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Uniform Regulations - Basketball

The following “Basketball Uniform Requirements” are found in the 2013-14 NFHS Basketball  Rules Book. They are detailed in Section 4 of Rule 3 and are found on pages 23-24



ART. 1 …. Team jersey color and design shall adhere to the following:

  1. The torso of the team jersey shall be the same single solid color for all team members.
  2. The torso is the portion of the jersey from an imaginary line at the base of the neckline extending to each armhole, down to the bottom hem of the jersey and from side seam/insert to side seam/insert.  The imaginary line at the base of the neckline shall not extend beyond 1 ½ inches from the lowest point of the neckline apex/opening.
  3. The torso color shall be white for the home team and a contrasting dark color for the visiting team.

NOTE:  It is recommended that the dark torso color for the visiting team be the darker color of the school’s color scheme or black.

  1. There are no color/design restrictions in the area of the team jersey from the imaginary line at the base of the neckline to the top of the shoulder and in the corresponding area on the back of the jersey.
  2. Side inserts, including trim/piping/accent color(s), shall be no more than 4 inches in width (2 inches on each side of seam) of any color(s) or design, centered vertically below the armpit.  Side inserts for all team jersey shall be the same width.
  3. Trim, piping or an accent color differing from the torso color shall not exceed 1 inch around the arm openings, except as in item d above.

ART. 2 ….Logos/flags/patches shall adhere to the following:

  1. A visible manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference is permitted on the team jersey, not to exceed 2 ¼ square inches with no dimension more than 2 ¼ inches.  The manufacturer’s logo may be located no more than 5 inches below the shoulder seam on the front of the jersey, or 2 inches from the neckline on the back of the jersey; or in either side insert.
  2. The American flag may be worn anywhere on the team jersey provided it does not exceed 2 x 3 inches and does not interfere with the visibility of the player’s number.
  3. One commemorative/memorial patch may be worn on the jersey.  The patch shall not exceed 4 square inches, shall not be a number and must be located above the neckline or in the side insert.
  4. A school or conference logo/mascot may be located at the apex/opening of the neckline or above it, in the corresponding area on the back of the jersey and/or in either side insert.

ART. 3 ….Numbers shall adhere to the following:

  1. Team jerseys shall include the team member’s number, which shall be at least 6 inches high on the back and at least 4 inches high on the front and not less than ¾ inch in width excluding the border.
  2. The number(s) shall be centered vertically and horizontally on the portion of the jersey that is intended to be visible.
  3. The number(s) on the front and back of the team jersey shall be the same color and style.
  4. Each team member shall be numbered on the front and back of the team jersey with plain Arabic numerals.  The following numbers are legal: 0,1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 00, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55.  A team member list shall not have both numbers 0 and 00.
  5. No more than three colors may be used on the number.  The style of the number must be clearly visible and conform to one of the following:
  6. A solid contrasting color with no more than two solid color ¼-inch borders around the entire number.  If the team jersey color is used as a border, it must be counted as one of the allowed colors.
  7. The team jersey color itself when bordered with not more than two ¼-inch solid border(s) contrasting with the team jersey color.
  8. A solid contrasting color with a “shadow” trim of a contrasting color on part of the number not to exceed ½ inch in width and may be used with one ¼-inch border.

ART. 4 ….Identifying name(s) shall adhere to the following:

  1. If used, lettering with team names and/or abbreviations or team member’s names must be placed horizontally on the jersey.
  2. Lettering above a number may be arched, but the first and last letters must be on the same horizontal plane, such plane shall not be below a plane extending through the top of the number(s).
  3. Lettering below a number must have the first and last letters on the same horizontal plane and said plane shall not be above a plan extending through the bottom of the number(s).
  4. Any point on any letter shall not be closer than one inch to any point on any number(s).
  5. Any form of decorative accent (e.g., paw, halo, crown, star) in an identifying name or abbreviation is only permitted if the name or abbreviation is located above the number.
  6. If a tail is used in the lettering of an identifying name or abbreviation, the name or abbreviation must be located below the number.

ART. 5 ….Uniform pants/skirts shall have only one visible manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference. See 3-6-2 for size requirements.

Please refer to NFHS Basketball Rules 3-5, 3-6 and 3-7 for information on Player Equipment and additional apparel such as headbands, wristbands, undershirts and compression shorts.