So you’ve played quarterback in the past but are totally new to flag football. Maybe you’ve been a flag football player for a while, just not in the quarterback position. The following are basic flag football pointers for beginning quarterbacks to give you a strong start:
Find a ball that suits you best.
Sounds simple, but maybe not always. You can say goodbye to those huge leather bricks used in tackle football, so pick something you like using. You decide if you want leather or composite, college or high school size, etc. – just get the ball you want.
Have your own QB style rather than copying another’s.
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. It’s going to be different from flag football. Trial and error is the best way to learn. Allow yourself to develop a style that is unique to you and accept it. But of course, you can always learn the general lessons from others who have been successful.
Keep in mind this isn’t tackle football.
This is crucial.
No one is going to hit you, stepping into a pass or disrupting a timing route with the press coverage. Otherwise, it will be a penalty (it should be) and you have a first down. Be wise and take full advantage of that.
Master your situational football.
You may still have a coach until now, telling you what to run and when to go for it. But do you know who your coach should be now? You! You are the captain of the field. It is upon you that everything rests, from calling your plans to performing them. Know what you should call in and in what circumstances. A 3rd and 5 play is going to be miles apart from a 3rd and 15. What’s your second down play call after getting 5 yards on the first? You have to know both the time and score too. It will take some effort at first, but in time, it’s going to become a habit.
Play whenever you get the chance.
This one is probably self-explanatory. The more you play, the better you become. As an age-old adage would tell us, practice makes perfect. Leagues and tournaments are happening almost everyday. You don’t have to go broke or divorce your partner, but any time you get the chance to play, take it. To know what’s happening in your place, just get online and start Googling.