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(Ain't Rule 34)   Ah, the ol' Section 24, Article 3 of the NFHS High School Football Rulebook comes through again   (kslsports.com) divider line
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2022-10-05 9:22:50 AM  
Still you gotta love the Beetdiggers.
 
2022-10-05 9:23:11 AM  
Guess college and the NFL doesn't have this rule?
 
2022-10-05 9:30:21 AM  

kdawg7736: Guess college and the NFL doesn't have this rule?


NFL definitely does, although they don't let you use a tee, which would seem to give a big advantage. In the NFL, someone has to hold it. It's happened a smattering of times over the past decade or so. Fairly certain none of the semi-recent ones have been successful.

I'd assume college has a similar rule.
 
2022-10-05 10:03:58 AM  
Still seemed like a long kick. Good job, kicker and coach.
 
2022-10-05 10:21:30 AM  

K3rberos: kdawg7736: Guess college and the NFL doesn't have this rule?

NFL definitely does, although they don't let you use a tee, which would seem to give a big advantage. In the NFL, someone has to hold it. It's happened a smattering of times over the past decade or so. Fairly certain none of the semi-recent ones have been successful.

I'd assume college has a similar rule.


NFL does, as you pointed out, but college does not.
 
2022-10-05 10:28:05 AM  

K3rberos: kdawg7736: Guess college and the NFL doesn't have this rule?

NFL definitely does, although they don't let you use a tee, which would seem to give a big advantage. In the NFL, someone has to hold it. It's happened a smattering of times over the past decade or so. Fairly certain none of the semi-recent ones have been successful.

I'd assume college has a similar rule.


There was the potential for one at the end of the Patriots-Falcons Super Bowl if I'm remembering correctly. After the Pats had tied the game Atlanta went three-and-out deep in their own territory and had to punt with a few seconds left. You could see Belichick having a long talk with the punt returner (Edelman, I believe) and I'm sure he was telling him to fair catch, especially if the kick was short. It ended up being a good punt so they were too far to attempt the free kick and ran a quasi-fumblerooski instead that ended with the Pats RB blowing out his knee on the sideline.

/Editor's note: Here's an article about it
//https://www.boston.com/sports/new-england-patriots/2017/02/06/bill-belichick-passed-up-an-opportunity-to-end-super-bowl-51-in-the-weirdest-possible-way/
 
2022-10-05 10:29:36 AM  

kdawg7736: Guess college and the NFL doesn't have this rule?


NFL "Free Kick" Compilation (Rare)
Youtube HedgcGan-VM


Gets used every once and awhile, it looks like 2019 was the last time.
 
2022-10-05 10:40:22 AM  
I've heard of that but I'm pretty sure I've never seen it.
 
2022-10-05 10:40:52 AM  

buckeyebrain: K3rberos: kdawg7736: Guess college and the NFL doesn't have this rule?

NFL definitely does, although they don't let you use a tee, which would seem to give a big advantage. In the NFL, someone has to hold it. It's happened a smattering of times over the past decade or so. Fairly certain none of the semi-recent ones have been successful.

I'd assume college has a similar rule.

NFL does, as you pointed out, but college does not.


Which is why high school kids can't give it the old college try, like the pros
 
2022-10-05 10:57:14 AM  
Thing about the free kick is the other team has to be 10 yards off the line of scrimmage. Greatly reduces the chance for a blocked kick, vs a punt or the usual field goal attempt.
 
2022-10-05 11:02:20 AM  

K3rberos: kdawg7736: Guess college and the NFL doesn't have this rule?

NFL definitely does, although they don't let you use a tee, which would seem to give a big advantage. In the NFL, someone has to hold it. It's happened a smattering of times over the past decade or so. Fairly certain none of the semi-recent ones have been successful.

I'd assume college has a similar rule.


All the recent attempts have been VERY long... While it's much easier to hit a field goal when you're out there all alone with no giant humans running at you, still hard.

Plus, people in the NFL know about the rule so if there's a chance of anyone taking advantage of it, good coaches will just tell their punter to make SURE it doesn't happen.

