The NCAA limits jersey numbers with a rule that makes sense until you think about it | Weird Rules

  • Published: 16 March 2019
  • I, for one, am sick of numbers and how dang big they get. For that reason, I give endless thanks to the NCAA and their rule about basketball jersey numbers. By restricting numbers to digits you can count with five fingers, my life has been simplified and I am sleeping better. They didn't even waver when the NBA solved the issue! They just kept saying "Zero to five only." Sure, maybe they don't "remember" when this rule became into existence because it isn't a "big deal." But the important part is making sure players have limited options and therefore can't pick a number that would help them become an individual. Reuse, reduce, recycle numbers in college basketball.

    Written and produced by Ryan Simmons and Will Buikema
    Shot and edited by Joe Ali and Jiazhen Zhang
    Animations and graphics by Philip Pasternak


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Comments • 809

  • Global Atheist
    Global Atheist  19 hours back

    Yeah it's not like they have some other way to communicate to the guy at the table what number the player that committed a foul is wearing. Wtf

      DOUBLE D3VO  4 days back

      Rudy Gobert is number 27....

      • Music4life 47
        Music4life 47  6 days back

        I like anything with the number 4, 5, or 7

        • Decent HAWKK
          Decent HAWKK  7 days back

          Rj Barrett wore 5 tho

          • Charlie Bultman
            Charlie Bultman  1 weeks back

            Before even watching it I feel like it would just make since to limit the jersey numbers because you' could just sell the jersey's you made from the year before. Most NCAA stuff doesn't have player names on it and just numbers. That's just my theory. Less overhead on production

            • Ry Po
              Ry Po  1 weeks back

              Rypov Porterwitz was always #69 in the 2k college hoops series. So that's probably what Will was remembering, my create-a-player

              • Lil Drezzy
                Lil Drezzy  2 weeks back


                • Lil Drezzy
                  Lil Drezzy  2 weeks back


                  • Michael Avril
                    Michael Avril  2 weeks back

                    Didn't Antoine Walker wear number 8 while playing with Kentucky?

                  • nmarkert01
                    nmarkert01  3 weeks back

                    In the NBA they have to ask permission from the league to wear numbers over 55.

                    • Josh Henry
                      Josh Henry  1 months back

                      These guys have great chemistry

                      • Alex Bayoff
                        Alex Bayoff  1 months back

                        But what about a ref with 6 fingers, eh

                        • Johnwall24
                          Johnwall24  1 months back

                          These conversations can be so cringeworthy

                          • DrezzyDrew
                            DrezzyDrew  1 months back

                            I swear I saw 18 before

                            • Jerry Z
                              Jerry Z  1 months back

                              College rules are applied to tournaments (unlike NBA) where refs may have to relay calls, or report calls far away, to the score table to keep the games moving. A sign language 7,8,9 is hard to see at distance and according to most coaches all refs are blind anyways, so this can be a problem. In all seriousness it actually is a good rule that seems silly.

                              • Isaac McDonald
                                Isaac McDonald  2 months back

                                As someone who referees basketball, I can appreciate this rule

                                • Richard Smith
                                  Richard Smith  2 months back

                                  This is a rule for all basketball but NBA. It's for ref communication

                                  • loganbaileysfunwithtrains

                                    I think the law in Texas carried over from horse to automobile, but that might just me my interpretation so I’ve got an excuse to kill a man

                                    • Moss Man
                                      Moss Man  2 months back

                                      If the number one recruit in the country ever said “yeah if y’all won’t let me wear 7 I’m gonna skip a year and go the the league” they’d change the rule so fast your head would spin.

                                      • faysal kadir
                                        faysal kadir  2 months back

                                        Damn. Ryan is so gay that he hates talking about 69ing between a guy and a girl. That dude needs to get off the air man.

                                        • Angus Olaes
                                          Angus Olaes  2 months back

                                          When he said obvious number I thought he was talking about 23😂🤦‍♂️

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                                            On my middle school team my qb wears 77

                                            • Sam Woods
                                              Sam Woods  2 months back

                                              Having worked the scores table before, I’ll say that this rule definitely helps but it’s really dependent on the refs for whether or not it’s necessary. The good refs will say the numbers as they flash them so you’ll see them go “one, five” when the foul is on number 15. But the bad refs will just briefly hold up their hands. And I worked an AAU game where a team had a 15, a 51, and a 6, and one of the refs wouldn’t mouth the number when he flashed it which honestly was a disaster if I didn’t see who the foul was on myself.

