GOVERNING UNIFORMS FOR OHSAA SPORTS
Last Updated- April 7, 2010
Due to the fact that there is no single resource
from which an athletic administrator can become informed about the rules governing
uniforms for each of the OHSAA-sponsored sports, this document will summarize both the
OHSAA General Sports Regulation on Uniforms as well as the specific regulations found in
the playing rules of each sport. The OHSAA hopes that this information will assist
athletic administrators and coaches so that costly mistakes are not made when ordering
school uniforms. An additional purpose is to assist administrators in reinforcing these
rules with coaches in order to prevent penalties for non-compliance. Coaches are
responsible, along with student-athletes, for insuring compliance with uniform rules. The
head official shall require coaches to verify prior to each contest that all athletes are
legally equipped, in legal uniforms and free of all jewelry.
The OHSAA General Sports Regulation #14, "Athletic
Uniforms" reads: Uniforms worn by participants in a high school athletic contest must
conform with the playing rules adopted by the OHSAA for that sport. Any lettering or
emblems on uniforms must pertain to the school name, school nickname, individual's
name, the sport, drug use prevention, sportsmanship, ethics or integrity or be of a
patriotic nature and provided it does not violate the rules of the sport in regard to
location. Any visible manufacturer's logo or trade name on a uniform or undergarment
must conform to the rules adopted by the national rules committee for that sport. However,
if there is no specific rule, the maximum size is no more than 2 ¼ square inches in size
with no dimension exceeding 2 ¼ inches. NOTE: All NFHS playing rules now permit ONE American
flag (no more than 2" X 3") to be placed on each piece of the uniform.
Uniforms of all team members should be of the same color and style. Caps and shoes are
required equipment (no track spikes allowed). When a player is required to wear a head
protector, it replaces the cap as mandatory equipment. For individual players, uniform
sleeve lengths may vary. However, sleeves of each individual player shall be approximately
the same length and shall not be ragged, frayed nor slit. If the pitcher's undershirt
sleeves are exposed they shall not be white nor gray. A uniform shall not have any
dangerous or reflective buttons or ornaments. Each player shall be numbered on the back of
his shirt with a plain number of solid color contrasting with color of shirt. The number
shall be a least eight inches high and no players on the same team shall wear identical
numbers. A number may have a border of not more than one-quarter inch in width. One
American flag 2" x 3" may be worn on each item of uniform apparel. The
schools official uniform (including uniform pants, jersey, visible undergarments,
socks, stockings, caps and head wear) may bear only a single manufacturers logo
(partial or whole) or trade name (no more than 2 ¼ square inches in size with no
dimension exceeding 2 ¼ inches).
Team jerseys shall include the players 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.
The number shall be centered vertically and horizontally.
Each player 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 squad list shall not have both numbers 0 and 00.
No more than three colors may be used. The style of the number must
be clearly visible and conform to one of the following:
- 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.
- The team jersey color itself when bordered with not more than two ¼-inch solid
border(s) contrasting with the team jersey color.
- A solid contrasting color with a "shadow" trim of a contrasting color on part
of the number not to exceed ½ inch in width. The shadow trim may only be used in place of
the ¼-inch border(s).
The number(s) on the front and back of the team jersey shall be the
same color and style.
The torso of the team jersey shall be a single solid color from the
base of the neck to the bottom of the team jersey. Undershirts shall be similar in color
to the torso of the shirt and shall not have frayed or ragged edges. If the undershirt has
sleeves, they shall be the same length.
NOTE: Beginning in 2007-08, the home team will be required to wear white
jerseys and the visiting team dark jerseys.
There are no restrictions in the area of the team jersey from the
base of the neckline to the shoulder seam. (If a back panel is used, it must be of the
same size and color as the corresponding front area).
Team names and/or abbreviations or players names may be placed
on the jersey. Horizontal lettering 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). Lettering below a number must have the first and last letters on the
same horizontal plane and said plane shall not be above a plane extending through the
bottom of the number(s). Any point on any letter shall not be closer than one inch to any
point on any number(s).
Any form of decorative emphasis (e.g., paw, halo, crown, star) on an
identifying name or abbreviation is only permitted if the name or abbreviation is located
above the number.
If a tail is used in the lettering of an identifying name or
abbreviation, the name or abbreviation must be located below the number.
Side inserts, including trim, of no more than 4 inches in width (2
inches on each side of seam) of any color(s), centered vertically below the armpit, are
permitted. Side inserts for all team jerseys must be of the same width.
