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A drop kick is a maneuver in the football codes. It involves someone dropping a ball and then kicking it when it is in mid-air. The film starred Richard Barthelmess as a college football player The Drop Kick was a 1927 silent film directed by Millard Webb written by Katherine Brush about a college football player (Richard Barthelmess) who finds his reputation on the line when he pays an innocent visit to a woman whose... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Kicking is a method used by many types of football, including: football (soccer) Australian rules football International rules football American football Canadian football Gaelic football Rugby League Rugby Union List of common kicking styles Grubber kick - rugby league, rugby union, Australian rules football Bomb kick - rugby league, Australian Rules football...


The simplest version of a drop kick exists in soccer, where it is used, optionally, by the goalkeeper to perform a long-range clearance after receiving possession of the ball from open play. Notice that the drop kick in soccer is not mandatory. A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... A goalkeeper. ...


Other football codes have special ways of using drop kicks as outlined below.


Dropkick is also a common slang term for 'moron' or 'imbecile' in Australia and New Zealand.

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Rugby football

Originally in Rugby, a drop-kick was one of only two ways to score points along with the place kick. For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... The place kick is a kicking style commonly used in rugby football when kicking for goal. ...


Drop kicks have exceptionally been up to 60-70 metres long in the past in rugby, though being able to perform a 50 metre drop kick is considered a significant achievement. Various anecdotes from some of the elder clubs suggest that drop-kicks as far as 75 metres have been successful, such as a famous early St Joseph's College, Hunter's Hill/SJC game "where the ball was kicked 80 yards up a significant gradient to win the game", but no such feats have been performed before recorded imagery. Anecdotally, leather balls formerly used could fly further than the synthetic balls used currently, although it has been shown that today's synthetic balls are more aerodynamically suited to give extensive flight to the ball and also they, unlike leather balls, do not become heavier in wet, muddy conditions.


In rugby union, a drop kick is used to restart play and to score a field or drop goal. For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... A field goal, in rugby union and rugby league, is a play that, if attempted successfully, will score a number of points. ...


Drop kicks are used in rugby union:

  • from the centre spot to start a half
  • from the centre spot after points have been scored.
  • drop kicks can also be used instead of a kicking tee for the conversion of the try but this is rare.
  • for a 22-metre drop-out when the ball is touched down or made dead in the in-goal area by the defending team, the attacking team having kicked or taken the ball into the in-goal area.
  • from a penalty kick to score a penalty goal or after a try to score a conversion, although the option of a place kick is usually taken instead.
  • for all conversion attempts in rugby sevens and rugby league nines; in sevens these must be taken within 40 seconds of the try being scored.
  • when kicking for touch (the sideline) from a penalty, although the option of a punt kick is usually taken instead.

In rugby league, a drop-out ensues from underneath the posts on the goal line when: Bold text // Rugby sevens being played at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, which was held at Melbournes Telstra Dome. ... Rugby league nines is a version of rugby league played with 9 players on each side. ...

  • the defending team forces the ball in the in-goal area
  • the defending team is tackled or knocks on in the in-goal area
  • the defending team causes the ball to go dead or into touch-in-goal.

A drop-out from the 20 metre line ensues when:

  • an unsuccessful penalty goal attempt goes dead or into touch-in-goal.

In each game, a player may attempt to score a goal from open play by drop kicking the ball over the crossbar and between the posts. A goal scored this way is called a dropped goal, abbreviated to "drop goal" in speech. A dropped goal scores three points in rugby union but only one point in rugby league, where the option is usually only taken late in a tied game.


American and Canadian football

In both American football and Canadian football, one method of scoring a field goal or extra point is by drop-kicking the football through the goal. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Diagram of a Canadian football field. ... A field goal (formerly goal from the field) in American football and Canadian football (collectively called gridiron football) is a goal that may be scored during general play (from the field). Execution of a field goal A field goal may be scored by a placekick or the very rare drop... In American football, the extra point, point after touchdown, or PAT is the act of lining up to kick, as in a field goal, immediately following a touchdown. ...


The drop kick was often used as a surprise tactic. The ball would be snapped or lateraled to a back, who would perhaps fake a run or pass, but then would kick the field goal instead. A snap (colloquially called a hike, snapback, or pass from center) starts each American football and Canadian football play from scrimmage. ... In American football and Canadian football a lateral pass — usually called simply a lateral, but officially called a backward pass in American football, and also called an onside pass in Canadian football — is a sideways or rearward throwing of the football to a teammate. ...


