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Darin Hayes

Darin Hayes
Darin Hayes calls Erie, PA, home, but judging from his work, we'd say his home is the 100 yards between the goal lines on any local football field. Darin has been officiating football since 1988; he lists as a highlight being part of the crew for the 2001 Pennsylvania State High School Championship. You may reach Darin at darinhayes@officiating.com.



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Darin Hayes article archive
Gridiron Legends ... with a Whistle — Part V — Dr. Norm Schachter: A philosophy and style all his own
Gridiron Legends ... with a Whistle — Part IV — Jimmy Harper - NCAA ironman
Gridiron Legends ... with a Whistle — Part III — Art McNally - 'works of art'
Gridiron Legends ... with a Whistle — Part II — Jerry Markbreit - a ref for the ages
Gridiron Legends ... with a Whistle — Part I — Jim Tunney - 31 years of excellence
Calls in Dispute — Part XX — We see it, but is it a catch?
Calls in Dispute — Part XIX — The touchdown that wasn't
Calls in Dispute — Part XVIII — The "inadvertent" fumble
Calls in Dispute — Part XVI — The "lost down" debate
Calls in Dispute — Part XV — Easier by the dozen
Calls in Dispute — Part XIV — Joe Pa comes up short again
Calls in Dispute — Part XIII — SEC suspension: conclusion
Calls in Dispute — Part XVII — Mack, don't flinch an inch
Calls in Dispute — Part XII — Championship suspension
Calls in Dispute — Part XI — Fiesta controversy
Calls in Dispute — Part X — Controversy in Georgia
Calls in Dispute — Part IX — Ramming their way to the top
Calls in Dispute — Part VIII — The "Immaculate Confusion" and resolution
Calls in Dispute — Part VII — A day when "Happy Valley" wasn't so cheery
Calls in Dispute — Part VI — My own personal controversy
Calls in Dispute — Part V — Fifth and goal for the title
Calls in Dispute — Part IV — The "Brown" bottle flu.
Calls in Dispute — Part III — Bad timing made it sleepless in Seattle
Calls in Dispute — Part II — What Swearingen et. al. had to say
Calls in Dispute — Part I — Dallas feels "super" slighted
Evolution of Football Rules — Part X
Evolution of Football Rules — Part IX — The NFL Emerges
Evolution of Football Rules — Part VIII — The road of professional football
Evolution of Football Rules — Part VII — The rise of the Zebras
Evolution of Football Rules — Part VI — Scoring and timing
Evolution of Football Rules — Part V — Helmet evolution
Evolution of Football Rules — Part IV — Changes in non-safety equipment
Evolution of Football Rules — Part III — Player protection develops
Evolution of Football Rules — Part II — Organizing the game
Evolution of Football Rules — Part I — The conception of football
Disputed Calls - Steelers — Part IX — Locklear's called lock hold
Disputed Calls - Steelers — Part VIII — Did DJ score?
Disputed Calls - Steelers — Part VII — Was Big Ben in?