Trim not to exceed 1 inch around the neck and arm openings.
A visible manufacturers logo/trademark is not permitted on
the team jersey or undershirt.
The American flag may be worn on the team shirt provided it does
not exceed 2 x 3 inches and does not interfere with the visibility of the players
A players team jersey designed to be worn inside the pants
shall be tucked inside the pants and the pants shall be above the hips and worn properly.
A player not conforming to this uniform policy shall be directed to leave the game.
A commemorative/memorial patch may be worn on the jersey provided
it is not a number and must be worn above the neckline or in the side.
ART. 2...Head decorations, head wear and jewelry.
EXCEPTION (1): State associations may on an individual basis allow a player to
participate while wearing a head covering if it meets the following criteria:
a. For medical or cosmetic reasons - In the event a participant is required by a
licensed medical physician to cover his or her head with a covering or wrap, the
physician's statement is required before the state association can approve a covering or
wrap which is not abrasive, hard, or dangerous to any other player and which is attached
in such a way it is highly unlikely that it will come off during play.
b. For religious reasons - In the event there is documented evidence provided to the state
association that a participant may not expose his or her uncovered head, the state
association may approve a covering or wrap which is not abrasive, hard, or dangerous to
any other player and which is attached in such a way it is highly unlikely it will come
off during play.
EXCEPTION (2): Headbands no wider than 2 inches and made of non-abrasive unadorned
single-colored cloth, elastic, fiber, soft leather or rubber may be worn. Rubber/cloth
(elastic) bands may be used to control hair.
ART 3...Equipment which is unnatural and designed to increase a player's height or
reach or to gain an advantage.
ART 4...An illegal undershirt.
ART 5...An undergarment or tights which extend below the pants.
EXCEPTION: Compression shorts which are unadorned and of a single color similar to
the predominant color of the pants may be worn.
One manufacturer's logo/trade name (no more than 2 ¼ square inches in size with no
dimension exceeding 2 ¼ inches) is permitted on the pants, compression shorts, socks,
sweatbands and headband. No visible manufacturer's logo/trade name is permitted on the
shirt or undershirt.
All players must wear the same sleeved, bowling shirt which conforms to school/OHSAA
regulations. At minimum, the shirt must have the name of the school or school nickname as
identified in the OHSAA School Directory on the back. All players must wear the same color
pants. No jeans or cotton sweat pants are permitted. If nylon warmups are worn, they must
be worn by the entire team and be identical in style and color. Girls are permitted to
wear skirts and/or shorts provided the skirts/shorts are of the same color as the pants
and are no shorter than the end of the bowler's index finger when standing. Pants should
be worn at waist level and not sag or touch the floor. Cargo pants are not permitted.
Manufacturer logos (Nike, Adidas, etc.) are permitted but not Bowling Center logos. See
General Sports Regulations regarding permissibility and size of manufacturer's and other
CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK AND FIELD
Uniforms must be worn as intended by the manufacturer.
The complete cross country and track and field
uniform consists of shoes, school-issued track bottoms and full-length track top
(singlet) or one piece uniform . Bare midriff tops are not acceptable. The top must
hang below or be tucked into the waistband of the bottoms when the competitor is standing
erect. Any visible shirt worn under the top and other visible apparel worn under the
bottom must be unadorned and of a single (and the same) color. A visible
garment worn under the uniform top displaying contrasting stitching to
the single, solid color of the undergarment and functions as the actual
seam for the undergarment's construction is legal. Visible items worn under
both the top and the bottom do not have to the same color. The top and bottom may have
school identification, and the top may have the competitors name. The top shall not
be knotted. Also a single manufacturer's logo or trade name(no more than 2 ¼ square
inches in size with no dimension exceeding 2 ¼ inches) is permissible per each item of
uniform apparel. The American flag may be worn on the uniform and shall not exceed 2"
x 3". Bottoms may vary in length and style, but must be the same color for all team
In relay races in track and field and in cross country
team competition, each team member shall wear the same color and design school uniform
(top and bottom or one piece uniform). Any visible shirt worn under the top and other
visible apparel worn under the bottom must be unadorned and of the same color for all
teammates choosing to wear it.
A shoe is a covering for the foot having an upper and a definitely recognizable sole
and heel. The upper must be designed so that is can be securely fastened to the foot by
laces or velcro. Track spikes may not exceed 1/2 inch in length measured from the sole to
the tip of the spike. Unless deemed unsuitable by meet management, track spikes up to one
inch in length may be used for cross country competition. The use of slippers or socks
does not meet the requirements of the rule.
