Changes have been made recently to onside kick rules to make the plays safer. Onside kicks don’t happen much but when they do they can be dangerous. Players can be made into sitting ducks if they’re trying to field the ball while opposing players run them over. So the new restrictions on onside kicks have made the game a bit safer. But they’ve changed it as well.
Onside kicks are an exciting part of football. Doing one is a risky maneuver because if it backfires, the other team usually gets very good field position. So onside kicks always happen at crucial moments during a game when a team desperately needs the ball back.
But with the new rules there are fewer and fewer onside kicks. So while the players are safer the game of football is suffering. But there is a new suggestion that’s been floating around the football world that could be the answer.
A Possible New Rule
This new rule could be a big shake-up to the game of football. The way it stands now, doing an onside kick is the only way to get the ball back after scoring a touchdown. This new rule gives teams another option.
With the new rule, each team has one chance during the fourth quarter to retain the ball after scoring a touchdown. The team with the ball starts on its own 35-yard-line and has to move the ball 15 yards on first down in order to keep it. If they fail, the other team takes possession.
This new rule seems a bit out of the ordinary and perhaps it is. But it might make the game more interesting while keeping the players safe at the same time. It takes a while for new rules to be sorted out and put in place. And who knows, perhaps this one gets voted down anyway. In any case, we shouldn’t expect to see any big changes in the 2019 season.