Hash marks are small dashes on the football field used to align the players at the start of each scrimmage down. There are two sets of hash marks on the middle of the football field. They run along the same linear path as the yard lines, but are very different from them.
Hash Mark Ball Placement
It all depends on where the previous scrimmage down ended.
Between Hash Marks
On Hash Marks
Hash Mark Distance
The hash marks are used to align the players at the start of each scrimmage down. At all three levels of play, the distance between the hash marks varies. The distance of the hash marks affects the strategy behind the game.
In college football the hash mark distance is greater, so the ball is usually placed near the sides of the field. In the NFL, the hash mark distance is smaller, leading to more scrimmage downs starting in the middle of the field.
NFL Hash Marks
College Football Hash Marks
In college football, the hash marks are 40ft apart.
High School Football Hash Marks
In high school football, the hash marks are 53ft and 4in apart.