Uniform violation should have been noticed earlier

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SHARE Uniform violation should have been noticed earlier

The Proviso East volleyball team was penalized a point for a uniform violation prior to the start of its semifinal round match against Glenbard East. The numbers on the front of the shirts had not been placed properly. The numbers should have been five inches below the shoulder. Proviso East coach Janet Nendze was given a warning by the two officials prior to the quarterfinal round game the night before after an official measurement was taken. At that point what could Nendze have done. Gone out and purchased new uniforms. Perhaps she could have taken a day off school and found a tailor who could have removed the numbers and placed them lower on the shirts. The officials even sent a report off to the IHSA. Why wasn’t this very technical violation noticed at some point during the regular season by the officials. Not paying attention perhaps. Officials have a tendency to pay more attention to the minor rules when the playoffs roll around. Substitutions are barely noticed by umpires during the season in baseball and softball, but at tournament time they are written down and the other team is notified. Players can remove their helmets long before getting to the dugout during the regular season, but at tournament time a warning is issued. This violation should have been taken care of on Day 1 of the season or not at all.

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