Class of 2016 is Starting Strong

Congratulations to the class of 2016 Rubio Long Snappers who have either already committed or have earned a scholarship!
John Shannon – Notre Dame
Johnny Den Bleyker – UCLA
Jake Cesear – Wisconsin
Steven Wirtel – Illinois, Kansas(PWO), Georgia (PWO)
Damon Johnson – West Virginia
Scott Meyer –
Air Force and Army
Logan Klusman – Army
Donald Reiter – Arizona (PWO)
Anthony Ratliff – Penn St (PWO)
Koby Walsh – Kentucky (PWO)
Colton Piatt – Kentucky (PWO)
Jake Munoz –
GA State
Clark Smith – Auburn (PWO)
Jon Letter – Houston (PWO)
Josh Brady – Jacksonville State
IV Seacat –
Texas Tech (PWO)
Jack Propst –
Ole Miss (PWO)
Marshall Simmons – Elon (PWO)
Ben Wyatt –
North Carolina, West Virginia
Harrison Freeman – Yale
Geron Eatherly – Oklahoma State (PWO)

 

Think you can compete with these guys?

Prove it this fall and at VEGAS XXVII!

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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 tomajor colleges and universities just for Long Snapping and many into the NFL as well.

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Rubio Long Snappers Playing This Weekend (9/18 – 9/21)

Teams that have a Long Snapper that has participated in a Rubio Long Snapping camp will be in bold and CAPITALIZED.

Will you be on this list in the future, prove yourself this fall and at VEGAS XXV to make it happen

As always, this list is VERY big and with so many Rubio Long Snappers playing (Rubio problem) I can miss someone. If I have missed a team, please just let me know. Please note: this is only a list of D1 teams. If I continue with D1AA-NAIA, you’d be reading until the following weekend.

GAME ON!

Thursday, September 18th 

AUBURN vs KANSAS STATE

Friday, September 19th

CONNECTICUT vs SOUTH FLORIDA

Saturday, September 20th

EASTERN MICHIGAN vs MICHIGAN STATE

Troy vs GEORGIA

BOWLING GREEN vs Wisconsin

GEORGIA TECH vs VIRGINIA TECH

IOWA vs PITTSBURGH

Western Illinois vs NORTHWESTERN

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS vs PURDUE

OLD DOMINION vs RICE

MARYLAND vs SYRACUSE

TULANE vs DUKE

Maine vs BOSTON COLLEGE

Delaware State vs TEMPLE

MARSHALL vs AKRON

HAWAII vs COLORADO

FLORIDA vs ALABAMA

TEXAS A&M vs SMU

VIRGINIA vs BYU

Nicholls State vs NORTH TEXAS

NORTH CAROLINA vs EAST CAROLINA

ARMY vs WAKE FOREST

LOUISVILLE vs FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL

CENTRAL MICHIGAN vs KANSAS

RUTGERS vs NAVY

UTAH vs MICHIGAN

INDIANA vs MISSOURI

MASSACHUSETTS vs PENN STATE

SAN JOSE STATE vs Minnesota

FLORIDA ATLANTIC vs WYOMING

PRESBYTERIAN vs NORTH CAROLINA STATE

Bethune-Cookman vs UCF

GEORGIA STATE vs WASHINGTON

MISSISSIPPI STATE vs LSU

Northern Illinois vs ARKANSAS

UTAH STATE vs ARKANSAS STATE

MIAMI (OH) vs Cincinnati

MIDDLE TENNESSEE vs MEMPHIS

NORTHWESTERN STATE vs LOUISIANA TECH

APPALACHIAN STATE vs SOUTHERN MISS

BALL STATE vs TOLEDO

IDAHO vs OHIO

MURRAY STATE vs WESTERN MICHIGAN

Oklahoma vs WEST VIRGINIA

SOUTH CAROLINA vs VANDERBILT

GEORGIA SOUTHERN vs SOUTH ALABAMA

CLEMSON vs FLORIDA STATE

MIAMI (FL) vs NEBRASKA

UNLV vs HOUSTON

NEW MEXICO vs NEW MEXICO STATE

CALIFORNIA vs ARIZONA

OREGON vs WASHINGTON STATE

SAN DIEGO STATE vs OREGON STATE

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE vs BOISE STATE

Sunday, September 21st 

NFL

REDSKINS vs Eagles

TEXANS vs Giants

Vikings vs SAINTS

Ravens vs BROWNS

Colts vs JAGUARS

BRONCOS vs Seahawks

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Rubio Long Snappers Playing This Weekend (9/11-9/14)

Teams that have a Long Snapper that has participated in a Rubio Long Snapping camp will be in bold and CAPITALIZED.

