How to get into semi-professional football
Are you ready to play?
Playing any sport, especially football is about more than just having size and girth. There are physical demands that take a toll on anyone who plays the game.
Before you go out to a field and starting playing, consult a physician. Make sure you have no respiratory, cardiovascular, or joint issues. It would be better to find out what your body can take in a doctor's office, as opposed to being surprised after you get pancaked for the first time.
Note: If you are a college player, it would be best to avoid semi-pro football, unless you run it by your coach and he says it's o.k.. You would hate to loose eligibility for playing a game just for the fun of it.
Look for football in your area.
It may surprise you, but there are probably dozens of football teams that practice at a local park. Most cities throughout the country have at least one semi-pro football league. Each league is going to be made up of roughly 10 teams playing an eleven week schedule. Do a Google search for your town, and find out.
Once you do, contact them online or by phone if possible. Find out about dues and fees ahead of time. A lot of teams don't have sponsors, which means each player buys their own equipment. Finding out how football will fit into your budget is key.
One link you can use is http://www.semiprofootball.org/
It lists a few leagues by region, you might find yours there. If not keep looking, it's safe bet you'll find something.
Where do you line up?
It's not enough to want to be a quarterback, if you throw like a girl, no one is putting you under center. Simply because you can catch a pass while playing streetball with your friends does not mean you should be playing wideout like Jerry Rice.
Be honest with yourself, and more importantly be humble. Football is a team sport. If the team needs someone to be a left guard, and you fit the bill, give it a shot. You might come to like it more than you would have ever realized.
Get in shape!
There is being in shape, and then there is being in football shape.
The rigors of the game, as said before, are tremendous. It would do you well to make sure you have an independent workout schedule to help you get into or maintain your level of fitness. Even with pads on, the hits and crashes leave the body spent. The better your conditioning, the better you will be able to recover. Remember, this is semi-pro, you will need to go to work come Monday!
Add bulk if you need to, if you have a slow first step work on your explosion. A gym is a football player's best friend.
There is something special about working your tail off with a group of people for a common goal. That's something you get from football. You'll make new friends, meet a bunch of different personalities, and, barring injury, get into better shape.
And in the off-season you can tell your co-workers about how you scored four touchdowns in a single game.
Are you ready?