Played quarterback before but new to flag football? Maybe you’ve been a flag football player for a while, just not in the quarterback position. Below are some essential flag football tips for newbie quarterbacks to help get you started on the right track:
Get a ball that’s perfect for you.
Sounds easy, but not all the time. You won’t need those big leather bricks used in tackle football, so get a kind that makes you absolutely comfortable. High school or college size, light or heavy, leather or composite and so on – choose whatever floats your boat.
Develop your own style and be your own QB.
There’s no shortage of plays out there for you to learn. Give each one a try! Some will be nice and some won’t. In flag football, things can be quite different. You learn and master them all through trial and error. Let yourself develop a style that is yours and yours alone and thrive in it. But certainly, you should remain open to overall lessons from others’ success.
Remember, this is not tackle football.
This is highly critical.
No one is going to hit you, stepping into a pass or disrupting a timing route with the press coverage. If they do hit you, that’s clearly a penalty – and it must be, at least – and you’ll have a first down. If you’re smart, you’ll make that work for you.
Own your situational football.
You probably still have a coach telling you what to do and what not to. Any idea who should be your coach now? You! You are the field general. Calling plays and executing them now all rest on you. Know what you should call in and in what circumstances. A 3rd and 15 are hardly the same. What’s your second down play call after getting 5 yards on the first? The time and score are two other things you should also know. It will take some effort at first, but in time, it’s going to become a habit.
Play whenever you get the chance.
This might be the most self-explanatory of all the tips. More plays means more opportunities to get better. As an age-old adage would tell us, practice makes perfect. Almost every day, there will be leagues and tournaments. You don’t have to go broke or break your marriage for this, but whenever you can play, do it. To know what’s happening in your place, just get online and start Googling.