Fitting Room

SHIRTS & PULLOVERS | SHIN GUARDS | Flag Patches and Numbers Placement | PANTS & SHORTS | BELTS | CHEST PROTECTORS | CAPS | SHOES & SOCKS

 

General Tips

  • When in doubt, go with the larger size.
  • If you are unsure of fit and and need something quick, order 2 different sizes and return the one that does not fit for a refund.
  • Have any sizing tips that would be helpful to other customers? We would love to hear from you.

SHIRTS & PULLOVERS

In general, our recommendations are to go with whatever casual polo shirt you wear. For example, if you wear a large polo shirt, you would go with a large basketball, football or baseball shirt for behind-the-plate.

When you Get Your Shirt or Pullover

Wear it over whatever layer or layers you plan to wear to check for proper fit.

Measuring Your Chest

With your arms relaxed at your sides, measure around the fullest part of your chest, keeping the measuring tape level and parallel to the floor around both the chest and ribcage.

Shirt, Pullover and Jacket Sizes (Men)
  Chest (inches)
S 34-36
M 38-40
L 42-44
XL 46-48
2X 50-52
3X 54-56
4X 58-60
5X 62-64
 
Shirt Sizes (Women)  Chest (inches)
S 30-32
M 34-36
L 38-40
XL 42-44

If your body measurement is borderline between two sizes, we recommend the higher size for a looser fit. However, see special considerations below.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Umpire Shirts and Pullovers (baseball/softball)
All umpire shirts and pullovers are sized for wearing a chest protector underneath.

For in the field use for umpires, it is recommended that you size down for the best fit.

For example, if you wear 2X, order a 2X for plate work and XL for base work.

Women's to Men's Shirt Sizes
Where women's shirts are not available, you will most likely be able to wear a men's shirt by ordering 1 size smaller in a men's size than what you would wear in a women's.

For instance, if you wear a Medium Women's T-Shirt likely a Small in the Men's shirt would be what you want. However, you'll want to use you best judgment based on your body size.

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SHIN GUARDS

Measuring for Leg Guards

Measure your leg from center of the kneecap to bottom of shin.

Where does my knee go?

In general, the padding on the inside should provide a visual indicator. Otherwise, it depends on which shin guard you wear. If a single-knee (1 top cap) or double-knee (2 top caps), you want your knee cap to rest in the topmost cap. If a triple-knee (3 top caps), your knee will go in either the middle cap or bottommost cap depending on the shin guard.

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Flag Patches and Numbers Placement

Overview
The flag patch is usually worn on the left sleeve of your shirt, pullover or jacket (sometimes on the back below the collar). Any numbers, if required for your association, are typically worn on the right sleeve.

On short sleeve shirts, measure up from the top of the cuff. Flags should be placed 1 1/2" from their bottom and numbers 1" from theirs.

On long sleeve shirts, pullovers or jackets measurement should be from your shoulder seam to the top of your flag patch or number, with the distance varying by size:

  • Medium and Large: 4”
  • XL & 2X: 5 1/2"
  • 3X and up: 7”

Specifics
For horizontal placement, it is best practice to crease the center line on the sleeve, as seen when laying the shirt, pullover or jacket flat on a table. In the case of the flag patch, place the center of the flag over the center line. For numbers, place the outside of each number the same distance from the center line.

Once you have the distances correct, cover the flag patch or number with a press cloth or pillow case and press with a 350 degrees or cotton iron setting for approximately 10 seconds to make it stick for sewing. Please consider the fabric when pressing as time may be longer or shorter to make it stick. Then, sew the flag patch or numbers on, preferably in a zig-zag stitch pattern.

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PANTS & SHORTS

Our men's pants, belts and most of our basketball pants are sized by actual waist size. We recommend that if you wear a 36 inch waist in jeans or non-relaxed fit dress pants, you'll wear a 36" in our fitted pants.

With all shorts, Dalco basketball pants and football pants or knickers, waistbands allow for greater stretch and can fit across multiple waist sizes. See our chart below.

Measuring Your Waist Size

Our best recommendation is to pick a pair of pants that fits you well and use that size when ordering. Note that our fitted pants are not relaxed fit (have no "give"). To measure your natural waistline, wrap the tape so it intersects your navel. Keep tape flat, but comfortably loose.

What if I'm in-Between Sizes?

As a general rule, we recommend you go up 1 size on all pants where you are in between or unsure of sizing.

Measuring Your Inseam

Use a pair of pants that fit you well. Lay them flat on the ground with the side seam facing up. Use your hands to smooth and straighten front and back creases. Then measure the length of the inside seam from the crotch to the bottom of the hem.

Men's Pants and Shorts Sizes Women's Pants Sizes
  Waist (inches)   Waist (inches) Hips (inches)
S 26-28 2 26 1/2 34
M 30-32 4 27 36
L 34-36 6 28 37
XL 38-40 8 29 38
2XL 42-44 10 30 1/2 39
3XL 46-48 12 32 40 1/2
4XL 50-52 14 34 42
5XL 54 16 36 43 1/2
    18 38 45 1/2
    20 40 47 1/2

Note: Not all women's pants are available in the above sizes.

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BELTS

For a proper fit, always order 1 size up from your waist size.
Because of the thickness and stiffness of patent leather belts, ordering 1 size up is strongly recommended. For example, if you are a 37" waist size, the 38" regular belt should do although it wouldn't hurt to order the size 40" belt, especially for a patent leather belt. Belts are available up to size 60" as a special order. Please call in your order if your size is not available.

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CHEST PROTECTORS

Chest Protector Sizing

When measuring for chest protector length, measure from your neck down to where you want the bottom of the chest protector to be positioned. Some say this is right at or above the belly button. It's really a personal preference that depends somewhat on your stance, level and experience. If you need extra length, some chest protectors have an additional sizing plate or extension.

