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.
Mounts on Your Belt to Securely and Cleanly Tuck Your Penalty Flag into Place
Texas Football Official Carlton Brown
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
OFFICIALS FLAGS N' BAGS
Patented Long Toss Penalty Flag for Increased Accuracy
Master Seamstress Linda Kuiken and Football Official Bob Williams
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
We are thankful to these officials who have dedicated to the design and development of these products, made specifically for sports officials.
- 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, 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.