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In American football, you can substitute as many players as you want as long as all your team members will equal to eleven. That is why it is important for you to know which ones to have when your team is playing as the offense or the defense team. Gridiron is a rough sport. So being a two-way player is not only impractical but inefficient too. The offensive team is the set of players who will try to make a touchdown. And when they do, they can try to earn extra points using their special teams. If you are in this team you could be:
- Quarterback- He is considered to be the field general who briefs the team of the offensive strategy while they’re in a huddle. The game ball begins once the quarterback receives the snap from the center player. Quarterbacks are assigned with the numbers 1-19.
- Running Back - The fastest players in the field which makes them very useful in a running play. However, due to this important role, he is more prone to injuries than any other player. That is why it is very important for the to find holes in the defense to avoid having knee injuries when they run into a defense line. They can be easily spotted with the numbers 20-49.
- Full Back - Most today’s formations seldom use this player but he can be a great aid for a running back. He is speedier than them so he can be a substitute to run the ball and score. If not he can be a short receiver or take the block of the first linebackers.
- Center- Positioned between two offensive guards, this player will start the ball through a snap. He can also act as a team leader who can pull together or instruct the other players of the offensive line.
- Offensive Guards- They are two of the biggest team members who are to block running and passing plays and mainly to tackle the defense’s quarterback.
- Offensive Tackle- These players can only handle the ball if they got it through a fumble. Otherwise, they can only guard or tackle speed rushers of the defenders. These players are numbered from 50-79.
- Wide Receiver- His role is to primarily catch the passes of the quarterback. There are two of them in common formations who position themselves at certain points in the field to make an opening for a pass. They can also act as blockers. However, most wide receivers plainly act as possession receivers, the one that catches the ball, or speed receivers the one that stretches the field coverage.
- Tight End- They are extra linemen who can be wide receivers by catching passes or act as blockers near the tackles. Tight ends are very useful substitutes for wide receivers during short-yardage.
Know your strengths if you plan to join the offensive team. Bear in mind that it is not only the quarterback that gets all the fame.
American football remains a crowd favorite no matter how rough and nasty it gets. The players alone already make the game so exciting. Some have brute strengths while others are so small you can’t believe they can run around the field like mice. Yet, no team can win the cup with pure strength and speed. Each of the players must possess agility, skills and of course- brilliant minds. The game sometimes gets too complex the spectators are utterly surprised at the outcome of events. The field lines alone can already get a newbie fan confused. But with these no-brainer beginner tips, good old American football can be understood with no sweat. Here’s how to get started:
The Basics. The game is started with a coin toss to determine who plays offense or defense. Each team should have eleven members. The composition of the offense and defense teams depends on the team’s strategy and the game situation. Like during short-yardage, the coach can choose to replace wide receivers with tight ends. If you notice the frequent change of players, that’s because each player is to perform a single special role. No one can play quarterback and offensive tackle at the same time. Thus, when the game plan changes so do the team players. Moreover, there is no limit in the number of substitutions which gives each team a chance to come up with different tactics.
The Teams. The offense will have four attempts (downs) to get the ball at least 10 yards towards the end zone. If the ball never advances after four downs or the offensive team manages to get a touchdown, the ball will change possessions. The defense team will have to try its best to tackle and block the player carrying the ball. They must figure out when and where the snap will occur so that they could easily sack the quarterback. However, as the other team is also equally able, a game of football becomes a chess-like team sport.
Scoring. Since football has its roots in the English rugby, the manner of scoring is almost the same. The touchdown is still the highest single score which is equal to six points. After a successful touchdown, the offense can gain extra points through a field goal where the ball is kicked at the opponent’s two-yard line. But if after the fourth down and a touchdown can’t be achieved, the offense can aim for a field goal which is equal to 3 points.
Quarters. Each quarter is equal to fifteen minutes. There is a 2-minute break at the end of the first and third quarters and a 12-minute break during half-time. If the teams are tied after initial playtime, they will be given a 15-minute overtime. The scores will go back to zero and the team that manages to get the most score wins.
See, football is easy like one, two and three. You can also try to read more about regulations and penalties. But in the meantime, why not get yourself a pizza and drink and have a grand time?