Is A Blocked Punt A Live Ball?

John Rizzo


If you touch the ball but don’t catch or possess it downfield, you’re called a “blocked punt.” You can get an extra half-yard of distance by running with the blocked punt instead of trying to pick up the ball.

Be sure to use your hands and body to block the punt, not just your arm or leg. When fielding a blocked punt, be aware of where the punter is on the field and try to hit him in between his legs before he gets too far downfield.

A good block will help keep your team in scoring position, so practice it often.

Is A Blocked Punt A Live Ball?

If you touch the ball downfield but don’t catch or possess it, you’re considered to have blocked it. This can result in a penalty for your team if the opponent is able to score on the play.

To avoid being penalized, be sure to keep your hands off of the ball and stay in front of your opponents while playing football. Be aware of where the referees are located so that you know when they’re calling a block fouls on players across from you.

Making an effort to block passes will help protect your team’s offense and give them more opportunities to score goals or make tackles.

Blocked Punt

A blocked punt is technically a live ball and can be recovered by the offense if it reaches the ground before being touched by an opponent. If the punt is not blocked, then it will be dead at the spot of reception and cannot be recovered.

The blocking team has possession of the ball after making contact with the punter or kicker, so they must protect it until they hand it off to another player on their side of the field or attempt a touchback. If a touchback occurs while a blocking team is possessingthe ball, they are ineligible to re-enter play for that half unless they receive first down yardage on another down (i.e., kickoff).

Touching, but not catching or possessing the ball downfield

Yes, a blocked punt is considered a live ball. You can touch the ball without catching or possessing it downfield, but you must still try to bring it back into play by kicking or passing it.

If you catch the ball and avoid touching any part of your body below the waistline with both hands while in bounds, then the penalized player will be allowed to take possession of the ball at their own 20-yard line instead of being downed for a penalty.

A player who catches an airborne football and falls to the ground will also be ruled down for a penalty unless they maintain control of the football until they land on their feet again – which means keeping one hand on top of the football at all times (regardless if someone else tries to steal it).

Finally, if you are penalized for blocking above your shoulder when trying to make an interception – even if you hit somebody else in process – then possession remains with opponent at their 25 yard line.

What happens when punt is blocked?

If a punt is blocked, the ball will be placed at the receiving team’s 20-yard line. The kicking team can then attempt to recover the ball by running it back towards their own end zone or passing it to another player on their side of the field.

If they are successful in doing so, they will then be allowed to take possession of the ball at their 20-yard line and start play from there again. If the receiving team catches and returns the punt, however, that team will receive a touchback and continue playing from its original spot on offense (i.e., starting at its 20-yard line).

Can you recover a blocked punt for a first down?

If your punt is blocked, you can try to recover the ball for a first down. To do this, you need to kick it out of bounds and then touch it before it goes beyond the opponents’ 25-yard line.

The Punt Team Can Recover the Ball

If the punt team is able to get enough yards for a first down, they maintain possession of the ball. If the punting team can’t manage to recover the ball and it’s blocked, then it goes back into play at the spot of blocking.

If They Are Able To Get Enough Yards For A First Down, The Punting Team Maintains Possession

Even if a punt is blocked and recovered by another team, as long as they are able to bring it out beyond their own end zone (i.e., more than 5 yards from where it was originally caught), then possession will still be with the punting team – even if that means going all THE way back to their own 10-yard line.

Even If a Punt Is Blocked And Recovered By Another Team, As Long As They Are Able To Bring It Out Beyond Their Own End Zone (ie More Than Yards From Where It Was Originally Caught), Then Possession Will Still Be With The Punting Team – Even If That Means Going All THE Way Back To Their Own 10-Yard Line.

Once an opponent successfully blocks a punt and recovers it in their territory or beyond their own end zone boundary markers – even if by only inches – they retain complete control over how far away from midfield that play will start (and thus what field position) on subsequent downs when playing against this same opponent.”

Can a blocked punt be returned for a touchdown?

In American football, a punt is a kick that is sent from the field of play towards the opponent’s end zone. If it is blocked by the opposing team, it can be returned for a touchdown.

Blocked Punt

A blocked punt can be returned for a touchdown if it is caught by the opposing team in good field position. This play occurs when the punter cannot get his punt off in time and it is either blocked or goes out of bounds before being touched by a player on the receiving team.

Returned for a TD

If a blocked punt is returned for a touchdown, this will result in an automatic (5-point) score for your team. The ball carrier must run into the end zone to make this happen, which means that he has to break through any opposition players who are trying to tackle him/her along the way.

More (or Less) to It

The returner’s success on this play depends largely on how well he was able to block the punt in advance and whether or not he was able to keep possession of the ball after it was caught. If both of these factors are favorable, then there is virtually no stopping him from scoring points for his team – even if somebody else catches and scores later on.

Tackling/Receiving Player(s): A blocking/receiving player who tackles or intercepts a kicked or passed punted ball may receive credit as part of their individual statistics but they will not be given 5 points towards their season total unless they catch and retain control of the football until touching down beyond midfield i.e., touchback.

Can you punt twice if its blocked?

If the punt is blocked, you won’t be able to kick it off. Punt means “to hit or send a ball sharply and high into the air.” If your punt is blocked, it means that one of your opponent’s players has managed to get between you and the ball. This can happen when two players are running towards each other in opposite directions.
If the ball is not completely across the line of scrimmage, a punt or kick from behind this line is illegal and can be punished by the other team. If you attempt to punt or kick the ball in this situation, your opponent will be able to touch it before it crosses over, so make sure that your kicks are accurate and clear all opponents.
If however, after making contact with the ball on either side of the line of scrimmage, you determine that it was still legal to punt or kickoff (the kicker has had time to cross beyond midfield), then a second kick may be delivered from behind this line provided that there has been no interference by an opposing player prior to or during such kicking motion.

Is a kickoff a live ball?

Yes, a kickoff is considered a live ball when kicked. Defenders may not enter the field until after the kickoff has been kicked. Players are allowed to move only after the ball has been kicked, and they must stay on their own side of the line of scrimmage until that point.

A penalty will be called if players cross over into opposing territory before or during the kickoff play.

To Recap

A blocked punt is not a live ball and should be treated as such. By definition, a punt is an indirect kick that travels between the uprights of the goal line.

A blocked punt is considered to have traveled out of bounds, so it cannot be advanced by either team and will result in a touchback for both teams.

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John Rizzo

I am a professional rugby player in the Washington DC-Baltimore area. I have been playing rugby for over 10 years and have had the opportunity to play in many different countries. I am also a coach for both youth and adult rugby teams. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Sports Management and Marketing. I am currently working on my MPA from American University and plan to pursue this career path after graduating next year. LinkedIn

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