                                              • Max Aguirre
                                                Max Aguirre  2 months back

                                                I am 10000000% sure i’ve seen a 7 in a college game

                                                • Tasman Millen
                                                  Tasman Millen  2 months back

                                                  What if there was a ref with 6 fingers? Would they allow you to change it for one game?

                                                  • Atticus Shadowmore
                                                    Atticus Shadowmore  2 months back

                                                    They do ASL exists right? They have single handed signs for 1-99

                                                    • Robert Gollnick
                                                      Robert Gollnick  2 months back

                                                      The NCAA is a really lousy organization

                                                      • Derp Shire
                                                        Derp Shire  2 months back

                                                        Same thing in my last basketball league for high school, before that though in my high school before that I wore number 8

                                                        • Sparky Shore
                                                          Sparky Shore  2 months back

                                                          If I could pick my number, it’d be a tough choice between 37 and π.

                                                          • Nicolás Souto
                                                            Nicolás Souto  2 months back


                                                            • Iona Mortimer
                                                              Iona Mortimer  2 months back

                                                              But the reffing rules for presenting numbers had changed now?? Like you flip your hands?

                                                              • IST ICE
                                                                IST ICE  2 months back

                                                                Bro this is bull im number 26 going into college damn that mad gay

                                                                • Joel Farrelly
                                                                  Joel Farrelly  2 months back

                                                                  Ooohhhh... Because like sex-stuff. I get it. I have that ALL the time.

                                                                  • Mr. Money
                                                                    Mr. Money  2 months back

                                                                    Speaker: And now presenting our starter line-up:
                                                                    At Foward, Andy Roberts, number 10
                                                                    At Center, John Francis, number 21
                                                                    At Point Guard, Steve Peters, number 24
                                                                    At Power Foward, Ben Stevens, number 33
                                                                    [Silence] [lights go off]
                                                                    *[Sirens and Airhorns intensifies]*

                                                                    Speaker: AND NOW, STANDING 6 FOOT 1 INCHES, AT SHOOTING GUARD:
                                                                    *"THE MAD LAD" WILL ADD-ONE-TO, NUMBER 68"*

                                                                    • Robert Mills
                                                                      Robert Mills  2 months back

                                                                      If only we had sign language for 6 through 9. Darn

                                                                      • Lonesome Troll
                                                                        Lonesome Troll  2 months back

                                                                        Why don they just use ASL numbering you can use 0-every number in one hand

                                                                        • Scooter Harrington
                                                                          Scooter Harrington  2 months back


                                                                          • LakesideHog
                                                                            LakesideHog  2 months back

                                                                            Digits up 0-5
                                                                            Digits down 6-10
                                                                            Pretty simple

                                                                            • brucemercer
                                                                              brucemercer  3 months back

                                                                              Referees in High School only signal the numbers with 1 hand (usually the right). If they use 2 hands they are not doing their job correctly. Disagree. You are wrong. Read the Mechanics Manual.

                                                                              • J C
                                                                                J C  3 months back

                                                                                That’s weird

                                                                                • Joe Costic
                                                                                  Joe Costic  3 months back

                                                                                  He may have seen a college jersey with those numbers on them, just outside of the NCAA

                                                                                  • Wilson Wright
                                                                                    Wilson Wright  3 months back

                                                                                    Did anyone else notice the guy on the right said the one idiot on the team “Garry” I am pretty sure it is a parks and recreation infrence. 3:28

                                                                                    • The Serpent King
                                                                                      The Serpent King  3 months back

                                                                                      This is why we need a ref with twenty fingers.

                                                                                      • Ben Howard
                                                                                        Ben Howard  3 months back

                                                                                        My high school football team has 1-68 and 70-99

                                                                                        • Broken Wave
                                                                                          Broken Wave  4 days back

                                                                                          They aren't talking about football...

                                                                                      • Horse Pants
                                                                                        Horse Pants  3 months back

                                                                                        And1 #68

                                                                                        • kaikhosrow
                                                                                          kaikhosrow  3 months back

                                                                                          it makes sense to me beccause when a player commits a foul the ref has to indicate to the scorers table which player committed the foul having number under 6 allows the ref to inform the scorers table by using his fingers on both hands for most efficiency.

                                                                                          • jakevideos0826
                                                                                            jakevideos0826  3 months back

                                                                                            They could just use ASL for numbers

                                                                                            • White Fang
                                                                                              White Fang  3 months back

                                                                                              It makes perfect sense to me.