Three Reason to Wear Football Gloves

Do you play football and need protection for your hands and fingers? Maybe your hands need weather protection or your just need something that will give you a better grip on the ball. Football Gloves is the answer!

There are many reasons that players wear football gloves. Here are three reasons why a player will wear football gloves.

  1. The most important purpose of football gloves is to provide the player with a firm grip on the ball. On a hand off or catching the ball with sweaty hands makes the ball slippery. Running backs and receiver’s gloves may be a bit sticky in the palm area. Basically to have a better grip on the ball.
  2. Gloves also give protection to the hands. On some pass plays, the force of the ball is strong enough to cause abrasions and cuts to the hands. When players on defense or offense are down in the clinches they need protection from helmets, face masks and from their hands getting stepped on from cleats. These gloves are designed to give this added protection.
  3. Players also wear glove for weather protection. When it is raining or snowing, that’s enough cause for a slippery situation between player’s hands and the ball. First, the ball has to come from the center to the quarterback. Second, from the quarterback to the running back or receiver. Gloves keep your hands and finger dry and warms and give them flexibility so players can have a better grip on the ball.

Football gloves come in different styles for certain position. Quarterbacks, receivers, corner and running backs wear regular style gloves. Defensive and offensive of linemen normally wear gloves with the fingertip cut out but thicker padding. These gloves are made by companies like Nike, Reebok and Under Armour. It’s up to you to choose the correct pair that fits your needs.



Source by Calvin M Jordan Sr

Oregon Board Game Review

Game Overview

Oregon is a western-based theme game. We’re back in year 1846 when whole families left their homelands and headed to west in search of a new beginning. Despite its western theme, in Oregon you will find no violence at all. No gunfights, no cowboys and no sheriffs. You have to deal with other players in peace, counting on your planning and investing abilities.

The game board is a map of Oregon, divided in five columns and five rows. In both columns and rows we find the same five images (wagon, bison, settler, eagle, campfire). The goal of each player is to place buildings and farmers cleverly on the board in order to obtain the maximum number of points. Every player starts with a hand of 4 cards (3 landscape cards and 1 building card), 14 farmers of his colour (the 15th is placed on the scoring track), two tokens (extra turn and joker) and a start tile. On a player’s turn, he must place at least one of his farmers or build one building on the board. In order to place a farmer, one must play two of his landscape cards and place the farmer on an empty space (except water spaces) located on the crossing of the row and the column corresponding to the symbols depicted on the cards (the player decides which card represents the row and which the column). If he decides to place a building, he must play a landscape card and a building card. The landscape card determines the row or column on which the building can be places and the building card, the type of building. He then takes a corresponding building tile from the supply stack and places it on any empty space of the column or the row determined by the landscape card. Of course any building can’t be placed anywhere on the map but only on a space with the corresponding background color. So the harbor, for example, must be placed adjacent to a water space and the mines (gold or coal) may only be placed on a mountain space. By placing farmers and buildings, the players earn points. If they place farmers they earn points for each building their farmer is adjacent to (diagonally does count) and he also takes 5 points if he manages to make a group of 3 adjacent farmers (in this case diagonally doesn’t count). If they place buildings, they earn points for each farmer the building is adjacent to (other players’ farmers also earn points). After playing cards a player can decide whether he will use his extra turn token (if it is in its active side), or will end his turn. If his turn ends he must restore his hand to 4 cards (provided that he will have at least one building and one landscape card on hand). Then it’s the next player’s turn.

The game ends as soon as all farmers of a player’s colour are placed on the board or a number of building stacks is exhausted (depending on the number of players, from 2 to 4). The final round is played to the end, until all players have had the same number of turns.

First Impression

Oregon is a fast, easy to learn game but demands good planning and a lot of attention while playing. You must be very flexible in your strategy, because there are times in the game you may need to change it in order to obtain the maximum advantage of the way buildings and farmers are placed on the board. You also must be always ready to grab opportunities for yourself and deny opportunities to rivals.

