A long snap is required for a punt and a point after touchdown -- PAT. The ball is placed on the yard line, and the long snapper grips the ball and "snaps" it between his legs. Though it's called a long snap, it's essentially a pass between the center's legs. The keys to a good long snap are speed, spiral and accuracy. The factors that determine these aspects of a long snap are body position, grip and snap.
Place the ball on the yard line. Put your hands on the ball. The ball is in front of you, your arms slightly bent. Reach for the ball rather than placing it directly under your face. The reach gives your snap speed. Spread your legs, each of your feet 1 foot outside shoulder width. Bend your legs to 90 degrees. Look between your legs and locate the punter or the PAT holder.
Grip the ball. The grip for a long snap is the same as a quarterback's grip; the middle, ring and pinkie fingers of your throwing hand go over the threads. Rotate the ball so the threads are down. The fingers of your throwing hand are on the ground. Place your non-throwing hand on top of the football. This hand is merely a guide. It does not help with the throwing action or rotation of the ball.
Look between your legs at the punter or the holder and snap the ball. Coming out of your hand, a snap will feel exactly like a pass. If you're not familiar with throwing a football, practice passing before you attempt a snap. Throw the ball between your legs. It is not a soft toss. The ball rotates out of your hand as you snap it between your legs. As you release the ball, flex your index finger into the palm of your hand. Your index finger is the last part of your hand to touch the ball. This finger gives the ball extra spiral and provides the accuracy.
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