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Old Sat Nov 13, 2010, 08:43pm
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Illegal motion question (FED)

Broadcaster here with a FED question.

I know, for example, if a running back moves forward as the ball is snapped the penalty called is illegal motion. But is the rule the same for a kicker attempting a field goal? The kicker takes a step forward, the ball is snapped, he stops and then starts again. No flag was thrown on the Friday night and the kicker missed anyway. But I was curious as to what the rule is.

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Old Sat Nov 13, 2010, 10:36pm
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Sounds more like a false start than illegal motion but yes, it would be a foul.
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Old Sun Nov 14, 2010, 01:27am
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For fouls at the snap, it doesn't matter what the player intends to do during the play. Kicker, runner...all the same thing.
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Old Sun Nov 14, 2010, 10:53am
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The kicker takes a step forward, the ball is snapped, he stops and then starts again.
This very foul was called against Cal last night. The field goal attempt was good but brought back for IM. The kicker missed from 5 yards back. Cost them the game, which they lost by 2.
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Old Sun Nov 14, 2010, 12:21pm
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It gets brought up on a message board and then it happens!

YouTube - IllMotionFlsStrtKicker

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Old Sun Nov 14, 2010, 01:07pm
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Appears that the kicker stopped and reset therefore eliminating the illegal motion possibility.
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Old Sun Nov 14, 2010, 01:08pm
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Yep, and the false start should have shut it down
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Old Sun Nov 14, 2010, 01:09pm
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Appears that the kicker stopped and reset therefore eliminating the illegal motion possibility.
He was not set for a second, except in slow motion.

At any rate, that was the ruling on the field (not reviewable). Looked right to me in real time: remember that the snap began well before the ball got to the holder.
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Old Sun Nov 14, 2010, 09:06pm
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Excellent. Thank you all very much for educating me.
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Old Sun Nov 14, 2010, 10:14pm
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Yep, and the false start should have shut it down
I agree.
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Old Mon Nov 15, 2010, 11:35am
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I don't see it as a false start (ball remains dead) but as an illegal shift. But that's an ongoing argument here -- the concept of unintentionally simulating the start of play.
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Old Mon Nov 15, 2010, 11:47am
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I would've blown this dead as a FS....in my FED world, of course.
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Old Mon Nov 15, 2010, 11:48am
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Speaking to the video and NCAA rules, it IS a false start as the kicker's actions simulate the start of the play.
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Old Mon Nov 15, 2010, 12:39pm
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Continuing with NCAA, this would not be an illegal shift. A shift requires 2 players to be moving. If it's only 1 player moving forward (without false starting) he just has to come to a stop, with no requirement for a 1 second delay before the snap, just coming to a stop is all that is required. In the video, I have a false start.
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Old Tue Nov 16, 2010, 04:50pm
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QB/Punter moving

I saw this a few times this year in my high school (sub-varsity) games, especially when the QB was in shotgun formation. Both the QBs and Punters have what I'll call happy feet, that is they shuffle their feet back and forth before the shotgun or long snap. Sometimes it is a half step forward. I've always let it go as it does not seem to get them an advantage and does not cause movement on the defensive side. Maybe I should reevaluate this. Any thoughts about this particular moving?

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