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1 point safety rule

Postby FCSA football » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:44 pm

Does the 1 point safety rule apply in Texas High School football, if so does it apply in six man also ?
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Re: 1 point safety rule

Postby Legacy Zebra » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:58 pm

Yes and yes. Although it would be a bit tricky to have one sixman since the ball becomes dead on a try. The only way it could happen is if the offense lost possession and the defense batted the ball back into their own end zone and it became dead there. At that point they would be responsible for it being in their own end zone making it a safety.
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Re: 1 point safety rule

Postby freeagent » Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:18 pm

Legacy Zebra wrote:Yes and yes. Although it would be a bit tricky to have one sixman since the ball becomes dead on a try. The only way it could happen is if the offense lost possession and the defense batted the ball back into their own end zone and it became dead there. At that point they would be responsible for it being in their own end zone making it a safety.


I thought the rule was simply that the play was dead when it was obvious that the try had failed.

But I've been wrong before (even today).
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Re: 1 point safety rule

Postby Legacy Zebra » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:04 am

That is only on a kicked try. On a run or pass attempt, it is only dead once the defense actually has possession.
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Re: 1 point safety rule

Postby FCSA football » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:15 am

Can you please give some examples, details and a clear definition of a “kick try”? If the holder muffs the snap and the kicker can’t kick the ball does that meet the definition of a “kick try”? There has been some questions before about the holder and his role as to what he can and cannot do before the ball is ruled “dead”.
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Re: 1 point safety rule

Postby Legacy Zebra » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:31 am

Until there is actually a legal kick, it's nothing. Once the ball is kicked, then it is dead if the kick is obviously unsuccessful. If the holder muffs the snap, he can still run or pass. He can even pass the ball with his knee still on the ground.
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Re: 1 point safety rule

Postby Oldiebutagoodie » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:38 am

Legacy,
I thought it would only be a safety if the defense possessed the ball in play and then took it back into their endzone where the play ended. To me a "batted" ball doesn't imply possession and therefore would result basically in a touch back when covered up by the defense.
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Re: 1 point safety rule

Postby Legacy Zebra » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:53 am

Batting a ball applies new impetus and the player who bats it is then responsible for the ball going over the goal line. Also remember that batting is an intentional act. Simply muffing the ball in an attempt to recover it would not be new impetus and thus the fumbling team would still be responsible.
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