You Should Try The Best Damn Sport, Ever
I’ve been playing Australian Rules Football (“footy”) for a little over a year and a half now and the most important thing I can say about it is: you should try this. Generally by “you” I mean everyone, and specifically I mean YOU. Why? Well, since it’s the best damn sport, ever, why wouldn’t you want to give it a try?
We have a position for you.
Are you tall? We’ve got a position for you.
Are you short? We’ve got a position for you.
Fast, strong, neither…We have a position for you.
We’re starting out 2015 with our 2nd annual non-contact Ausball leagueon February 15th with games running through the end of March. This is a fast-paced, energetic, non-contact version of the game and is the perfect way to learn about the sport while getting fit.
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So just what is footy? The AFL (Australian Football League) has put together a good video explaining the rules and goals of the game, and we even have our own page describing the sport. Both are good resources to learn about the game. Generally, people try to describe it by putting it in terms of other sports, but it’s not really like other sports. It’s fast paced. There are no timeouts and play generally only stops for serious injury. If you’re looking to get in shape, this is the sport for you. The pros play on massive fields and will run 8km+ a match. Our fields aren’t as big, but fitness is a critical part of the game. It’s physical, but not violent. Yes it’s a tackle sport, and no, you don’t wear pads, but there are many rules all designed to protect the players from injuring others as well as themselves. It’s a game of skill requiring the ability to catch, run, kick (on the run), etc. It’s played in the air and at ground level.
Don’t know how to kick a drop punt, hit a handball, take a mark? Don’t even know what any of that means? Not a problem. We’ll happily teach you. My first training was on a Thursday. I’d never touched a footy before in my life. Three days later I was playing in my first match with no clue what I was doing. Fortunately, it’s about 50% chaos to begin with. Most of all, though, it’s a hell of a lot of fun. So come on out and try it.