Coach, Please take some time to listen to your Long Snapper

2015 Spring Rubio bannerCoach…Please allow me to warm up before you want me to snap live in practice. Think about it, would you really have your starting QB sit for 30 minutes and then tell him to throw a perfect 45 yard post? I didn’t think so.

Please take my craft seriously. I know you don’t think much of it, but I do. To me, Long Snapping is a main part of who I am now and who I plan to be in the future.

Please don’t just give me some lineman pads because I am on the line. I need to be able to move my arms. They actually make pads for my position. I swear they do. If you can find money in the booster fund for QB pads, maybe there is some funds for me as well.

Please don’t just rush past my snaps on film. Just like  other players can learn from film, so can I. If you don’t want to watch, maybe just allow me some time to watch on my own. I want to get better, allow me to do so.

Please treat me, and my position, with respect. I deserve it and so does anyone that plays Long Snapper. It is not the easiest thing to do and should be highly respected. If you think I am off on this one, try playing a game without a Long Snapper and see how that works out for you and the team.

Please trust me when I tell you that people actually do get recruited for Long Snapping nowadays. It is not like the old days when colleges just “found someone” on the team to do it. Don’t believe me? Look HERE

Coach, please listen to me.

– The Long Snapper

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In just 12 years, Chris Rubio, President and Owner of Rubio Long Snapping, has become the #1 Long Snapping instructor in the country and the go-to man when a college coach needs a Long Snapper. Colleges from across the country rely on “Rubio’s” word day in and day out on who the best Long Snappers are in the country. Rubio Long Snapping has assisted in over 300 Long Snappers earning FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to major colleges and universities just for Long Snapping and many into the NFL as well.

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Three Rubio Long Snappers Nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy!

RubioThat’s right! Three Long Snappers that have attended a Rubio Long Snapping camp have been officially nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy!

This award “honors college football’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on.” This is an incredible honor and I am proud of all three nominees…

Alan D’Appollonio – Arkansas

Ryan Iverson – Colorado

Kelly Mason – Kentucky

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Rubio Long Snappers in College Games – Weekend of 11/7/13

RubioHere we go….week eleven!

Get your DVR ready to see A LOT of Rubio Long Snappers in action. If I miss one, please just email me (Rubio@RubioLongSnapping.com) and I will make sure it doesn’t happen again as well as update this page immediately. The list of Long Snappers that have gone through Rubio Long Snapping camps is very large and it is tough to keep track (tough problem to have, huh?)

Below are games that will have a Rubio Long Snapper on the team in bold.

GAME ON!!!!!

Tuesday
Bowling Green vs Miami (OH)

Wednesday
Central Michigan vs Ball State

Thursday
Oklahoma vs Baylor
Troy vs Louisiana
Oregon vs Stanford
Prairie View A&M 
vs Alcorn State

Friday
Louisville vs Connecticut
Air Force vs New Mexico

Saturday
Western Kentucky vs Army
SMU vs Cincinnati
Vanderbilt vs Florida
TCU 
vs Iowa State
Missouri vs Kentucky
UAB vs Marshall
Penn State 
vs Minnesota
Iowa vs Purdue
Auburn vs Tennessee
Kansas State 
vs Texas Tech
Florida State vs Wake Forest
Arkansas vs Ole Miss
Appalachian State
 vs Georgia
VIrginia vs North Carolina
Western Michigan vs Eastern Michigan
Tulane
 vs UTSA
USC vs California
Nevada vs Colorado State
Illinois
 vs Indiana
Syracuse vs Maryland
Nebraska vs Michigan
Hawaii
 vs Navy
Boston College vs New Mexico State
UTEP vs North Texas
Mississippi State
 vs Texas A&M
BYU vs Wisconsin
Tulsa vs East Carolina
North Carolina State
 vs Duke
FIU vs Middle Tennessee
Kansas vs Oklahoma State
Arizona State
 vs Utah
UTM vs Memphis
Old Dominion vs Idaho
Southern Miss vs Louisiana Tech
Arkansas State
 vs Louisiana-Monroe
Virginia Tech vs Miami (FL)
Houston
 vs UCF
Texas vs West Virginia
LSU vs Alabama
Notre Dame 
vs Pittsburgh
Utah State vs UNLV
Colorado vs Washington
UCLA 
vs Arizona
Fresno State vs Wyoming
San Diego State vs San Jose State
Wesley College vs Charlotte
Brown vs Yale
Harvard vs Columbia
Marist vs Campbell
Coastal Carolina 
vs Charleston Southern
Bucknell vs Fordham
Savannah State vs Howard
San Diego vs Morehead State
Eastern Illinois 
vs Murray State
Citadel vs Elon
Samford 
vs Furman
Dayton vs Drake
Western Carolina 
vs Georgia Southern
Montana 
vs South Dakota
Abilene Christian vs Incarnate Word
Jacksonville vs Mercer
Nicholls vs Sam Houston State
Indiana State 
vs South Dakota State
Missouri State vs Southern Illinois
Davidson 
vs Stetson
Montana State vs Eastern Washington
Presbyterian vs Liberty

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Rubio Long Snappers in College Games – Weekend of 10/3/13

Here we go….week six starts tonight!

