Yes. Any kick, punt or kickoff, can be fair caught. One major difference between fair catching a punt and fair catching a kickoff is that the kickoff is a free kick. Where a punt returner deep in his own territory may call for a fair catch and let the ball bounce on the ground in the hope that the ball will bounce into the end zone for a touchback, the kick returner must catch the ball due to the fact that a kickoff is a free kick and the team that recovers a free kick is awarded possession of the ball.
no because after the ball goes ten yards the kicking team may get it and keep it without it touching the receiving team first.
Yes, you can. The kicking team can still attempt to field the ball themselves, but they cannot interfere with the player attempting the fair catch.
No, a fair catch is for the receiving team only.
However, the kicking team can catch a punt as long as they do not interfere with the receiver. You might see this when the punting team is just out of field goal range and the punter kicks a very high ball that is going to land near the goal line. In this instance, the receiver will usually get out of the way and let the ball hit the ground in hopes that it will bound into the end zone for a touchback. On the rare occasion you will see a member of the kicking team catch the ball at the one or two yard line.
Yes. Any kick can be fair-caught. But if the ball hits the ground or a player touches it, the fair-catch signal is off.
No. Frank Gore of the 49ers was given a 5 yard penalty for calling fair catch after an onsides kick that didn't touch the ground.
High school rules vary from state to state, but in college and the NFL, a fair-catch signal is waved off once the ball either hits the ground or a player.
Actually, you can, as long as the ball has not hit the ground.
Yes. However, according to NFL Rules: " If ball hits ground or is touched by member of kicking team in flight, fair catch signal is off and all rules for a kicked ball apply. " Therefore, if the onside kick touches the ground, it may not be fair caught. Since the vast, vast majority of onside kicks are on the ground, it would be a rare sight to see an onside kick fair caught.
Following possession of a kickoffWhen a team has forced the other team to punt away, and calls a fair catch, they are entitled to take a free kick (fair catch kick in the NFL). This is basically a kick off the ground from where you caught the fair catch. This is different from any other kick because there is no snap and the defense does not rush the kicker.This is only of use if there is little or no time remaining and the ball is caught within field goal distance, which would be the intent of the kick. The kick is taken from the yard line of the catch, not from behind a line of scrimmage.Following a safetyA team that gives up a safety delivers a free kick from its own 20-yard line, either from a punt, a placekick without a tee, or a dropkick. A safety scores 2 points and possession from the free kick.
A free kick is any kick not taken from scrimmage -- so in other words, anything but a placekick or a punt. Kickoffs, safety kicks, and fair catch kicks are all free kicks. The one thing they all have in common is that the kicking team is free to kick the ball without pressure from the opposing team. Kickoffs and safety kicks (a kick from the 20-yard line following a safety) can be recovered by either team, as long as the ball travels at least 10 yards. If the receiving team touches the ball before it goes 10 yards, then either team can recover. A fair catch kick happens after the receiving team fair-catches the ball. The team making the fair catch always has the option of putting the ball in play or attempting a free kick. If they attempt a kick, a holder spots the ball at the spot of the fair catch, and the kicker attempts to score a field goal. There's no snap from center, and the defending team has to stand at least 10 yards downfield (just like on a kickoff). This kick can't be taken onside. If the kick is unsuccessful, possession goes to the defending team at the spot of the kick. If it's successful, the kicking team kicks off from its own 30, just as it normally would.
the Scheduled kick off time was 1:05 pm CST.
Kick off out of bounds, 20 yard penalty, ball goes to the 40
The official kick off for this year will be September 4 2008.
1955 through 1887
5pm kick off - I think pre-match entertainment starts just before 4 and there's a Tailgate party from 11am onwards
Technically, a "free kick" is any kick that is not a scrimmage kick. In other words, any time the ball is put into play by kicking, and the ball is not snapped on a normal scrimmage down, it is a free kick. This includes kickoffs, as well as kicks following a safety or fair-catch. The kick following a safety is unique because it is the only type of free kick where the kicker has the choice of punting the ball or kicking it off a tee. (In fact, they could dropkick it as well.) Because of this, many people mistakenly think that "free kick" means the kicker can choose how to kick the ball, when in fact that is only true of the free kick after a safety. The normal rules for kickoffs apply to all free kicks: The ball must travel 10 yards before the kicking team can recover it (unless first touched by a receiver), and it must not go out of bounds.