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Football => "Ask the Ref" => Topic started by: AllIn21 on October 28, 2019, 02:21:12 pm

Title: Kick Off and Kick Return Formation Question
Post by: AllIn21 on October 28, 2019, 02:21:12 pm
What are the alignments allowed for kick off and kick return?

Are we allowed to stack one side of the kicker with more than 5 players?

On kick return is there a certain spacing requirement?

Thanks in Advance!
Title: Re: Kick Off and Kick Return Formation Question
Post by: zebra99 on October 28, 2019, 02:34:19 pm
For kickoff, The rule says that “players on the kicking teams must be equally spaced across the entire field starting within 5 yards of the sideline”.  In theory this means the widest players should be 1/2 way between the sideline and the numbers and players should be spaced 3-4 yards apart across the field.   We’re not taking rulers out and measuring, just eyeballing.   

There is also a NFHS rule that says you must have at least 4 players on either side of the ball at the time of the kick.  So, technically you could go 6 players on one side and 4 on the other.  But, you would have to move the ball over from the middle of the field about 4-5 yards, because if it’s in the middle, you can’t meet the INFC requirement for be spaced “equally” while having 6 players on one side. 

There are no requirements for spacing on kickoff return.