Get your Tivo ready to see A LOT of Rubio Long Snappers in action. If I miss one, please just email me (Rubio@RubioLongSnapping.com) and I will make sure it doesn’t happen again as well as update this page immediately. The list of Long Snappers that have gone through Rubio Long Snapping camps is very large and it is tough to keep track (tough problem to have, huh?)

Below are games that will have a Rubio Long Snapper on the team in bold.

GAME ON!!!!!

Texas vs Iowa St
Western Kentucky vs Louisiana Monroe
UCLA 
vs Utah
BYU vs Utah St.
Nevada 
vs San Diego State
Air Force 
vs Navy
Eastern Michigan 
vs Buffalo
Maryland vs Florida State
Penn State 
vs Indiana
Michigan State 
vs Iowa
Texas Tech 
vs Kansas
Illinois vs Nebraska
Ball State 
vs Virginia
Georgia State 
vs Alabama
North Carolina 
vs Virginia Tech
Army vs Boston College
Central Michigan vs Miami (OH)
South Alabama 
vs Troy
UTSA vs Marshall
Western Michigan 
vs Toledo
Florida Atlantic 
vs UAB
Massachusetts 
vs Bowling Green
Georgia Tech vs Miami (FL)
Minnesota vs Michigan
East Carolina 
vs Middle Tennessee
Kansas State 
vs Oklahoma State
Clemson vs Syracuse
Georgia 
vs Tennessee
North Texas 
vs Tulane
Rice 
vs Tulsa
North Carolina State 
vs Wake Forest
Washington State 
vs California
FIU vs Southern Miss
Oregon 
vs Colorado
Ole Miss
 vs Auburn
Arkansas 
vs Florida
LSU 
vs Mississippi State
New Mexico State
 vs New Mexico
TCU 
vs Oklahoma
Arizona State 
vs Notre Dame
Kentucky 
vs South Carolina
Louisiana Tech 
vs UTEP
Missouri 
vs Vanderbilt
West Virginia 
vs Baylor
Ohio State 
vs Northwestern
Washington
 vs Stanford
San Jose State 
vs Hawaii
North Greenville 
vs Charleston Southern
Gardner-Webb vs Charlotte
Colgate vs Cornell
Morehead State 
vs Campbell
Davidson 
vs Dayton
North Carolina Central vs Howard
Dartmouth 
vs Penn
Columbia vs Princeton
Elon vs Furman
Presbyterian 
vs Wofford
Appalachian State vs Citadel
Jacksonville vs Drake
Western Illinois 
vs Illinois State
Abilene Christian 
vs Pittsburg State
Georgia Southern vs Samford
Southern Illinois 
vs South Dakota State
Jacksonville State 
vs UTM
Youngstown State vs Indiana State
UC Davis 
vs Southern Utah
Bucknell vs Lafayette
Portland State vs Montana
McNeese State vs Central Arkansas
Mercer 
vs San Diego
Northern Arizona vs Montana State
Yale vs Cal Poly
Prairie View A&M vs Grambling State
Western Carolina vs Chattanooga
Austin Peay vs Eastern Kentucky
Liberty 
vs Old Dominion
Weber State vs Eastern Washington
Incarnate Word 
vs Southeastern Louisiana

Northern Colorado vs Sacramento State

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If you are a Long Snapper or kicker that doesn’t ______________, I don’t like you.

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For Long Snappers

If you are a….

1. …Long Snapper that doesn’t immediately crank on the AC full blast in a car and/or hotel room, I don’t like you.

2. …Long Snapper that doesn’t try to snap any object that has ever been in your hand, I don’t like you.

3. …Long Snapper that doesn’t know how to do at least one trick with a football, I don’t like you.

3. …Long Snapper that doesn’t sweat when you eat, I don’t like you.

4. …Long Snapper that doesn’t pull on the front of their shirt at least 138 times per day, I don’t like you.

5. …Long Snapper that hasn’t used your position to pick up on a lady, I don’t like you.

6. …Long Snapper that hasn’t snapped something at a party, I don’t like you.

