Basics of American Football

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Basics of American Football

  1. 2. <ul><li>One of Americans’ favorite sports </li></ul><ul><li>American Football ≠ Soccer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offensive goals: carry and throw ball, not much kicking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defensive goals: keep other team from scoring…tackle them </li></ul></ul>= Correct!!! = Incorrect!
  2. 3. <ul><li>Anyone can play as long as they have a ball and a field to play in </li></ul><ul><li>Official play can be organized around </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children’s teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Powder-puff teams (generally for girls) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High School or Middle School Teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>College Teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Teams </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>You can play whenever you want </li></ul><ul><li>College teams </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular Season: Late August to late November </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bowl Games: December and January </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional teams </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular Season: Fall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post Season: January </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>You can play in a field for fun </li></ul><ul><li>Official play happens in a stadium </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Kickoff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To start the game </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kicker kicks ball to opposing team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decides where you start your Offensive Drive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Offensive: Score, Score, Score! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Run, Pass, or Kick the Ball to the End Zone to Score </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 downs (turns) to go 10 yards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Defensive: Get the ball back! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevent offensive from going 10 yards in 4 downs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intercept the ball </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tackle another player (especially the Quarter Back) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a turnover </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Get the ball to the End Zone </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Touchdown for 6 points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extra points </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kick between goal posts for 1 point </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Run into End Zone again for 2 points </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Field goal (Kick between goal posts) 3 points </li></ul></ul>

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