Kids take to sports like ducks take to water. Football is one of the most popular sports around and it’s a good idea to teach your kids the basics of football at an early age. You could do this the old-fashioned way by taking them out to the yard or to a game. Or, you could exploit the benefits that technology offers and teach your little ones in an easy and entertaining way! Mobile games like NFL’s Heroes & Rivals are not only fun to play, but can also educate kids about different aspects of football. Through a series of mini games, Heroes & Rivals encourages kids to learn about different teams, player positions and other skills like decision-making.
One of the first things your kid should know before playing a football game on an app or watching a game is to know about the various player positions in American football.
So, let’s play ball! In American football, each team has 11 players. A player position is the role of a player on the field, and this depends on whether the player is on the defense or the offense side. Offense is the team with the ball that needs to score. Defense is the team that has to try and stop offense from scoring and take the ball from them.
Player Positions on the Offensive Side
Center: He begins the play and snaps the ball to the quarterback. He also blocks defense and directs other players.
Quarterback: This is considered as the most important position. Once he gets the ball from the Center, his job is to run with the ball or take the call to pass it to another player.
Running Back: Also called the Half Back, this is the player who runs with the ball. They block and receive passes, and sometimes throw.
Fullback: Their job is to block for the quarterback and for the running back. They are good runners.
Wide Receiver: This player specializes in catching passes. He is the fastest receiver in the team.
Tight End: The player in this position is expected to both block and receive passes.
Left Guard and Right Guard: Found on either side of the center, these players have to block for the quarterback and other players carrying the ball.
Left Tackle and Right Tackle: These two players are on the outside of the guards who are required to block the passing and running plays.
Player Positions on the Defensive Side
Linebacker: This is the player who defends the run and pass, and is found behind the defense linemen. These players are good at tackling. There can be middle linebackers and outside linebackers.
Cornerback: Positioned opposite the offensive team’s receivers, they have to stop the passes and try to push the runner to the middle where he can be tackled. In some situations, they tackle the runner.
Defensive Tackle: These players stop the running play and rush the passer, and are on the inner side of the defensive line.
Defensive End: These are the outside players of the defensive line and they have to contain the runs and also try to block and tackle the ball carrier.
Safety: These defense players are required to cover and stop the deep pass and are considered as the last line of defense.
When it comes to player positions, there’s a lot that the kids need to take in. Give them time, let them watch as many football games as they need to, encourage them to use fun football-related apps, and become masters at every aspect of the game. Just make sure that fun and learning go hand in hand!