7. …Long Snapper that doesn’t know the names Casey Hales, Tyler Schmitt, Christian Yount, Jeff Palmer, Jason Bertoni, John Finch and Kevin Ballinger, I don’t like you.

8. …Long Snapper that has never hurt someone with a great snap, I don’t like you.

9. …Long Snapper that has ever turned down a dessert, I don’t like you.

10. …Long Snapper that doesn’t capitalize the words Long Snapper and/or Long Snapping, I don’t like you.

For kickers

If you are a….

1. …kicker that doesn’t walk, slowly, off the field with your Long Snapper, I don’t like you.

2. …kicker that doesn’t praise your Long Snapper in every interview, I don’t like you.

3. …kicker that doesn’t praise your Long Snapper when he gives you good snaps, I don’t like you.

4. …kicker that has accidentally hit your Long Snapper in the back of the head, I don’t like you.

5. …kicker that has ever motioned for and/or expected your Long Snapper to go get the balls you have kicked, I don’t like you.

6. ..kicker that doesn’t get your Long Snapper a gift for all major holidays, especially their birthday, and maybe even yours, I don’t like you.

7. …kicker that refers to your Long Snapper as simply snapper and not their proper name or glorious nickname, I don’t like you.

8. …kicker that squats too low or jumps when you don’t need to in order to catch a great snap, I don’t like you.

9. …kicker that blames a miss on your Long Snapper when he actually had a good snap, I don’t like you.

10. …kicker that doesn’t realize it all starts with the snap, I don’t like you.

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It really is OK to be a fan – give it a try sometime

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Here is an article I wrote for my local paper, The Lewiston Tribune, that was published today and I thought you might embrace….

Recently, I attended a Seahawks game with some very good friends of mine. The atmosphere was electric in the stadium and within my group. It was a good time for everyone – unless of course you happened to be a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

One member of the group I was with really caught my eye, and my heart. He has been a fan of the Seahawks for his whole 23 years of life. He never has played football. He has a very common job in the valley. He graduated from the local high school. He has a girlfriend. He is your average man, but he is also a fan, and he was at his first game.

The night before the game began, he was ready for it to begin. It was like watching a child the night before Christmas. My friend’s anxiousness was infectious. All he could talk about on the ride over was the game and how he “was ready!” He’s a fan.

The day of the game, he vaulted out of bed and wanted to get to the stadium immediately. It didn’t even matter to him that the gates wouldn’t even open for several hours. He was ready. He’s a fan.

At the game, his excitement was off the charts. His being a fan was, to sum it up, awesome to watch.

He watched each play as though there would be an exam at the conclusion of the game. He yelled, respectfully, at the refs when they blew a call. He high-fived. He screamed. He cheered. He wondered out loud how people had the audacity to leave the game early – even though the game was completely out of hand. He’s a fan.

Being a fan had built his hopes up for years. Being a fan had made him travel for hours upon hours to the game. Being a fan had got him to the stadium. Being a fan gave him something. Being a fan had driven him to this point. Being a fan would make his day, his week, his month, his year, maybe even his life, whole. He’s a fan.

Watching him made me wonder. Is he over the top? Is his behavior “normal?”

My friend is perhaps a little over the top, but I believe being a fan should be encouraged.

It is always talked about how much sports can do for the athlete; what about what sports can do for the fan?

Being a fan has given my friend, and others, drive, motivation, desire and hope for years. That is what sports can do.

It is OK to allow yourself to be a fan. Encourage your children to be fans. Show them the proper way and lead the way. Being a fan is just as much a part of the game as the players are in sports.

It’s OK to get “really into” a team. It’s OK to show your pride by wearing a jersey. It’s great to feel the ecstasy when your team does well or the pain when they don’t. That is life, sports are life and being a fan is a part of sports.

Be a fan. Cheer. Cry. Yell. Scream. Wonder. Anticipate. Be a fan.

Maybe one day, someone will be a fan of you.

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Athletes and Dating

High School can be an amazing time for an athlete. They can experience the challenges of some difficult classes, bonding with teammates that will become great friends, playing under the “Friday night lights” and, finally, dating, and possibly, locking into a steady significant other.

Depending on your point of view, the last three words of the above paragraph can either put an enormous smile on your face or make you want to cringe and kick a butterfly. The whole “my son, who is a tremendous athlete, just got a girlfriend and……..” is as old as athletics itself. The issue is how to deal with it.

Now, there are two ways to look at this and I have spoken to coaches about it as well….

