Since the 1960’s, Nebraska has kept a very consistent football helmet design. They have always had a very conservative design; they have never had a flashy or unusual design, even for a special occasion like a Bowl Game. In 1960, Nebraska had a red helmet with a white stripe and the player’s number on the side (e.g. 22). In 1961, apparently the powers that be felt that even that design was too colorful and action-packed and instead opted for a white helmet with black numbers on the side. This Nebraska football helmet design is about as plain as you can get for a football helmet. In 1966, the numbers changed to red and a red vertical stripe appeared on the helmet for the first time. The white background and red stripe have never left the helmet since then.
The red numbers lasted just one regular season before they were dropped altogether. Rather than have the player’s number on the side of the helmet, the letters “NU”, made their way to the helmet for the Sugar Bowl game in 1967 and remained for 2 full seasons. During the third season with this helmet design (1969), a “100” decal appeared on the front of the football helmet. It was football-shaped in blue with white numbers outlined in red. The “100” marked the 100 year anniversary of the chartering of University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
From 1970 to 1981, the Cornhuskers kept the exact same design. The helmet had a white background, a red vertical stripe, and the letter “N” replaced “NU”. This football helmet looks very much like today’s design with one exception. In 1982, the team switched from the basic gray facemask to the red facemask. For almost 30 years, that same exact design has remained. The “N” is about as plain as you can get. It has no serifs and looks like your basic Arial font uppercase “N” that you could type on any word processing program. It probably fits well into the image of the program as a hard-working, Midwestern school, where they like to run the ball up the middle. In many ways it is the antithesis of some of the flashier designs out there at schools like Oregon, Maryland, and Boise State. There is not even a catchy logo like the Texas Longhorn or the Florida State spear. Looking at this football helmet, you can start to see why the cold weather, Rust Belt schools of the Big Ten were quick to admit the Cornhuskers for full conference membership in 2010.
There are so many things you can find out about sports, there being a lot of curiosities which can stir anyone’s interest. You should look into this kind of things whenever you have the chance because not only do they enrich your general knowledge, but these details are also very interesting.
First of all, you should know that football is the most beloved sport in the whole world. There is no other sport which has achieved the same performances when it comes to the number of amateurs of a particular sport. Then, you might want to know that boxing used to be an illegal sport, but it was legalized in 1901. Then, another interesting thing is that Jean Genevieve Garnerin was the first woman who preferred parachuting, being the first one to jump from a hot air balloon in 1799.
975 was the year when the first woman reached the top of the Everest Mountain, this woman being Junko Tabei from Japan. Larissa Latynina is the female gymnast who won the largest number of medals. She was a Russian gymnast who won eighteen Olympic medals in only three editions of the Olympic Games. The three editions were organized between 1956 and 1964.
The first edition of the ancient Olympic Games was won by Corubus and the first modern edition was held in Athens in 1896. Three hundred eleven men took part into the games and there was no woman involved. As for the modern ages, you might be curious about how many tennis balls the organizers of the Wimbledon Grand Slam Tournament change. If you are, you might be surprised to know that they change forty-two thousand balls in one edition. Last but not least, it is very interesting to know that golf was the first sport which was played on the Moon.
When you have a passion for something, you want to pursue it at every available moment. Whether you’re a football coach looking for some practice strategies to assign to your players, a parent looking to give your kid a step up, or a player who loves the game and wants to improve, we’ve come up with some youth football drills that can be practiced alone. Every youth football player should learn to throw and catch the ball properly even if their position doesn’t require it on a regular basis.
Passing Drills That Can Be Practiced Alone
- Practice throwing a spiral. Focus on your grip technique as well as your release. Practice at 50% of your throwing power and just concentrate on throwing perfect spirals. The football should roll off the fingers putting a spin on the ball.
- Once you get the spiral down begin to develop accuracy. Again, keep your drills to half speed and focus on achieving the highest accuracy rating. Get a notebook to keep records in and try to improve each time out.
- Once you can throw a perfect spiral at a target on a consistent basis you can begin to increase the power in your throws. Increase the velocity by 10% or so until you obtain the same accuracy rating you achieved at 50% capacity.
- Now its time to throw while you’re moving to simulate game activity. Practice throwing from the pocket, rolling out, backpedaling to avoid the rush, throwing in the opposite direction…essentially, get ready for all game conditions.
Get plenty of rest for your arm. The problem with practicing repetitive activities is that they can cause ligament and muscle strain. Practicing football passing drills alone two or three alternate days a week is plenty.
Receiving Drills That Can Be Practiced Alone
- Practice running your routes for each play. Drill these into your subconscious mind. Simulate game action and bring your hands up for the catch while forming a “pocket” with your fingers.
