2019 What NCAA Umpires Most Want - Top Trending Gear & ApparelFeb 4th, 2019
We hit all 4 NCAA Umpire Meetings this year.
Based on what we learned In Phoenix, Orlando, Chicago and Pittsburgh from the hundreds who stopped by to talk with us in each city, this is what NCAA umpires revealed they want most this year.
NCAA umpires loved how these looked, felt and fit. They saw first-hand how the COLD MAX is only a base glove and how the ALL-WEATHER glove, the gray palms give better visibility when signaling partners. Thanks Kyle Engstrand for your recommendation for a 2X size (now available).
The most frequent question NCAA umpires asked us was “when will the long sleeve Majestic be here?” They arrived January 21st.
NCAA umpires were able to see up-close the frames’ built-in deflection angles and feel the hard plastic outer layer on these ultra-light, no-weld magnesium masks they saw on several MLB umpires last year.
Many NCAA umpires had requested an expander waistband pant for the poly spandex just after the fitted poly spandexes were launched. Smitty responded, and we were excited to show off the 3” expander waistband on the fabric NCAA umpires are already wearing.
The innovative quad-strap jock is perfect for keeping umpires covered and protected in their stance.
Many NCAA umpires who have Wilson CPs told us they already have or are getting this new upgrade this year. The harness is easy to put on and keeps your CP snug and in position all game long.
We can’t wait to see this shirt on the field and on TV this year based on large interest and sales so far from NCAA umpires. Those who stopped by saw the strategic mesh panels and were impressed that this not an ordinary compression shirt.
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About the Author
President Jim Kirk
Jim is a leading expert, educator and author on umpire gear, safety & appearance. After playing baseball at Centre College, he worked as a high school umpire. He became involved in E-Commerce while working on an MBA in the early 2000s and bought Ump-Attire.com in 2006, He eventually led it to the leading umpire gear & attire retailer worldwide, a “Best Places to Work in Louisville” honor in 2020 & 2021 and a National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) Preferred Vendor. He maintained a long-standing relationship with Minor League Baseball Umpire Development & Training Academy for 10 years. He serves as an adviser to UMPS CARE Charities, the charity of MLB umpires, served as a 2-term board of director from 2012-2018, and was named their 2015 Ambassador Award recipient. A supporter since the inception of the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy, he was named to their Board of Directors in 2020.