fair catch


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fair catch

n. Football
A catch of a kicked ball by a receiving player who has signaled the intention not to run with the ball and who may not be hit if making no attempt to advance the ball after catching it.

fair′ catch′


n.
a catch of a kicked football made after the receiving team signals that it will not attempt to advance the ball.
[1855–60]

fair catch

1. Catch of a kicked ball by a player who signals by raising a hand at arm’s length above his head. He may not advance the ball and may not be tackled.
2. See mark.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fair catch - (American football) a catch of a punt on the fly by a defensive player who has signalled that he will not run and so should not be tackledfair catch - (American football) a catch of a punt on the fly by a defensive player who has signalled that he will not run and so should not be tackled
snap, grab, snatch, catch - the act of catching an object with the hands; "Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"; "he made a grab for the ball before it landed"; "Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away"; "the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion"
American football, American football game - a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays
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We have to keep it 40 and four -- 40 yards and four seconds of hang time and make them fair catch it.
Latham completed his 15th Test fifty with a single but was caught behind off Hasan after Paul Reiffel consulted television umpire Ian Gould for a fair catch.
If a fly ball is held if but for a second or two, unless it plainly rebounds from the hand, it should be considered a catch, and when an umpires sees a ball dropped purposely for a double play, he should decide the ball dropped as a fair catch. (5) It is not clear whether Fox was actually attempting the infield fly play or if the double play was merely opportunistic, but the editorial comment about what constitutes a catch clearly has the infield fly play in mind.
TV replays were used to check Adam Gilchrist had made a fair catch but the rules meant the third umpire could not adjudicate on no-balls in the Ashes Test.
The fair catch minimizes the chances a fumble or injury because it ensures that the returner is fully protected from the opposing team, whose players may not touch the returner or attempt to interfere with the catch any way after the fair catch signal is given.
The other eight penalties were mental, discipline penalties including a personal foul on the head coach, three false starts, one offsides, a substitution infraction, unsportsmanlike conduct and fair catch interference.
After all, why should the advantage gained by a well-flighted probing kick be taken away from the attacking side, and the game stopped dead in its tracks, just because of a "fair catch"?
On his first return attempt of the game, Norwood caught Brad Nortman's punt at his own 25-yard line in traffic, and the Carolina Panthers stood around after as if he had called for a fair catch. Norwood didn't, and he sidestepped two Panthers - Colin Jones and Teddy Williams - and turned up the right side of the field, sprung by a nice block from teammate Lerentee McCray on tight end Ed Dickson, Edholm wrote, describing Norwood's play in the second quarter.
If the umpires use an Umpire Review to answer an appeal for a Caught decision, for either a fair catch or a bump ball, the request for a Player Review of that Caught decision may be made by either team within 15
You can assume it's a fair catch and the guy muffs the ball.
It was a blur of pitch, ball and bat, but replays confirmed a fair catch and Smith trudged off.
However, West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo defended Ramdin against accusations of bad sportsmanship, insisting that the keeper genuinely believed that he had held on for long enough to claim a fair catch.