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.

Football Players of All Time

Pele: The Brazilian star was one of the strong reasons for his country’s World Cup victories back in those days. He was only 17 years old when he helped Brazil win their first World Cup in 1958. He was also a part of the World Cup winning Brazilian side in 1962 and 1970. He is the all-time top scorer for Brazil and has scored 1281 goals in all competitions. He used to play for Brazilian club Santos.

Diego Maradona: The Argentine rose to fame in an era when brutally injuring an opponent player was not an unpardonable sin. The reason why Maradona is considered one of the best players in the world is he successfully overcame all these obstacles with his skills. He came to prominence in World Cup 1986 and guided his country to victory. His second goal against England in the quarter-final is considered the best goal of the century. However, his first goal in the same match also made him infamous in the eyes of some football critics and people of England.

Lionel Messi: Today, almost everyone in this world knows his name and convinced of his capability on the field. He is one of the key members of both Argentina national team and Spanish club Barcelona. The striker has created history for both his country and club. He controls the ball like a magician and can change the style of his natural play if situation demands. Though he hasn’t bagged any crucial victory for Argentina, he is considered one of the most treasured players in his team.

Cristiano Ronaldo: He is one of those players who have grown over years. Whenever he was criticized for his performance, he has silenced the critics with his commendable skill. He has left no stone unturned to prove it times and again why he is called one of the best players in the world. The winning member of Euro 2016 and the UEFA Champions League 2016, is one of those important players in the star-studded Real Madrid. The Portugal national team captain has helped his club reach its new heights. The striker is also famous for his regular involvement into charity work.

Leader Of The Pack

The young Rodgers enjoyed watching football games with his family. Since he grew up in northern California, he grew up wanting to become like one of the 49ers. His father was the one who taught him how to play football and all his life, he wanted to become a football player. Aaron Rodgers didn’t begin his career with a blast. He wasn’t noticed immediately after high school, even if he was a star and an A-grade student in his local school. His football skills improved further in college and he was eventually noticed by the Division I schools. During his college freshman year, he had an amazing record of 26 touchdowns.

Everybody thought that Rodgers would eventually be taken by the 49ers after college, but the Green Bay Packers were the ones who took him in. Since Rodgers’ first day with the Packers, he proved his worth as a quarterback to the team. The formidable and determined Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers to win Super Bowl XLV. He was also named as Super Bowl MVP at that time. Last year, he was the Associated Press Athlete of the Year and was one of the career leading passers with a rating of 104.1 and a post-season rating of 105.5. Rodgers, to this day, is still one of the leading NFL quarterbacks and one of the most highly paid NFL stars.

Like many other highly paid athletes, Aaron Rodgers also supports charities. Though he doesn’t have a charity named after him, he is actively involved with the MACC Fund or the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund. When asked about what the secret of his success is, he would simply attribute it to his unwavering faith in God. He is never ashamed to talk about his Christianity. Aaron Rodgers can be considered as a simple man outside of the field. This is most probably one of the reasons why his fans love him so much.

Nutrition for Soccer Players

Cut back on processed foods

It is beneficial to restrict the intake of processed foods and instead eat a well-balanced and healthy diet that consists of high fiber carbohydrates, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Eat the rainbow

Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables at mealtime to increase the ability to introduce more vitamins and minerals to the diet. The widest range of colors is a best option. Plus, this is a great way to show young soccer players that eating healthy can be fun and colorful.

Healthy fats

The right kinds of fat can be heart-healthy. Any healthy diet can benefit from a varied range of healthy fats, such as flaxseed oil, fish, avocado, seeds, natural nut butters and olive oil. About 20 to 35{ee387550b0b13752803d6c8b3b54b3af78b97dc82860c443ba586895c5a44f67} of your calorie intake should come from healthy fats.

Breakfast every day

A great way to jump-start the metabolism for the day is by eating a healthy breakfast. A couple of the great breakfast options to fuel the body include muesli which is packed with fruits and whole grain to provide slow-burning energy, while oatmeal is a further option that is rich in carbohydrates.

Stay hydrated

Stay hydrated to keep your body running smoothly. Any signs of dehydration can have a significant impact on your ability to maintain your performance while playing. Ideally, you should drink about 3 liters of water, green tea or other non-caloric beverages every day.

Post-workout recovery

After completing a workout, make sure to eat a post-workout shake or meal that is rich in both protein and carbohydrates.

Perform a Kickoff

Pretty obvious one; you need to place the ball on the kickoff tee. Easy enough, right? When you set it up on the tee, you want to make sure that the ball is relatively straight up and down; you do not want much of an incline. If you have the ball straight up, there is a better chance that you will get height on your kick as well as distance. If you set the ball down with an incline, you may get more power behind the kick, but the kick will end up being a line drive, which may be fine for a field goal, but on a kickoff you want more of a loft. There should not be much of a problem getting the ball to stay unless there is a strong wind.

Take your steps, which you should have prepared before you go to do the actual kickoff. Starting with your plant foot next to the ball, take a certain amount of steps back and to a side so that you can feel comfortable and build up power approaching the ball. Personally, being a lefty I choose to take nine steps back and 5 steps to the right. A righty should obviously be taking their steps to the left after the steps back. The steps you will be taking are not normal walking steps; you want to extend your strides for the steps a little because when you approach the ball you will almost be at a run, which are longer strides than walking. Once you think you have the right steps for you, make sure that you can approach the ball with your steps intact. Meaning you can approach the ball fluidly and have your steps end with your plant foot right beside the ball.

