A return in football is when a returner, a player on the special teams, catches the ball from a kickoff or punt and runs with it on the field towards the opposing team's end zone.
The purpose of a return is to establish the line of scrimmage on the upcoming offensive drive.
A returner is a member of the receiving team and a player on the special teams. His role during a return is to catch the kick and run with it on the field.
Returners can be specialized as a:
REMEMBER: Returns only happen on kickoffs and punts.
A fair catch is a signal that the returner can make by waving an arm in the air.
By making a fair catch, the returner asks not to be hindered when catching the ball.
A touchback is when a kick goes out of bounds behind the goal line. Touchbacks can also be signaled by the returner. The returner can drop on one knee in the end zone when catching a kickoff or punt. In either case, the ball is placed on the 20-yard line.
The Kicking Team
The kicking team in football is the team that kicks the ball on a kickoff, punt, field goal, or any type of kick.
The Receiving Team
The receiving team in football is the team that catches the ball and performs the return on kickoffs and punts.