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1 LONG SNAPPING FRED GUIDICI “DON’T SING IT, BRING IT”

2 2 THE LONG SNAP IS A QUICK POWER MOVE THAT USES THE ENTIRE BODY: LEGS, HIPS, BACK AND THE ARMS ALL AT ONCE! KEY: CONSISTENCY FOUR MAIN INGREDIENTS TO GOOD SNAPPING GOOD FORM LEADS TO GOOD SNAPPING HIPS AND LEGS DRIVE FOR POWER THE ARMS, HIPS AND LEGS WORK SIMULTANEOUSLY, NOT ONE AT A TIME. FOLLOW THRU AND FINISH DETERMINE WHERE THE BALL GOES. WARM-UP 1) Standing Upper Body Stretches 1. One arm overhead 2. Cross body 3. Behind back 4. Circles 2) Seated Lower Body Stretches 1. Butterflies 2. Spread legs: grab ground 3) Play One Hand Catch 4) 2 Hand Overhead Rotation (Standing and/or Kneeling) 5) Hand Slaps 6) Hip Flexion

3 3 STANCE (“THE LEGS EXPLODE LIKE COILED SPRINGS”) Feet should be evenly positioned slightly wider than shoulder width. (No stagger) Wide enough to allow proper follow through of elbows. If feet are too wide = no hip flexion. Legs should be bowed slightly at knees. (Sitting on a horse) Bend at knees no more than 90 degrees. Too much bend can prevent setting up consistently and cause inaccurate snapping. Locked knees can result in injury, cause you to finish on your heals and prevent you from using your hips and legs effectively. Back is level and neck is bowed. Legs are flexed in a power position and hips are set to drive to target. Weight distributed evenly in stance on the balls of your feet. Too much weight either forward or backward will make you vulnerable to the rush and ineffective as a blocker. You should be able to pick up the ball in your stance

4 4 Roll your shoulders forward so your pads slide up for better range of motion, more distance and velocity. Snap hand is extended but the elbow is not locked out. Ball should be close enough to be cocked 10 to15 degrees. Elevation of Butt: Punt: A little higher than shoulders. PAT/FG: A little lower than shoulders. HAND PLACEMENT SNAP HAND: Grip the ball with your dominant hand with enough to apply pressure in the same manner used to throw the football. Grip for a good crisp release. (Fingers should be on the laces). When looking for potential snappers, look for a guy that can throw the football. Roll wrist around the football (for a good spin) that the laces are down and the seam is opposite the laces is facing you.

5 5 GUIDE HAND Place the middle or the index finger of other hand on the opposite seam of the laces. The advantage getting that finger on that seam is for increased rotation with a tighter spiral. Spread the thumb and other fingertips on the rest of the ball for maximum control and accuracy. Ball Tilt Punt Snappers: Nose up for more wrist action, more velocity and strength PAT/FG Snappers: Flatter, less wrist, more revolution BALL RELEASE & FOLLOW THROUGH OF HANDS With the wrists properly cocked around the ball, you should get a spiral when released with the correct follow through of the hands. The arms accelerate the ball. Throw the ball normally and push the guide hand through to the target. As the ball is pulled through rotate the palms outward with thumbs pointing up at the completion reaching as far as possible.

6 6 HIPS: DRIVE THE BODY AND THE BALL BACK ON A LEVEL PLAIN TOWARDS THE TARGET. Most of the velocity in long snapping is a result of hip and lower back flexion. It helps channel the whole body’s power into the snap and in the right direction. To begin the motion of the snap, the hips are contracted moving the buttocks down and in slightly from the position the hips explode backward providing the immediate impetus to the ball. This must be instantaneously in order to keep the rushers from timing their jump. As the hips explode backwards the arms will move simultaneously to accommodate the major muscle group of the snap. The total explosive effort of the snap should cause the center to slide backward a few inches each time.

