Running back Chris Johnson of the East Carolina Pirates (#5) receiving the handoff and rushing the ball during the 2007 Hawaii Bowl

In American football, a handoff is the act of handing the ball directly from one player to another, i. e. without it leaving the first player's hands.[1] Most rushing plays on offense begin with a handoff from the quarterback to another running back. The biggest risk with any hand-off is the chance of fumble on the exchange.[2] A hand-off can occur in any direction. Sometimes called a "switch" in touch football. Alternately spelled without the hyphen; i.e., "handoff".


  1. ^ "The Quarterback's Stance, Drop Back, and Hand Off".
  2. ^ Schaeffer, Jeffrey W. (2003). Football the Basics: Strategies and Techniques. ISBN 9781412005128.