Saturday May 25th I met up with long snapper Grant Studer of Apple Valley Minnesota at East Ridge High School in Woodbury. Grant has been a long snapping student of mine for about a year now and has made leaps in improvements since we first started working!
When Grant and I first started our long snapping lessons he was a freshman in high school and had been long snapping for a while. Grant was a self taught guy who was getting a ball to spiral but it would arch back to the punter and was inaccurate.
Like I said earlier, Grant has come a long way since we first met and he will keep improving, which is very exciting! During this lesson we started by reevaluating Grants snaps by having him go through a dynamic warm up and then demonstrate his long snapping ability. By doing this I am able to prescribe changes and different drills tailored specifically toward individual students. During our long snapping lessons at Special Teams University we do not just take everyone through the same drills and expect change.
While watching Grant snap I was able to see a lack of drive and explosion in his legs along with a wobbly spiral. His accuracy was decent but I could tell he had taken some time off during the wrestling and track season.
As a long snapping coach I am able to see these things and know exactly how to fix them. Grants issue with a wobbly spiral was due to his hands being in the wrong position when he released the ball. When releasing you want your wrists tight and fingers pointing toward the side line. We used a few different drills that work this and Grant's wobbly spiral became tighter.
As for his lack of leg drive, part of it was because he had taken time off and had not worked the movement in a few months. We were able to start from the basics with leg drive during this session and get him comfortable with the movement again. Towards the end of the lesson his snaps were not only coming faster, but his movement was smooth!
Grant and I will be working on a weekly basis on his long snapping. With weekly long snapping training students can go from average long snappers to one of the best! If you work hard at your craft there is nothing stopping you from being the best you can be.
I look forward to seeing Grant next week and helping him improve again.
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