Nervous at a Rubio Long Snapping Camp? You Aren’t Alone!

Sineath, TannerThis essay was written by Rubio Long Snapper Tanner Sineath (SC, ‘2016). His mother sent it to me…I think without him knowing, but who cares:) and I loved it. I think it really does a good job of showing the emotions and feelings that arise at someone’s first Rubio Long Snapping camp. First timers, parents and Long Snappers, must realize you are not alone and for every single GREAT Long Snapper you see on the field, they had a start and it usually wasn’t good…check films:)

Enjoy…..

I walked up to the registration table and gave my name, received my camp shirt and went off on my own to get ready to go out on the field. I looked around wishing I was like the other seasoned campers all gathered together. The campers already had nicknames from the camp coaches. They were walking around in their special gold shirts, and I felt hunger. I wanted a gold shirt, I wanted a nickname, I wanted the coaches to know me, I wanted to go out and show them all who I was. Wait! Was that jealousy? Probably, but I didn’t care. It fueled me. I was focused. I was going to make it happen. I was going to have them notice me.

That is when I was snapped back into reality! One of the gold shirts snapped the ball, and I thought DANG! I have bitten off more than I can chew! Suddenly the hunger was gone, and replaced by doubt. I didn’t belong here. I was never going to have a nickname, or a gold shirt, or to be part of the group. I tried to swallow, but it just stayed stuck in my throat like a wad of peanut butter. There is no worse feeling than wanting to retreat, but knowing you can’t. I told myself what is the worst thing that can happen? I told myself back, you will look like a fool in front of everyone! I then decided well at least no one knows me here so if I embarrass myself no one will remember it tomorrow.

There it was, they called my name! Time to show them what I have. I felt like I did ok, not great, but at least it didn’t totally suck! I learned a lot that day! I learned I am my own worst enemy. I learned that I am the only person that can hold me back. Then we went to lunch, and I talked to my parents about my feelings. They did their best job of loading me with clichés of doing your best, and hard work pays off. Along with all of the other things good parents are supposed to say. I am in no way saying I didn’t appreciate it, quite the contrary, it was what I wanted to hear from them, but at the same time I was worried, and not realizing the moment was perfect. I was surrounded by love and support, but so bogged down with self-doubt that I couldn’t really appreciate it.

We head back to the camp, and we are reviewing our snapping videos. Rubio got to my video and had positive things to say about my video, and it pretty much made my whole day. Why is it that a strangers words mattered so much more than my parent’s words? Oh yeah, because he didn’t have to say nice things to me. That wasn’t what he was getting paid to do. He is getting paid to teach me. Boy did he! Not just about snapping, but about life, about others opinions, and how even though the world says it doesn’t matter what someone else thinks or says it absolutely does. No college coach is going to call my mom to get her opinion of me, but they will call him. His opinions and words can open or close doors.

What was my point in all of this? My point is that the world is filled with challenges. It is filled with ups and downs. I have no doubt that football has helped me prepare for the real world. This is one example. It is the most vivid example I have. I am grateful for every moment, every life lesson, every friend, and every rival. They have all prepared me for the real world.

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Recap of the GA Summer Camp (7/26)

Rubio Long Snapping traveled to GA on July 26th for their summer camp. It was a really hot day but all of the Long Snappers stuck it out and had a great time.

Long Snappers came out from GA, TN, FL, MS, AL, IN & SC to learn from the best and get the most exposure.

The overall winner of the camp was Koby Pryz (GA, ’16). Koby is a big, strong Long Snapper with great power and confidence. Accurate Long Snapper that handled pressure well. Impressive day for Koby.

Champion Koby Pryz

TOP 2016 LONG SNAPPERS:

  • Jake Munoz

    Jake Munoz

    Jake Munoz was exceptional all day in GA. As stated before, this kid has some of the quickest hands I have EVER seen. The ball jumps out of the gate and is almost hard to catch it gets back to the punter so quickly. He ended up winning the speed competition as he was snapping in the .6s throughout the day.

