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Fair Catch

fair catch

What Is The Definition Of A Fair Catch In Football?

1. A fair catch is when a player on the receiving end of a punt of kickoff wants to catch the ball without any interference from the kicking team. When a receiving player calls for a fair catch, they must waive their arm above their head to signal to the official that they want a fair catch. The play is immediately called dead after the player catches the ball, with the official spotting the ball where it was caught.

If a member of the kickoff team interferes or hits a receiving player who has called for a fair catch, they will automatically be charged with a 15-yard penalty.

Examples Of How Fair Catch Is Used In Commentary

1. The punt is kicked high and short forcing Bruce to call for a fair catch in order to salvage decent field position.

Sport The Term Is Used

1. Football

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