This presentation will teach you how to properly catch a football. I view this as a viable skill because, as Men of Morehouse, we need to be well versed in things both inside and outside the classroom in order to be true Renaissance Men. Being one of the most popular sports in North America, American football is played frequently, and knowing how to properly catch the ball can further enjoyment of the great sport.
Step 1: The Area
First, have enough space to throw, preferably a field where nothing can be broken, as well as enough room to move around.
Step 2: The Ball
Next, have a regulation size ball to catch (this matters because different sizes are present in pee-wee, college, and NFL). The ball size can affect the exact way the ball is caught.
Step 3: The Receiver (Catcher)
Have someone capable of catching the football, preferably an athlete or someone with large hands. The correct hand position is holding your hands together at the index finger and thumb, with your fingers spread wide, with enough room to grab the ball out of the arm. The fingers are wide in order to grip the entire ball, and they grab it and hold it in your hands. This is the standard catch.
Step 4: The QB (Thrower)
The one to throw the ball must have some kind of accuracy. The QB (pass thrower) holds the ball and throws it to the receiver (Catcher). They should be able to throw the ball in different directions, including straight at the receivers eyes, over their shoulder, and below the knees.
Step 5: The Catch
When the ball is thrown, the receiver (catcher) must try and catch the ball in the "diamond" (center) of their hands. This ensures the ball isn't dropped and can be carried easily. Constant eye contact with the point of the ball is recommended, as this increases focus and prevents easy drops.