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Evolution of the game (Kickoff Rule Changes Approved
Evolution of the game




The introduction of the snap resulted in unexpected consequences. Prior to the snap, the strategy had been to punt if a scrum resulted in bad field position. However, a group of Princeton players realized that, as the snap was uncontested, they now could hold the ball indefinitely to prevent their opponent from scoring. In 1881, both teams in a game between Yale-Princeton used this strategy to maintain their undefeated records. Each team held the ball, gaining no ground, for an entire half, resulting in a 0–0 tie. This "block game" proved extremely unpopular with the spectators and fans of both teams. A rule change was necessary to prevent this strategy from taking hold, and a reversion to the scrum was considered. However, Camp successfully proposed a rule in 1882 that limited each team to three downs, or tackles, to advance the ball five yards. Failure to advance the ball the required distance within those three downs would result in control of the ball being forfeited to the other team. This change effectively made American football a separate sport from rugby, and the resulting five-yard lines added to the field to measure distances made it resemble a gridiron in appearance. Other major rule changes included a reduction of the field size to 110 by 53.333 yards (100.584 m × 48.768 m), and the adoption of a scoring system that awarded four points for a touchdown, two for a safety and a goal following a touchdown, and five for a goal from field; additionally, tackling below the waist was legalized. The last, and arguably most important innovation, which would at last make American football uniquely "American", was the legalization of interference, or blocking, a tactic which was highly illegal under the rugby-style rules.
Despite these new rules, football remained a violent sport. Dangerous mass-formations, which involved interlocking interference, like the flying wedge resulted in serious injuries and deaths. A 1905 peak of 19 fatalities nationwide resulted in a threat by President Theodore Roosevelt to abolish the game unless major changes were made. In response, sixty-two colleges and universities met in New York City to discuss rule changes on December 28, 1905, and these proceedings resulted in the formation of the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States, later named the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The legal forward pass was introduced in 1906, although its impact was initially limited due to the restrictions placed on its use. Other rule changes introduced that year included the reduction of the time of play from 70 to 60 minutes and the increase of the distance required for a first down from 5 to 10 yards (9.1 m). To reduce infighting and dirty play between teams, the neutral zone was created along the width of the football. Scoring was also adjusted: field goals were lowered to three points in 1909 and touchdowns were raised to six points in 1912. The field was also reduced to 100 yards (91 m) long, but two 10-yard-long end zones were created, and teams were given four downs instead of three to advance the ball 10 yards (9.1 m). The roughing-the-passer penalty was implemented in 1914, and eligible players were first allowed to catch the ball anywhere on the field in 1918.
Rule changes in American Football from the beginning::

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Pledge
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re: Evolution of the game (Kickoff Rule Changes Approved
Where is this copy and paste from?


Tiger365
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re: Evolution of the game (Kickoff Rule Changes Approved
I will wait for this post to come out on video.


Tigah Jr
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re: Evolution of the game (Kickoff Rule Changes Approved
Cliff notes?


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lsudave1
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re: Evolution of the game (Kickoff Rule Changes Approved
Please annotate this for us


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re: Evolution of the game (Kickoff Rule Changes Approved
quote:

Where is this copy and paste from?
Do you see the word LINK?


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I will wait for this post to come out on video
What an idiot, as if you know anything about this topic.


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4WHLN
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re: Evolution of the game (Kickoff Rule Changes Approved
Holy wall of text...how about some cliffs


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AtlantaLSUfan
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re: Evolution of the game (Kickoff Rule Changes Approved
Great stuff!

So many people don’t realize that COLLEGES invented American football. It’s why it remains a special collegiate sport.


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Roll on Tigers
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re: Evolution of the game (Kickoff Rule Changes Approved
Pretty interesting read. Cool to see how it revolutionized over the years.


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AndrewD
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re: Evolution of the game (Kickoff Rule Changes Approved
XFL started each game with steal the bacon


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