In Ohio, high school track and field and cross country competitors are required to wear the school-issued
jersey with the number permanently attached to the back of the jersey. The numerals shall
be plain Arabic numerals of a contrasting color with the jersey color and must be a
minimum of 4" in height. Matching numbers may be attached to the front. Each school
is assigned a range of numbers that may be used.
Contestants shall not wear jewelry with the exception of religious or medical medals. A
religious medal must be taped and worn under the uniform. A medical alert must be taped
and may be visible.
(PENALTY: For an illegal uniform or illegal equipment/jewelry, the competitor is
disqualified from the event).
Members of each team shall be dressed uniformly except the goalkeeper. The uniform top
shall have clearly visible numbers on the front and back. The numbers shall be of a solid
color contrasting to any surrounding colors. It is required that the numbers on the front
be 3-6" in height and 6-8" on the back. Any number from 00-99 is legal. A team
may not use both 0 and 00. Three digit numbers and duplicate numbers on
players of the same team are not permitted. The home team shall wear predominantly light-colored uniform
tops and the visiting team shall wear predominantly dark-colored uniform tops.
Effective January 1, 2011,
following are the color requirements for the jersey/top:
a. The home team shall
wear single solid white uniform tops front and back on the torso, and
the visiting team shall wear single solid black or dark-colored uniform
tops front and back on the torso. The "torso" is the portion of the top
from an imaginary horizontal line at the base of the neckline extending
to each armhole/sleeve, down to the bottom hem of the top and from side
seam to side seam.
b. Team names and/or
abbreviations may be placed on the front or back of the jersey/top
c. Lettering must be
placed horizontally and may be arched. Names may also be on multiple
d. The first and last
letters, either above or below the number, must be on the same
horizontal plane. When above the number, the plane may not be below a
plane extending through the top of the number(s). When below the
number, the plane may not be above a plane extending through the bottom
of the number(s).
e. Any point on any letter
shall not be closer than one inch to any point on any number(s).
f. Any form of decorative
accent (i.e. paw, halo, crown, star, etc.) in a name or abbreviation is
only permitted above the number. If a tail is used in the lettering of
an identifying name or abbreviation, the name or abbreviation must be
located below the number.
g. There are no
restrictions in the area of the jersey/top from an imaginary horizontal
line at the base of the neckline extending to each armhole/sleeve, up to
the shoulder seam.
h. Different colors and/or
designs may be used in this area.
Neckline and Armhole-Sleeve Trim Requirements
i. Trim shall not exceed 1
inch around the neck and arm openings.
j. Side inserts must be
centered vertically below the armpit.
k. The width of the side
inserts, including trim, must be a maximum of 4 inches (2 inches on each
side of the seam).
l. The style/design of the
side insert may be of any color or design. Side inserts must be the
same width for all team jerseys. Commemorative/memorial patches not to
exceed 4 square inches with the state association approval may be worn
in this area or above the neckline.
Individual players may wear mittens/gloves and knitted hats as well as full-length,
solid-colored warm up pants/tights provided the knee-length socks/sock guards are visible.
All players on the team shall wear like-colored warm up pants. Players shall not wear any
other undergarment that extends below the uniform bottom. Exception: Compression shorts
which are plain and of a single color the same as the predominant color of the uniform
bottom. If a player wears a long-sleeve undershirt, it shall be plain and of the same
color as the uniform top. Note: All players on a team shall wear the same color
compression shorts, undershirt and/or warm-up pants. Knee-length, solid-colored socks/sock
guards (not rolled down) are required for all players. The home team shall wear white or
light-colored socks/sock guards and the visiting team shall wear contrasting dark-colored
The goalkeeper shall wear a uniform top of a color contrasting to the color of the
uniform tops of both teams and shall have a visible number. She shall wear field hockey
goalie pads, not to exceed 12 inches in width per pad (frontal view) and goalie shoes or
kickers. Goalkeepers shall wear a full face/cage mask-helmet which covers the entire head
including the back of the head (cage must be rounded at all points), chest protector
specifically manufactured for field hockey worn under the shirt and field hockey goalie
gloves which shall have separate fingers without webbing and shall not exceed 8 inches in
width when lying flat. It is legal for the goalkeeper to wear foam hand protectors that
are no more than 9 inches wide and 14 inches in length. Chest protectors that provide
additional coverage may also be worn. Mask helmets shall not have a hard, visor-type
protrusion that extends beyond the cage. A wrap-around style throat protector is required.
