Welcome to Long Snapping 101
GRIP OF THE BALL: Dominant Hand
- Hold the ball with your dominant hand like you would throw it.
- Your forefinger and middle finger are your release fingers, the ball will role off these two fingers when snapped.
- Keep your thumb the same distance from the tip of the ball as your middle finger.
GRIP OF THE BALL: Guide Hand
- Place guide hand on the underside (opposite side of the laces) of the football with fingers pointing towards the tip of the ball away from you.
- Your finger tips/ pads should be the only part gripping the ball.
- The ball shouldn’t be touching the middle part of your hand/ palm.
- I like to place my middle finger of my guide hand in the seam of the ball.
- Height of my hand is middle to upper half of the ball (this is a preference, what is comfortable to you??)
- You can move your guide hand vertically up and down the ball to get a position that is more comfortable to you.
Year Round Training - Snapping
Year Round Training - Snapping Part 2
STANCE: Position of Feet
- Your feet should be parallel to each other (one foot farther up than the other and cause the ball to sail in one direction)
- Your stance should be approximately 4-6 inches wider than shoulder width (again this is a comfort issue, some people like ‘em wide, some people like ‘em skinny) Your punt stance will be completely different than your extra point/ field goal stance.
- Your toes should be pointing straight forward.
- If your uncomfortable with your toes straight forward, slightly turn your toes out.
- Keep your feet flat on the ground, your weight should be slightly shifted towards the balls of your feet (your generating all your power through the balls of your feet).
Getting into the Correct Position
- Place the ball on the ground one yard in front of you.
- From your stance, bend your knees a slightly (about a ¼ squat).
- Bend over at the waist and reach your arms out to the ball.
- Keep your back flat and parallel to the ground.
- Yours arms should be extended in front of you, they should be around 90-95% extended (again, a comfort issue, what is comfortable to you??)
- Your feet have to be firmly planted on the ground (firm feet bring power).
- You have to find a good balance point. Don’t get off balance, making sure not to lean too far forward or backwards.
- Once all these points are achieved, drop your butt slightly (cocking the gun). This will assure that you are using your lower body to it’s full capacity (comfort issue, you might like it or you might not).
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Goal Post Drill
- Line up at a given distance from a goal post, tree, or volleyball post, etc. Basically anything that is solid and has a body size width.
- Snap the ball and try to hit the goal post.
- Goal is to try to hit the target consistently.
- Start with a larger target and then move smaller.
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