The Basics of the Under-Center Quarterback-Center Exchange

1. General Background

  • The laces of the ball must come up crossing the finger of the Q’s passing hand.
  • Avoid crowding the Center.

2. Stance

  • Shoulder-width.
  • Toes point straight ahead.
  • Weight on balls of feet with the weight distributing on the side to which the Q is pivoting.
  • 75% of weight on pivot foot.
  • Knees are sightly flexed.
  • Upright trunk.  Too much forward lean affects the read on #1.
  • Throwing hand must be placed firmly under the Center’s buttocks–squarely in the middle with the palms facing down.
  • Opposite hand must be connected at the thumbs, either by meshing the thumbs together or interlocking them.