  1. One side can be excited for an athlete that locks into a significant other as it can control and tame them a bit. If you have a significant other, you are less likely to be hitting the streets raging with your friends and get into mischief that way. An athlete that is tied down tends to be a bit more subdued on the weekend and, therefore, can get into less trouble.
  2. The other side is not a fan of an athlete having a significant other as it usually means more drama. And, with more drama, comes more mental anguish. The last thing a coach wants is their prized recruit wondering what he did wrong and how he can fix it with his date. The coach wants you focused. And, to clarify, that means focus on school and football.
So, the issue for the athlete is whether or not to get a significant other?  Let’s be honest, it is going to happen. Athletes tend to not have too big of an issue obtaining dates. Not sure if it is the confidence, the dashing good looks, the potential for a ground breaking hug or the ability to be a party trick, but Long Snappers always seem to be with a date(s). Part of the job if you will. Therefore, it’s going to happen.

Then, the issue for the parents of said athletes is whether to let it (flock of dates/locking down to a significant other) happen or “attempt” to put the brakes on it with their parental powers.

 
I say let them experience life and do what they are going to do. Let them have fun. Let them see what the bad ones are like so they know how to hold on to the good ones. They may even be that one in a million case that ends up with their high school sweetheart. Bless their heart if they are and more power to them. Plus, if you (the parental figure) try to halt it, they will push back harder. Remember, you jumped from birth to parenting without going through the high school years so you don’t know what they are going through at this stage in their lives.
 
I may sound cold-hearted but it is reality and I have seen it countless times with my Long Snappers throughout the years so I am tad biased. Too many times I have seen this happen…
  • a phenomenal athlete locks into a significant other
  • said athlete “knows” it is the real thing
  • said athlete becomes obsessed with their partner
  • they end up letting it consume too much time in their lives
  • they become distracted from their studies, their sport and lose focus
  • they get passed up on the depth chart and continually make excuses as to why they aren’t playing more or at all. 
  • they graduate (sometimes they don’t)  and, for the rest of their lives, wonder what if?

Bottom line, you (the athlete) are young and you should go out and have some fun. Date, enjoy life, lock in if you feel the need BUT remember that unless that significant other is paying your way through college, you might have to cut the strings and live your own life a lot sooner than later.
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In just 12 years, Chris Rubio, President and Owner of Rubio Long Snapping, has become the #1 Long Snapping instructor in the country and the go-to man when a college coach needs a Long Snapper. Colleges from across the country rely on “Rubio’s” word day in and day out on who the best Long Snappers are in the country. Rubio Long Snapping has assisted in over 300 Long Snappers earning FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to major colleges and universities just for Long Snapping and many into the NFL as well.

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The Parent Trap….

How much should parents be involved with their son and his Long Snapping career is a very touchy issue and I am going to tread lightly. A lot of it depends on the relationship between the kid and the parent. If you are laughing right now as a parent or the Long Snapper and asking, “What relationship?” let me reassure you of this….

For the Long Snappers – your parents actually were teenagers at one point in their life. They actually have gone through some of the same things you have encountered. True, it may not have been Long Snapping, but other situations can correlate to give them a very similar experience. Your parent(s) just want to be treated with respect and like an adult.

For the Parents – your kid(s) will get through this. It/They can be trying, but it is what it is. Like I always say, you have one teenager and I have hundreds. I see a a lot of teenagers per year. I see them all over the country and they are all pretty similar. Your kid(s) just want to be treated with respect and like an adult.

As for how a parent should handle the issue of dealing with college coaches, here is the best way to think about it so you can relate…..

When you were dating your future husband/wife, did you want to go out with their parents or with them?

You wanted to go out with your date and not their parents. Same with the coaches. They want to deal with the Long Snapper and not you. Sure you can assist (similar to a parent giving their kid a couple bucks for a date or advising them of a solid restaurant to go to) but let the Long Snapper take the lead. They speak to coaches, not you. The coach will be with the kid for the next four years and need to see their personality and not yours. Trust me when I tell you, an overbearing parent can crush a young man’s chances with a school.

Hope this helps.

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Chris-Rubio-2Rubio Long Snapping is, by far, the biggest and best resource for Long Snappers in the country. Offering the best instruction and most exposure in the world. Rubio Long Snapping can help you to become the best snapper you can be!

In just 12 years, Chris Rubio, President and Owner of Rubio Long Snapping, has become the #1 Long Snapping instructor in the country and the go-to man when a college coach needs a Long Snapper. Colleges from across the country rely on “Rubio’s” word day in and day out on who the best Long Snappers are in the country. Rubio Long Snapping has assisted in over 300 Long Snappers earning FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to major colleges and universities just for Long Snapping and many into the NFL as well.

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