Customers Share Best Practices on Umpire Mask Pads ReplacementApr 20th, 2016
Not sure when to replace your Umpire Mask Pads? We asked fellow umpires to share their thoughts from their years of experience. See the best of the best advice below.
Proper pads aid in concussion perception, lower the risk of neck issues, and so many other injuries. One of the most over-looked piece of umpire equipment.
Mask pads should be replaced once every other year. Sweat and ultraviolet rays can degrade the integrity of the pads thus making the umpire more susceptible to concussions.
Like any products we use...they must be taken care of and kept clean or they will just get funky. Worn pads may be a safety issue. I look at it this way...you work games and receive payments for your work...invest some of those games fees back into your stuff that keeps you safe.
According to Mr. Stubblefield (Medical Director of MiLB Umpire Development), replace once a year.
Material inside pads will break down over time, even if no peeling of outer surface. Have to look after ourselves.
Old ones that are scratched up need to be updated this season...all part of the professionalism of our trade...looking the part!
Replace every year due to the ozone in your breath that breaks down the pads.
Definitely replace the pads. Maybe even get a new strap to go with it. If it looks like it could leave black stuff on your face it’s time.
Replace, the mask is your "power". No one takes you seriously if your power is worn and faded...
Jeremy Slate Smith
New pads prevent slippage.
Coaches want their players to be looking professional. Disgraceful if the umpire doesn't feel the same way with himself being the commander of the game.
Replace them before they chafe your face.
Ozone can do a number on pads. You have to replace your pads every year.
...you should look the part as the umpire. Would you wear torn shoes umpiring? No. Look the part and be proud. Save old pads for scrimmages.
Big John Vic
The pads act as another form of protection. If those are worn, not only can a concussion occur, but a jaw injury. Consider the harness as well, if you have duct tape around it, it could use an upgrade.
When in doubt, it is probably a good idea to go ahead and replace those umpire mask pads – better be safe than sorry!
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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 and a “Best Places to Work in Louisville” honor in 2020 & 2021. He maintains long-standing relationships with Minor League Baseball Umpire Development & Training Academy and the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO). 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.