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How do you catch a football?

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To catch a football, connect your thumbs and index fingers to create a triangle shape, and catch using your hands. Keep your fingers relaxed and slightly bent to absorb the force of the ball. Focus on the tip of the football, and securely grab it.

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  1. Connect your hands

    Catch the ball with two hands. Connect your thumbs and index fingers to create a triangle shape, and position your hands to catch the football within the triangle. Catch the football with your hands as much as possible. Using your body to catch the football increases the risk of the ball bouncing off your pads and limits your range of motion.

  2. Relax your hands

    Keep your fingers slightly bent and relaxed to absorb the impact of the ball. Refrain from tensing up your fingers. The impact of a football can injure a finger if the force is not properly absorbed.

  3. Lock in the ball

    Focus on the tip of the ball, and position your hands where the tip of the football is at the center of the triangle shape. If the tip of the football is at the center of the triangle, the first thing you touch should be the wide part of the football. Slightly close the gap between your hands as the ball approaches, allowing the ball to fall into your hands. Maintain focus on the football until it is secure.

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