There is a reason why every sport has a uniform. Many people only see one or two reasons why there is a uniform and even more often people simply do not care why there is a uniform. Over the years uniforms have become more of a fashion statement then an important aspect of the game.
In reality, uniforms are important for the team and the players. There are actually four reasons why players are required to wear uniforms. Players should understand these aspects and learn to respect the uniform a little more.
The Basic Uniform
The basic uniform for basketball includes:
– a loose fitting jersey, usually sleeveless
– loose fitting shorts, usually at a length to the knee or slightly above
– good fitting shoes with good ankle support
Each element of the uniform is important and serves a purpose. The following outlines the purpose for the uniform and is something that all players should understand and respect. Teaching players about the reasons why they need to wear a uniform can cut down on players mistreating the uniform, forgetting parts of the uniform and simply ignoring uniform rules. Learning these can be especially important for children who are just learning to play the game with a team.
The loose fitting nature of the uniform allows a player to move quickly and without hindrance. Additionally, the fit of the shoe helps to ensure that the player has the right range of movement in their ankle to be able to be agile on the court. Movement can be restricted by tight clothing and binding uniforms which can really affect how good a player can play.
Uniforms also protect players. The right shoes will protect a player from common ankle injuries. A good fitting uniform will help to keep players from getting tangled in their uniform or otherwise getting hurt due to an ill fit.
Better Playing Ability
Wearing a uniform allows a player to focus on what they are doing instead of how they look. Too often people get caught up in their own appearance and forget what they are doing.
Wearing a uniform allows a player to focus solely on their game and being the best player possible. When they have a uniform, it is made to fit them and work for them. They will not have to worry about shoes that are too big or a too tight pair of shorts because they have the right uniform with the right fit.
Lastly, uniforms create the visual appearance of a team. Looking the same and all being in the same uniform helps to create that team mentality that makes for a great team that works well together and produces results on the court.
Fans immediately recognize the team by their uniform and for many fans they make it their uniform too, showing the team support by wearing their jersey.
Uniforms are important, as you can see. They are not just a way to make everyone look the same. Many times people mistakenly think that uniforms are used to make sure no player stands out. On the contrary, though, uniforms help players stand out more because people can really see their talent without getting distracted by what they are wearing.