fair catch


: a catch of a kicked football by a player who gives a prescribed signal, may not advance the ball, and may not be tackled
ˈfer-ˈkach How to pronounce fair catch (audio)
transitive verb

Examples of fair catch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No fair catches will be allowed, and touchbacks will be marked at the 30. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 28 Mar. 2024 Among other nuances, the kicker will not be allowed to cross the 50-yard line until the ball is fielded, penalties from scoring plays will not carry over and fair catches from kickoffs will be eliminated. Sam Joseph, CNN, 27 Mar. 2024 Punting 79 times over the 14 games, the junior had a gross average of 51.2 yards with 39 of at least 50 yards, 18 of at least 60 yards, six of at least 70 yards, two of at least 80 yards, 37 inside the 20, 17 fair catches and a long of 86 yards. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Feb. 2024 Week 1 saw just one application of the new kickoff rule, which allows for fair catches on kickoffs to be placed at the 25. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2023 See all Example Sentences for fair catch 

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fair catch was in 1891

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“Fair catch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair%20catch. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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