A Guide to Success on and off the Field

Preparation means you’ll never enter the battle alone
© John Tomlinson

In order to understand the qualities of a leader its important to understand what leadership means. and vision for his or herself.  A leader understands he or she always has a responsibility to others and him or herself.  A leader has integrity. Leadership Qualities  A leader knows how to lead his or herself.  A leader doesn’t lead for the title of being a leader.  A leader knows how to follow first. purpose. Leadership is the capacity to lead or the act or instance of leading. 2 .  A leader understands that leading is a process and you never arrive but your continually arriving.To become a successful Quarterback (QB) it is important to first understand what it takes to be a leader.  A leader has thick and durable skin for criticism.

They motivate their fellow teammates to give their all. 3 . Regardless of whether you’re warming up or throwing the long ball. Work to keep the elbow above the shoulder through the release. and ab work. carioca. QB’s can improve these muscles by combining medicine or weighted balls with throws. Quick Feet: Jumping rope. 5. Keep Your Throwing Elbow Up: One of the most common habits of untrained quarterbacks is to drop the elbow of the throwing arm. Practice Accuracy: Accuracy should be your number one goal with every throw. Be a leader: Leaders are players who make good decisions on and off the field. quick footwork and drills which improve foot speed are essential for quarterbacks. hips and gluts will help put velocity on your ball. Activities which enhance the strength of the abs. Footwork is the foundation of a solid drop. 3. always strive for a precise target. Strengthen the Core: The secret to a strong ball is not only a strong arm. oblique.1. rotations. but core strength. 2. They are passionate. 4.

Use body language that says you’re a winner. once you’ve located your man. Improve your grip: Besides an INT. zero in on your target. 8. Keep the head steady. and open to constructive criticism. explode away from the center or gun snap with speed. QB’s with “sticky” hands practice releasing. alert. While privately you may not agree with your coaches approach. Good Attitude: Respect your coaches and fellow teammates. and purpose. Head Steady/Eyes Focused: While you certainly don’t want to broadcast to your defender where you plan to throw. eyes focused and make the throw. gripping and grabbing the ball. 9. 4 . the worst thing a QB can do is fumble the ball. 7.6. Remain positive. confidence. never openly challenge his technique. Explode away from Center or Gun: On all drops.

Lead by example. accept the challenge. 5. 7. be authentic! There’s always a critic. Stay positive. last to leave! Control the huddle. 2. 6. live with it! Ride what motivates you! Be first to practice. Regardless of the circumstance.1. 4. 5 . 3.

and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. which God prepared in advance for us to do. negativity. no matter how tough it may get  Giftedness will get you there but character will keep you there!   Are you determined enough to throw off the things that have jacked you up?  Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's workmanship. since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses. let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. The biggest distraction of being “Great” is settling for being “Good enough!” 6 . and drama Unify with Christ Stick with it. created in Christ Jesus to do good works.First things first Order “Get your priorities in order” Cut out dead weight. Hebrews 12:1 Therefore.

before leaving the locker room. remember: 1. Be a man! You can’t fake it. Its about commitment. It’s not always going to be fun. 6. love the people you are going through this journey with. Have a legacy bigger than your talent! 7 . 3. 5. Don’t love something that’s going to go away. or when at home. The quality of your life will be measured by your passion for others. Your position is about moving the chains not about just wins & losses. It’s not about you. your success will never be defined by the scoreboard. Do what a man does. 4. 7. the huddle. You cannot stay the same. 2.QB.

Focused Eyes Accountability Toughness Unfazed Resolute Energized Student 8 .From head to toe. here is the acronym that best describes our Quarterback.

5. I look at 5 major components: 1. 3. Grip (Pre-pass) Wrist (Pre-pass) Elbow Follow-thru Lower Body 9 . play to play QB. 4. Why fundamentals?   What’s important?  We can do nothing without fundamentals as an every down. When evaluating the fundamental aspects for a QB. 2. We will focus on this aspect more than any other component because this is the area where we will hang our hat when all else breaks down.

If you slide thumb up you lose pocket. Ring finger along laces. Grip Note: make sure all four fingers are in complete contact with the ball. Thumb Note: When you hold ball. If you slide thumb down you create nice palm pocket. Pocket is formed by location of thumb during grip. Thumb side: Location of thumb is vital. Index finger needs to be towards back of ball with first knuckle on index finger along stitching that aligns with laces. 10 . Ensures nice even bend off index finger to create nice tight spiral. nose should be in slightly upward position. Thumb should be aligned with middle finger. Middle finger off laces towards back of ball or against laces if you have big hands.Your grip on the ball will vary according to your hand size but every finger has a purpose and a positioning on the ball. Finger side with laces on Pre-Pass: Pinky behind laces by sliding in between one digit of laces.

