A fumble is down when the recovering player is down or when the ball goes out of bounds...so yes, if the ball is fumbled forward and recovered by the offense, or goes out of bounds, past the first down marker, it is a first down. The exception is on fourth down. In the NFL, only the player who fumbled the ball can advance it on fourth down.
In American football, a down is a play. A team has four plays to advance the ball 10 yards. If they are able to advance the ball 10 yards, they are given another four plays to get another 10 yards. If they are not able to advance the ball 10 yards in four plays, the other team gains possession of the ball. When you hear the term 'first down' that means the upcoming play is the first play in the series of four the team has to advance the ball 10 yards. 'Second down' is the second play in the series of four, 'third down' is the third play in the series of four, and 'fourth down' is the fourth play in the series of four.
If they retain the ball and advance it past the first down marker
A team is awarded a first down when they advance the ball ten yards beyond the point where the previous first down was awarded (or where the team initially gained possession). A team gets four opportunities to advance the ball ten yards, either by carrying (i.e., "rushing") or by passing the ball. Each opportunity is called a "down." If the team fails to gain the required ten yards using all four downs, then the ball is turned over to the other team.
In American football, a play is called a down. A team, on offense, has four downs to advance the ball ten yards. If the team is successful in doing this, they get another four downs to advance the ball ten yards. Second down is the second play in the series where the team needs to advance the ball ten yards to keep possession of the ball.
If the offense recovers the fumble and advances it beyond the original first down line, yes, it is a first down. If the ball is not advanced past the original first down line then the next play is the down after the one that the fumble occurred on. For example, if a running back fumbles the ball on second down and an offensive line man recovers the fumble but does not advance the ball beyond the original first down line, it is then third down. If the defense recovers the fumble, then it is an automatic first down wherever the player that recovered the fumble is downed.
passing and dribbling
A player can pass the ball to a player located further down the court or he can run while dribbling the ball. A player cannot move his feet while holding the ball.
1st down ball somewhere inside of the defense's 10 yard line. 10 yards for a 1st down, however in this case the goal line is before the 10 yard marker: resulting in 1st down and goal to go!Football is played in short segments called downs. A team has four downs to advance the football. A down begins when the ball is snapped, and ends when the ball becomes dead. This usually means that the person carrying the ball is tackled or runs out of bounds, or the ball is thrown by the quarterback but is not caught. A team is able to get a new set of downs with each net gain of 10 yards. Since some downs might result in the ball moving backwards, a team might need to advance the football further than 10 yards in a down to achieve a first down (new set of downs). Note that these downs aren't cumulative. If the team, during their second down, gets a first down, they don't have a total of 6 downs. They would start at first down, and have four downs to attempt to get another first down or to score.In describing the down, it is common to give both the down (first, second, third, or fourth down), and the number of yards required to receive a first down. Thus, 2nd and 7 means that a team is on their second down, and need to advance the ball 7 yards to achieve a first down. If a first down was achieved within 10 yards of the endzone, instead of giving a meaningless distance, "goal" will be used to indicate that the team no longer can gain a first down by advancing the ball, and instead has only four downs to score. Thus, 1st and goal would mean that it is the first down, and the team has no more first downs left. Typically, the team will be close to the endzone, unless penalties have moved them back.
The player inboundin the ball can throw it all the way down the court, but someone else has to touch the ball once inbounded before the person inbounding the ball to touch it
The ball is placed at the point of the fartherest advance of the ball when the ball was declared dead. As an exmple if a player touches his knee down the ball will be placed where the fartherest point of the ball was when the knee touched down. This may or may not be where his knee touched down. The ball will be placed perpendicular to the line of scrimmge with the fartherest point of the ball at the point where the player had the ball when it was declared dead.
On any down, if the offense recovers their own fumble, they can advance it as far as they can until tackled, or run out of bounds.