Components

I think that Hans Im Gluck, as a publisher, guarantees a good level in components quality. And Oregon is not an exception. Good quality box, well drawn board, nice cards (both buildings and landscapes), building tiles, coal and gold tiles, 60 wooden meeples in 4 colours (15 each) and 8 big tokens (extra turn and jokers). 7/10

Gameplay

Oregon combines in a good way some different mechanics. Tile placement, worker placement, area control, card drafting and why not hand management because you can decide whether you can use some cards in your hand in this turn or keep them for the next round. It’s at the same time easy and complicated and in every round you have to make decisions upon the best actions. 8/10

Learning Curve

Easy to learn. The rulebook is well-written and a medium experienced gamer will find it easy to get started with the game. Can be played at any time and by any group because of its short-playing time (45′-60′) and medium weight. 8/10

Theme

Well ok…it’s a eurogame. So the theme isn’t its advantage. West in this game isn’t what you have always imagined. On the other hand, the map does a good job in reminding you the theme and so do the images on the cards or the meeples with their huts. You don’t feel like you’re in real Oregon but there are times you can feel like a cowboy. Without a gun of course… 6/10

Replayability

No game is the same. I’ve played over 50 games until now either with a group of friends or in the online version. There are different things to do in every game and different challenges. 8/10

Fun

Every game that is quite easy but demands a lot of strategic decisions and challenges and is being played within an hour at most, seems fun to me… 7/10

Pros:

  • Easy to learn but challenging enough
  • Playing time
  • Can be played by different kind of gamers
  • Nice components
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Cons:

  • No connection with the theme. Western-themed games fans may be disappointed.

Overall: 7.3/10

Find more about Oregon at:

http://www.boardgamemaniac.com/Games/By-Genre/Family-Games/Oregon-l111.html



Source by Thodoris Christodoulopoulos

A Story From The Stands – What Have Former Nebraska Football Players Learned From The Game – Frosty

GREAT PLAY FROM A GREAT NAME

You can be sure plenty of folks will remember “the play.” It came in the second quarter of the 1973 Orange Bowl game against Notre Dame when Johnny Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to Frosty Anderson.

“I wasn’t supposed to be in for that play,” Frosty Anderson said. “We knew the play would be there and it would be an easy six.” It was and the rest of the night was a disaster for the Fighting Irish. But, that’s not the game that Frosty thinks of as his best game.

“The Wisconsin game was my best game,” he said. “We kept getting behind and then I finally scored and put Nebraska ahead. I thought that would do it but Wisconsin came back and scored. That’s when Tony Davis went to work with one of his three rushes for about 30 yards each.” Nebraska won.

“Someone came up and made a comment that I had something like nine catches and 160 yards,” Frosty said. “I didn’t think much about it even though it turned out to be an I-back type of performance.”

It’s not surprising Frosty might turn in a memorable performance against a Big 10 team. He comes from Big 10 roots. His father, Forrest, Sr. who was better know as “Forddy” coached basketball at Michigan State. The family moved to Scottsbluff where his dad accepted a basketball coaching position. Frosty became a standout for Scottsbluff and caught the eye of Nebraska coach Jim Ross during a Scottsbluff-Fremont game.

Coach Devaney knew Frosty’s dad from his days as an assistant football coach at Michigan State.

“I always assumed I would be headed for Michigan State but when the Nebraska offer came, I thought what the heck and signed,” he said. Not bad decision when you consider that only two years later, the young Scottsbluff star would be wearing a National Championship ring.

Like all freshmen players in those days, Frosty started in the Nebraska freshman football program. That team only had one loss. “We lost to the Kearney State first team,” Frosty said.

“Jim Walden was our freshman football coach,” Frosty said. “He was my first experience with a ‘south-mouth’ and he preached three things: be ag-ile, be mob-ile and be hos-tile. Frosty red-shirted his sophomore year.

“I’m what was known as hope of the second team,” he said. “To play at Nebraska, you have to be top-notch, be accountable for what you do, and be patient. That’s just the way it is.” Frosty got knocked around on the scout team and was “Blackshirt bait” before he earned his day in the Memorial Stadium sun.

His first varsity touchdown came on a Van Brownson pass during a Utah State game. “It was off of a hook pattern out and up,” Frosty remembered as a smile came across his face. “He almost overthrew me and I had to lay out for it but I got it.”

Patience and practice paid off as the talented split end inched up the depth chart. He made the ABC Sports highlight films with a clutch 3rd. down and 15 yard catch against Colorado. “It was a precise seventeen yard down and out pattern and I caught it.”

