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Heeeey, my friends and I are pretty big fans of blue mountain state (god daaaamn hilarious :lol: ), and it's kind of getting us interested in american football. Can someone give me a quick summary of the position and rules? We'd quite like to get playing, it looks like rugby with more tackles, which appeals to me.

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Yeah great contribution thanks man <_< . I was hoping for a quicker summary with less useless facts like the size of pitches and junk. Also, I'd rather not have to go between 20 links to learn about each subtopic.


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The only thing better you could do to learn I'd say is watch a few games with someone who knows what's going on and ask them questions when you're confused.


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I like that idea but nobody over here knows it at all, it's really quite unwatched and I've never actually seen it on tv, except for the superbowl.


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uhmm....as with any other sport, its hard to explain in words without pictures how the rule goes/plays work/player positions etc.


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Yeah great contribution thanks man <_< . I was hoping for a quicker summary with less useless facts like the size of pitches and junk. Also, I'd rather not have to go between 20 links to learn about each subtopic.

I apologize for not particularly wanting to spend half an hour writing an essay on the basics of football when there are a whole host of documents out there which explain it in simple terms, with diagrams, complex terms, without, etcetera.

 

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try searching for NFL (National Football Leauge) clips. watching those may give you an idea.


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Heeeey, my friends and I are pretty big fans of blue mountain state (god daaaamn hilarious :lol: )

No, god no.

 

Literally the worst tv show of all time.


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There are 11 players on both sides, offense and defense. The offense moves the ball as far as they can, hoping for a touchdown (worth 6 points), by either handing the ball off an running it or by passing it. On the offense there are 5 linemen (fattest/biggest/strongest) who block the 4 defensive linemen (also big fat and strong). On the O line the Center snaps the ball to the Quarterback, 2 guards on both sides on the Center block, and on the side of both guards is a Tackle, who are the most skilled blockers. Once the ball is snapped, the Quarterback gets it. He can either hand it off to the runningback, throw it, or run the ball himself. Behind him are 2 runningbacks, a fullback and halfback. The halfbac is the faster, while the fullback leadsblocks for the halfback. There are 2-4 Wide Receivers who line up away from the line, on either side. They run routes and try to get open to catch the ball, or they can block. There are also Tight Ends, who can either line up on the line or with the Receivers. They are a hybrid of linemen and receiver, and can eiher block or catch.

 

On defense there are 4 defensive linemn, 2 Tackles on the inside (bigger/fatter/stronger) and 2 on the outside called Defenseive Ends (lighter/faster). Behind them are 3-4 Linebackers, who, as their name implies, back the line. They are fast and strong and usually stop the run but can also cover the pass. Behind THEM are 2 safeties, 2 fast guys who are insurance for pass, but they can also move up to defend the run. To match the offense Wide Receivers, Defense has Cornerbacks. These guys are usually the fastest men on Defense and their job is to cover the receivers. A Corner can also cover a Tihtend, but linebackers usually cover the Tight End(s). A blitz is where either linebackers or safeties (or corners) charge the quarterback after the ball is snapped. They can either blitz or stay back to defend the pass.

 

A touchdown is worth 6 points. Afterthe touchdwon, you can either kick a 3 yard fieldgoal worth 1 point for 7 OR you ca go for 2. If you go for 2 you have one play worth 3 yards to get it into the endzone. If you make it, you now have 8. A regular field goal is worth 3 points. There are 4 downs, offense gets a new set of downs for every 10 yards. On fourth down, you can either go for it (if you don't make it the other team gets the ball), kick a field goal (worth 3 points) or punt the ball. On punts, the ball is snapped back to the punter (kicker) who catches the ball and then punts (kicks) the ball as far as he can, the other team fields the punt, then uns it back. After they are tackled, it is their offenses' turn.

 

After a score (Touchdown or Field goal) the team that scores kicks it off to the other team, who fields the kick and runs it back as far as they can. After they are tackled, their offense gets the ball at the spot they were tackled at, OR the returner may have brought it back for a touchdown if no one tackled him, then his team kicks it off to the other, etc.

