Ah, Valentine's Day. A day of love for one another and of hearts and of the colors red and pink and of technical fouls. What?!
Last week, the Burke High School (Nebraska) girls basketball team received a technical foul for breaking the rule that mandates white as the jersey color for home teams.
The girls, instead, donned pink jerseys in a fundraising effort. Despite the technical, their hearts were certainly in the right place as they auctioned off their uniforms after the game for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Yes, I know. It doesn't seem quite right, does it?
Well, the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) mandates in Rule 4-3 that home teams wear "White" and that away teams wear "Dark". And that if this rule is not followed, one technical must be called against the offending team's head coach. So it's pretty clear.
But for basketball officials, in cases like these, they are placed in a no-win position.
Not calling a technical and not following the rules, they face the ire of their leaders and of their governing athletic associations.
Calling a technical and they face a PR problem that officials don't have hearts. They do. Seriously, I assure you they do.
The NFHS can show a little love themselves simply by changing one word in Rule 4-3 on the home team equation: from "White" to "Light".
What do you think? Full story is here.
BTW-Burke lost by a relatively wide margin but won where it counted, managing to raise $2,600 for their pink jerseys.
Posted by Jim Kirk, CEO/President of Ump-Attire.com and avid fan of sports and sports officials everywhere. Find Jim on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.