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New kickoff rules for 2018


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Kicking team can not run up to the line as the ball is kicked. Plus 5 guys from the center of the field to the sidelines and 5 in the other side. (Balanced LOS)... you can't stack one side of the ball. Also there is a buffer zone where no contact can be made within 10 yards of the kick off. Only 3 guys can stay back to receive the ball.

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1. Players on the kicking team cannot line up more than one yard from the point of the kickoff. The previous rule allowed players to line up five yards from the restraining line (typically 35-yard line), allowing them to have more of a running start before the kick.


2. The wedge block has been eliminated. Only players who line up in the setup zone (between their own 40 and opponents' 45-yard line) can put together double-team blocks.


3. Until the ball is touched or hits the ground, no player on the receiving team may cross the restraining line (typically its 45) or initiate a block. This forces blockers on the receiving team to run back and block, which greatly decreases the chance of an "attack" block that can result in a high-speed collision.


4. When the ball hits the end zone, it's immediately ruled a touchback. There is no need for a player to down the ball in the end zone to initiate a touchback.




So this is basically Pop Warner kick off rules...


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I wouldnt care if they eliminated them completely. Most kickoffs result in getting the ball somewhere around the touch back spot and a bunch of huge fast guys collide with each other for nothing

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I wouldnt care if they eliminated them completely. Most kickoffs result in getting the ball somewhere around the touch back spot and a bunch of huge fast guys collide with each other for nothing

What about onside kicks?

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What about onside kicks?

 

They should be eliminated too.

 

Besides the old extra point, successful onside kicks are like under 1% statistically.

 

Make it something that the team can actually get.

 

Tampa Bays old HC whatever his face was had a decent idea;

 

After the extra point try, the team who scored gets it on their 25 yard line and it's 4th and 20, they can punt the ball (in all likelihood) given the receiving team a chance to return it unlike most kick offs which are just touch backs, or if the punter has a leg or is accurate can pin the team deep.

 

Or if the scoring team needs to go for it again they can try to make it to the 45 yard line and beyond to keep their chances alive, or they dont and the other team gets it inside the other teams 40, which is where most failed onside kicks land anyways.

 

A 4th and 20 is much more likely to convert than an onside kick.

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