Will you be on this list in the future, prove yourself this fall and at VEGAS XXV to make it happen

As always, this list is VERY big and with so many Rubio Long Snappers playing (Rubio problem) I can miss someone. If I have missed a team, please just let me know. Please note: this is only a list of D1 teams. If I continue with D1AA-NAIA, you’d be reading until the following weekend.

GAME ON!

Thursday, September 11th
LA TECH vs NORTH TEXAS
BYU vs HOUSTON

Friday, September 12th
BAYLOR vs Buffalo

Saturday, September 13th
EAST CAROLINA vs VIRGINIA TECH
UCF vs MISSOURI
Kent State vs OHIO STATE
INDIANA vs BOWLING GREEN
OHIO vs MARSHALL
BOISE STATE vs CONNECTICUT
GEORGIA SOUTHERN
vs GEORGIA TECH
PITTSBURGH vs FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
SYRACUSE
vs CENTRAL MICHIGAN
WEST VIRGINIA
vs MARYLAND
MASSACHUSETTS
vs VANDERBILT
LOUISVILLE
vs VIRGINIA
WYOMING
vs OREGON
AIR FORCE
vs GEORGIA STATE
UC DAVIS
vs COLORADO STATE
INDIANA STATE
vs BALL STATE
GEORGIA
vs SOUTH CAROLINA
Alabama A&M vs UAB
KANSAS vs DUKE
MIAMI (OH)
vs MICHIGAN
ARKANSAS
STATE vs MIAMI (FL)
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
vs SOUTH FLORIDA
ARKANSAS 
vs Texas Tech
LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE vs OLE MISS
MISSISSIPPI STATE vs SOUTH ALABAMA
Minnesota vs TCU
Illinois vs WASHINGTON
ARMY
vs STANFORD
WESTERN
MICHIGAN vs IDAHO
SOUTHERN
MISS vs ALABAMA
EASTERN MICHIGAN
vs OLD DOMINION
LOUISIANA-MONROE vs LSU
WESTERN KENTUCKY
vs MIDDLE TENNESSEE
UTSA
vs OKLAHOMA STATE
WAKE FOREST vs UTAH STATE
TULSA
vs FLORIDA ATLANTIC
ABILENE CHRISTIAN vs Troy
PURDUE vs NOTRE DAME
KENTUCKY vs FLORIDA
TENNESSEE vs Oklahoma
USC vs BOSTON COLLEGE
PENN STATE
vs RUTGERS
NEW MEXICO STATE
vs UTEP
Southeastern Louisiana vs TULANE
NAVY
vs Texas State
PORTLAND STATE vs WASHINGTON STATE
UCLA vs TEXAS
RICE vs TEXAS A&M
ARIZONA STATE vs COLORADO
NEBRASKA vs Fresno State
Nevada vs ARIZONA

Sunday, September 14th
Northern Iowa vs HAWAII

NFL
JAGUARS vs REDSKINS
SAINTS vs BROWNS
TEXANS vs Raiders
Chiefs vs BRONCOS
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IL Summer Camp Recap

Long Snappers came out on July 13 to attend the Rubio Long Snapping Camp in IL from WI, KY, NE, MI, OH, IN, IA, CAMO, NC, RI, NJ, FL, CO and IL to get the best  Long Snapping instruction and exposure in the country for Long Snappers. Long Snappers, and their parents/guardians, were instructed on the field, had a film and classroom session, a recruiting seminar and ended the day with a competition with Rubio present and running the camp. Each Long Snapper was filmed and will have a player profile provided for them on RubioLongSnapping.com.

