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How to Play Touch Football:

  1. Set up a makeshift football field in your backyard by placing two orange plastic cones on each end of a rectangular playing field to designate the end zones. If you don’t have cones, use other items handy in your backyard to mark the four corners of the end zones (i.e. outdoor flower pots or lawn chairs).

 

  1. Assemble two teams, each consisting of at least two players (up to 11).

 

  1. Decide on the tagging method: Instead of tackling, as in professional football, unanimously decide amongst each other whether a one-hand touch or a two-hand will equal a down.

 

  1. Establish who will play what position (i.e. quarterback, linemen, etc.) among each team.

 

  1. Decide how the winning team will be determined: You can either rely on a set time (i.e. 60 minutes, split into four 15-minute quarters) or on a predetermined number of points scored (i.e. the first team to score 10 touchdowns is the winning team).

 

  1. To start a game of touch football, the two teams flip a coin. The winning team of the coin toss gets to play offense, that is, they are in possession of the football, and are appropriately called the offensive team. The other team is thus designated as the defensive team in that they must defend their end zone.

 

  1. Each team is given a few minutes to huddle and discuss their offense and defense game tactics amongst themselves.

 

  1. Place the football on the ground in the middle of the makeshift field (line of scrimmage).

 

  1. Each of the two teams must line up facing the ball and each other, standing parallel to the goal line at their respective end of the makeshift field. Each player must line up on the field according to his/her position (i.e. the linemen of each team stand closest to the ball, and the other players, known as backs, stand behind the line of scrimmage).

 

  1. The center lineman (the player closest to the ball) of the offensive team (the team that won the coin toss before the start of the game) takes hold of the ball and passes it under his/her legs to the quarterback who is directly behind him/her.

 

  1. The quarterback throws the ball to the running back who then tries to carry the ball to the opposite end zone.

 

  1. The defensive players (players of the opposing team) must try to block the running back and tag him/her either using the predetermined one-hand or two-hand touch. (As mentioned above in step 3, instead of tackling the opponent, as in professional football, tagging the player carrying the ball either by a one-hand or two-hand touch equals a down). Meanwhile, the offensive players must try to block the defensive players and prevent them from tagging the running back.

 

  1. If a defensive player successfully tags the running back, the play ends and is thus called a down. The ball is then positioned at the exact spot where the play ended. Repeat steps 9-12. (Note: A down also occurs if the running back drops the ball or is out of bounds. In either case, position the ball at the exact spot where it was dropped or played out of bounds, and repeat steps 9-12).

 

The offensive team is allowed a total of four downs to advance the ball to the opposite end zone. If after four downs, the offensive team is unsuccessful at scoring a touchdown, they must give up possession of the ball. The two teams  must then switch positions: the offensive team becomes the defensive team and vice versa. Place the ball on the ground where it was last in play, and repeat steps 9-13.

If, however, the running back makes it successfully to the opposite end zone, a touchdown is scored (6 points). The two teams must then switch positions: the offensive team becomes the defensive team and vice versa. Repeat steps 8-13.

  1. Keep on playing the game until a set time has expired or a predetermined number of points are scored.

 

Helpful Tips: No matter what sport or physical activity you and/or your guests decide to participate in at your outdoor barbecue event, this section provides useful information and tips for optimal performance and enjoyment:

  • Stay Hydrated! If you and/or your guests engage in outdoor physical activities, especially during hot weather, remember to drink plenty of fluids! Drinking simple, pure water is a great option to replenish your fluids during and after exercising. Most tap water is excellent. However, if you are still concerned about lead content and other potentially harmful particles in your tap water, using a water filter or purifier is one way to go. A water filtration system (e.g., Brita, Culligan or Pur) can keep vital minerals in the water like fluoride, while filtering out any contaminants or pollutants that may be in your tap water.

While exercising, perspiration allows your body to cool off as the sweat evaporates from your skin (a natural cooling mechanism), but in the process of this thermoregulation you loose electrolytes in addition to H2O. Therefore, if you’ve been especially sweating a lot, you need to replenish your lost electrolytes. In this case, sports drinks - fortified with electrolytes - (e.g., Gatorade, Powerade, All Sport, Recharge, Extreme Ripped Force and Champion Nutrition Revenge Sport) are good choices.

There are also other energy drinks available on the market, such as vitamin-fortified water (e.g., Glacéau [a.k.a. Glaceau] Vitamin Water, Glacéau Smart Water, Glacéau Fruit Water, Glacéau Vitamin Energy, Propel Fitness Water and SoBe Life Water).

  • Play it safe! Wear the appropriate safety gear for each sport or activity you engage in. Also, make certain that you have all the necessary equipment for the sport or activity. Visit your local sporting goods store for assistance.