7 7 EXECUTION OF THE LONG SNAP Always address the ball as you would in a game. Place the ball on the ground each time with the laces up. Move briskly to the ball. Align feet properly. Adjust laces of ball and grip it properly without picking it up. Sight your target. Look between legs and pick out the punters hip on his kicking leg. Glance back up to the check the alignment of the return team. Glance back down and sight target one more time. Listen for the “READY” call to snap ball. Change up snap, don’t let rush team time it up Release: Pull arms through and flex hips simultaneously. Accentuate follow through toward target. Make sure you rotate palms outward and thumbs finish pointing straight up in the air as you release the ball. Punt Snappers: Pop head up after ball is released and slide backward to the side called for protection. If not in protection, throw hands out wide and get big for a count and release in your coverage lane. PAT/FG Snappers: Pop head up after release, get big and brace up against rush. Stay balanced!

8 8 DRILL 2 HAND OVERHEAD ROTATION Can be done standing or kneeling preferred for better isolation. With proper 2 hand placement on ball. Stand 5 to 10 yards apart and through ball back and forth concentrating on a tight spiral. Accelerate hands down always finishing with thumbs pointing down on the follow through with the hands framing the target. DRILL HIP FLEXION Spread feet proper width apart and grasp ball correctly. Bend from the waist and hold ball with arms extended but not touching ground. Ball should be suspended below your eyes. Look between your legs and sight your target standing 10 feet away. Flex hips and execute proper release and follow through. This drill forces snapper to use his hip flexors and lower back muscles to propel ball. Aim at hip with constant follow through to help accuracy.

9 9 DRILL TIMED SNAPS PUNTS: Always work at a distance with heels of the punter at 14 to 15 yards. Work for a time of.8 to.9 or better, aiming for punters kicking hip. (Have punter align kicking hip with the ball) PAT/FG: Always work at a distance with the holder at 7 to 8 yards for a time from snap to kick at 1.35 seconds or better. On this snap always accentuate rotation of the ball rather than speed. It makes for an easier ball to hold. (Aiming point is holder’s hands over the spot of the kick) DRILL CONSECUTIVE SNAPS Can be used for Punt or PAT/FG. Place 3 ball in different spots on the field. On coach’s command, the snapper runs and executes 3 perfect Punt or PAT/FG snaps. Strive for perfection each time. This drill forces total concentration by the snapper when he is mentally and physically fatigued.

10 10 DRILL LAST SECOND FIELD GOAL Put the snapper, holder and kicker on the sideline. The coach will count out the last few seconds of the half or the game. The snapper, holder and kicker sprint to a spot on the field, forcing the snapper to set up quickly and get the perfect snap off before time expires. DRILL HURRY UP PUNT Put the snapper, personal protector and punter on the sideline. On coach’s command run the snapper, personal protector and punter onto the field for a quick snap count. This forces the snapper to set up quickly, get the perfect snap off and set up to block.

11 11 TROUBLE SHOOTING TIPS BALL OVER PUNTERS HEAD: Snapper needs to drop butt lower and follow through with hands to punters hip. Everything moves backward not up. BALL SKIPS ON GROUND: Check follow through for early release or elbows hit thighs (short arming). BALL TO RIGHT/LEFT: Check alignment of center to make sure he is square. Right or Left hand dominate on release or adjust leg away from snapper hand. BALL WOBBLES: Roll wrist under ball for more revolutions and check for thumbs up on follow through with thumbs not flat.

12 12 TRICKS FOR SNAPPERS 1. Look up 2 or 3 times (sharply on the last one) 2. Flex fingers on the ball (pre-snap grip) 3. Flex the forearms 4.Tip the ball up or down before the snap. REMINDERS Snap with pads. Snap and take hits. Snap and block your man or zone. Non-Rhythmic. Snap for consistent times. Develop 3 snappers ADDITIONAL DRILLS Medicine Ball (off season)

13 13 SUMMARY The function of a long snapper is crucial to the success of every punt and PAT/FG. Every snap must be accurate and on time to prevent the kick from being blocked. Constant practice with a stopwatch is the only way to insure success in this area. Mediocrity will result in rushed kicks and ultimately, poor efficiency. Make sure each snapper understands the importance of his job. Allow sufficient practice time for him to warm-up properly and practice the different snaps he will need to make. Try to simulate live conditions during practice to check the timing of the kicks. This is a SKILL that must be practiced. If you develop your snappers properly and they reach the proper level of proficiency, it makes game day a lot more relaxing for the special teams coach.


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