Is a ball live if it bounces off the field goal and back into the field of play on a kickoff

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This article is about the football term. For the 2011 film, see

Touchback (film)

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In American football, a touchback is a ruling which is made and signaled by an official when the ball becomes dead behind or above a goal line (i.e., in an end zone) and the team who is attacking that goal line is responsible for the ball being there. Responsibility is determined by which team gave the ball the impetus to travel over or across the goal line. Such impetus may be imparted by a kick, pass, fumble, or in certain instances by batting the ball. A touchback is not a play, but a result of events that may occur during a play. A touchback is the opposite of a safety with regard to impetus since a safety is scored when the defending team is responsible for the ball becoming dead behind or above its own goal.

Examples of instances where a touchback would be awarded include when:

A kickoff or punt enters the end zone and becomes dead behind the goal line without being...
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The ball is in play when one of the prescribed means of (re)starting play has been properly executed. these include the kick-off, throw-in, goal kick, corner kick, free kick, penalty kick and drop ball. (see the comprehensive table of restarts.) The ball is out of play "when it has wholly crossed the goal line or touch-line... [or] when the game has been stopped by the referee." This is a simple (and elegant) concept.

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Unlike basketball or American football, the position of the player or the player's feet is irrelevant. Only the position of the ball matters.

The soccer field (pitch) may be imagined as a three...

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All matches will take place in the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex (HTRC). No food or drink, other than water, is permitted in the turf area. ...
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Rugby is a sport played between two teams that try to score points by advancing a ball past the opposing team's goal line or by kicking the ball through a pair of uprights on the opponent's goal line. Players can run with the ball, kick it or pass it backward or sideways to a teammate. Opposing players try to tackle the player who has the ball or gain possession of the ball. There are two main versions: rugby union, which uses 15 players at a time for each team, and rugby league, which uses 13. Another version, rugby sevens, follows union rules but uses only seven players at a time for each team.

Field

This sport is played on a grass field marked by white lines that are painted to signify certain parts of the field. The field is measured in metric units and is 328.1 feet (100 m) from one goal line, or try-line, to the other. Past each try-line is an in-goal area of varying depth — no more than 72.2 feet (22 m) for rugby union and 19.7 to 36.1 feet (6 to 11 m) for...

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Football (or soccer as Americans call it) is one of the most popular sports in the world. One of the reasons is that the only equipment the sport needs is a ball,cleats,shinguard's, and any markers for the goals. Bring in two teams and the game is on. Informal games can therefore be very easily set up.

The game consists of two teams of 11 players. One of the players is considered a goalkeeper (goalie) and that player's objective is not to allow the ball to go into the goal. The goalkeeper is the only player who may handle the ball but only in the penalty area that (s)he is defending. The other ten field players' objective is to score by putting the ball into their opponent's goal, while trying to avoid conceding goals. They do this by dribbling, passing, and eventually shooting the ball. The field players can use any part of their body except their hands or arms. The duration of the game is 90 minutes, with a change of ends and an interval of not more than 15 minutes after...

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American Football rules question: If the quarterback overthrows a pass to a receiver in the end zone and the ball bounces off the field goal post and is then caught by the receiver (the ball never hit the ground nor is the receiver out of bounds). Is the catch fair?


posted by analogue to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

No, it's a dead ball as soon as it hits the post.


posted by mkultra at 8:22 AM on February 8, 2010

No. When they moved the goal posts to the back of the end zone, they were no longer in play. When a passed ball strikes the goal posts it's dead.


posted by dw at 8:24 AM on February 8, 2010

So do they just have a special case in the rules for when a kick bounces off the posts and is good?


posted by smackfu at 8:33 AM on February 8, 2010 So do they just have a special case in the rules for when a kick bounces off the posts and is good?

That's not a pass though, so...

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This article is about the football term. For the 2011 film, see

Touchback (film)

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In American football, a touchback is a ruling which is made and signaled by an official when the ball becomes dead on or behind a team's own goal line (i.e., in an end zone) and the opposing team gave the ball the momentum, or impetus, to travel over or across the goal line.[1] Such impetus may be imparted by a kick, pass, fumble, or in certain instances by batting the ball. A touchback is not a play, but a result of events that may occur during a play. A touchback is the opposite of a safety with regard to impetus since a safety is scored when the defending team is responsible for the ball becoming dead on or behind its own goal line.

Examples of instances where a touchback would be awarded include when:

A kickoff or punt enters the end zone and becomes dead behind the goal line without being advanced beyond the goal line by a player of the receiving team. Thus, a player on...
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Rocket League

has turned out to be a big hit on the PlayStation 4, keeping gamers hooked with its unique blend of soccer and demolition derby. For those new to the turbo-charged sport, here are a few helpful tips to get you up and running.