Not everything went the Husker’s way during Frosty’s senior year. “We went to California to play UCLA and Mark Harmon and they beat us. I lost my starting job at that game,” Frosty said. Oklahoma also throttled Nebraska, 27-0. “It took almost seven years before I stopped taking that Oklahoma defeat personally.”

In spite of the losses, Frosty earned All-Conference honors at his split end position and also academic honors. “I met Mark Harmon at the academic event and he told me they were really afraid of Nebraska. I was surprised by that.”

The pro scouts noticed Frosty, too. The New Orleans Saints drafted him in the eighth round as a wide receiver. His pro career lasted two years. During his first season, he went in late in the first half against the New York Jets, with Joe Namath at the helm, and separated his shoulder. “They had to keep me because of my contract, but I got cut the next year.”

That ended football for Frosty Anderson. Frosty is still in great shape and is an avid runner. “Not the marathon stuff,” he quickly pointed out. “I don’t have time for that.”

If he turns around in his office chair just a little, he can look out his 11th floor office window and see Memorial Stadium but the football memories don’t consume him. “When you have kids, you soon find out that they aren’t impressed that you played for the Huskers. They just want their diapers changed. It didn’t take long for me to move on.”

He has become a unique fan, too. “People need to remember that they are just kids. Kids don’t hear you. Nobody had to tell me we played a bad game or we lost a game. We knew it. It’s just a game.”

Not in Nebraska, Frosty, especially with a great name like yours.



Source by Kenny Miller

What to Do in Your Second Youth Football Practice of the Season

Second Practice Report

Our second football practice consisted of us again using our time to evaluate players, teach a few basic skills, while also trying to make sure we had some fun where it made sense. We are still without pads and the practice time is 2 hours. It was in the low 90s with about 80% humidity, so it is pretty hot.

Second Practice Report

We were able to cut our Dynamic Warmups and Angle Form Tackling down to about 12 minutes, we will get it down to about 10 minutes by next weeks end. The short coaching clinic for our coaches really helped, as most of them have a pretty good feel for the drills we are using. Still having a problem keeping the pace up fast enough. At the pace I coach at, I can do 2-3 times the number of reps that the other coaches are getting in during a drill. We have to improve that, but it seems to happen every year, and gets ironed out in weeks 2 and 3.

The coaches also need to do a better job of holding the kids accountable to perfection on the coaching points the kids can control. I’m still rotating from station to station to run each for a few minutes so the coaches understand the correct pace and perfection we need. Like many coaches, some have come from a “practice makes perfect” mentality, when it’s really “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect” that develops good youth football teams.

After our dynamics and angle form tackling, we set up the following stations:

Splatter Blocking (to landing mat): To teach proper blocking technique, acceleration through contact as well as to help us evaluate aggressiveness.

Snap Progression Drill- We didn’t get as far on that as we wanted in Practice 1, so we worked on the handoff portion and “squeeze run” on this repetition.

First Two Steps Blocking Drill- Primarily an Offensive Line Drill, this helped tune our kids into how our base blocking steps work. Also used as an evaluation tool to determine listening skills and quickness for the offensive linemen.

3 Slot Challenge Fit and Freeze Tackling Drill- Just like our regular 3 slot challenge tackling drill but the runner and tackler fit at the contact point. Used to evaluate lateral quickness and aggressiveness as well as teaching the tacklers to attack to the Line of Scrimmage when tackling.

Rabbit Chase Races- To hide some conditioning, have some fun and help us determine the relative speed of our players for position placement.

We then ran everyone through the Gauntlet Drill to help us understand the heart and toughness of those we are looking at for the various running back positions. Of course we want our pulling linemen to perform well in this drill as well. I was disappointed that several players I was looking at for the fullback and blocking back positions did not run with much authority in the younger team group. We don’t have a single descent candidate for the blocking back position and with very low numbers on this team ( 17) not much to choose from with just 3 that have played football before..

The one player that looked like a good candidate for blocking back will not accelerate through contact even after lots of landing mat drills and encouragement. The old “looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane” moniker may apply to this player, something we often see in youth football. This looks like a very difficult challenge for the younger group this year, very thin on numbers, heart and experience.