Once you have your steps ready and you are back waiting to kick, you become the coach of the field. It is your responsibility to look around at your teammates on the field and address anything that needs to be corrected. The third step of a kickoff is to make sure everyone is in the right place and your team is ready for the kick. Examples of this could be making sure that everyone on your kick off team is onsides, making sure you have the correct amount of people on the field, and making sure everyone is on the side of the field that they are supposed to be on (to the left and right of you). Failing to recognize any of these could lead to a penalty against your team, and needless to say this is not the goal. The final part of this process is somewhat optional, some teams do it and some do not, but when everyone is lined up and appears to be ready, you will look to your right and scream “ready on the right?” and then look to your left and scream “ready on the left?”, this lets them know that it is show time.

The shortest and possibly most important, becoming mentally prepared. This will make or break your kick. Once your steps have been taken, you only have a couple of seconds before the ref signals that it is your time to kick, and then you have no choice but to go. If you are nervous or panic during those seconds, you are going to ruin your kick. You need to be confident that your kick is going to go well, as corny as it sounds, think positive thoughts. Those few seconds will feel like an hour, take advantage of it. I have found that taking a nice deep breath is a great way to become centered in and relaxed right before starting the approach to the ball. The deep inhale in a way just blocks out all the outside noise and clears your mind, which prevents you from overthinking your situation. When you become zoned in and mentally prepared, you will be ready to kick.

The kickoff is the approach to the ball. When you are back ready to kick the ball and have made sure that everyone is where they are supposed to be, you can finally begin the kick process. When you start the approach, you want to start slowly at a slow jogging pace, some people actually prefer walking steps; choose whichever is more comfortable for you. You will maintain this slow pace for the first couple steps, but once you get closer to the ball, you will have to increase your speed, therefore building the momentum. The more momentum you can build while approaching the ball, the farther your kick will go. Make sure your steps are in nice fluid movement so you are not caught stutter stepping to try to fix your steps and losing all kicking momentum.

Knee Braces for Football

There is much controversy concerning the effectiveness of wearing braces for protection following a knee injury or used as a preventative piece of equipment just like shoulder pads, helmets and chest protectors.

New knee braces like the Bledsoe NZONE have been designed specifically for football, addressing both the functional aspect of a knee brace and as a shock absorbing knee protector.

DonJoy has had much success with its DonJoy Armor Extreme, providing a rigid framed brace for ACL protection. The DonJoy custom Defiance is worn by a number of all-pro and super bowl quarterbacks in the NFL, to protect past ACL surgeries or simply for protection.

The Breg Fusion XT has provided superior support for a number of professional athletes in football and other sports.Although the functional mechanisms of all of these braces from the different manufacturers are the same, there are certain differences between the brands that differentiate one over the other.A healthcare professional, coach or trainer that is experienced with many of the most popular brands can help make the determination for which brace is best for a particular football player.

Some knee braces are more effective and wearable for wide receivers vs. ones that are better for defensive backs.An experienced company whether brick and mortar or online company can assist the athlete, coach or trainer in choosing the right brace for his player.

Whichever brace is chosen, it is up to the player to determine its comfort and fit, and if there are issues with the brace during activity. If the brace slides down the leg while running, that can pose a serious issue during a game.

The ultimate decision on wearing a knee brace should come down to the physician’s recommendation with the cooperation and support of the coaches and trainers. They understand the anatomy, the injury type and support level needed to protect the football player. This will ensure that the athlete receives the best knee brace for their particular injury.

All about Semi-Professional Football

The first year team for the Vermont Ice Storm in the New England Football League is made up of players who love football so much that they pay to play semi-pro football. In fact, all the players on the Vermont Ice Storm has had to purchase their own football equipment, contribute a player fee (in order to make sure they don’t have to pay extra for a team uniform) and they also have to pay for traveling expenses for getting to all practices and to all away games. Over the course of a season, the financial burden can be substantial.

Professional football was developed in the 1890s in Pennsylvania when local athletic clubs Played in intense competition. Former Yale football star William “Pudge” Heffelfinger became the first-ever pro football player when he was hired by the Allegheny Athletic Association to play in a game against their rival, the Pittsburgh Athletic Club in November 1892. By 1896, the Allegheny Athletic Association was made up entirely of paid players. As football became more and more popular, local semi-pro and pro teams were organized across the country. semi-pro football was the precursor to pro football. Why did they come up with the semi-pro football name? When we look at the history of this level of football it tells us that some name was needed to differentiate this type of football from high school, college, and pro football. A few traveling players, wandering the country in search of games to play in, were paid small amounts (usually under the table) to make local, small town teams look better and win.

In the 1910s professional football proved itself a viable spectator sport with the forming of The Ohio League. Canton was the premiere team featuring the legendary decathlete and football star Jim Thorpe. Thorpe was an international star who brought football to a new level. He won a gold medal in the in the decathlon in Stockholm in 1912. Thorpe and the Canton team drew big crowds and created a market for professional football in Ohio and beyond.

At the NFL’s Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, there is reference made to the “Watertown Red and Black” football team being the “first pro football team in America. ” So Watertown was the first ever paid football team. Today Watertown Red and Black is a powerful semi-pro team with a fine history behind it. It is a member of the Empire Football League with the Vermont Ice Storm being one of its opponents.