How to Play Flag Football as Quarterback
The flag football quarterback's primary responsibility is to protect the football in the offensive backfield. It starts with controlling the snap from center and making a sure handoff, or holding the football poised to throw a pass. Ball handling and passing should be practiced every day. An effective quarterback has the ability to read defensive coverage and make accurate passes to open receivers. Learning to exploit the weakness in a defense comes with game experience. Confidence in the ability to make good plays is key to being a good flag football quarterback.
Develop your passing accuracy by throwing the football through a bicycle tire suspended from the goal post crossbar on a length of rope. Make a series of throws from 15 yards away with the tire stationary, then practice with it swinging from side to side. With each series, increase the distance by five yards until you're able to hit the target consistently. The final series of passes should be from a distance that equals the longest passing play in your arsenal.
Begin the first offensive series of a game with short passing plays to both sides of the field. Make accurate passes and, as you release the ball, note the proximity of the defensive linemen. Observe the timing of the defensive pass rush so you can throw the football effectively before the rushers can get to you.
Avoid the defensive rush by using good footwork and running to a place where you have a clear passing lane to spot your receiver. Stop and set your feet before throwing the football whenever possible on scrambling plays. Make sensible throws while avoiding interceptions or turnovers and throw the football so only your receiver has a chance to make the catch.
Talk to your offensive teammates after every play. This helps you develop a sense for the vulnerability and strength of the defense. Use this information to call plays that take advantage of your teammates' ability to block and to make catches down field. Watch for areas in the defensive backfield that open up, allowing you to direct your receivers in that directions.
Counteract a strong defensive pass rusher by directing running plays through the gap in the line of scrimmage that opens up when that particular player moves forward. When that player slows down, anticipating a runner in his or her area, you've successfully neutralized one of the defense's strengths.
Repeat the play call and the snap count twice in the huddle.
Do not overtrain, as you can risk injury.
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