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NCAA to Allow Players to make Social Justice Statements on Uniforms in 2020

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The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel announced Thursday that it will allow players to make social justice, commemorative and memorial statements on their jerseys in 2020. The location is limited to either the front of the jersey and the nameplate on the back.

The name on the back of the jersey can now be used to celebrate or memorialize people, events or other causes, subject to school and/or conference approval, with messages allowed to vary from player to player.


It is important to not that no player is required to wear them, but those that do must wear the same patch. These patches can include names, mascots, nicknames, logos and marks that celebrate or memorialize people, events or other causes.

Also of note, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel passed two other rules tied to COVID-19 that will impact the 2020 season. Team areas on the sideline will be expanded to each 15-yard line instead of the 25-yard line to allow for more distancing. Plus, two officials and one player per team will be allowed to participate in the coin toss.

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