Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy

Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy Established in 2014, the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy's mission is to provide instruction, training, placement and peer to peer support for military veterans interested in baseball.
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Service members are disciplined, organized and polished while in the service of a greater organization governed by regulations and orders... it is a very easy transition to the baseball diamond. We show how their already perfected talents can be applied to the profession of umpiring. We also provide continued support and development in order for our graduates to gain the experience necessary to advance to higher levels of the game. The most important component of our program is actually the introduction into a new brotherhood which is not unlike that of the military culture. We are the "third team" on the field and have to look out for each other. That bond and camaraderie extends beyond the chalk lines of the diamond. When one umpire meets another umpire, there is an immediate connection of something special. Much more so than two people who meet and happen to play the game. Our veterans enjoyed this camaraderie for years on Active or Reserve Duty. In civilian life, this may be hard to find again.

Mission: Our mission is to provide instruction, training, mentoring, and placement for U.S. military veterans interested in officiating baseball and softball. We provide opportunities for U.S. military veterans to develop sports officiating skills that allows individual veterans to obtain employment opportunities through umpiring and officiating of amateur sports. We provide guidance and direction for U.S. military veterans to obtain sufficient officiating skills and experience to advance to opportunities to work amateur sport competition at the highest levels of high school and collegiate games. We also provide other necessary services as required to advance and promote U.S. military veterans qualifying and participating in amateur sports officiating.

Operating as usual

11/11/2020

HAPPY VETERANS DAY 🇺🇸
Today the WWUA celebrate ALL our fellow friends and family who have served our great nation with honor and sacrifice.
Enjoy YOUR day!
#woundedwarriors #stillinthefight

On Nov 10, 1775, a corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date, many thous...
11/10/2020

On Nov 10, 1775, a corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date, many thousands of men have born the name Marine. It is fitting that we who are Marines should call to mind the glories of our long an illustrious history! Happy Birthday Marines!!

Chris Thomas#WarriorWednesday Alumni Salute🇺🇸 Tech Sergeant, US Air Force (1997-2011)💪🏼 Combat Skills Instructor📡 Tanker...
11/04/2020

Chris Thomas
#WarriorWednesday Alumni Salute

🇺🇸 Tech Sergeant, US Air Force (1997-2011)
💪🏼 Combat Skills Instructor
📡 Tanker Airlift Control Element Instructor

3 Deployments
✈️ Operation Iraqi Freedom
✈️ South Korean Defense
✈️ Presidential Support Missions

💜 3 Traumatic Brain Injuries
💜 Facial Surgery & Jaw Realignment
🎓 2018 WWUA Graduate
⚾️ High School & Little League Umpire

“WWUA has given me that ability to get back involved in something that I have a passion for and that is baseball.” -Chris

✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ Help send 4 WWUA Alumni to umpire The Red Sox Fantasy Camp in Ft Myers January 2021. ⚾️ ⚾️ ⚾️ ⚾️ Your donati...
11/03/2020
Donate Now | Red Sox Fantasy Camp donations by Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy

✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ Help send 4 WWUA Alumni to umpire The Red Sox Fantasy Camp in Ft Myers January 2021. ⚾️ ⚾️ ⚾️ ⚾️

Your donation below will help these warriors with their registration, travel and expenses to attend.👇👇🏼👇🏽👇🏿
#woundedwarriors

The 2021 camp will be held in Ft. Myers Fl. at the Player Development Center on the same fields used in spring training by most of their former major league players. T...

Greg Wilson picked up his copy of “My Service Person: a service dog’s story” illustrated by WWUA Alumni Alex Peterson an...
10/29/2020

Greg Wilson picked up his copy of “My Service Person: a service dog’s story” illustrated by WWUA Alumni Alex Peterson and written by Marine Jake Taylor.
https://amzn.to/34CgMOm

JEFFREY KEITH#WarriorWednesday WWUA Salute🇺🇸 Staff Sergeant, US Army (2002 - 2020)3️⃣ Tours of Duty✈️ Deployed Iraq 2006...
10/28/2020

JEFFREY KEITH

#WarriorWednesday WWUA Salute
🇺🇸 Staff Sergeant, US Army (2002 - 2020)
3️⃣ Tours of Duty

