A snapper is a player on the special teams that starts with the ball on a kicking play. The snapper is like the center, a player on offense, who snaps the ball to the quarterback on every down. Snappers will either hike the ball to a punter on punts or a holder on kickoffs, field goals, and extra points.
The snapper is responsible for:
- Delivering a perfect snap every time
- Serving as a blocker after the snap
IMPORTANT: Performing a snap may sound easy, but throwing the ball through your legs behind you is a lot harder than it sounds. Snappers have a very important job on the special teams.
Football Long Snapper
The long snapper is a type of snapper on the special teams who specializes in snapping the ball further distances on the field.
On a punt, the long snapper will snap the ball approximately fifteen yards. On field goals and extra points, the long snapper will snap the ball seven yards to a player called the holder. It is then the job of the holder to hold the ball in place for the place kicker.