onside kick


Definition of onside kick

: a kickoff in football in which the ball travels just far enough to be legally recoverable by the kicking team

Examples of onside kick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Owners did approve establishing a maximum number of players in the setup zone (between 10 and 25 yards from the kickoff) in hopes of enhancing onside kick opportunities. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021 The Philadelphia Eagles also tabled a proposal that would have allowed teams twice per game to attempt to retain the ball after a score by trying to convert a fourth-and-15 play rather than recover an onside kick. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2021 After Mashpee recovered an onside kick to begin the second half, Ryan Hendricks wove through defenders for a 30-yard TD run to put the visitors ahead 24-18. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Apr. 2021 Zack Piwniczka successfully executed an onside kick, only for the Lions to be stuffed on fourth-and-short at the Grambling State 30. I.c. Murrell, Arkansas Online, 20 Mar. 2021 But Eastlake recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock for the win. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 Brayden Bond, who also handles kicking duties for the Rebels, fell on his own dribbling onside kick. Advocate Staff Reports, NOLA.com, 28 Nov. 2020 More recently, what if Tom Allen had been ready for an onside kick late in the fourth quarter of the 2020 Gator Bowl? Stefan Krajisnik, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Nov. 2020 The Cowboys scored a touchdown to cut it to 39-37, then lined up for an onside kick. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of onside kick

1895, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jun 2021

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“Onside kick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onside%20kick. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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