The older team is the opposite, but with low numbers and by far the smallest team in the league and just 19 kids poses challenges as well. We usually carry 24 players, unfortunately with our success here over the last 3 years and only losing one game in that time period, many must feel they have to be a descent player to play for us and don’t bother to sign up. That certainly isn’t the case, if anyone would come see us play they would see plenty of weaker kids on the team and getting playing time. While for our younger team, not sure why the lower numbers, this is the first time 3rd -4th graders are separate and we have lots of very small and weak players on this squad. The soccer mom Nazis are having some of the kids playing flag football at the younger ages. We even had a 130 pound kid in the 5th grade that signed up that we were informed will be playing flag football this fall, what a waste.

After the gauntlet drill, we reviewed the offense, base formation, splits, alignment and the perfection that we require on alignment and stances. We put an offense on the field sitting down in their positions. We reviewed and taught the numbering system per the book to the entire group. This included lots of testing for each segment with the players touching the head of the ball carrier designated for the each play, then touching the ground of where the ball carrier would run the ball. As with everything we do, we taught and tested for it in a progression. Our vets were perfect with it and about 80% of the new kids grasped onto it pretty well.

They younger kids got to view our vets quickly run through the Sainted Six football plays of our offense. We were not expecting the new players to know what they were to do just yet, as we have yet to determine positions. I just wanted to give them a 5 minute glimpse of what the offense and Base Series would look like in 2 weeks with some focused football practices.

We wrapped things up with the Slam Dunk game as detailed in the book. We did it with hand shields rather than tackling and put our better players on the shields as “defenders”. This game helps to teach leverage, staying low and constant foot movement. It also helps us coaches evaluate lateral quickness, heart, desire and determine which players have aversion to or a love for contact. We had several pleasant surprises on this drill and a big disappointment or two as well. One of our very small second year players on the older team that has excellent speed, seems to be maturing and has gotten more aggressive. You often see that with second year kids, they seem to make the biggest gains from year 1 to year 2. That’s why teams chocked full of first year players like our younger team, often struggle quite a bit.

We have a pretty good feel for where all the pieces fit together, with a ton of holes on the younger team. My DC for the older team e-mailed me this morning with his depth chart of who would play where and the kids are right where I would have put them with the exception of one backup. He has been studying the book and I was real happy we independently came to nearly the exact same conclusions on player placement. Of course the games and evals we do make it very clear who should play what based on the detailed position requirements written in the book.

We handed out equipment at the end of football practice and we will go 3 days per week for 2 hours each next week in full pads.

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Source by Dave Cisar

Football Facts – 5 Interesting Facts About Football

The First Football League

It is generally accepted that the first officially organised league competition in the world was the (English) Football League formed in 1888. Then, it consisted of 12 clubs all of whom were based in the North and the Midlands of England. The very first winners of the Football League Championship were Preston North End.

In 1992 with the influx of megabucks from BSkyB (now called Sky TV), the top teams broke away to form their own league called the FA Premier League.

Today, the original Football League has 3 divisions called; the Championship, Division 1 and Division 2.

So that England today has a total of 4 professional football leagues, with teams moving up (promotion) or down (relegation) through the leagues depending on their points tally at the end of each season.

The First Football Association Cup (FA Cup)

The first FA Cup final was played in England in 1872 between Royal Engineers and Wanderers in front of 2,000 spectators. Wanderers ran out 1-0 winners partly because Royal Engineers — who were the favourites — lost a player through injury, early in the match, and had to play on with only 10 men since substitutes were not allowed then. The “Challenge Cup”, as it was known originally, was the brainchild of Mr. C. W. Alcock of Sunderland who proposed only the year before that “A challenge cup should be established in connection with the Association“; the “Association” being the Football Association, hence the FA Cup.

The Oldest Football Club in the World

There have always been many arguments over the oldest football club in the world. Here are some facts to consider though…

The oldest, continuously documented, “football” club in the world is Dublin University Football Club, in the Republic of Ireland, which was founded in 1854. However, the club now plays Rugby Union, not Association Football. For this reason it is not officially recognized as the oldest football club in the world.

Sheffield Football Club — Sheffield FC — founded in England in 1857, is recognised by both the English FA and FIFA as being the oldest, continuously documented football club in the world still playing Association Football. They play in the Northern Premier League Division 1 South in England. So they are generally now recognised as being the oldest football club in the world.