This was a camp where college Long Snappers could come out to get instruction and assist with the camp, and they did not disappoint. College Long Snappers that were present and got better were: Taybor Pepper of Michigan St, Nick Monaghan of Missouri, Seth Combs of Illinois St. Nate Hawkins of Navy, Reid Buckingham of Emporia St, Wyatt Pfeifer of Western Michigan, Josh Appel of Indiana St, John Wirtel of Kansas, Scott Daly of Notre Dame, Will Henrichs of Olivet Nazarene, Greg Hohenstein of Bowling Green St and Nathan Gibbs of Youngstown St.

CALCAGNO, JOEThe overall winner of the camp was Joe Calcagno (IL, ’17). Calcagno did very well throughout the entire day of camp. When he gets his body set up in the right direction and snaps the ball hard, he will be very hard to beat. Thick and strong Long Snapper with a lot of upside. Very good attitude and handles pressure well. Keep an eye out for Calcagno in the future.

To see videos and pictures of the Long Snappers below, please go to RubioLongSnapping.com

TOP 2015 LONG SNAPPERS…

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  • Ben Makowski (IN) was phenomenal all day long. Great size and attitude. The Purdue commit showed he is definitely worth a scholarship and the Boilermakers are lucky to get him. All around great human being.
  • Hunter Varga
  • Owen Gilbert
  • Zach Wood
  • Jake Knight
  • Chase Urbach
  • Harley Whitehouse
  • Tommy Merickel
  • Brendan Lowery

TOP 2016 LONG SNAPPERS…

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  • John Shannon (IL) left no doubt he is the best Long Snapper in his class. He is strong and snaps the ball as hard as anyone I have ever go through Rubio Long Snapping. Very close to having it all click. Regardless, he is a full on scholarship Long Snapper.
  • Steven Wirtel
  • Bradley Robinson
  • Phillip Thomas
  • Trent Kramer

TOP 2017 LONG SNAPPERS….

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  • Jake Hess had a great camp and could have easily won the whole thing. His form is coming along nicely and he is built strong. When he gets his head all the way through and with speed, he is phenomenal. Handles pressure very well.
  • Marshall Coluzzi
  • Nate Dunham
  • Shiloh Mast
  • John Davis

TOP 2018 LONG SNAPPERS…

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  • Ryan Walsh has come along way in the past couple of years and just continues to get better and better. Built strong and has great form. Confidence will be key in the next couple of years. Kid can already snap well.
  • Ross Hinders

The next stop will be Dallas, TX on July 15, followed by Charlotte, NC (July 26), Atlanta, GA (July 27) and Los Angeles, CA (July 30).  For more information, rankings, evaluations, etc., visit RubioLongSnapping.com

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Beware of Smoke and Mirrors

Below is an email I received from a parent in the Midwest this morning (names have been removed)…..

Hey Rubio, I wanted to drop you a quick email and share something with you. My son had the opportunity to attend one of the “other” national long snapping camps on Monday. The only reason we elected to do it was because it was an hour from our house and it was a day my son had free. 

In a nutshell very disappointing, minimal interaction and info for parents, minimal stretching and prep, my son had easily 300+ snaps with minimal instruction, correction, and one instructor for all long snappers.  After the camp my son got a text from the instructor inviting him to their “National Invite Camp” and he politely declined, partly because he has a college camp the same day. Normally I would encourage him to look big picture but my gut was telling me a lot of smoke and mirrors. What was advertised and what we received at the one day camp were two completely different things. 

At the end of the day my son’s comment was “Dad I am glad I’m a Rubio guy that camp was miserable.”

I guess the reason for my email is not to rip on the other guys but to send a big THANK YOU, for the continued great job you do instructing our young men.

As I have said before, many CLAIM certain things but rarely, if ever, do they actually back it up. Many will invite you to their “invite only” camps telling you what you want to hear but, what you need to realize, is that they invite EVERY SINGLE PERSON they see. If everyone is invited, how special is that invite?

Be sure to ASK AROUND before you waste your money and time.

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EVENT ELITE MEMBER #8

Congratulations to Nick Cox (FL, ’15) on being selected to the 2014 Event Elite!

