Origin of the Strategy Divider?

ef-3[1]Strategy Divider 1ef-4[1]Today I found a 1965 Tudor rule book with a section entitled ” Rules for Advanced Play”. It states ” As you become more expert at playing the game there are a number of alternate rules you can follow to make play more difficult.”

Following are the rule changes they suggest for the use of a “Strategy Divider”

Play from Scrimmage

Offensive and defensive teams are lined up as in play from scrimmage. A card(long enough to extend past either end of the scrimmage line and high enough to hide each team from its opponent’s view) is held vertically between the two lines. The offense selects his ball carrier, and points his players for running and blocking while the defense directs his team for the charge. The card is lifted, the switch is turned on and play begins. This method gives maximum suprise to both teams, keeping strategies secret until the ball is “snapped.”

The photo above shows a “Scrimmage Line Separator” offered by Tudor to “help both players to set up their lines faster and more accurately.” … “also, keeps both lines at the proper distance and prevents forward movement while setting up.” 

Just wondering if this is where Jimbo Dunagan got the idea for developing his “Strategy Divider”?

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  1. Weirdwolf says:

    That has to be the beginnings of it. Jimbo Dunagan may or may not of known of this, but either way he took the idea and definitely improved, developed, standardized and advanced it.

  2. SteelerFan says:

    Let’s see a picture of Jimbo’s Divider vs a picture of the Tudor divider if any one has one on a field. Would like to see them both. I like the idea.

  3. SteelerFan says:

    I also like the scrimmage divider so there is no question on anyone taking advantage of the line of scrimmage

  4. eflfanatic says:

    Added a pic of the strategy divider as used by the Mid West EFL.

  5. Coach k-lo says:

    that is correct with the Tudor rules. I remember that, but it was not until the 70’s before they came up with the line of scrimmage seperator. That is also when Tudor put out the cards for you to use to tell you what each player would do…I don’t remember what they were called (name)but that is how I kept up. They also sold a booklet on TTC BASES and how to use them…..I still have that one!

  6. Weirdwolf says:

    K-Lo Can we get scans of that booklet? Cards?? What cards??

  7. Dimitri says:

    the scrimmage line separator is very interesting. On my first games, we are not very confortable with linemen positions and abilities…

    I’ll have to make a separator…and post new questions on the forum too 😉

  8. Coach k-lo says:

    WW –

    I will work on the scan…maybe…hahahahahahaha

    then you will know all of my secrets!

    As for the cards, they were player cards that were like index cards that you wrote down what the player did on the field…like if he went 30 yds are turned right – you would draw that on the #74 card. They even came with a box that you could lockerroom before the carring cases came about.

    I will have to look thru my old Tudor books to find the reference.

    Stay tuned……..

  9. eflfanatic says:

    K-Lo,

    Added pic of Tudor NFL Stategy Case that I have.

  10. Coach k-lo says:

    THANKS…THAT IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT….

    I USED THIS TO KEEP TRACK OF PLAYERS SO THAT I DID NOT HAVE TO TURN THE DIALS ON THE PLAYERS AND TO KNOW WHAT DIRECTION THE ROOKIE PLAYERS WERE GOING.

    THANKS CHRIS

  11. Coach k-lo says:

    CAN YOU POST A LARGER PICTURE???

  12. Jimmie says:

    I remember them cards K-lo

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