Hi, this is Sean Hobson, for Expert Village.
When we’re working with our centers, there are a couple of different ways we can snap
the ball. One is the traditional way where the quarterback comes up, gets under center
and we’ll snap the ball straight up through the center. But, there are some times when
we want to take our quarterback and drop him back into the backfield. That’s called running
out of the shotgun. There are many reasons why you want to take the quarterback back
into the shotgun. One, you want to get him a greater depth away from the line because
of a lot of pressure. Two, if you have a smaller quarterback you may want to run him back in
the shotgun so he has a better ability to see over the line and making passes. We also
may want to run our quarterback as a running back. We put him in the backfield so he can
snap it, he can make a decision to hand off or he can go ahead and run the ball. There’s
a lot of different reasons why we want to run out of the shotgun. It’s important that
our center is not only good at snapping the ball traditionally, but also good at the shotgun
snap. We’re going to show you what this looks like (video demo). Again, he has to be in
a good stance. Even with the shotgun he has to tilt back a little more but we want it
to look the same so he’s consistent in his snapping. This takes a lot of practice. You
can’t expect him to do this perfectly the first time. We want him to take it through
his legs, keep the ball as straight as possible and throw a spiral back to the quarterback.
It will look a little like this (video demo). You want pretty good speed on it but you don’t
want to snap it back so quickly that the quarterback can’t field it. The main thing is that this
guy gets a good snap back there so the quarterback can catch it and he can make a decision. That’s
called the shotgun snap.

How to Play Center in Football : How to Make a Snap in Football to Shot Gun Position
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58 thoughts on “How to Play Center in Football : How to Make a Snap in Football to Shot Gun Position

  • June 17, 2009 at 2:07 am
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    aint it bo

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  • September 4, 2009 at 2:13 am
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    omg ty im a center to and i just practiced shotgunning to day and it was hard! ill try this out but tyvm=D

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  • September 27, 2009 at 4:27 am
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    dude this video didnt teach me anything. Yes, i know i get the ball to the Q.B. But how?

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  • October 19, 2009 at 2:38 am
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    i play center and shotgun is annoying butt its easy once u get it down … when u first start out its kind of hard butt then u get the timing down of when you have to let go of the ball which is when the nose of the ball gets to your heels and from there its easy … when you start out also try using a weighted ball to get your speed down and to make the muscles that you use stronger … im also 6'3" and 200 pounds

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  • October 31, 2009 at 8:17 pm
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    he makes it look easy cause th quarter back is like 2 yards from him

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  • November 2, 2009 at 2:43 am
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    im 15

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  • December 9, 2009 at 12:36 am
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    I am 12 and I snap mine different. I let go of the ball earlier but my still makes it to the quarterback, everyone does it different and I am not saying this is wrong I I dont snap this way.

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  • March 26, 2010 at 5:30 am
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    @Zeokill123 No he just looks like shit lol i wasnt even a good snap and his stance isnt even good.

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  • October 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm
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    There aren't actually any tips in this video…

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  • October 11, 2010 at 10:47 pm
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    that was a terrible snap

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  • November 30, 2010 at 2:20 pm
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    I play center on my team and the way I got my snap under control was when I went to summer camp I would get into a position to snap the ball between the bunk beds so it was a strait line and my friend was behind like a QB if I missed people would get pissed since it would hit their things, and after like a month they were really good….

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  • January 31, 2011 at 8:18 am
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    @joshymoua63
    same here man… we run everything out of shotgun.. but the hardest thing to do as a center is snapping a wet ball… no grip at all.. i was tought to snap it with both hands lol… i also had to make the line calls.. i say playing center is harder then anyother lineman spot… you have to concentrate on making the right line calls, snapping the ball at the right time and blocking…

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  • February 19, 2011 at 2:36 am
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    One of the problems I faced when I first started playing center was listening. I would focus WAY to hard on the QB's voice and think every sound as his, and then eff up the play. As I went on through it, I figured out the don't focus so hard on the voice, it get's you all ancious to get rid of the ball. One of my kadence's was "check color, check color. Down. Go blue" or instead of color it would be sunday or monday. Focus on the snap call, such as "Go blue" instead of the whole kadence

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  • February 28, 2011 at 6:17 am
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    @joshymoua63
    haha luckily i never had a game in the rain but it does get cold as hell and i have to use my qbs hand warmer cuz my hands get dry and i get no grip hahaha…

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  • February 28, 2011 at 6:19 am
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    @moneycowurmom
    true… also when its a cross town rival game and it gets packed like never before…. so many eyes on you and also them screaming so loud i can bearly hear my qb say the kadence lol

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  • February 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm
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    @SuperGlemus Imagine how NFL centers feel… I got serious respect for them. Playoff games are like that too…

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  • March 1, 2011 at 5:22 am
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    @moneycowurmom
    true and one thing i will never forget that my coach told us linemen is that we are the true heroes and everybody els are the superstars… the real heroes never get credit like the superstars…

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  • March 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm
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    @SuperGlemus Dude, I know. Lineman are the most under rated players on the team, especially Center's. Center's need alot of mental stength as well as agility. But, I Absolutely love Center. My favorite position on the line.

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  • March 3, 2011 at 4:49 am
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    @moneycowurmom
    yeah i went from playing strong gaurd for a year and a half the half way done with season i was put as center and i love it now lol

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  • April 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm
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    number 50 is doing a little dance of his own.. hehe

    fucking ADHD kids

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  • May 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm
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    oh god i got moved from tackle to center and i weigh 200 pounds and i got a good session in today but im nervous

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  • May 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm
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    And im a 12th grader aghhhhh

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  • July 4, 2011 at 3:26 am
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    this is a terrible snap

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  • August 27, 2011 at 2:35 am
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    @footballplyer73 So your team has horrible snapping? From what you just said you can't snap straight, and you're the best..

