FOOTBALL IN HIGH HEELS: EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE FIELD
Last night, I posted about the offensive formation. Since we already covered the positions in previous posts, it is time to get into the rules they must follow while on the field.
Rule The First….
There must be least seven players in the line of scrimmage. They are not required to be next to each other, but most offenses place at least five players together in a continuous line. If there are more than seven players on the line, only the two players at each end of the line may be eligible receiver. This usually only occurs with special formations used in kicking and punting situations.
To me, it sounds like A Chorus Line, minus the dancing.
Rule The Second….
The other players that are not on the line all must be at least one yard behind the seven or more players on the line of scrimmage. Three of these four “backfield” players may line up as wide receivers as long as they are behind the line of scrimmage. The ones between the ends are known as slot receivers and the ones outside the ends are known as flankers.
Think of them as backup dancers for Beyonce:
Rule The Third….
All the players in the line of scrimmage, except those at either end of the line, are ineligible receivers, which means that they may not touch or catch a forward pass. The exceptions are if it is first touched by an eligible receiver and on a forward pass play. The also they may not advance downfield before the pass crosses the neutral zone. They may advance freely on a running play or after a pass is thrown. They typically have uniform numbers in the range 50-79 to indicate they are ineligible.
Rule The Fourth….
The ineligible players must report to the referee if they line up in a position which would normally be considered eligible. If they fail to do so, it will result in a penalty to the offense. The referee will then tell the defensive captain and spectators. After it is reported as eligible, those players may line up at any legal position as if they were eligible receivers. This tactic is usually used in a short yardage situation to provide extra blocking. Plays like this are sometimes designed for a designated player to receive a pass.
So, they have to tell before they change positions or get into trouble? Is it like Mother May I? for football?
Rule The Fifth……
The offense must set before the play, which means that all players must take their positions and remain motionless for at least 1 second before the ball is snapped. In most cases, after the offense breaks the huddle and walks to the line, the quarterback will call “set” and then begin his regular snap count. The offense is allowed to shift and reorganize, but they must set again once they assume new positions. Once set, offensive players may not move until the snap. If they flinch to simulate a snap, the violation is a false start penalty.
It sounds like they are being called to take places as if they are on the set of a movie.
Rule The Sixth….
The offense is allowed to put one of the four backfield players in motion after the set but before the snap. The motion must be either parallel to or away from the line of scrimmage at the time of the snap.
There is a man in motion….will it take him to where the future lies in St. Elmo’s Fire? Now I have that song in my head.
Join us tomorrow to learn about defense formation.