Football Passing Plays
The pocket is an enclosed area on the field in the offensive backfield created by the offensive line to shield the quarterback from being tackled. The pocket gives time for the quarterback to scan the field to find an open receiver to throw to.
A forward pass is a type of pass thrown by the quarterback from behind the line of scrimmage to a receiver in the defensive backfield. Forward passes are great for gaining lots of yards quickly. A forward pass can be beaten by zones.
- Offensive players on the scrimmage line near the sidelines or in the offensive backfield
- Players who wear numerals 1-49 or 80-89
- Any player after the ball is tipped by a defensive player
IMPORTANT: Defensive players can also catch passes and are considered eligible receivers.
- If the ball touches the ground at any point while in flight
- If a receiver steps out of bounds
- If a receiver does not maintain control of the ball
If an official believes any of the above were violated, the pass will be ruled as an incompletion and will not count.
Football Double Catch
On a double catch a player from both teams catches the ball at the same time. In that case, the ball belongs to the team that threw the pass.
A fumble is a ball that is dropped by the ball carrier. A fumble can be recovered by any player on the field.
A pass that is caught by an opposing player is called an interception.