Football physically active through football lowers body fat,

Football is blue-collar America. It’s working class, working together.In this game – America’s favorite game – there are no isolation plays that cast a team aside. Nor are there intentional walks to avoid an obstacle.In life, like in football, the easy route is rarely an option.Reflecting early America, football fields are wide and open, but a stout defense – like challenging terrain – can hinder the most determined advance.And great teams are united, like the states we call home.By playing this sport, young athletes learn football’s timeless qualities of leadership, responsibility, perseverance and teamwork.The passion evoked by football is as timeless as its values of sacrifice and discipline, standing forever firm regardless of society’s swings.Every year, nearly 3 million children age 6 to 14 take to football fields across America to play the game they love. They may not realize it, but these young athletes are enjoying the benefits of physical exercise while learning life lessons through the sport.Studies show that being physically active through football lowers body fat, strengthens muscles and increases the likelihood of continuing good health habits later in life.Football introduces young players to new social groups and to a set of coaches who serve as role models. Research shows athletes tend to have higher levels of self-esteem and lower levels of depression.To the kids, though, the game is about fun, friendships and camaraderie. It’s about achieving success or learning from failure then lining right back up to try again.Football has captured America’s imagination for a century, but its best days are still ahead.There’s no better time to be a part of the game than right now. TagsParentYouthTackle footballSHAREUSA Football announces U.S. Under-19 National Team for International Bowl IX at AT StadiumBy USA Football | Posted 1/12/2018Forty-six high school seniors spanning 15 states have been selected for the 2018 U.S. Under-19 National Team, USA Football announced today.The U.S. Under-19 National Team will compete against Football Canada’s Under-19 National Team on Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. Central Time (9 p.m. Eastern). For the fourth consecutive year, AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys and college football’s Goodyear Cotton Bowl, will host International Bowl IX. The U.S. Under-19 National Team players will arrive in Arlington on Jan. 14.RELATED CONTENT: USA Football announces U.S. Under-18 National Team for International Bowl IX at AT StadiumInternational Bowl IX features 24 high school- and middle school-aged teams across eight nations on three continents. U.S. National Teams will compete against teams representing Canada, Japan, Mexico and the Nordic region, comprised of players and coaches from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. As a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the sport’s national governing body, USA Football manages U.S. National Teams for international competition.The head coach of the U.S. Under-19 National Team is Elijah Brooks of DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Maryland) High School. Brooks recently completed his seventh season as head coach at DeMatha. Brooks led the Stags to four consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships from 2013-2016, including the program’s first undefeated season in a decade (2016, 12-0).USA Football will announce the remaining National and Select teams after the start of the New Year.U.S. National Team alumni include wide receiver Corey Coleman (Cleveland Browns), wide receiver Devin Funchess (Carolina Panthers), running back Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams), defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (Arizona Cardinals), offensive lineman Jack Mewhort (Indianapolis Colts), running back Samaje Perine (Washington Redskins), defensive end Stephon Tuitt (Pittsburgh Steelers) and quarterback Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).RELATED CONTENT: USA Football announces U.S. Under-17 National Team for International Bowl IX at AT StadiumAll International Bowl games will be played at AT Stadium. Game days are Friday, Jan. 12; Wednesday, Jan. 17; and Friday, Jan. 19, each consisting of four games.Broadcast information for all 12 games will be announced in the near future. International Bowl game tickets and details are available at internationalbowlix.org.Practices and games are open to media. Credentials may be obtained by emailing [email protected] CONTENT: USA Football announces U,S, Under-16 National Team for International Bowl IX at AT StadiumHere’s a look at this year’s U-19 roster and coaching