Neglecting your skills in the shotgun snap can lead to your team losing the game. This type of snap might appear routine, but it’s often integral to the correct execution of a play in football. In practice, players must practice this skill as much as their teammates practice running, throwing, and blocking.
The repeat snap drill helps you with your release point and accuracy on shotgun snaps. Place eight to 10 footballs in a line on the ground in front of you and position them the way you grip them when snapping. Get into the snapping position and have a teammate or coach act as quarterback as you snap footballs to him continuously. Have a second coach or teammate place the balls in front of you quickly as you snap each one. Keep practicing until your snaps become increasingly consistent and straight.
The distance snap drill is similar to the repeat snap drill, but you don’t need any teammates or coaches to help you. Place several balls on the ground in front of you. Take your time snapping them to an imaginary quarterback in the shotgun position. Take your time to focus on your approach, grip and stance when performing each snap. Snap each football as far and as straight as you can, and keep practicing until you become more consistent.
Practicing the goal post drill with your team or when you’re working on your skills alone improves your accuracy. Line up several footballs about 15 yards away from the goal post. Get into your center stance and snap each football and try to hit the goal post behind you. Pretend the goal post is the quarterback and try to hit the post around the area where his hands would be. Focus on your grip and stance when snapping each ball. As you get better and more accurate, try to snap the balls with more speed. Keep practicing until you are able to hit the goal post with almost every snap.