Goalkeeper shall wear a mouth protector which may be attached to the face mask/helmet.
Field players may wear soft headgear such as Taekwondo or Judo headgear, a face mask
and may also wear eye protection that meets the current ASTM standard for field hockey.
Tooth protectors for all players shall be of a readily visible color
other than white or clear.
SECTION 5 PLAYER EQUIPMENT
ART. 1...Mandatory. Each player shall wear the following pieces of equipment
which shall be professionally manufactured and not altered to decrease protection:
a. A face mask which met the NOCSAE test standard at the time of manufacture.
The multiple bar type is recommended. The face mask shall be made of material designed to
be nonbreakable with rounded edges, and those constructed of metal shall have the surface
covered with resilient material designed to prevent chipping, burrs or abrasiveness which
would endanger players.
b. A helmet which met the NOCSAE test standard at the time of manufacture and
has a visible exterior warning label regarding the risk of injury. The helmet shall be
secured by a properly fastened chin strap.
c. Hip pads with tailbone protector.
d. A jersey with a clearly visible and legible number 1-99 inclusive on the
front and back.
1. The numbers shall be at least 10 inches and 8 inches high in back and front
respectively, and with bars or strokes about 1 1/2 inches wide.
2. The color and style of the number shall be the same on the front and back.
3. The body of the number shall be either a single solid color contrasting with
the jersey color, or the same single solid color as the jersey with a minimum ¼-inch wide
border of a single solid contrasting color.
4. The visiting team in football games shall wear white jerseys, and the home
team shall wear jerseys of a contracting color (dark).
NOTE: An American flag, not to exceed 2 by 3 inches, and either a commemorative or
memorial patch, not to exceed 4 square inches and with written state association approval,
may be worn on the jersey provided neither the flag nor the patch interferes with the
visibility of the number.
e. Knee pads worn over the knee and under the pants and at least 1/2 inch thick
or 3/8 inch thick if made of an approved shock-absorbing material.
f. Pants which cover the knees and knee pads.
g. Shoes shall be made of a material which covers the foot (canvas, leather, or
synthetic) attached to a firm sole of leather, rubber, or composition material which may
have cleats or which may be cleatless.
h. Among the items which do not meet these requirements are gymnastic
slippers, tennis shoes cut so protection is reduced, ski and logger boots, and other
apparel not intended for football use:
1. Removable cleats must conform to the following specifications:
a) Constructed of a material which does not chip or develop a cutting edge.
Legal material includes leather, nylon, certain plastics and rubber. Cleats may be tipped
with leaded steel such as C12, L14 or B113L or steel equivalent to SAE 1070 hardened and
drawn to Rockwell C scale 42-45; the use of aluminum or ceramics is not permissible.
b) The base and the tip of the cleat must be parallel. The free end may be
rounded in an arc with a radius of not less than 7/16 inch provided the overall length is
not more than 1/2 inch measured from the tip of the cleat to the shoe. The cleat may be
attached to a raised platform which is molded to the shoe. The platform may be not more
than 5/32 inch in height and must be wider than the base of the cleat. The widest part of
the cleat must be in direct contact with the platform.
The 5/32 inch raised platform must be wider than the base of the cleat and must extend
across the width of the sole to within 1/4 inch or less of the outer edges of the sole. A
single toe cleat does not require a raised platform that extends across the width of the
sole. The raised platform of the toe cleat is limited to 5/32 inch or less. The 5/32 inch
platform is measured from the lowest part of the shoe's sole.
c) An effective locking device which prevents the exposure of metal posts must
d) The cleat wall must be at least 3/16 inch in diameter.
e) The sides of the cleat shall taper uniformly from a minimum base of 3/4 inch
in diameter to a minimum tip of 3/8 inch in diameter.
2. Nonremovable cleats are limited to studs or projections which do not exceed
1/2 inch in length and which are made with nonabrasive rubber or rubber-type synthetic
material which does not have and will not develop a cutting edge.
i. Shoulder pads fully covered by a jersey.
j. Thigh guards which must have any hard surface covered with material such as
closed-cell vinyl foam which has a minimum compression resistance of four to eight pounds
for 25% compression or other material with equivalent specifications and is at least 1/4
inch thick on the outside surface and at least 3/8 inch thick on the inside surface and
the overlap of the edge. Shin guards, if worn, must meet these specifications.
k. A tooth and mouth protector
(intraoral) which includes an occlusal (protecting and separating the biting surfaces)
and a labial (protecting the lips) portion and covers all upper teeth. It is recommended
the protector be:
1. Constructed from a model made from an impression of the individual's teeth.
2. Constructed and fitted to the individual by impressing his teeth into the
tooth and mouth protector itself.
