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AL-Ump last won the day on August 7 2019

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  1. For what it's worth, I got an UnCap this week (thanks @Rock Bottom). I like it, but I also had to go up on size on the plate hat - same as @Mr Ump. I was between a 7 1/2 and 7 5/8 so I always went down to the smaller size and it was tight. Now it's too tight. Might check out the skull caps too once you get yours @wolfe_man. Please let us know how they work out!
  2. I've only seen a couple guys wearing HSMs. They use black ones, but the cap must be worn underneath. While I understand you could be frustrated by this response, it is what it is. If you'd like to rail on about the inconsistencies of these positions, please feel free to do so....on a different post. I'm trying to get people's opinions on the UnCap.
  3. Great idea, unfortunately most conferences use embroidery on their uniforms. Conferences (except the power 5) are going plain shirt and the embroidered hat to help save on costs. I know some conference used to have patches but I haven't seen one in years. Thanks for the idea though.
  4. I was thinking during the AS presentation the other day that the Skull Cap would be kinda cool to have, but there are 2 glaring issues for me (a college SB umpire): 1. Skull Cap is only available in black right now (we use navy). I know I could paint it but...... 2. All conferences have their own logo-ed hats for conference games. I would have to try and find stickers for all the conferences I call and that would be a HUGE PITA. Looks like the MLB guys are figuring it out - Check out the video @ 43 seconds: I was looking on Ump Attire and saw the Unequal Uncap: https://www.ump-attire.com/Baseball-Umpire-Equipment/Gear-Footwear/Supplemental-Protection/UE-UNCAP_Unequal-Uncap-Protective-FlexShell Anyone use this? I have an All Star Mag mask so I'd like to get a little more protection in the forehead area. I think they said something in the All Star presentation about additional protection on the upper pad for this mask but I was confused if AS was coming out with an improved pad or if the Skull Cap was the improvement. Thanks for your opinions!
  5. I think @Razzer was making something like that. Might want to message Ray. He's the best!!
  6. @JimKirk I'm a NCAA and USA umpire. I've been told the reason we abide by these uniform spec is SPECIFICALLY to look different than baseball umpires. When I first started, I had a pair of charcoal Gerry Davis pleated plate pants and boy, were they comfortable. It almost felt like having nothing on! Life was great until I umpired a game with a college guy and he said "don't ever wear those pants again". I would love to go to charcoal, to pleats. I would love even more going to white on a shoe - I really dislike the all black base shoes currently on the market and would like to have more options. Alas, it is what it is. The current SUP (head umpire) I believe would be open to change, however just because it's "allowed" doesn't mean you can really do it. Take pleats - there's nothing in the official's manual about it. I've seen people wear them in games, good umpires too. They won't wear them on TV games though. If an assignor saw you with pleated pants on TV, they would be on your butt. If they saw you in them a second time, there wouldn't be a third. One option for you might be to limit the amount of heather pants you offer. Looking on your site, there are lots of options. Unfortunately they are all Smitty pants. You might sell the Smittys to park ball guys but almost everyone I know uses Fechheimers, Honig's or Gerry Davis. At higher level softball, the only pants worn are Fechheimers purchased off the USA website. Plate and Base, no combo BS. Last time I saw a guy with Smitty pants, they looked terrible. The pants had an awful silver color to them and the umpire looked ridiculous. Not sure if you can make inroads with Fechheimer (never seen them sold anywhere else) but you could do us all a favor a kill the silver Smittys.
  7. @Thunderheads Please lock it up!
  8. What level of Softball do you call? I have some college contacts for Juco.
  9. First games of the Summer on Saturday. Alabama opened up for sports last week. Supposed to be 85 and sunny on a turf field. "Friendly" format - no trophies, teams just trying to get in game shape. The rules specifically say "no plate meeting"!! Most of the teams are Elite - National Caliber level and are filled with Power 5 prospects/commits. After having the college season stopped mid March, I'm looking forward to getting back after it!
  10. I think @Razzer is making some gap protection as well.
  11. What about Honig's pads? I've heard they are really good but am wondering about the fit on the +POS.
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  13. I work softball as well and live in Alabama, where it will be 95 degrees with 85% humidity - just brutal. I agree with you on the new USA shirts - they're pretty good. If you are wearing plain, there are two shirts that are the best: 1. Cliff Keen MXS: https://www.gerrydavis.com/product/B05SH20MX21/Cliff-Keen-MXS-Moisture-Wicking-Umpire-Shirt.html?cid=6 2. Smitty V2 "Body Flex" Shirt: https://www.mcssl.com/store/1-stop-sports/smitty-body-flex-powder-blue-short-sleeve-shirt I looked for them on Ump Attire, but they don't carry them. I think they have the Smitty but in MLB panel/alternate colors. The link I posted is solid powder and the shirt is REALLY nice. Only issue is that it shows sweat easily but hey, it's friggin HOT!!! The shirts are a little pricey, but you get what you pay for in this case. I have two chest protectors - One I use during college season that has pretty much full coverage; I've modified it for 6 months after inspiration from @MadMax and @Razzer and am finally happy with it. I also have a second CP for Summer ball that offers less protection but is much cooler. Summer ball girls typically aren't throwing as hard as the D1 girls so I take my chances for a little more comfort. Link to the Honig's SB CP here: https://honigs.com/honig-s-elite-fastpitch-protector.html . I would advise NOT wearing it for baseball. Hope this helps!
  14. AL-Ump


    The outside protector pre dates my umpire career. How did you hold the thing? Left arm? If so, how'd you take off your mask? How did you make a "safe" call?
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