A catch occurs when a forward pass is completed (by the offense) or intercepted (by the defense) and a player who is inbounds...

  1. secures control of the ball in his hands or arms prior to the ball touching the ground and;
  2. touches the ground inbounds with both feet or with any part of his body other than his hands and;
  3. maintains control of the ball after (a) and (b) have been fulfilled, until he has the ball long enough to clearly become a runner. A player has the ball long enough to become a runner when, after his second foot is on the ground, he is capable of avoiding or warding off impending contact of an opponent, tucking the ball away, turning up field, or taking additional steps.