 

^ This summary is rough as hell if you have more questions ask.

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There are 11 players on both sides, offense and defense. The offense moves the ball as far as they can, hoping for a touchdown (worth 6 points), by either handing the ball off an running it or by passing it. On the offense there are 5 linemen (fattest/biggest/strongest) who block the 4 defensive linemen (also big fat and strong). On the O line the Center snaps the ball to the Quarterback, 2 guards on both sides on the Center block, and on the side of both guards is a Tackle, who are the most skilled blockers. Once the ball is snapped, the Quarterback gets it. He can either hand it off to the runningback, throw it, or run the ball himself. Behind him are 2 runningbacks, a fullback and halfback. The halfbac is the faster, while the fullback leadsblocks for the halfback. There are 2-4 Wide Receivers who line up away from the line, on either side. They run routes and try to get open to catch the ball, or they can block. There are also Tight Ends, who can either line up on the line or with the Receivers. They are a hybrid of linemen and receiver, and can eiher block or catch.

 

On defense there are 4 defensive linemn, 2 Tackles on the inside (bigger/fatter/stronger) and 2 on the outside called Defenseive Ends (lighter/faster). Behind them are 3-4 Linebackers, who, as their name implies, back the line. They are fast and strong and usually stop the run but can also cover the pass. Behind THEM are 2 safeties, 2 fast guys who are insurance for pass, but they can also move up to defend the run. To match the offense Wide Receivers, Defense has Cornerbacks. These guys are usually the fastest men on Defense and their job is to cover the receivers. A Corner can also cover a Tihtend, but linebackers usually cover the Tight End(s). A blitz is where either linebackers or safeties (or corners) charge the quarterback after the ball is snapped. They can either blitz or stay back to defend the pass.

 

A touchdown is worth 6 points. Afterthe touchdwon, you can either kick a 3 yard fieldgoal worth 1 point for 7 OR you ca go for 2. If you go for 2 you have one play worth 3 yards to get it into the endzone. If you make it, you now have 8. A regular field goal is worth 3 points. There are 4 downs, offense gets a new set of downs for every 10 yards. On fourth down, you can either go for it (if you don't make it the other team gets the ball), kick a field goal (worth 3 points) or punt the ball. On punts, the ball is snapped back to the punter (kicker) who catches the ball and then punts (kicks) the ball as far as he can, the other team fields the punt, then uns it back. After they are tackled, it is their offenses' turn.

 

After a score (Touchdown or Field goal) the team that scores kicks it off to the other team, who fields the kick and runs it back as far as they can. After they are tackled, their offense gets the ball at the spot they were tackled at, OR the returner may have brought it back for a touchdown if no one tackled him, then his team kicks it off to the other, etc.

 

^ This summary is rough as hell if you have more questions ask.

Woah thanks man that was so helpful, a few questions:

On a team do the players play an offensive position and a defensive position or are there fresh players for each position?

Also, typically how long will a football game last? Like a school/university level game? What's a typical scoreboard after full time just for some comparison?

Thanks again for that, can't wait to try it out.


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Woah thanks man that was so helpful, a few questions:

On a team do the players play an offensive position and a defensive position or are there fresh players for each position?

Also, typically how long will a football game last? Like a school/university level game? What's a typical scoreboard after full time just for some comparison?

Thanks again for that, can't wait to try it out.

 

On a professional team, there will be seperate players for offense and defence. In a college game, you MIGHT have someone play both sides for a small college. In high school, it is somewhat common for the star athletes to play both sides, especially with a smaller high school. There is also a "third side" called "special teams". These are the group of people that go out on the field for a punt, field goal, and kick-off. These are usually a combination of the offense and defensive players--whoever happens to be the best at the position. But there is a special person called a "kicker". It is very rare for a professional team not to have someone specifically designated to kick on the kickoff, punt, and field goal.

