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Jewelry, accessories, casts, etc. guidelines

Each season we need to explain the jewelry, cast, and other guidelines. This article, therefore, is designed to answer frequently asked questions about these for your reference.
Keep in mind that these guidelines are part of the Laws of the Game and AYSO Safe Haven training.

Let’s start with what is allowed:

  • Medical Identification bracelets are allowed to be worn by players as long as it is taped or otherwise covered by something which keeps the bracelet close to the skin so other players cannot get a finger stuck underneath it. The recommendation is to use medical tape wrapped around the wrist which shows the player is wearing a medical bracelet, the tape is close to the skin, and can easily be removed after the game. A sweat band on the wrist is not acceptable.

Nothing else is allowed. Let’s be a little more specific:

  • Earrings and other piercings - Players cannot wear earrings during practices or games. The rule is for the player’s safety. And, no, covering earring with a band-aid is not allowed. Earrings must be removed or the player cannot play.

    The player’s parents and the team coach are responsible for making sure all earrings are removed. The referee will inspect players prior to the game and cannot allow a player to play in the game if they are wearing earrings.

    If the referee discovers a player is wearing earrings (during play), then the referee is required to suspend the match and ask the player to leave the field of play. The player can return to play at the next natural stoppage in play (so the referee can inspect the player prior to allowing them to return to the match).

    If players in the 12U and older divisions were instructed to remove earrings prior to the game and the referee discovers them wearing earrings during the game, then the referee is required to suspend the match, Caution the player, and instruct the player to leave the field. The player can be replaced with a substitute for the remainder of the quarter or the team can play short until the player removes the earrings. If a player is going to return to the game, then they may not enter the game until the next natural stoppage in play since the referee must inspect the player prior to them re-entering the game.

  • Casts & braces - Players cannot wear a hard cast or braces/wraps with a hard (plastic or metal) component during the game. And, no, you cannot wrap casts or braces with bubble wrap, foam, or any other material and allow them to play.

    In fact, players with a cast cannot return to practices or games (after the cast has been removed) until a written doctor’s release is submitted to the Regional Safety Director. Parent’s cannot authorize or accept liability for a player’s return – AYSO requires us to receive a medical doctor’s permission allowing the child to return.

  • Wrist bands - Players cannot wear friendship bracelets, wrist bands, sweat bands or any other item on their wrist unless it – like medical identification bracelets – has been taped close to the skin.
  • Glasses - Glasses may be worn with or without a band to hold them on the player’s head (although it is highly recommended). Glasses do not have to be prescription for a player to be allowed to wear them.
  • Hats - If, the referee’s opinion a hat has a soft, flexible, and easily folded brim, then the referee can allow the goal keeper to wear a hat.
  • Shin guards under the socks - This last topic might seem trifling and petty. Yet, for the safety of others, players are required to wear shin guards under their socks. We often see parents placing shin guards on top of socks and folding the top of the sock over them. This is dangerous for other players. The shin guards must be under the socks and not on top with the sock folded over the shin guard.

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