Common Jersey Letter and Number Sizes for Sports Garments

Have you ever wondered if you have the right jersey letter and number sizes on a sports garment that you are heat printing? You’re not alone! STAHLS’ has put together some resources and took out the guesswork when it comes to jersey application. Below, we broke down appropriate sizes for youth and adult jerseys and certain numbers allowed in basketball and football.

Numbers Based on Position or Game

jersey letter and number sizes

BASKETBALL – Legal numbers are the following; 00, 0-5, 10-15, 20-25, 30-35, 40-45, 50-55. A team roster may not include both a 0 and 00. The reasoning: These numbers can easily be signaled by the referee using one hand.

jersey letter and number sizes

FOOTBALL – Rules recommend that player positions assume the following numbers

1-9 Quarterbacks and Kickers
10-19 Quarterbacks, Receivers, Tight Ends,
and Kickers
20-49 Running Backs and Defensive Backs
50-59 Centers and Linebackers
60-79 Defensive Linemen and Offensive Linemen
80-89 Receivers and Tight Ends (or 40-49 if those ranges are taken)
90-99 Defensive Linemen and Linebackers


Youth & Adult Jersey Letter and Number Sizes

SOCCERYouthAdult
Name2″2.5″
Front Number3″4″
Back Number8″8″
Shorts Number3″4″
FOOTBALLYouthAdult
Name2″2.5″
Front Number8″10″
Back Number10″10″
Shoulder Number3″4″
BASEBALLYouthAdult
Name2″3″
Front Number3″4″
Back Number6″8″
SOFTBALLYouthAdult
Name2″2.5″
Front Number3″4″
Back Number6″8″
HOCKEYYouthAdult
Name2″3″
A/C3″4″
Front Number3″4″
Back Number10″10″
Sleeve/Shoulder3″4″
BASKETBALLYouthAdult
Name2″2.5″
Front Number3″4″
Back Number6″8″
Shorts3″4″
LACROSSEYouthAdult
Name2″2.5″
Front Number6″8″
Back Number8″10″
Shorts3″4″
VOLLEYBALLYouthAdult
Name2″2.5″
Front Number3″4″
Back Number6″8″

Check Out the Team Decorator

Calling all sports jersey decorators, this one’s for you! Take advantage of a free copy of the catalog below! You will find decorating ideas for jerseys, practice gear, and fan wear. This includes number style suggestions for various sports, as well as material and size recommendations. STAHLS’ will continue to be your partner, providing you with the products and services necessary for team personalization, so you will save time and money while boosting your sales.


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