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The Kickoff is used:

1. To begin the game

2. To begin the second half

3. After a touchdown

4. After a field goal

 

 

The kicking team kicks the ball from the 35 yard line, usually on a tee, toward the opposing team.

 

The “Restraining Line” is the line beyond which the team cannot advance until the ball is kicked off.

 

Each team has a specific restraining line in relation to the kick off yard line where the ball is placed.

The Restraining Line for the Kicking Team is the kick off yard line where the ball is placed.  All players except the kicker, must be no more than five yards behind the restraining line.

 

On the first attempt to kick (there are no penalties) the restraining line for the kicking team is the same as the kicking line, so it is the 35 yard line.

 

The restraining line for the receiving team is 10 yards beyond that of the kicking team.

 

Once the ball is kicked, there are two main options:

1.  The Receiving Team does not touch the ball

2. The Receiving Team touches the ball

 

Let’s look at the first option:

The Kick Off is Untouched by the Receiving Team

 

When the untouched ball  comes down on or behind the goal line the ball is ruled dead, and comes out to the 25 yard line to begin play.

 

If the untouched ball travels out of bounds on either sideline  it is a penalty against the kicking team.

 

 

The penalty gives the receiving team two choices:

 

1. Require the kicking team to re-kick the ball after backing the ball up 5 yards

2. Take the ball 30 yards past the point of kickoff, which is the 35 yard line

 

Let’s look at the rules for when the receiving team touches the ball.

 

If the receiving team catches the ball and takes a knee, behind the goal line it is placed at the 25 yard line to begin play.

 

When the receiving team makes a fair catch, by waving or taking a knee, the ball becomes dead where caught and belongs to the receiving team at that spot.

 

The receiving team can catch the ball and run it out until they are tackled. The spot they are tackled is the yard line they begin play.

 

If the receiving team touches the ball and fumbles it, either team can recover it.

If the ball bounces on the ground twice and travels at least 10 yards either team can recover it, which is called an On Side Kick.  [See Train Deck: On Side Kick]

 

When do teams Kick Off?

The Kickoff is used:

1. To begin the game

2. To begin the second half

3. After a touchdown

4. After a field goal

 

 

What is the restraining line for the Kicking Team?

What is the restraining line for the Receiving Team?

The restraining line for the kicking team is the yard line from which the ball is kicked, initially the 35.

The restraining line for the receiving team is 10 yards beyond where the ball is placed.

The ball rolls out of bounds and the receiving team coach takes the re-kick.  What yard line is the restraining line for the receiving team on the re-kick?

 

The 40 yard line.

True or False

The team with the best band at halftime gets the option to kick or receive at the start of the second half.

False

Who kicks first and after halftime is determined by the coin toss at the start of the game.  [See Train Deck: Coin Toss]

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College Football Rules

 

Train Deck One:

The Blocked PAT

 

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After scoring a touchdown, the ball is placed at the three yard line. 

 

 

The Coach of the team with the ball (Offense) has a decision to make. 

He has two choices:

 

Go for 1 Point, called a Point After Touchdown, (PAT,) by kicking the ball through the uprights.

 

Or go for 2 points, called a 2-Point Conversion, by getting the ball into the end zone by running or passing similar to a touch down.

 

The Coach decides based on how many points ahead or behind a team is and also how much time is left in the game.

A chart assists them with a strategy of deciding one point or two.

 

The Two Point Conversion Chart

Developed by Dick Vermeil in the early 1970s when he was offensive coordinator UCLA.

 

The Defense isn’t going to just stand around watching the kicker, they will try to block the PAT and hopefully run it back.

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How many points did they score?

 

 

Trick Question, None. Why?

He wasn’t in the End Zone. 

 

They Scored Two Points.

San Jose State’s Duke Ihenacho returns the blocked Hawaii extra point for a two point conversion.  The play was the nominee in week 7 for GEICO Play of the Year in college football.

