So you’ve played quarterback in the past but are totally new to flag football. Maybe flag football has always been your game, though not exactly as a quarterback. The following are basic flag football pointers for beginning quarterbacks to give you a strong start:
Get a ball that’s perfect for you.
That may sound simple, but in reality, that’s not always the case. 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.
Be your own QB instead of imitating someone else.
There’s no shortage of plays out there for you to learn. Get a taste of them all! Some will be nice and some won’t. In flag football, things can be quite different. As with most cases, trial and error is how you learn. Allow your own style to develop and embrace it. But certainly, you should remain open to overall lessons from others’ success.
Remember, this is not 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. Or else, it’s going to be a penalty – it has to be – and you own a first down. Use that to your advantage in every way.
Master your situational football.
Most probably, there’s still a coach giving you instructions until now. Any idea who should be your coach now? No one else but you. You are the 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. 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 take some effort at first, but in time, it’s going to become a habit.
Play whenever you get the chance.
This might be the most self-explanatory of all the tips. The more you play, the more chances you have of improving your game. This rings along that ancient adage, “practice makes perfect.” Leagues and tournaments are happening almost everyday. No need to use up your savings or divorce your spouse but each time you can play, go for it. Just go online and take a look at the calendar to know the leagues and tournaments in your area.