Frequently Asked Questions
QUESTION: How come I can't punt when I am at the 45 yard line (or closer)?
ANSWER: When you are at the 45 yard line (or closer), you are within Field Goal range. So you have to send your field goal kicker out there - even if you think they may not be up to the task. 10 yards are added to the line of scrimmage to calculate Field Goal distance. A line of scrimmage at the 45 yard line translates into a 55 yard field goal attempt. Therefore, you have to slide your puck into the smallest field goal target in order for it to be "good." If you don't feel like your field goal kicker is up to the task, you can always GO FOR IT.
QUESTION: If a puck slide passes the -2 and -6 zones but ends up in the center circle area and not in a RUN or PASS target, how do I score that?
ANSWER: It should also be specified that a puck throw that comes up WAY short of the target area must be scored as either -2 or -6 depending on whether it was a RUN or PASS attempt. If the puck slide does pass the -2 or -6 threshold and it doesn't land in a target associated with a RUN or PASS, penalty, or turnover, then it has to be INCOMPLETE or NO GAIN - this includes missing to the right, left or over-shooting the target area.
QUESTION: What if a puck bounces off the wood and lands back in the target area - does that count?
ANSWER: No - "bouncies" do not count.
QUESTION: Are there any rules regarding where the puck has to be thrown from or how far you arm can extend on a throw?
ANSWER: The slider must remain on their end of the field. Puck slides must originate from anywhere within either the red or blue area and be a natural motion.
QUESTION: Is there a way to incorporate Kickoff Returns and Punt Returns for touchdowns?
ANSWER: To add this possibility to your game-play simply allow the player to start with a slide that has the potential of a kickoff return TD. The slide needs to be at a target that is super difficult to achieve. So....some folks are using the screw in the center of the circular kicking target area. If their puck slide stops with any portion of the screw appearing in the cross-hair window, they simply press the purple TOUCHDOWN button and the result is a kickoff return for a TD.
Now, depending on when you purchased your game board, some do not have a screw in their kicking target area. No worries! If you do not have a screw, use another similar-sized target like the "O" in the word GOAL that is also roughly in the center of the circular kicking target area. If any part of the "O" appears in your puck window - press the purple TD button...same result - a kickoff return TD.
The same method works for punt returns too. As originally conceived, all punts resulted in either a "fair catch" or a touchback. There were no punt returns. However, if you would like to incorporate the potential of a punt return for a TD, you can take the same approach. If the punt does not result in an automatic touchback, allow the player that receives the punt to slide a puck at the center screw or "O" in the circular kicking target area. If they get any portion of these in their cross-hair window, they press the purple TD button and the result is a punt return TD.
If the puck slide misses the screw or the "O", the puck is returned and play continues as normal.
QUESTION: Is there a way for the defense to decline a penalty?
ANSWER: It's midway through the game and you are on defense in a tied game. Your opponent has 3rd down and 5 yards to go when they hit the dreaded -5 penalty. Well, why give them another shot to replay 3rd down and potentially convert if you could decline the penalty and force them into a likely punt scenario on 4th and 5? To decline a penalty, all you have to do is tell your opponent you decline and press the NO GAIN button. There you have it - it's 4th and 5.
QUESTION: Do both players have to use the same number of defenders?
ANSWER: There have been quite a few questions about the defenders in Fozzy Football and I wanted to offer some insights that you may find helpful. First, one of the most common mistakes that I see new players make it using the defenders too soon. A good rule of thumb to follow is this; when a player is able to put 35+ points on the board in a 15 minute game, then they are ready to face a defense. Until that time, defenders should stay off the field.
Assuming your skill level has reached the point of needing defenders, the answer to how many should be placed on the field is something that you must agree to with your opponent. Usually 1, 2 or 3 is typical. You can use 4 but this really should be reserved for the most experienced and skilled players. Defenders can be reset on every new play. Additionally, only 1 defense is on the field at a time. The defenders must be placed in the green surface area. Geometry says that the most strategic place to place them is closest to the target area but there is nothing stopping you from placing them in more forward positions.
In terms of your puck slide, the smartest thing to do is to avoid the defenders completely. Slide the puck around or between them. I've yet to see someone be able to accurately deflect their puck off of the defenders with any consistency.
Here's the part that hopefully some of you will be able to take away and make Fozzy Football more enjoyable. In so many other games, when players are unevenly matched, the game ceases to be fun. I stopped playing Madden with my younger cousin for exactly that reason. In Fozzy Football, the game can be handicapped to rebalance the matchup. You can do this by allowing the less skilled player to use more defenders. For example, if you are an expert and you are playing a beginner, you may not use defenders at all when the beginner is on offense but you may be sliding against 3 defenders that you allow the beginner to place when you are on offense. This can rebalance an otherwise uneven matchup and restore the competitive spirit to your game.
QUESTION: Are the reviews on your website real?
ANSWER: Wow! What an awesome question! Yes, they are 100% real and a lot more of them should be coming soon. We recently added a "Review" widget on the website and it automatically reaches out to people that are Fozzy Football owners to ask them for their honest feedback. If you are asking how can the reviews be that great, I have a simple answer. If you are not totally ecstatic with your purchase, just let us know and we will either make it right or get you a refund.
QUESTION: How much does the complete set weigh?
ANSWER: Including the re-usable carrying box, the complete game set weighs approximately 13 pounds. The box is 42" long by 23" wide and 3.25" thick which is very easy to handle and can be conveniently stored.
QUESTION: Why are there 2 empty slots in the box with the puck and defenders?
ANSWER: The complete game set comes with 6 defenders; 3 red home team and 3 blue visiting team. However, if you are really good, some people may choose to optionally purchase 2 additional defenders; 1 red home team and 1 blue visiting team. If you choose to place 4 defenders on the field, the difficulty level is increased to a Championship-level of play. The two extra slots in the box are provided in case you choose to optionally purchase two additional defenders.
QUESTION: How do I care for the acrylic game surface to ensure consistent puck slides over time?
ANSWER: The game surface will be delivered already treated with a silicone spray specifically designed for shuffleboard surfaces. However, it will wear off over time with regular use. Typically, you will want to re-condition the game surface after approximately 20 game sessions. To keep your game surface evenly slick, it is recommended that you use the silicone spray available from the Fozzy Football online store. We've found this formula to work best for the game surface. A 12 oz. can comes with the complete game set. For best results, spray the silicone onto a microfiber cloth, let it dry for 2 minutes or so and then wipe down the game surface entirely. Re-apply as needed to maintain consistent play. If it goes on wet, it will hang up the puck from gliding smoothly. Not to worry - it will dry. It's good to keep a microfiber pad or towel around that you've previously sprayed with silicone. Even when wiping down the surface with a dry microfiber pad/towel, it can keep the puck slides gliding nicely.
QUESTION: Are there any leagues or events around me where I can see and play Fozzy Football?
ANSWER: At the present time, we do not have any sanctioned leagues but there is a tremendous opportunity to start one in your area...and we would love to work with you in supporting the process of establishing one. Future enhancements of the Fozzy Football mobile app will include features that will support league play.
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