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Smitty Named Official Uniform of NUA


Smitty -NUA-Announcement

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ…Babe Ruth League, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has named Smitty Official’s Apparel as its Official Uniform of the National Umpire Association (NUA).

Smitty Official’s Apparel is a nationwide manufacturing leader of sports officials’ apparel with over 100 styles of referee and umpire apparel.  They are committed to providing high quality apparel at the most competitive price on the market.

Beginning with the 2017 season, apparel with the official NUA emblem of Babe Ruth League will be available for purchase through any Smitty Certified Dealer or directly through Babe Ruth League by visiting the online store at  Such apparel is being sold at discounted rates to help NUA members save money when gearing up for the upcoming season.  In addition, the Babe Ruth store is offering a 10% discount to all members of the NUA that use a special code that will be provided upon renewal or certification.

Smitty Official’s Apparel President/CEO Joe DeRosa said, “We are very excited to become a corporate partner of Babe Ruth League, Inc.  It is our goal to supply officials with quality products at competitive prices and provide excellent service to the entire officiating community.  We look forward to a long relationship with all umpires associated with Cal Ripken Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball.”

Over the last couple of decades as an NBA and Collegiate Basketball referee, DeRosa has had the opportunity to listen to fellow officials and gather the information needed to develop the best line of officiating apparel for all sports.  DeRosa personally selects the fabrics and oversees all of the details to ensure they bring the best to all officials. 

Babe Ruth League President/CEO Steve Tellefsen said, “Babe Ruth League is honored to team up with Smitty Official’s Apparel.  We share common values to provide excellent service and quality products to our patrons.  We are confident that our partnership will become a valuable resource for our NUA members to stay comfortable and look sharp on the field.”


Since acquiring the "Original Smitty Lanyard Company" in 2004, Smitty Official's Apparel has grown from a company with two products (Smitty and Noose Lanyards) to a nationwide manufacturing leader of sports officials' apparel with almost (2000) products in various styles and sizes.  Their goal is to provide quality products and services at an affordable price for dealers and ultimately sports officials.

With input from their dealers and sports officials, they have aggressively developed products to stay current with the trends and requests of officials.  Their recent addition of a complete line of Dye Sublimated Shirts with over (60) current styles manufactured in the USA for various sports associations confirms their commitment to meeting the needs of sports officials.


Babe Ruth League, Inc. is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to developing better citizens by providing properly supervised baseball and softball competition for 4 through 18-year-old players.  It is the basic intent of Babe Ruth League that every player who has a desire to play the sport is given the opportunity to participate and have fun. 

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