This method of scoring worked well in the 1920s and 1930s, when the football was rounder at the ends (similar to a modern rugby ball). Early football stars such as Jim Thorpe and Paddy Driscoll were skilled drop-kickers. The 1920s is a decade that is sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known as the World Depression. ... For other persons named Jim Thorpe, see Jim Thorpe (disambiguation). ... For the baseball player, see Paddy Driscoll (baseball). ...


In 1934, the ball was made more pointed at the ends. This made passing the ball easier, as was its intent, but made the drop kick obsolete, as the more pointed ball did not bounce up from the ground reliably. The drop kick was supplanted by the place kick, which cannot be attempted out of a formation generally used as a running or passing set. The drop kick remains in the rules, but is seldom seen, and rarely effective when attempted.


The only successful drop kick in the last sixty-plus years in the NFL was by Doug Flutie, the backup quarterback of the New England Patriots, against the Miami Dolphins on January 1, 2006 for an extra point after a touchdown pass by third-string quarterback Matt Cassel. Since Doug Flutie estimated that he had "probably an 80 percent chance" of making a drop kick[1] and regular place-kicked point after attempts have a much higher probability of being good, the kick was not a strategic move. After the game, New England coach Bill Belichick said "I think Doug deserves it"[2] and Flutie said "I just thanked him for the opportunity".[3] (The play was probably attempted due to the fact that Flutie, who was 42 at the time, was playing in his final NFL game. Indeed, the drop kick was his last play in an NFL uniform.) The last successful drop kick in the NFL before that was executed by Ray "Scooter" McLean of the Chicago Bears in their 37-9 victory over the New York Giants on December 21, 1941 in the NFL championship game at Chicago's Wrigley Field. Though it wasn't part of the NFL at the time, the All-America Football Conference saw its last drop kick November 28, 1948 when Joe Vetrano of the San Francisco 49ers drop kicked an extra point after a muffed snap against the Cleveland Browns.[4] NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Douglas Richard Doug Flutie (born October 23, 1962) is a retired American football and Canadian football quarterback. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner H. Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In American football, the extra point, point after touchdown, or PAT is the act of lining up to kick, as in a field goal, immediately following a touchdown. ... Matt Cassel [CASS-ul] (born May 17, 1982 in Northridge, California) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the NFL. // Cassel was a member of the Northridge, California baseball team that reached the finals of the 1994 Little League World Series. ... William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee) is the American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Ray (Scooter) McLean was head coach of the Green Bay Packers for the 1958 season. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... The 1941 National Football League Championship game was the 9th annual championship game was held December 21, 1941, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. ... For the former ballpark in Los Angeles, see Wrigley Field (Los Angeles). ... The All-America Football Conference (AAFC) was a professional American football league that challenged the established National Football League (NFL) from 1946 to 1949. ... is the 332nd day of the year (333rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... “Browns” redirects here. ...


Prior to Flutie's historic drop-kick, the only recent vocal proponent of the drop-kick in the NFL had been Jim McMahon, quarterback for several NFL teams. During the 1980s, while playing in Chicago, McMahon regularly practiced the drop kick, and was known to frequently petition Bears head coach Mike Ditka for an opportunity to use the maneuver. Ditka, who regarded the play as an anachronism, never allowed it. James Robert Jim McMahon (born August 21, 1959 in Jersey City, New Jersey) was an American football star in the 1980s, first at Brigham Young University and later in the professional ranks with the Chicago Bears. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. ... Look up Anachronism in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


In August 1974, Tom Wilkinson, quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos, attempted a drop-kick field goal in the final seconds of a 20-2 romp over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He missed. This may have been the last time the play was deliberately attempted in the CFL. Then Prime Minister Joe Clark presents the 1979 Grey Cup to victorious Edmonton Eskimos Danny Kepley and Tom Wilkinson. ... The Edmonton Eskimos are a Canadian Football League team based in Edmonton, Alberta. ... The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are a Canadian Football League team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ...


Exclusively in Canadian football, the drop kick can be attempted beyond or behind the line of scrimmage. Any player on the kicking team behind the kicker, and including the kicker, can recover the kick. A drop kick that goes out of bounds is considered a change of possession.