3. Shall be of any readily visible color other than
white or clear.
ART. 2...Legal if approved by the umpire. The following auxiliary equipment may
be worn if sanctioned by the umpire as being soft, nonabrasive, nonhardening material:
NOTE: Each state association may authorize the use of artificial limbs which in
its opinion are no more dangerous to players than the corresponding human limb and do not
place an opponent at a disadvantage.
a. Forearm pads, hand pads or gloves which may be anchored on each end with
NOTE: Beginning with the 1994 season, the use of sticky, adhesive, tacky gloves
will be restricted.
b. Tape, bandage, or support wrap on the hand or forearm to protect an existing
injury. EXCEPTION: Tape, bandage, or support wrap not to exceed three thicknesses,
and sweatbands, when worn on the wrist beginning at the base of the thumb and extending no
more than three inches toward the elbow, are legal without inspection or approval.
c. Gloves designed for athletic competition which have an interior label
securely attached or an interior stamp (NF/NCAA Specifications) indicating voluntary
compliance with test specifications on file with the Sporting Goods Manufacturers
Association as of January 1, 1994.
d. Each state association may authorize the use of artificial limbs which in its
opinion are no more dangerous to players than the corresponding human limb and do not
place an opponent at a disadvantage.
ART. 3...Illegal. No player shall be permitted to play while wearing illegal
equipment. This applies to any equipment, which in the opinion of the umpire is dangerous
or confusing. Illegal equipment shall always include but is not limited to:
a. Ball-colored helmets, jerseys, patches, pads or gloves, penalty-flag colored
pads or gloves. Any transverse stripe on the sleeve below the elbow.
b. Computers or any other electronic or mechanical devices for communication.
NOTE 1: By state association adoption a team totally composed of deaf or
partially deaf players, may use a drum to establish a rhythmic cadence following the
NOTE 2: Each state association may authorize the use of a hearing instrument to
enhance the efficiency of a required hearing aid prescribed by a licensed medical
physician, provided it is not dangerous to the wearer or any other player.
c. Hard substance in its final form such as leather, rubber, plastic, plaster or
fiberglass when worn on the elbow, hand, wrist or forearm, unless covered on all exterior
surfaces with no less than 1/2 inch thick, high-density, closed-cell polyurethane, or an
alternate material of the same minimum thickness and similar physical properties to
protect an injury as directed in writing by a licensed medical physician.
d. Knee braces made of hard unyielding material, unless hinges are covered on
both sides and all edges overlap and the brace is worn under the pants. Unless covering is
provided by the manufacturer, any portion of the brace made of hard material and extending
below the pants must be covered. Any other hard substance across the front of the leg must
be covered with at least 1/2 inch of closed-cell slow-recovery rubber or other material of
the same minimum thickness and having similar physical properties.
e. Metal which is projecting or other hard substance on clothes or person.
f. Plastic material covering protective pads whose edges are not rounded with a
radius equal to 1/2 the thickness of the plastic.
g. Rib pads and back protectors unless fully covered by a jersey.
h. Slippery or sticky substance of a foreign nature on equipment, uniform or on
an exposed part of the body which affects the ball or an opponent.
i. Tear-away jerseys or jerseys that have been altered in any manner which
produces a knot-like protrusion or creates a tear-away jersey.
j. Uniform adornments other than one unmarked white towel, which shall be no
less than 4 inches in width and 12 inches in length and no greater than 18 inches in width
and 36 inches in length.
k. Jerseys and pants manufactured after January 1, 1996 that have:
1. More than one visible manufacturer's logo/trade name on each item (jersey
2. A visible logo/trade name (no more than 2 ¼ square inches in size with no
dimension exceeding 2 ¼ inches) on each item (jersey and pants).
Note: The American flag may be worn on the uniform provided it does not exceed 2
x 3 inches and does not interfere with the visibility of the jersey number.
m. Eye shields with less than 100% light transmission (must be transparent).
ART. 4...Prior to the start of the game, the head coach shall be responsible for
verifying to the referee and umpire that all of his players are equipped in compliance
with these rules. Any questions regarding legality of a player's equipment shall be
resolved by the umpire.