- As a receiver it is important for you to practice “watching the ball into your hands” so that it becomes second nature. To practice this alone, lie on your back and spiral the ball a few feet into the air. Then “watch” the ball right into your hands. Be sure to form a pocket with your hands with your thumbs and index fingers almost touching. Catch the football away from your body and then tuck it in.
Of course, you can perform agility and conditioning drills alone as well. Every youth football player should be taught the self-discipline to exercise. Try these youth football drills whenever you can and watch your game improve.
You can also find many youth football drills on the Internet covering passing, receiving, rushing, defense and more Some drills are free and some require subscription or for you to order a DVD. Free football drills allow you greater flexibility in trying a variety and see what works best for you as the coach and your youth baseball team. Always remember that drills should be age appropriate. The right passing drill for a 14 year-old boy will not suit and 8-year old and vice versa.
There are many football coaching resources and communities like Weplay available to help with any questions you might have. Don’t underestimate the passion of the community around you. We are all here to help the kids.
The Wildcat is an “new breed” offensive formation that has taken all levels of football by storm. The Wild Hog started this craze down in Arkansas and has since been adapted by Ole Miss with the Wild Rebel and of course the Miami Dolphins with the Wildcat.
This offense is actually an offshoot of one of the oldest offensive system in football. The Wildcat is a modified version of the Single Wing offense run by legendary coach Pop Warner.
This offense gives the youth coach all the power he needs to run a powerful new offensive system! THIS IS NOT A SINGLE WING system that many coaches sell on the Internet. The Wildcat is a much different offense than these hybrids of the single wing.
There is a pee wee football playbook on the market entitled the “Miami Dolphins Wildcat, Ole Miss Wild Rebel & Arkansas Wild Hog Youth Football Playbook” which has been receiving excellent reviews.
If you a new or veteran youth football coach, or just a football fan you have heard of the Wildcat offense used by the Miami Dolphins. The Wildcat offense is a “hybrid” version of the Wild Hog, which is a hybrid of the single wing offense. The Single wing offense was developed by Pop Warner and is gaining in popularity at the youth football level. The Wildcat, Wild Rebel and Wild Hog contain some single wing principles, but take it to the next level. The coaching staff, with over 100 combined YOUTH FOOTBALL experience, have tweaked and modified this unique offense for the youth level.
This Miami Dolphins Wildcat, Ole Miss Wild Rebel & Arkansas Wild Hog Youth Football Playbook is designed for youth football players, not high school or college. The originators of these systems developed the offense for a much higher level, but we have made it possible to run at the youth level. As all playbooks on our site, the plays have been tested and do work at the youth level.
This particular offense is not recommended for the younger players and is most effective with players 10-14.
This unique playbook covers the base formations and plays from ALL THREE of these hybrids, the Miami Dolphins Wildcat, Ole Miss Wild Rebel & Arkansas Wild Hog. Each system is a little different and attacks the defense in a unique way.
The Miami Dolphins Wildcat, Ole Miss Wild Rebel & Arkansas Wild Hog Pop Warner Football Playbook makes football fun again and we suggest using it as a supplement to your base offense. This book will give you, the coach, all the knowledge you need to install the Miami Dolphins Wildcat, Ole Miss Wild Rebel & Arkansas Wild Hog plays this season!
If you’re a football fan, no doubt you’ll know lots about Glasgow Rangers FC, but I’m sure there’s loads more you don’t know about this Scottish Premier League team! Get to know the Gers better with these footie facts!
Did you know?:
Rangers were first established in 1873 by the Moses brothers, William McBeath, Peter Campbell and Peter McNeil.
Their team name was copied from an English rugby club by the same name after they found it in a book.
The first match Rangers ever played was against Callander FC on Glasgow Green. It was a friendly and no goals were scored by either side.
Their second ever match scored a momentous win, with Rangers beating Clyde (not the current Clyde team) 11-0.
Rangers were one of the first ten teams to join the Scottish Football League in the 1890-91 season. Their first league match was played on 16th August in 1890.
Their stadium is the Ibrox and it has a seating capacity to hold more than 50,000 rowdy football fans.
Rangers won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1972 when they thrashed Dynamo Moscow 3-2.
The most capped played Rangers has managed to turn out was Ally McCoist who collected 57 caps for Scotland.
Ally McCoist was also the highest goal scorer in Rangers’ history, clocking up a spectacular 335 goals.
Glasgow Rangers is not to be confused with Glasgow Celtic, formed in 1888 by Brother Walfrid Kerins who were set up to give something back to Irish immigrants in the community.
The average home attendance at a Rangers match is around 49,000 fans.
Rangers’ team mascot is Broxi Bear, a brown teddy bear with blue ears and nose.
Sir Alex Ferguson played for Glasgow Rangers between 1967 and 1969, where he scored 44 goals.
