Played quarterback before but new to flag football? Maybe flag football has always been your game, though not exactly as a quarterback. 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.
That may sound simple, but in reality, that’s not always the case. You can say goodbye to those huge leather bricks used in tackle football, so pick something you like using. 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.
Yes, there are tons of plays that you can learn. Give each one a try! There will be those you’ll love and those you’ll hate. Flag football is unique. Trial and error is the best way to learn. 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.
Always remember flat football is not tack football.
This is highly critical.
You can’t be hit when you step into a pass or interrupt a timing route due to press coverage. Or else, it’s going to be a penalty – it has to be – and you own a first down. Be wise and take full advantage of that.
Be aware of your situational football.
You may still have a coach until now, telling you what to run and when to go for it. Any idea who should be your coach now? No one else but you. You are your own field general. You call your own plays and execute them. Know what must call in and under what situation. A 3rd and 5 play will be worlds away from a 3rd and 15. What’s your second down play call after getting 5 yards on the first? You need to watch the time and score as well. It will take some effort at first, but in time, it’s going to become a habit.
Play whenever you get the chance.
This may be self-explanatory. The more you play, the better you become. This rings along that ancient adage, “practice makes perfect.” Almost every day, there will be leagues and tournaments. No need to use up your savings or divorce your spouse but each time you can play, go for it. Just check out the calendar online and you will see what events are happening in your area.