American football can seem like a bunch of guys repeatedly crushing into each other ,but until you understand some of the basics and you will eventually start to see the strategy involved.My family is a pretty big football fan. On the weekends we like to go out for food and watch the game ,but if were not going out we are proabaly at home.Almost the year we get together to watch the Super Bowl even if it isn't the team we are rooting for. It's actually kind of funny because the team that my dad and I go for our are the rivals that the rest of my family goes for.
How To Play:The Basics
How to hold the Ball: Start by gripping the ball with 2 hands by sing your hands on the ball with your index finger closest to the tip of the ball and above the laces.Then place your middle finger on the top of the white laces and also place your ring finger between the second and third laces. After that place your pinky finger between fourth and fifth laces from the back. Finally wrapped your thumb around the ball.
Stance. While preparing to throw the ball you have to be in the right stance. To do this you set both feet shoulder width apart and face the the target with non-throwing shoulder towards the target. Next you raise the ball to neck level and have the laces face away from your body. Finally maitain a firm grip on the ball.
Throwing the ball. To throw a ball you must raise the ball to your ear level ,bend your knees slightly and hunch your back. After that you will take about two steps back while maintaining the current sideways stance. Only to throw the ball you will take the non-throwing hand off the ball and left the ball behind your head. Then finally release and watch the ball fly.
Catching. To catch a football all you have to do is keep your eyes focused on the front of the ball.Catch the ball your fingers and not your palms.You should also catch the ball out in front of your body. Finally catch the front of the ball not the middle.
Quarterback: The leader of the team. He calls the plays in the huddles,yells the signals at the line of scrimmage and recevies the ball from the center.Then he hands off the ball to a running back,throws it to a receiver, or runs with it.
Center: The player who snaps the ball to the quarterback. He handles the ball on every play.
Running Back: A player who runs with the football.Running backs are also refered to as tailbacks,halfbacks and rushers.
Wide receiver: A player who uses his speed and quickness to elude and catch the football.Teams use as many as two to four wide receivers on every play.
Full Back:A player who's responsible for blocking for the running back and also for pass-blocking to protect the quarterback.Fullbacks who are bigger than running backs, or short yardage runners.
Tight End: A player who serves as a receiver and also as a blocker. This player lines of besides the offense taco to the right or the left of the quarterback.
Left or Right Guard: The inner two members of the offensive line, whose jobs are to block for and protect the quarterback and ball carries.
Left or Right Tackle: The outer to members of the offensive line.
Defensive End: The outer two members of the defensive line. Generally, their jobs are to overcome offensive blocking and meet in the backfield, where they combine to tackle the quarterback or ball carrier.On running plays to the outside, they're responsible for forcing the ball carrier either out of bounds or toward the pursuit of their defensive teammates.
Defensive Tackle: The inner two members of the defensive line, whose jobs are to maintain their positions in order to stop a running play or run through a gap in the offense of line to pressure the quarterback or disrupt the backfield formation
Linebaker: These players lineup behind the defense of linemen and are generally regarded as the team's best tacklers. Depending on the formation most teams employ either three or four linebackers on every play. Linebackers often have the dual role of defending the run and the pass.
Safety: these players who line up the deepest in the secondary-the last line of defense. There are free safeties and strong safeties, and they must defend the deep pass and the run.
Cornerback: players who line up on the wide parts of the field, generally opposite the offense of receivers.
Scoring is done by the team on offense. Their objective is to get the ball to the end zone of their opponent by either running or passing the ball down the field.
The team on offense has four downs to move the ball 10 yards forward. A down is basically an attempt to move the ball forward. If a team fails to advance 10 yards after four downs the ball is turned over to the opposing team.
On the fourth down, a team has the option to either attempt a field goal or a punt.A field goal is usually attended within 40 yards.
A game is divided into 4 quarters that last about 15 minutes each then there is a half Time break between the second and third quarter.
A game usually begins with a coin flip between the team captains. Whoever wins the coin flip chooses to either kick off or receive the opening kick off. The other team is given the same choice at the start of the second half.
A Touch down is worth 6 points and they get an extra point if they make the field goal at the end.
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