Hash Marks, Smash Marks
September 24, 2011 10:04 AM   Subscribe

Watching the Notre Dame v Pitt game, and I'm wondering about the extra hash marks between the numbers and the sideline. I've never seen those before, can anyone offer an explanation? Thanks

I'm used to seeing the two in the middle of the field, but this is the first I've ever noticed a pair of additional lines.
posted by bach to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
It's being played at Heinz Field, which is an NFL stadium. The hash marks in the NFL are closer to the center of the field.
posted by one more dead town's last parade at 10:28 AM on September 24, 2011


(So the "extra" hash marks are where the NCAA requires them.)
posted by one more dead town's last parade at 10:30 AM on September 24, 2011 [1 favorite]


One more etc., you seem to be thinking of the hash marks that go between the numbers, but the weird markings at Heinz are outside of them. They're also located only on the numbered yard lines (the 10, 20, etc.), while the regular hash marks (only one set of those, btw), are on every yard in between the field-wide yard lines.

I've never seen these extra markings either, but I don't think they have anything to do with playing at an NFL field.
posted by Zonker at 11:08 AM on September 24, 2011


and to further confuse things, high school hash marks are at a different position. If you look closely, you can see traces of the NFL hash marks.

However, I think that bach is asking about the hash lines that are on the numbered yard lines. hrm. I notice (upon flipping back and forth to the MSU/CMU game which is being played at a college stadium) that the numbers are closer to the sidelines in college stadiums. Wonder if the hashes are indictating where the numbers would be on a college field?
posted by jlkr at 11:17 AM on September 24, 2011


Are you asking about the cross hatch marks? Wouldn't they be for line up positions, "this is as far as a wide out can stand" kind of stuff? You know, marking the lanes.
posted by Max Power at 11:59 AM on September 24, 2011


Are you asking about the cross hatch marks? Wouldn't they be for line up positions, "this is as far as a wide out can stand" kind of stuff? You know, marking the lanes.

Never heard of such a rule. Does it exist?
posted by Ironmouth at 1:21 PM on September 24, 2011


Ironmouth I wouldn't be surprised if there was.

However, I asked a couple of former player friends, and they tell me that there are rules about where a (college) team can have conferences during the different kinds of time-outs (team called, TV, official, injury), and they are based upon where the numbers are on the field. And the numbers are closer to the sidelines in college football....
posted by jlkr at 2:09 PM on September 24, 2011


Jikr wins. Thanks everyone
posted by bach at 6:18 PM on September 24, 2011


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