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. 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.
That may sound simple, but in reality, that’s not always the case. You won’t need those big leather bricks used in tackle football, so get a kind that makes you absolutely comfortable. 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. Get a taste of them all! You will like some and you will have some. Flag football is unique. Trial and error is the best way to learn. Allow yourself to develop a style that is unique to you and accept it. But of course, you can always learn the general lessons from others who have been successful.
Keep in mind this isn’t tackle football.
This is a crucial point to never overlook.
No one can hit you when go into a pass or when you break a timing route because of broadcast coverage. If they do hit you, that’s clearly a penalty – and it must be, at least – and you’ll have a first down. Use that to your advantage in every way.
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. No one else but you. You are your own field general. It is upon you that everything rests, from calling your plans to performing them. Learn what you have to call in and when. 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? The time and score are two other things you should also know. 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 might be the most self-explanatory of all the tips. More plays means more opportunities to get better. As an age-old adage would tell us, 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.