Can’t read uniform numbers? Texas high school football fans getting relief

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Tired of attending a high school football game where you can’t decipher the numbers on uniforms from the stands?  Well, Texas high school football fans will get a break starting in 2017.

The Dallas Morning NewsMatt Wixon is reporting that starting with the 2017 season, Texas teams will have to adhere to the 2013 NCAA rule regulating uniforms.  Texas’ governing body, the University Interscholastic League, adheres to NCAA rules.

According to Wixon’s story, teams that don’t follow the uniform rule, will be penalized a timeout per quarter.

NCAA rule:

“The jersey must have clearly visible, permanent Arabic numerals measuring at least eight and ten inches in height front and back, respectively, of a color which itself is clearly in distinct contrast with the color of the jersey, irrespective of any border around the number.”

NFHS rule:

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 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:
(a) a continuous color(s) contrasting with the jersey color, or
(b) 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.


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