Umpire and Referee Gloves Buying Guide

Sep 9th, 2020

Umpires and referees should consider warmth, grip, water-resistance and palm color (especially umpires) when deciding between gloves.

Typically, the gloves with the most warmth sacrifice grip and dexterity due to their bulk. Gloves with more grip and dexterity usually sacrifice warmth.

You will find the right combination of warmth, grip and dexterity here based on the weather and the functions you perform (e.g. a plate umpire needs more grip and dexterity for indicator, writing and ball bag use than a base umpire).

Umpire and Referee Gloves

Glove Rankings for Warmth

  1. Franklin ColdMax Gloves
  2. Neumann Black & White Officials Gloves
  3. Neumann All-Black Officials Gloves
  4. Neumann All-Black Officials Gloves with Synthetic Palms
  5. Franklin All-Weather Pro Gloves
  6. Nike All-Black Therma Gloves
  7. Manzella All-Black Ultra-Max Gloves
  8. Under Armour V2 ColdGear Infrared Field Gloves

Advanced Tip: You can add warmth to your gloves with either a handwarmer pack for inside your gloves or a supplemental strap-on handwarmer pouch (popular with football officials) to slide your hands into.

Glove Rankings with Best Grip

  1. Neumann All-Black Officials Gloves with Synthetic Palms
  2. Franklin All-Weather Pro Gloves
  3. Under Armour V2 ColdGear Infrared Field Gloves
  4. Nike All-Black Therma Gloves
  5. Neumann Black & White Officials Gloves
  6. Neumann All-Black Officials Gloves
  7. Franklin ColdMax Weather Gloves
  8. Manzella All-Black Ultra-Max Gloves

Glove Rankings for Wet Conditions

  1. Franklin All-Weather Pro Gloves
  2. Neumann All-Black Officials Gloves with Synthetic Palms
  3. Franklin ColdMax Weather Gloves
  4. Nike All-Black Therma Gloves
  5. Under Armour V2 ColdGear Infrared Field Gloves
  6. Neumann Black & White Officials Gloves
  7. Neumann All-Black Officials Gloves
  8. Manzella All-Black Ultra-Max Gloves

Palm Color

Some officials want all-black gloves and some want black with light colored palms. The white palm color is important to enhance signal visibility to your crew, coaches, players and spectators.

All-Black Gloves

Gloves with White or Grey Palms

Tell us what works best to keep your hands warm in the comments below.

About the Author

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Marketing Assistant, Pro School Umpire Graduate Josh Mann

A native of Chicago, Josh graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Economy & Industry and Sports Management. He attended the Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy and Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School, umpired in the Frontier Professional Baseball League and worked in the Chicago Cubs Organization. Josh enjoys baseball, hockey, golf and spending time with his dog Wrigley.

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