By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor
The Snap Attack football training machine, designed by Sports Attack, can simulate punts, kicks, passes and snaps so that coaches can limit player fatigue and maximize practice reps. The Snap Attack can pivot instantly in any direction and provide accurate passes, punts and kickoffs to any location on the field.
Cecil Flowe spent the 1990s and 2000s building Parkview High (Ga.) into the marquee football program in Georgia’s largest classification. Flowe went 197-67 over 21 seasons, capturing state championships in 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2002.
He retired after the 2013 season and later accepted volunteer assistant positions at King’s Ridge Christian and North Forsyth. At each school, he had one request for the head coach.
“I said we need to find a way to get a Snap Attack,” Flowe said. “We’d work to come up with the money, and we’d buy one as soon as we could. With this one machine, I can stand in the middle of a practice with 50 balls and gets 50 reps for punt return and kickoff and never have it miss a kick. That’s 50 reps, and I don’t wear out the kicker’s leg.”
Sports Attack Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering Doug Boehner used his background as a football coach to create the football training machine in 2010. The machine has become the industry standard – surpassing the Jugs Machine – due to its ability to rotate passes and kicks in either direction.
Now, every NFL team with the exception of the New York Giants uses the Snap Attack. Nearly every NCAA Division 1 team uses the Snap Attack, and some teams have as many as eight.
“We’ve continued to add features over the years,” Boehner said. “The right- and left-handed spin was a popular one. We realize it’s important for teams to be able to practice receiving punts and kicks from left-handed kickers in the week before the game.”
Flowe uses the Snap Attack in practice to simulate passes from the quarterback to receivers as well as every type of special teams play, including long snaps on punts and kicks.
“I can shoot an 18-yard out route on time and not wear out the quarterback’s arm,” Flowe said. “I just keep feeding it. It’s not like I’m throwing the ball and waiting for it to get back to the quarterback.
“Another thing I like to do is set it on its legs and practice punt snaps. We go 7 yards to the holder on kicks and 14 yards for punters. They can practice receiving snaps while the center might be in other drills.”
The Snap Attack Football Machine’s solid polyurethane throwing wheels firmly grip the ball for an accurate spin. The wheel guards protect arms from potential wheel burns as well as help to keep the wheels as dry as possible in inclement weather.
Rapid fire and multiple ball drills are part of the Snap Attack’s repertoire. The two independently running electric motors create not only a near instantaneous recovery time, but furnish enough power to put the football anywhere on the field.
What’s Next For Snap Attack?
Boehner is in the process of designing a less expensive Snap Attack model for high school teams – with a goal of retailing the product for under $3,000 per machine.
“It’s going to be the same machine and do all of the functions of the existing machine,” Boehner said. “We’re taking it down in power to take the cost down, and make it more attractive to high school teams that really have to make it count to fit it under the budget.”
The decision to market the Snap Attack to high school teams is all in the name of time efficiency.
“If you’re there running your kickoff coverage drills for an extra five minutes per practice, that adds up,” Boehner said. “Time is so critical in high school football, and anything that speeds up practice is priceless.”
The Snap Attack Football Machine