Major League Baseball will launch a series of free, one-day Umpire Camps covering each month of the 2013 regular season with an event exclusively for members of the United States Marine Corps on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (PST) at Oceanside High School in Oceanside, California.
Each of the Camps will serve as a try-out for interested participants to advance to the annual, week-long MLB Umpire Camp in Compton, California, scheduled for November 3rd-10th. Scholarships to the camp will be offered to promising attendees.
The staff for the April 27th camp consists of individuals with more than 200 combined years of umpiring experience. Instructors include MLB Director of Umpire Development Rich Rieker; former MLB umpires and current MLB Umpiring Department representatives Bruce Froemming, Chuck Meriwether, Ed Montague, Ed Rapuano and Larry Young; MLB Director of Umpire Medical Services Mark Letendre; MLB Umpire Supervisor and Triple-A Coordinator Cris Jones; MLB Umpire Observers Matt Malone and Joe Burleson; and NCAA Supervisor Dick Runchey.
The 2013 camps are the latest in a series of free camps, many of which have been tailored to our nation's military, with previous events held in Brooklyn, San Diego, Houston and Cary, North Carolina. Over the past four years, more than 500 Marines were trained during free, one-day and one-week camps, and two Marines advanced to a five-week, professional umpire school on scholarship from Major League Baseball. The last free one-day camps for the U.S. Marine Corps were in 2011 at PETCO Park and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
The Major League Baseball Umpire Camps train both aspiring umpires at all levels and baseball fans alike. Launched in 2006, the MLB Umpire Camps feature on-field training and classroom instruction, as well as lessons on rules enforcement and interpretation, game management, conditioning, nutrition, safety and equipment needs.