Camp and working with those who are intrigued about pursuing umpiring," Barrett, a returning instructor, said. "We hope to provide aspiring umpires with a fun and enriching experience that will show them what an umpiring career is like."
The MLB Umpire Camp aims to help the advancement of umpires at every level -- from the Major Leagues to the collegiate ranks to high schools to Little League -- by providing on-field training and classroom instruction from the very best.
Many of those who have participated in the camps have gone on to attend one of the two selective Florida-based professional umpiring schools -- the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring and the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School. From there, several have advanced to the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation's evaluation course, and more than two dozen have qualified to umpire in the Minor Leagues.
Camps will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT each day, with two hours of classroom instruction and five hours of field work. In addition, a free camp will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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