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Subject: Kick and punt questions rss

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Andrew Prizzi
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The rules say you can kick a FG from the 45yd line. The chart on the board only goes up to 38yds. The wife guide says up to 30 yds is at least 50/50 chance of making it but again the board has 26-33 as 1/3 chance. So what are the rules?

Are all punts handled with the kick after safety rules where you randomly pick a defense?

What is up with the ball going to the 20 after a missed fg no matter the distance of the attempt?

Played our first game today. This is a lot of fun.
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Paul Schulzetenberg
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There's some inconsistency here about whether they're adding the 7-8 yards that the ball is snapped backward for the hold. Trust the board, it's correct for the line of scrimmage.

I'll have to let somebody who knows the game better answer your other two questions, as I don't know and don't have the rules handy.
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It seems as if you may be using an older edition board. When this game came out, the goal posts were positioned on the goal line and the FG kick limit at the time was set at the 45 (38?) yard line as a maximum line of scrimmage from which to realistic attempt a FG. I don't know if in original football scoring the 7-8 yards back from the scrimmage line where the ball was placed for the kicker was counted, if it was, then a kick from the 45 yard line would be recorded as 52-53 yard kick, a distance rarely made in the era of the original Football Strategy game. Kicking hadn't become so refined and specialized as it is now. Also, sometime later in the 60s the goal posts were set back to the end line, adding 10 yards to FG measurement, so now if the line of scrimmage is the 45 yard line, a FG attempt would be recorded as 55+7 to 8 yard for ball placement making the distance 62-63 yards.

Also, originally after a failed FG attempt, the ball was placed on the defenders 20 yard line, no matter the distance of the FG attempt. As the kicking improved in the 1970s, some kickers were setting new distance records and in a few cases could hit from 60 yards or more out. It became a strategy for great teams, with great distance kickers to attempt FGs from outrageous distances as was as good or better than a punt, as the ball would be set at the 20 for the other team with no chance of a return. Then the rules were changed to give the defending team the ball at the original line of scrimmage if outside the 20 yard line, on a miss, for fairness and discourage the practice of teams using extreme FG attempts instead of a punt.
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