 

A professional game will last about 3 hours. A university game lasts slightly less than that. But if you are playing with your friends I don't think it should last that long...The 3 hours accounts for a break called "half time".

 

The scoreboard varries a LOT game per game. If two very good teams play eachother, each side can have over 40 points if the offenses are playing well. But, good teams can also have ridiculous defense. Sometimes a game with two good teams will have 10 or less points on each side. I would say an average score is something like 14-21, 21-24, 28-31, or 14-17. Something over 30 points would definitely be "high scoring" and under 10 points is probably "low scoring"


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Surprised there haven't been any 'play rugby you skirts' posts. (not that this thread doesn't deserve one :P)

 

I've played a bit of american football, it's awesome on the beach :thumbup:

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On a professional team, there will be seperate players for offense and defence. In a college game, you MIGHT have someone play both sides for a small college. In high school, it is somewhat common for the star athletes to play both sides, especially with a smaller high school. There is also a "third side" called "special teams". These are the group of people that go out on the field for a punt, field goal, and kick-off. These are usually a combination of the offense and defensive players--whoever happens to be the best at the position. But there is a special person called a "kicker". It is very rare for a professional team not to have someone specifically designated to kick on the kickoff, punt, and field goal.

 

A professional game will last about 3 hours. A university game lasts slightly less than that. But if you are playing with your friends I don't think it should last that long...The 3 hours accounts for a break called "half time".

 

The scoreboard varries a LOT game per game. If two very good teams play eachother, each side can have over 40 points if the offenses are playing well. But, good teams can also have ridiculous defense. Sometimes a game with two good teams will have 10 or less points on each side. I would say an average score is something like 14-21, 21-24, 28-31, or 14-17. Something over 30 points would definitely be "high scoring" and under 10 points is probably "low scoring"

OK cool thanks, is it possible to play an equivalent of sevens in american football? Like less than 11 players on each team or does it have to be 11 to work properly?

Also, is all the padding necessary? It's expensive and we play rugby with none, is there a particularly high risk of injury without it?


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OK cool thanks, is it possible to play an equivalent of sevens in american football? Like less than 11 players on each team or does it have to be 11 to work properly?

Also, is all the padding necessary? It's expensive and we play rugby with none, is there a particularly high risk of injury without it?

 

I have played with 5 per team and it was exciting still. 7 would work fine. On offense the mandatory positions are center and quarterback. The center is the one who snaps the ball, the QB is the one who takes the ball first (usually). So thats 2 people. On top of that you would want at least 1 person who could go out for a pass, and 1 person who is back for the run. So I would say at a bare MINIMUM you need 4 people per side. 7 should be great.

 

The padding is definitely a part of the american sport. I haven't seen many rugby games, but the techniques of tackling in football usually involve hitting very hard with the shoulders. It also is a good way to make sure that people are pushing and hitting as hard as they can, without hurting people. Football is a slow paced sport, theres usually 30-45 seconds between plays, so people play very hard since they have time to stand still and recover.

 

But, if you are playing amateur football, you don't really need the padding. You won't be using the advanced tackling techniques and such, so you can get by without harming people. Also, there is a version of football called "flag football". In this version, you have a belt around your waist and a flag on each side. Instead of tackling people, you have to pull out one of their flags. It is also common for amateurs without padding to play something called "Two hand touch". Which basically means that if someone touches the ball carrier with both of their hands, they are "down".

 

I should warn you though, two-hand touch can cause a friendship to be tested. "I got you with both!!!!" "No you only touched me with one!" Many many nasty arguments have started this way. lol :razz:


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You can play with 3 people if you really wanted to...a pickup game can have as little or as many people as you want.

 

Also, is all the padding necessary? It's expensive and we play rugby with none, is there a particularly high risk of injury without it?

 

For a small pickup game, no probably not. In a real game, oh yes. Couple examples of why you would want to wear pads in a real game.

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