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    The Old "Water Bucket" Play: Still Legal?

    Don't know what made me think of this old play...maybe it was the thread about new twist for the Georgia game.

    Back in the 80's the "Water Bucket" play was a popular trick play. A wide receiver would trot to the sideline, as if he were coming out of the game, but instead he'd stop at the very edge of the playing field on sides. When the play was snapped he'd generally be wide open streaking down the sideline.

    I haven't seen this tried at any level in the last few years. I assume it wouldn't work beyond the high school level (where I saw it used) anyway now days, but I was wondering if this play is still legal?

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    Re: The Old "Water Bucket" Play: Still Legal?

    Pretty sure it is illegal now.
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    Re: The Old "Water Bucket" Play: Still Legal?

    Watched my alma mater high school get beat in a crucial game in the early 90s. Water bucket play. On the last play of the game for the win. Lots of angry coaches, fans, and players.

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    Re: The Old "Water Bucket" Play: Still Legal?

    the one I can't stand is the "Wrong Ball" play. that one is downright bush league

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    Re: The Old "Water Bucket" Play: Still Legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by RTR91 View Post
    Pretty sure it is illegal now.
    And why would it be illegal?

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    Re: The Old "Water Bucket" Play: Still Legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Van Nostran View Post
    And why would it be illegal?
    Rules stating everyone must be inside the nine yard marks at some point after the "ready for play."
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    Re: The Old "Water Bucket" Play: Still Legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Van Nostran View Post
    And why would it be illegal?
    Can't break the huddle with 12 men anymore, but don't know if that rule change affected the use of this play or not.

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    The Old "Water Bucket" Play: Still Legal?

    Haven't seen the Fumblerooski in a long time either, I guess it's probably against the rules now too.

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    Re: The Old "Water Bucket" Play: Still Legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by CRMSNtide View Post
    Haven't seen the Fumblerooski in a long time either, I guess it's probably against the rules now too.
    Yes and no...

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    Re: The Old "Water Bucket" Play: Still Legal?

    I always referred to the waterbucket play as the one on an extra point where the snapper, holder and kicker lined up as normal and everyone else went over to the side and lined up. I've never been in a game that anything other than the kick was run out of this, but we did see a team we were playing run it on film. Therefore, we had to practice against it all week.
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    Re: The Old "Water Bucket" Play: Still Legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlistarWills View Post
    I always referred to the waterbucket play as the one on an extra point where the snapper, holder and kicker lined up as normal and everyone else went over to the side and lined up. I've never been in a game that anything other than the kick was run out of this, but we did see a team we were playing run it on film. Therefore, we had to practice against it all week.
    I think they call that the 'swinging gate.' I could be wrong.

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    Re: The Old "Water Bucket" Play: Still Legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlistarWills View Post
    I always referred to the waterbucket play as the one on an extra point where the snapper, holder and kicker lined up as normal and everyone else went over to the side and lined up. I've never been in a game that anything other than the kick was run out of this, but we did see a team we were playing run it on film. Therefore, we had to practice against it all week.
    I know of schools that run that PAT formation. One team didn't correctly line up. Rather than lining up with the rest of the team, all 11 lined up in FG block. The holder took the snap and immediately threw it to someone for a 2 point conversion.

    Didn't A&M run a gimmicky play against us? Still think their OL wasn't set when the ball was snapped.
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    Re: The Old "Water Bucket" Play: Still Legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiamondDust View Post
    Rules stating everyone must be inside the nine yard marks at some point after the "ready for play."
    NCAA Rulebook

    Offensive Team Requirements—Prior to the Snap
    ARTICLE 3. Each of the following (a-d) is a dead-ball foul. Officials should
    blow the whistle and not allow the play to continue. After the ball is ready for
    play and before it is snapped:
    a. Snapper. The snapper (Rule 2-27-8):
    1. May not move to a different position nor have any part of his body
    beyond the neutral zone;
    2. May not lift the ball, move it beyond the neutral zone or simulate the
    start of a play;
    3. May take his hand(s) off the ball, but only if this does not simulate the
    start of a play.
    b. Nine-Yard Marks.
    1. Each Team A substitute must have been between the nine-yard marks.
    Team A players who participated in the previous down must have been
    between the nine-yard marks after the previous down and before the next
    snap (A.R. 3-3-4-I).
    2. All Team A players must have been between the nine-yard marks after a
    charged team timeout, an injury timeout, a media timeout or the end of
    a period.
    Here is the specific rule.
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