ART. 5... When any required player equipment is missing or when illegal equipment
is found, correction must be made before participation. An official's time-out shall be
declared to permit prompt repair of equipment which becomes illegal or defective through
use. (See 3-5-2b, 5b and 7f)
ART. 6...Each player shall properly wear the required equipment while the ball
PENALTY: Unsportsmanlike conduct (Arts. 3,4) -- (S27) -- 15 yards. See 9-8-1h.
Failure to properly wear required equipment during a down (Art. 6)--(S23)--5 yards. See
3-6-2d for failure to properly wear required equipment when the ball is about to become
Utilize OHSAA Uniform Regulation (see page 1).
Utilize the OHSAA Uniform Regulation (page 1). In accordance with USA
Gymnastics rules, acceptable attire is a one piece leotard with no bare midriff. The leg
cut of the leotard must be below the pelvis bone. Sleeveless leotards are not considered
incorrect attire. For team competition, all members of the team shall compete in
like-colored uniforms. Gymnasts shall not wear jewelry.
Utilize the OHSAA Uniform Regulation (page 1). Refer to National
Federation Rules Book for specific equipment requirements.
The required player equipment includes a jersey, shorts, socks, suitable
shoes and shinguards which shall provide adequate and reasonable
protection, be professionally manufactured, age – and size-appropriate,
not altered to decrease protection, worn under the socks, and are worn
with the bottom edge no higher than 2 inches above the ankle. (see
illustrations regarding shinguards). Shinguards must meet the National
Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE)
specifications. The NOCSAE seal and the appropriate height range of the
player shall appear on the shinguard. The NOCSAE seal and height range
shall be permanently marked on the front of the shinguard. Equipment
shall not be modified from its original manufactured state and shall be
worn in the manner the manufacturer intended it to be worn. It is also
recommended that male players wear a supporter and protective cup.
Requirements for uniforms:
Jerseys and socks of opposing teams shall be of contrasting
colors and, in the event of a similarity of color; the home team shall
be responsible for making the necessary change.
The home team shall wear white or light jerseys and socks, and
the visiting team shall wear dark jersey and socks. Beginning with the
2013 fall season, the home team shall wear solid white jerseys and solid
white socks, and the visiting team shall wear dark jerseys and socks.
Prior to and during the game, jerseys shall be tucked into the shorts,
unless manufactured to be worn outside.
Both socks shall be the same color, with a single dominant color,
but not necessarily the color of the jersey.
A manufacturer’s logo/trademark appearing on both sides of the
socks is legal.
If visible, apparel is worn under the jersey and/or shorts, it
shall be of a similar length, all alike and of a solid color.
One manufacturer logo/trademark or reference is permitted on the
outside of each item which may not exceed 2 l/4 square inches and may
not exceed 2 1/4 inches in any dimension. (Subject to the provisions in
An American flag, not to exceed 2 by 3 inches, and either a
commemorative or memorial patch, not to exceed 4 square inches and with
written state association approval, may be worn on the jersey provided
neither the flag nor the patch interferes with the visibility of the
When an illegally uniformed team is unable to correct the
situation or cannot verify state association approval of the uniform,
the game shall be played. The referee must, however, notify the state
association following the game.
Except for the uniform of the goalkeeper, jerseys, shorts and
socks of teammates shall be of similar color, design and pattern.
All jerseys (including the goalkeeper effective 2012) shall be
numbered on the back with a different Arabic number at least six inches
in height and on the front (jersey or shorts) with the same number,
which shall be at least 4 inches in height. Numbers shall be of
contrasting color to the jersey (or shorts) and clearly visible.
Jerseys shall be numbered on the back with a different Arabic number at
least 6 inches in height and on the front (jersey or shorts) with the
same number which shall be at least 4 inches in height. Numbers shall
be of contrasting color to the jersey (or shorts) and clearly visible.
Only those names, patches, emblems, logos or insignias
referencing the school are permitted on the team uniform, except as in
4-1-1(d), (f), and (g). The player’s name may also appear on the team
The jersey of the goalkeeper shall be distinctly different from
that of any teammate or opponent, except the other goalkeeper. The
shorts or pants and socks of the goalkeeper are not required to be the
same color as his/her teammates, but must comply with Rule 4-1-1f.
Shoes must be worn by all participants in a game. Shoes with
soles containing metal (aluminum, magnesium, titanium, etc.), leather,
rubber, nylon, or plastic cleats, studs, or bars, whether molded as part
of the sole or detachable, are allowed as long as the referee does not
consider them dangerous or they have been altered in any creating sharp
edges thus rendering them unsafe.