Here was your clue: EVENT ELITE member: 1st is an actor in a movie that was leaving the event location and 2nd sounds like what it looks like Sloth chewed on1st is an actor in a movie that was leaving the event location

1st part:  EVENT ELITE member: 1st is an actor in a movie that was leaving the event location (NICK Cage was in Leaving Las Vegas)

2nd part: sounds like what it looks like Sloth chewed on (Sloth, from the classic Goonies, looked like he had been chewing on rocks, and that sounds like COX)

Congratulations to Nick Cox on being invited to the 2014 TOP 12 and EVENT ELITE camp where only the best of the best Long Snappers in the country will be competing and learning!

Cox, Nick

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College Camp

Every year, Chris Sailer Kicking and Rubio Long Snapping hold a college camp for all the kickers, punters and Long Snappers that are currently playing in college and/or headed to play in college. This summer, we simply could not find a suitable time to run one SO we are coming up with this plan….

any kicker, punter and/or Long Snapper that is currently in college and/or headed to college can come to any of our personal camps (IL, GA, NC, TX, CA, Underclassmen Invite Event) for free to learn and assist with younger specialists. This is a great way to knock off the rust, get ready for the season and inspire the next generation. You will get all of the instruction throughout the day, but simply won’t be able to partake in the competitions. Plus, it will require less travel, this summer, for the college athletes.

We will definitely try to create a block of time next summer for the College Camp but, until then, just contact Chris Sailer or myself prior to the camp and consider it done.

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Happy Ranksgiving to the Long Snappers from the TX Camp

The rankings are completed for ALL  Long Snappers that participated in the Rubio Long Snapping Camp in TX on April 27, 2014.

Long Snappers came out to learn, get the most exposure possible and compete against one another. The talent level was, by far, the best I have seen in Texas in quite some time.

KEY POINTS:

  • My rankings are NOT done just from the Target
  • My rankings are NOT done from some mathematical formula.
  • My rankings ARE done by me and only me. That is why I am at all my camps.
  • My rankings are based off of this blog I wrote about what makes a Long Snapper great.
  • If you would like anything added to your profile page, simply email me (Rubio@RubioLongSnapping.com) the information and consider it done.
  • All Long Snappers are ranked after their first fall camp of their freshman year in high school.

A Long Snapper has the ability to adjust their ranking anytime I see them LIVE, not on video.

For the rankings (classes of 2014-2017) and for the new FUTURE STARS (class of 2018 and younger) section, simply go to the NEW RubioLongSnapping.com, rollover PLAYER RANKINGS, rollover which CLASS you are looking for, click that CLASS, click LONG SNAPPERS and find your name.

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Happy Ranksgiving to the Long Snappers from the IL Camp on March 30th

The rankings are completed for ALL  Long Snappers that participated in the Rubio Long Snapping Camp in IL on March 30, 2014.

The IL camp was filled with greatness. Couple new Long Snappers showed up and the vets didn’t disappoint.

KEY POINTS:

  • My rankings are NOT done just from the Target
  • My rankings are NOT done from some mathematical formula.
  • My rankings ARE done by me and only me. That is why I am at all my camps.
  • My rankings are based off of this blog I wrote about what makes a Long Snapper great.
  • If you would like anything added to your profile page, simply email me (Rubio@RubioLongSnapping.com) the information and consider it done.
  • All Long Snappers are ranked after their first fall camp of their freshman year in high school.

A Long Snapper has the ability to adjust their ranking anytime I see them LIVE, not on video.

For the rankings, simply go the NEW RubioLongSnapping.com, rollover PLAYER RANKINGS, rollover which CLASS you are looking for, click that CLASS, click LONG SNAPPERS and find your name.

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Happy Ranksgiving to the Long Snappers from the GA Camp (3/2)

The rankings are completed for ALL  Long Snappers that participated in the Rubio Long Snapping Camp in GA on March 2, 2014.

The GA Camp never disappoints as they are solid from top to bottom. It’s almost like a mini-Vegas the talent is so strong.

KEY POINTS:

  • My rankings are NOT done just from the Target
  • My rankings are NOT done from some mathematical formula.
  • My rankings ARE done by me and only me. That is why I am at all my camps.
  • My rankings are based off of this blog I wrote about what makes a Long Snapper great.
  • If you would like anything added to your profile page, simply email me (Rubio@RubioLongSnapping.com) the information and consider it done.
  • All Long Snappers are ranked after their first fall camp of their freshman year in high school.

A Long Snapper has the ability to adjust their ranking anytime I see them LIVE, not on video.

