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Touch Football Play Rules?
April 1, 2014 8:04 AM

I play a bit of football in the park with my friends, and it's not regulation NFL American Football or anything, but I'm curious if it's cool when going for a punt to start a game, a friend of mine likes to pull the ball at the last possible second. She says it's a big joke and my other friends laugh a bit too so maybe I'm just being too sensitive. Are there rules I can point her to showing this isn't allowed?
posted by RoundHeadedKid to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation around (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I don't know from rules, but just tackle her and kiss her sometime (or stop by her advice booth and kiss her there). She won't know what hit her.
posted by limeonaire at 9:40 PM on March 31, 2014

Ask her to have a signed document testifying that she will no longer pull the ball away.

And make sure it's notarized. IANYL.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 9:54 PM on March 31, 2014 [10 favorites]

An adult would probably be able to guide you toward a set of rules...if you can understand what they're saying.
posted by Kwine at 10:08 PM on March 31, 2014 [3 favorites]

It sounds like your friend is taking advantage of your trust, and your other friends are going along with it. You need someone who can help you with strategies to assert yourself. Check your memail; I know of a psychiatrist in the area who only charges 5c per session.
posted by kagredon at 10:47 PM on March 31, 2014 [17 favorites]

If all else fails, I suggest germ warfare. Get a dog to lick her.
posted by not_on_display at 11:01 PM on March 31, 2014 [7 favorites]

I'm sure she's as bored with the joke as you are. Just give it another go.
posted by klarck at 3:00 AM on April 1, 2014

Give the game a rest for awhile and before you know it, your friends will be asking you to come back. Meanwhile, find something else to do outdoors. Go fly a kite!
posted by carmicha at 6:23 AM on April 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

Maybe try your luck at baseball?
posted by maryr at 9:28 AM on April 1, 2014 [2 favorites]

You need to talk about this with your therapist.
posted by cmfletcher at 10:40 AM on April 1, 2014

Good grief! that's not a punt that's a field goal attempt or extra point try. no one, not even an attention deprived bully girl from down the street holds the ball for you on a punt. go see that therapist.
posted by OHenryPacey at 11:17 AM on April 1, 2014

Sounds to me like she's basically just a jerk -- maybe a good sock in the jaw and a firm "KNOCK IT OFF" will finally get the message through her block-head to quit f**king with you.
posted by davidmsc at 12:27 PM on April 1, 2014

RoundHeadedKid, I don't think showing her a rule book is going to make any difference. I know that having a ball pulled away from you can lead to feeling of insecurity. I have a blanket solution for that sort of problem which I'll be happy to share with you later. But this might give you some comfort in the meantime:

"Romans 12:19-20 - Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."
posted by Joey Michaels at 2:06 PM on April 1, 2014 [2 favorites]

Definitely not cool. You slip, you trip, you fall, and you could wind up really injuring that great pumpkin of yours!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 8:53 PM on April 1, 2014

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