Equipment or apparel that, in the judgment of the Referee, may endanger or confuse opponents is illegal.
The use of metal or other hard objects — including casts, guards and braces — to protect body parts, is permitted provided that such are appropriately covered on all edges and surfaces by foam rubber or similar material.
PENALTY: L10 PBD. The offending player shall be required to leave the game for a minimum of three plays and shall not be permitted to return until the illegal equipment has been removed. Substitution for the player shall be allowed.
A player shall be required to wear a helmet when on the Field of Play and shall not voluntarily remove it while the play is in progress.
Note: If a ball carriers helmet comes off, the play shall be blown dead immediately.
Any player’s chinstrap must be completely fastened prior to the snap.
The use of helmets or other objects to deceive opponents as to the whereabouts of the ball is prohibited.
Each player shall be conspicuously numbered on the front and back of the jersey, and on the upper arms or shoulders. Such number must correspond with that listed with the scorer. A player shall retain the same number throughout the game except when permission to change is given by the Referee. Such change shall be reported to the scorer.
In the event that a Team A player is required to wear a different jersey number in order to play at a different position, the jersey must be changed in the team bench area. Under no circumstances shall the jersey be changed while the player is on the playing field.
PENALTY: The offending player shall be removed from the game until the proper playing number is determined. Substitution shall be allowed.
A player shall not be permitted to wear or apply or have applied on the uniform, equipment or body:
PENALTY: L10 PBD. The offending player shall be required to leave the game for a minimum of three plays and shall not be permitted to return until the illegal substance has been removed. Substitution for the player shall be allowed.
If a player has an open wound that, in the opinion of the Referee, is bleeding significantly, then that player will be required to leave the Field of Play to have the wound properly dressed by club medical staff. The player would be permitted to re-enter the Field of Play after receiving clearance from the Referee.
A player shall not be permitted to wear unauthorized equipment (ex. baseball cleats, track spikes or golf shoes) or equipment that has been deliberately altered so that, in the sole judgment of the Referee, it has the potential to cause injury to an opponent.
PENALTY: L15 The offending player shall be disqualified from the game.
NOTE: If the infraction is detected during or following a play in which that player participated, the Referee may apply the penalty at the point of origin of that play, or PBD.
A team is required to dress in a professional manner and shall be subject to penalty if a player fails to comply with the following requirements:
PENALTY: L10 PBD The offending player shall be required to leave the game for a minimum of three plays and shall not be permitted to return until the dress code violation has been remedied. Substitution for the player shall be allowed.
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