For the rankings, simply go the NEW RubioLongSnapping.com, rollover PLAYER RANKINGS, rollover which CLASS you are looking for, click that CLASS, click LONG SNAPPERS and find your name.

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Happy Ranksgiving to the Class of 2017 Long Snappers

The rankings are completed for ALL 2017 Long Snappers that participated in the Rubio Long Snapping CA Camp on February 23, 2014!

This class is just starting out and a couple kids are already starting to shine. It is always fun to watch the young Long Snappers and how quickly things can change in the rankings over the years.

KEY POINTS:

  • My rankings are NOT done just from the Target
  • My rankings are NOT done from some mathematical formula.
  • My rankings ARE done by me and only me.
  • My rankings are based off of this blog I wrote about what makes a Long Snapper great.
  • If you would like anything added to your profile page, simply email me (Rubio@RubioLongSnapping.com) the information and consider it done.
  • All Long Snappers are ranked after their first fall camp of their freshman year in high school.

A Long Snapper has the ability to adjust their ranking anytime I see them LIVE, not on video.

For the rankings for the class of 2017, please go HERE

2017 Rankings

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Happy Ranksgiving to the Class of 2016 Long Snappers!

The rankings are completed for ALL 2016 Long Snappers that participated in the Rubio Long Snapping Spring Camp in CA on February 23, 2014!

This class of Long Snappers has a very solid core group that will be battling for years to come. Great Long Snappers and people.

KEY POINTS:

  • My rankings are NOT done just from the Target
  • My rankings are NOT done from some mathematical formula.
  • My rankings ARE done by me and only me. That is why I am at all my camps.
  • My rankings are based off of this blog I wrote about what makes a Long Snapper great.
  • If you would like anything added to your profile page, simply email me (Rubio@RubioLongSnapping.com) the information and consider it done.
  • All Long Snappers are ranked after their first fall camp of their freshman year in high school.

A Long Snapper has the ability to adjust their ranking anytime I see them LIVE, not on video.

For the rankings for the class of 2016, please go HERE

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Happy Ranksgiving to the Class of 2016 Long Snappers from the Vegas Event!

The rankings are completed for ALL 2016 Long Snappers that participated in the Rubio Long Snapping Event in Las Vegas!

This class is looking to be one of the deepest I have had in quite some time. These rankings took me a LONG time and a lot went into them. This class is full of just absolute studs and anyone can take the top spot by May Vegas!

KEY POINTS:

  • My rankings are NOT done just from the Target
  • My rankings are NOT done from some mathematical formula.
  • My rankings ARE done by me and only me. That is why I am at all my camps.
  • My rankings are based off of this blog I wrote about what makes a Long Snapper great.
  • If you would like anything added to your profile page, simply email me (Rubio@RubioLongSnapping.com) the information and consider it done.
  • All Long Snappers are ranked after their first fall camp of their freshman year in high school.

A Long Snapper has the ability to adjust their ranking anytime I see them LIVE, not on video.

For the class of 2016 Long Snapper rankings, please go HERE

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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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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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Social Media for Athletes: To Embrace or Not To Embrace

Today’s teen athletes are actually very similar to those in the past couple decades. They make good decisions and they make bad decisions. The difference is, now, those decisions are amplified a billion times and spread faster than anything the previous generations could even fathom. An athlete can make a slip up on a social media site and it can be shot around the world with a single click on a smart phone in less than a second.

So, the question arises….should an athlete be involved with social media?

My answer is….ABSOLUTELY….but they should be monitored!

There are several types of social media formats out there. However, I am going only going to discuss only the two head honchos at this point along with the goods and bads of each, for a soon-to-be college athlete.

Facebook and Twitter
– Obviously, Facebook is the big dog of the group but Twitter is gaining steam. Pretty much the entire student body of any high school and college has a Facebook account….and they should. It is a tremendous way to stay connected with one another. If you don’t have an account, I am not even going to explain it to you because you are not reading this and you are currently in a coma.


Facebook Positives
– Keeps people connected. You always get to see what people are up to regardless of geographic location. I live in Northern Idaho, but am easily connected with people in Los Angeles, Chicago, Lousiana, Georgia, Maryland…you get the point. Facebook is a tremendous way to keep up with people. I was speaking to some good friends of mine about how Facebook basically is going to wipe out the High School Reunion market. Why even go? Who doesn’t know what is happening with someone simply through their Facebook account?