✈️ Deployed Iraq 2006-07: 1️⃣ Million Miles Patrolled / 4️⃣ IEDs Found / 4️⃣ Direct Hits from IEDs

✈️ Deployed Djibouti, Africa 2011-12
Force protection

✈️ Deployed Kuwait & Syria 2017-18
Rocket attacks against ISIS

💜 Combat PTSD & TBI
🎓 WWUA Graduate from 2019
⚾️ HS & Youth Baseball Umpire

“(WWUA) has helped me find a new place within my community and given me a new family of brothers & sisters...” -Jeff

#woundedwarriors #stillinthefight Jeff

10/23/2020
Kelly Dine - WWUA 2020 Virtual Summit

Looking for a mid-day Friday distraction? Watch Kelly Elliott Dine discuss her military & umpire experience in this 31-minute clip.
#HappyFriday

Kelly Dine discusses her military and baseball umpire experience with Matt and Greg. https://www.woundedwarriorua.org/ Kelly Elliott Dine Currently resides i...

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10/23/2020

Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy

ALEXANDER PETERSON#WarriorWednesday WWUA Salute🇺🇸 Gunnery Sergeant, US Marine Corps (2005 - 2018)💣 Artillery - KING of B...
10/21/2020

ALEXANDER PETERSON

#WarriorWednesday WWUA Salute
🇺🇸 Gunnery Sergeant, US Marine Corps (2005 - 2018)
💣 Artillery - KING of Battle - ANGLICO
✈️ Deployed for OIF in 2007, 08 & 09
✈️ Deployed for OEF in 2010 & 14
💜 Combat PTSD
🎓 WWUA Graduate from 2018
🎨 Self-Employed Artist @ http://apeterson-art.com/
📖. Published artist in "My Service Person: A service dog's story" written by Jake Taylor and AVAILABLE on AMAZON!

#stillinthefight

Great job last night USMC veteran Laz Diaz #63! Thanks for your support the WWUA bracelet on your right wrist last night...
10/21/2020

Great job last night USMC veteran Laz Diaz #63! Thanks for your support the WWUA bracelet on your right wrist last night!
(L to R: Laz, Board Member David Pritchett & MLB Umpire Cory Blaser)
#WorldSeries #MLBUmpires #UmpsCare

Marine veteran LAZ DIAZ has the plate Tuesday in game 1 of the World Series. Best of luck from your friends at WWUA!(Tha...
10/19/2020

Marine veteran LAZ DIAZ has the plate Tuesday in game 1 of the World Series. Best of luck from your friends at WWUA!
(Thanks Ray Brownlie for the graphic.)

Dodgers or Rays? Who do you have in the 2020 World Series?
10/19/2020

Dodgers or Rays? Who do you have in the 2020 World Series?

🇺🇸 ⚾️ 🏆 🏟 What’s your GREATEST umpiring achievement? WWUA Alumni Tony Mauro’s was the Colorado HS Championship game at C...
10/18/2020

🇺🇸 ⚾️ 🏆 🏟 What’s your GREATEST umpiring achievement? WWUA Alumni Tony Mauro’s was the Colorado HS Championship game at Coors Field.
#woundedwarriors #stillinthefight

10/15/2020
Mike Everitt - WWUA 2020 Virtual Summit

Thanks MLB Umpire (ret) Mike Everitt joining our alumni call tonight at 9pm ET. Not an alumni? Watch his recorded interview from the WWUA 2020 Summit on our YouTube channel.

Mike shares his experience as an umpire in the Major League. https://www.woundedwarriorua.org/ Mike Everitt, Retired MLB Crew Chief - #57 MAJOR LEAGUE SERVIC...

ANTHONY MAURO#WarriorWednesday WWUA Salute🇺🇸 Staff Sergeant, US Marine Corps (1994-2015)🎯 Scout Sniper & Sniper Instruct...
10/14/2020

ANTHONY MAURO
#WarriorWednesday WWUA Salute
🇺🇸 Staff Sergeant, US Marine Corps (1994-2015)
🎯 Scout Sniper & Sniper Instructor
✈️ Deployed to Iraq in 05, 06 and 07
💜 TBI & Spinal Injury from IED
🎓 WWUA Graduate from 1st Class (2014)
🏟 Coors Stadium, Plate Umpire for HS Championship (2015)

“(The WWUA) completely changed the course of my life, and I felt a renewed purpose”.
-Tony

#stillinthefight

🇺🇸 🎂 Happy 245 Birthday U.S. Navy and to the men & women who live by “No Self, but Country”.#WoundedWarriors #stillinthe...
10/13/2020

🇺🇸 🎂 Happy 245 Birthday U.S. Navy and to the men & women who live by
“No Self, but Country”.

