Buyers Guide

Umpire Plate Brushes Buying Guide

Nov 9th, 2018

Why you need an umpire plate brush and which is best, wooden handle or plastic handle, may depend more on where you like to store it. Plus a few advanced tips you'll only find here for using your plate brush.

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Umpire Shin Guards Buying Guide

Apr 27th, 2018

Warning. Below could be the most comprehensive buying guide on umpire shin guards ever written or the driest. Most likely, it's both. Regardless, reading it should help you choose which shin guard is right for you. This is why you are reading it, right? Umpire shin guards today do offer greater protection…

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Umpire Chest Protectors Buying Guide

Mar 2nd, 2018

The Basics Umpire chest protectors are perhaps your most involved gear choice. There is a large range of protection levels and size options, not to mention, protecting your vital body parts of heart and other organs makes it worthy of extra thought. In reality, umpire chest protectors should be called…

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Umpire Equipment Bags Buying Guide

Feb 12th, 2018

Because an umpire packs a lot of gear, clothing and accessories, you will need a large bag. A regular old duffle bag or one-compartment bag will not do. Because umpires don't want to throw their soft clothing in with their hard umpire protective gear and dirty shoes, the double-compartment bags are the way…

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Umpire Indicator Buying Guide

Feb 7th, 2018

Umpire indicators - often mistakenly called counters or clickers, because of their clicking sound while turning - are essential in keeping up with strikes, balls, outs and with some indicators the inning or score as well. Umpire indicators are always referred to by their number of dials. A 3-dial records strikes,…

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Umpire Caps Buying Guide

Feb 7th, 2018

Styles Umpire caps are available in polyester (Surge, formerly called wool blend but the wool is gone), pro mesh or performance fabric (Pulse) styles from Richardson. The Pulse fabric has the nicest look and are most popular. The polyester/Surge is the warmest cap so best in colder weather, the pro mesh your…

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Umpire Jackets Buying Guide

Feb 7th, 2018

Let's face it. Umpire jackets are meant to keep you warm. It can get cold in the early part of your season, at night and in most areas farther away from the equator.  There are more choices available in umpire jackets than ever before. No longer are jackets only available in one medium weight…

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Umpire Plate Shoes Buying Guide

Feb 7th, 2018

Take running shoes. How many brands can you name? I thought of 6 before I even began to think. Brands Now what about umpire plate shoe brands? If you are a veteran umpire, you can likely name more umpire shoe brands that are no longer being made (Spot-Bilt, Pentagon, Honig's, Davis, Pluspos and the…

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Umpire Mask Buying Guide

May 17th, 2014

Note: This mask guide is currently a little dated and is undergoing revisions. You may still find information of interest below in the meantime.-Jim With umpire masks, you normally pay more for lighter masks - especially those made with titanium frames, greater protection, better padding and increased…

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