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11-08-2003, 09:56 PM
Ok me & my roomate got into this HUGE discussion about the "Onside Kick". So in order to solve this minor "dispute" I am posting my Question here (and hopefully someone can answer it).
The Question: (ONSIDE KICK)
1-Can the KICKING TEAM recover the ball WITHOUT the RECIEVING TEAM touching the ball?
2-AND does the ball have to make contact with the Ground prior to the KICKING TEAM recovering the ball?
To my limited knowledge I have always thought the RECIEVING TEAM must make contact with the ball (intentionally or un-intentionally) in order for the KICKING TEAM to recover the ball.
11-08-2003, 10:01 PM
I know the ball must travel at least 10 Yards.....But after 10 yards:
-Can the KICKING TEAM recover the ball WITHOUT the RECIEVING TEAM touching the ball?
-AND does the ball have to make contact with the Ground prior to the KICKING TEAM recovering the ball?
(Just wanted to clarify that before anyone answered.)
11-08-2003, 10:05 PM
Yes, but only on Kick offs. The receiving team does not have to touch the ball. It only has to travle 10 yards before they can recover. That is unless the receiving team comes up and makes contact with the ball before it travles the 10 yards.
On punts its a different story. The receiving team has to touch the ball for it to be live.
11-08-2003, 10:08 PM
OMT, the ball doesn't have to hit the ground to be "live". If they catch the ball in the air on the kickoff, its a live ball.
11-09-2003, 05:34 AM
I concur with CarMike.
11-09-2003, 06:07 AM
Yes, CarMike is right. I remember a game where a kicker (can't remember who or what team) kicked the ball and it rolled 10 yards. He then fell on it and recovered it for his team. No one from the other team even touched it.
11-09-2003, 06:37 AM
Wasn't there a big to do earlier this year about a kick never hitting the ground that caused some type of replay controversy? I believe that the Colts were involved.
11-09-2003, 09:27 PM
The ball must touch the ground if the receiving team doesn't touch it.
11-10-2003, 07:08 AM
That's correct (must hit the ground for kicking team to recover). That's why the league had to appologize to Tampa Bay since one of the Colt's on-side kicks never hit the ground.
11-10-2003, 07:36 AM
Wow, thats news to me. Thanks guys.
11-10-2003, 08:11 AM
This place is a fountain of knowledge! I never ceases to amaze me ! Good job guys.......:)
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