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Rules History and Development Football is a very popular sport in the United States It is played on playgrounds and in schools all around the country Touch football developed in the late 19th century as an alternative to tackle football which required a lot of equipment A number of variations of football were developed so that all you needed to play was a ball and a field These variations include two-hand touch where you have to touch the ball carrier with two hands one-hand touch and another method of one hand below the waist None of the three games described involve tackling thus eliminating the use of shoulder pads helmets and other safety equipment The rules to these games included only limited blocking or no blocking at all Flag football developed off of the touch football games as a concrete way of determining where the ball is down In flag football the ball carrier is down when a flag is pulled from the ball carriers belt Flags can be tucked into pockets and handkerchiefs can be substituted for manufactured flags These new rules meant that argument could not be made about whether or not the defender touched the ball carrier or not The flag was either there or it wasnt It also made it easier for coeducational play in schools and playgrounds Football is a popular fall sport that has become part of our culture in the United States It can be an excellent coeducational activity too Middle School or Junior High is when football should be introduced to youngsters as it is more difficult to understand than some of the more basic games Boys tend to be more skilled in the areas of development needed to play football such as throwing catching and kicking Girls dont seem to have as much opportunity If girls are taught the skills necessary to play football at an early age they will have more success as
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