Recently released as part of the PlayStation Plus lineup for July and already available through Steam, Rocket League puts players behind the wheel of souped-up buggies on a massive soccer pitch. Boasting game modes that range from 1v1 on up to 4v4, players race around the field in an effort to launch a massive soccer ball into an equally humongous goal. Picture a cross between Burnout and FIFA and you’ve got the basic idea.

I wrote earlier about how much I’ve been enjoying the game, as Rocket League offers an addictive brand of action that keeps drawing me back in for “just one more match.” As I’ve learned more about the nuances of this unique sport, however, I’ve noticed that quite a few players still speed around the arena like a...

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Four Methods:Positioning Yourself on the FieldMarkingGetting the Ball from an Opposing PlayerInitiating Offensive Plays as a DefenderCommunity Q&A

As the last line of defense before the goalkeeper, center back is one of the most important positions in field hockey. Protecting your goal is the number one priority, and the best way to do this is to position yourself correctly, mark dangerous players, and put pressure on the opponent with the ball. The center back position benefits from having a complete view of the game and their teammates in front of them and therefore should be an excellent communicator to keep their team working as a unit. Being a great center back does not just mean playing strong defense - it also involves passing and distributing the ball to your midfielders and forwards up the field to generate offensive...

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Once the passed ball hits any part of the goal posts it is considered dead. According to an article on chicagosports.com, former NFL referee Jerry Markbreit was asked a similar question. "If the ball hits the upright is it still in play on a forward pass or a field goal try?"

His answer was:

"The goal post is out-of-bounds in the end zone; however, a field goal try that hits any part of the goal posts and rebounds through scores three points. So, in this case, the goal post remains in play. If the ball rebounds back into the end zone or into the field of play, it cannot be advanced because it is dead by rule. If a forward pass hits the goal post, it is dead immediately and an incomplete pass is...

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No. By NFL Rule 7, Section 2:

Article 1: Dead Ball Declared. An official shall declare the ball dead and the down ended when:

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(h) when any legal or illegal kick touches the receivers' goal posts or crossbar, unless it scores a field goal

This includes field goals, kickoffs, and punts.

The NCAA first considers the goal posts to be out of bounds (Rule 1, Section 2, Article 5.a), then makes an exception for the case when a kick hits them and bounces through (Rule 4, Section 1):

ARTICLE 3. A live ball becomes dead and an official shall sound his whistle or declare it dead:

a. When it goes out of bounds other than a kick that scores a field goal after touching the uprights or crossbar [...]

This is not the case in arena football, though. Arena football has such a small field that it is necessary to consider the uprights and the surrounding netting as inbounds, or else no kick would ever be returnable. From the Arena...

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A kickoff is a method of starting a drive in American football and Canadian football. Typically, a kickoff consists of one team – the "kicking team" – kicking the ball to the opposing team – the "receiving team". The receiving team is then entitled to return the ball, i.e., attempt to advance it towards the kicking team's end zone, until the player with the ball is tackled by the kicking team, goes out of bounds, or scores a touchdown. Kickoffs take place at the start of each half of play, the beginning of overtime in some overtime formats, and after some scoring plays.

Common variants on the typical kickoff format include the onside kick, in which the kicking team attempts to regain possession of the ball; a touchback, which may occur if the ball is kicked into the receiving team's end zone; or a fair catch, in which a player on the receiving team asks to catch the ball without interference from the kicking team, waiving his entitlement to attempt a return rush....

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The following is a description of the various and alternating rules of gridiron football. Numerous leagues or organizations tend to send a laundry list of rules in order to better distinguish themselves from their counterparts.

Field and players[edit]

American football is played on a field 360 by 160 feet (109.7 by 48.8 m).[1] The longer boundary lines are sidelines, while the shorter boundary lines are end lines. Sidelines and end lines are out of bounds. Near each end of the field is a goal line; they are 100 yards (91.4 m) apart. A scoring area called an end zone extends 10 yards (9.1 m) beyond each goal line to each end line. The end zone includes the goal line but not the end line.[1] While the playing field is effectively flat, it is common for a field to be built with a slight crown—with the middle of the field higher than the sides—to allow water to drain from the field.

Yard lines cross the field every 5 yards (4.6 m), and are numbered every 10...

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NFL Rules Digest: Kickoff

Digest of Rules Main

Kickoff

In addition to a kickoff, the other free kick is a kick after a safety (safety kick). A punt may be used (a punt may not be used on a kickoff). On a safety kick, the team scored upon puts ball in play by a punt, dropkick, or placekick without tee. No score can be made on a free kick following a safety, even if a series of penalties places team in position. (A field goal can be scored only on a play from scrimmage or a free kick after a fair catch.) A kickoff may not score a field goal. A kickoff is illegal unless it travels 10 yards OR is touched by the receiving team. Once the ball is touched by the receiving team or has gone 10 yards, it is a free ball. Receivers may recover and advance. Kicking team may recover but NOT advance UNLESS receiver had possession and lost the ball. When a kickoff goes out of bounds between the goal lines without being touched by the...
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