But, there is documentation of a “football club” in Edinburgh, Scotland between 1824 and 1841. Several documents still exist today which refer to the “Foot Ball Club” and it’s rules. It worked rather like a golf club where members selected teams from their membership to play one another. The club has been now been reconstituted and plays under the name of “The Foot Ball Club of Edinburgh” in an amateur capacity.

The First International Football Match

The first international football match was played between Scotland and England in Glasgow, Scotland on 30th November 1872, in front of 4,000 spectators. The result was a hard-fought 0-0 draw. And of the 110 games played between 1872 and 1999 when the fixture was disbanded, Scotland had won 41, England 45, and 24 games had ended in a draw.

The First Trainer’s Dugout

The first ever recorded use of a sunken covered enclosure at the side of the pitch (the dugout) was in the early 1920s at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, Scotland. The trainer at the time, Donald Coleman, had it built to protect himself while he took detailed notes of his players during matches, as was his practice, and, was partly sunken into the ground so as not to block spectators’ views of the game. Visiting teams were so impressed that the idea soon spread throughout the UK and then the rest of the world.



Source by John Salter

How To Preserve Your High School Football Jersey

High school football jerseys have become very popular due to the overall popularity of football in general.

The question is, how do you preserve your high school football jersey so you can always remember the season, my teammates, my school?

Here is a great idea, take your jersey and get it professionally framed and matted, exactly how professional athletes frame and mat their jersey. Add a picture of your team, a memorable moment from the season, and a plaque inside the frame and now you have your very own collectible, something you can pass down to your kids.

Otherwise, your high school jersey is just going to get thrown in a closet and get ruined — you might as well memorialize it so you have something to look back on.

Another great idea is to have your high school jersey replicated so your parents can wear it to the games, your fellow students can wear them, and then you can keep the collectible jersey as a piece of your own sports history.

Many high school football fans are doing this with their jerseys now instead of just tossing them after the season. They are also getting them framed instead of doing trophy’s at the end of the year. A good friend of mine gave their coach his son’s framed high school football jersey at the end of the season instead of a trophy and the coach was amazed.

There are a lot of companies out there that can create custom high school football jerseys for you and then frame your jersey after the season is over. With the popularity of sports memorabilia today — and the enormity of high school football, it is becoming the premier way to preserve those high school memories.



Source by Kelly Johns

Clay Matthews – It’s All in the Family

Green Bay Packer player Clay Matthews carries on the family name in the NFL. There is a long history of football in the Matthews family going all the way back to Clay Matthews, Sr who was an offensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950’s. His son Clay Matthew, Jr was a linebacker who played for the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons. Clay Jr.’s brother Bruce Matthews was one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history and played for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise from 1983 through 2001. Clay Matthews III is currently a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers and could very well be on his way for NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award. Clay III also has a younger brother Casey who also aspires to NFL status. Casey currently plays as linebacker for the University of Oregon.

The brothers Clay and Bruce, and Clay III and his brother Kyle all attended University of Southern California. Though Clay III entered USC as a walk-on student athlete he was granted a full athletic scholarship in 2006. He was awarded USC’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007 and was awarded USC’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year in 2008, making him the only player in USC history to be awarded three consecutive Special Teams Player of the Year awards

One would think the pressure to perform coming from such famous lineage would daunt some players. Not so with Clay Matthews lll! He fully embraces his football heritage and uses the wisdom of his family members who have traveled the road before him to better his game. In a recent interview with Bob Costas, Clay was asked if his family members critiqued his performance? Clay answered, “All the time, all the time, if you’re in the Matthews family it’s tough growing up. They let you know what your doing right and what your doing wrong so, I wouldn’t have it any other way though. They have been very instrumental where I’m at and why I’m here and get me better….I’m going to keep looking to them for guidance”. Pressure from other players can be a motivational tool as Andrea Kremer from NBC Sports reported that Clay III had this to say, “”Players gave me a lot of grief about being a Matthews but it really pushed me. It became one of many motivational tools. There’s great pressure because of the name but it’s not worse than the pressure I put on myself”.

Clay III and his father share not only the DNA that makes them the athletes they are but they also share the honor of being the only father-son to be named Defensive Player of the Week in the NFL. Another strange twist of fate is that they have/had the same strength and conditioning coach, Dave Redding.

