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The 3 Football Stances Every Player Must Know

By Coach Martin | Football Basics

No matter what position you play in football, you’ll need to set up in a specific stance before each play starts.

This stance, or way that you position your body, will help you get started off on the right foot when the play begins.

There are three main stances used in football — used by different players in different situations, as they allow the player to start the play off in the best position as possible.

Understanding these stances and what their strengths are is important so you know when to use them during a game.

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Double Punt: Can You Kick the Ball Twice in Football?

By Coach Martin | Football Rules & Penalties

When offenses stall on third down and are too far away from the opponent’s end zone to try for a touchdown or a field goal, they’ll often punt the ball away to the other team.

Although they give away possession of the football, it’s much better than the alternative — losing possession at the spot where they last held the ball.

The punt gives the offense the chance to pin the other team deep so that they have to march down the length of the field if they want to score.

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What is a Lateral Pass in Football? (Full Explanation)

By Coach Martin | Football Basics

When football teams are desperate late in games, chances are you might see players continue to throw the ball around the field in hopes of scoring a miracle touchdown.

Some of the most famous moments in football history played out this way, including the Miracle in Miami as well as the Music City Miracle.

Teams do these laterals in a legal manner downfield, as a way to transfer the ball from one play to another when they’re beyond the line of scrimmage.

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Who Protects the Quarterback in Football? (Answered)

By Coach Martin | Football Basics

All successful offenses in football have one thing in common.

No matter the base formation, offensive philosophy, or game plan, they should be able to successfully protect the quarterback on a consistent basis.

Quarterback is often considered the most important position in all of football — mainly because no other one player on either side of the ball has so much responsibility.

A large part of their success, though, depends on how well the other offensive players are able to protect him.

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What is an Illegal Formation in Football? (Full Explanation)

By Coach Martin | Football Rules & Penalties

Football offenses back in the day focused primarily on running the ball, employing bigger players who could physically overpower their defensive counterparts.

As players began to develop new skills and training practices, however, coaches began to open up the game and incorporate more passing plays into the scheme.

Over the years, offensive coaches have constantly innovated to try to stay one step ahead of defenses — and to take advantage of speedier, stronger players at just about every position.

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