I've been thinking about the Single Point and all that it means to the CFL- it is definately a unique aspect of our game and one that we shouldn't lose. However I believe that it can be MODIFIED to make it a little more exciting for the kicking game.
Currently, the kicking team is awarded the single point if the the ball goes through the endzone on a punt, kickoff or missed field goal attempt. The single point is also awarded if a player on the receiving team touches the ball while going out of bounds on the side of the endzone. As well, the single point is awarded if a receiver concedes the single point after the missed field goal, punt into the endzone or kickoff into the endzone. I believe the rationale is for the receiving team to "give some and get some", where the team gives up a single to get the ball on the 35 or the last point of scrimmage in the case of a field goal if it is farther than the 35.
I would like to see the single point awarded ONLY if the kicking team concedes the point in the endzone and if the place kicker kicks it THROUGH the endzone touched or untouched by a receiving player ONLY on a kickoff (this awards a great kick by the kicker). This would put more onus on punters and placekickers to PLACE the ball into the endzone for the possible game winning point rather than get the free point for just kicking it through. This would award placement of the ball, rather than give the free point for a miss (on a field goal) or punting it through the endzone from the 20 yard line to win a game.
Wouldn't it be more exciting for a placekicker or punter to have to place the ball in the endzone on the last play of the game and force a return or kick out by the receiving team?
I e-mailed George Black on CFL.ca and this was his reply:
"We have discussed changes to the single point several times at Rules Committee in the last few years, but they have chosen to leave it alone. Your rationale is interesting but based on recent experience would not get support from the clubs."
I am looking for some grassroots discussion to happen here and on other cfl forums. If there is enough interest, I will explore somehow taking it to the rules committee in the off season for discussion there. I think it's worth a try.