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Illegal Bat (Batted Ball Rule)

What is Illegal Bat (Batted Ball Rule)?

A rule in the NFL that makes it illegal for any player to bat or punch a loose ball, which is one that is without possession after touching the ground, in any direction, if it is in either end zone.

Usually referred to as a batted ball or illegal bat or Rule 12, Section 4, Article 1(b).

Sporting Charts explains Illegal Bat (Batted Ball Rule)

In the event of this occurring the penalty is as follows:

"Penalty: For illegal batting or punching the ball: Loss of 10 yards. For enforcement, treat as a foul during a backward pass or fumble. If the foul is by the defense, it is an automatic first down."

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