You may not have realized that the NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick competition is still around, but it is, and the second and final New Castle County event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Springer Middle School on Shipley Road in Wilmington. Another Delaware qualifier is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Laurel High School in Sussex County.
Boys and girls between 6 and 15 years old can still register at www.nflppk.com. The competition is divided into five age categories based on the child’s age on Dec. 31 of this year. Proof of age is required. There is no charge to participate, but each boy or girl can only register for one competition. Parents are encouraged to check to make sure that participation in PPK does not affect eligibility in other sports during the school year.
As for the actual event, you know the drill: Each participant is allowed one punt, one pass and one kick. Accuracy is measured as well as distance. So if you punt the ball 30 yards (90 feet), but it is eight yards (24 feet) to the right of the measuring tape, the score is 66. The cumulative total is the participant’s final score.
The top finisher in each boys’ and girls’ division at each local competition advances to the sectional round.
Be sure to be at the venue on time. The Springer competition begins at 9 a.m., while the one in Laurel kicks off at 6 p.m. They are held rain or shine unless there is threatening or dangerous weather.
More details and rules are available at www.nflppk.com.
Who knows, you could end up like the guy in the video.