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Offline Rjdafoe

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Shotgun snap
« on: October 15, 2014, 09:48:20 AM »
i have been having difficulties teaching the shotgun snap this year.  It seems to work perfectly in practice, but in a game or scrimmage both of our centers sail the ball over the QBs head half the time.

I know the coaching points, any suggestions on how to calm the centers down?  We have gone completely under center for the almost the entire season because of this problem.  I would like to have shotgun for the playoffs if I can swing it.

We have adjusted the pistol playbook to be run under center.  It is working great.  We do not pull anyone as even our quickest guard cannot get to the hole before the back (except jet - we pull pst).  We are 6-1 and have scored more points then we ever have in the regular season. 

Is this something I should even bother with at this stage?

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Re: Shotgun snap
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2014, 10:23:11 AM »
id say leave it alone this season if you've got it working well UTC.

this is how i teach it..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtboAyXHl_k#t=113
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Re: Shotgun snap
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2014, 04:27:15 PM »
Is this something I should even bother with at this stage?

NOPE!!!

Keep it rollin and revisit next year.
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Re: Shotgun snap
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2014, 04:35:03 PM »
Footballs sailing over the QB's head would be very bad in the playoffs !

Im with the others....keep it rollin' as is.
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Re: Shotgun snap
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2014, 09:34:56 PM »
Thanks everyone.  We are keeping it as is and revisiting next year.

Sometimes, we just have to leave it and not try to fix it no matter how bad we want to,,,,

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Re: Shotgun snap
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2014, 12:15:52 PM »
as an aside...if the ball is sailing, his butt is too high...
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Re: Shotgun snap
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2014, 02:33:24 PM »
as an aside...if the ball is sailing, his butt is too high...

Or your QB is too short!  :P
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Re: Shotgun snap
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2014, 08:58:05 PM »
I think we have both problems lol....

It is a mental thing - only happens when they are lined up against another team.

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Re: Shotgun snap
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2014, 08:06:44 AM »
I think we have both problems lol....

It is a mental thing - only happens when they are lined up against another team.

Make sure practice snaps are under duress. As Spider said, if it's high his butt is prob too high in his stance.
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Re: Shotgun snap
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2014, 03:27:55 PM »
The center snap in a direct snap style of offense has driven me crazy for decades (yes, decades). Poor center snaps have limited our installing a shotgun spread style of attack (most recently) as well as the single wing (a number of years ago). We have rotated multiple players through the center spot during practice, we have done different drills to help our centers improve, etc. Whatever the reasons, we have not been consistent with the snap (too high, too low, too fast, too slow, etc.) and that has kept us from employing the direct snap as a basic part of our offense. I know many of you are thinking, "Coac, there is nothing complicated about the snap." Well, next year is a new year and any help you could give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Shotgun snap
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2014, 03:52:30 PM »
The center snap in a direct snap style of offense has driven me crazy for decades (yes, decades). Poor center snaps have limited our installing a shotgun spread style of attack (most recently) as well as the single wing (a number of years ago). We have rotated multiple players through the center spot during practice, we have done different drills to help our centers improve, etc. Whatever the reasons, we have not been consistent with the snap (too high, too low, too fast, too slow, etc.) and that has kept us from employing the direct snap as a basic part of our offense. I know many of you are thinking, "Coac, there is nothing complicated about the snap." Well, next year is a new year and any help you could give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

I have the same problem this year, 5 different kids at center and still cant get the snap right 100% of the time. We will be sure to get one to high or low or off to one side or the other during a drive.. Very frustrating.

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Re: Shotgun snap
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2014, 04:18:24 AM »
What we did with our C that helped him out a great deal was went with a two hand snap. It quickly became the most consistent snap of all that we tried. Another thing your C's must do is practice snaps at home. It is like school work, you can't expect to be an "A" student if all you are doing is the work "in" the classroom and not doing the homework. I made a practice aide for my C, since he was an only child and kind of a loner kid. I got some fishing net, an old folding lawn chair and some zip ties. I cut out the back rest section of the chair, used the zip ties to attach the fishing net to the now open area of the chair and sent it home with my C. I told him that I wanted him to snap the ball EVERYDAY at least 50 snaps. Snaps that didn't hit the net didn't count. It was amazing the progress he made throughout the season.

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Re: Shotgun snap
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2014, 06:33:51 PM »
Teach them to snap with their eyes closed ,locate the defender, snap ,and get into him.
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