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Throwing the Ball Placing the ball exactly where you want it can take years of practice. Even PROs make bad throws. Here are a few techniques and throwing mechanics players should know before playing QB.

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    The player's body should be parallel with the side line, never facing up field.

  • 2.

    The passer must make sure that their feet aren't too close or too far apart. Their feet should be slightly

wider than their hips.

3. The passer should grip the ball towards the end or the nose of the ball. They should never grip it in the middle. The QB’s pinkie, ring, and middle fingers should rest on the grips while the thumb and pointer fingers grip the actual nose.

4. The passer should grip the ball at their chest, never below the sternum or above the chin. The arms should be bent with their elbows facing the ground. This allows for a faster release.

5. The passer should never drop their throwing arm before passing. The motion should look like a sling shot, not a windmill.

6. The first motion. When the passer finds an open receiver and decides to throw, they will perform the first passing motion. The passer should raise their elbow, making it parallel to the ground.

7. The passer should now load the ball, pulling it from the chest and placing it behind their head quickly. This should be done in a quick wiping motion, like a windshield wiper going full speed. Also, the passer's other arm should be bent and parallel to the ground with their nonpassing hand pointing toward the side line. Simultaneously, the passer should shift his weight backwards, leaning on his back foot.

8. Now that the ball is loaded, the QB can fire. To do this, the passer rolls the elbow, bringing the ball over his shoulder passing his ear, and flings the ball forward to the receiver. While the ball is moving forward, the passer's weight should be too. While the passer’s arm is coming forward, their other arm should drop to their side.

9. The passer should release the ball before their arm is completely straight. When releasing the ball, they should flick their wrist, giving the ball a spiral along with added velocity. The passer should now be leaning forward with all their weight on their front foot while their back leg lifts slightly off the ground at the point of release. The ball should roll smoothly off the finger tips, creating the required touch for a spiral.

10. The passer must follow through their pass. To do this, they should swing their arm toward their opposite hip. Passing the ball and swinging the arm should be done in one motion. The passer should always follow through.

The motions of a pass should be done in less than two seconds, from raising the elbow to swinging the arm.

Route Running Route running is a great skill for all players to learn. It is also a great neutralizer for players that aren’t very fast. The goal of route running is to separate a WR from a DB so the WR can get open for a pass.

There are a few keys to becoming a great route runner:

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