Narbonne Girls' Basketball Reinstated Into Playoffs After Jersey Controversy

(FOX 11) - The Narbonne High School Girls' Basketball Team was reinstated Tuesday into the Section Open Division playoffs after it was forced to forfeit its 57-52 semifinal win due to uniform violations.

The jerseys worn by the team have pink lettering for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is not an official school color.

While the team will be allowed to face Palisades in Saturday's championship game at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Narbonne coach Victoria Sanders will not be allowed to coach the rest of the season, according to the LA Times.

In addition, the team will be on probation next season and won't be allowed to have any home playoff games.

City Section commissioner John Aquirre originally ruled Narbonne would have to forfeit its semifinal win because the jerseys were in violation of City Section rules.

Sanders and players on the team said they were unaware that prior approval was needed to wear pink on the uniforms.

"Breast cancer awareness is in October, and there's a process for people to request color change," Aguirre said prior to the reinstatement. "The principal didn't even know about these numbers. If they're going to blatantly disregard these rules and regulations, they're going to affect kids."

Narbonne was on probation for an earlier violation of City Section rules -- which reportedly played a role in the decision, according to the L.A. Times.

During state playoffs in 2014, a player who had received two techinicals played illegally in the next game when she should have had to sit out.

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