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  • Is a kick-off a dead ball?

    In the seahag KC game, at the 4:36 mark of the fourth qtr, the ball bounces in the endzone and isn't touch by the hags. A KC player (#19) picks up the ball just as the officials is blowing the play dead. Again, no one from the Hags touched the ball and took a knee.

    Why was the whistle blown and the TD not awarded to KC? Did the rule change? I thought the ball was live on kick-offs and only punts were a dead ball when the kicking team touched it.


  • #2
    Thanks to Massimo, I have my answer. New rule change for 2018. I guess it is their attempt to make the kicking part of the game safer. SMH

    The ball is dead if it is not touched by the receiving team and touches the ground in the end zone (touchback).



    • #3
      Originally posted by gap View Post
      Thanks to Massimo, I have my answer. New rule change for 2018. I guess it is their attempt to make the kicking part of the game safer. SMH

      The ball is dead if it is not touched by the receiving team and touches the ground in the end zone (touchback).

      I actually though about same earlier the year but as you say it is now a dead ball.

      I see no reason in still having the (traditional) kick off. Just start at the 25th yard line. Only issue is the missing chance for onside kick which is now almost impossible as kick-off team can't get a running start.


      • #4
        Originally posted by MrBagIndgang View Post

        I actually though about same earlier the year but as you say it is now a dead ball.

        I see no reason in still having the (traditional) kick off. Just start at the 25th yard line. Only issue is the missing chance for onside kick which is now almost impossible as kick-off team can't get a running start.
        I read an article a month or two ago about another possible rule change that could change the kickoff to 4th and 15 from the 35. The team would then punt instead of a kick-off. This would also give the team an "onside kick" option if they chose to go for it.



        • #5
          Yeah that Hawks punter really has changed the way of punting it seems. Guess punters of people too. In drop kicking.
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