Now that we know how the field is set up
and the different positions, Let’s take a look at how you would start a game
and that is with a ‘kickoff.’ There are a few different times throughout the game that you will have a kickoff, the first one will be at the beginning of the game. and also at the beginning of the second half. Each game is divided into four 15-minute quarters, at the end of the first and third quarters, the teams switch the direction they are going, but the team that is on offense at that point would remain on offense. But after half-time, which is an intermission after the second quarter we begin the the third quarter, and the second half with another kickoff. If there is an overtime, that would also be a point when we would have a kickoff We also have a kickoff after a touchdown, that is after the extra point or the two-point conversion. And after a day successful field goal. You will remember from the scoring video, if a team misses a field goal, the team on defense at the time will become the offense and they will take over the ball where it was, at that line of scrimmage. But if a team does make a field goal they would kickoff to the other team. So let’s take a look at how do these kickoff things work? At the beginning of the game the ball will be placed at the 35-yard line and our players will line up. Our kicker would be the main guy involved, and we would have the other players on the kicking team There would be eleven players out there for both teams. I won’t draw them all, but they would have some on one side and some on the other side of the kicker. And we’ll have our defense will be down here waiting. There will usually either be one or two guys who are deep, right around the goal line to receive. And of course we have all the the other members of the receiving team. You cannot block a kickoff, so the receiving team can only come within ten yards of the ball. The kicker would run up and kick the ball, it will then be caught by the receiving player who will run as far as he can. The other members of the receveving team will run up and try to block for him, wherever he decides to run At the same time, the guys on the team who kicked off will run down the field and try to tackle, or pull down, dies on teen who kicked off they rundown
they will try to tackle, or pull down, the guy who received the ball. And wherever that tackle would occur, that is where the first line of scrimmage would be, and the blue team would then become the offense. If, in the event the ball is kicked so far that it goes into the end zone, which is a fairly common occurrence nowadays, and either the receiver catches the ball and he decides not to come out of the end zone, or if the ball flies out of the back of the end zone, this would result in what we call a ‘touchback.’ A touchback means that there is no kickoff return and the ball is placed on the 20-yard line. And the 20-yard line would then
be the first line of scrimmage for the blue team. Let’s take a look at a few pictures, maybe that will make more sense. Here is a kicker, and he will be kicking the ball off down the field and you can see even better in this photo that the guy on the white team has kicked off down the field and all the guys on his team, all ten of them will run down as well as the kicker, will try to tackle the guy who has received the ball and is running back. And that is how kickoffs work.