#WoundedWarriors #stillinthefight

📣 HEY WWUA ALUMNI!Thursday, 10/15 at 9pm ET is our 1st monthly Zoom call!! Former MLB Mike Everitt is our 1st guest spea...
10/13/2020

📣 HEY WWUA ALUMNI!
Thursday, 10/15 at 9pm ET is our 1st monthly Zoom call!! Former MLB Mike Everitt is our 1st guest speaker. Who’s in?

Congratulations to the WWUA Alumni who will be umpiring at the Red Sox Fantasy Camp in Ft Myers in January!⚾️ Julio Hurt...
10/09/2020

Congratulations to the WWUA Alumni who will be umpiring at the Red Sox Fantasy Camp in Ft Myers in January!

⚾️ Julio Hurtado
⚾️ John Crosser
⚾️ Seantoya Hinton
⚾️ Clayton McDaniel

Thanks to Brent Fountain for making this happen.
#WoundedWarriors #stillinthefight

SEANTOYA HINTON#WarriorWednesday WWUA Salute🇺🇸 Sergeant, US Army (2001-2010)🏥 Combat Medic, Iraq & Afghanistan💜 Feet Rec...
10/07/2020

SEANTOYA HINTON
#WarriorWednesday WWUA Salute

🇺🇸 Sergeant, US Army (2001-2010)
🏥 Combat Medic, Iraq & Afghanistan
💜 Feet Reconstruction from IED that exploded under vehicle (2003)
🎓 WWUA Graduate (2019)
⚾️ Umpires Games through Silbo
📚 UNC-Greensboro Degree (2020)

“WWUA has given me a second chance on my life...umpiring has allowed me to fill that missing void I’ve had since leaving the military”.
-Seantoya

WWUA alum Matthew Currin (far right) mentors rising college umpire Brooks Pritchett this weekend while father David Prit...
10/05/2020

WWUA alum Matthew Currin (far right) mentors rising college umpire Brooks Pritchett this weekend while father David Pritchett looks on.
#passingiton #puttinginthework
#woundedwarriors #boardmembers

🎵 Listen in to the only Summit session that began with a WWUA rap.https://youtu.be/P_-VwWJmIgw📺 Watch Matthew & Greg’s S...
10/02/2020

🎵 Listen in to the only Summit session that began with a WWUA rap.
https://youtu.be/P_-VwWJmIgw

📺 Watch Matthew & Greg’s Summit 40+ minute video “wrap” session on the WWUA YouTube channel.

JOHN CROSSER#WarriorWednesday🇺🇸 Enlisted Army, Fort Carson CO, 2006📍Iraq, 2nd Infantry Division, 2006💜 Below-Knee Leg Am...
09/30/2020

JOHN CROSSER
#WarriorWednesday

🇺🇸 Enlisted Army, Fort Carson CO, 2006
📍Iraq, 2nd Infantry Division, 2006
💜 Below-Knee Leg Amputation as result of injuries from IED, 2007
🏅 Army Commendation Medal
🤿 Divemaster & Scuba Instructor
⚾️ Began Umpiring LL, 2015
🎓 WWUA Graduate, 2018

“Staff & instructors opened my eyes to all the possibilities that the game of baseball & umpiring could bring me.”

#stillinthefight

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Rich Padilla! 🎂 The WWUA Salutes You!👔 WWUA VP & Instructor📍 Born in NYC / Raised in LA🇺🇸 Marine Veteran⚾...
09/29/2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Rich Padilla! 🎂
The WWUA Salutes You!

👔 WWUA VP & Instructor
📍 Born in NYC / Raised in LA
🇺🇸 Marine Veteran
⚾️ Former MiLB Player & Umpire
3️⃣7️⃣ Years Umpiring (ret.)

https://www.woundedwarriorua.org/rich-padilla/

#motivationmonday #woundedwarriors #stillinthefight
09/28/2020

#motivationmonday #woundedwarriors #stillinthefight

ROLL CALL: What are you doing this weekend?⚾️ Umpiring👰 Going to a Wedding🎓 Teaching/Learning🎣 Fishing⛳️ Other?
09/25/2020

ROLL CALL: What are you doing this weekend?
⚾️ Umpiring
👰 Going to a Wedding
🎓 Teaching/Learning
🎣 Fishing
⛳️ Other?

