Uniform Clarification

Guidance for club directors & coaches regarding players requesting to wear modest uniforms:

The DCR says “the color and design for the jerseys and shorts must be uniform…” which indicates shorts over spandex would not be allowable. However, for play within the Delta Region, I can grant exceptions to players who, for religious or modesty reasons, wish to cover up. Just forward the name of the player and team and I’ll provide an e-mail that can be carried by the player to events (valid only with the Delta Region) to answer any questions that arise. The shorts will need to be the same color as the team’s spandex. For play outside the Delta Region, I’d suggest the tournament director be advised in advance to determine if her attire will be allowed.  National Qualifiers will not permit this exception.

Joe Williams, Commissioner


LIBERO UNIFORM CLARIFICATION go to USA Volleyball Academy for the full module

(From the DCR) NOTE: It is recommended now and required beginning Sept.1, 2014, the Libero shall wear a uniform top that is immediately recognized from all angles as being in clear contrast to and distinct from the other members of the team. The Libero and/or his/her teammates shall wear a solid colored uniform top.  Regarding the solid colored top: (a). The solid color uniform top shall clearly contrast from the predominant color(s) of the teammates’ uniform top. Predominant color(s) is the color(s) appearing on approximately half of the uniform.  (b). Sleeves shall be the same color as the body of the uniform top.  (c). Piping/trim not exceeding 1 inch in total at its widest point may be placed along the seams and may be a different color(s) than the uniform top.  (d). Lettering and collars may be different color(s) than the uniform top.  (e). Numbers shall be a contrasting color to the uniform top and meet all other specifications in USAV

Detailed explanation of compliant & non-compliant jerseys:  USA Volleyball Academy site:  Solid-Colored Jersey Implementation

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No longer legal (Libero #3 uniform is multi-color):

Uniform 1

No longer legal…#20 red libero jersey is 2-color

Uniform 2

(would be OK if only the collar were white)

solid color shirt 1solid color shirt 2solid color shirt

Legal libero jerseys (assuming they contrast with team uniform)

I realize many coaches designate a variety of players as Libero during a season while some choose them in initial tryouts, so simple solutions do not fit all teams.  Many tournaments require a player to wear the same uniform number throughout the event (player can’t be #1 in match one and #4 in match two) so keeping a special libero jersey in bright-yellow with #99 may not be a practical solution.

If your Libero designations (remember, we get two) are pretty permanent for your team, then choose a libero color that is NOT contained in the team uniform scheme and sharply contrasts with both jerseys.  If your team uses two uniforms–a black jersey with gold trim and a gold jersey with black trim–then choose a bright blue, green or red jersey for your Liberos…nothing with black or yellow/gold in it.

If you are not sure about your Libero designations, and you typically provide each player two uniforms, consider choosing single-color jerseys that are not mirror-images of each other.  (A black jersey and a white jersey instead of a black jersey with white trim and a white jersey with black trim)  By using contrasting jerseys, the coach could simply tell a player to change to the “other” jersey.  (Players would have to be reminded to bring both jerseys to all events.)

If you are hung up on your pretty two-color jerseys, then purchase simple T-shirts in a contrasting color for each player to carry in the event they are designated as a Libero for that set.  To minimize the cost, these might be plain-Jane/no logo/just uniform numbers in the correct size for each player.  In a pinch, it might serve as an emergency set of jerseys for the team in case somebody loses their jersey and none are available.

As a reminder, your opinion of whether the jersey is adequately “contrasting” is unimportant…it’s the decision of the R1.  This could change from match to match based on the R1’s opinion.  If there’s a question when you look at it, then choose another color…and avoid the hassle & potential damage to your well-thought game plan by learning your Libero can’t be a Libero for that match.

Now, if you can just get the players to remember to pack their jerseys & bring them to games.