NCAA to allow athletes to wear commemorative and memorial patches on uniforms

Tanya Simon
August 1, 2020

The NCAA announced some rule changes and waivers surrounding the events and movements in 2020.

First, the sideline area where football teams are expected to stand has been extended to the 15-yard lines. Under the current rule, the team area was between the 25-yard lines.

According to a report from USA TODAY Sports, players will allowed to wear patches for the upcoming season supporting social justice.

Patches on the front of uniforms, which some but not all sports already permitted, must not exceed 2 1/4 square inches and can be placed on the front or sleeve of the uniform. Not every player on a team is required to wear the patch but they must be identical for everyone who wears them.

If a player chooses to replace their nameplate on the back, they will be allowed to select names or phrases that will be subject to approval from the school or the conference.

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The group also approved a second place for a small patch on the front of a uniform in order to commemorate or memorialize people, events or other causes. Under ordinary circumstances, the NCAA allowed up to four captains per side, as well as media members or ceremonial captains to be involved in the coin toss.

There are some sports which previously were prohibited by rule from making statements on in-game apparel. Patches on the back can be placed where the name traditionally goes and can contain names or words.

In soccer, the penalty for spitting at an opponent has been increased from an ejection and one-game suspension to an ejection and two-game suspension.

- Women's volleyball teams will remain on the same bench during the entire match rather than switching benches after each set.

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