The Rangers stadium was the location of the Ibrox disaster on 5th April 1902 when the West Tribune Stand collapsed due to heavy rainfall and killed 25 people and injured over 500.
From the 1988-89 season to the 1996-7 season Rangers won the league title every year, with a staggering nine in a row by the end. The team was managed by Graham Souness and Walter Smith.
Rangers’ strip is light blue and white.
The current chairman of Rangers FC Glasgow offices is David Murray.
Famous Rangers supporters include chef Gordon Ramsey, Ultravox star Midge Ure, news presenter Kirsty Young, golfer Colin Montgomerie and actors Kenneth Branagh and Robert Carlyle.
Football is a word that is confusing and entertaining and a sport that epitomized the pride of a nation and the strength of an athlete. In other places, football is a game known as soccer in America. Football in America is where the quarterback throws the ball to a receiver and everybody is running around the gridiron. And football in Europe and other parts of the world means soccer, where guys run around the field tossing a ball around their knees and head. Whew! That was confusing. So who really invented football?
The “Father of American Football”, Walter C. Camp was a football coach and a sports writer and the one who invented football. His name became is legend in the American Football history. He took the rugby game to the next level and invented football. He borrowed term from the rugby game and applied it to football; in rugby, five guys lined-up and are called scrum; in football, he change the five guys to seven guys forming the offensive line, this is called the Line of Scrimmage. Get it? Scrum and scrimmage?
Some claims the football is truly a Canadian game and it was a Canadian who invented football. Invented by the replacement for British troops entering Quebec in the 1600’s. Canadian Universities then introduced the game to American Colleges. It is said that by the time America first heard of football, Canada already has their professional football league of sorts.
Some say that football was invented by Chinese a thousand years ago. The ancient Chinese were said to have kick a ball back and forth for exercise and amusement. It is said that the English only re-invented the sport after explorers visited this far away land. So was it really the Chinese who invented football?
They say it all started in Rome. Romans started playing football quite differently at that time, it is said that they originally toss and throw the pig’s head around staking a claim on it. They found it fun and engaging thus it became a sport and thus it was them who invented football.
It was the English who invented the football, or did they? It has been reported that forms of football were played as early as 1200 in England. As evidence, they pointed out a game seen played in ancient Greece, it is believed to be the predecessor of football. But this game is said to be forbade by The King Henry VI and by the 19th century, it was split into two games; the soccer and the rugby. And because American football evolved from the rugby, the English are basically staking a claim on both football sports.
Playing football seems like an easy task. But if you try it, you will find it somewhat difficult. Similar to any kind of sports, you have to learn specific skills. Also, you must know some of its whereabouts so you can enjoy playing it.
If you want to excel in this sporting activity, you have to practice. Also, you have to focus much of your time and effort so you can be a better football player. It would be a smart idea for you to learn only from the experts. This way, you are sure that you are getting the right knowledge and information.
Football Playing Tips
Boost your cardio – An excellent cardiovascular workout is running 3 miles per day. This will help you at your peak fitness. It would be wise also for you to run uphill as much as you possibly can.
Increase your speed – Stand on a barrel or on a safe object with the same height. After that, land on both feet in a squatting position and stand up straight as fast as you possibly can. Ensure you are well stretched and warded up prior to performing such activity in order to avoid injury. This exercise indeed will strengthen quick reflex muscles in your legs.
Learn new skills – If you see new tricks by a professional, you must watch it very closely, over and over again prior to attempting it. Experts recommend spending about 10 minutes daily for learning and mastering the trick. You must not try it in a game until you really can do it perfectly.
Play with both feet – Plenty of footballers play better with one foot than the other. Experts say that by concentrating on your weaker foot, you may have a quick win. It would be wise for you to use your weaker foot when kicking a ball against a wall. Apart from that, consider having a scratch game in training where everybody can play only with their weaker foot.
Tips For Improving Your Weaker Foot
There are different drills in order to improve your control, touches and balances. First, kick ups with your weaker foot. Kick up the ball using the laces section of your foot for about 5-10 minutes. Once you become better, don’t let the ball bounce on the ground as long as you can.
Second, trap the ball with your weaker foot. Throwing the ball upwards and trapping it by allowing the ball fall on your toe part is indeed the simplest way of doing this. Once you notice some improvements, throw the ball against a wall and trap it with your weaker foot when it bounces back towards you. After making successful traps, throw the ball with increase intensity. Try controlling it with a single first touch.
There are indeed a lot of things you can do to improve your skill. Watch live football games to learn new tricks from professionals.
It all started in 1905. Due to the many injuries that occurred in the rough and tumble sport of football, President Theodore Roosevelt gathered many, if not all, of the leaders of athletics in Washington for 2 conferences to encourage them to reform the rules of the sport. In New York City under the leadership of Henry M. McCracken, The Chancellor of New York University, a meeting of 13 universities met and the rules of football changed. When the second meeting convened, the 62 members established the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States aka IAAUS.
