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Old Tue Jul 29, 2008, 12:21pm
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Free Kick after a Fair Catch

In the April '08 issue of Referee Magazine there is a case play pertaining to a free kick after a fair catch. While I agree this is legal in NFHS rules, Ref Mag further states that "the kicker must kick the ball off the ground or off a "block"". They refer to rules 1-3-4, 2-24-3, 2-24-7, 6-1-1d. I cannot find anything in those rules or any related case plays that supports their assertion regarding what type of tee R must use. Any thoughts about where I can find clarification on this?
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Old Tue Jul 29, 2008, 03:23pm
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It's no different than any other free kick. Any legal tee can be used or a holder can hold the ball to the ground.
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Old Tue Jul 29, 2008, 04:15pm
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Ray Wershing of 49ers did this in mid-80s [Yes, Bill Walsh=genius, or maybe the ONLY coach to ever read the rules.]. Just before end of 2nd quarter, opponents are deep in own territory and decide to punt. Niners FC it. Line up for a FK. 3 points!!
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Old Wed Jul 30, 2008, 08:55am
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REPLY: Note that while the Federation and the NFL offers this option after a fair catch, the NCAA does not. In NCAA, the play following a fair catch must be a scrimmage down.
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Old Wed Jul 30, 2008, 10:30am
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Bob - I understand that this is allowed in NFHS but not in NCAA. My qusestion is in reference to the point made by Ref Magazine that if R chooses to free kick (high school), then R MUST use the ground or a block. I do not believe that R is restricted to just these two tee options but that they may also use a regular kicking tee. Am I correct in this?
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Old Wed Jul 30, 2008, 11:29am
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Somebody at Referee was again making an assumption. BBR had your answer. The rule book does not define a block as opposed to a kick-off tee. We only have the rule of a tee. And a free-kick after a fair catch may be kicked from a tee or held in a fixed position on the ground.

Get a legal tee of any type, get a holder or not, or hold it on the ground, they all work for me.
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Old Wed Jul 30, 2008, 11:57am
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In the NFL or NAFL, a Fair Catch Kick cannot use a tee.
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Old Wed Jul 30, 2008, 12:55pm
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REPLY: In Fed and NCAA rules, a tee is a tee. There is no distinction made between the block or the tee which holds the ball upright. After a fair catch, a free kick may be attempted. Rule 6-1 deals with all of the requirements for a free kick. A tee which holds the ball upright is most definitely allowed for this play.
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Old Wed Jul 30, 2008, 01:20pm
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What are the mechanics for a 5 man crew when an awarded FC free kick is being kicked? Is Referee and Linesman under the uprights and the Umpire at the goal line?
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Old Wed Jul 30, 2008, 01:53pm
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From 2008 Official's Manual starting on page 53.

R and U take the goal posts with U having the cross bar. All other officials use the same mechanics as a kick-off.

Just guessing here but I would put L on the goal line to determine if the kick reached the end zone or not on shorter kicks. For longer kicks R or U should be able to move up if the goal line is in question.
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