“…While attending the (Wendelstedt Umpire
one of my instructors was Bill McCallum. I always remember Bill's
professionalism, his knowledge of
the game and his dedication to all of the students. While not only being
a great instructor
he demonstrated and conveyed to me
the importance of the integrity of the game…”
”…I can now proudly say I've completed my 12th year as a Major
League Umpire and have worked two world series. Without the influence of people like, Bill McCallum, this
would not be possible!”
Mike Everitt, MLB Umpire, Graduate of Wendelstedt Umpire
School class of 1987
is now a veteran major league umpire
and has umpired the World Series in 2007 and 2009, the League
Championship Series in
2002, 2003 and 2008, the Division
Series in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2009 and the Major League All-Star Game
"(Bill) was a fellow Umpire School student, a fellow Umpire School Instructor, my first partner in Professional Baseball, and most importantly, my very good friend."
"Bill's Knowledge about the intricacies of umpiring is second to none."... "He can instruct umpires in mechanics and positioning for any level of baseball."... "He is a class individual and any umpire that attends a clinic hosted by Bill will undoubtedly leave a better umpire."
Brian Gorman, MLB Umpire Crew Chief, Graduate of Wendelstedt Umpire School class of 1982
(Brian Gorman is now a veteran major league umpire and crew chief and has umpired the World Series in 2004, 2009 and 2012, the League Championship Series in 2002, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2014, 10 Division Series, and the Major League All-Star Game in 1998, 2009
“…Not only do
the young men and women in this program learn the rules of baseball inside and out so that they may become certified paid umpires, they
also develop life skills that will serve them for many years to
come. No matter what their futures
hold professionally or personally, this program's lessons on
conflict resolution and diversity
awareness will benefit them immeasurably. All of this instruction is
in a fun, hands-on environment by
one of the best teachers in the business…”
Director of Recreation, Sports & Fitness - Boston Centers for Youth & Families
“… I have worked with Bill (Coaching and
Mentoring Program) for the last two years”… “His approach in teaching and his
system of training is easy to learn and understand. He is able to break down
which makes it easy for a novice umpire like me to understand, and still hit
areas that would help seasoned umpires to improve on their ability.”… “He
provides constructive and positive
feedback to show what you are doing well and how to improve in other
areas. I am positive that I am a better and more polished umpire today,
because of Bill’s superior teaching, training, and his many years of experience
that he brings to umpiring."
South Shore Umpires Association member
McCallum’s unique teaching style along with years
of professional umpiring and
instructing experience has helped develop every-day skills in our
students such as communication,
conflict resolution and leadership. Students have gained confidence and built
self-esteem while having fun and participating in this interactive program. Thanks
to Bill McCallum we now have a staff
of quality, responsible umpires whom we employ at all levels of play. After only two years we now have close to 20 youth umpires in our program that have been through this
first of its kind training given to these inner city youth. Providing this training
for our teens and young adults was well worth the investment on many levels!”
Vice President - Charlestown Little League
"He (Bill) is a real natural in regards to being able to speak to umpires in our own language..."
"The mechanics he taught me with helped me become a better umpire which has allowed me to climb through the ranks
and work some very high levels of baseball."
"He is able to break down the information so that it is understandable to the beginner while able to hit areas that
help the most seasoned veteran improve on their ability."
was able to look out at the membership and see that they were really
getting a benefit from his expertise.
After the meetings, I get quite a
number of our members coming up and making sure we continue to bring him
"I truly believe any organization that wants its membership to improve their abilities on the field should have Bill
speak at a meeting."
Joe Peters, President - South Shore
Umpires Association, Director – College Baseball Umpires Association- New England Chapter