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Well, he quickly welcomed the move when it became legal. The moment when a forward pass starts is important for the game. The pass begins as the passerby`s arm moves forward. If the passer drops the ball before this moment, it is a fumble and therefore a loose ball. In this case, anyone can take possession of the ball before or after touching the ground. If the passer drops the ball as his arm moves forward, it is a forward pass, regardless of where the ball lands or is hit first. [1] [2] 1905, as coach at Clemson College, John Heisman. And I talked about the possibility for the Committee on Rules of Procedure to authorize the use of the forward pass. In December, representatives from 62 schools gathered in New York City to change the rules and make the game safer.

They made a number of changes, including banning the “flying corner,” a mass formation that often caused serious injury, created the neutral zone between offense and defense, and forced teams to move 10 yards instead of 5 in three downs. The big problems were penalties and the automatic loss of the ball in case of incomplete passes. This ensured that the coaches did not use tactics and opened the game. Notre Dame`s teams in 1919 and 1920 had George Gipp, an ideal forward pass manager,[48][49] who threw for 1,789 yards. Prior to the 1913 season, Gus Dorais and Knute Rockne of Notre Dame practiced forward passing while lifeguards in Ohio.[50] The training paid off when the Irish launched a high-flying assault on West Point on November 1, 1913, which overwhelmed the army. When did Heisman himself use the forward pass? Oddly enough, it happened almost accidentally. Back then, however, the passing game didn`t resemble the aerial attack teams engage in today. In fact, the current rules have not really favoured the passport. To pass the ball legally, the pitcher had to be at least 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage. The penalty if this rule has not been respected: a turnover for the defense. The rules even stated that if a pass was incomplete and not touched by either team, the ball was also passed to the defense.

In various forms of football, a forward pass is the throwing of the ball in the direction in which the offensive team is trying to move, towards the goal line of the defensive team. The forward pass is one of the main distinguishing features between American football (American football and Canadian football), in which the game is legal and widespread, and rugby football (union and league), from which North American games developed, in which the game is illegal. 1905 had been a bloody year on the grid; The Chicago Tribune reported that 19 players have been killed and 159 seriously injured this season. [6] There were measures to ban gambling, but U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt personally intervened and demanded that the rules of the game be reformed. At a meeting of more than 60 schools in late 1905, a commitment was made to make the game safer. This meeting was the first step in establishing what would become the NCAA, and several meetings followed to develop “the new rules.” [7] Since the rules discouraged passing, football remained a ground game – and deadly. The Chicago Tribune reported 31 football-related deaths between September 1908 and the summer of 1909, and the Army and Navy canceled their 1909 seasons after each team killed a player from football injuries. The passing game corresponded more to the character of basketball knowledge than to what had previously distinguished football. Apparently, it`s the intention of football coaches to try those frequent long and risky passes over and over again. Well executed, they are undoubtedly very spectacular, but the risk of dropping the ball is so great that the practice is extremely dangerous and its opportunity doubtful.

[19] Passing games remained rare in the NFL, as power running remained the game of choice for teams. In 1933, however, the NFL decided to experiment with forward passing and further separate itself from college play and rugby. Also, the league wanted to add a little more excitement, as one game after another wasn`t the best spectator sport. Until 1905, college football was all the rage, drawing tens of thousands of fans to games at a time when Major League Baseball teams often attracted only 3,000 people and professional football was still more than a decade away. But it was also an increasingly violent and deadly passion.