I don't believe you have to be behind the line of scrimmage. This play is a holdover from rugby where a player can attempt a drop goal at any time during play. A player, often during a full sprint, will drop the ball in front of him and as it touches the ground will kick it through the uprights for three points. Doug Flutie used this technique to score the extra point in the last play of his career. Jim McMahon, the noted Chicago Bears quarterback, used to challenge kickers to drop goal contests. Rumor has it that they soon learned that that was a good way to lose money. * As long as you're behind the line of scrimmage and the ball hits the ground before you kick it. New Answer: No the ball must be kicked from the groung Not in American football, no. All kicks must be taken from behind the line of scrimmage.
Drop kicks are still perfectly legal. They're just not attempted very often anymore, mostly because the shape of the football changed to accommodate forward passes. It used to be rounder like a rugby ball and give a more reliable bounce when it hit the ground.
Canadian football still allows a team to kick and recover from beyond the line of scrimmage. Any player from the kicking team can recover the ball, as long as he was level with or behind the kicker at the time of the kick. I suppose this rule would allow for a dropkick to be taken from anywhere on the field, but it's usually used at the end of tie games to punt deep and force the other team to give up a 1-point rouge.
If the ball is loose, such as after a fumble, a player cannot deliberately kick or bat the ball in an attempt to either gain possession or prevent the other team from recovering. Dropkicks, however, are legal. A dropkick happens when a player drops the ball in front of himself, as if he were preparing to punt, and kicks it after it bounces off the ground. Dropkicks used to be common in football, but they faded out of popularity once the ball became more pointed at the ends, to make it more aerodynamic for forward passes. The benefit of this play is that if the ball sails through the uprights from a dropkick, it counts as a score (either a field goal or an extra point, depending on the situation).
Knock On's (where you drop the ball in front of you), Offside (where your not behind the line or in front of a kicker) High tackle (tackling someone above their chest) Playing the ball after you get up from the floor Forward pass (when you pass, the player pass me behind you) Field goal (dropkick and the ball needs to be in between the two white sticks)
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