Disputed Calls - Steelers — Part VI — A second call in question from SB XL
Disputed Calls - Steelers — Part V — XL: focus on officiating in Super Bowl
Disputed Calls - Steelers — Part IV — More from Indy
Disputed Calls - Steelers — Part III — Polamalu is disappointed
Disputed Calls - Steelers — Part II — AFC divisional game vs. Colts
Disputed Calls - Steelers — Part I — The ire of a Pittsburgh fan
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Gridiron Gang - Part C
Some Hollywood Interpretations — The Gridiron Gang - B
Some Hollywood Interpretations — The Gridiron Gang - A
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XXX — Facing the Giants -B
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XXIX — Facing the Giants -A
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XXVIII — "Invincible" - b
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XXVII — "Invincible" - a
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XXVI — The Junction Boys
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XXV — A little "Something" extra
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XXIV — The Program
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XXIII — Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XXII — "Gus"
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XXI — "Jerry Maguire"
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XX — Radio
Mr — Part XIX — Meet the Fockers
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XVIII — Forrest... Forrest Gump
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XVII — "All the Right Moves"
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XVI — Coach of the Year
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XV — "Longest Yard" continued
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XIV — "The Longest Yard" finale
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XIII — More from the "The Longest Yard"
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XII — "The Longest Yard" - opening kick
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part XI — "Any Given Sunday"
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part X — "Waterboy" wrap-up
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part IX — "Waterboy" dead ball situations
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part VIII — "The Waterboy"
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part VII — "Varsity Blues" continued
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part VI — "Varsity Blues"
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part V — "Friday Night Lights" - crucial call
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part IV — "Friday Night Lights" - second half
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part III — "Friday Night Lights" - first half
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part II — "Rudy"
Some Hollywood Interpretations — Part I — Plays from "The Replacements"
Pregame Checklist — Part II
Pregame Checklist — Part I
A Pregame Meeting Outline — Part X — Timeouts and extras
A Pregame Meeting Outline — Part IX — Measurements
A Pregame Meeting Outline — Part VIII — Penalties
A Pregame Meeting Outline — Part VII — Passing plays
A Pregame Meeting Outline — Part VI — Talking about running plays
A Pregame Meeting Outline — Part V — Pre-snap duites
A Pregame Meeting Outline — Part IV — PSK & kicks for points
A Pregame Meeting Outline — Part III — Kicks from scrimmage
A Pregame Meeting Outline — Part II — Free kick action
A Pregame Meeting Outline — Part I — The beginning is a great place to start
Anyone Know a Good Mechanic? — Part I — How do we tell the audience?
The Strangest Game I've Ever Called — One way to be light on your feet during a game
NFHS Football Fundamentals — Part II
NFHS Football Fundamentals — Part I
Lopsided Score Distraction Syndrome — There is a cure: remain focused
Zebra Legends — Part IX — Red Cashion
Zebra Legends — Part VIII — Johnny Grier
Zebra Legends — Part VII — Dave Parry - NCAA executive
Zebra Legends — Part VI — Dr. Schachter's prescriptions for good officiating
Remember the Titans — Part III — Playoff games
Remember the Titans — Part II — "Titans" continued
Remember the Titans — Part I
Haste Makes Waste — Officiating at a methodic pace v. high tempo
We Want "Six" — Part II — Wanted: a sixth official
We Want "Six" — Part I — Living with the "dead zone"
The Call is Yours — Part I — Last play of the Giants vs. 49ers game on 1/5/03
2008 NFHS Football Rules Changes Announced — Part II — The rest of the new revisions
2008 NFHS Football Rules Changes Announced — Part I — A brief glance into 2008 revisions
Early Advice Still Held Dear
Fathers of Football: The1930s — Part IV — Officials of 1932
Fathers of Football: The1930s — Part III — 1932 I\innovation and changes in regulations
Fathers of Football: The1930's — Part II — Images of blocking in 1931
Fathers of Football: The1930's — Part I — The 1931 NCAA Rule Book
Fathers of Football: 1922 through 1930 — Part VII — 1930
Fathers of Football: 1922 through 1930 — Part VI — 1929: Going through obstacles
Fathers of Football: 1922 through 1930 — Part V — 1928
Fathers of Football: 1922 through 1930 — Part IV — 1927 rule changes
Fathers of Football: 1922 through 1930 — Part III — 1925 and 1926
Fathers of Football: 1922 through 1930 — Part II — Horses find home on the Grange
Player Safety: Our Number One Priority
Play of the Day — Part VII — Kicking and handing
Play of the Day — Part VII — Kicking and handing
Fathers of Football: 1922 through 1930 — Part I — Punts and roses
NFHS Field Markings 101 — Part I — What to look for
Let's Talk About Injury — Part I — Injured player rules of the NFHS
Fathers of Football - Officials 1921 — Part VI — Sketches in time
Fathers of Football - Officials 1921 — Part V — A picture is worth a thousand....
