Top 25 Football Skills, Tips, and Tricks

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Would you like to throw a football like All-Pro quarterback Peylon Manning? Or would you rather learn to slash through defenders like superstar running back Adrian Peterson? It takes a lot of hard work and practice to reach the professional ranks, but even the greatest players have to learn the basics first. And this book is a great place to start. Learn the skills you'll need to play the many positions in football and find out some fun tips and tricks from the pros along the ...

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Would you like to throw a football like All-Pro quarterback Peylon Manning? Or would you rather learn to slash through defenders like superstar running back Adrian Peterson? It takes a lot of hard work and practice to reach the professional ranks, but even the greatest players have to learn the basics first. And this book is a great place to start. Learn the skills you'll need to play the many positions in football and find out some fun tips and tricks from the pros along the way.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Patricia M. Steelman
This title is part of a six-book series on standard American sports—also including baseball, basketball, gymnastics, hockey, and soccer—presenting twenty-five informative points in forty-eight pages. Brief paragraphs, boxes with facts, tips, or historical information and photos of major stars or action snapshots cover the basics of each sport. A one-page glossary of main terms, a short list of similar books, several Internet addresses, and an index complete the coverage. A solid introduction to modern football, this title combines general information with specifics for the beginning player. Torres covers the basics of ball passing and receiving with recommended exercises for increasing finger and hand strength by training with a heavier ball and receiving the ball with both hands forming a triangle with your thumbs and index fingers rather than clutching the ball to the chest. The author discusses rushing, line play, blocking, tackling, punting, and kicking field goals while including historical points of interest, and reminds players that in tackling, helmet-to-helmet hits are not allowed in the NFL since the 2010 season. The photos are well chosen to illustrate the text. Most show professional players executing correct form on the field. Two photos of younger players are in the fun tricks and training section for Two-Hand Touch and Fun Plays. Young players are encouraged to build up their physical endurance and stamina to be a good team player. Four out of six books listed in a Further Reading section were published since 2010. The relevancy of the information and the clear explanations of positions and required skills make this a recommended purchase. Reviewer: Patricia M. Steelman
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—This series covers techniques needed to become successful in each featured sport. It's assumed that readers are familiar with the games as rules and regulations are not emphasized. The tips flow naturally from one to 25. For example, Baseball begins by covering equipment and the proper batting stance and ends with the advice to "keep your head in the game" and "Be alert." Gymnastics, Basketball, and Football start with introductory pages, while Baseball, Hockey, and Soccer have only a couple of sentences and feel more abrupt in style. Text is intermixed with action photographs that often decorate rather than elucidate the precision moves that are necessary. This set will have difficulty competing with the plethora of sports skills titles, such as those in the "Skills in Motion" series (Rosen Central), which emphasize techniques using slow-motion photographs.
VOYA - Sherrie Williams
This colorful, high interest, six-book series explores sports enjoyed by youth players such as baseball, basketball, football, gymnastics, hockey and soccer. Each of these sports is discussed using a top twenty-five list of skills, tips, and tricks that, if mastered, can help young athletes to excel. The baseball volume covers the skills of hitting, base running, pitching, defense and advanced "big league" conditioning tips. Included among the top skills for football are those related to passing and receiving, rushing, line play, defense and special teams, and conditioning and special drills. The format of the series is pleasing to the eye, with many well-captioned photos offering further explanation of sports skills. The photos are well divided between players in youth leagues and professional athletes of interest to young readers. The format of the book is skewed towards younger students, making this series most appropriate for libraries serving middle-school-aged audiences. The text is sometimes detail-heavy, offering a long list of occasionally confusing advice to explain athletic skills in writing. For example, in explaining a baseball batting stance, there are seventeen separate sentences which each include several modifications of the grip, body location, and tilt for both left- and right-handed hitters. The captions in the photo illustrations, however, are much more to the point so young readers will find needed information there if the text is too detailed for their reading style. This series will enjoy heavy use among youth sports participants seeking to improve their skills. (Top 25 Sports Skills, Tips, and Tricks) Reviewer: Sherrie Williams
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Table of Contents

Passing and Receiving 5

1 Gripping the Football 6

2 The Proper Throwing Stance 8

3 How to Fling the Pigskin 10

4 Catching the Football 11

5 Running After the Catch 12

Rushing 14

6 The Exchange 15

7 Protecting the Ball 16

8 Running to "Daylight," 18

9 Running Vision 20

10 More than Just a Runner 21

Line Play 22

11 Run Blocking 23

12 Blocking for the Trap 24

13 Pass Blocking 26

14 Defensive line 28

15 Patience on Defense 29

Defense end Special Teams 30

16 How to Tackle 30

17 Linebackers 32

18 Pass Coverage 34

19 Punting and Special Teams Coverage 36

20 Kicking Field Goals 38

Fun Tricks and Training 40

21 Agility Drills 40

22 Conditioning 42

23 Terrible 20s 43

24 Two-Hand Touch 44

25 Fun Plays 45

Glossary 46

Further Reading (Books and Internet Addresses) 47

Index 48

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