Congratulations from the entire WWUA family to bride & groom Tammy & Jack Stanfield on their wedding this past weekend.(...
09/24/2020

Congratulations from the entire WWUA family to bride & groom Tammy & Jack Stanfield on their wedding this past weekend.
(L to R David Pritchett, Tammy, Jack, Seantoya Hinton & Seth Swanson with Greg Wilson on top)

#motivationmonday #woundedwarriors #stillinthefight
09/21/2020

#motivationmonday #woundedwarriors #stillinthefight

On this date in 1947, the Air Force was created when Stuart Symington was sworn in as the first Secretary of the Air For...
09/18/2020

On this date in 1947, the Air Force was created when Stuart Symington was sworn in as the first Secretary of the Air Force. Happy 72nd Birthday Chris Thomas, James Hopper and Brandon Henson! Our WWUA Air Force Alumni and Staff representatives!!

The WWUA Board had a great meeting this week. Stay tuned for some special announcements coming soon!#stillinthefight #wo...
09/17/2020

The WWUA Board had a great meeting this week. Stay tuned for some special announcements coming soon!
#stillinthefight #woundedwarriors

ERIC MURRAY - ALUMNI SALUTE#WarriorWednesday🇺🇸 United States Marine Corps 1996-2004 (sergeant) Infantrymen🇺🇸 United Stat...
09/16/2020

ERIC MURRAY - ALUMNI SALUTE
#WarriorWednesday

🇺🇸 United States Marine Corps 1996-2004 (sergeant) Infantrymen

🇺🇸 United States Army 2005-2017 (staff sergeant) Infantrymen

💜 Purple Heart Recipient 9-26-2006

🏆 WWUA MOTIVATOR Award
Graduate 2019

🎓 Wendelstedt Umpire School Graduate 2020

⚾️ United Umpires (2020) & AHSAA (Alabama) Umpire (Planned 2021)

#WoundedWarriors #stillinthefight

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Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy offers Veterans a Career Behind the Plate! In January of 2014, Marine Major Gregory Wilson found himself at an umpire camp in Idaho. There, purely by chance, he met former Marine, Jimmy Craig, and with the words “Semper Fi, Devil Dog” and the help of Dan Weikle, DII National Umpire Coordinator, an idea was born. That idea, now a reality, is The Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy. The Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy trains American heroes to become baseball umpires. The first camp, held in June of 2014, trained 14 veterans in Denver, Colorado. During camp, the men learn the fundamentals of umpiring: from calling balls and strikes, to the mechanics of positioning, and of course, the rules of the game. At the end of camp, these Marines can umpire anywhere baseball is played. More importantly, the graduates of the program leave with new career opportunities and support for their transition to civilian life. “This experience and opportunity is critical to our transitioning Marines,” said Jimmy Craig. “But more importantly, it gives our battle tested leaders a transition back into civilian life and a purpose. It gives them a feeling of camaraderie and a sense of belonging to something important. Most of these students are multiple Purple Heart recipients, and have some form of PTSD and in many cases TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). It’s very difficult for me as a Marine myself to put a price tag on a feeling of belonging, giving back and self-worth, so to me this camp is the perfect environment, introducing a career that embraces the same sort of brotherhood these men experienced as a Marine.” None of the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy instructors are paid. It's a young program, and while so far, financial support comes from the Semper Fi Fund, and limited sponsor and individual donations, these organizations don't cover all the costs involved with the program “Our vision is for any Wounded Warrior to access our camps at no cost. After all, they’ve given literally everything they have to us, it’s time for us to give back to them.” said Craig. The average cost per Marine to complete the program is almost $3,000. The organization’s goal is to make it possible for 40 Marines to attend every camp.

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What a fantastic organization. If you ever hold a camp in the Pacific Northwest, I know many seasoned umps who would be happy to help out.
We have worked with them in the past. Great organization. Their umpires can work with us anytime.
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It was neat to meet Major Craig Wilson and his family this summer at JDs Baitshop