Fathers of Football - Officials 1921 — Part IV — 1921 penaty enforcement continued
Study of an NFL idea — Part I — NFL techniques on Pass Interference
Fathers of Football - Officials 1921 — Part III — Penalty enforcements in 1921
Fathers of Football - Officials 1921 — Part II — The dress and gear of the 1920's official
Fathers of Football - Officials 1921 — Part I — Meet our Officiating crew - 1921
NFL: D.P.I. Reform? — Part I — A coach's wishes and the realities of the situation
Fathers of Football — Part XLVI — Abolishment of an old standard
Fathers of Football — Part XLV — The 1921 Foot Ball Code
Fathers of Football — Part XLIV — Revisions of 1921
Football Gear Evolution — Part VI — The helmet -B
Football Gear Evolution — Part V — The helmet - A
Fathers of Football — Part XLIII — How "foot ball" was played in 1921
Fathers of Football — Part XLII — 1919 and the start of the "Roaring Twenties"
Fathers of Football — Part XLI — A "Rock" in South Bend
Football Gear Evolution — Part IV — Line-to-gain equipment
Former Official Sues NFL — Part I — The federal suit
Fathers of Football — Part XL — 1918 - football in war time
Fathers of Football — Part XXXIX — John W. Heisman
Football Gear Evolution — Part III — The shoulder pads story
Fathers of Football — Part XXXVIII — And still more on Pop
Fathers of Football — Part XXXVII — Pop and his bag of tricks
Fathers of Football — Part XXXVI — The impact of "Pop"
An NFHS Christmas wish — Part I — 2007 rules revisions wish list
Fathers of Football — Part XXXV — 1914 sees new formations
Fathers of Football — Part XXXIV — Learning how to use the new rules -1913
Fathers of Football — Part XXXIII — More advances in 1912
Fathers of Football — Part XXXII — The passing grade
Play of the Day — Part VI — A ball twice removed
Fathers of Football — Part XXXI — Conclusion of 1910 rule revisions
Play of the Day — Part V — The declination proclamation
Fathers of Football — Part XXX — More passing revisons in 1910
Fathers of Football — Part XXIX — More changes in 1910
Football by the numbers — Part V — Legal versus illegal numbering
Football by the Numbers — Part IV — 9 and 13 are good
An Annotated Bibliography — Part VIII — Kent Holm (h)
Play of the Day — Part III — A short pass can be a tall order
Fathers of Football — Part XXVIII — The start of major revisions
Play of the Day — Part II — A dreaded whistle
Fathers of Football — Part XXVII — A game in crisis once more
Fathers of Football — Part XXVI — Camp's proposals
Play of the Day — Part I — A scrimmage kick with everything
Fathers of Football — Part XXV — A play that "passes"
Pregame Guide 2006 — Part IV — Let's air it out now
Pregame Guide 2006 — Part III — Plays from scrimmage
Pregame Guide 2006 — Part II — Outline continued with scrimmage kicks
Pregame Guide 2006 — Part I — A pregame overview modified to include 2006 revisions
Football by the Numbers — Part III — All-but-one
Fathers of Football — Part XXIV — The collegiate football rules committees unite
Fathers of Football — Part XXIII — 1905-06 the year of change
Fathers of Football — Part XXII — 1904 and 1905 had productive changes
Fathers of Football — Part XXI — Origin of "gridiron" - 1903
Fathers of Football — Part XX — Calmness continues in 1900 -1902
An Annotated Bibliography — Part VII — Kent Holm (g)
Fathers of Football — Part XIX — Advances of the game: 1898 and 1899
An Annotated Bibliography — Part VI — Kent Holm (f)
Fathers of Football — Part XVIII — 1896 and 1897
Fathers of Football — Part XVII — 1895: Mass momentum in opposite directions
Football Gear Evolution — Part II — The goal post story
An Annotated Bibliography — Part V — Kent Holm (e)
Football Gear Evolution — Part I — The whistle story
Fathers of Football — Part XVI — Turmoil in 1894
Five-man Crew Eligible Receiver Keys — Part III — More formations and details
Five-man Crew Eligible Receiver Keys — Part II — The "key" is in the formation
Fathers of Football — Part XV — 1893 innovations and schemes
Football by the Numbers — Part II — Connecticut stands tough on lopsided scores
Football by the numbers — Part I — 619 to 5 to 160
Five-man Crew Eligible Receiver Keys — Part I — Introducing the system
Fathers of Football — Part XIV — 1891:the calm before the storm of innovation
