Understanding American Football : Football Passing Rules

Understanding American Football : Football Passing Rules

Hi, my name is Kenny Saylors. I’m here on
Expert Village.com to teach you how to understand the great game of American football. The next
way to advance the football down the field to make a first down or a touchdown is passing.
This means throwing the ball to a teammate who’s already down the field. This means the
quarterback throws the ball in a forward motion over the shoulder in front of him. As we talked
about with rushing, you can pitch it behind you, but if you pitch it in front of you,
that’s called a forward lateral and that’s illegal. You can’t do that. If you’re going
to throw it forward you
have to throw a forward pass over the shoulder. On passing plays the offense can only throw
the ball once per play and only from behind the line of scrimmage. The line of scrimmage
is where the ball is going to be snapped from. As long as they are behind the line of scrimmage,
the quarterback can throw the ball. He can even pitch it to the running back and the
running back can stop and throw the ball himself. The ball can be thrown, pitched, handed off,
tossed sideways or backwards at any time, as long as the ball is behind the line of
scrimmage. In pass plays, you have your wide receivers and your tight ends available to
do pass plays. The quarterback comes back, he sets back up, tight ends and receivers
can run patterns. Passing plays are how you really make some yardage down the field. A
lot of times you can run out and do short patterns and throw people off. It’s really
done because you can make long passes. Some people even make 80 yard plays and touchdowns
off of passes. The quarterback has to throw the ball forward, not backwards.

About the Author: Garret Beatty


  1. incorrect u can throw the ball forward however you want if you have not passed the imaginary line of where the football is down. (Line of scrimmage). it does not have to be thrown over the shoulder it could be a shuffle pass or a pitch play

  2. could you explain to me what you are referring to at 1:35 please? i'd really like to understand that but can't find anything about it

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