In 1910 the IAAUS officially changed its name to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). As this organization grew in membership so did its difficulties with maintaining its integrity.
A crucial time in the NCAA’s history occurred after WWII. The abuse of the rules that were established to protect the integrity of the game came under scrutiny. There were infractions of the rules concerning financial aid and the recruitment of college athletes. To establish more stringent guidelines the “Sanity Code” was adopted.
It was in 1951 that it was decided that the Association needed a full-time leader who could oversee the day to day affairs of this ever growing entity. Walter Byers was named to that post and in 1952 the national headquarters of the NCAA was established in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Association flourished and grew over the years and in 1973 the members split into 3 divisions with each having legislative powers in 3 separate competitive genres. Consequently, these divisions divided into sub-divisions and the NCAA expanded.
In 1980 women’s athletic team sports was added into Division I, II, and III. In 1981, at their 75th annual meeting, the women’s athletic sports was voted into the Association and expanded the women’s championship program by 19 events.
Over the past few years,2003 to 2009, the NCAA was headed by Myles Brand. He passed away in September of 09 and Jim Isch was named interim president. As of this date, a permanent president has not been named.
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Today, most Defensive Coordinators will tell you that they are a spill team. That means that they want to keep the ball going sideline to sideline, and prevent it from cutting up the field.
Every defense uses the principle of a “Contain player” as well. The contain player is the player who stops the spill. In our 4-3 Defense, we say that everyone in the defensive front is a spill player, and one player (to each side) is the “box” player.
The box player, quite simply, boxes the play and forces it back to the inside. That’s in a perfect world, of course.
Many coaches use the term, “Force” player instead of “Contain” or “Box” because they want that player to force the ball to change direction in some way. Either the ball carrier needs to turn back to the inside, where help is, or he needs to bubble the ball back to try to go around the force player.
If the ball carrier is forced to bubble back, that gives the pursuit from the inside a chance to get there. It also means the player is closer to pinning himself to the sideline. The sideline is the 12th Man in any football defense.
The 4-3 Defense is a true spill defense. Each player on the defensive front 7 is responsible for the inside half of his assigned gap. He should almost run into the blocker that is to the inside of his gap responsibility.
We call this “squeezing the air out” of the gap. Think of when you put something in a zip lock bag, and squeeze all of the air out before you seal it up. By taking all of the space out between him and the inside player in the gap, the ball is forced to, at the very worst, continue outside of him.
As the players squeeze the air out in the 4-3 Defense, we are building a wall of defenders for the ball carrier to maneuver. There should be no place for him to turn up the field. Even the slightest crease can result in disaster. It takes just one player failing to squeeze the air out, and we could be in trouble.
If each player does his job in building the wall, the ball will continue outside of the spill and eventually run into the contain player, or box player. The box player in our defense is normally the Strong Safety or Free Safety to the play side. We use a Quarters Coverage to get both safeties involved in the run defense and create a 9 Man Front.
The final piece of the puzzle is the deep defenders. If we are using Quarters Coverage, we have a 9 man front, and two defenders who must always stay over top of the #1 Receivers. These are the corners.
Any defender who is responsible for a deep zone of the field, or who is locked in man to man coverage, cannot be counted on for your run fits. He is not in the spill, nor is he the box player. Our corners have the job of taking away trick passes, play actions, and other plays where the wide receivers could pose a threat even after the offense shows run.
Majority of the people love playing football. It is one of the most eminent games among the youngsters. Experts say that the football players have the strongest legs and most stable minds. There exist many advantages of playing football.
In order to excel in the game, the player should follow a strict routine. It requires discipline and dedication. Workouts play a vital role in keeping the mind of the player fresh. Nevertheless, if you want to become a successful player then you have to take into consideration many things. Thus, football teaches the players discipline and dedication.
Football players require a great level of stamina. Among various factors, concentration is the most important thing. Even a tiny distraction can make you lose the game. Thus, players can increase their concentration spans with this game.
These days, the world famous football players are becoming an important source of inspiration for the youngsters. Football not only teaches you to become competitive, it also helps you to sport the right attitude. Because the game play requires teams, football also instills cooperativeness and teamwork in the players.
During the game, carrying the right attitude is very important. Around seventy percent of the players end up losing the game because of wrong attitude towards the game. Apart from the game, the right attitude is something that is very important in the outside world too.
More importantly, this game can teach you how to become successful in the real world. By playing this game, you will learn to accept success as well as failure. Thus, it prepares you for the losses that you might face when you start working.
In addition to the fact that youngsters and teenagers enjoy football, many schools and colleges are introducing this game as a part of their extra-curricular activities because of the various advantages it offers outside the field.