Fathers of Football — Part XIII — The positives for football in 1890
An Annotated Bibliography — Part IV — Kent Holm (d)
Fathers of Football — Part XII — 1889-90: Controversy, convention, and committees
An Annotated Bibliography — Part III — Kent Holm (c)
Fathers of Football — Part XI — A committee to provide rulings
Fathers of Football — Part X — Two little rules changes in 1888
Fathers of Football — Part IX — 1886 and 1887 rules
An Annotated Bibliography — Part II — Kent Holm (b)
New Helmet Idea from My Hometown — Part I — Gladiator Helmet concept could prevent injuries
An Annotated Bibliography — Kent Holm (a)
Fathers of Football — Part VIII — Officiating duties become more defined 1885
Fathers of Football — Part VII — Rules revisions of 1884
Fathers of Football — Part VI — Conventions of yesteryear
I Want to be Like Mike — Part I — Ref takes control
2006 NFHS Football Rules Modifications — Part III — Wrap up of rule revisions
2006 NFHS Football Rules Modifications — Part II — More changes for 2006
2006 NFHS Football Rules Modifications — Part I — Spearing and jerseys
Controversial Calls - Steeler's 2005 edition — Part X — Hasselbeck goes low
Fathers of Football — Part V — Why was circa 1900 football almost banned?
Fathers of Football — Part IV — Camp establishes rules
Fathers of Football — Part III — American evolution
Fathers of Football — Part II — Old world roots
Fathers of Football — Part I — The man who began Walter Camp
Beware! Imaginative Coaches at Work — Part IX — A concept of yesteryear: the single wing
Beware! Imaginative Coaches at Work — Part VIII — The twin punters
Beware! Imaginative Coaches at Work — Part VII — The rugby kick
Beware! Imaginative Coaches at Work — Part VI — The muddle shift
Beware! Imaginative Coaches at Work — Part V — The no-huddle, spread offense
Beware! Imaginative Coaches at Work — Part IV — The spread formation what if....
Zebra Gear — Part III — Beat the midsection heat!
Beware! Imaginative Coaches at Work — Part III — Muddle huddle, the next generation!
Beware! Imaginative Coaches at Work — Part II — Pooch versus counter pooch.
Beware! Imaginative Coaches at Work — Part I — Scrimmage kick trick
Zebra Gear — Part II — More head gear advice
Zebra Gear — Part I — Good quality right at the top
YGtC Playoff Edition — Part IV — A feigned charge
YGtC Playoff Edition — Part III — The clock starts here
YGtC Playoff Edition — Part II — One step beyond!
YGtC Playoff Edition — Part I — Marty goes a number too far!
YGtC aThird Time — Part XX — Outer boundaries
NFHS Football Rules are Changing — Part III — And the rest of the stuff
YGtC a Third Time — Part XIX — Missed chances can be costly
YGtC a Third Time — Part XVIII — A tale of two pylons
YGtC a Third Time — Part XVII — Redskins not gaining momentum
YGtC a Third Time — Part XVI — Don't leave on your own accord
NFHS Football Rules are Changing — Part II — Substitution, passing - and a whole lot more
NFHS Football Rules are Changing — Part I — Here's the biggie - that never happens
YGtC a Third Time — Part XV — Jetting towards a touchback
YGtC aThird Time — Part XIV — Don't loose your lid
YGtC a Third Time — Part XIII — At the break of huddle
YGtC a Third Time — Part XII — Two-for-one special in Cleveland
YGtC a Third Time — Part XI — Saints in a backward spiral
YGtC a Third Time — Part X — When it rains it pours for the Champs
YGtC a Third Time — Part IX — A painful play ... deep in the heart of Texas
YGtC a Third Time — Part VIII — Fly like an eagle ... or eat crow
YGtC a Third Time — Part VII — As desperation comes, trouble is invited
YGtC a Third Time — Part VI — Dallas throws one away
YGtC a Third Time — Part V — A play they are still "Raven" about
YGtC a Third Time — Part IV — Battle of Ohio goes over the line
YGtC a Third Time — Part III — The Lynch mob
YGtC a Third Time — Part II — Big time offenses - and a wild play
YGtC a Third Time — Part I — "You've Got the Call" returns
Official Promotions of Products — Part II — Other companies used the same central theme
Official Promotions of Products. — Part I — Good calls during time outs
Crunch Time Quiz: the Sequel — Part II — Answers to 6 situations
Crunch Time Quiz: The Sequel — Part I — More quiz questions to ponder
Crunch Time Quiz — Part II — Grade your work and get your score!