Facebook Negatives – Imagine your high school hallway, add that group of really annoying girls/guys that are waaaaay too into themselves and amplify that all over the world. That is what Facebook can be. It is a drama-filled machine, if you let it be. The trick is not let yourself get involved. Don’t comment on someone’s post and you will not be involved. If you have a problem with someone, deal with them directly. Don’t just walk outside and scream it. That would be pointless….side note: that is what making a statement or subtweet (sent out to all, but directed at one) is actually doing. You are making yourself look worse than the person you are attempting to ridicule.

Twitter Positives – You can find out information INSTANTLY and you can spread information INSTANTLY. One click and it is gone, to anyone, in the world, that is following you.

Twitter Negatives – Again, y
ou can find out information INSTANTLY and you can spread information INSTANTLY. One click and it is gone, to anyone, in the world, that is following you. Therefore, you say something ignorant and press “tweet” it is out there. Even if you delete it later, someone will have it on their Twitter account.

Facebook Recruit Advantage
– Still pretty much under the radar from the NCAA so college coaches can use it to contact you without penalty. And, if they can’t, they can have assistants (people that work for the program but usually are not getting paid) contact you as somewhat of a “middle” man.

Facebook Recruit Disadvantage – You take a trip to a school or show some interest. Within a couple days, a beautiful student of that campus “friends” you on Facebook. You are amazed and almost break your keyboard clicking “accept!” Not to burst your bubble, but she doesn’t find you attractive…at all. She is on the athletic staff to “friend” you, then search through your account for any incriminating posts, messages, likes and especially photos. She will report everything you have done back to the coaches. Why don’t you take some time and go clean up your account now:)   Don’t want to or think I’m wrong? Check out this excerpt from an interview with Houston Head Coach Tony Levine (thanks M.F.)

Q: How  do coaches monitor social networks when it comes to recruiting? TL: “We monitor it for all of our recruits in more ways than one: position coaches, recruiting coaches, our recruiting coordinator, I do as well. Two things that come to mind: number one, if they’re taking other visits, it’s a great way to find out. When a kid posts a picture of himself at another school on a Saturday with a jersey on, you know he’s on a visit. The second thing is, what they’re posting. The same kid that we dropped because he took two other visits, on his Facebook page, and obviously I was friends with him — posted things nightly that we’re not looking for in our program”

Q: So a recruit can hurt himself by what he posts on his social media pages? TL: “Without question. And he did. In that respect, I think social media has changed (recruiting) for a number of reasons.”

Twitter Recruit Advantage – Still pretty much under the radar from the NCAA so college coaches can use it to contact you without penalty. And, if they can’t, they can have assistants (people that work for the program but usually are not getting paid) contact you as somewhat of a middle man. Easy way to follow your favorite coach or team and feel like you are part of them. Easy way to find other people in your situation, ie: Long Snappers.

Twitter Recruit Disadvantage Anything you say, anyone you follow and/or retweet represents you. You say something asinine, you look asinine. You follow morons, you look like a moron. You retweet something ignorant, you look ignorant. Remember, whatever you put out there, EVERYONE will see. Someone bad mouths your lady, speak to them directly. You post on Twitter and everyone sees it….NOW! You don’t look like a chivalrous man, you look like someone airing their dirty laundry and no one cares. 

Trust me, I get it, there are tons of VERY funny things out there that I would love to retweet, but I don’t…because I am using my brain. Have common sense. You may get the funny line from a movie or inside joke, but just stop and think if the older football coach might not. Even if there is the slightest possibility that something could go wrong with a message or someone could decipher it wrong, don’t do it!


Would I Let My Kid(s) Have an Account
– Yup, but as stated earlier, I would monitor it. It is the old theory of when a teen learns to drive. You are worried about how they will drive but almost more worried about the other drivers out there. Same difference here.

