Techniques for a Seamless Umpire Helmet RemovalAug 6th, 2013
We asked our Facebook Fans and fellow umpires "" Here are their tips for seamless helmet removal so you can look like a pro out there!
Bill Knowles - I wear a tight "fitted" 4 seam cap...then out and up works every time. Anyone take offense at the TV commercial featuring an umpire wearing his cap backward? That looks so stupid and unprofessional!
Tom West - With my left hand
Jim Church - Wearing the beanie/plate hat helps.
Chris Boyd - I have worn one for about 7 or 8 years now. I can wear a 4 or 6 seam hat with my mask. The other night I actually wore a 8 seam on accident and was still able to get the mask on and off with no problem. Had a couple little issues with my mask pushing down the bill to the hat a little bit but I got use to it. The hockey style mask has saved me a couple different times.
Patrick Stark-StonefishI - wear a black swim cap under my Wilson Helmet
Kaleb Devier - Out and up. It becomes second nature very quickly.
Cindy Angus Dale - I can't take my helmet off with the hand my indicator is in, hands not big enough. Frustrating. And although I can wear my 4 stitch underneath, every time I take my helmet off, the cap comes off. . Is lame. Often wear an under armor beanie underneath. Keeps the sweat out of my eyes.
Joseph Lopriore - I don't wear a hat underneath, not required where we umpire.
Troy Starr - With the flick of the wrist.....
David Birdsell - When I earned my first ASA fastpitch national in 2010 it was required. Have used it ever since.
Glen Cameron Day - When I wear a hat, I always remember when you pull your mask off pull it away from your face and that seem's to work for me!
Bobby Shelton - I still love the cap and mask. It keeps my gray hair covered.
Shay McGhiey - I've used Under Armour skull caps since I got the shock FX... cold weather caps of course in cool weather which we see here in Illinois through April
Tony Salazar - I can wear either a 4 or 6 stitch under my helmet. It just took a little adjusting to get them to work. I have worn it for several years and it has saved a few times including the first time I wore it in a Men's FP game.
Kurt Adkins - I would love to have me one of those hockey helmets especially the one that can take a foul ball up to 100 mpr off the bat
Thanks to all who contributed their thoughts and tips!
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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.