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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Catch Every Ball

There are three options available when preparing to catch a football with your hands. The first option, move your hands toward the football. This is the worst of the three options. When you move your hands toward a fast-moving football, you turn your hands into a virtual baseball bat. More than likely you will, at contact, repel the oncoming football and miss the catch.

The second option is to keep your hands still. It is not quite as bad as option one, but it still sets up a situation where your hands act like a backboard that could easily repel the football. Most football players catch this way. Teaching them to use their fingertips help, but it is not the best solution to the problem.

The third option, the one I recommend and seems to be instinctively used by most successful wide receivers who have been deemed to have “soft hands”. It is to move your hands slightly backwards, about a thumb to a middle fingers length, right before the ball makes contact with your hands. You create a basket like effect. For a short period of time your hands match the velocity of the football, in the same direction of course, and then slow down to secure the catch. It creates less chance for repelling the football and missing catches.

The motion is similar to those of a tennis player when an errant ball comes his way. He simply reaches out with his racket and catches the ball. It seems like the ball just sticks, almost magnetically, to the racket. However, it is the rapid acceleration and then deceleration of the hands that makes it work.

Clean Football Boots

Step 1: After you have come back home, loosen the laces and then remove the boots from your feet. Now, hold your boots and knock them with each other to remove the loose mud. Use a stiff brush to brush the sides of the boots.

Step 2: get a damp cloth and soak it in lukewarm water. Now, squeeze the cloth and then rub your boots with it to remove any mud from the shoes. Some mud may be stuck in the tiny grooves. You can remove it with a toothbrush.

Step 3: Get an old newspaper page and scrunch it up. Now, put it inside your boots before you store them for a long-term. This will help your boot stay in the same shape. Aside from this, the newspaper also helps your boots dry quickly as the paper will absorb water. Put your boots in a safe and dry place so that they don’t take much time to dry completely.

Step 4: Once your boots are dry, you can use a petroleum jelly or Vaseline to grease the studs. Another benefit of the petroleum jelly is that it will save the studs from rust increasing the lifespan of your shoes.

Step 5: to maintain the color of your football boots, you should make it a habit to polish them on a regular basis. After 24 hours, you can apply natural leather oil on your boots to save the leather from water damage.

Info of Fake Grass

This is because our bodies, especially our joints, aren’t meant to make the complex movements that the sport requires on a regular basis. Add this to the unforgiving natural grass surface that you glide across in cleats and you have a recipe for disaster. It only takes one step for your spikes to get caught in an uneven patch of grass and a number of nasty accidents and injuries can occur, such as hyperextended joints, sprained or broken ankles, and torn ligaments. Not only are you playing against your opponent but you are also rolling the dice against potential injury.

Natural grass fields look beautiful in person and on TV, but a close-up of the field itself during gameplay shows another story entirely. The turf is subjected to 22 sets of cleats that continuously dig into it through any given play, along with repeated changes in weather, temperature and humidity. A field can be left unrecognizable after the game, looking more like a baseball diamond than a green, lush football field. An uneven, patchy surface is one of the reasons many players become injured, due to potholes or dirt clods.

When the weather is undesirable, the field is the first to suffer. With a torrential downpour of rain comes a vast collection of small puddles or, in some unfortunate cases, large ponds. Snow can also freeze the soil so that it feels like cement, and extreme heat can dry the grass to the point that it’s a little reminiscent of flaky woodchips. Ultimately, this creates an altogether unsafe environment for people to play on.

However, there is a fantastic alternative to organic grass in the form of synthetic turf. It boasts several advantages to the real thing, including the ability to choose the color and height of each blade of grass. No longer will grass look too long, too short or too brown. There is no need for any kind of watering and, because it won’t retain water, irritating puddles are a thing of the past.

Original AstroTurf products manufactured decades ago were made of a hard plastic substance that was much less forgiving than the real thing, but fake grass is now much better designed to cushion falls. Artificial turf is made of plastic and simply laid on top of a layer of sand and rubber. The underlying surface of modern synthetic turf is made of rubberized beads, so players have extra absorbance during contact. Plastic offers more friction, as well as better traction and stability for your cleats. This means that you will be able to move slightly faster and make more precise cuts when playing the game.

Basics of Football

Today I will be breaking down the basics to understanding football in order to provide a basis of knowledge for those casual fans who are interested in learning more about the game. Although the experienced football fan may already know much of this information, everyone forgets things from time to time so you never know what you could learn from reviewing the basics.

Part 1: Breaking down the display screen
In this part I will be describing the display screen and what each section on the screen is indicating when watching a football game on television or in person. These indicators may seem insignificant to the casual fan but in reality they are very important for understanding what situation is taking place. In short, they give context to the action on the field.

The first and most basic indicators that we need to discuss are scoreboard and clock. These 2 components usually appear together and are exactly what they sound like which is a display of both the home and away teams score along with the time left in the current quarter. There are 4 quarters in a football game that are sometimes followed by overtime (OT) if a winner is not decided by the end of the 4th quarter. When a quarter begins the clock starts winding down until it runs out of time which signals the end of one quarter and the beginning of the next. The scoreboard should always display the away team first and the home team second whether that’s from left to right or top to bottom. Timeouts may also be shown next to each teams score either by a number or several other style of indicator dependent on the individual game.

The next important indicator will be down and yards to gain. In the NFL the offense is given 4 downs to produce a first down and reset the process. A first down is 10 yards from the last first down spot. That means if I started at my own 10 yard line and picked up a first down by running to my own 21 yard line I would still need to reach my own 31 yard line on the next set of downs to receive another first down. Even though the offense is given 4 downs to produce a first down most teams decide to punt on the 4th down in order to give themselves better field position and defend against the opponent’s offense.