It's football season! This all-American game can become a family-friendly activity when played with a few simple rule changes. These variations involve no tackling, so there's no need for helmets and heavy pads. Head outside to a large open field, mark out two "goalposts," divide up into two equally skilled teams and let the football fun begin!
If young and old are playing together, consider adding "handicaps" to grown players, such as running with "baby steps" or backwards.
- Flag Football: Every player tucks a bandanna or washcloth into a rear pants pocket or waistband so it is easy to grab. The football game is played the traditional way, except instead of tackling, players try to pull the bandanna out of the opposing team's pockets, which is the equivalent of a tackle and play must stop.
- Kickoff Contest: Everyone takes a turn kicking the ball (have someone hold it upright) to see who can kick it the furthest.
- Passing Contest: Similarly, everyone takes a turn being quarterback and throwing the ball down the field.
- Loose Shoe Contest: What if the kicker forgot to tie his cleats? Loosen one shoe, and let it dangle from the tip of your toes. Then kick it as far as you can, again to see who can send it the furthest.