Referee Has Jurisdiction of Each Section.

methods of kicking the ball. Drop-kick.

(a) A Drop-kick is made by letting the ball drop from the hands and kicking it the instant it rises from the ground.

Suggestion. - The players should remember that if the goal is missed the opponents may either make a touchback or run with the ball, so the forwards and the ends should be on the lookout and force the opponents to make a touch-back or stop them just after they have crossed the goal line. If the drop-kick is tried after a fair catch, all are on-side and can go and secure the ball, if the goal is missed, whether it has been touched by an opponent or not.


(b) A Place-kick is made by kicking the ball after it has been placed on the ground.

Suggestion. - The player must remember that the same conditions govern an attempt at goal by a place-kick as by a drop-kick.


(c) A Punt is made by letting the ball drop from the hands and kicking it before it touches the ground.


(d) A Kick-off is a place-kick from the center of the field of play, and cannot score a goal. (Rule 8.)

Suggestion, - All are on-side at the kick-off and any one can secure the ball after it has gone ten yards, even before it has been touched by an opponent. If the ball is kicked in goal, go down and fall on it for a touchdown or prevent the opponents from running it back. Be sure that the ball was called down by the player or dead by the referee before it is brought back on the field of play.

Place Kicking.   Showing how to make the kick.

Place Kicking. - Showing how to make the kick.


(e) A Kick-out is a drop-kick, place-kick or punt made by a player of the side which has made a safety or a touchback.

Suggestion. - When kicking out from the ten or twenty-five-yard line on a kick-out, everyone is on-side and can go and get the ball or interfere with a fair catch. The side kicking out can kick from any point behind the ten or twenty-five-yard line. They should do this and take advantage of any wind or field conditions, being careful not to kick the ball so the opponents can make a fair catch and have a good position to kick a goal from the field.


(f) A Free-kick is a term used to designate any kick when the opponents are restrained by rule from advancing beyond a certain point before the ball is put in play.

NOTE - Under a Free-kick arc included Kick-off (Rule 2, d), Kick-out (Rule 2, e), Punt-out (Rules 5 and 25); Kick from a Fair Catch (Rule 7), and Place-kick for Goal after a touchdown (Rules 4 (a) and 25). Any player of the side having the Free-kick may put the ball in play.