The first semester of the school year is considered by many students in the United States to be one of the greatest. The weather around the country gets mild, and school spirit is at an all-time high. Football games and tailgate parties are great opportunities to bond with your classmates, and you do not need to understand everything about football to have a great time. However, it might be helpful to know a few things:
- Pep Rally – These events occur before big sporting events and aim to encourage the team and increase school spirit for the upcoming game. Students and faculty shout cheers, sing school fight songs and often dress in school colors.
- Tailgate Party – This is essentially a pre-game, parking lot party. Parking lots fill up hours before the game, and groups of friends dressed in their team’s colors come with game-day snacks and decorations.
- The Game – Obviously, this is the main event! American Football is similar to rugby, and teams score points by advancing the ball to the end zone (at the end of the field). Touchdowns score the most points, and these occur when a team either passes the ball or runs the ball into the opposing team’s end zone. If you see your team get a touchdown, cheer! For more comprehensive rules and regulations, check the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s page.
- Conferences: Many schools will fall into one of several “conferences” or divisions. The biggest are the Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC, ACC, Big 12 and Big East. Click here for more info on the conferences.
HAPPY COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON!
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