Parents of Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball Players:
The PIAA has decided to step up its enforcement of any and all non-standard/non-school issued uniform apparel for the upcoming basketball season. Although SCA is not directly affiliated with the PIAA, all of our officials are sanctioned by them, and therefore we are subject to their game rules and policies. The following is an excerpt from the PIAA handbook and states:
“1-5-3: Arm sleeves, knee sleeves, lower leg sleeves and tights are permissible:
- Anything worn on the arm and/or leg is a sleeve, except a knee brace, and shall meet the color restrictions.
- The sleeves/tights shall be black, white, beige, or the predominant color of the uniform and the same color sleeves/tights shall be worn by teammates.
- All sleeves/tights shall be the same solid color.
- NOTE: In general, a brace is defined as anything that contains hinges and/or straps or an opening over the knee cap.”
“3-5-3: Team Member’s Equipment, Apparel: The 2013-14 rule implementation regarding arm and leg sleeves was difficult to monitor and enforce by contest officials and coaches. Anything worn on the arm and/or leg is considered to be a sleeve, except a knee brace, and shall meet the color restrictions. Tights that extend below the knee are now legal and must meet the color restrictions by rule. Medical verification of arm and leg compression sleeves has been eliminated. All sleeves/tights shall be the same solid color per individual player. The sleeves/tights shall be black, white, beige or the predominant color of the uniform. The same color arm and leg sleeves/tights shall be worn by all teammates. For example, the guidelines specify that if white arm sleeves are worn, then the leg sleeves/tights must also be white.”
These issues were discussed with the team by the coaches and it was decided that all equipment/apparel mentioned above will be either black or white. The players will use one color for home games and one for away games. Obviously, they’ll bring both to each game in order to be prepared.
If, for example, you are planning to buy your child a set of knee pads, please make sure you purchase both a white pair and a black pair and make sure both sets are brought to each game.
Please note that these policies do NOT mention or apply to game socks. This decision is left to the player or coaches if they have set team policy.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s coaches or call me at 570-473-3886 or e-mail email@example.com