Conversation 7 – Starting and Stopping the Clock

Tyler and Dwayne discuss rule 3.3.2 – Starting and Stopping the Clock. We break down each part of the rule; giving examples where appropriate.

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2 thoughts on “Conversation 7 – Starting and Stopping the Clock”

  1. Hi guys, you mentioned return kicks during the episode, and I thought I could share some history. The return kick rule predates most of the modern rules of football, being a rugby rule. Canadian Football still has the return kick, in which the kick receiver can kick the ball back. The only reason they would do this is because you can actually earn a point for causing the ball to become dead in the opponents’ end zone in Canadian football. In American football, the return kick was eliminated as an option in the NCAA rulebook in 1967, long after it had stopped being used decades earlier. Only Team B can execute a return kick, so the examples given in the episode where just examples of illegal kicks rather than return kicks. See David M Nelson’s (NCAA Secretary-Rules Editor for 29 years until 1991) excellent book, “The Anatomy of a Game, Football, the Rules, and the Men who Made the Game”, for a comprehensive discussion of some of these antiquated rules. It is out of print, but you can still read it on Google Books.

    1. Michael, thank you so much for the history around this. Also, thank you for the book recommendation. It sounds like an interesting read. I will definitely read this one. I love understanding the backstories to rules and how it has evolved.

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