Definitions for lateral pass
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a pass in football thrown parallel to the line of scrimmage or backward from the position of the passer.
Origin of lateral pass:
lateral pass, lateral(noun)
a pass to a receiver upfield from the passer
a pass thrown laterally and that counts as a hand-off
any hand-off, whether lateral or backward
In American football, a lateral pass or lateral, officially backward pass, occurs when the ball carrier throws the football to any teammate behind him or directly next to him. A lateral pass is distinguished from a forward pass, in which the ball is thrown forward, towards the opposition's end zone. In a lateral pass the ball is not advanced, but unlike a forward pass a lateral may be attempted from anywhere on the field by any player to any player at any time. While the forward pass is an invention of the North American game, the lateral and backward pass is also a part of rugby union and rugby league, where such passes are the norm. Compared to its use in rugby, laterals and backward passes are less common in North American football, due to a much greater focus on ball control in American football strategy; they are most commonly used by the quarterback, after taking the snap, to quickly transfer the ball a short distance to a nearby running back on a rushing play. Laterals are also often seen as part of a last-minute desperation strategy or as part of a trick play.
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