It is rare to have a football game without at least five punts. In most games, it is the most frequent kicking play that will occur. Because punts are so common, a brush-up on some of the aspects of punts is in order.
A punt is a scrimmage kick. A legal scrimmage kick must be made from in or behind the neutral zone before team possession has changed. A punt is used to improve field position before turning possession of the ball over to the opponents and can never score.
Youth football moved one step closer to having a standardized rulebook in place on Oct. 28. USA Football's Rules Committee - which consists of eight commissioners and two officials - and two representatives from the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) met in Chicago to discuss updates and rule proposals for the "first draft" of the USA Football Youth Football Rulebook.
OK, be honest. How many times have you driven home after a tough game thinking, "That coach was unbelievable. No matter what happened, he was never satisfied. Doesn't he understand the game at all?"
Certainly officials get frustrated by coaches for good reason, and it's true that there are coaches who shouldn't be coaches. But even if we don't want to learn from coaches, should we at least try to understand their game views to help with in-game management? Here are some thoughts worth pondering.