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© October, 2002
Improve Speed, Accuracy With Proper Long-Snapping Techniques

by Harold Etheridge
Assistant Football Coach, United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

A LONG SNAPPERíS ability to snap the ball back to the holder and punter is his No. 1 priority. The snap must be done with speed, accuracy and good technique.

The snapper must practice 15 to 30 minutes a day to master the fundamentals and skills of being a snapper. The snapping workout should be divided into two phases.

1  Individual Drills With A Partner. This should be a daily routine prior to actual snapping practice.
2  Snapping Drills.  Repetitive snapping to a holder, punter or stationary target.

Stretch Routine
Itís important that your snappers thoroughly stretch before they begin snapping. Key muscle areas to work are the groin, hamstrings, arms, lower back, shoulders and wrists. Finish the stretching routine with the clock stretch.

DIAGRAM 1: Clock Stretch. This stretch starts with the snapper spreading his feet as wide as possible and with his back flat, knees slightly bent, arms exte ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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