Top Umpire Gear Product of the Year Chosen in Semifinal Playoff FormatJan 2nd, 2018
We elected to play on the NCAA National Playoffs to allow our social media followers a chance to pick the champion for "Top Product of the Year".
PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL #1
PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL #2
The winner for product of the year is the Smitty Poly Spandex Umpire Pants with a close 55% to 45% margin.
Thanks to all who participated as we had over 750 votes throughout the playoffs.
- Made by Sports Officials: The Products, The People and The Problems They Solve
- HeatShields Shoe Inserts Featured in Referee Magazine
- "The Dish" on HeatShields Shoe Inserts
- NoSweat Cap and Helmet Liners Featured in Referee Magazine
- 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.