Block in the back

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In gridiron football, a block in the back is an action in which a blocker contacts a non-ballcarrying member of the opposing team from behind and above the waist. The foul is called when the area blocked is between the shoulder pads.[1] It is against the rules in most leagues, carrying a 10-yard penalty.[2]

Most violations occur on punt and kick returns when players come to help returners and fail to get a proper angle to block the opponent.


  1. ^ "Football Glossary". Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Beacom, Mike. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Football.