There are rare situations you can't really avoid it (backed deep near your endzone, very little time left, game within 3 or tied... can't really avoid it, you kick it out of bounds, they're in field goal range anyway), but those situations haven't really happened.  Or they just decide to go for a hail mary instead.

/Interestingly, according to wikipedia, all recent attempts have been at the end of the first half.  The last time it was attempted at the end of a game was in 1979.
 
2022-10-05 12:13:38 PM  

ChrisDe: Still seemed like a long kick. Good job, kicker and coach.


It was an uncontested free kick. The defense couldn't get set at the line so the kicker could kick hard and at a low angle for distance without having to worry about being blocked. Brilliant move if you have a kicker that can do an accurate free kick for distance.
 
2022-10-05 1:23:47 PM  
How shiatty was the punt that they fair caught it at the 30?
 
2022-10-05 2:07:41 PM  

mcmnky: Thing about the free kick is the other team has to be 10 yards off the line of scrimmage. Greatly reduces the chance for a blocked kick, vs a punt or the usual field goal attempt.


Seems like it is mostly something to be used if you fair catch a punt near midfield at the end of the half (0:00 left), so, why not try to get 3 points?   If you have ANY time left, you'd set up for a FG right... you can do the "free kick" even with no time left on the clock?

I'm guessing this is why at the end of a game and you are only up by 3 or less, you wouldn't want to punt if you are way backed up behind the 5, even with only a few seconds left (or at least if you punt, make sure it goes OOB)?
 
2022-10-05 2:16:00 PM  

jake3988: K3rberos: kdawg7736: Guess college and the NFL doesn't have this rule?

NFL definitely does, although they don't let you use a tee, which would seem to give a big advantage. In the NFL, someone has to hold it. It's happened a smattering of times over the past decade or so. Fairly certain none of the semi-recent ones have been successful.

I'd assume college has a similar rule.

All the recent attempts have been VERY long... While it's much easier to hit a field goal when you're out there all alone with no giant humans running at you, still hard.

Plus, people in the NFL know about the rule so if there's a chance of anyone taking advantage of it, good coaches will just tell their punter to make SURE it doesn't happen.

There are rare situations you can't really avoid it (backed deep near your endzone, very little time left, game within 3 or tied... can't really avoid it, you kick it out of bounds, they're in field goal range anyway), but those situations haven't really happened.  Or they just decide to go for a hail mary instead.

/Interestingly, according to wikipedia, all recent attempts have been at the end of the first half.  The last time it was attempted at the end of a game was in 1979.


I looked it up after commenting and was a little disappointed. The last successful one was 1976 and the longest successful only 52 yards. Though rare, they seem prime for record breaking FG lengths because of the lack of a rush meaning they can get the low trajectory needed for a FG of that length.

I'm guessing it's rarer at the end of the game because you'd need to be in a situation where a FG would matter. At the half, points are points. At the end of the game, you're not trying a fair catch kick when you're losing by more than 3.

The key to it being useful is the fact that it stops the clock immediately upon the catch and can even be an untimed down after time expires. That's why a good half of them that have ever been attempted have been with zeros on the clock.
 
2022-10-05 3:07:47 PM  

Tyler Perry's Tyler Perry Fark Account: How shiatty was the punt that they fair caught it at the 30?


I think he punted from the end zone.  A 30 yard punt in high school is very common. Shiatty, but common.
 
2022-10-05 4:02:12 PM  

mcmnky: Thing about the free kick is the other team has to be 10 yards off the line of scrimmage. Greatly reduces the chance for a blocked kick, vs a punt or the usual field goal attempt.


And using a tee helps. Don't have to worry about a bad snap or hold.
 
2022-10-05 5:22:47 PM  
My high school team always practiced one of these at the end of our first scrimmage. Never did one during a game though.
 
2022-10-05 6:42:17 PM  

phimuskapsi: kdawg7736: Guess college and the NFL doesn't have this rule?

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Gets used every once and awhile, it looks like 2019 was the last time.


That one from Neil Rackers was comically bad!
 
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