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What is a Bubble Screen in Football

What is a Bubble Screen in Football? (Explanation and Video)

By Coach Martin | Football Basics

It is a pass play that is designed to get the ball out of quarterback’s hands and into the receiver’s hands as quick as possible.

The work, then, is on the receivers to do the initial blocking, and for the player catching the ball to make a move or two to get downfield.

Let’s have a closer look at the bubble screen so we can know exactly what it is, how it’s run, and when it’s best used.

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The Correct Youth Football Sizes for Every Age Group (Chart)

By Coach Martin | Football Basics

All footballs are not made equally.

That is to say — just because you’re playing the game of football doesn’t mean that you will be using the same ball.

Unlike a sport like baseball, where the size of the ball is always the same regardless of what level of the sport you’re playing, there is a different size football that you should use depending on how old you are and what level of the game you’re playing.

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Football Positions Explained (Offense and Defense)

By Coach Martin | Football Basics

Unlike a lot of other sports, it’s rather difficult to understand all the various football positions on a team.

While there are only 11 players on each team on the field at any one time, there are three distinct “units” for each football team:

(1) The Offense, (2) The Defense, (3) Special Teams

This means that there are 33 different football positions — or slight variations of positions — throughout a game.

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What is an Illegal Shift in Football? (The Rule Explained)

By Coach Martin | Football Basics

In football, as in any sport, there are some easy-to-understand rules and some not-so-easy-to-understand rules. The “illegal shift” falls into the latter category. Not many people truly understand what an illegal shift in football is, why the rule is in place, and how referees can spot the infraction. However, one thing is for certain… It’s easy to understand how […]

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