Tournament Dress Code

MRDA Tournament Dress Code

Referee and Non-Skating Official Dress Code This is the MRDA Tournament Dress Code which is effective for all tournaments and Championships. Referees and Non-Skating Officials participating in non-tournament bouts should contact the Head Referee of the bout to determine if the MRDA Tournament Dress Code should be followed. If the Head Referee determines that an official has failed to comply with any part of the following dress code when compliance has been mandated, the offending official may be removed from any official duties related to the bout and or tournament until all issues are rectified to the satisfaction of the Head Referee.

Referee Dress Code

Top

  • Referees shall wear professionally made, approximately 1″ alternating black/white vertically striped shirt with or without collar, with sleeves. A single breast pocket is acceptable, provided the pocket stripes are in line with the rest of the garment.
  • All shirts must be hemmed, with the hem resting below the waist.
  • Identifying feature (name and/or number) shall be printed in white letters on a black block firmly attached to shirt, or printed on back of shirt between shoulder blades. Safety pins are strictly prohibited. Letters must be a minimum of 2″ and a maximum 4″ in size to ensure readability. Numbers shall be a minimum of 3 inches to ensure readability.
  • MRDA patch shall be attached to left upper chest area of any MRDA official. Non-MRDA officials may not wear the patch. Local league or team patches are prohibited. National flag patch is not required, but shall be placed on the left arm if optioned. Any allowed patches shall be sewn or otherwise permanently affixed to the uniform. Safety pins are strictly prohibited.
  • Additional layers for insulation such as professionally made thermals or underarmour may be worn, provided they are black or white and do not otherwise detract from the officials’ uniform.

Bottom

  • Referees may choose to wear pants, jeans, shorts, kilt, or a skirt, which must be black in color and professionally hemmed. The hem of the garment must fall at least mid-thigh.White trim on any of the above garments is acceptable; however the garment must be predominantly black in color.
  • Private parts shall be completely covered and concealed.
  • One-piece top and bottom style garments (dress, singlets, etc) are prohibited.
  • No patches are to be affixed to bottoms.
  • Belts are allowed to be worn in the belt loops of a garment provided it is black or white.

Socks

  • Black and/or white socks, or tights (opaque black, opaque white or flesh-colored) are acceptable.

Helmet

  • All helmets must be those intended for athletic purposes only and may not be cracked, split, damaged, ill-fitting, or altered in any way.
  • Motorcycle helmets, full face helmets, or non-athletic purpose helmets are not allowed. Stickers on the helmet are allowed, provided that they are not offensive in nature, and do not reflect league affiliation. All other adornment is prohibited.

Other Clarifications

  • Referees shall not wear face paint. Eye black may be allowed by the Head Referee if the situation calls for it, as it is not considered face paint.
  • Referees shall not wear any recording devices (video or still cameras,) on their persons unless explicitly approved by the MRDA Tournament Head Referee and Crew Head Referee.
  • Jewelry may be worn at the discretion of the wearer, but should not indicate bias of any nature. Jewelry or accessories which may be considered excessive and/or distracting to the skaters, officials, or spectators is prohibited. The Head Ref may allow for additional accessories if warranted.
  • Referees may only affix their name and/or number and approved patches (MRDA member patch, national flag) to their shirt. All other patches/decorations are prohibited.
  • Judgements are at the discretion of the head referee, and all decisions made by the head referee are final.

NSO Dress Code

Top:

  • “NSOs shall wear a light blue short sleeved shirt or dress with or without a collar. Non-Skating Officials may wear the official MRDA NSO shirt which is available for purchase from the MRDA web store.
  • All shirts must be hemmed, with the hem resting below the waist.
  • The word “OFFICIAL” shall be printed on the back between the shoulders in white ink 2 to 4 inch letters. MRDA patch/logo shall be attached to left upper chest area of any MRDA official. Non-MRDA officials may not wear the patch, but may wear the official MRDA NSO tee with the logo screened on the chest.
  • Name tag is not required, but shall be attached on the upper right chest area. Alternatively, names may be printed/embroidered on the upper right chest area in a readable font sized to be approximately the same size as the MRDA member patch/logo.
  • Local league or team patches are prohibited. National flag patch is not required, but shall be placed on the left arm if optioned. Any allowed patches shall be sewn or otherwise permanently affixed to the uniform. Safety pins are strictly prohibited.
  • Professionally made long sleeve shirts may be worn under the blue NSO shirt, in a solid black, white or grey. Other cold weather apparel is at the discretion of the head referee.

Bottom

  • NSOs may choose to wear pants, jeans, shorts, kilt, or a skirt, which must be black in color and professionally hemmed. The hem of the garment must fall at least mid-thigh.White trim on any of the above garments is acceptable; however the garment must be predominantly black in color.
  • Private parts shall be completely covered and concealed.
  • Belts are allowed to be worn in the belt loops of a garment provided it is black or white.
  • Only the above listed adornments (MRDA patch, flag, and name panel) are allowed on garments.

Socks

  • Black and/or white socks, tights, or panty hose of any type are acceptable.

Shoes

  • Shoes must be closed toe, closed back, non heeled shoes. (running shoes, boots, etc. No Flip flops, heels, or sandals.)

Other Clarifications:

  • Jewelry may be worn at the discretion of the wearer, but should not indicate bias of any nature. Jewelry or accessories which may be considered excessive and/or distracting to the skaters, officials, or spectators is prohibited. The Head Ref may allow for additional accessories if warranted.
  • NSOs may wear hats, bandanas, headbands, etc provided that they are black, white, or bear the tournament or MRDA logo.
  • NSOs shall not wear face paint. Eye black may be allowed by the Head Referee if the situation calls for it, as it is not considered face paint.
  • NSOs shall not wear any recording devices (video or still cameras,) on their persons unless explicitly approved by the MRDA Tournament Head Referee and Crew Head Referee.
  • Any infraction of the Tournament Dress Code should be brought to the attention of the Head Referee for that bout. If the Head Referee determines that an official has failed to comply with any part of the following dress code when compliance has been mandated, the offending official may be removed from any official duties related to the bout and or tournament until all issues are rectified to the satisfaction of the Head Referee.
  • Repeated violations may place the official’s ability to work future MRDA events in jeopardy