ART. 2 It is recommended that team
captains wear an upper arm band of a contrasting color.
ART. 3 It is recommended that substitutes wear distinguishing
pinnies when warming up outside of the team area.
Sweatbands may be worn on the head or
wrist if made of soft material (NF 4-2-3). Players
shall not wear jewelry with the exception of religious or medical medals. A religious medal must be taped and worn under the
uniform. A medical alert must be taped and
may be visible (NF 4-2-4). Refer to the NFHS
Soccer Rules book for information regarding other equipment (Rule 4, Section 2).
The following information can be found in the NFHS Softball
Rules Book (Rule 3, Section 2).
- Uniforms of all team members should be of the same color and
- A number of the back of each players jersey is required and
shall be at least 6 inches high. The
number must be of solid color contrasting with the color of shirt. The numbers may have a contrasting color border,
which shall not exceed ¼ inch. No players on
the same team shall wear identical numbers.
- The school's official uniform (including uniform jersey, and/or
pants/shorts/skirts, etc., visible undergarments, socks, stockings, caps and headwear) may
bear only a single manufacturer's logo (partial or whole) or trademark that does not
exceed 2 ¼ square inches with no dimension exceeding 2 ¼ inches.
- One American flag (2" x 3" maximum) may be worn on each
item of uniform apparel, and either a commemorative or memorial patch, not to exceed 4
square inches and with written state association approval, may be worn on the jersey,
provided neither the flag or patch interferes with the visibility of the number.
- Caps, visors and headbands may be mixed. If worn, they must all be the same color. If worn a headband must be one piece, and a single
solid color. The logo may be any color. Plastic visors and bandannas are prohibited.
- For individual players, uniform sleeve lengths may vary. However,
sleeves of each individual player shall be approximately the same length and shall not be
ragged, frayed or slit.
- Exposed undergarments, if worn, are considered part of the
official uniform. All exposed undergarments
shall be in either school colors or colors of black, white, or gray.
- Exposed upper-body undergarments do not have to be the same color
as exposed lower-body undergarments. However,
all exposed upper-body undergarments shall be the same color, and all exposed lower-body
undergarments shall be the same color.
- A pitcher's exposed upper-body undergarments may be white or gray
if she is the only team member wearing an upper-body undergarment or if other team members
are wearing the same color.
- A uniform shall not have any dangerous or reflective buttons or
- A pitcher shall not wear any item on the pitching hand, wrist,
arm or thighs which may, in the umpires judgment, be distracting to the batter.
- Players shall wear / utilize uniforms / equipment properly and as
designed by the manufacturer.
- All fast pitch batting helmets shall be equipped with a NOCSAE
approved face protector. The phrase "meets NOCSAE standard" must be
permanently affixed to the face protector.
- Shoes are required equipment.
Shoe sole or heel projections other than the standard shoe plate are prohibited. Metal toe plates and metal cleats are
permitted. However, metal cleats cannot be L-shaped. Cleats must be
rectangular and not extend in excess of 3/4 inch from sole. Detachable cleats are
permitted if the cleats screw into the sole of the shoe.
- Players in the game are prohibited from wearing jewelry such as
rings, watches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces (including cloth or string types),
other cosmetic or decorative items that are hard. Religious medals and medical-alert medals are not
considered jewelry. A religious medal must be
taped and worn under the uniform. A
medical-alert medal must be taped and may be visible.
Hard, unadorned devices, such as bobby pins, barrettes and hair
clips, no longer than 2 inches, are permissible.
- All casts, splints and braces must be padded. Knee and
ankle braces are permitted but all exposed hinges must be covered.
- Any equipment judged by the umpire to be potentially dangerous is
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Art. 2…Suits worn by swimmers shall be limited to the
- Only one swimsuit shall be permitted in competition. (A
swimmer with special needs may request customization through his/her
school to the state association.)
- The swimsuit shall be:
constructed of a woven/knit textile material;
permeable (100 percent to air and water);
made so as not to aid in buoyancy and shall not be altered to aid in
made with no zippers or other fastening system other than a waist
tie for a brief or jammer and elastic material within the
casing/ribbing in the terminal ends (straps, leg openings, and waist
5. constructed so that
the style/shape of the suit for males shall not extend above the
waist nor below the top of the kneecap and for females shall not
extend beyond the shoulders nor below the top of the kneecap, nor
cover the neck.
