American football (as the rest of the world likes to call it) is a game for all shapes and sizes, from heavy-built blockers featuring in the same team to speedy pass catchers. Teams are also known for welcoming new people, especially beginners, and for building friendships and socialising off the field.
American football … or how some like to refer to it; the game of chess. This metaphor is used because chess is considered the game of strategy. It’s fun to see how coaches and players strategize again and again to get the most out of their game. A very impulsive, fast and powerful game. This sport requires a lot more thinking as compared to other sports.
Here are some interesting facts about the sport:
Did you know that the first football game was played between Rutgers and Princeton way back in 1896? Of course, the rules were different back then. It was in 1880 that a set of rules were laid out by Walter Camp, also known as the father of football. But then again, those rules have also been modified with time.
Here’s another interesting fact. It is believed that American football evolved from soccer and rugby. There was no soccer, rugby or American football back then. It was the same. Men would run around the field kicking, carrying and throwing the ball with some disorganised rules in place. This sport was called “football”.
It was during the early 1800s that some preferred to play the sport with their legs while the rest with their hands. While those who preferred to play with their hands, called it “rugby football” and the others called it “association football”. The European then started referring to the game, “association football”, as “soccer” and soon this term got picked up.
American football has gained a lot of popularity from colleges. More and more colleges started taking part in the sport and with time the rules changed, modified and developed as we now know it. With each new change in the rule, the game started looking more and more like rugby. However, us Americans still preferred to call it football. And as such it is now famously known as “American Football” throughout the world. By the way, if you are looking for youth football clubs to enroll your kids in San Diego, then have a look at: i9 Sports Corporation, Clairemont Hawks Football & Cheer, San Diego Pop Warner and X Flag Football. It’s a great pathway to get into American Football.
Right from an early age, the kids learn about taking responsibility and perseverance. They might not realise this at that time, but they are staying physically active and learning some important life values while playing the game, such as team building, working with each other towards a common goal, discipline, all while they develop a special bond with each other. It is therefore with no hesitation to mention the long term benefits American Football provides. Remember, when we referred to it as the game of chess at the beginning of this article? Now you know why. It’s more than just a sport.
Adding to the above, it is important, in a world filled with technology, that the kids play sports and are not always glued to their phones and laptops. We highly encourage the importance of spending time being active. Read more about why children should be involved in sport.
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