What Equipment Do You Need to Be a Baseball Umpire?


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A collared umpire shirt, black shoes, a black belt, dark-hued pants and an umpire's cap are a few pieces of gear required by a baseball umpire. A count indicator and a dark-colored jacket are also necessary.

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Umpires are alternatively known as "blues," for their blue shirts. While blue is common, some umpires have the option of wearing black. Similarly, dark gray pants are typical, but minor leagues sometimes permit black pants as well.

In Major League Baseball regular season games, four umpires are standard, including a home plate umpire. Owing to his position, the home plate umpire requires additional gear, such as a chest protector, a face mask with a throat protector, a ball bag, a plate brush and shin guards. It is also advisable for the home plate umpire to possess a copy of the rule book for the corresponding league or organization.

Honig's Whistle Stop and Dick's Sporting Goods are two stores that carry umpire gear as of 2015. Each store sells items of umpire gear separately or in kits that contain selected items, such as the Adidas umpire kit on DickSportingGoods.com. The kit retails for approximately $15, as of 2015, and includes a plate brush, a ball bag and a four-dial indicator.

Honig's Whistle Stop carries basic umpire uniform packages for roughly $125, as of 2015. The package contains socks, a plate brush, ball bag, belt and a hat. Pants, shirt and a baseball information package complete the set, which is available on Honigs.com.

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