Longsnapping Routine

Daily Routine

  1. Jog and Stretch Prior to Practice and Prior to Punt or FG sessions
  2. Throw

a)      Warm-up arm, shoulder, and back by passing football with another snapper.

b)      Begin at 10 yards and back up 5 yards after two throws at the same distance.  Work your way up to 30 yards.  It should replicate lob ball (baseball warm-up), accuracy, spiral, and follow thru are crucial to preventing injuries.


  1. Upright Drills: Each Drill, 1 set of 5 repetitions


  1. 10-Yard Snapping

a)      Snap Only (hold/emphasize finish position/balance): 1 warm-up set, 5-10 reps

b)      2 sets of 5, dead on target, holding finish and emphasizing follow-through


  1. Punt Snapping

a)      Snap Only:  2 sets of 5, powerful snaps emphasizing accuracy

b)      With blocking (optional):  3 sets of 5 (walking speed, half speed, full speed)

c)      Must be charted and timed by student manager


  1. Long Ball Follow Through

a)      1 set of each, starting at 15 yards and working up to 30 and then back down for 3 sets at 15

b)      Concentrate on the release point, follow through, and hitting the target


  1. FG/PAT Snapping

a)      Snap Only:  2 sets of 5

b)      With Blocking: 2 sets of 5 

c)      Must be charted by student manager


  1. Game Simulation Drills:  2 sets of each

a)      1 FG snap will simulate you running on the field on a running clock (15 Seconds) and the other will be a simulation after being iced (Timeout) by the opposition.

b)      1 Punt will simulate being backed up on the -1 with a wet ball and the other will be under extreme pressure (max block attempt by opposition).

c)      We must achieve a perfect snap on each rep

d)     Blocking must be incorporated with another snapper servicing you.


  1. Availability at a moments notice for snapping duties for quarterbacks in any drill or throwing segment they may need a center at.


  1. Always end your workouts with a good punt and a good field goal snap:  it’s what your body (muscle memory) and mind will remember and bring to the field the next day.


Areas for Experimentation

    • Throwing and guide hand grip
    • Stance width
    • Tilt of Ball
    • Distance from Ball
    • Amount of bend in the throwing-arm wrist


Critical Aspects

  1. Stance

a)      Level back , neck aligned with the rest of the spine

b)      Legs flexed for squat explosion, weight balanced on balls of feet

c)      Stance wide enough for torso action (shoulder clearance between knees), but narrow enough for leg energy to be channeled into the snap

d)     Sufficient operating room under the torso for crunch-and-throw


  1. Snap- Address and dress the football

a)      Use of entire body in snap

b)      Using your thigh as your brakes giving you the proper ball trajectory

c)      Quick and fluid motion (no hitches)


  1. Finish

a)      Begin snap and finish well-balanced, on the balls of the feet; begins and finishes with knees bent.

b)      Strong follow-through with hands completely through the legs (inner thigh will be your brakes)

c)      Thumbs finish pointing up, hands framing the target


What to avoid


  1. Excessive knee bend (beyond 90 degrees) in the stance:  a snapping stance must be as athletic and fundamentally sound as any other football stance.  A perfect stance promotes a perfect snap.
  2. Straight-kneed beginning and finish (we want a Z in the knee)
  3. Starting, snapping, and finishing off balance.  Balance and leverage is the key to a consistently accurate and powerful snap.
  4. Throwing elbow locked out in setup