By all accounts the Matthews family appears very close and dedicated to family as well as their beloved game. Clay Matthews III has finally come into his own after much hard work and determination.



Source by S. Nica

Brainstorming Bowling Team Names

Creativity, originality and memorability (is there such a word?) do not just happen. Especially when it comes to making up your bowling team names. If you are you still looking for that striking (get it?) name for your bowling team then what you need is a good old fashioned brainstorming session? There are some simple rules and strategies you can follow when creating your own team name. Rule number one for a fun bowling team names session is “no name is too lame”. In fact the more the team groans at any suggestion the better the name.

Rule number two is write ALL bowling team names down because you probably won’t remember them tomorrow because of rule number three. This is Pythagoras’ theorem of team names, where the sum of the fun is equal to the sum of the square of the other two ingredients, beer and pretzels.

Rule number three is “always make time for a rhyme”. Start with a word related to bowling and come up with as many cute or better still raunchy rhyming words as you can. Here are a few to get your poetic juices flowing.

STRIKE, HIKE, LIKE, TYKE, PIKE, DYKE.

SPLIT, WIT, FIT, TIT, HIT, ZIT, MIT, PIT.

GUTTER, FLUTTER, UTTER, MUTTER, STUTTER, PUTTER.

Now I know what you are thinking and I just have four words for you. Remember rule number one and have another beer. I guess that’s eight words so it’s a good thing the machine counts the pins for me.

If you want to avoid cute rhyming then you could try the strategy of picking one or two of the above words and put them together with an adjective for a little more pizzazz. Go for something with a good ring to it, or a little alliteration. Such as;

‘Strikes unlimited’, (or more honestly, ‘strikes every now and then’)

‘Crazy Pin Prowlers’

‘Bowling Braves’

‘Soft Shoe Shakers’

OK, OK but remember rule number one! I highly recommend you explore the puns and wordplay. A good start is to think of a common phrase that happens to use one of those bowling related words in the list. Simply reuse that phrase and you automatically have a bowling team name with a double meaning. For instance, “Spare Change”, “Wildcat Strikes”, or “Alley Ways” are regular phrases that work well for bowling team names.

If you want to get even more experimental and want a more complex pun, you can try thinking of words, phrases, movie titles, or celebrity names that sound similar or rhyme with bowling terminology. Top of my list would be, “Spare Wars”, “The Umpire Strikes Back”, “Return of the Dead-eye”, “The Magnificent Five”. Or try swapping similar-sounding words in and out of a bowling phrase. Here are a few more ideas along those lines…

Thunder Bawl, Changing Lanes, Alley McBowl, The Mis-Splits, Bowlfinger, The Tenpin Commandments, Axis & Alleys, Split-finger Fast-bowl, The Pin Pricks The Incredibowls. Oh I could go on! Anyway, whatever bowling team you come up with the important thing is to remember rule number one and that bowling isn’t real life. It’s much more important than that!



Source by Wendy Pan

Football Player’s Position

If we are talking about playing football, I think most of us want to be a striker or forward player, it’s because we think that the striker is the best position in the game and the others just for supporting the striker. And also we think that the striker is a hero for the team because he makes scores and finally wins the game. Sometimes common people say that they win only because of the Forward players or the strikers. But actually, their assumption is wrong, because the main thing that is important in football game is teamwork. Each player in the game must be discipline and do their duty based on their position. Without that, the play will be bad and the team won’t win the game.

In football game, basically we know about 4 positions of players; Goalkeeper (GK), Defender (DF), Midfielder (MF), and Forward or Striker (FW). In each position, they have their main duty in a game. So, what are actually the characteristics of each of them? Okay, let’s check it out.

The first position is a Goalkeeper. Goalkeeper is a position which has a main task to protect the goal post from opponent attack. This position actually is placed in the back of the others position. So, he just stands under the goal post and blocks the ball that comes to the goal. The characteristic of this position is goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball with his hand.

The second position is a Defender or we usually call it as Back. Someone in this position has main task to protect their area from opponent attack. The position of back is in front of the goalkeeper. Usually in a game, defender is divided into two; Center Back (CB) and Side Back (SB). Center Back is a player who stands in the middle of defense area and in front of the goalkeeper. This kind of position holds the biggest responsibility in team after the Goalkeeper. Then the Side Back is a player who plays in the side of the defense area. Sometimes, this kind of position is helpful when attacking.

