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Old Wed Aug 25, 2021, 06:25pm
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Three Man Crews

How often(in the old days) were three man crews used. I just bought a 1975 Minnesota State Playoff Program and for the two nine-man semi final games there were only three man crews. The other classes were using the standard four man crew. Just curious. I found it interesting that only three officials were used for football.
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I guess what is your consideration for the "olden days." In the 90s they used 4 person crews for much of the games in my state. It was in the mid to late 90s that 5 person became standard. But lower-level games having 3 officials (or 2) was common. But I am sure 3 were used at some time, just cannot tell you when. Most acted like they were always doing 4 for at least varsity and that goes back to the 80s and 70s from what I can remember.

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Old Fri Aug 27, 2021, 01:08am
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I guess what is your consideration for the "olden days." In the 90s they used 4 person crews for much of the games in my state. It was in the mid to late 90s that 5 person became standard. But lower-level games having 3 officials (or 2) was common. But I am sure 3 were used at some time, just cannot tell you when. Most acted like they were always doing 4 for at least varsity and that goes back to the 80s and 70s from what I can remember.

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I graduated from High School in 1990 and I remember the four man crews including when my high school played nine man. The year I saw three man crews for VARSITY state playoff games(nine-man in Minnesota) was 1975. I was just a little surprised because I always remember games being officiated by four man crews at that level.
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I graduated from High School in 1990 and I remember the four man crews including when my high school played nine man. The year I saw three man crews for VARSITY state playoff games(nine-man in Minnesota) was 1975. I was just a little surprised because I always remember games being officiated by four man crews at that level.
I believe there were 4 officials when I played and I graduated in 1990 as well. I do not remember for sure. I remember I was called for OPI as a receiver when I was about to catch a pass over the middle and got knocked down. I have no idea if there was a BJ at the time. I doubt it based on things I have learned since.

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Old Sat Sep 04, 2021, 01:23pm
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I'm assuming you're talking varsity games. We still use 3 man crews in Texas but only for jr. high games (or HS subvarsity games if we're short -- which is rare).

As far as varsity games go, its been a LONG time. My dad started working football in the early '50s. He worked smaller schools and they used 3 man crews while the bigger ones would use 4, but almost everyone was using 4 man by the '70s in Texas at the latest. 5 man, even at smaller schools, was standard by the '80s. We've been using 7 man in the metro areas since the mid-2010s (small and large schools). Smaller CHAPTERS in Texas still have issues filling all their small school 11-player games with 5 guys, but for the most part, I think most games are covered. A few might be 4 man.

6-player football gets 4 officials, unless its a Saturday game and the chapter or coaches agree for 5. Or, its a playoff game. 5 officials working a 6 man game is the pinnacle of officiating! I've never been in a situation where you have essentially every aspect of the game covered yet no one gets in the other's way.

More info than you asked, but what the heck...
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Old Sat Sep 04, 2021, 07:03pm
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I'm assuming you're talking varsity games. We still use 3 man crews in Texas but only for jr. high games (or HS subvarsity games if we're short -- which is rare).

As far as varsity games go, its been a LONG time. My dad started working football in the early '50s. He worked smaller schools and they used 3 man crews while the bigger ones would use 4, but almost everyone was using 4 man by the '70s in Texas at the latest. 5 man, even at smaller schools, was standard by the '80s. We've been using 7 man in the metro areas since the mid-2010s (small and large schools). Smaller CHAPTERS in Texas still have issues filling all their small school 11-player games with 5 guys, but for the most part, I think most games are covered. A few might be 4 man.

6-player football gets 4 officials, unless its a Saturday game and the chapter or coaches agree for 5. Or, its a playoff game. 5 officials working a 6 man game is the pinnacle of officiating! I've never been in a situation where you have essentially every aspect of the game covered yet no one gets in the other's way.

More info than you asked, but what the heck...
Yes Varsity games. The two games I saw were state semi final playoff games in the nine-man class in Minnesota in 1975. The then four 11 man classes used the then customary four man crews
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