I would insist that I was their “friend” on Facebook or followed them on Twitter. If they put up a stink about that one because they are still at the “it isn’t cool to be friends with your parents on Facebook and/or Twitter,”  I would say “Ok. No problem. I won’t be your ‘friend’ on Facebook or follow you on Twitter, but then I have to have your accounts password to make sure everything is Ok.” If they still rage, then it is simple. They lose their computer, cell phone or any other way they can access their Facebook and/or Twitter account. You most likely bought them and/or pay their bills (yup, electricity counts) so the upper hand is yours.

Parents, I repeat, you have the upper hand AND you are just trying to help your child for the future. If they don’t get that, there isn’t much they will get.

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Why Not Coach, Rubio?

One of the hardest habits I have to break on my Long Snappers has absolutely nothing to do with snapping. It has to do with that they/you call me. Like I have said, I am a private football coach that teaches Long Snapping. So, therefore, one would want to call me coach.

Please don’t.

“But Rubio (see how I am already training you here), you are a coach so we should call you coach.” True, but I am out with it.

Here are my reasons…..I won’t just coach you about Long Snapping. Anyone that has spent any time with me knows this for a fact. I make it a point to get to know each and every Long Snapper (and quite often their parents if they embrace) I encounter and my spray of Long Snapping is just a tiny aspect of what I actually do and teach. If you have been with me at a camp, lesson, event, on the phone, through Twitter, whatever and think all I do is coach Long Snapping, you seriously need to have your head examined.

Here are a couple images to show different things that I have taught my Long Snappers:)

Modeling poses with Drew Ferris (FL)
How to be a Harlem Globetrotter
How to send out a quality Twitter message with Harrison Elliott (Air Force)
How to be a table
And who can forget, getting ready for prom with Corey Gibas (Texas A&M)

Being an athlete (former, unless you count the domination of random Long Snapping contests, ping pong, wiffleball and arcade basketball as maintaining my athlete title) I have had MANY experiences with coaches as I am sure you have as well. Now, I want you to think back to all the coaches you have had. Go ahead and think. Now, out of all of them, how many bring a massive smile to your face? Maybe ten percent….if you are lucky? I’m not talking about a smile because you “remember just how crazy Coach _____ was” but a legit, “man, Coach ______ was just a flat out great guy” type smile. Getting my point?

Most (not all, but most and this is my point….the bad ones leave a terrible taste in your mouth and I don’t want that stigma associated with me) coaches can coach but they can’t speak. What that means is that many/most coaches know the games in which they are leading but have lost, and choose not to gain, the ability to speak to another person/their player as a human being. Side note: pathetic and sad. 

What I like to do, and would have appreciated being done to me, is to treat each and every one of my Long Snappers like they are my own child. That is what I do….always. Is that what a coach will do….not always. 

Will I say some outlandish things every once in awhile? Yup. Do I speak like that to Alec, Cruz and Damon? Yup. Will I get in a Long Snapper’s face every once in awhile? When needed, yup. Am I mean or rude about it? Nope. No need to be. I can convey my point with words and not berating or yelling. In my opinion, those that yell and intimidate those that are younger (players on their team) are insecure and essentially really don’t know what they are doing. They need to yell to show their “power” and “dominance” because they can’t do it any other way. I am beyond out with that. (note: not all coaches are like this and if you are solid coach, I respect you and will give you a big hug the next time I see you)

You know that coach you had that did tackling drills all practice long? Guess what, he had no idea what he was doing. When you advance and have good, solid coaches (yes, they do exist and I have had several) you will rarely do tackling drills. Not because you don’t need to know how to tackle, but because you can learn without abusing your body, and often your demeanor and/or mentality, over and over and over again. I am beyond out with that. There is no need for it. How about speaking to the player and simply explaining what you would like them to do? If a coach can’t explain what they want a player to do in great detail and in a way that they (the player) can comprehend, maybe they shouldn’t be coaching.

Getting my point? I’m not saying that all coaches are evil demons that remind you of the Sargent on Full Metal Jacket, but many are. It is not always their fault. Many have been raised that way in their sporting life, but one would think they would want to break that cycle. God knows I did.

Bottom line: You will have hundreds of coaches in your life, some will be great and some will be bad, but, I promise you this….you will only have one Rubio!

 

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Rubio Long Snapping is, by far, the biggest and best resource for Long Snappers in the country. Rubio has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the USA Today, Deadspin and countless other publications.

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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