ART. 1. - A legal uniform consists of:
a. A one-piece singlet shall be cut no lower in the back or front than the level of the armpits and under the arms no lower than one-half the distance between the armpit and the belt line. The one-piece singlet may be worn with full-length tights with stirrups. Any other undergarment worn under the one-piece singlet which extends beyond the inseam shall be a tight-fitting, a single solid color, unadorned and shall not extend below the knee. The one-piece singlet shall be shall be school-issued.
NOTE: Female contestants wearing a one-piece singlet shall wear a suitable under garment that covers their breasts.
b. Compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling shall have a minimum 4-inch inseam that shall not extend below the knee; Shorts designed for wrestling shall have an elastic waistband and a drawstring that is not exposed. Compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling shall not have exposed drawstrings, belt loops, zippers, snaps, buttons, or pockets. A suitable under garment which completely covers the buttocks and groin area must be worn under shorts designed for wrestling. Shorts designed for wrestling may be worn over the singlet. Compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling may be worn with a form-fitted compression shirt. Compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling shall be school-issued.
c. A form-fitted compression shirt which shall not cover or extend below the elbow and shall have a minimum 3-inch tail; The form-fitted, compression shirt may be worn under a singlet or with compression short or shorts designed for wrestling. The form-fitted compression shirt shall be school-issued.
NOTE: Female contestants wearing a form-fitted compression shirt shall wear a suitable under garment that covers their breasts.
The alternate 2-piece uniform has been added to increase participation for boys and girls. The uniform modification received favorable support on the NFHS 2016 wrestling questionnaire. However, the NFHS Rules Review Committee had initial concerns that there was not enough product to meet the need of the schools that wanted to use the 2-piece uniform and asked that the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee seek opinion from uniform manufacturers. After meeting with every major wrestling uniform manufacturer during the 2017 NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee meeting, the committee was assured that there would be enough product available to meet our criteria. In addition, a member state association experimented with a 2-piece uniform this past wrestling season and received favorable results and comments from their member schools, wrestlers, coaches and referees.