Rules & Equipment
2016 Basketball Rules Changes
The latest basketball updates are listed on the NFHS website.
Rules on Headbands and Wristbands
Rule 3-5-3 Page 26 of the NF Basketball Rule Book
Wristbands and headwear must meet the following guidelines:
Headbands and wristbands must be white, black, beige or a single solid color similar to the torso of the jersey and must be the same color for each item and all participants. See 3-6 for logo requirements.
A headband is any item that goes around the entire head. If worn, only one headband is permitted, it must be worn on the forehead/crown, it must be nonabrasive and unadorned, and it must be a maximum of 2 inches.
If worn, only one wristband is permitted on each wrist, each must be worn on the arm below the elbow, each must be moisture-absorbing, nonabrasive and unadorned, and each must be a maximum of 4 inches.
Rubber, cloth or elastic bands may be used to control hair. Hard items, including, but not limited to, beads, barrettes and bobby pins, are prohibited.
Head decorations and headwear, except those specified above, are prohibited.
One visible manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference or school logo/mascot is permitted on the wristbands, headband and compression shorts (3-5-3, 3-5-6).
The thin “rubberband like” headband is illegal because it has more than 1 logo/name.
All game balls used during regular season and state playoff contests must have the National Federation Stamp.
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