Crunch Time Quiz — Part I — How is your rule knowledge?
Zebra Tales — Part III — Cure for the midseason blues
Rule Dissection 101 — Part V — Butt blocks and chop blocks
Rule Dissection 101 — Part IV — Blocking situations to rule on
Rule Dissection 101 — Part III — Free-blocking zone
Rule Dissection 101 — Part II — Blocking in depth
Rule Dissection 101 — Part I — The false start phenomenon
Zebra Tales — Part II — Schachter thinking quick
Zebra Tales — Part I — The good old days of sportsmanship
Quiz to Be a Whiz! — Part I — Some pregame decisions
You've Got the Call - Again — Part XX — Never touch a man when he's down?
You've Got the Call - Again — Part XIX — One foot over the line
You've Got the Call - Again — Part XVIII — The Pack is ripe for the Pickens
You've Got the Call - Again — Part XVII — Big Mac flips his lid!
You've Got the Call - Again — Part XVI — That's the way the ball bounces!
You've Got the Call - Again — Part XV — "After further review..."
You've Got the Call - Again — Part XIV — Ward off unsportsmanlike fouls!
You've Got the Call - Again — Part XIII — R-E-S-P-E-C-T
You've Got the Call - Again — Part XII — Overtime extravaganza!
You've Got the Call - Again — Part X — Respond without assumption
You've Got the Call - Again — Part XI — Buffalo wings (oops, I mean legs) with kick!
You've Got the Call - Again — Part IX — No time to waste!
You've Got the Call - Again! — Part VIII — Call a Marshall if this play should happen!
You've Got the Call - Again — Part VII — Flashbacks in Indy history
You've Got the Call - Again — Part VI — Can there be "safety" in your own end zone?
You've Got the Call - Again — Part V — Sometimes "free" kicks cost you
You've Got the Call - Again — Part IV — Oh no! Not the XFL!!
You've Got the Call - Again — Part III — Is being helpful wrong?
You've Got the Call - Again — Part II — Block that kick
You've Got the Call - Again — Part I — A real kick in the pants!
Pop Quiz — Part I — Sometimes situations can be tricky
Teaching Points of "You've Got the Call" — Part IV — Plays 16-20
Teaching Points of "You've Got the Call" — Part III — Plays 11-16
Teaching Points of "You've Got the Call" — Part II — Plays 6-10
Teaching Points of "You've Got the Call" — Part I — Plays 1-5
You've Got the Call — Part XX — How to deal with the "I" word.
You've Got the Call — Part XIX — Dealing with the "shortcomings" of the game
You've Got the Call — Part XVIII — At what time do you take control?
You've Got the Call — Part XVII — What happens when you dance the dance.
You've Got the Call — Part XVI — When a play meant to en"Tice" the defense, goes bad
You've Got the Call — Part XV — Backward or forward pass? Your call!
You've Got the Call — Part XIV — Is it too late to change?
You've Got the Call — Part XIII — Controversy after advanced planning
You've Got the Call — Part XII — One of those things a defense should never "Lett" happen
You've Got the Call — Part XI — Most remembered hit of the game was by the coach?
You've Got the Call — Part X — Heads or tails, on hearing what is said!
You've Got the Call — Part IX — How losing your head (or in this case your helmet) may cost you a win.
You've Got the Call — Part VIII — The 12th man or not the 12th man, that is the question
You've Got the Call — Part VII — The tricky Dan Marino
You've Got the Call — Part VI — And the band played on
You've Got the Call — Part V — The "Music City Miracle" with a high school twist
You've Got the Call — Part IV — The play that saved the "Brady Bunch"
You've Got the Call — Part III — The "holy roller"
You've Got the Call — Part II — Don't let a Rooskie make you look like a Rookie


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