Made by Sports Officials: The Products, The People and The Problems They Solve

Jul 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.

DIAMOND SPORTS
Double-Compartment Bag for Umpires to Keep Gear & Clothing Separate
California Umpire & Diamond Co-Owner Jay Hicks


FORCE3

Shock-Suspension Defender Mask Absorbs More Force
Former MLB Umpire Jim Evans & Former MiLB Umpire Jason Klein



Waterproof Drylo Ball Bag Keeps Sweat Out
Former Minor League Umpire Mark Lollo


FLIP 58 POSSESION SWITCHES
Keep Alternating Possession Arrow More Reliably Attached to Your Whistle
Basketball Official Gary Edlund


FOX 40

Reliable Pealess-Style Whistles
Former NCAA D1 Referee & Canadian Ron Foxcroft

KOOL BLUES CHEST PROTECTOR COOLING SYSTEM

Chest Protector Cooling System Decreases Body Temperature in Hot Temps
Indiana Umpire Brad Finken

NEAT TUCKS

Shirt Stays Designed to Stay in Place While Running
Basketball Referee Mike Horrey


 

OFFICIALS FLAGS N' BAGS

Patented Long Toss Penalty Flag for Increased Accuracy
Master Seamstress Linda Kuiken and a Football Official

PRO-PLATE

Shirt Stays that Keep Both Shirt and Stays in Place by Clipping to Shin Guards
Ohio Umpire Paul Allmon

REFSMART INFO CARDS

Color-Coded Football Cards for More Efficient In-Game Recording
Group of Ohio Football Officials

SMITTY OFFICIALS APPAREL

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

UMPLIFE

Magnetic Wallet Keeps Lineup & Game Cards in Place
Canadian Umpire Ray Brownlie


WILSON WEST VESTS

Advanced Protection Inspired by Football Shoulder Pads
MLB Umpire Joe West

WHISTLE SHIELDS

Sanitary Use of Your Whistle Pushes Droplets Downward
Referees Adam Flore and Ryan Martin

WILLIAMS PENALTY CARD

Quick Reference to Penalty Signals Plus Yardage
Arkansas Football Official Scott Williams

ZEBRAWEAR

Wearable 20/100 Second Lacrosse Timer
Pro Lacrosse Official Greg Simon

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About the Author

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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.

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