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If the ball is loose, such as after a fumble, a player cannot deliberately kick or bat the ball in an attempt to either gain possession or prevent the other team from recovering.

Dropkicks, however, are legal. A dropkick happens when a player drops the ball in front of himself, as if he were preparing to punt, and kicks it after it bounces off the ground. Dropkicks used to be common in football, but they faded out of popularity once the ball became more pointed at the ends, to make it more aerodynamic for forward passes. The benefit of this play is that if the ball sails through the uprights from a dropkick, it counts as a score (either a field goal or an extra point, depending on the situation).

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Q: Are you allowed to kick the ball when it is on the ground?
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