What are the responsibilities of a field goal holder?

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The Field Goal Holder has a great responsibility. All phases of this position must be coordinated and practiced with all the team members involved. There is no room for error.

The Holder is responsible for receiving the snap and positioning the football quickly and correctly so that it can then be kicked during a field goal or extra point attempt. Every second counts as the defense has you as their target. Take time to learn correct holder techniques so you can be consistent with every snap.

Multi-position player.

Often times the Holder will play a different position when not the Holder, such as the team’s punter, a back-up quarterback, or the team’s starting quarterback.

It is good if the Holder has running and throwing skills to go along with his ability to catch the snap. Occasionally the team will decide to attempt a “Fake field goal”, or the football may be misplayed once snapped. During these types of plays, it is helpful if the Holder is familiar with the quarterback position or a different skilled position, as these field goal plays are well suited for someone with passing or running abilities.

What are the responsibilities of a field goal holder?

Field goal holder techniques.

A Field Goal Holder typically sets up approximately seven to eight yards behind the line of scrimmage (LOS). Your correct positioning when preparing to receive the snap is as follows:

Kneel down and touch your “guide” hand that is furthest from the LOS to the ground, “marking” where you want to set the football. Raise your other “receiving” hand and wait for the ball to be snapped.

Once the ball is snapped, use both hands to catch the football and quickly place one end of the football on the ground in the location you previously marked. Support the other end of the football with the index finger on your receiving hand.

Using your guide hand, rotate the football so that its laces face the goal posts. Once the football is correctly rotated, move that hand out of the way so that the field goal kicker can make the kick.

The field goal holder, the center, and the kicker.

It is vital for a Field Goal Holder to practice regularly with the special teams unit, particularly the Field Goal Kicker and the Center.

The snap between the Center and you must be a finely tuned and coordinated procedure, with the snap directed toward your marked spot at waist height, while your precise positioning of the football, when setting it for the field goal kicker, is extremely important.

When practicing, concentrate on the proper degree to lean the football and the specific direction of that lean based on the height, distance of the attempted field goal, and the field goal kicker himself – as each may be slightly different in their approach and method. Only practice will enable you to make the slight adjustments necessary to increase your team’s field goal success rate.