Players shall wear proper tennis attire. Proper attire is defined as clothing specifically
manufactured for tennis wear, consistent with the school's colors. Any lettering or
pictures on clothing must pertain to the school name or emblem. Manufacturer's logos or
trade names (no more than 2 ¼ square inches in size with no dimension exceeding 2 ¼
inches) are permitted on all tennis uniforms. Girls have the option of a tennis dress or a
school uniform. Doubles team players shall wear like-color tops. Any visible undergarments
that extend below the uniform shorts or skirt shall be the same color of the shorts or
skirt or represent school colors.
All players shall wear like-colored uniforms consisting of shirts and shorts, pants or
skirts in one or two pieces. The libero must wear a uniform top that is immediately
recognized from all angles as being in clear contrast to and distinct from the other
members of the team. The primary color of the libero's uniform top must be different from
any color that appears on more than 25 percent of the body of her teammates' uniform tops.
In determining the body of the uniform, the sleeves and collar should be ignored. The
libero uniform must have a legal number. The style and trim of the libero's uniform top
may differ from her teammates's uniforms, but her shorts must be like-colored to her
teammates. The uniform may also include compression shorts, which are unadorned and
of a single color similar to the predominant color of the uniform bottom. Each player
shall be identified by a number on the uniform top that is not a duplicate of a teammate's
number. The number shall be permanent and clearly visible; not more than two digits; a
plain, Arabic numeral of a solid color contrasting with the color of the surrounding
colors and the color of the uniform top and not less than 3/4 inches
in width; located on the upper front and back of the uniform top; at least four inches
high on the front of the top and at least six inches high on the back of the top; placed
so that the top of the number on the front of the uniform shall be no more than 5"
down from the shoulder seam; or placed so the number is centered no more than five inches
below the bottom edge of any neckline ribbing, placket or seams on the uniform. The
number may have a single contrasting border or shadow not to exceed 1/2 inch in width.
Uniforms are to be worn as intended by the manufacturer and shall not be removed in the
If a visible number is worn on the uniform bottom, it shall be the same number as on
the uniform top. Appropriate playing shoes shall be worn. If undergarments such as
T-shirts, body suits, sports bras, etc. are worn in such a manner that they are exposed,
they shall be of a single color similar to the predominant color of the uniform top.
Players shall not wear undergarments or tights which extend below the uniform bottom with
the EXCEPTION of compression shorts which are unadorned, of a single color similar to the
predominant color of the uniform bottom, and do not extend below the knee. Players shall
not wear uniforms, which include advertising or a partial/whole manufacturer's logo or
trade name (no more than 2 ¼ square inches in size with no dimension exceeding 2 ¼
inches) or appears more than once on each piece of the uniform. One American flag (no more
than 2" x 3" in size) is permitted on each piece of the uniform.
All uniforms must be free of all hard and unyielding items such as buttons, zippers,
snaps and fasteners.
Note: The libero player shall wear a numbered uniform top of a clearly contracting
color to that of the other team members. Schools should choose a light-dark
combination as is required in the basketball rules. Go to www.ohsaa.org/sports/vb/girls/libero.htm
for more information.
Wrestler shall wear (a) a sleeveless shirt fastened down at the crotch and cut no lower in
the back or front than the level of the armpits and under the arms no lower than one half
the distance between the armpit and the belt line; (b) either full-length tights with
stirrups and close fitting outside short trunks or a properly cut l-piece uniform with a
minimum four-inch inseam and a maximum length of above the knee. If no tights are worn, a
suitable undergarment shall be worn. The uniform shall be a school issued uniform.
While full-length tights are acceptable under a one-piece uniform, Bermuda-length tights
and other accessories that extend beyond the inseam of a one-piece uniform are not
permitted. Note: The rules do not allow a contestant to wear anything under the shirt,
except when there is good and sufficient reason as determined by the referee. Wrestler
shall wear light heelless wrestling shoes, reaching above the ankles and laced above the
ankles by means of all eyelets. The laces shall be taped down or secured in an acceptable fashion,
so the shoes are secured on the feet. Wrestlers shall wear protective headgear which provides (a) adequate ear
protection, (b) no injury hazard to the opponent, and (c) an adjustable locking device to
prevent it from coming off or turning on the wrestler's head. Any manufacturers
logo/trade name (no more than 2 ¼ square inches in size with no dimension exceeding 2 ¼
inches) that appears on the wrestling uniform may appear no more than once on each item of
uniform apparel. It is also permissible for the American flag to appear on the uniform
with a maximum size of 2" by 3". (4-1-1)