Kickball is growing in popularity, especially as an adult recreational sport. Copying a good chunk of the ruleset over from baseball, kickball is an easy sport for baseball and softball umpires to pick up and is typically pretty approachable for new sports officials as well. The umpire gear also overlaps a lot with baseball and softball, just absent the protective equipment.
Typically kickball umpires wear a black cap, a black umpire shirt, gray pants, a black belt, and black sneakers. Optional gear includes black shorts for hotter days and an umpire indicator to more easily track balls and strikes. There may be some uniform variation from league to league with some wearing different color shirts or having less formal uniform requirements.
Below you’ll find a list of typical kickball umpire gear and an estimated cost for everything you’ll need to get out on the field. If you purchase everything on the list including the optional items, we estimate it will cost you around $200, but this could be higher or lower depending on the exact gear you purchase. We recommend getting your apparel at Ump-Attire.com, where you can save 5% by using the code SILBO5, but you should be able to find similar gear at any sports official apparel store.
Suggested Gear for Umpiring Kickball:
Adjustable black cap ($11)
Just as in baseball, these hats are referred to as caps. This one is great as you can wear it anywhere on the field, or behind the plate.
Short-sleeve black shirt ($23)
This is the basic part of the uniform; a standard shirt that will help identify you to the players and the coaches. Buying two or three is recommended, as the black can get dirty quickly and it’s much more professional to enter a game appearing clean. You may also need different colors depending on the league you’re umpiring for. You’ll want to check with your league to find out for sure.
There isn’t too much to say about these items. They complete the look, but sometimes get too hot.
Optional: Field shoes ($85)
Any mostly black sneakers should be fine, but if you want to get some specific to umpiring, these are a good option.
Optional: Black shorts ($30)
These are much more comfortable for days in the hot sun. They’re generally seen as less formal, but are usually an acceptable option for especially hot days.
Optional: Balls & Strikes Indicator/“clicker” ($5)
It’s nice to have assistance keeping track of the count. This particular indicator is light and easy to hold.