staff, presented by SquadLocker, as of Jan. 6:NAMEPOSHTWTHOMETOWNHIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE FUTUREJordan MinerDB6-3182Wesley Chapel, FloridaWiregrass RanchSigned: Penn StateGeno AlbiniLS6-0206Dripping Springs, TexasWimberleyUndecidedDaniel AriasWR6-4195Mill Creek, Wash.JacksonSigned: ColoradoKeshon ArtisLB6-0227Chesapeake, Va.Oscar S. SmithSigned: Virginia TechBrian AsamoahLB6-2220Columbus, OhioSt. Francis De SalesSigned: OklahomaRashod BatemanWR6-2173Tifton, Ga.Tift CountySigned: MinnesotaBrendan BatesTE6-5230CincinnatiArchbishop MoellerSigned: KentuckyLaMarius BensonOL6-4330Covington, Ga.EastsideCommitted: South CarolinaIsaiah BoldenDB6-2180Tampa, Fla.Wesley ChapelUndecidedJulius BrentsDB6-2180IndianapolisWarren CentralSigned: IowaBrad CecilOL6-4275Fruit Cove, Fla.Bartram TrailSigned: South FloridaArmani ChatmanATH6-0185Virginia Beach, Va.Bishop Sullivan CatholicSigned: Virginia TechJacob CopelandWR6-0192Pensacola, Fla.EscambiaUndecidedTrey DeanDB6-2180Hampton, Ga.DutchtownSigned: FloridaAustin FontaineDL6-2309Hyattsville, Md.DeMatha CatholicSigned: MarylandGemon GreenDB6-2165DeSoto, TexasDeSotoSigned: MichiganGerman GreenDB6-2188DeSoto, TexasDeSotoSigned: MichiganEvan GregoryOL6-4290Hyattsville, Md.DeMatha CatholicSigned: MarylandHassan HaskinsRB6-1205Eureka, Mo.EurekaSigned: MichiganAeneas HawkinsDL6-3265CincinnatiArchbishop MoellerSigned: Penn StateShomari HayesDL6-3270Tempe, Ariz.Mountain PointeUndecidedByron HobbsLB6-3216Fort Worth, TexasEastern HillsSigned: TexasChes JacksonOL6-5270Tifton, Ga.Tift CountyCommitted: Appalachian St.Drue JacksonWR6-1186Sachse, TexasSachseSigned: Washington State Shamar JonesDL6-1271Johnstown, Pa.Greater JohnstownSigned: IndianaKameron KingOL6-3280Marshall, TexasMarshallSigned: Southern Miss.Darian KinnardOL6-7345ClevelandSt. IgnatiusSigned: KentuckyTyler LacyDL6-4238Sachse, TexasSachseSigned: Oklahoma StateChris ManoaDL6-1325Chandler, Ariz.ChandlerSigned: UNLVJalen MaydenQB6-3210Rowlett, TexasSachseSigned: Mississippi StateTeradja MitchellLB6-2240Virginia Beach, Va.Bishop Sullivan CatholicSigned: Ohio State Calvin HartLB6-0207Fort Lauderdale, FloridaAmerican HeritageSigned: North Carolina StateQuincy PattersonQB6-4230ChicagoSolorio AcademySigned: Virginia TechJaylon ReedDB6-1170Olive Branch, Miss.Olive BranchUndecided Hayden RomeK/P6-0170HoustonKinkaidUndecidedSpencer SandersQB6-2195Denton, TexasRyanSigned: Oklahoma StateDillon SpaldingWR6-2205Lorton, Va.South CountySigned: West VirginiaJudson TallandierDB6-2180Largo, Md.DeMatha CatholicSigned: PittsburghRon Tatum IIIDL6-5270Oklahoma CityPutnam CitySigned: OklahomaTavion ThomasRB6-2235Dayton, OhioDunbarCommitted: OklahomaChristian TurnerRB5-11187Buford, Ga.BufordSigned: MichiganBlake ZubovicOL6-5310Belle Vernon, Pa.Belle VernonSigned: PittsburghNigel BethelWR5-11165MiamiNorthwesternUndecidedDevon RobinsonDL6-6262Memphis, TennesseeWhitehavenSigned: Mississippi StateLuke SchoonmakerWR6-6225Hamden, ConnecticutHamden Hall Country DaySigned: MichiganQuintin WilsonOL6-3300CincinnatiTurpinSigned: Kentucky2018 U.S. Under-19 National Team coaching staff:NAMEPOSITIONSCHOOLElijah BrooksHead CoachHyattsville (Maryland) DeMatha CatholicMarc BeachOffensive CoordinatorTifton (Georgia) Tift CountyRob HinsonDefensive CoordinatorErial (New Jersey) Timber CreekMartin GibsonRunning BacksHyattsville (Maryland) DeMatha CatholicDeonte HoldenOffensive LineHyattsville (Maryland) DeMatha CatholicEric KasperowiczDefensive LineGibsonia (Pennsylvania) Pine-RichlandWill BahlerWide ReceiversLakeland (Florida)Del SmithLinebackersWest Virginia Wesleyan College (West Virginia)Byron WestbrookDefensive BacksBladensburg (Maryland)This is an updated version of a blog that originally posted Dec. 29, 2017.TagsBlogHigh school footballCollege footballNational TeamInternational BowlRecruitingSHAREUSA Football National Conference Speaker Series: Jim McNallyBy Adam Wire | Posted 1/12/2018(Photo via espn.com)From now through kickoff at USA Football’s 2018 National Conference at Pro Bowl, we will take a look at some of the notable speakers and sessions on the docket for one of the country’s largest gatherings of high school football coaches.RELATED CONTENT: USA Football National Conference Speaker Series: Rick JonesName: Jim McNallySession, date, time: Fundamentals of Pass Protection, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27His background: McNally coached for 28 seasons in the NFL and college, including stops with the Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. He coached Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Munoz during his time in Cincinnati, during which the Bengals played in two Super Bowls (1982 and 1989). The Giants also played in the Super Bowl (2001) during his time