There are specific rules with regards to uniforms. Unfortunately, many officials don't "Like" the rule and refuse to enforce them. Couple that approach with the fact that the OHSAA won't take a stand one way or another on the issue and you have a hodge podge of enforcement. In my opinion, ( which means absolutely nothing )either enforce the rule as written by the NFHS just as states like North Carolina does (with full compliance) or issue an edict to each official advising them to ignore the NFHS rule and allow the teams and player to do as they wish. (watch what happens)Isnt there a rule on what you can wear under your uniform? I thought it had to match the main color of the uniform, but I've noticed that lot the case a lot this year. Tonight I saw a Fairfield player with black under his red uniform. I've seen white under dark colors as well.
Anyway, here's the rule in the book....
- "Undershirts shall be a single solid color similar to the torso of the jersey and shall be hemmed and not have frayed or ragged edges. If the undershirt has sleeves, they shall be the same length"
- "Compression shorts were added the rule that covers sleeves, and tights. This addition will require the compression shorts to meet the color requirement outlined for all the items in that rule."
- "Arm sleeves, knee sleeves, lower-leg sleeves, tights and compression shorts are permissible. The sleeves/tights and compression shorts shall be black, white, beige or the predominant color of the jersey and the same color sleeves/ tights worn by teammates. All sleeves/tights and compression shorts shall be the same solid color and must be the same color as any headband or wristband worn."
The penalty for the uniform violations is removal of a participating player or refusing entry to an entering player (substitute). The players may return once they are in compliance with the rule.