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FAN Take – What is a Definitive Catch?

By Cody Alderton

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Do you remember first learning how to catch? Probably not – because most of us learned this simple skill in our formative years. Perhaps we learned from tossing a baseball around with our brother or sister, or maybe we learned to catch a football on the playground during recess at school. Back then, a simple catch seemed so straightforward. So what changed?

Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL has concerned himself this offseason with the “catch rule.” The reason this issue is under the microscope has to do with almost ten years of complaints from players, coaches, and fans. A rule that was once easily understood is now convoluted with how many feet a player has inbounds, or ball movement through the ground.

It seems as though we lack clarity of the rule, which deserves the attention of the NFL and Roger Goodell so that a more objective precedent can be set. Just ask Dez Bryant and fans of the Cowboys who believe that there should be one more Super Bowl trophy in Dallas!

The FCFL wants to end this debate so that a definitive catch rule is in place during games. Could the catch rule be defined simply, or is it more complex? How do you think a catch should be defined in the FCFL? Let us know your thoughts!

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  1. mtnwing May 24, 2018

    Have three kids under age 10 ready to review tape independently and ask each “did he catch it?”. Majority vote wins from the answers of the three kids on the ruling committee. We need simplicity and common sense, not thick rule books and complicated analysis of technical details. Kids under 10 will give you both in there answers.

  2. christopher cimo May 24, 2018

    Full control of the ball going to the ground. If the player makes a move after catching the ball.

  3. Matthew McMillen June 6, 2018

    Hello. I think that the catch rule in the FCFL should be as simple as possible. Here’s what I think a catch should look like:

    1. Receive the ball with one or two hands. (“Catch” it!)

    2. Keep both feet inbounds.

    3. If you are making a football move (for example, if it’s 4th down and you are on the goal line or very close to the 1st-down marker), and you lose control of it, but you get it back, that should be a catch.

    Those are my thoughts.

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