For some kids, this may be their first experience with football or with any organized sport. For such youngsters, you won’t be able to teach them every concept of the game of football in a short season. Instead, the goal should be to teach players the fundamentals of the game.
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The basic concepts to teach players are:
The Center/QB Exchange
The Proper “Ready” Stance
The QB/RB Exchange
How to Carry the Football
How to Properly Throw The Football
How to Properly Catch The Football
Flag Pulling and Basic Defensive Concepts
Excellent video on teaching the fundamentals of the Center/Quarterback Exchange and shotgun snap
Proper Stance Prior to the Snap
The 2 point stance is the proper stance for all positions in flag football except the QB and Center (who must execute the exchange). The 3-point and 4-point stances are not legal in NFL Flag Football Leagues.
The two point stance: Players stand with their feet about shoulder width apart or a little wider if it’s more comfortable for them. Put the palms of the hands on the knees and hunch over a bit more so that the arms are slightly bent. The player is now in a two point stance and ready for the play.
Receivers need to get down the field fast so Receivers should utilize a modified 2-point stance with one leg further back than the other, with knees slightly bent. This stance will enable your Receivers to explode off the snap and head down field.
Receiving the Ball
How to Properly Grip and Carry the Football While Running
2. Position your body in the throwing stance. Face perpendicular to your target. If you throw with your right hand, turn to the right, and vice versa if you throw with your left hand. Turn your pivot foot (opposite your throwing arm) so that it’s pointing toward your target. Keep your eyes on the target.
3. Hold the ball near your ear. Before throwing the ball, keep it up near your ear, stabilizing it with your non-throwing hand. This allows you to be ready to throw the ball quickly
4. Wind back. Release your non-throwing hand from the ball. Wind your throwing arm back, stopping just behind your ear.
5. Throw in a half-circular motion. Quickly swing your throwing arm forward in a circular arc. Release the ball mid-way through the circle. Your empty hand should then head toward your non-dominant hip, palm facing away from you. Practice this motion a few times before you let go of the ball.
Catching the Football
Catching a football can be difficult for inexperienced players. One of the keys to catching a football that the Receiver should start by giving the QB a good target with hands out-stretched. Receivers should try to catch the ball with their hands, then bring the ball into their body. Many young players will try to catch the ball by trapping it with between their arms and body, which often results in the ball bouncing off their chest. Instead, try to emphasize catching with the hands. The most important thing is for players to keep their eyes on the ball. Many young players will take their eyes off the ball at the last moment (searching for the defender, looking to run, etc.)
“Defense wins games” – this is the philosophy of many professional, college, and high school coaches and is also a good philosophy for Flag Football. If you can prevent your opponent from scoring, you have a better chance of winning. Don’t just focus on the offense in your practices. Dedicate enough practice time to the defense and your team will be rewarded.