In football, there are a lot more people to the game than just the 22 players on the field. We’ve detailed the various components that make up the sidelines in NFL, college, and high school football. Specifically, we’ve explain the typical uniforms worn by each of these members.
At minimum, the sideline consists of the following:
3 – 5 Coaches per team
2 – 5 Referees
3 Chain Gang or Crew Members
6 – 10 Ball Boys
Coaches uniforms are often up to the Coach’s preference within a certain extent. Coaches wear a team cap or sometimes visor with a team polo, jacket, or sweatshirt – often an alternate color so the quarterback can easily spot them. They wear standard khaki, black, or navy pants with tennis shoes.
Referees wear black and white vertical striped shirts with black pants, black belts, and black tennis shoes, not cleats. Each ref must be equipped with a whistle and yellow penalty flag. In the NFL, the head official wears a white cap while the rest don black caps.
THE CHAIN GANG
The Chain Gang consists of three members, two to hold the measuring meter and one responsible for the down marker. Typically the NFL Chain Gang wear a blue NFL cap, yellow and black vest, white polo, black pants and black tennis shoes. The member with the down marker wears an orange vest.
The Chain Gang for NCAA is slightly different, with all three members in matching blue hats, white polos, and conference bibs.
Volunteers usually put on a bib over their normal clothes for high school football.
There are 10 total ball boys in a true football game, three on each sideline and two at each end zone. In the NFL they wear blue NFL caps, white polos, blue warm up pants/shorts, and tennis shoes. They wear navy vests with either an orange X or K for kicker. Ball boys must be 18 or older.
For the NCAA, Ball boys wear a conference polo, khakis or shorts, and no hat.
In high school games, students usually volunteer in their normal clothes with a school hat. Sometimes for Varsity games, ball boys will wear the away jerseys if it is a home game and vice versa.
PHOTOGRAPHERS + MEDIA
There are usually dozens of reporters and photographers on the sidelines as well. Photographers can be easily identified by their “photographer” vests and cameras.
Of course, we’re more than happy to assist you to outfit the sidelines as accurately as possible for your production. Just ask and one of our wardrobe associates, we’ll be more than happy to answer any of your questions. Call us at 310-303-4467 or shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.