When you Get Your Chest Protector

Adjust the straps so the chest protector fits snugly without sliding. Look in a mirror and check to make sure your collar bone and your ribs are protected while in your normal stance. Note that hard shell chest protectors may take longer to conform in the shoulder area.

Here are our chest protectors and their lengths.

Chest Protector Lengths
  Length (inches)
Wilson West Vest Gold 11, 12 and 13

Wilson West Vest Platinum

10.75 and 12
Wilson Charcoal 13
All Star Stystem 7 12 and 15
Champro Pro-Plus Hard Shell 13, 14.5, 16
Diamond iX3 14
(18 1/2 with sizing plate)
Champro Pro-Plus 14.5
Diamond 16.5" 16 1/5

 

Wilson Gold Chest Protector
  Chest (inches)
S-M 36 and Under
M-L 38-44
L-XL 46-54
Measuring for the Gold is Different
If you like the length of the Gold, you have 3 chest size choices (Measuring Chest Size)

With your arms relaxed at your sides, measure around the fullest part of your chest, keeping the measuring tape level and parallel to the floor around both the chest and ribcage.

 

General Tips

  • When in doubt, order the larger size if there is a choice between two sizes. The most returns we experience from protective gear are from the smaller sizes.
  • When in doubt, order the middle size if there are three sizes.
  • If you need it quickly and don't care to pay a little extra on return shipping, order 2 sizes and send the one that does not fit back for a full refund.

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CAPS

When you Get Your Cap

Try it on and make sure it does not fit too tightly or too loosely so that if falls off with movement. For umpires, caps worn with masks should fit snugly (some prefer only fitted sizes for this reason) so that when you take off your mask the cap does not come off easily with removal.

Advanced Tip for Umpires

If your cap comes off easily when you pull off your mask, try one of two things before considering a different cap size. Advanced umpires know to pull their mask out first before pulling up. For new umpires, this normally takes some practice. You might also move where your mask harness attaches to the mask at the face to the outer most bars.

Measuring Your Hat Size

Basically measure around (circumference) your head where your hat will fit. This means starting about a 1/2 inch above your eyebrows, going just above the top of your ears and midway on your occipital bone (that little bone in the middle of the back of your head). Don't pull the tape too tightly or your hat will fit that tightly. If using a string, measure against a ruler. Measure 2 or 3 times to be accurate.

Fitted Hat Size Chart
Inches Centimeters Hat Size
21 53 6 5/8
21 1/2 54 6 3/4
21 7/8 55 6 7/8
22 1/4 56 7
22 5/8 57 7 1/8
23 58 7 1/4
23 3/8 59 7 3/8
23 3/4 60 7 1/2
24 61 7 5/8
24 1/2 62 7 3/4
25 63 7 7/8
25 1/2 64 8

If you are unsure or between sizes, buy the larger size.

Note that Richardson does an excellent job in the sizing of their caps. Every once in a while someone will say a cap doesn't fit like another brand cap. Typically the sizing issue is with the other brand.

 

FlexFit Fitted Size
If your fitted cap size is: Order this Flexfit Size
6 5/8 1
6 3/4 1
6 7/8 2
7 2
7 1/8 3
7 1/4 3
7 3/8 4
7 1/2 4
7 5/8 5
7 3/4 5
7 7/8 n/a
8 n/a

Offers you the fitted look with a little give.

Although the 6 5/8 caps are not available in the fitted, order them in the No. 1 flexfit.

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SHOES & SOCKS

All shoes are in American men's sizes. See chart below.

In General

If your feet seem "between" sizes and you cannot decide which size to select, we suggest you choose the larger size. You can make adjustments for a better fit with socks, insoles, or a different lacing pattern.

True to Fit?

As a general rule of thumb, all turf or court shoes should be considered a true fit. Rest assured that manufacturers have done a much better job of making their plate shoes true-to-size by offering a little more room in the area of the in-step and toe box. This is important as this area does not give like a running shoe or cross-trainer will. So order your size, but if you are in between sizes or still a little unsure, going up a half-size or a wider width are common practice.

When you Get Your Shoes

Try them on at the end of the day when your feet are largest with socks you will wear with them. You should have enough room in the toe area to wiggle your toes. The ball of your foot should fit comfortable at the shoe's widest spot. Your heel should fit snug with no slipping.

Advanced Tips

If your feet are too small or slip out of your shoes, consider an extra pair of socks, insoles, heel cups or another shoe or size. Have your feet measured every year as feet typically get bigger with age.

After you Wear Them

Look for any signs of foot cramping, numbness, blisters or calluses as this may be a sign your shoes are too small or narrow.

Note for Women

We continue to encourage manufacturers to make smaller sizes. We apologize that we have fewer options for many of you.

LARGER SIZES

The largest shoe size made for umpire and referee shoes is size 15. There are no shoes available in sizes higher. In those cases, a steel toe work boot or shoe in conjunction with the toe cap of the leg guards may provide the coverage you need.

Shoe Conversion
Men's Sizes Women's Sizes English Continental Millimeters (mm)
6 7 1/2 5 39 253
6 1/2 8      
7 8 1/2 6 40 260
7 1/2 9      
8 9 1/2 7 41 268
8 1/2 10      
9 10 1/2 8 42 277
9 1/2 11      
10   9 43 285
10 1/2        
11   10 44 294
11 1/2        
12   11 45 302
13   12 46 311

 

Figuring Sock Size from Shoe Size
Sock Size Women's Shoe Size Men's Shoe Size
8.5 - 11 (Medium) 5.5 - 10.5 4.5 - 8.5
10 - 13 (Large) 11 - 13 9 - 12.5
13 - 15 (X-Large)   13 - 15

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