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NFHS Issues New Basketball Uniform Rules


High school basketball player uniforms and apparel for boys and girls were among rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) for the 2023-24 season.

• Rule 3-4-5 clarifies that multiple styles of uniform bottoms may be worn by teammates, but they must all be like-colored and adhere to uniform rules outlined in Rule 3-6-2 regarding logos and trademarks. “Multiple styles” is referencing the option for players to wear skirts, pants, shorts, etc., and allows for religious or even personal accommodations without having to request permission, according to Lindsey Atkinson, NFHS Director of Sports and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee.

• Rule 3-6-2 requires all logos/trademarks must be limited to 2-1/4 square inches and shall not exceed 2-1/4 inches in any dimension on any item.

• Rule 3-5-6 addresses undershirts and allows teams to wear a single solid color or solid black for visiting teams with dark jerseys. This provides an opportunity for schools with hard-to-find colors to have all players wear a black undershirt.

One other approved rules change: Rule 2-1-3 establishes the official placement of a shot clock operator at the scorer’s table for those states utilizing the shot clock.