Made by Sports Officials: The Products, The People and The Problems They SolveJul 21st, 2021
Did you know that many of the products officials wear, use and/or carry were designed and/or made by a sports official?
We highlight all the sports officials who have products here, along with their most significant solution and contribution to the officiating community and sporting goods industry.
Double-Compartment Bag for Umpires to Keep Gear & Clothing Separate
California Umpire & Diamond Co-Owner Jay Hicks
FLIP 58 POSSESION SWITCHES
Keep Alternating Possession Arrow More Reliably Attached to Your Whistle
Basketball Official Gary Edlund
4-Way Stretch Pants for Added Mobility and Comfort that Maintain Professionalism
Former NBA Referee Joe Derosa
Right-Sized Shirt-Clipping Lanyard
Basketball Official Brent Smith & Original Owner of the Smitty Lanyard Company
- HeatShields Shoe Inserts Featured in Referee Magazine
- "The Dish" on HeatShields Shoe Inserts
- Inventors of HeatShields Serve All Walks of Life Through Cooler Feet
- NoSweat Cap and Helmet Liners Featured in Referee Magazine
- Top Umpire Gear Product of the Year Chosen in Semifinal Playoff Format
- Hero's Pride Footloop Shirt Stay Holder Featured in Referee Magazine
- Q & A on New Balance Umpire Plate Shoes
- Early Season Umpire Gear Product News and Updates
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.