How to Pass an American Football

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In order to pass an American football, put the ring finger over the second lace, hold the ball at the chin and rotate the upper torso to get power behind the pass. Discover how to create a rotational action when passing an American football with help from a football coach in this free video on football passing techniques.

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Hi, my name is Jesse Shale. I'm the head football coach here at Miami Christian School in Miami, Florida. In this clip, we're going to show you how to properly pass a football. And there's a lot of different mechanics in it, and you can put your own flavor on it, but for the most part, there are some fundamentals that you probably should follow. First is your grip. When you grip that football, depending on your hand size, you're probably going to have either your ring finger on the second lace or even your middle finger on that top lace. The farther to the middle that you go, the more accuracy you'll get. The farther to the top, the more power you get, so you can get a little bit of a balance. Then once you've gotten your grip, it's all about stance and fundamentals. You hold that ball high at your chin and it's about a three step...it's about a four-step process because what we're going to do is we're going to plant on our back foot to get our power. We're going to step with our front foot and point, and then we're going to throw and make sure we follow through with both or hand and our leg, okay? It's important that we get all this in from start to finish or else our throw might go 100 different directions. So let's look at this. One step at a time. Let's go set, plant on the back foot, step with the left foot and point, throw, and follow through. Okay? And there's a lot of different things happening here, but as we do this, we realize that we keep the ball high. We step and point with our front foot to point to the receiver. Then as we step and throw, our left arm -- the arm we're not using -- clears out to make a rotational action as we rotate our hips and our whole upper torso rotates to get power behind that pass. Then we follow through, and we have a high release just above our aiming point. That way, the nose of the ball, staying down, will reach its point on a good spiral. We get the throw, we follow through, and that's it. This has been Coach Jesse Shale, Miami, Florida.

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