This may be a stupid question but in the rules it says this:
“4 . There must be a ‘clean exchange’ of the football. The quarterback must hand off, pitch or throw the ball before it can cross the line of scrimmage.”
So does that mean before someone can run the ball past the line or does that mean before any down field pass can be thrown also?
I assume you can throw a down field pass without a pitch or handoff, but I’m still confused. I mean the down field pass counts as the clean exchange right?
Jesus I think I’ve gone full blown retard.[/quote]
First off, let me just say that it is an honor that someone actually took the time to go to the 6-man website.
So, enough ass kissing.
Basically, that rule is just legal speak for saying that the person taking the snap from center cannot run with the ball.
The QB can pass, but he can’t run unless another player takes a clean exchange first.
In other words -
Let’s take a normal QB draw, or a QB sweep in 11-man. For the sixw man version, someone has to have possession of the ball before giving it to the QB to make a rush.
Usually, this is handled by positioning the QB BEHIND two up-backs, having one of the up-backs receive the snap and lateraling the football back to the QB. From that position, the QB can either run or throw.
It is not nearly as confusing as it sounds. I watched my first 6-man game 10 seasons ago and have been the statistician for our high school team ever since. It is a very addicting game.
In fact, most of the spread formations in 11-man can trace their roots back to the lowly 6-man version of God’s Game.