Here are some tips to make you a better football player. QUARTERBACK · Have a positive attitude Although you may be the general on the field, that doesn’t mean you run the whole team or the organization. Your coach is your boss when you ...
Here are some tips to make you a better football player.
· Have a positive attitude
Although you may be the general on the field, that doesn’t mean you run the
whole team or the organization. Your coach is your boss when you play football,
and therefore, he must be shown respect. Even if you disagree with his tactics or
methods, airing dirty laundry in front of everyone can cause a team to fall apart.
Other players on the team will look to you not only for guidance on the field, but
also they will look to you on how to carry themselves.
· Develop the whole body
Quarterbacks are often thought of as their arm, and little else. Developing a
strong arm is good, but top-notch quarterbacks develop a strong body to put up
with the rigors of football. Having strong abs, gluts, and oblique muscles will help
put power into a quarterback’s throws. A medicine ball provides a good allaround
workout for a quarterback.
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· Take it slow in warm-ups
It’s not just your muscles in your arm that need to be ready to go after warm-ups.
You may feel like your arm is ready to go, but your shoulder and elbow joints
may not have worked themselves out. Do some shoulder rotations to get the
lubricants working in your shoulder, and it will also help with your range of
· Keep your elbow up
Many quarterbacks try to get extra “oomph” on their passes by flinging the ball
side-armed. Despite some NFL quarterbacks resorting to this tactic when they’re
being pursued in the backfield, it is not an accurate way to throw, and it puts a
terrible strain on the elbow joint.
· Accuracy, accuracy, accuracy
Long bombs down the field may look flashy, but the most important thing a
quarterback should concentrate on is their accuracy. Even in practice, it’s
important to pick a set target and throw at it, even if it’s a drill where you have to
lead the receiver. Imagine the spot where the receiver is supposed to end up at
and concentrate on hitting that spot.
· Never stop moving your feet
Keep pushing and kicking with your feet. It’s a good way to keep your balance.
Sometimes it will make a defender second-guess whether they want to tackle
you below the waist or not.
· Keep your head down
The position your body is in when your head is down helps give you a better
stance, and makes it harder for a defender to tackle you. It’s also a more
aerodynamic way to run.
· Learn to block well
Although the running back is already a glory position, you will find even more
praise if you learn to block and become successful at it. Some of the best
highlights of long bombs for touchdowns will be made even more impressive if a
running back takes down a charging linebacker.
These tips come from the Chicago Bears long snapper, Patrick Mannelly:
Make sure your feet are parallel to the line of scrimmage to keep the ball on a
straight bath. Both feet should slide straight back during a long snap from the
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momentum of your arms. Also, your hands should be even on the ball to keep it
· Preventing a high snap
A high snap could mean the ball is being released to far into the backswing. A
good way to correct this is to make your forearms hit lower on your thighs to help
drop your release point. Raising your butt can also lead to a high snap. Keep
your back flat and parallel to the ground.
· Preventing a low snap
One reason for a low snap can be letting go of the ball too soon. Hanging on to it
for a split second longer during the follow through can help. Also, just as with the
high snap, having your forearms hit higher on your thighs during the follow
through can help.
· Keep your eyes on the ball. One of the biggest mistakes a receiver can make is
turning his head to run upfield before he has made the catch. It’s important to
look the ball all the way into your hands before making a move. It’s pointless to
think about any move before having the ball in your hands, and it disrupts your
concentration for making the catch in the first place.
· The focus of catching a ball should be the tip, not the middle. That gives you the
best opportunity to make the catch.
· The best hand position for catching a ball is with both of your thumbs and both of
your forefingers almost touching in a diamond pattern. Catch with your hands
and arms, and not with your body.
· Just like with running backs, a well-rounded and successful wide ...