What Umpire Protective Gear MiLB Umpire Training Academy Students are Wearing

Feb 17th, 2020

We surveyed umpire gear worn by students of the MiLB Umpire Training Academy and found that Wilson, Force3 and Diamond are the top 3 (in order) chosen.


Wilson Mask at Umpire School
Wilson Dyna-Lite Aluminum 18
Force3 Defender 11
Wilson Dyna-Lite Steel 10
Wilson Titanium 8
Champro Steel Mask 7
Diamond Masks 6
Wilson Helmets 4
All-Star Magnesium 3
Champro Magnesium 1
Force3 Helmet 1

Chest Protectors

MiLBUTA Student in Umpire Chest Protector
Wilson MLB Gold 24
Wilson MLB Platinum 16
Champion Body Armor 13
Force3 V3 Ultimate 8
All-Star System Seven  3
Schutt XV-HDX 3
Douglas 2
Honig's 1

Shin Guards

Shin Guards at MiLBUTA

Wilson MLB Platinum 17
Force3 Ultimate 17
Wilson MLB Gold 16
Diamond 11
Champion 5
Champro 4
Rawlings 2
Honig's 1

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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, 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.


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