Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education


American football has undergone many significant changes since its first recorded game between Rutgers and Princeton in 1869. Once change has been the growth in the importance of the forward pass to the offense. Rockne cites the year 1912 as a turning point of the growth in popularity of football. It was during this year that the Rules Committee removed many of the restrictions against the forward pass and made more definite the penalties against interfering with the receiver. Rockne states that this increase in the popularity of football is due “entirely to the open game, to the increase of the versatility of the offense, and to the perfection of the technique of the forward pass.” In order to have a functional pass attack, a good passer, pass protection, and receivers who can catch the football, are necessary. Of the afore mentioned three, Fuoss feels that the receiving phase is the most important factor in a potent passing offense. Men who have been associated with the coaching profession know that the passer can be great, the receiver fast, and the pass protection perfect, but is the receiver cannot catch the football, the passing game fails. Much has been written about developing the quarterback. McKinley agrees that developing a quarterback is important, but states, “that a quarterback is only as good as the receivers to whom he is throwing.” The ability of a receiver to catch a football depends on certain physical qualities. If a select number qualities could be identified, it would be of value to coaches for predicting the success of their receivers on the basis of these traits. Knowing what qualities a good pass receiver possesses would also be of value to college and professional coaches in their recruitment programs. The present study was directed toward investigating the relationship of selected anatomical measurements and motor responses to forward pass catching ability in football. The purpose of this investigation was to study the relationship between forward pass catching ability in football and the qualities of grip strength, hand size, kinesthetic perception, peripheral vision, depth perception, and hand reaction time. Hand-eye coordination, agility, and leg power.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Passing (Football)



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South Dakota State University