Texas Sport Officials Now Have the Option of Wearing Uniforms

Texas sport officials now have the option of wearing uniforms that include the logo of the state’s official website. The new uniforms were approved by the Texas Legislature and are now available for purchase.

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As of September 1st, 2017, sport officials in Texas now have the option of wearing uniforms while working. Previously, officials were only allowed to wear plain clothes. The new rule was implemented in an effort to improve the professionalism of officials and to make them more easily identifiable to the public.

Officials are now allowed to wear either a shirt and pants or a shirt and skirt that are matching in color. The shirt must have either long or short sleeves, and the neckline must be high enough so that it does not reveal the chest or stomach. Officials are also required to wear black shoes.

The new rule applies to all sport officials working in Texas, including those who work at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels.

What this means for Texas sport officials

Starting this fall, Texas sport officials will have the option of wearing uniforms while working at sporting events. This change comes after the unanimous vote by the State Board of Education. While some officials are in favor of the change, others are not so sure. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of this new rule.

More professional look

Texas sport officials now have the option of wearing uniforms while officiating games. The new rule, which went into effect on September 1, 2020, allows officials to wear either a black-and-white striped shirt with black pants or a solid black shirt with black pants. While the previous rule required officials to wear a collared shirt and khaki pants, the new rule gives officials the option to wear either a polo shirt or a button-down shirt.

The change in the rule is intended to give officials a more professional look while they are working. In addition, the new rule will also help officials stay cool and comfortable during hot Texas summers.

Easier to spot on the field/court

In an effort to improve the safety and visibility of officials, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) has given its officials the option of wearing uniforms while working UIL events. The new rule will go into effect starting with the 2019-2020 school year.

While the majority of states require officials to wear some type of uniform, Texas is one of only a few states that have not had a formal rule on the matter.

This new rule will give officials the option to wear a solid black or white shirt with black or white pants, or a solid black or white polo shirt. Officials will also be allowed to wear a sweater or jacket over their shirt if it is a solid black, white, or league-approved color.

All approved clothing must have the official’s name and badge number on it somewhere that is visible.

The hope is that this will make officials easier to spot on the field/court and help prevent them from being involved in altercations with players, coaches, or fans.

How this will impact the game

Less confusion for players

The new rule, which was approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), will give individual states the option of allowing officials to wear uniforms that more closely resemble those worn by the players. The move is designed to help improve player safety and reduce on-field confusion.

“We want to do everything we can to protect our officials and this is one way we can do that,” said NFHS executive director Bob Gardner. “We also believe this will help reduce the number of incidents in which players mistakenly believe they are engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct when they are not.”

The changes come as officiating crews around the country have been facing increased scrutiny and threats of violence. In recent years, there have been a number of high-profile incidents in which officials have been attacked or harassed by players or spectators.

While some states are expected to adopt the new rule immediately, others may choose to wait and see how it plays out elsewhere. There is also some concern that allowing officials to wear uniforms could create an undue level of uniformity within officiating crews, which could lead to more confusion for players and coaches.

Easier to identify officials during post-game analysis

This will allow for easier identification of officials during post-game analysis, as well as help to improve the overall professional appearance of sport officials. It is hoped that this will also help to improve public perception of sport officials.

Some concerns with the new rule

Officials in Texas high school sports will now have the option to wear uniforms while working games. The new rule, which was approved by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) on Tuesday, comes after several months of discussion and debate among the state’s athletic directors. While many see the benefits of having officials in uniforms, there are also some concerns that have been raised. Let’s take a closer look.

Cost of uniforms

The new rule, which goes into effect next school year, will allow officials to wear uniforms that must be “professional in appearance and free of logos, colors or other identifying information of any kind.” The initiative was led by the Texas Association of School Boards in an effort to improve the appearance of officials and increase recruitment.

While some officials welcome the change, others are concerned about the cost of purchasing a new uniform. “We are not being reimbursed for anything,” said one official who spoke on condition of anonymity. “I have to go out and buy all new stuff, and it’s not cheap.”

Another official said he was worried that the change would make it harder to distinguish between officials and coaches. “I think it’s going to create a lot of confusion,” he said. “You’re going to have guys in khaki pants and a polo shirt that looks just like a coach.”

Will officials be forced to wear uniforms?

No, officials will not be forced to wear uniforms. The new rule simply gives officials the option of wearing uniforms if they choose to do so.


In conclusion, sport officials in Texas now have the option of wearing uniforms. This change will help to improve the professionalism of sport officials and will make it easier for fans to identify them.

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