I could feel my heart pounding in my chest, and the adrenaline pumping through my veins as I trampled over the freshly cut grass. Power surged through my body as I leaped into the air. My muscles stretched as I reached forward to make the catch. All while at the same time wondering, “Will I?”
Football dominated my life for quite some time. For about 7 years I dreamed of joining the NFL before Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and free running took over.
Of course traditional football can be a brutal sport and not the best activity for families.
However, variations of this popular sport can provide fun for the entire family. Here are some of my favorites
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Football Games For Kids #1: Touch/Flag Football
These two games are the simplest to explain since they’re played just like normal football. The only exception is instead of tackling to get someone down, you just tag them or pull a flag out of their waist band.
These games work best with a larger group of people (8+). You can play either two-hand or one-hand touch. Two-hand touch can be more exciting. But it can also cause more arguments. Before playing you should establish whether touching clothing counts.
I have fond memories of playing this with my friends all school year and then having our “Super Bowl” on the last day. Good times.
Football Games For Kids #2: Ultimate Football
This is one of my favorite games in this article. I first played it during gym. I liked it so much I brought it home to the family.
All you need are four or more people and a football. To play, one team has the ball and they throw it as far as they can down the field, away from the Touch Down zone. The other team then retrieves it. The object is to get the ball up the field by passing. Your goal is to get it into the other teams TD zone.
The person passing can only take three steps then has to pass it. Everyone else can move as much as they want. If the ball is dropped, knocked down, blocked, or intercepted then the other team gets the ball.
Football Games For Kids #3: Don’t Drop It!
This game is about as simple as it gets. To play, two people pass the ball back and forth until some one drops it. Whoever drops it loses. I love to play this with my dad. It can get wicked intense as each person catches the ball and you try to get them out.
Football Games For Kids #4: Out/Stop/Finish
This game is an amazingly perfect combo of exercise, both physically and mentally.If your child has a spelling test you can even use this game to study. You pick a word. It usually is “out”,”stop”, or “finish”. But you can pick any word for this.
Then you start passing the ball back and forth. If more than two people are playing, you can pass the ball in a circle. Every time someone drops a ball they get a letter. Eventually the letters should spell out the word you chose. when that happens the person is out.
You could even practice times tables with this: Like if you use the number 3 every time some drops the ball they go up 3: 3,6,9,12, etc. until the reach a certain number.
Football Games For Kids #5: One-Handed
In this game you pretend you only have one hand and have to catch all your balls with only that hand. My dad and I play this to see who gets the most out of ten. If we tie, we go to eleven and so on. You can press the ball to your chest, legs, stomach – anything but your other arm. This is a great game. But young children may not be able to play it due to the difficulty.
Football Games For Kids #6: Double Trouble
Talk about a challenge for your brain and body – this is it. In this game you have to throw and catch a ball at the same time.
Each person has a ball. When the game starts, you throw the ball while at the same time you have to be ready to get the ball being passed to you. And it doesn’t count if you throw a bad pass as you’re trying to catch a ball. In fact, sometimes that means you lose a point.
We play this with frisbees as well. And sometimes – to really make things complicated – we’ve used one football and one frisbee so you have to alternate your throwing and catching techniques.
Football Games For Kids #7: Keep Away
Keep away can be played as a team or individually. If you play it individually one person is It and they have to try to get the ball from the others by either tagging or intercepting the ball.
Team Keep Away is the same except that a whole team tries to get it from another team. Have someone time how long each team can keep the ball. The team with longest time wins.
Football Games For Kids #8: Work Out Routine
This game epitomizes exercise. First, you choose a number – lets say 30. That means you or who ever you are throwing to has to catch 30 balls in a row. If you drop one then you have to do some special exercise like ten push ups , or a lap around the house. The cruelest punishment is to increase the number you have to catch by ten. Every time they drop one, the punishment should increase or change. Great fun!
Football Games For Kids #9: One On One
This game can be played as tackle, touch, or flag. The defender throws the ball to their opponent. If the person catches it they have to try and get past defense to the touch down zone. If they get caught or drop it they become defense and the cycle repeats
Play Football As A Family
One of my favorite things about fall is football season. But with these games it doesn’t matter what season it is. You and your family can play football any time. Thank you for reading and I hope this article will aid you on your journey to becoming a fit family together.