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NFHS FOOTBALL JERSEY RULES

(March 2016)

ART. 1 . . . Mandatory Equipment. Each player shall participate while wearing the following pieces of properly fitted equipment, which shall be professionally manufactured and not altered to decrease protection:

b. Jersey:

  1. A jersey, unaltered from the manufacturer’s original design/production, and which shall be long enough to reach the top of the pants and shall be tucked in if longer. It must completely cover the shoulder pads and all pads worn above the waist on the torso.
  2. Players of the visiting team shall wear jerseys, unaltered from the manufacturer’s original design/production, that meet the following criteria: The body of the jersey (inside the shoulders, inclusive of the yoke of the jersey or the shoulders, below the collar, and to the bottom of the jersey) shall be white and shall contain only the listed allowable adornments and accessory patterns in a color(s) that contrasts to white:
    1. (a)  as the jersey number(s) required in 1-5-1c or as the school’s nickname, school logo, school name

      and/or player name within the body and/or on the shoulders,

    2. (b)  either as a decorative stripe placed during production that follows the curve of the raglan sleeve or

      following the shoulder seam in traditional yoke construction, not to exceed 1 inch at any point within the body of the jersey; or as decorative stripe(s) added in the shoulder area after production, not to exceed 1 inch per stripe and total size of combined stripes not to exceed 3.5 inches,

    3. (c)  within the collar, a maximum of 1 inch in width, and/or
    4. (d)  as a side seam (insert connecting the back of the jersey to the front), a maximum of 4 inches in width

      but any non-white color may not appear within the body of the jersey (inside the shoulders, inclusive of the yoke of the jersey or the shoulders, below the collar, and to the bottom of the jersey). The exception to (d) would be what is stated in (b) above.

    5. (e)  The visiting team is responsible for avoidance of similarity of colors, but if there is doubt, the referee may require players of the home team to change jerseys.

NOTE: One American flag, not to exceed 2 inches by 3 inches, may be worn or occupy space on each item of uniform apparel. By state association adoption, to allow for special occasions, commemorative or memorial patches, not to exceed 4 square inches, may be worn on the uniform without compromising its integrity.

3. Players of the home team shall wear jerseys, unaltered from the manufacturer’s original design/production, that meet the following criteria: The body of the jersey (inside the shoulders, inclusive of the yoke of the jersey or the shoulders, below the collar, and to the bottom of the jersey) may not include white, except as stated below. If white appears in the body of the jersey of the home team, it may only appear:

  1. (a)  as the jersey number(s) required in 1-5-1c or as the school’s nickname, school logo, school name

    and/or player name within the body and/or on the shoulders,

  2. (b)  either as a decorative stripe placed during production that follows the curve of the raglan sleeve or

    following the shoulder seam in traditional yoke construction, not to exceed 1 inch at any point within the body of the jersey; or as decorative stripe(s) added in the shoulder area after production, not to exceed 1 inch per stripe and total size of combined stripes not to exceed 3.5 inches,

(c) within the collar, a maximum of 1 inch in width, and/or

  1. (d)  as a side seam (insert connecting the back of the jersey to the front), a maximum of 4 inches in width

    but any white color may not appear within the body of the jersey (inside the shoulders, inclusive of the yoke of the jersey or the shoulders, below the collar, and to the bottom of the jersey). The exception to (d) would be what is stated in (b) above.

  2. (e)  The visiting team is responsible for avoidance of similarity of colors, but if there is doubt, the referee may require players of the home team to change jerseys.

NOTE: One American flag, not to exceed 2 inches by 3 inches, may be worn or occupy space on each item of uniform apparel. By state association adoption, to allow for special occasions, commemorative or memorial patches, not to exceed 4 square inches, may be worn on the uniform without compromising its integrity.

c. Numbers:

  1. The numbers shall be clearly visible and legible using Arabic numbers 1-99 inclusive and shall be on the front and back of the jersey.
  2. The numbers shall be centered horizontally at least 8 inches and 10 inches high on front and back, respectively, and with continuous bars or strokes approximately 11⁄2-inches wide.
  3. The color and style of the number shall be the same on the front and back.
  4. The body of the number shall be either:

    (a) a continuous color(s) contrasting with the jersey color, or
    (b) the same solid color(s) as the jersey with a minimum of one border that is at least 1⁄4-inch in width of

    a single solid contrasting color.

d. Pads and Protective Equipment – The following pads and protective equipment are required of all players: 3. Shoulder pads and hard surface auxiliary attachments, which shall be fully covered by a jersey.

RULE 1-5-3:

ART. 3 . . . Illegal Equipment. No player shall participate while wearing illegal equipment. This applies to any equipment, which in the opinion of the umpire is dangerous, confusing or inappropriate. Illegal equipment shall always include but is not limited to:

a. The following items related to the Game Uniform: 1. Jerseys and pants that have:

(a) A visible logo/trademark or reference exceeding 21⁄4 square inches and exceeding 21⁄4 inches in any dimension.

(b) More than one manufacturer’s logo/trademark or reference on the outside of either item. (The same size restriction shall apply to either the manufacturer’s logo/trademark or reference).

(c) Sizing, garment care or other nonlogo labels on the outside of either item.
3. Tear-away jerseys or jerseys that have been altered in any manner that produces a knot-like

protrusion or creates a tear-away jersey.
c. The following items related to Other Illegal Equipment:

1. Ball-colored helmets, jerseys, patches, exterior arm covers/pads, undershirts or gloves.
5. Jerseys, undershirts or exterior arm covers/pads manufactured to enhance contact with the football

or opponent.
9. Equipment not worn as intended by the manufacturer.

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