Look neat and clean for the game
- Wear a freshly laundered shirt
- Always hang your shirt and
slacks or fold neatly after laundering and during
transporting to game to prevent wrinkles.
- If your schedule is tight,
have several pairs of shirts and slacks clean and ready
for duty in your equipment bag or car.
Prevent fading of dark color
- Reduce prolonged exposure to
direct sunlight by storing uniforms in a garment bag
when hanging in the back of your car or truck.
- If you don't use a garment
bag, try covering them with a piece of cloth, at least
across the shoulders.
- Never use chlorine bleach on
Keep caps neat and free of dirt
- "Crease" your hat to give a
- After a game, brush cap with
stiff bristle brush to remove dirt and dust.
- Spot clean cap with mild soap
and water, rinse thoroughly.
- Use a hat liner to hold its
shape between games.
- Allow cap to completely dry of
perspiration before storing.
- It is not recommended to store
in plastic bags since moisture in caps can cause mildew.
Use a hat keeper or a cardboard box instead
Get the right hem length on your plate slacks
- When having alterations done
on slacks, have on leg guards and plate shoes you would
usually wear to insure the correct length is achieved.
- Hem length should be set at
the top edge of the sole so that the pants don't "ride
up" too high when you are in your plate stance.
Clean Protective Equipment after
- After a game, brush equipment
with stiff bristle brush to remove dirt and dust.
- Wipe off moisture and allow to
completely dry of perspiration before storing in cloth
bags or your gear bag, especially during hot weather.
- It is not recommended to store
in plastic bags since moisture can cause mildew.
- If they are particularly
dirty, surface clean with mild soap and water, rinsing
- It is always wise to inspect
equipment after each use for signs of wear or damage.
Shine shoes to a high luster
- They don't have to be
"spit-shined", but they DO need to be shined and clean
- Protect shoes using leather
conditioners (such as Collonil Shoe Polish or Collonil
Waterstop or Parade-grade shoe polish) to ensure long
- After game, brush soles of
shoes with stiff bristle brush to remove dirt.
- Wipe shoe uppers with a soft
cloth to remove dust, dirt and moisture.
- Follow leather conditioner
directions to maintain polished appearance.
- Store in a cloth shoe bag to
keep clean. It is not recommended to store in plastic
bags since moisture can cause mildew.
- Keep a spray bottle of water
and a couple of old towels/rags in your gear bag. Spray
water on the shoes to remove dust or dirt.
- If your shoes get muddy,
wipe/scrape off excess mud and then use the spray bottle
(or take them inside when you get home) to remove the
remaining dirt. You can let it dry first, it will work
just as well when you are ready to clean them. Just
remember to use the water sparingly.
Know the rules on how the game is
played (and which rules are being used)
- Keep up-to-date with
association regulations and rules by attending annual
clinics or checking this website's Rules Section.
- It helps to brush up on
techniques and rules or how to deal with difficult
situations by reviewing educational videos and books
before and throughout the season. Read your casebooks
and understand how they got the ruling.
- If you have a question, ask
someone or use this website's
A Rules Question
Always have a professional
- Keep language clean and follow
- Hold yourself to a higher
standard with exemplary behavior and attitude.
- Though players may disagree
with your call, if you conduct yourself in an
appropriate, professional manner, they will respect your
decision and your position on the field.
- emember, you set the example
on how the game should be played.