Football Player Out Of Bounds On Kick Penalty

Football Player Out Of Bounds On Kick Penalty

Every football game starts with a kickoff. There are also many punt plays during the game in which one team will kick the ball to the other team after a failed offensive possession. There are many rules about properly executing kicks, and if these rules are not met, the kicking team will be assessed a penalty. One of these rules requires kicking players to remain in bounds during a kick.

Definition

A player out of bounds on kick foul is a type of illegal touching penalty that can be committed on a free kick. Governed by the free kick illegally touched rule, a penalty occurs when a player on the kicking team goes out of bounds and then plays the ball before it has been touched by the receiving team.

If a player on the kicking team goes out of bounds during a kicking play, they may not play the ball until it has been touched by a player on the receiving team. This rule applies whether the player on the kicking team was forced out of bounds by an opponent or they went out of bounds deliberately. If the ball is first touched by a player on the kicking team who ran out of bounds on the kick, they will be assessed an illegal touching penalty. Although this penalty is rather rare, it is an important penalty because it can change the field position for the receiving team and give them a better chance to score a touchdown on the following drive.

A player on the kicking team may not deliberately go out of bounds during a kicking play, even if they do not play the ball. If a referee determines a player on the kicking team has purposefully stepped out of bounds, they will call them for a voluntarily going out of bounds foul, which also results in a five-yard penalty.

Result

PenaltyNFLNCAAHigh School
Player Out Of Bounds On Kick5-Yard Penalty5-Yard Penalty5-Yard Penalty

At all levels of play, the result of a player out of bounds on kick penalty is a loss of five yards.

When this penalty gets called on a player from the kicking team on all levels, the kicking team will be assessed a five-yard penalty after the result of the play. This penalty can be declined but is usually not declined due to the fact that it gives the receiving team a better field position after the play. This penalty is typically called on kickoff plays, where members of the kicking team will run down the field to stop the receiving team from advancing the ball up the field. If a player on the kicking team goes out of bounds on the field without being forced out of bounds by a member of the receiving team, the officials will rule that a penalty must be assessed to the kicking team.

Penalty Signal

Football Penalty Signal Out of Bounds

When this penalty is called, the referee will signal it by holding his forearms horizontally across his chest and rotating them over each other multiple times, signaling that the penalty has been called on the kicking team of the penalized play.

Examples

  • During the kickoff, one of the players on the kicking team runs out of bounds to get an advantage on the receiving team.
  • After scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, the scoring team kicks the ball off and recovers the ball on a fumble, only to find that the player who touched the ball first went out of bounds on the kick, thus committing the penalty.
  • After a big safety play by the defense, the kicking team punts the ball down the field but gets called for a penalty because a player on the punting team could not stay in bounds.

Similar Penalties To Player Out Of Bounds On Kick

FAQ

What is a player out of bounds on a kick penalty in football?

A player out of bounds on a kick penalty occurs whenever a player on the kicking team goes out of bounds during a kick, such as a kickoff or a punt. Players are not permitted to leave and reenter the field on a kick unless forced out by an opponent, and if a kicking team player does so, they will receive a five-yard player out of bounds on a kick penalty from the officials.

Can you ever go out of bounds and reenter on a kick?

While going out of bounds on a kick generally results in a penalty in football, there are certain scenarios where a player can do so and not be penalized. These cases include circumstances where a player is forcibly moved out of bounds by an opposing player during a kick, such as being pushed or blocked out of bounds. In these cases, a player can legally reenter the field. If a player on the kicking team leaves the field, reenters, and then touches the kicked ball, they will receive a player out of bounds on a kick penalty.

Can you challenge a player out of bounds on a kick penalty in football?

Since the player out of bounds on a kick penalty is a foul, it is not a challengeable call in the NFL. However, as with any penalty in the NFL rules, coaches can challenge the enforcement of the player out of bounds on a kick penalty, such as yardage.