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  • August 27, 2011 at 2:36 am
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    13 and have played center for 3 years before. I've had about 20 too high/too low snaps, 3 fumbles, and 2 procedures. Practice makes perfect, and I'm doing only shotgun and pistol this year. I've also had to alternate with one hand snaps and two hand snaps throughout me playing.

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  • October 2, 2011 at 9:57 pm
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    This is not a tutorial, doesn't even tell you how to do it. I play center and when i first started it was hard for me. But you need to practice. It also depends how tall your qb is.

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  • October 11, 2011 at 4:18 am
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    @xSIKExKILLZx 170? lol i know you're in jh bro, but don't tell people that.

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  • October 11, 2011 at 4:19 am
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    this whole video was oriented towards the snap and that was the worst snap i've seen in a long time lol. you should have taken a few takes. it was slow and low. also, you're stance doesn't matter..it's whatever is comfortable to you. as long you're accurate.

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  • November 6, 2011 at 4:55 am
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    that was to low of a snap

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  • December 21, 2011 at 2:57 am
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    This didn't help at all I have to look to where I snap now

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  • January 2, 2012 at 7:07 am
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    that was a horrible snap i play center and lemme tell u thats my snaps are wayyy bettteeerr!!!

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  • May 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm
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    smalest center ive ever seen

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  • July 12, 2012 at 11:47 pm
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    qb is to close

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  • August 1, 2012 at 12:53 am
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    im a center, ive been playing for about 4 years, i was really good at center till freshman year, i started going high and left like the person below me.. and im in the same situation as he is… help!? i keep getting yelled at and with shoulder pad. im screwed.

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  • August 25, 2012 at 4:58 am
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    i need to know how to snap shotgun. i have it perfectly before practice but during practice i snap way to high. i need help or tips

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  • September 6, 2012 at 4:30 am
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    hey dont worry about it me 2 i have the same problem and i thought coming here would help but what i learned that helped a bit are two things… one when you snap the ball try not to release until your arm touches your crotch and you want to twist the ball on the release the same you would under center… or another way that may or may not work, instead of having ur hand on the side of the football like they show u, and try putting your hand and laces underneath at the starting point when the

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  • September 6, 2012 at 4:31 am
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    ball is snapped it should be easier trying to snap the ball… its like a pitch and catch with the QB… srry i cant show u a video but i hope that helped you all out and i hope u guys can all understand what i mean with all this lol

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  • September 6, 2012 at 4:36 am
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    if u do not understand what i mean about the second snap it basically looks like how you would long snap.. just without the guidance hand… but u dont want to be that far just like you would during long snapping…. instead just keeping tiliting the ball to the side until you get comfortable with your grip again im srry if this all may not make sense but if it does i hope this can help you other centers that have problems just like i do

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  • September 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm
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    I know exactly how you feel, the thing is you're probably thinking too much about it during practice so you're scared to snap it high, I have the same problem, it just takes a lot of practice

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  • October 1, 2012 at 1:52 am
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    I'm 6'1 14yrs and in 9th grade and 320 pounds starting eather center or right gaurd

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  • October 23, 2012 at 6:42 am
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    Probably not the best place, but can anyone tell me how I can put a spiral on my snap ? I can snap it with good aim and speed, but it's not a spiral and I'd like it to be one

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  • October 27, 2012 at 11:35 pm
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    jpa2016 practice throwing the ball in good form. I through side arm and it made my snaps bad. you can also try moving you hand to the right.

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  • April 15, 2013 at 8:13 am
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    No you stupid bitch

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  • April 17, 2013 at 2:24 am
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    I'm in 8th grade and am playing center this year.for some reason every time I snap I get nervous and my snaps end up going to low or to high…please give tips

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  • July 29, 2013 at 9:34 pm
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    I feel your pain bro

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  • August 7, 2013 at 4:31 am
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    i'm playin QB but i wanna show my center how to snap in shotgun (rookie center) he's only snapped with the QB under center, any tips i could give him?

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  • August 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm
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    my team does the same, came from my old school that was almost all under center, really hard to transition and get it down to a perfect spiral every time

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  • September 7, 2013 at 5:00 pm
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    i have been center on my 1 team for 3 years all you have to do is throw a pass under your legs

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  • October 11, 2013 at 11:05 pm
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    The first time I snapped it was perfect

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  • October 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm
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    Snap was too low

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  • August 8, 2014 at 3:34 pm
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    What a shit snap this season will be my first being center and I snap better and that centers small as shit

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  • May 17, 2015 at 11:05 pm
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    I ain't trying to be cocky but if that's how he snaps all the time I can put that kid in the dirt when it comes to snapping becase that was low

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  • September 7, 2015 at 4:48 pm
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    haha, 1 then 2, then 2…

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  • June 10, 2016 at 5:21 am
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    I'm a little bit bigger than that center but I weigh 200 pounds soooooooo yeah

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  • June 10, 2016 at 5:22 am
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    Look so tired it's just bothering me that I don't have their jerseys tucked

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  • February 13, 2017 at 1:19 am
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    That was the worst snap ever

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  • March 9, 2017 at 2:35 am
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    The skinniest center ever

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  • October 12, 2017 at 12:39 am
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    His snap was horrible, I play center and my snaps are 98% of the time in the center/chest area where his hands are, not below the knee

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