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Holder on Field goals
« on: November 03, 2019, 09:25:33 pm »
Is the place holder protected in 5th grade?  We had our holder hit hard twice and nothing was called either time. I thought he would be a defenseless player. 

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Re: Holder on Field goals
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2019, 12:27:10 am »
He is not by definition a defenseless player.

The rule says He has protection and may not be charged into other than when:
A. Contact is unavoidable because it is not reasonably certain a kick will be made
B. The defense touches the the kick near the kicker and contact is unavoidable
C. Contact is slight
D. Contact is caused by the defense being blocked into the holder by the offense.

Basically, A says there must be a kick to get holder protection.  When hes holding the ball, he is for all intents and purposes, a runner until the ball is kicked.  And B says if the ball is blocked, and as part of blocking the ball they run into the holder there is no foul.   

Targeting rules could apply if he takes aim and intentionally strikes above the shoulders, but the basic Roughing the Holder foul will not apply in these situations.

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Re: Holder on Field goals
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2019, 06:59:27 am »
Kick was in the air he got our holder in the back then our holder went into our kicker.

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Re: Holder on Field goals
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2019, 08:38:30 am »
From your description of the play that would normally be a penalty.  Do you have video of the play we could review? 

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Re: Holder on Field goals
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2019, 09:26:34 am »
Yeah, I would have to get from the dad who records our games.