4 Practice Drills for Long Snappers

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Once you have the basics of long snapping figured out, these four practice drills work on accuracy, power and fundamentals. These drills are courtesy of the Youth Football Coaches Association.

Under-Hand Pass Drill

This drill helps the snapper develop strength in the wrist of the power hand and learn to control the ball from the grip to the spiral with accuracy.

The snapper and a passing partner should stand facing one another at a distance of 8-10 yards with the feet shoulder-width apart. Both players must execute an under-hand pass without taking a step toward their partner. Both players should concentrate on accuracy, speed, throwing a tight spiral and follow through. 15-20 reps.

One-Hand Pass Drill

This drill emphasizes proper hand position of the power-hand, which keeps the ball from wobbling.

The snapper and a passing partner should stand facing one another at a distance of 8 to 10 yards with the feet shoulder-width apart. They pass the ball to each other without taking a step forward, emphasizing accuracy, speed, throwing a tight spiral and follow through. 15-20 reps.

Follow Through Snap Drill

The purpose of this drill is to emphasize the importance of follow through and wrist snap.

The snapper addresses the ball on air in a pre-snap position. His partner is 1-yard deep behind the snapper in a quarterback position with his palms facing downward and extended outward beneath the snappers tail. The snapper should start a snapping motion with the hands and arms executing follow through. Both the guide hand and power hand must snap through the legs as far as possible, slapping the quarterback's palms that are placed behind him. After maximum follow through, the snapper should snap his head up after every touch. 15-20 reps rapidly.

Live Snap Drill

Have the snapper snap to his partner or a stationary target, starting at a depth of 10 yards and working to 14 yards. The snap must be done with accuracy, good technique and speed. The snapper must not hitch or telegraph the delivery of the snap or change his rhythm. The snapper must focus on the target and stress proper technique.

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The founder of Youth Football Coaches Association and current director is Joe Bouffard. Bouffard, affectionately known as Coach Bouf, is a veteran of 16 years of coaching experience at various levels that include youth, high school and college. While at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, Coach Bouf employed a passing attack offense that has led to 2007 and 2008 Class MM State Championships. Currently, Coach Bouf serves as offensive coordinator at Fairfield Warde High School in Connecticut.

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