As we all know, some lower leagues are experimenting with kick-ins from
the touch line, presumably an attempt to increase scoring by changing the
way a ball is brought in.
But there may be a better way of achieveing that goal, and I'm watching
it today in the American college tournament. Each touch line is manned
by about 3 ball boys, each of whom are carrying a replacement ball. As
soon as the ball comes out of bounds, the ball boy gives a player a new
ball, and he promptly tosses that in.
This 1) keeps the ball in play a greater proportion of the game, and 2)
counteracts the defensive technique of knocking the ball far out of
bounds, buying time for the defense to get set up while the attacking
team waits for the game ball. There should be an increase in scoring
opportunities with this system, and with a minimal change in how the game
So, what are your thoughts, experts??
UC Davis School of Law