Force3 Pro Gear, with a mission of developing the safest protective gear available for catchers and umpires, announced it will be recognized as an “Official Catcher’s Mask Partner of MLB Players, Inc.”
Since Tyler Flowers of the Atlanta Braves first wore a Force3 mask in 2016, several other Major Leaguers have followed, including Chicago White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal, who is also an investor in the company.
With its patented S3 Shock Suspension System technology, Force3’s line of masks reduces frontal impacts by absorbing energy that otherwise would be transmitted back through the head. Force3’s masks have been independently tested with speeds over 100 mph and at NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) approved test labs to ensure performance exceeds mask standards.
“I created this mask technology out of necessity after being violently struck by a foul ball to my chin while umpiring in the minor leagues,” says Jason Klein, president and founder, Force3 Pro Gear. “The S3 technology absorbs impacts like no other mask, reducing injuries and giving players and umpires the best chance of not being seriously injured.”
“Ensuring the safety and wellness of players is at the forefront of all that we do, and we admire Force3 Pro Gear’s mission to manufacture safe equipment for catchers and umpires,” says Tony Clark, executive director, MLBPA.
Klein founded Force3 Pro Gear and created the S3 technology after recognizing a need to improve equipment during his 10 years as a minor league umpire. The Milford, Conn.-based company is committed to reducing the number of concussions and other sports injuries and extending the careers of athletes and officials by revolutionizing their protective equipment.
As part of the agreement, MLB Players, Inc. will also become a shareholder in the company.