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MadMax posted a topic in Umpire EquipmentMy fellow umpires â€“ As a designer, I am constantly looking at equipment, structures, systems and processes and analyzing their features and flaws, their successes and failures, and developing ways of championing them or improving them. I have read, heard and witnessed many umpires convey that they either wear a HSM because of the total head coverage, or wear a catcher's skullcap because of the additional head protection from a foul ball ricocheting off the (closely placed) backstop, or careening off the overhead netting. There are also some concerns expressed by some umpires who may be turning their heads. My professional opinion is that a TM reduces concussions more so than a HSM. I won't totally poo-pooh a HSM, but when I hear from HSM users why they wear a HSM â€“ namely, because they don't want to get hit in the head by a ball off the backstop â€“ I start thinking of ways to address that, and at least present another option. I think I'm on to something. I've found a hybrid â€“ one part helmet, one part hat â€“ and am about to make some adjustments to it and possibly put it to prototyping and eventual production. It's very good as is, allowing you to easily wear (and remove) a TM with it. I'd like to hear from you, though, what sort of interest you might have in it. Please respond to the poll, and/or if you have any other feedback, drop me a PM. Thanks for your time.
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GBLZ5XS We created this survey for umpires in order to gather information for creating a new and improved umpire indicator. If you are interested, take this survey and let us know what you think. Leave any additional comments here!