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Are referees permitted to wear a brace, cast or splint while refereeing?

The AYSO National Rules and Regulations prohibit players from participating in practices or games while wearing a cast or splint (even with a doctor’s permission). However, there is no such prohibition for referees to officiate while wearing a brace, cast or splint even if they are youth referees. The likelihood of an injury to players occurring from contact with the referee’s brace, cast or splint is very remote. Some padding on a cast may add a measure of protection.