Autism Awareness and Foosball Competition

Nowadays, many people including young and old participate in foosball competition with the aim of not only winning the prices but also providing autism awareness to the public. Autism is a condition that makes one to have high functioning ability or sometimes may face severe challenges than his/her counterpart. Some of the effects caused by autism include challenges in your social skills, speech, non-verbal communication, repetitive behavior, and unique strengths. Thus providing autism awareness through foosball competition which involves many people has recently yielded positive impacts to the society. The competition has also proved that autism condition is not a disease but is a condition and cannot prevent an individual to achieve his/her objective as many people suffering from this disorder excel in the foosball competition.

Just like any other competitions, there are some things you need to know regardless of your social status in order to perform well in foosball competition. First, practice regularly and master all the rules of the foosball game. In tennis, for example, matters such as grass and clay courts are very important. You need to know where to position yourself before shooting the ball. Since foosball is freaking hard, you must understand basic things like 5-bar to 3-bar pass, the snake, pull shot, and how to use the rod well to send one right off the table.

Limiting your physical motion is also another factor to consider when competing in foosball game. Just like football and rugby or other games, one can gain control over the foosball game when he/she limits his/her physical motion. Avoid random movement of your arm and unnecessary stepping back especially between the two sides of the foosball table which are defense and offence sides. Also, do not spin the rods unnecessary as this is illegal according to the tournament rules and will affects your game as well as your performance.

Another secret of performing well in foosball competition is minimizing a recreational time. You will have to react to the ball send by your opponent in less than a second when it is heading to his/her goal due to the nature of foosball game. Therefore you should be in a good position to switch your hands as fast as possible. You may, in fact, fall down or even trick on yourself if you don’t balance well thus losing your time as well as opportunities of winning the game. Although foosball is not a physical game like football, volleyball, or tennis, there are some posture guidelines you must follow in order to excel well in this sport .

In addition to minimizing your recreational time, you need also to make sure that your wrist is loose. The sport involves only wrists, shoulder power, and arm in moving the rod. Therefore, keeping your wrist loose will help to maximize the speed of the game and your motion as well. You can sometimes rotate your handle to 180 degrees to increase the speed of the ball thus putting pressure to your opponent. Also, do not forget to observe your opponent. The governments and non-governmental institutions in the world are currently using foosball competition to educate the society about the causes of autism and how it should not be used as a tool to prevent the victims from participating in different social activities like sports. The society should therefore see the autism as a disorder and not a disease.

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