Mar 5th, 2017
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…Read More
Dec 6th, 2016
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,…Read More
Apr 8th, 2016
Because an umpire packs a lot of gear, clothing and accessories, they need a large bag. A regular old duffle 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 to go.
Because most…Read More
Jan 4th, 2016
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 style.…Read More
Jan 3rd, 2016
Note: the new force3 V2 umpire chest protector is not discussed in the buying guide. To be updated soon. Our apologies.
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…Read More
Dec 27th, 2015
Take running shoes. How many brands can you name? I thought of 6 before I even began to think.
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…Read More
Feb 5th, 2015
Umpire caps are available in wool blend or pro mesh styles from Richardson. Most umpire caps are available in both black and navy.
There are two sizes in umpiring hats. One is your standard cap size and the other is your bill length. Bill lengths are determined by the number of rings of stitches on the bill.…Read More
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…Read More