  • Clarke Smith is a very large Long Snapper with great power and speed. Timed him several times in the .6s. Keep a very close eye on him over the next couple of months. Great attitude.
  • Tanner Sineath showed lots of potential and great pop on the ball. Built well.
  • Matt O’Donoghue came out from CA and showed some excellent snaps all day. Really has improved a ton.
  • Colton Piatt is VERY accurate and could have won the whole thing.

TOP 2017 LONG SNAPPERS:

  • Matthew Smith

    Matthew Smith

    Matthew Smith showed absolute waves of brilliance in GA. This kid, when he is on, is EASILY one of the best in his class.

  • Jacob Potter had a tremendous day and impressed me with his speed and drive.
  • Garrett Scoggins was throwing heat with his large frame.
  • Callen Davidson is coming along nicely and always improving.
  • Charlie Edwards was strong and snapped a nice ball. Keep an eye on him.
  • Gabe Hantz is VERY strong and on the verge of greatness.

TOP 2018 LONG SNAPPERS:

  • Jarrett Key

    Jarrett Key really stood out in the class of 2018. He is built strong and has great form. Sky is the limit for Key.

  • Dillon Hayes impressed me with his attitude and speed.
  • Parker Lefton has excellent form and is snapping the ball with good pop. Very good job all day and he is headed in the right direction
  • Clay James is a smooth Long Snapper that is right on the cusp of doing some big things with his Long Snapping.

TOP 2019 LONG SNAPPERS:

  • Quentin Skinner

    Quentin Skinner was, in my opinion, the best overall Long Snapper at the camp. Built like a college athlete and snaps like one as well. Actually came in second place for the speed competition with speeds in the .6s. He is the real deal.

KEY POINTS:

  • My rankings are NOT done just from The Rubio Target
  • My rankings are NOT done from some mathematical formula.
  • My rankings ARE done by me and only me. That is why they take a good amount of time. (Think of it this way, it takes MONTHS to build a Rolls Royce but only hours to build an average car)
  • 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 profiles section, simply go to RubioLongSnapping.com. click PLAYER PROFILES, click which class, click LONG SNAPPERS and find your name.

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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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Happy Ranksgiving to the 2016 Long Snappers from the GA Camp (11/23)

The rankings are completed for ALL 2016 Long Snappers that participated in the Rubio Long Snapping fall Camp in GA.

Long Snappers came in from FL, MS, TN, AL, OH, SC, KY and, of course, GA to learn from the best and get the most exposure possible for Long Snappers.

Next ranking opportunity will be in TX on December 7th and at VEGAS XXV.

Meyer, Scott

Scott Meyer

The best 2016 Long Snapper at the camp was Scott Meyer. Meyer was on fire all day with speeds in the .6s and handling pressure like a champ…which he was at the end of the camp. Major move for Meyer in the rankings and well deserved.

  • Anthony Ratliff had an excellent day in GA. He has really improved his overall balance and form. Kid was throwing some very fast snaps all day. Keep a very close eye on him at VEGAS XXV. TOP 12?
  • Jake Munoz was throwing some severe heat all day and will dominate once his spiral locked down. This kid is always improving.
  • Josh Brady has a tremendous frame, good form and is beginning to snap with a lot of confidence.
  • Jacob Fuqua was very sharp and impressive all day in GA.
  • Logan Klusman moved way up the charts after his tremendous performance at the GA camp. Definitely one to watch.
  • Thomas Newberg has the frame and form to take him a long way with his snapping. Size and speed will be big for him at VEGAS XXV and beyond.

Notables: Gabe Skrobot, Bradley Watkins, Tanner Sineath, Koby Pyrz, Colton Piatt and Sandy Barstow

KEY POINTS:

  • My rankings are NOT done just from The Rubio Target
  • My rankings are NOT done from some mathematical formula.
  • My rankings ARE done by me and only me. That is why they take a good amount of time. (Think of it this way, it takes MONTHS to build a Rolls Royce but only hours to build an average car)
  • 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 section, simply go to RubioLongSnapping.com  rollover PLAYER RANKINGS, rollover which CLASS you are looking for, click that CLASS, click LONG SNAPPERS and find your name.

Be sure to check out the highlight tape from the Rubio Long Snapping fall camps in NC and GA below…

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