Why you want your passing game to hit a Snag

Why you want your passing game to hit a Snag

How nice would it be to give your quarterback a play with high percentage throws, five receivers attacking the defense, and just one defender to read who will be wrong, making your QB right, every time? That is exactly what the Snag, or “spacing” concept...

Why you don’t want your game to go without a hitch

Possibly the easiest, highest-percentage throw available is the quick hitch. Theoretically, it’s a guaranteed five yards thrown to stationary location. However, it’s not the hitch that makes this combination so potent, but the inside seam route coupled...

College Roadtrip Scholar-Athlete Recruiting Seminar

As a supplement to the seminar at Highland Jr. High March 22, 2012, this article provides the presentation and supplemental videos from the two Pac-12 athletes who provided their perspectives. The video from Rusty Fernando is the video in its entirety. Shane McCullen-...

Video analysis of arm mechanics and correlation to accuracy

The five-minute cutup below is a video analysis of four high school quarterbacks, three sophomores, one freshman, executing ladder drills with two types of throws: a sprint mechanic and a stationary pocket throw. You should see a consistent correlation to arm mechanic...

Principles of throwing: arm rotation in the vertical plane

The key component affecting accuracy of a throw is the path taken by the arm as it extends to the target. Since projectiles go straight with only gravity pulling them downward, we should release the ball with a vertical arm path so that we can actually use gravity as...

Principles of throwing: extension of the arm

Perhaps the most vital component of effective and efficient throwing mechanics is the full extension of the throwing arm coordinated with the pronation of the wrist. Simply put, power is exerted through straight lines, or extended joints. This mechanic is called...

Principles of throwing: 90 degrees

One of the essential principles of an efficient throwing mechanic is to open the elbow straight back after ball separation from the front hand to a position of 90 degrees in the elbow and 90 degrees in the arm pit. An elbow lower than that will have to come...

How to throw flat-out awesome

The kid is only 12! or maybe he’s 8. He can’t throw a 7-step comeback at 15, or 20-yard dig across the middle. Heck, in all reality, you may know your kid struggles throwing a curl to your TE. The obvious lack of physical or mechanical development in youth...