Monday, January 27, 2014

3.7.2 The team Captain must visibly display a “C” on their uniform or arm. The team Captain’s Designated Alternate must visibly display an “A” on their clothing, uniform, or arm.

Today’s rule comes from the Uniforms part of the Skater Positions and Identification section. This is one of the easiest rules to follow. The captain of each team must have a “C” on their uniform or arm. This means they can have it written on their jersey with marker, a patch sewn on, vinyl pressed on, printed directly, etc. If it is displayed visibly (and not susceptible to falling off) then it is good to go. They may also put it on their arm, by writing on their arm with marker, putting it on an armband, or other ways. The designate alternate may do the exact same things, however, they get the option of putting the “A” on their clothing, since the designated alternate may be one of the team’s non-skating bench staff, while the captain must be a skater, which means they are required to wear a uniform (per 3.7.1).

As easy as this rule is to follow, there are still a couple of things to note. For starters, if a skater is putting a “C” or “A” on their arm, it should not be near enough their skater number, if their skater number is on their arm as well, so as not to be confused as part of their number. For example, if a skater is number 123, their arm shouldn’t look like their number is C123 or A123. Preferably, the “C” or “A” is placed above or below the skater’s number. If the number is placed on a skater’s uniform, it should not be affixed with tape, or be made of tape affixed to the uniform, for the very same reason that doesn’t allow tape to be used for skater numbers on jerseys; tape falls off easily, especially when skaters sweat during a game. While not using tape for the “C” or “A” isn’t technically a rule, if it falls off a skater’s uniform, then it is no longer visibly displayed, and that skater may no longer act as captain or designated alternate.