Have you ever wondered what kind of jewelry an athlete is allowed to wear on the court? For example, is a pitcher allowed to wear a men’s wedding ring on the mound? Or is a hockey player allowed to wear a necklace? Here is a brief overview of what professional athletes are allowed to wear in the four major sports.
Since most of a player’s body is covered on the ice (except the neck and face) by his uniform, skates, socks, gloves and helmet, the NHL has no rules regarding type of jewelry that can be worn during the game. . As it is a high impact sport, players are likely not to wear any type of earrings or rings during matches. As for necklaces, as long as they do not appear on the outside of the jersey, they are authorized.
If there’s one sport that’s hyper-critical of what a player wears on the field, it’s the NFL (or as some fans have dubbed it, the “No Fun League”). Not only can you be penalized for excessive celebration on the field, but also for wearing unapproved socks or shoes. And the rules start from the moment someone arrives on the pitch for pre-match training until the moment they leave the stadium. The rules are even applied during post-match interviews! Ironically, however, the NFL doesn’t have excessive rules about what kind of jewelry can be worn on the field. Since the hands are primarily used for catching and blocking, rings are generally not worn as they could affect catching or throwing a ball. Necklaces and earrings, on the other hand, are worn, as long as they are reasonable. Wristbands, on the other hand, should be covered at all times. Did I mention that the officials review the entire game afterward to make sure (again) no one broke the Uniform Rules during the game? Wow.
In recent years, the commissioner’s office began cracking down on NBA players with a new dress code that limited what a player could wear before and after a game. This is extended to the field where NBA players are not allowed to wear any type of jewelry. It means earrings; bracelets, rings and necklaces are all prohibited. The only accessories allowed on the pitch are knee and elbow pads, headbands and, of course, tattoos.
Major League Baseball, on the other hand, seems to have a very liberal jewelry policy. Essentially, you can wear any type of jewelry unless it is deemed by a referee to be “distracting” or may interfere with play. In other words, pitchers cannot wear rings because they could scuff the ball and no giant mirrored necklaces that could distract the batter from the ball (not that anyone thinks to wear it, but you get the idea).
It seems most sports don’t allow jewelry, not even wedding rings for men, so what’s a guy to do? Keep this ring in a safe place until the end of the game!
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