Thursday, July 12, 2012

3.7.5.1 Numbers may be placed on the hip or thigh in addition to the arm/sleeve.

While section 3.7.5 requires skaters to have their skater number visible on their arm or sleeve, nothing prevents them from having it visible on their hip or thigh as well. While it is not common practice at all, some skaters have had their skater number stitched into their uniform bottoms. A skater having her number placed on her hip or thigh is similar to the arm or sleeve as it is on the side of the skater, which makes it easier for a referee to see her number when her back is not visible to the ref. Of course, for this reason, skaters may choose to not make their number more visible, so as to “deter” refs from making calls on them. I can assure every skater, this is not the case.

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