there (1999-2003).After a four-year college football career at the University of Buffalo, which earned him a place in the school’s Hall of Fame, McNally coached the Bulls for five seasons. He also coached at Marshall, Boston College and Wake Forest before making the move to the NFL.RELATED CONTENT: USA Football National Conference Speaker Spotlight: Mark JacksonRELATED CONTENT: USA Football National Conference Speaker Series: Lou MarinelliTagsBlogOffensive LineCoachingNFLNational ConferencePass ProtectionsSHAREInternational Bowl 2018 Day 1 recap: U-14 Stars win shootout, U-17 Stars dominateBy Brent Glasgow | Posted 1/12/2018U.S. Under-14 Stars running back Carson Green holds the Offensive MVP award, along with Aaron Ingram, USA Football Senior Manager of Football Player and Coach Personnel (Photo by Patrick Darlington)The 2018 International Bowl got underway earlier today in Arlington, Texas. Here’s a look at the on-field results in the first of three days of competition over the next week.RELATED CONTENT: International Bowl 2018: U.S. National Team rosters, game times, TV information, notable former playersGame 1: U.S. Under-14 Stars 63, U.S. Under-14 Stripes 48In the highest-scoring game in International Bowl history, the Stars and Stripes combined for 889 yards, led by Stars running back and MVP Carson Green (San Antonio), who finished with nine carries for 131 yards, four catches for 188 yards and five total touchdowns.Jacob Lindsey (Baxley, Georgia) helped the Stripes get on the board in the first quarter with an interception and a 50-yard return. On the next play, Ajon Bryant (Corona, California) took a sweep left for a 40-yard TD. Jaxon Smolik (Adel, Iowa) upped the lead on the Stripes’ next possession with a 17-yard read-option keeper for a score.After three first-quarter turnovers, the Stars got it together early in the second, as Ashton Cozart (Puyallup, Washington) caught a 45-yard TD pass from Brennan Storer (Dallas, Texas).Following another Stipes takeaway, Bryant scored on a 16-yard swing pass, but after that, the Stars exploded.During a 28-0 spurt to finish the half, Green scored on a 2-yard run and 45-yard catch from Ezekiel Anderson (Greenwood Villiage, Colorado), while Micah Lewis (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) ran over and through defenders for a 16-yard TD and added a 1-yarder just before halftime.The streak hit 42 unanswered points when Green opened the second half with a 59-yard TD, and Peyton Woodyard (Lake Elsinore, California) had a 48-yard scoring catch from Storer.The Stripes cut it to a two-score game three different times, with two touchdowns by Andre Craig (Locust Grove, Georgia) – who finished with nine carries for 138 yards, and another by Bryant, but got no closer, held off by Green’s fourth and fifth scores of the game.Justice Rider (Rowlett, Texas) led the Stars defense with six tackles, including two sacks. Ryan Hill (Alpharetta, Georgia) led the Stripes with six stops. RELATED CONTENT: International Bowl IX Preview: United States U-19 Select vs. Team Nordic highlights first day of action at AT StadiumGame 2: U.S. Under-17 Stars 49, Football Ontario 6Running back Latrevius Byrd (Wichita Falls, Texas) earned MVP honors.Defensive Player of the Game Shiloh Means (Indianapolis) had an interception, two tackles and 146 return yards, including a 91-yard kickoff return for a score in the second half.After a scoreless first quarter, the Stars reeled off three touchdowns in the second for a 21-0 halftime lead.Myles Shaw (Kansas City, Missouri) started it off with a 1-yard TD run, followed by a 20-yarder from Byrd. The final score came on an untimed down, after back-to-back Stars penalties, as Duke Doherty (Everett, Massachusetts) ran a quarterback keeper up the middle for a 12-yard TD, hurdling through two defenders at the goal line on the final play of the half.After Byrd hit paydirt again with a 8-yard run, Ontario broke through with five minutes left in the third quarter, as Xavier Gervais connected with Johnathan Peshko for a 23-yard score.That momentum didn’t last long, as Means took the ensuing kickoff to the end zone. Bryd added two more rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the final margin.Shaw also had 84 yards on the ground for the Stars, who ran it 48 times for 258 yards, as the U.S. outgained Ontario 375-120. Grant Witcher (San Antonio) led the squad with six tackles, including a sack and two for loss.Still to Come:Game 3: 4:30 p.m. CT, U.S. Under-18 Select Team vs. UANL – Mexico (ESPN3)Game 4: 8 p.m. CT, U.S. Under-19 Select Team vs. Team Nordic (ESPN3)TagsBlogNational TeamInternational BowlHigh school footballFan/enthusiastSHAREUSA Football National Conference Speaker Series: Rick Jones

Written by