Which Umpire Shin Guards Do Umpire School Students Wear?Feb 18th, 2016
Last year, I wrote an article which shared that Wilson Umpire Chest Protectors dominated at The Umpire School (now called the MiLB Umpire Training Academy). In that article, I revealed that an overwhelming majority, 3 out of 4 students, wore a Wilson Gold or Platinum chest protector.
During the 2016 sesssion, I wanted to survey which umpire shin guards students were wearing. In brands, I still found an abundance of Wilson, 50%, but less so. Second most were Diamond styles at 16.5%.
The Wilson Platinum umpire shin guards were by far the favorite choice of umpire school students, preferred almost 3 to 1 over the #2 Wilson Gold shin guard and almost 4x more than any other brand shin guard.
After Wilson and Diamond, there is a great deal of parity among styles and brands. Here are the percentages:
- Wilson Platinum: 37%
- Wilson Gold: 13%
- Diamond UX and UXS: 10%
- Diamond DLG-LITE: 5%
- Force3 Ultimate: 4%
- Honig's*: 4%
- All-Star System Seven: 3%
- Douglas: 3%
- DavisShins*: 2%
- Diamond ix3: 1.5%
- Schutt: 1.5%
- MacGregor*: 1.5%
- Pro Nine*: 1.5%
- SSK: 1.5%
- Various/unknown/catcher's: 10%
A few disclaimers
First, I was not able to see one group for their cage work. Therefore, this survey counts for almost 80% of the students.
Second, by serving as official supplier, we provide opportunities for students to purchase umpire shin guards we carry before and during school. Therefore, shin guard products worn by MiLB UTA students are going to be biased to those we carry vs. the 5 above that we do not.
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About the Author
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 during the Elbeco shirt years. 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 and a “Best Places to Work in Louisville” honor in 2020. He maintains long-standing relationships with Minor League Baseball Umpire Development & Training Academy and the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO). 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.