During one game in the 1980's Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Earl Winfield was unable to field properly a punt and in frustration he kicked the ball out of bounds. The kick was considered a drop kick and it led to a change of possession and the team that punted regained possession of the ball. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are a Canadian Football League team based in Hamilton, Ontario, founded in 1950 with the merger of the Hamilton Tigers and the Hamilton Flying Wildcats. ... Earl Winfield was a Canadian Football League receiver for the Hamilton Tigercats who, in an 11 year career, caught 573 passes for 10,119 yards and 75 touchdowns. ...


The last successful drop kick extra point in NCAA was by Aaron Fitzgerald of the University of LaVerne on November 10, 1990 against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. [5]


The drop kick is most often used as a desperation play at the end of a game.


In popular media, a drop kick was successfully attempted in the Burt Reynolds film The Longest Yard (1974 film), complete with an explanation by Reynold's character of its proper name and point value to a player (Ray Nitschke's character) on the opposing team. Burt Reynolds (born Burton Reynolds Jr. ... The Longest Yard is a 1974 movie about inmates at a prison who play American football against their guards. ... Raymond Ernest Nitschke (December 29, 1936 - March 8, 1998) was a professional football player who played middle linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. Wearing #66, he played fifteen seasons, from 1958 to 1972, and was named the greatest linebacker in NFL history in 1969, over many other...


Arena football

In Arena football a drop-kicked extra point counts for two points rather than one; a drop-kicked field goal counts for four points rather than three. Seemingly the game's inventors hoped that a team trailing by four points on an apparent final play might attempt a very dramatic drop kick in order to tie the game. However, the additional incentive has not been enough of an enticement to produce many drop kicks after the first few years of Arena play. The absence of drop-kicking with any degree of frequency from any other level or variety of gridiron football in the present day (see above) means that there is no pool of experienced and capable drop kickers for the Arena league to draw from, and the play would in any event occur too seldom to seem to be worth the amount of practice time that would have to be devoted to it for it to be executed at any real level of proficiency; in practice a pass off of the rebound nets above the endlines which, if completed, would result in six points and a win for the team down by four points, rather than a tie and overtime, probably has at least an equal and possibly a superior chance of success. In 1994, Cleveland's Brian Mitchell kicked 6 four point drop kicks and 18 two point drop kicks. Arena football is a sport invented by Jim Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League and the National Football League. ... Brian Mitchell played college football for Marshall University in 1987 and the University of Northern Iowa from 1989-1991. ...


Australian rules football

In Australian rules football, a similarly named and executed kick was used in general play, particularly after a free kick was awarded. It was popular as players could kick the ball long distances, and the ball's backwards rotation was reasonably easy for teammates to mark (catch) the ball (a major feature of the game). High marking is a key skill and spectacular attribute of Australian rules football Precise field and goal kicking using the oval shaped ball is the key skill in Australian rules football Australian rules football, also known as Australian football, Aussie rules, or simply football or footy is a code of...


A variation known as the stab pass or more poetically, the daisy cutter, involved an abbreviated follow-through and travelled on a notably low trajectory, which made it very useful for short-range passing.


The drop kick and stab pass gradually disappeared from the game by the 1980s, as it was unreliable given the game's fast pace, particularly on wet grounds, and players were coached to use either the drop punt or torpedo (ball rolls sideways on its axis rather than rotating backwards like the punt) kicking style for reliability. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... The Punt kick is one of, if not the most common style of kicking in football games. ...


See also


  Results from FactBites:
 
Drop kick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1211 words)
Drop kicks have exceptionally been up to 60-70 metres long in the past in rugby, though being able to perform a 50 metre drop kick is considered a significant achievement.
The only execution of the drop kick in recent years in the NFL was by Doug Flutie, reserve quarterback of the New England Patriots, against the Miami Dolphins on January 1, 2006 for an extra point after a touchdown.
The kick was considered a drop kick and it led to a change of possession and the team that punted regained possession of the ball.
Field goal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2006 words)
A field goal or dropped goal (usually abbreviated to "drop goal" in speech) is scored by drop kicking the ball above the crossbar and between the uprights.
A dropped goal is worth three points in rugby union and one point in rugby league (in league, more commonly known as a field goal); conversions are worth two points in both codes.
A drop kick is made when the kicker drops the ball and then kicks it when it bounces off the ground.
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