As a long snapper who has played at the highest level, I know what it takes to get there. Coming from a small high school in Wisconsin, playing at a small college in Wisconsin, and then taking an unconventional road to the professional level, I have encountered every scenario, and problem a long snapper can run into. From these experiences I bring to a wealth of knowledge to long snapping lessons of not only the art of long snapping but what it takes mentally and physically to get there. (Read about my journey here)
There are many long snappers out there who have never worked with a long snapping coach before. These could be middle school, high school, or even college long snappers! Many of them have the question: "Should I take long snapping lessons?"
I am here to answer that question for you today! If you are a long snapper and have been doing it for either a long time, or your just beginning, how did you learn? Did you watch a youtube video? Did your dad or high school coach help you learn?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you probably have learned how to get the ball back to the punter or holder in some way shape or form. The real question is, are you efficient? Can you replicate a good outcome consistently? Can your team rely on you every snap to be perfect?
If you answered no to any of the questions just listed, then you need to consider what you are doing to better yourself.
With any sport, athletes are constantly trying to make themselves better to not only help themselves, but to help their teams. Long snapping is a skill where the entire team must rely on you to help them win games! If you are not always trying to get better at your skill so that your team can rely on you, then you are not serious about winning or helping your team.
My favorite athletes to coach are the guys that will work tirelessly to get better no matter what. They are great listeners and will do anything to get better no matter what the cost. They want to be the best. They will do anything to get on the field. These guys are hard workers. Even if they are not the most gifted athletes, they will outwork the most skilled athletes on the field.
As the saying goes: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard". - unknown
If you are a guy that wants to get on the field no matter what, long snapping could be the right path for you. This is a great time to get into it as well! Colleges are now starting to recognize this position as a need position and are giving scholarships to guys to exclusively long snap! This skill that maybe no one on your team right now can do, or will do, can get your college paid for if you are good enough!
As a long snapping coach at Special Teams University I see all kinds of guys come in and work on their long snapping. I have worked with middle schoolers who are just beginning, high school athletes, the top college long snappers in the nation, to NFL long snappers! Every one of the athletes I have worked with have gone away from the experience being a more consistent, reliable, higher caliber long snapper.
You can read some of the testimonials from my lessons here.
Long snapping is a great skill to have if you want to help out your team, play in college, earn a college scholarship, or eventually make it to the pro level!
Contact long snapping coach Kyle Stelter to schedule a long snapping lesson. You will not be disappointed.