Professional Umpire Advisory Group
The Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy is supported by our own Professional Umpire Advisory Group (PUAG). It consists of umpires who have worked at the highest level of Professional Baseball. The PUAG assists the WWUA in the following ways:
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.
Thank you to the following people for your amazing support...
Smitty Officials Apparel – Uniform Shirts and Pants
Wilson – Chest Protectors and Shin Guards
New Balance – Plate and Base Shoes
NAM Knights of America - Bootlegger Chapter
NAM Knights of America - Myrtle Beach Chapter
Pineville Parks and Recreation
MiLB Charlotte Knights