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Offline psully

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Long Snap Help
« on: October 12, 2011, 10:43:16 PM »
Hey what can I tell my center to do differently when he is long snapping the ball to the punter/field goal kicker? Today he blew it by snapping the ball over the punter's head twice. Gave up two touchdowns due to this.

I have been repping this time and again with this center but it's not getting through.

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Re: Long Snap Help
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2011, 11:33:33 PM »
do a search on here. That's what i did last week when I was having exchange problems. Changed to nose up snapping both under center and long snap. No more issues even in a wet game.
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Re: Long Snap Help
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2011, 01:41:31 AM »
I know most seasons are over but we had very few problems with this on our team of 6-7 year old boys. We told our LS to hit him in the nuts. He laughed just like he expected, but more importantly he rarely made a mistake in snapping.
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Re: Long Snap Help
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2012, 01:33:46 AM »
i know a little late but for next season look to see if the backs of his hands are facing together, thumbs up, fingers curling with inner thigh. holding on to the ball too long will make it go high.

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Re: Long Snap Help
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2012, 01:46:07 AM »
Hey what can I tell my center to do differently when he is long snapping the ball to the punter/field goal kicker? Today he blew it by snapping the ball over the punter's head twice.
For high snaps the first thing to check is whether his hips are too high.

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Re: Long Snap Help
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2012, 02:42:05 AM »
Did a search and no hits for long snapping so ill throw my hat in the ring.

   To start with if you’re thinking you can punt from 15 yards back, unless the snapper is over 12yr, think again. The distance of the exchange will be worked out in practice, at a certain spot the punter will receive the ball with laces up. The sweet spot is the deepest the punter can get and receive the ball with laces up while the snapper can hit punters out stretched hands belt high.

 Stance: The snappers feet will be slightly wider than shoulder width (2"- 4"), toes slightly in (10 - 15 deg), arms stretched or reaching for LOS.

Grip:  The non dominate hand is just a guide hand, like in shooting a basket ball. Grip ball as if to throw a pass in dominate hand, if accuracy is a problem have them slide hand toward tip of ball one finger, roll ball to chest as if to look at finger tips keeping wrist stationary. Lay guide hand comfortably on empty part of ball, fingers pointing at tip and finger nail past white line. When you place ball on ground the third knuckle of your pinky should point to ground the bottom white line should touch ground.

Motion:  To start with don’t worry about coaching power that can be added after proper mechanics. The snap is from the shoulders and wrists the elbows should be kept straight, small amount of elbow movement will occur naturally just coach them to “keep’ em bow’s straight”. Everything up to now is for power the accuracy happens in the release, as the hands pass the calves the wrists must turn out putting spiral on the ball. Think of it like his grip is turning inside out, make sure when behind him his thumbs are up palms facing out and fingers curled toward inner thighs. It’s a flick movement, too much or too little flick and ball will wobble in flight.

Coaching Tips: start them off snapping with grip not touching ground, you’ll get more reps if they keep their feet planted so its snap, stand and turn over shoulder, catch ball, down and snap. To get more power bend knees on load up and on fire, lock knees and transfer weight to toes, rounding back. Bending the elbows will reduce power. If snap is off side to side one arm is leading the other or a twist is developing in their body, probably trying to throw too hard. Off up or down, inconsistent release point, poor follow through, trying too hard and not balanced.

Hope this helps someone
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