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redroofwoodworker last won the day on October 16 2018

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  1. redroofwoodworker

    Throat Guard Question

    Rock Bottom, I purchased the Schutt XV chest protector before this season. I have noticed that my TG hangs up on occasion when turning my head. But when I wear my old CP it doesn't hang up at all. In my opinion the front plate of the Schutt is curved a bit to much and causes it to sit a little proud of my chest. If your barrel chested like I am it just adds to the problem. I'm planning to adjust the CP by taking a heat gun or blow dryer and see if can take some of the bend out of it. For now though, I just deal with it. When I don't take the mask off, I have learned to raise my chin a little farther if I need to look side to side.
  2. redroofwoodworker

    Future Nike Apparel?!

    I like it. I want one. I don't think it's meant to be an umpire jersey. Maybe for after the games, or for support staff. The Nike logo wouldn't matter to the umpires during games.
  3. redroofwoodworker

    A Plea to Modernize Uniforms at the Amatuer Level

    Great Idea! Do you bend it a little so it forms to your arm? Do the magnets weigh down the sleeve? I was thinking it might look funny when your running or be a bit heavy on your one arm.
  4. redroofwoodworker

    A Plea to Modernize Uniforms at the Amatuer Level

    My mind is blown!! I didn't know this product existed, even for name badges. I just took the patch off of my Basketball Referee shirt because I worked a non-sanctioned JH tournament. That leaves all the little holes on your sleeve. Of course, I have to sew it back on now. Now I can have the same shirts for summer Baseball and High school ball. I can't believe I'm so excited about this, lol. This feels like a game changer. Thanks guys!!
  5. redroofwoodworker

    A Plea to Modernize Uniforms at the Amatuer Level

    Magnets?!?! In almost 20 years of doing this I have never heard of using magnets. How does that work? It has to be some kind of flat, flexible magnet. What do you put on the inside of the shirt for the magnet to stick too? Does anyone have pics?
  6. redroofwoodworker

    Epic Sports.com. Ever had any issues?

    Good point! I hadn't made it that far yet. I knew there had to be some reason the prices were so much cheaper.
  7. redroofwoodworker

    Epic Sports.com. Ever had any issues?

    So I googled "used umpire gear" today. I was trying to see if there were any Riddell or All-American chest protectors out there. I came across a web site called epicsports.com. Some of the prices on that site seem to good to be true. Even for used equipment. I don't recall any of you all mentioning this site. So I'm thinking it might be a rip off. Does anyone have experience with this site? If it's legit, you all better not buy the stuff out from under me.
  8. redroofwoodworker

    New Diamond CP

    An ad for this came through my Facebook feed around 10:30 last night. My first thought was, awesome! I love Diamond products, I own diamond products. I didn't check out the specs until this morning though. One inch thick padding plus the plates makes this thicker than my current Diamond softshell CP. The padding looks frumpy and un-breathable. It appears to be similar to the Wilson's line but I would think that they would want to separate themselves by having a more updated look. The pads may not be any worse than the Schutt or the All Star but it looks thick and hot to me. And it doesn't say that you separate the plates for cleaning either. Do those bicep pads look horrendous to anyone else? They could lower the price if they just left them off. They look like a complete afterthought. As does the harness. For a CP at this price range, that harness won't do at all. I'm passing on that alone. Even if the pads were equal to the Schutt, it is still 10 dollars more than the Schutt with a weak harness. And that's with the $20 introductory discount. The "one size fits all" line is not a good selling point. People want a more custom fit now-a-days. Even if it is just advertising jargon. I always wondered why Diamond didn't have a hard shell model. Maybe this is why.
  9. redroofwoodworker

    A Plea to Modernize Uniforms at the Amatuer Level

    My mom and grandparents would probably know the name. There is no one in town by that name anymore. At least not that I know of.
  10. redroofwoodworker

    A Plea to Modernize Uniforms at the Amatuer Level

    That's a good point. It can get very expensive if we have coordinate all the colors with a different shirt. Where I'm at in Missouri, we don't have a high school association. I never had to worry about different color bags. I just had black. Everyone wore navy for baseball, so I just had blue hats. Some people had black hats with their navy shirt. I would love it if there was an association that everyone followed so that all of us umpires looked the same and used the same mechanics. It was tough for me to learn the right way. I have tried to relay some of this stuff to the guys I have been working HS with for years. They are very reluctant to change. I'm fine with change. I like the black. I agree, navy looks outdated. The red stripe looks odd. Were they going for a flag color scheme? Who all owns a pink shirt and all the extras to go with it?
  11. redroofwoodworker

    A Plea to Modernize Uniforms at the Amatuer Level

    Oh, ok. So you know where the big city of Koshkonong is. That's my home town.
  12. redroofwoodworker

    A Plea to Modernize Uniforms at the Amatuer Level

    You're right. This is the first change since I have started umpiring in 2001. I live just south of West Plains Mo.
  13. redroofwoodworker

    Custom Chest Protectors

    OH SH*#!! I didn't look at the year. I saw August 18th lololol. I guess his business didn't take off. Hey Sam this is Lee by the way, from the MAU clinic.
  14. redroofwoodworker

    Custom Chest Protectors

    Good luck Nate. I’m somewhat new to this site. I have been reading about guys doing mods to their gear. I have never thought about customizing my gear before. Sounds weird and interesting at the same time. Would love to see the prototypes.
  15. redroofwoodworker

    A Plea to Modernize Uniforms at the Amatuer Level

    I work and live in Missouri. This up coming season we are changing from navy blue to black as the official jersey. For the last few years guys have been wearing black. It wasn't until the last couple of years, when I decided to take umpiring more seriously and advance in my career, that I started hearing the disdain towards the color of navy blue. I have always had a "whatever" attitude towards the subject. I think black does look better, but I think the blue looks good also. I'm 38, so I'm not an old timer but I have been around for a while. For the longest time I was the youngest guy in my area. There are 4 younger ones now. So what is it? Is it just an out with the old, in with the new frame of mind? Do we want to look like the pros? I could care less either way. I'm just curious. If they changed the red and white stripe on the navy jersey to a different color, would that matter? @Thatsnotyou I have never heard the comment that navy doesn't go with black belt or black shoes or the mask. I thought black went with everything. I never had the navy bags. Those always looked dumb in my opinion. I bought a new navy jersey two years ago and that thing still looks good. The collar is sharp and it holds up and the shirt seems to withstand wrinkles better than the black. Of course, you can't see the wrinkles in a black shirt. The collars on the black shirts are flimsy. I didn't always hang my shirts, but now I have to or my collar will come out looking a mess.