fair catch

noun

Definition of 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

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fair-catch \ˈfer-​ˈkach, -​ˈkech \ transitive verb

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There’s also interest in a modified touchback procedure, hinging on the ability of the returner to signal the play dead, much like a fair catch on a punt return. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "NFL coaches see both challenge and opportunity in implementation of new helmet rule," 2 May 2018 The new college rule which states any player can signal for a fair catch inside the 25-yard line and ball will be brought out to the 25 was also discussed. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals' Darrin Simmons in NY fighting for life of kickoff at NFL summit," 1 May 2018 In 2018, receiving teams on kickoffs will be allowed to fair catch kicks inside the 25-yard line for touchbacks, after the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the change two weeks ago. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Unfazed by altered kickoff rule, Gary Patterson still worries about football's future | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 Apr. 2018 Named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year, Dickson forced fair catches 33 out of 84 punts. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texas P Michael Dickson works out for Texans," 10 Apr. 2018 Danny Amendola's fair catch of Brad Nortman's punt at his 14 came with 2:02 remaining, which essentially gave Brady and Belichick an extra timeout with which to work. USA TODAY, "Analysis: Jaguars just not on same level as Brady, Belichick," 22 Jan. 2018 Even with no time remaining, the return team is allowed to call fair catch and attempt a field goal from that spot. Chris Chase, For The Win, "13 incredibly bizarre rules in sports from dress codes to one-point safeties," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fair catch

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fair catch was in 1891

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