That location is called the “wrinkle in the wrist” because essentially that’s what we want to create. a wrinkle in the wrist on pre-pass. 11 . Wrist Note: Make sure the front of the ball stays lower than the back of the ball when cocking wrist on pre-pass as well as ensuring the ball is positioned on the back shoulder. After the elbow extends.  A cocked wrist brings the nose of the ball up to the proper release point.The positioning of your wrist on pre-pass is a vital component to a consistent throw. The following points are cause to have a cocked wrist on pre-pass.  A cocked wrist position lengthens the wrist snap and increases the spin. What gives the strength and power to fingertips is the location of the wrist. It also causes slashing.  A cocked wrist position strengthens the finger grip. A curled wrist position weakens the finger grip and drops the nose of the ball. the wrist snaps and provides direction to the throw. The wrist is the key ingredient that promotes accuracy on the throw.  A cocked wrist reduces ball movement and loads the ball for strong release out to the target.

A vertical release helps the ball go out on a straight line and provides for a consistent throw.  The lead elbow must be above the shoulder line to lead the throw and ball must be off body to create better torque of elbow.  The lead elbow on pre-pass should be off the body slightly below the shoulder so you can elevate to the lead position.  The lead elbow should lead the throw. Elbow Note: Lead elbow should break imaginary pane of glass after elevation of elbow and upon coming down. it is vital that our lead elbow evaluates above the shoulder on the throw. This helps the wrist create greater torque. The nonthrowing elbow will also break pane of glass as well on torque of trunk on release of throw. 12 .The positioning of your elbow during the throw is another vital component ensuring that the ball is released on a vertical flight as opposed to a horizontal flight. Wrist will curl if elbow isn’t in lead position. The following points are cause to have an elevated lead elbow on the throw. With all of this said.

The finish point of the throwing hand should be outside lead leg below waist. Some say to “pick a dollar out of your left pocket” if you’re a right handed passer. 13 .A consistent throw also has its roots in the follow-thru. The positioning of the Quarterbacks throwing hand after the pass is as important as pre-pass. This allows your hand to finish in the same place This gives us consistency on follow-thru and a defined place to finish that won’t lead to slashing. I say emphasize finishing just slightly outside of lead leg.

you must stay on the balls of your feet. he creates the ability to transfer weight from his final step in his drop to his lead foot (front foot) that points to the target area. The old saying of being tall in pocket applies to the waist up. 14 . from the time you’re under center to the snap of the ball to the time it leaves your hand. Standing tall simply means your eyes need to be downfield.As important as it is to have a consistent grip. The following components are essential to every QB:     Balls of feet: Unless your on the sideline talking to your coach. Balance: Maintaining balance as a QB is a by product of the first 3 bullet items. A balanced QB will eliminate the tendency to throw off his heel on his plant foot. it is essential to let the thoroughbred legs you were gifted with power your throw. Slight bend in knees: Slight bend in knees helps QB transition weight from foot to foot and stimulate explosion from lower body on throw. Much like a speed skater transitions back and forth. you should have the ability to maintain balance in your throw. a cocked wrist. and transition your weight. When you can stay on the balls of your feet. maintain a bend in your knees. and an elevated elbow. Transitioning weight: When a QB throws and drops on the balls of his feet and he maintains a slight bend in his knees. a QB is looking to do the same.

• The audible: Understanding the options an offense has comes from a QB’s study of the defense and thoroughly knowing his audible system. “The Clock” is the mental ingredient that takes a QB to the next level because of the following skills: • The offense: Understanding the offense thoroughly and the philosophy of it allows the QB to process information more efficiently on the field. A QB with a great “Clock” never holds the ball too long. • The great anticipator: Understanding from snap to throw how much time a QB really has as well as identify where to go with the ball is known as his anticipation skills.“The Clock” for a QB is the time he takes to dissect the play and execute it to success. • The play: Understanding the play thoroughly and everyone’s assignment allows the QB’s “Clock” to process faster and efficiently on the field. • The down & distance: Understanding the down & distance through the duration of the game keeps the QB aware of all the options and the chains moving. 15 . • The defense: Understanding the opponent is another vital ingredient for the maturation of a QB. Note: A QB’s “Clock” is critical to his development and a key ingredient to defining his success.

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