Besides, these types of plays are really fun for the younger kids.
Just play ball
by Tommy (Texas)
It's a cheap play, not a trick play.
I had a team try this on my team two years ago.
I had seen them do it three games before when I was scouting the team they were playing.
My team was ready and the QB was sacked for a big loss and one of their better linemen was hurt because his head was still down when my monster back went through him.
by john arnette (east liverpool,oh 43920)
This should have been a 15 yard penalty for using verbiage to confuse the opponents by thinking a play is not imminent.
by Dan Chapman (Santa Clarita, CA.)
Seen that play many times... it can work against a team that is not sharp.
Your team must be good actors!
Most teams do not fall for it.
by Quinton Cermak (Pierre, SD, USA)
I have seen a variation of this play before.
This is why I coach my defensive line to fire off the ball regardless of how it is snapped.
Hey, it's perfectly legal. The ball was snapped and the clock was moving.
Football trick plays are about catching the defense off guard. Football defenses have to stay aware.
Even in younger leagues such as Pee-Wee, I think this would be okay. Kids have to learn to be ready for anything in American football.
I feel that "plays" such as this should be banned.
It is a "legal" play in that the Center gives the ball to the QB. However in the "sportsmanship" department, what is it telling our kids..."do what ever you have to do to win", "let's cross over into the 'gray' side of the rules and use it to our advantage"?
I have (as a player) ran trick plays and had them ran against me. Sure, you feel good at the moment, but then to sit back and reflect upon it.
Was it in the best interest of this great game?
I feel that if you have to resort to trick plays to win, than did you really win? I think not.
As a coach, I have and will never run such a play.
it is a form of deception
that is completely against the rules...
I know i know it's a legal snap and all that...
but in youth sports it's not about humiliating an opponent
it is a very unsportsmanlike play
It is what it is, like others have said, you have to keep the defense sharp and in the game.
I don't see where there is any unsportsmanship, it's just executed well.