The next position is Midfielder. I think this is the most flexible position in the match. Because someone in this position can do everything, both attacking and defending. The midfielders play in the middle of the field. And also, midfielder is a position that is very important in a team. Because, they can make the defender are connected to the forward players. It means that the midfielders are the Playmakers in the game. Actually in the real game, the midfielder is divided into 4 positions; Center Midfielder (CMF), Defending Midfielder (DMF), Attacking Midfielder (AMF), and Side Midfielder. CMF tends to make the beautiful play by giving pass to others teammate. While DMF tends to more help the defender to defense. It means this kind of player is more defensive. Then an AMF is the contrary of DMF. It means that this player is more offensive. And the last is SMF, this player can both defending and attacking in the side of the field. This kind of player is usually called as a Winger.

And the fourth position in football game is a Striker or Forward player. This player has the main task to make scores by driving the ball into the goal post. In this position, the player should have good instinct and can make good positioning. And the Striker should be able to maximize the chance to make a score, because in the real game, the striker is always kept by opponent player.

By knowing about the characteristics of football players, we can conclude that, each position have their own duty and role in playing football. It means that the striker that cannot bring the team into victory without support from their teammate. Also the team cannot win the game without the participation of strikers. So we can say that all types of position in the game are important and each of them cannot stands alone, it means that the most important thing is teamwork. Without that, I think it is hard to reach victory.



Source by Abdi Muflih Dzaky

Bridesmaid Gifts For Tomboys

You want to get your bridesmaids a special gift to thank them for being in your wedding. Most of the time, this is not too difficult; as long as you pick something pretty and personal, you know that your friends will love it. Unless that bridesmaid happens to be a tomboy, in which case you will have to really get creative to find her a gift that is appropriate and suits her personality.

Tomboys usually do not share the same interests as the more girly-girls. Where one of your bridesmaids might be thrilled to receive a monogrammed cosmetic bag, the tomboy does not even wear makeup. Your feminine bridesmaids will love fancy custom bridesmaid jewelry, but the tomboy doesn’t even have pierced ears. What is a bride to do?

The first thing to keep in mind is that it is more important to give your bridesmaids gifts that they will truly enjoy than it is to give them all the same exact item. You want to be fair in terms of the cost of each gift, but it is perfectly fine to give something different to each of your bridesmaids. When you have friends with contrasting tastes or styles, this may be the only way to go.

For a bridesmaid who is more of a tomboy, you can begin by thinking about her hobbies and interests when searching for the perfect gift. First of all, is she a self-declared tomboy? This will actually make it easier on you, because you don’t run the risk of offending her if you give feminine gifts to your other bridesmaids and some less girly to her.

If your bridesmaid loves sports, this will give you many great possibilities for a bridesmaid gift. You can give her tickets to see a sporting event. Or you can opt for a something like a personalized NFL mug, which is often available where they sell gifts for groomsmen. (But do not give your tomboy friend the same thing that the groom is planning to give his friends; that could really hurt her feelings.)

If you are going to give some of your other bridesmaids personalized gifts, you can do the same for your tomboyish bridesmaid. For instance, perhaps you know that your maid of honor would love a silver pendant engraved with her monogram. You could also give a personalized gift to your other bridesmaid, such as a set of golf balls with her name on them. If she loves tennis, how about a customized racquet cover? Once you get thinking about your bridesmaid’s interests, you will be able to come up with all sorts of creative ideas.

Perhaps she is not into sports, but loves to go out to dinner. Great! A nice bridesmaid gift idea would be a gift card to her favorite restaurant. This type of gift can feel a bit impersonal though, so make sure that you know it is something that your friend would really be pleased to receive. To make a gift like this more special, you could be sure to go to dinner with her after you return from the honeymoon. There is no present more meaningful than the gift of time spent together with friends.

Having a bridesmaid with different interests than the rest of your wedding party can make it tougher to find the perfect gift, but undoubtedly it is her unique personality that makes her a fun friend to have. After all, if all of your bridesmaids were exactly the same in every way, you would only need to have one of them as a friend. It is the individual qualities of each person that make them worth knowing.



Source by Laura Firenze

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