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What is the name of each of the four coaches shown in this Football Train Deck?

What college team does each coach?

Bonus – Name the Conference each one of them coaches.

They All Coach in the SEC, Southeastern Conference

Steve Spurrier – University of South Carolina, Game Cocks

Guz Malzahn – Auburn University, Tigers

Les Miles – LSU, Tigers

Nick Saban – The University of Alabama, Crimson Tide

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College Football Rules

Train Deck Two:

The On Side Kick

 

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A Kick Off takes place at the beginning of each half and after a team scores.

The Kicking Team normally kicks the ball as far as they can down the field, but they also have the option of a short On Side Kick.

 

The purpose of the On Side Kick is to give a team possession of the ball right after they scored and to rob the opposing team of their next possession.

Before they can grab the ball it must be considered a “live ball” and certain conditions must be met for the ball to be available to be recovered:

1.  The ball bounces twice and travels 10 yards.

or

2.  A player from the Receiving Team touches the ball.

Both teams will try to get possession of the ball also referred to as recovering the ball.  The team that jumps on the ball and holds it gains possession. 

Here’s an example from the 2013 SEC Championship game which aired on CBS featuring Auburn Vs Missouri.

 

When executed properly the On Side Kick can be one of the most game changing plays in college football.

 

What two conditions must be met for the ball to be considered a “live ball” for the kicking team to grab it?

 

The ball bounces twice and travels 10 yards.

With every tough decision in football and in life there’s risk and a reward.

What is the risk to the kicking team in attempting an On Side Kick?

The Risk to the Kicking Team:  If the receiving team covers the ball, before or after the ball has traveled 10 yards, they take possession of the ball, are on offense, and have a shorter field to score.

 

What is the benefit to the kicking team to attempt an On Side Kick?

If the kicking team recovers the ball, then they take possession of the ball, taking away a full possession from the opposing team and have an extra opportunity to score on a short field.

 

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If they are not in field goal range, on fourth down the offensive team has two choices:

 

1.  Run a play to try and pick up the first down

or

2. Punt the ball down the field

 

 

The purpose of the punt is to force the opposing team to have a longer field reducing their ability to go down and score. 

 

The punter stands several yards back from the center who snaps the ball directly to the punter.  The punter catches the ball in the back field and drop kicks the ball. 

 

 

The return team has options based on where the ball goes:

 

1.  Run it back until they can are tackled

2.  “Fair catch” the ball

3.  Get out of the way and let the ball bounce

 

When they run the ball back, the goal is to score a touchdown.  Any yardage he gains on the punt return is fewer yards his offense will have to travel down the field to score.

 

 

If they run it back 30 or 40 years, they have what is called “good field position.”

A player signals a “fair catch” by waving one arm over his head, which tells the kicking team and to the referee that he is going to catch the ball and not return it.

 

 

The kicking team cannot touch the player making the fair catch. 

 

 

The yard line where he catches the ball is where his offense will take over with the ball on first down.

When the receiving teams lets the ball bounce, the ball will be “downed” by the kicking team who will wait until it rolls as close to the end zone as possible and they will pick it up.

 

If the ball goes out of bounds, the ball will be placed at the yard line where it went out of bounds.

 

 

If the ball goes past the goal line, the ball will be placed at the 20 yard line to begin play. 

 

If the ball touches anyone on the return team, it is treated just like a fumble and anyone can cover the ball and take possession of it at the point of recovery.

 

 

When do teams Punt?

 

The Punt is used on 4th down when the team is not in field goal range.

 

Where is the ball placed if the kicking team Punts the ball out of the back of the end zone?

 

The ball is placed on the 20 yard line.

A lot of peeps don’t know this, but if the kicking team kicks the ball into the stands, their band gets to play first at half time. Ok, not really.

True or False

The Center hikes the ball to the Quarter Back on every Punt.

False

The Center hikes the ball directly to the Punter who catches it and drop kicks it.

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Here’s an example of a punt return for a touch down:

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