The umpire plays an important role during a baseball game by enforcing the rules, making judgement calls and handling disciplinary actions. With the position includes comes special equipment that needs to be worn during games. Umpires have their own attire and equipment that they wear so they look professional during a game. In order for an umpire to gain respect, he should dress the part.
The umpire’s uniform is pretty standard and can be found at most sporting good stores or even found online too.
Umpires mostly wear a collared shirt that is usually navy blue and black and wear dark colored pants that are black or dark gray. They will also wear black shoes, a black belt, an umpire’s cap and a dark colored jacket or a long sleeve shirt depending on the weather. Umpires also carry a count indicator to keep track of the outs and the count.
The home plate umpire must be equipped with some additional gear and accessories to protect him during a game. The umpire wears a face mask with a throat protector, a chest protector, shin guards, a ball bag affixed to the belt, a plate brush and a copy of the baseball organization/leagues rule book.
When looking to purchase a face mask, you want something that will give the most protection while being comfortable. Hockey style masks or helmets offer the most protection for an umpire. A helmet style may be heavier than a traditional style umpire mask. You want to make sure you find the best one for you that is comfortable and offers the most protection.
There are many different soft and hard chest protectors an umpire can choose from. It is an important gear because it protects the vital body parts including the heart. You want to make sure you choose the best one to protect your chest and one that will be comfortable. Obviously, you will get more protection from the hard shell than you will the soft.
When considering to purchase umpire equipment, you want the best protection that will last and be as affordable as possible. It is a good idea to research different products online and visit stores locally to try on the gear and compare prices. With the ability to purchase equipment online, you may find better prices online than at a local retail store.