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. These tips will help you start off on the right foot as a neophyte flag football quarterback:
Get a ball that’s designed for you.
Sounds simple, but maybe not always. There’s no need for those large leather bricks you use in tackle football, so choose a type you’re comfortable with. High school or college size, light or heavy, leather or composite and so on – choose whatever floats your boat.
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. Flag football is unique. As with most cases, trial and error is how you learn. Allow yourself to develop a style that is unique to you and accept it. But certainly, you should remain open to overall lessons from others’ success.
Keep in mind this isn’t tackle football.
This is a crucial point to never overlook.
You can’t be hit when you step into a pass or interrupt a timing route due to 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. Be wise and take full advantage of that.
Own your situational football.
You probably still have a coach telling you what to do and what not to. But guess who’s 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 5 play is going to be miles apart from a 3rd and 15. If you get a mere 5 yards on first, what do you think should e your second down play call be? You have to know both the time and score too. It will become easier later on but in the beginning, you need to make the effort as with all kinds of successes in this world.
Play as often as you can.
This one is probably self-explanatory. The more you play, the better you become. This rings along that ancient adage, “practice makes perfect.” You will find leagues and tournaments nearly every day of the week. You don’t have to go broke or break your marriage for this, but whenever you can play, do it. Just check out the calendar online and you will see what events are happening in your area.