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From the line of scrimmage.

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Q: Is punt yardage calculated from the line of scrimmage or from where the ball is kicked?
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Is the distance of field goal measured from the kicking spot or the line of scrimmage?

From the spot where the ball is kicked. Punt yardage is measured from the line of scrimmage.


Why is a punt calculated from the line of scrimmage?

All passes, runs, and kicks are calculated from the line of scrimmage. It is the one arbitrary line that can be used as a universal point of reference without subjective decisions, and thus can be universally applied. The exception is the field goal; it is calculated from the location of the ball when kicked, except that if there is a penalty, it is still calculated from the line of scrimmage.


If a field goal is missed can the offense score a touchdown?

Only if the kicked ball doesn't go beyond the line of scrimmage or a defensive player touches the ball after it crosses the line of scrimmage.


When someone sacks the quarterback do you count the negative yardage from where he was sacked or where the other team recovers the ball?

its where the qb is sacked but if he fumbles it its where the line of scrimage is If there is no fumble, hence no turnover, then the negative yardage is where the quarterback is officially tackled. On a fumble and turnover and downed recovery by the other team, I believe that the negative yardage would then be calculated from the line of scrimmage to where the opponent recovers.


How much yards do you backup to kick a field goal?

the ball is usually kicked about 7 yards back from the line of scrimmage.


What is the difference between a punt and kick-off?

A "punt" is when a team chooses to forfeit possession of the ball by kicking it downfield. It is a type of scrimmage kick, which means the ball is snapped from the line of scrimmage on a down play. A "kickoff" is when the ball is kicked to put it into play, either following a score or at the beginning of a half. This is a type of free kick, which does not take place on a scrimmage down. In order to legally punt, the ball must be dropped and then kicked before it touches the ground. To legally kickoff, the ball must be kicked off the ground before any players on the kicking team have moved beyond the line where the ball is placed.


Is there a limit to how many players on a punting team can be downfield before the ball is kicked?

Yes, only the player on the end of the each side of the line of scrimmage may go downfield. Two offensive players may be downfield before the ball is kicked.


Can a block third down field goal be re-kicked?

Yes, as long as the ball never crosses the line of scrimmage and the kicking team recovers.


How many yards away should you be when doing the kick-off?

The receiving team must be at least 10 yards away from the ball's line of scrimmage when the ball is kicked. If they are not, a penalty is assessed for being offside.


How is forward pass yardage computed-- If the ball is thrown 10 yards and the receiver runs for 20 more yards is the quarterback credited with a 30 yard pass?

In the NFL, pass yardage is computed differently for team stats and for individual stats.For individual stats, the yardage is computed by determining where the play ends in relation to the line of scrimmage when the play began. If a forward pass is completed and the receiver is tackled downfield 15 yards from the line of scrimmage where the play began, the quarterback is credited with 15 passing yards. If a forward pass is completed and the receiver is tackled 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage where the play began, the quarterback is credited with -3 passing yards.For team stats, the above also applies. However, yardage lost to sacks is subtracted from a team's passing yardage total where it is not subtracted from a quarterback's passing yardage total. If, in a game, a quarterback throws for 250 yards and is sacked 2 times for 15 yards lost, the QB's passing yardage total will be 250 and the team's passing yardage total will be 235.


Can a quarterback throw the ball after crossing the line of scrimmage?

If a quarterback and the entire ball are in front of the line of scrimmage then a forward pass can no longer be thrown but a lateral is still a legal play. However, by the act of crossing the line of scrimmage, the quarterback does not lose the right to throw a forward pass as long as after crossing the line scrimmage, the ball returns behind and is thrown from behind the line scrimmage.


Why is the football placed eight yards behind the line of scrimmage for a field goal attempt?

Most field goals are kicked from 7 or eight yards behind the line but that is not a rule in the rule book.. The ball must be kicked from behind the line of scrimmage and 7 or 8 yards gives the ball time to rise above the lineman and is back far enough to make blocking a kick with an outside rush difficult. Punts are 14 yards back to give the punter time to kick the ball.

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