 

  • Stretch and warm-up! It’s important to stretch and warm-up before participating in any physical activity or sport. Stretching has many benefits: It allows your muscles and joints to relax, it improves your range of motion and it may prevent injuries. Before starting any sport or physical activity, consult your physician and get a physical exam. 

 

  • Keep an over-the-counter pain reliever handy! Don’t let minor aches and pains slow you down or prevent you from participating in a sport or physical activity you enjoy at your outdoor barbecue event. Over-the-counter pain medication (e.g., Tylenol [Acetaminophen], Motrin [Ibuprofen], Advil [Ibuprofen], Anacin [Aspirin], Bayer [Aspirin], Aleve [Naproxen], etc.) work great at relieving minor muscle and joint pain.

Some natural remedies include:

§        Arnica gel – helps relieve pain and swelling

§        Bromelain (pineapple enzyme) – helps soothe bruises

§        Capsaicin cream (derived from cayenne) – helps relieve muscle aches

Note: Always consult your physician before taking any medication (or natural remedy), and use as directed.

  • Should any emergencies arise, keep a cell phone handy, or even a walkie-talkie! A walkie-talkie is a two-way radio transceiver, which is convenient, portable and handheld. It allows you to communicate with another person that is located at a reasonably close distance to you (e.g., if you are in the backyard, you can easily communicate with someone that is inside the house if you are both using walkie-talkies). It’s a great way to keep in touch!

 

  • Keep a first-aid kit handy! Accidents happen, so, for minor scrapes, cuts, etc., readily have available bandages; gauze; adhesive tape; sterile swabs; antiseptic (e.g., hydrogen peroxide topical solution, antibiotic ointment [e.g., Neosporin], alcohol pads, etc.); tweezers; anti-itch ointment (e.g., hydrocortisone); etc. Seek medical attention if necessary.

Some natural remedies include:

§        Calamine lotion – helps relieve itching due to poison ivy, oak, and sumac

§        Calendula gel – helps soothe irritated skin due to minor scrapes, cuts, burns, and sunburns

§        Colloidal oatmeal bath – helps relieve itching due to poison ivy, oak, and sumac

§        Honey – helps to disinfect minor scrapes and cuts

§        Slippery elm compress – may help dislodge minor splinters

§        Tea tree oil – helps clean and soothe minor scrapes and cuts

§        Witch hazel – helps clean and soothe minor scrapes and cuts

Note: Always consult your physician before taking any medication (or natural remedy), and use as directed.

  • Prevent sunburn! Protect your skin from the sun’s potentially harmful rays, which may cause premature aging (e.g., wrinkles) and skin cancer. So, don’t forget to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and one that offers broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. If participating in outdoor sports or activities, consider wearing a sunscreen that is waterproof.

Some natural remedies to relieve irritated skin due to minor sunburns include:

§        Aloe Vera gel – helps relieve minor sunburns and promotes healing

§        Calendula gel – helps soothe irritated skin due to minor sunburns, burns, scrapes, and cuts

§        Cucumber juice – helps soothe and cool minor sunburns

§        Green, black or white tea (cooled) compress – helps promote healing

§         Vitamin E oil – helps promote healing

§        Whole milk compress – helps soothe minor sunburns

Note: Always consult your physician before taking any medication (or natural remedy), and use as directed.

  • Avoid pesky bug bites! Keep a bottle of bug spray handy. Also, use outdoor citronella candles to help repel mosquitoes. If you do get bit, use anti-itch ointment (e.g., hydrocortisone) to help relieve the sting of the bite.

Some natural remedies include:

§        Basil leaf (crushed) – helps soothe stinging pain due to bug bites

§        Paste made of baking soda & water – helps relieve itching due to bug bites

Note: Always consult your physician before taking any medication (or natural remedy), and use as directed.

  • Keep allergies at bay, and enjoy your time outdoors! If you suffer from allergies, have readily available an over-the-counter allergy medicine - (e.g., Claritin [Loratadine]; Benadryl [Diphenhydramine]; Sudafed PE [Phenylephrine]; Zyrtec [Cetirizine HCl]; Zyrtec-D[Cetirizine/Pseudoephedrine]; etc.) - to relieve allergy symptoms, such as red, itchy, watery eyes; nasal congestion; sneezing, etc., due to the increased levels of pollen, dust, mold, etc., in the air.

Note: Always consult your physician before taking any medication (or natural remedy), and use as directed.

  • Set Realistic Goals! Don’t overexert yourself, especially at an outdoor get-together where the idea is to relax and have a good time. Remember, as with most things in life, practice makes perfect! So, if you’re really interested in a particular sport or activity, practice it often, and you’ll be sure to impress your friends and family at your next outdoor event.

 

  • Most of all...Have Fun! Whether you’re a competitive athlete or an amateur, playing sports and exercising should be about enjoying yourself, spending time with friends and family, getting in touch with the great outdoors, teamwork, the spirit of the game, stress-relief, and good health!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

   

 

   

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