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National Federation of State High School Associations Coach Responsibility Players Being Properly Equipped July 16, 2007 Haig Nighohossian Take Part. Get Set For Life.™ Purpose of Rule Enforce adherence of wearing proper and legal equipment to minimize risk of participation. Relegate responsibility for adherence of “properly equipped” to the coaches. Enforcement by officials Methods - Preventative Officials: • Take precursory view during warm-ups/bring to attention of the coach. • Reinforce in pre-game to captains and coaches importance of adherence of wearing proper equipment. Coaches: • Check players before game. • Inform players of consequences. • Enforce at practice every day. Situations Pre-game warm ups. • Correct and no penalty on coach. Discovery on field before kickoff (before whistle) • Send off for correction • Correct on field if not involving the delay of the start of game. Such as shirts tucked in etc. Situations (Continued) After whistle blows to start game. • Player enters field/or is on field and is improperly equipped. • Stop game at appropriate time: send player off to correct – issue yellow card to head coach. • If more than one player has same or similar problem at same time issue only one (1) yellow card. • Use common sense in adjudicating situation. • Player who is properly equipped intentionally removes required equipment. • Stop play at appropriate time • Issue yellow card to player • Send the player off to correct, team may substitute. Situations (Continued) • Player’s equipment becomes illegal through course of play, that is, shinguard pops out, shoes come off, blood on uniform etc. • Stop play at appropriate time. • No card. • Send the player off to correct or correct during stoppage if possible. • No substitutions unless allowed by rule. Interpretations The official observes that player A-1 is wearing illegal equipment. The official stops the game at the appropriate time, sends the player off the field of play, and issues a yellow card to the head coach. The Coach wants to substitute for A-1 a) from the bench; b) from players who had already reported before play was stopped. • Ruling: Should the coach be held responsible for body piercing, belly button rings, tongue rings, etc.
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