High school basketball team gets a technical for wearing pink uniforms for cancer research

The topic of paying tribute with uniforms and accessories at the professional level has taken on a life of its own in recent years, and apparently it’s an issue in high school as well. On Monday night, a Nebraska high school girls basketball team received a technical foul for supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As part of a fundraising effort, the Burke High Bulldogs wore light pink uniforms for their game against Columbus. They were given the tech at the start of the second half.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, Columbus coach Dave Licari brought the issue to the officials’ attention at halftime. Technically, the home team is supposed to wear predominantly white uniforms. Since Burke had not informed anyone of the uniform change before the game, they were breaking the rules.

“It was a total mistake by me,” Bulldogs Athletic Director Kyle Rohrig said. “We had good intentions, but we made a mistake, and then there were consequences.”

The idea for the pink uniforms was the work of Burke assistant coach Tom Law. The uniforms were to be auctioned off after the game with all proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“If they thought there was a problem, it should have been addressed before the game,” Burke head coach Luke Lueders said. “To have that happen at halftime caught us all off-guard.”

To have that happen at all catches me off-guard. This is a high school basketball game. At the professional level, players know they are going to be fined for choosing to wear patriotic gear or rocking lucky orange cleats. This was a group of high school students who got together to raise money for cancer research. If the officials caught the rule violation and had no choice but to penalize Burke, that would be one thing. The fact that their opponent brought it to the officials’ attention — during halftime of a high school game — is despicable.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

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  • Anonymous


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SD4NCUYKROUGUK3X4PX6XYWBLA shealah g

    Dave Licari should be ashamed of himself.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TO55RKMEIMC3KMVIBMWPBMUPAQ GaryK

    what an idiot

  • Anonymous

    Who won the game?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E5K4ACKUZCBU3HBELMCFFMQMHQ Danny

    What were these young ladies thinking….supporting a good cause and helping someone with cancer…..they should have had to forefit the game and be barred from ever playing in any type sports for life. It is not like they threw the bird at over 10 million viewers, or called a standing President a lier, or stood on a podium with their fist held high….. Actually the coach of the other team needs to make a donation to the same charities in an equal amount these wonderful young ladies did with the sale of thier uniforms and made the donation in thier name and then he needs to publicly appoligize to them.

  • Anonymous

    Columbus by 15 points.  Two free throws made no difference.  Also, before the game when officials check for these violations they warmed up in white uniforms.

  • Anonymous

    wasnt for cancer was for make a wish and saying that those free throws changed the momentum is dumb, the burke high ladies went on a 6-0 run after….. weird how the media can say stuff thats not true, way to be an ethical writer….

  • Anonymous

     Would you mind telling me at what point in the post I said it shifted the momentum of the game?

  • Anonymous

    What these girls did was what we need more of in this country! To be negative about helping others with a illness is just out and out mean! To all of you who have a negative thought regarding this most human kindness, well lets just hope you never need the support of those with Kind Hearts!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KZHROWN3ACB53YL4S766M46BYA Word

    As an officialFOR 37+ years in Alabama high school athletics, including basketball, I am more than interested in this issue.  Simply put, if a team informs us ahead of time what to expect, as long as the color does not conflict with the visiting team’s color, THERE IS NO ISSUE – PERIOD. NONE!!!!!!!!  There are two (2) issues to be addressed. First, why didn’t the home team simply ask for permission to wear them?  They could have contacted their local officials association to alert them and the assigned crew.  That would have alleviated the problem BEFORE IT BECAME A PROBLEM! Secondly, the National Federation of High School Athletics rules for varsity high school games are the same for the ENTIRE country (with a few exceptions covering areas such as a coaching box, etc)  The rules are quite clear regarding uniforms.  With that being the case, the crew chief (referee) should have enforced the technical foul TO START THE GAME.  There would have been no jump ball, the other team get the ball on a throw in to start the game.  I will never criticize a fellow official, but I do wonder why the delay in enforcement.  It never should have been an issue – period. Kudos to the thoughts behind the team for wanting to do a good deed.   jh

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KZHROWN3ACB53YL4S766M46BYA Word

    warming up is one thing. when they came out to begin the game waering the pink uniforms, IF a T was going to be applied, THAT was the time to do it…NOT at halftime.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OIC4LBFBWGJ2FBVKVJWSRRLU7Y Anthony

    I completely agree fellow official. If they would have talked to the state right away there wouldn’t have been a problem. But none the less we as officials are told to blow the whistle sooner then later so they should have def called it at the begging of the game not at half time unless they’re a new young crew i could them not knowing about the rule. Plus the other team’s coach should have brought it to their attention before the game has started.