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October 9, 2013 6:33 pm  

Im the head coach of an 8 and under team and was wondering if anyone had any good drills to work with centers to get the snap down for the pistol.  We ran a bit this season but were getting a lot of "Moon Balls" as I call it where it goes straight up in the air.  Anything is much appreciated, thanks!!


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October 9, 2013 6:38 pm  

Make sure they keep their butt down.


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October 16, 2013 9:23 am  

Im the head coach of an 8 and under team and was wondering if anyone had any good drills to work with centers to get the snap down for the pistol.  We ran a bit this season but were getting a lot of "Moon Balls" as I call it where it goes straight up in the air.  Anything is much appreciated, thanks!!

Jock Sutherland-Style Football Snap

How to Play Center in Football : How to Make a Snap in Football to Shot Gun Position

Stefan Bergeron: Shotgun Snap (Football)

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October 16, 2013 9:59 am  

I have always used the Sutherland snap,and yes keep the butt down

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October 16, 2013 6:03 pm  

Thanks for the suggestions!!  I appreciate them and the videos!!


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October 17, 2013 5:06 am  

Thanks for the suggestions!!  I appreciate them and the videos!!

Each one teach one coach. This is what the board is for. Let me know how it works for you.

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January 31, 2014 6:58 am  

Interesting observation about "SNAPS" (UTC, Pistol, Gun):

http://www.dailycamera.com/cu-college-sports/ci_23921258/football-shotgun-becoming-snap-cu-buffs-ce

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February 2, 2014 6:21 am  

Interesting observation about "SNAPS" (UTC, Pistol, Gun):

http://www.dailycamera.com/cu-college-sports/ci_23921258/football-shotgun-becoming-snap-cu-buffs-ce

Good article.we usually have 2 qb,s and 2 centers,and have them come to practice fully dressed  15-29 mins early to get at least 75 snaps in and 90% of them accurate.

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February 4, 2014 6:18 am  

Im the head coach of an 8 and under team and was wondering if anyone had any good drills to work with centers to get the snap down for the pistol.  We ran a bit this season but were getting a lot of "Moon Balls" as I call it where it goes straight up in the air.  Anything is much appreciated, thanks!!

You don't need specific DRILLS to teach the Pistol Snap (just a hell of a lot of reps).  DO SUGGEST you have a Nose on him hitting him each time he snaps, and he gets used to taking his first 2 steps after snap on the various angles you use for his blocks (since THOSE are the things that cause bad snaps)!

If any of you know Joe Mangano of North Stafford HS (in Virginia);  Bruce Carroll of Prince George HS (in Virginia); or Ray Dayton of Oxford HS (in NY); they are coaches running OUR offense from "Pistol".  Here is how they are TEACHING the snap:

PISTOL SNAP:

1. BRUCE CARROLL:  We keep our cadence the same whether we are under center or in the pistol. It's identical. For the center's technique, we found it difficult to teach a center both under center and a shotgun technique. We are a little different from most. Our center grabs the point of the ball nearest his feet.  Tilts it up at a 45 degree angle. His wrist is locked stiff forming a straight line. He snaps the ball by simply driving his forearm to his crotch. There is no snap of the wrist. It creates a 1-2.5 end over end rotation to the qb and is easy to learn. For us, if a bad snap occurs, it dies on the ground whereas a shotgun snap tends to sail.

2.  JOE MANGANO:  We tilt the nose of the ball up... We try and get the wrist hit the centers inside leg.

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February 4, 2014 7:10 am  

You don't need specific DRILLS to teach the Pistol Snap (just a hell of a lot of reps).  DO SUGGEST you have a Nose on him hitting him each time he snaps, and he gets used to taking his first 2 steps after snap on the various angles you use for his blocks (since THOSE are the things that cause bad snaps)!

Agree.

We get 150 (three sets of 50) consecutive snaps without a miscue.  If one miscue occurs, they start all over again from zero.  For the first 130 snaps, the Center makes his first two steps after snapping.  On the third set of 50, once they get to 30 snaps with no miscues, I bring over a Nose Tackle who goes 1-on-1 for snaps 31-40.  If he doesn't cause a miscue, I bring over another Defensive Tackle and they double team the Center from snaps 41-50.  If the Center and QB make it to 50 (actually, 150 now) without a miscue, they are finished and the two Defensive Linemen have to run laps/do up downs/backwards bear crawls, etc. for not causing a miscue.  If the Defensive Linemen manage to cause a miscue, the Center and QB start over from zero to try to get to 50 again.  I choose two different Defensive Linemen at each practice.

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February 4, 2014 8:35 am  

Agree.

We get 150 (three sets of 50) consecutive snaps without a miscue.  If one miscue occurs, they start all over again from zero.  For the first 120 snaps, the Center makes his first two steps after snapping.  On the third set, once they get to 30 snaps with no miscues.  I bring over a Nose Tackle who goes 1-on-1 for snaps 31-40.  If he doesn't cause a miscue, I bring over another Defensive Tackle and they double team the Center from snaps 41-50.  If the Center and QB make it to 50 (actually, 150 now) without a miscue, they are finished and the two Defensive Linemen have to run laps/do up downs/backwards bear crawls, etc. for not causing a miscue.  If the Defensive Linemen manage to cause a miscue, the Center and QB start over from zero to try to get to 50 again.  I choose two different Defensive Linemen at each practice.

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Good thinking!

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February 22, 2014 5:47 pm  

Agree.

We get 150 (three sets of 50) consecutive snaps without a miscue.  If one miscue occurs, they start all over again from zero.  For the first 130 snaps, the Center makes his first two steps after snapping.  On the third set of 50, once they get to 30 snaps with no miscues, I bring over a Nose Tackle who goes 1-on-1 for snaps 31-40.  If he doesn't cause a miscue, I bring over another Defensive Tackle and they double team the Center from snaps 41-50.  If the Center and QB make it to 50 (actually, 150 now) without a miscue, they are finished and the two Defensive Linemen have to run laps/do up downs/backwards bear crawls, etc. for not causing a miscue.  If the Defensive Linemen manage to cause a miscue, the Center and QB start over from zero to try to get to 50 again.  I choose two different Defensive Linemen at each practice.

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Coach are you doing this prepractice? About how long time wise does it take to do that many snaps?


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