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Whether you play football competitively or just for fun, parks offer a great place to play. Be sure you can use the grassy area you've chosen to play on. Start your own flag football game today at a park near you.
Perfect for a rainy day, fieldhouses offer a place to play football inside and on an artificial turf. In fieldhouses, you can train like the pros with football equipment. Check football stadiums for non-competitive leagues and camps.
Football pads, helmets, shoes and more can be found at most sporting goods stores. If you are in a football league, make sure you know what position you'll be playing and what equipment your team requires.
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American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is one of the most popular sports with an enormous fan base. Boys tend to start playing little league football in elementary school, then join junior varsity then varsity teams in high school. Only the most dedicated and talented go on to play college football, and even fewer make it to the NFL. A football field is 360 by 160 feet. There are 11 defensive players and 11 offensive players on the field at one time. At least seven players must line up on the line of scrimmage on every offensive play. The other players may line up anywhere behind the line. There are four 15-minute quarters with half-time occurring between the 2nd and 3rd quarter, though games often last longer than 3 hours, especially when broadcast on television.
Strength, power, agility and speed are crucial elements to a football training regimen. Medicine balls are great training tools for re-creating throws in football. Make sure you do them when you are fresh, before a weight training session. Pick a ball that is heavy enough to challenge you without slowing you down. Focus on speed without forgetting technique. When throwing overhead, make sure you keep your abs engaged to prevent hyperextending your spine. When strength training, focus on major muscles and multi-joint exercises rather than isolating single muscles like body builders. To train your fast-twitch muscle fibers, lift heavy weights and rest 3-6 minutes between sets so that you can lift heavy weights again during the next set. Strength is important, but only a foundation to power. You must train for power by doing plyometrics, ballistics and isometric exercises. Speak with a coach to help you train for the combine and make the most out of your 40 yard dash. You can easily drop a tenth of a second off of your time with a few tips on technique.
Flag football is based on American football and is extremely popular at colleges and universities. The rules are basically the same, but instead of tackling, players must pull a flag from the waist of other players. There are either 9, 8, 7, 5 or 4 players per team. Players also don't wear padding or helmets, so it is easier and less expensive to just put together a team and a game.
In order to prevent football injuriers, you must include a warm-up, a cool-down and stretching with before and after every football game or practice session. Warm-ups should include an activity that increases your heart rate to about 60% of your maximum heart rate, followed by gentle stretches to prepare your muscles for the workout. Stretching should be done at the end of a football game or practice session while your muscles are very warm from increased blood flow. Hold each stretch for about 20-30 seconds before moving to the next stretch. Cool-downs should last about 5 minutes and gradually bring your heart rate down. Pay special attention to stretching and strengthening your calves, quads and hamstrings. Ankle circles and thera-band exercises are good for your ankles to prevent sprains. If you have any discomfort, that area should be iced immediately after your workout for 10 minutes.
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