Administrative Red Card & Uniforms

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An Administrative Red Card will be issued to a team in illegal uniforms.  (Varisty Only)

An Administrative Red Card (ARC) (one point penalty) will be assessed to a team wearing non-compliant uniforms as defined by NCAA rules and 7.1.2 (pages 27 & 28).

The Administrative Red Card for illegal uniforms does not affect sanctions (individual or team).

The administrative sanction is not recorded in the SANCTION section.

The administrative sanction does not affect service order.

The ARC is only used when a NYSPHSAA waiver can't be produced prior to the match and the team would need to forfeit the contest because they do not have enough players in legal uniforms to field a team (minimally 6 players).

The R1 issues the ARC at the start of the match and the match is played.  

There is no ARC if a team has enough players to participate in the match.  The players in non compliant uniforms may NOT enter the match.

If illegal uniforms are discovered mid-match, assess the administrative sanction at that time.

if for some reason, there is an accompanying red card sanction, issue the administrative sanction first.


In addition, illegal uniform issues will be handled following the steps below:

The libero uniform is exempt from this modification. This modification is intended to provide an avenue for a student athlete to participate when a legal uniform is not available.

  • Notify the coach of the team at fault to determine whether the uniform can be brought into compliance. The coach will legalize the uniform for the team member.
  • If the uniform cannot be legalized, discuss with the opposing coach to determine whether a protest will be filed.
  • If no protest is filed at the time of the discussion, no future protest will be accepted in regards to uniform compliance.
  • If the coach wishes to protest, record the events per the rule book. Play the match and file the proper paperwork regarding the protest.



With the exception of the libero, teammates must wear uniform tops of the same color, style, cut and trim, including sleeve length.  Uniform bottoms may differ in style and cut (for example, shorts, spandex of varying length, pants and/or skirts) but must be identical in color and trim.  Manufacturers' logos and lettering anywhere on the uniforms are not required to be identical.

Libero:  When a libero player's uniform is not legal, the team does not play with the libero unless the uniform can be brought into compliance.  Rule