NFHS Rules Update: Basketball Uniform Changes

Numbers on basketball jerseys can no longer be the same color as the jerseys, effective with the 2024-25 season, as one of seven rule changes recently made in high school basketball.

Starting in 2024-25, the number on the jersey can no longer be the same color as the jersey itself. Currently, the number can be the same color as the jersey if it is bordered by a contrasting color. Despite the contrasting-color border, the committee said the number is still difficult for officials, game administrators and fans to see in many cases.

The other two options in Rule 3-4-3e regarding the color of the number remain in effect. Allowable for use are a solid contrasting color with no more than two solid color 1/4-inch borders around the entire number or a solid contrasting color with a “shadow” trim of a contrasting color on part of the number not to exceed 1/2-inch in width and may be used with one 1/4-inch border.

A five-year implementation date was approved to allow schools time to budget for purchasing new uniforms.

Four other changes were approved.

  • A new rule provides recommendations for use of a mouthguard. Though not required, the committee noted that state associations may deem a tooth and mouth protector required equipment.
  • A note was added to permit folding or rolling the shorts at the natural waistband seam. The new language does state that the shorts have to be in compliance with the rule that restricts uniform pants/skirts to one visible manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference.
  • Finally, the maximum width of a headband was expanded from two inches to three inches to be consistent with the rules for volleyball and accommodate athletes who play both sports.