Instructions for Kids on How to Play Football
Getting your kids prepared to play football goes beyond acquiring the football helmets, jerseys, and pads. Take the time to teach your kids the basics of the game and maybe someday you'll watch them on Monday Night Football!
To win, or even to enjoy watching football, you need to know the rules. Kids can play football just for fun, but rules make the game fair for both sides.
Create a football team. Football usually is played between two teams with 11 players playing for each at a time, with substitutes on the sideline. Sometimes, teams are smaller. This is OK as long as each team has the same amount of players on the playing field. The team that has the football is the "offense." The team that is trying to stop the offense from scoring is called the "defense."
Measure your football field. An official field is 100 yards long. The grass will be marked at each yard so you know where on the field you are. When playing just for fun, many kids use a regular backyard or park and do not worry about how long it is.
Set up a clock or wristwatch to time the game. In official football games, like the Super Bowl, there are four quarters and each quarter is only 15 minutes long. When playing just for fun, many football players do not even worry about the time.
Choose the player positions. Everyone needs to have a role so they know what to do when the game starts. The center is the one who snaps the football between his legs to the quarterback. The quarterback then throws or hands the ball to another player at the beginning of the play. The quarterback hands the football to a running back for a running play. Guards and tackles protect the player with the football from being tackled by the other team. Wide receivers and ends are football players who run downfield to catch the ball from the quarterback if it's a passing play.
To start the game, one team kicks the football to the other team. After receiving the ball and running with it until either scoring or being stopped, the offense sets up as assigned in Step 4. The offense then runs toward the other team and tries to get its player with the football into the end of the field before he's tackled. This part of the field is called the end zone. If a player gets to the end zone, it is called a touchdown and the player's team gets six points. If the team doesn't advance 10 yards or punt (a kind of kick) the ball to the other team, the other team gets the ball. If a team gets a touchdown, it kicks through the goal posts for one extra point or uses a running or passing play to try for two extra points. Then it kicks the ball to the other team and the other team goes on offense.
Try flag football. It is just like regular football, but you wear flags hanging from your pants or pockets. A flag could be a rag, towel or strip of cloth. Instead of tackling another player, you try to pull their flag out to stop him. This is safer than tackle football and may be more fun to play if you are afraid of being tackled.
Clock or watch
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