By: Long Snapping Coach Kyle Stelter
Today I met up with Jordan Winegar and his father Nate for a long snapping lesson. Jordan has been coming to long snapping lessons for a couple months now and is steadily improving. As a long snapping coach, I know that everyone learns at a different level and that if I teach something to a student one way, it might not work as well with another student. With that said, I am constantly finding new ways to explain my long snapping drills and modify them with different students in mind.
Coming into today's long snapping lesson I had prescribed Jordan a heavy dose of flexibility training. During our last session Jordan could not achieve full leg lock due to over tightness in his lower body. During the warm up it was very clear that he had put in extra work to make sure he was more flexible!
We started out with the basic warm up and I was able to assess how his abilities have come along since our last long snapping lesson. Jordan is now able to consistently get a spiral during drills which was tough for him during our last lesson. His main problem was that he was over gripping the ball and during his follow through he was not allowing the ball to roll off his fingers.
I was very impressed with how his long snapping drills have progressed since day one. Moving deeper into the lesson it became evident that Jordan was doing awesome performing in the drills but was struggling putting all of the skills together.
When a student is struggling like this a long snapping coach must go back to basic drills and rebuild upon what the student already knows. This could also mean slowing long snapping drills down so that the student can better comprehend what is happening or also describing it in a different way. When coaching a long snapping lesson I always have my ipad with so that I can film students and show them what they are doing.
Any good long snapping coach knows that there are different types of learners. Visual (see it and do it), auditory (listen to what your saying and do it), kinesthetic (has to move, be moved, or moving), and tactile (touching in order to learn). With that being said, as a long snapping coach I like to explain what the student is going to do, show them what they are suppose to be doing, film them so they can see what they are doing, have them try what they are suppose to be doing, and physically put them in the right positions to succeed.
We were able to break down drills into smaller more manageable segments so that Jordan could have more success long snapping. At the end of the long snapping lesson Jordan was able to put together a handful of snaps that were an improvement on where he had started. They may have not all hit the hip, but the speed, spiral, and technique in which he was using the obtain those results was much improved.
I will be meeting up with Jordan in a few weeks to continue working on his dream of playing college football. Jordan is only going to be a freshman so there is time, with more time comes more results! I am excited to see what Jordan can grow into.