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APBA Football 101 (Punt & Return)
Explained the designation codes for the team’s primary punter and return team’s primary and secondary return specialist. Demonstrated a punt and how to read the applicable board to know the distance of the punt, identify return specialist and determine return yardage, if applicable.
APBA Football 101 (Third Down & Long Situation)
Demonstrated how to substitute to a “Three-Wide Receiver” set on a third down and long situation. I removed my fullback, Bruce Miller, and inserted my backup wide receiver, Randy Moss, into the 011 position. Verified San Francisco’s offensive points did not change with the substitution. Observed how intended receiver’s grade raised the offensive index for this play.
Can the Dolphins put together a time-consuming drive to put this game away?
AFL Player of the Week (November 27 – 30)
Revision to Pass Interference Rule
My good friend and fellow APBA Football guru, Mr. Denny Hodges, identified the below flaw in the pass interference penalty rule during his 1966 NFL replay yesterday.
- Regarding the TDTH play, suppose the play starts at the 18 and goes 82 yards for the TD, are we to assume the pass went the 82 yards in the air?
- Or if its 40 yards and a TDTH on a screen pass? How do you handle situations like that?
- I just had the aforementioned scenario, a medium pass go TDTH for 82 yards, and I used the instructions as if it were incomplete rather than award a FD at the 1 with an 81-yard penalty, am I wrong on this?
We both realized this was an unrealistic scenario and decided to come up with a joint solution that we will use in our current replays. Here it is:
Short Pass – Use board result yardage, however, if greater than 12-yards, limit to 12-yards and automatic first down. For TDTH, limit to 25-yard penalty and automatic first down.
Medium Pass – Use board result yardage, however, if greater than 24-yards, limit to 24-yards and automatic first down. For TDTH, limit gain to 35-yards and automatic first down.
Screen Pass – Use board result yardage, however, if greater than 5-yards, limit to 5-yards and automatic first down. Ignore TDTH penalty, treat as a 5-yard penalty and automatic first down.
Long Pass – Use board result yardage, however, if greater than 41 yards, limit to 41-yards and automatic first down. For TDTH, limit to 60-yards and automatic first down.
Long Pass Demo
My original attempt was to demonstrate a “Long Pass” play, however, a “Pass Interference” penalty occurred on the play. This video now provides an alternative for identifying which team was penalized and how to execute a “Pass Interference” penalty.
At the end of the video, I talk about declining the penalty and accepting the TD…this is for when the board result is a “TDTH”.
I just want to remind folks who are replaying seasons prior to 1974 that offensive holding, illegal use of hands, and tripping penalties were 15-yard violations. These penalties were reduced to 10-yards in 1974.
NFL Player of the Week (7-8 Oct)
Custom 1960 Style Fields
I recently picked up my 1960 style fields from my local sign shop. These classic football fields were created by Mr. Art Hall. Art has created several college conferences (Big Ten, WAC, Conference USA, etc) and all of the AFL and NFL fields from the 60s. In addition, he has created numerous NFL fields from 1970 through the 1990s. Each image created chronicles the changes of each franchises field over the decades. Outstanding effort!!
I emailed Art and briefly explained my intentions of transforming his fields into APBA style football fields for an upcoming replay of mine. Upon his return from a hunting excursion, he converted all requested fields into PDF format and posted them on a Media Fire account for me. Art went out of his way to assist me and I couldn’t be more appreciative.
Below I have posted an image of Shea Stadium and Fenway Park. If you look closely you can see that the goal posts are positioned in the back of the end zones. This is not historically correct, up until 1974; all goal posts were placed on the goal line. This error is not Art’s doing, all of his fields come without goal posts. The programmer at my local sign shop evidently took Art’s fields and cropped them onto the existing template used for my modern fields. For one, the young gentleman wasn’t aware of who the Los Angeles Rams were, need I say more. However, the main reason that I went through so many prototypes was to determine the exact size the field had to be for the APBA style first down marker to be exact. So this is the primary reason for the historical inaccuracy, I hope Art doesn’t hold it against me.