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Snake~eyes Mon Nov 08, 2004 10:54pm

So can anyone tell me a little bit of history behind official clothing/equipment. Maybe how officials started dressing, how it evolved and if there is any reasoning behind it. Like stripes? ectect.

1) Knickers
2) Stirrups to Socks
3) Striped Shirts
4) Flag
5) Beanbag
6) Hat - Black Piping and White

parepat Tue Nov 09, 2004 05:24pm

Flag was invented by Dwight "Dike" Beede the head coach of Youngstown College )now Youngstown State University. Up to that time a horn or other sound making device was used to indicate a foul. Beede's wife sewed the flag for him and the rest is history.

parepat Tue Nov 09, 2004 05:29pm

Just looked up the whole story on the flag. See link below.


http://www.ysu.edu/sports/traditions/penaltyflag.htm

ref18 Wed Nov 10, 2004 08:47am

In Canada our officials manual still instructs us on the use of the horn.

Although I would like to know about the stirrups, because in Canada we still wear them, and also what pre-empted the change to the one-piece sock??

FredFan7 Wed Nov 10, 2004 11:02am

When I started in 1989 we used stirrups, and the NCAA used a once piece sock. I quit in 1993 and came back in 2001. By that time stirrups were ancient history. I'm glad.

JugglingReferee Wed Nov 10, 2004 11:23am

Quote:

Originally posted by ref18
In Canada our officials manual still instructs us on the use of the horn.
However, the official's manual has not been updated more recently than the text in the white book that describes how to signify that a foul has occured.

kdf5 Wed Nov 10, 2004 11:41am

When my dad officiated his flag was red. I suppose that flags changed to yellow with the advent of TV and yellow was high visibility.

ref18 Wed Nov 10, 2004 02:44pm

In Canada we still use red flags. Well sorta, they're like a neon orange.

kdf5 Wed Nov 10, 2004 03:22pm

Quote:

Originally posted by ref18
In Canada we still use red flags. Well sorta, they're like a neon orange.
Do they have a maple leaf in the middle?

Green Wed Nov 10, 2004 04:53pm

History of Football
 
Digging and found the History of Football

http://www.thehistoryoffootball.com/

Green Wed Nov 10, 2004 04:54pm

History of Football
 
Digging and found the History of Football.

The football field for all levels, High School through the Pros, is the same size.

http://www.thehistoryoffootball.com/
http://inventors.about.com/library/i...blfootball.htm

http://sportsvl.com/ball/gridiron.htm

[Edited by Green on Nov 10th, 2004 at 05:17 PM]

OverAndBack Wed Nov 10, 2004 05:51pm

Wasn't there a time (this is NFL now) where everybody wore white hats?

A good place to look is books on the history of the game. You can almost always find shots of officials in the shots of star players, which seem to be very prevalent in historical books (and they're cool to look at). You can see how styles have changed over the years. Most of the photos are black and white, obviously, but you can see the changes.

Sometimes you'll see old AFL game films and their officials had red stripes instead of black.

Snake~eyes Wed Nov 10, 2004 07:26pm

Quote:

Originally posted by OverAndBack
Wasn't there a time (this is NFL now) where everybody wore white hats?
Yes, I know a while back every referee wore a white hat, the only reason I know this is from watching old highlights.

waltjp Wed Nov 10, 2004 08:13pm

I think the Ref wore a black hat. All others were in white. I don't think that was all that far back.

ref18 Wed Nov 10, 2004 09:46pm

Another thing the CFL stuck with, a black hat for the referee. At all other levels, the ref wears a white hat.

Now our white hats have black brims and black piping, did the American white hats origionally have this, or is this just a Canadian adaptation??


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