World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Block in the back

Article Id: WHEBN0024706007
Reproduction Date:

Title: Block in the back  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Penalty (gridiron football), Encroachment (gridiron football), Muffed punt, Reception (gridiron football), Holding (American football)
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Block in the back

In gridiron football, a block in the back is an action in which a blocker contacts a non-ballcarrying member of the opposing team from behind and above the waist. The foul is called when the area blocked is between the shoulder pads.[1] It is against the rules in most leagues, carrying a 10-yard penalty.[2]

Most violations occur on punt and kick returns when players come to help returners and fail to get a proper angle to block the opponent.


  1. ^ "Football Glossary". Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Beacom, Mike. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Football. 

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.