Racing Apparel Policy

CORRECT: Buena High School Jersey

COMPLIANT: Buena High School Jersey. This jersey features only the team name, team logo, league and NICA logos, and jersey manufacturer logo. It does not include any sponsors or outside organizations. (click image to enlarge)


INCORRECT: 2014 Arizona League Jersey

NON-COMPLIANT: 2014 Arizona League Official Jersey. This jersey includes sponsors’ logos, which are not permissible on Arizona League racing apparel. (click image to enlarge)

COACHES: Please review the following policy before placing an order for your team racing apparel.

One of the goals of the Arizona League is to establish mountain bike racing as a “real” high school sport in the near future. Jerseys or uniforms in varsity sports like football, cross country or baseball don’t have sponsors’ logos or company names featured. We want student-athletes to build pride in their teams by representing their schools or communities, and not be subject to any commercialization of the sport.

The policy of the Arizona League is to have only high school names, area names, logos and/or mascots featured on racing apparel (jerseys and shorts) used in Arizona League races. No company or manufacturer names or logos other than the apparel manufacturer will be allowed on racing apparel used in Arizona League races. Riders who race in apparel that violates this policy will be subject to disqualification.

All jerseys designs must be submitted for approval to Arizona League Director Mike Perry.

FAQ

  1. What are some jersey options for teams in the Arizona League?
    In bicycle racing, the word “kit” is used to describe the matching jersey and shorts worn by racers. Our teams will have the opportunity to order custom made “kits” from league sponsor  Primal at preferred pricing . There are a couple of options available to teams and individual racers. We’ve listed them here.

    • Team specific jerseys – Our teams will have the opportunity to order custom made jerseys or complete “kits” from league sponsor  Primal (Primal Jersey Program), at preferred pricing. (In bicycle racing, the word “kit” is used to describe the matching jersey and shorts worn by racers.) There are also numerous other apparel manufacturers who make custom cycling kits. Your local bike shop may be able to recommend a company that they work with.
    • No jersey – Jerseys aren’t required, although bike racing jerseys often come with handy pockets in the back for spare tubes, energy bars, etc. You can race in a t-shirt if you choose, however, all team members must wear the same color t-shirt. In addition, t-shirts and shorts worn in Arizona League races must meet Arizona League Team Racing Apparel Policy guidelines. You don’t need bike shorts, either, but because they’re heavily padded, we recommend using them. Your local bike shop will have a selection.
  2. Can student athletes race in t-shirts the teams design instead of custom made jerseys?  
    Yes, you can race in t-shirts to save costs. However, the same policy applies – no manufacturer or company logos on t-shirts or shorts worn during the races.
  3. Ordering team jerseys will cost a few bucks. If we can’t sell logo space to companies or manufacturers, how can we raise funds for the team? 
    Not having sponsor logos on the jerseys, which may vary year to year, makes the race wear have a shelf life longer than just one season, thereby reducing the costs to the student-athletes and teams. At the same time, we’re not against having sponsors – we want to give exposure to your teams sponsors,  just not on racing apparel. Our goal is to mimic the current practices of official high school sports and have apparel worn during the race that features only the school name or mascot. At our races, every team will have a large area within the Pit Zone where a team tent, tools, bikes, coolers, etc. will reside. Within this space, you can display logos on a team tent, or put large placards or banners on display in your team Pit Zone area. You can also display logos prominently on your team web site and in newsletter updates or presentations. You could also sell team t-shirts to be worn at school, in practices, around town, etc., that could display whatever logos you want.
  4. Are there guidelines for using NICA or Arizona League logos on jerseys, t-shirts, shorts, tents, banners, flags, etc? 
    Yes, please refer to the NICA Graphic Standards Guide, Team Graphics regarding color and placement of logos. Keep in mind that our “no company or manufacturer logo” policy on jerseys, t-shirts, or shorts worn in races is an Arizona League-specific policy not reflected in the NICA Graphic Standards Guide.

Important links regarding custom team apparel:

Questions? Please contact league director Mike Perry

       
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