Message to the Officiating Community on COVID-19

Mar 17th, 2020

To Our Sports Officials,

As the officiating and world community continues to feel the increased impact of the COVID-19 virus, we wanted to share what we are doing at this unprecedented time to support our #1 priority - YOU & OUR STAFF.

You & Operations

For you, we are fully operational at this time. Our reliable warehouse and order fulfillment departments continue to ship orders and are fully stocked. Our amazing customer service team continues to be ready and available for your needs by email, phone and local pickups. And, of course, our website remains open.

Your Officiating Schedules

We are terribly saddened that many of you have had some to significant amounts of your officiating schedule reduced. We understand this effect has on your incomes and your hearts. We also know many of you are still working or are optimistic about your season starting or restarting in the near future. Therefore, just as we always have, we plan to be here for you now and in the future.

Staff & Health/Safety

For our staff, we are taking every precaution for their health and safety. We are following WHO and CDC guidelines of promoting a healthy work environment through heightening awareness of personal hygiene protection, increasing our internal cleaning/disinfecting efforts, keeping staff home who exhibit symptoms of illness and allowing staff to work from home whenever possible.

We are closely monitoring the ongoing situation, just as you are, and will continue to communicate any updates with you.

Thank you for your continued support, something we never take for granted. Do not hesitate to reach out if we can help you in any way.

Please stay safe and healthy.

- Jim Kirk, President

About the Author

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President Jim Kirk

Jim has a heart for sports officials and is a leading expert on umpire gear, safety and apparel. After playing baseball at Centre College, he worked as a high school umpire during the Elbeco shirt years. He became involved in E-Commerce while working on an MBA in the early 2000s and bought in 2006. Jim is proud of's success, staff and support for multiple groups including Minor League Baseball Umpires, Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy, the Wounded Warriors Umpire Academy and UMPS CARE, the charity of MLB umpires. He served on the UMPS CARE board of directors and was named their 2015 Ambassador Award recipient.


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