Author Topic: 6-2-4  (Read 801 times)

Offline Patrick E.

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6-2-4
« on: October 04, 2017, 07:48:28 PM »
6-2-4 Any K player may catch or recover a scrimmage kick while it is beyond the neutral zone or expanded neutral zone, provided such kick has been touched by a receiver who was clearly beyond the neutral zone at the time of touching. Such touching is ignored if it is caused by K pushing or blocking R into contact with the ball or it is caused by K legally batting or muffing the ball into R.  Such catch or recovery by K beyond the neutral zone causes the ball to become dead.  (6-5-6 EXCEPTION)

I am in a spot of grief trying to understand the need for the language "or expanded neutral zone" in the first sentence.

Any enlightenment is appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

Offline ncwingman

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Re: 6-2-4
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2017, 08:46:41 PM »
The ENZ is relevant if there is a low scrimmage kick that is partially blocked / touched by a lineman within the ENZ -- this touching is ignored. Once the ball is clear of the ENZ, if it crosses the ENZ then bounces back into the ENZ and is touched by an R player, then this touching "counts" and the ball can be recovered by K since it is beyond the regular neutral zone.

The ENZ "dissolves" once the kick crosses it, similar to how the FBZ dissolves once the ball leaves the zone.

Offline Ralph Damren

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Re: 6-2-4
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2017, 07:02:27 AM »
Wingman nailed it. We don't want to penalize R for partially blocking a low-liner.