Symbol makes rugged Palms.
But with the 99 buck units and less at http://www.compgeeks.com/products.asp?cat=PDA you may just want one of those and a little care.
Just FYI, I wrote the Palm software you see at http://www.tritongroup.com/stanvision/
The same dialog about rugged Palm or Windows CE devices was discussed. Because we had to get going, we just supplied a few Palm m100's to get going. Turns out that for the less than 99 bucks they couldn't justify the many hundred dollar "rugged" unit. Today, they use the m125, and the Zire 71 for the most part.
I am currently the statistician/scorer for a girls tournament fastpitch softball team. I am interested in DigitalScout's software and am also in the market for a mid-level handheld (I have not previously owned one and am overwhelmed by the number of choices). I do not need a combo w/phone and while WiFi etc. might be nice, my main "other" use will be as a PDA for calendar, phone numbers etc. DigitalScout will run on Palm OS or Windows software but I'd like a handheld rugged enough to endure multiple trips to dusty softball fields (i.e., decent battery life etc.). Has anyone used DigitalScout before and any recommendations on appropriate handhelds? Many thanks.