Figured this week with college bowl season and NFL playoffs just around the corner it would be good time to look at the High School definition of a catch. This in my opinion is a rule the NFL and college to a lesser extent have really muddied up as of late.
ART. 1 ... A catch is the act of establishing player possession of a live ball which is in flight, and first contacting the ground inbounds while maintaining possession of the ball or having the forward progress of the player in possession stopped while the opponent is carrying the player who is in possession and inbounds.
ART. 2 ... Catching is always preceded by touching the ball; thus, if touching causes the ball to become dead, securing possession of the ball has no significance.
ART. 3 ... A simultaneous catch or recovery is a catch or recovery in which there is joint possession of a live ball by opposing players who are inbounds.