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Matt Arcovio

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  1. Just got word that the Chest Protectors have finally arrived. Text me at 585-568-7692 to order.
  2. Guess what?! AllStar Cobalt Items are starting to trickle in off the ships. Cobalts shin guards in 15 and 19 inch are available. PM me for details
  3. They have the internal plate too
  4. Here’s a pic of the back of the Cobalt. @tpatience with the photo credit
  5. Patients…… Patience ..... I fixed it for you!
  6. I would definitely recommend ordering The skullcap larger if you are in between sizes. The padding is attached to the Shell by velcro. If it’s a little too big, you can simply add some two-sided Velcro to perfect the fit. If it’s too small, you can’t make it bigger. eventually, replacement padding will be available,so you can perfect the fit
  7. Sounds to me like @MadMax just volunteered to set up a lab in his basement to run testing for everyone! Thanks max!!! #sogenerous #blessed
  8. I can speak to this. It is not to be construed as me speaking on behalf of AllStar or anything else. A couple years ago I spoke to somebody at NOCSEA regarding their certification procedure. They require a helmets and masks to demonstrate Severity Index (SI) numbers below 1200 to receive a certification. As Stan mentioned in the stream, that number correlates with a likelihood of skull fracture, not concussion. In my opinion, this is a very low bar. Companies will vary in their approach. Some will shoot for 1199 others will strive for 0. There are no levels of NOCSEA certification. A product is either certified or not. So Ty was technically correct, but every mask that gets a NOCSEA cert gets the “top” cert. No umpire specific equipment is required to meet NOCSEA certification. You will see the stamps on HSM’s, because NFHS requires it for players, but not on chest protectors because no catcher will wear an umpire’s chest protector. The testing procedure is expensive in both time and money, so you won’t see them until a governing body like the NCAA starts requiring umpire equipment to achieve a NOCSEA standard. NOCSEA also does not permit manufacturers to advertise their numbers. You won’t see manufactures advertising their SI numbers for that reason. A person can become concussed at any SI level The equipment being worn is only one of many factors contributing to a concussion. For products that are NOCSEA certified there are many ways to reach a 1200 SI number. Design, materials, and weight all play a role. Different companies go different routes to achieve their cert. the weight of an F3 helps get them there. The shape of the FM4K helps get it there. Pad design also plays a huge role. The difference between a new set of pads and an old set of pads will change the SI number. That’s why all umpires should replace their pads every season. And remember, 1200 correlates to skull fracture. A mask hitting that 1200 SI threshold isn’t super impressive. Anything that keeps the ball from physically impacting your skull should avoid that. You do want a number as close to Zero as possible, but is a 10 SI mask twice as good as a 20 SI? You can’t really make that claim. Each brain behind the mask is going to react differently to those impacts. I would love to see other companies open up about their own testing and R&D. I would venture a guess though that no company has people on Stan’s level of education and expertise. He’s too humble to admit how and where he got that expertise, but let’s just say we are VERY lucky to have Him focusing on umpire equipment.
  9. Like I said on the stream, the CPU26 was the biggest surprise. The cobalt is awesome but I expected it to be awesome. I didn’t not have high expectations for a “soft shell” but this floored me. The interior plates are STOUT! And this thing is light. Like, did I forget to put on my chest protector light. @JimKirk the diamond comparison is apt, but the quality level to my eye, (I see a lot of diamonds with my newer trainees), is far above.
  10. Do those who really want a Navy skully, the SC500 is available. I’ve been using one (in black) for the last two years. Very good protection and quality without all the bells and whistles. The brim is about a 6 stitch length. The mask comes off just fine with good technique. https://www.all-starsports.com/sc500.html
  11. I threatened him mightily. I can now safely return his first born.
  12. @AtlUmp I’m not 100% sure @JimKirk maybe you can grab some photos with a tape measure?
  13. 1) the soft padding is continuous so it fills most of the gaps between plates. 2) of you think the gap on top of the shoulder is too large, keep the caps attached. They are very low profile. 3) You can use a standard harness, the rough texture finish helps, but I’ve found found that a neoprene harness like the Delta Flex works better. I do not take the skull cap off in one piece. I run it like you’re taught at umpire school, out and up, no issue. The 4-stitch Length brim makes it pretty easy. 4) Tell the people in charge that your wearing a skully for safety. If your allowed to wear a black HSM, this should be the same. There’s an officials shortage, you’re probably not going to loose games over it.
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