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Football tips – holder setups when field goal kicking

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As a holder involved with the field goal kicking aspect of the game, you will need to contribute a great deal of practiced skill to your special teams unit. Your teamwork with the Center and the Kicker is an integral factor to the success of the play.

You need to have confidence in your ability to quickly hold the football correctly and be ready for any problems that may occur on the snap. Practice and coordinate all worse case scenarios with the Kicker.

Field goal kicking teamwork.

The objective of your special team unit is to be accurate, consistent, and fast. It is very important to practice timed drills with your field goal kicking squad to learn your weaknesses and strong points during practice. Once the weak points have been determined, it is then possible to focus on improvement by systematically fixing each problem.

In professional football, it takes the field goal unit 1.3 seconds or less to get the football off. You will, of course, be much slower. But, as a team your field goal unit can strive for excellence in an attempt to be successful for your age group.

Each day practice field goal drills with your teammates from a variety of yard lines. Always keep in mind that one-third of your team’s total season results are the responsibility of Special Teams play. As part of the field goal kicking squad, you make up a big part of that.

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Field goal kicking hand techniques.

As a Field Goal Holder, the techniques to hold the snap include a “guide” hand (your hand closest to the kicker) and a “receiving” hand (your hand closest to the snapper).

If unable to properly utilize this technique because of your age, hold the football gently with one finger in the correct position to be kicked with either hand while giving the kicker plenty of time to kick the ball. As you grow it will be important that you work on utilizing the proper hand positioning when receiving the snap to avoid injury, misdirected field goal attempts, or football miscues.

The problem with holding the football with your guide hand is that your arm, being on the same side as the kicker’s follow-through, has a tendency to cause interference with the kicker’s leg. If you and your kicker are young, this tends to not be much of an issue. But, as you grow older and you both become stronger, you’ll want to keep your arm that holds the ball away from the kick.

Football rotation and tilt.

A good snap and hold are the key elements of a successful field goal kick. And a good field goal kicking holder understands the importance of the football’s positioning on the hold.

To be effective, take time to learn your kicker’s optimum ball placement and ball lean. This may vary slightly from kicker to kicker, so it is important to take the time to become acquainted with your kicker’s style and preferences.

It is equally important to understand the rationale behind where you should locate the large (typically white) laces of the football once you’ve received the snap. The football will travel the furthest when the large laces face the goal post and the kicker’s foot meets the small, tightly stitched seam opposite of the large laces.

If the football is held so that the kicker makes direct contact with a panel on the football or the large laces, the ball will not travel as far.