REMINDER - What can and cannot be worn by players during an NBL game

As the NBL season continues to gather pace , one question that is consistently asked involves what can and cannot be worn by players during an NBL match. To clear this one up, please take a look at the information below.

Most commonly mentioned items

Colour leggings – CAN be worn. They can be any colour, players do not need to match with other players within the team, but any coloured leggings or under shorts MUST be one solid colour throughout.

Under shirts – CANNOT be worn.

Jewellery - CANNOT be worn.

There are some other FIBA rules that relate to what can be worn during a game:

4.4.1 - All equipment used by players must be appropriate for the game. Any equipment that is designed to increase a player's height or reach or in any other way give an unfair advantage is not permitted.
4.4.2 - Players shall not wear equipment (objects) that may cause injury to other players.

The following are not permitted:

  • Finger, hand, wrist, elbow or forearm guards, helmets, casts or braces made of leather, plastic, pliable (soft) plastic, metal or any other hard substance, even if covered with soft padding.
  • Objects that could cut or cause abrasions (fingernails must be closely cut).
  • Hair accessories and jewellery.

The following are permitted:

  • Shoulder, upper arm, thigh or lower leg protective equipment if the material is sufficiently padded.
  • Arm and leg compression sleeves.
  • Headgear. It shall not cover any part of the face entirely or partially (eyes, nose, lips etc.) and shall not be dangerous to the player wearing it and/or to other players. The headgear shall not have opening/closing elements around the face and/or neck and shall not have any parts extruding from its surface.
  • Knee braces if they are properly covered.
  • Protector for an injured nose, even if made of a hard material.
  • Non-coloured transparent mouth guard.
  • Spectacles, if they do not pose a danger to other players.
  • Wristbands and headbands, maximum of 10 cm wide textile material.
  • Taping of arms, shoulders, legs etc.
  • Ankle braces.