Hi, this is Sean Hobson, for Expert Village.
What we want to talk about now is there are some times when you are returning a punt and
you’re going to have to call a fair catch. A couple of reasons to call a fair catch are
if the ball is still at a high point and it’s coming down and you see that the defense is
already to you, you want to make a fair catch. Or, if you’re at a bad spot on the field and
you can’t make a return, let’s say you’re at the 8 yard line, you catch the ball, you
get hit, or you have to run backward and you’re going to lose yardage, or if you don’t know
if it’s going to go into the end zone, you may want to make a fair catch. If you’re waiting
for the punt to come down and you wave your hand that will be a fair catch. That means
you have the right to catch that ball but you cannot return the ball after you catch
it. Once you receive the ball and catch it then the play is dead. However, if the return
man makes the fair catch and he misses the ball the ball is live. The other team can
recover it. Just because you make the fair catch doesn’t mean that play has stopped.
We’re going to show you what it looks like when he makes the fair catch and have him
bring it in (video demo). You can see he waved for the fair catch, he waved everybody off,
he makes the catch, the defense can’t come in and hit him, and that’s where we’ll take
the ball with our possession.