California H.S. team reinstated after DQ for pink-lettered uniforms
The Narbonne High School girls basketball team was forced to forfeit a recent win in the California state playoffs due to what were deemed illegal uniforms, but The New York Times reports the school has been reinstated on appeal.
The uniforms featured pink letters and numbers, which the school said was done to honor cancer victims.
City Section Commissioner John Aguirre told the Los Angeles Times that not only is it not breast cancer awareness month, but the school did not put in a proper request for the uniform change ahead of time.
"Breast cancer awareness is in October, and there's a process for people to request color change," Aguirre said. "If they're going to blatantly disregard these rules and regulations, they're going to affect kids."
Narbonne was already on probation for a rule violation during last year's playoffs. The school's head coach, Victoria Sanders, said that she had no idea changing the color of the lettering on the uniform was not allowed.
"I was under the impression we were able to do it," she said. "I didn't know we had to fill out a waiver."
Narbonne was originally going to be replaced by View Park in the playoffs, but after the appeal the school will retain its spot.
- Jack Jorgensen