(7-11-17) When schools update the look of their football uniforms, there is a very specific  guideline they must follow. The OHSAA follows  the NFHS standards. This puts the manufacturer, sales rep, coach and AD on the hot seat if there is something found on the uniform that does not meet the guidelines.

Marion Local’s new jerseys that were were done by Russell Athletic and sold by Albert Sporting Goods need to follow some detailed requirements (just a small part of the equipment rules). –

  1. 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.
    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. as the jersey number(s) required in 1-5-1c or as the team and/or player name within the body and/or on the shoulders,
      2. 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. within the collar, a maximum of 1 inch in width, and/or
      4. 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. 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 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.
  1. 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. as the jersey number(s) required in 1-5-1c or as the team and/or player name within the body and/or on the shoulders.
    2. 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. within the collar, a maximum of 1 inch in width, and/or
    4. 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.
    5. The visiting team is responsible for avoidance of similarity of colors, but if there is doubt, the referee may require players of the home to change jerseys.
NOTE: One American flag, not to exceed 2 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.
  1. 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 the front and back, respectively, and with continuous bars or strokes approximately 1½-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:
      1. a continuous color(s) contrasting with the jersey color, or
      2. the same solid color(s) as the jersey with a minimum of one border that is at least ¼-inch in width of a single solid contrasting color.

Pretty detailed requirements, that is why all who are involved need to make sure the jersey (and other equipment) falls within the guidelines of the rules.

When you take a quick tour of the Russell Athletic Football Catalog, 127 pages, you’ll see some of the process and the many choices a school can make.

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A wide variety of uniforms

So the next time you are at a high school football game, remember what a program has to do to find those uniforms.  That might just be the toughest part of being a high school football coach.

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