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Can the Ground Cause a Fumble in High School Football?

FAQs Jackson Bowman July 17, 2022

Actually the ground can cause a fumble under NCAA and NFHS rules even though there is no requirement for a runner to be down by contact. It would, however, be a very rare occurrence.

When can the ground cause a fumble?

“The ground can’t cause a fumble unless the runner is not down by contact, but the ground can definitely cause an incompletion,” Pereira said. “If the ground jars the ball loose, it’s not a catch.”

Is it a fumble if it doesn’t hit the ground?

If a player is tackled and loses control of the ball at or after the time he makes contact with the ground, the player is treated as down and the ball is not in play. However, in the NFL and CFL, if a ball carrier falls without an opponent contacting him, the ground can indeed cause a fumble.

What happens if a football touches the ground?

The general rule for a legal catch requires a receiver to control the ball “with his hands or arms before the ball touches the ground,” according to the 2013-14 NCAA football rules book. If the football hits the field at any time before the receiver secures possession of the ball, the pass will be ruled incomplete.

Are you down if your hand touches the ground in football?

In the NFL, if the offensive player is touching the ground with some part of his body other than his hands or feet, then he is down if any defensive player touches him. In the NCAA, an offensive player touching the ground in the same manner is down, regardless of whether a defensive player touches him.

Can the ground force a fumble?

The ground cannot cause a fumble.

Actually the ground can cause a fumble under NCAA and NFHS rules even though there is no requirement for a runner to be down by contact. It would, however, be a very rare occurrence.

Can you fumble forward in high school football?

Re: Fumble Forward

Ok, say it is NFHS and the ball was grounded before it was batted. A’s ball, 1st and G at the B5. One can fumble forward with impunity in fed, unless fumbling forward into and subsequently out of the end zone.

Can you kick a fumbled football?

An illegal kick on a loose ball is very similar to an illegal bat in football. Most often this event occurs during a fumble (live ball) or in special teams situations.

What is a forced fumble?

A forced fumble in football is when an offensive player loses the ball due to the actions of a defensive player.

Can you advance your own fumble?

Any player of either team may recover or catch a fumble and advance, either before or after the ball strikes the ground.

Can you touch the ground in football?

A player is ruled down when a certain part of the player’s body hits the ground, like in the NCAA. However, a player in the NFL must be tackled to be ruled down by contact and can completely touch the ground while making a catch or running the ball.

Are you down in football if no one touches you?

What’s the difference? In both college football and the NFL, plays end whenever a ball carrier is deemed “down.” In college, ball carriers are ruled down when any part of their body besides the feet or hands touches the ground. It doesn’t matter whether a defensive player makes contact with the ball carrier or not.

What is illegal touching in football?

Let’s recap: Illegal touching is committed when a kicking team member merely touches the punt before a receiving team member touches it. It has nothing to do with him going out of bounds. The receiving team’s touching is always legal.

Why is fourth down a fist?

Players put their fists in the air to signify that they’ve made it to fourth down. This often means that the other team will have to punt, meaning the defense won that drive, as the offense will now take over in place of the defense.

Can a running back give himself up?

If the player gives himself up, the play is over. He does not have to be touched. The rule doesn’t specify the QB. The states the runner can give himself up and then timeout can be called.

Can a catch touch the ground?

A player must “secure control of the ball” before the ball touches the ground (though it can touch the ground if it’s secure in the hands)

References:

  1. https://nypost.com/2011/09/07/nfl-official-explains-tough-rules/
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fumble
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  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_(gridiron_football)
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  14. https://twitter.com/mikepereira/status/1171249779260575744
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