Snap Attack FAQ
What is the weight of the Snap Attack broken down?
Without passing stand the Snap Attack weighs 108lbs, with passing stand it weighs 128lbs.
What is the size of the Snap Attack broken down?
Without passing stand the Snap Attack is 24” x (L), 20” (W) x, 24” (H). with passing stand it is 36” (L) x 36” (W), 56” (H)
What type of assembly is necessary upon first receipt of my new Snap Attack and are there any special tools required?
Minimal assembly is required as you will have to simply attach either the snapping or passing stands to the machine. No tools are required.
How is the Snap Attack most commonly transported?
Without passing stand, the Snap Attack is simply moved by grabbing the spring-loaded handle on the leg of the snapping stand. With passing stand, tilt down, remove two front legs and use rear to transport and guide the machine.
How is the Snap Attack moved around the football field?
The Snap Attack is provided with two large, solid rolling wheels on which the machine is moved on and off the field. (With the passing or snapping stands.) Throwing wheels never touch the ground.
Are there specifications for the balls that perform best with the Snap Attack?
Both leather and composite balls work with the Snap Attack. The machine will perform best with properly inflated balls (10 to 13 lbs). The machine is designed for a standard football (high school level play and above), it will not throw a youth size ball.
Are there particular balls that will not perform well with the Snap Attack?
Youth balls, undersize, or under-inflated balls will not perform well.
Does it throw wet balls?
No, balls need to be dry when using the machine. Wet balls will slip; the wheels will not grip the ball properly.
What is the height of the ball release point of the machine at passing (high) height?
The ball release point on the passing stand is 50″
What is the height of the ball release point of the machine at snapping (ground level) height?
The ball release point on the snapping stand is 12″
How accurate is this machine?
Extremely accurate. However, to insure you get the best accuracy, the balls used should be the same brand and equally inflated. This will provide the most consistent performance and accuracy.
What are the full load operating amps for the Snap Attack?
1.5 continuous amps
What is an acceptable length for an extension cord and what type do I need?
Use a minimum of #14/3 grounded power cord up to 200 foot in length. A longer cord will require the opinion of a licensed electrician.
Why do you not offer a battery-powered machine?
Battery powered units have much longer recovery time and slowly diminish in power which can result in inconsistent performance. The need to make sure the unit is always charged and ready to use is also an issue. Batteries are very expensive to replace, and are large and cumbersome to move around. As a result of these and many other concerns, we recommend generators; please see the next question.
Can the machine be operated with a generator?
Yes, however the generator must generate “clean electricity”. We recommend a minimum of 1000W, up to 2000W Honda generator with inverter technology. Weight of these generators is approximately 27 lbs, similar to the weight of a battery, but they are extremely portable.
What happens if the machine is used with a generator other than one that generates “clean electricity”?
Unless the generator provides “clean electricity”, the power surges from the generator will cause the Snap Attack to surge and become erratic, causing the machine to deliver inconsistent snaps or passes. (This phenomenon exists with all machines currently on the market.) See question above for recommended generator to be used with the Snap Attack.
What is the range of ball speeds the machine can deliver?
The Snap Attack can deliver from a short soft snap up to a 70 MPH pass
What type of snaps can the Snap Attack replicate?
Shot gun, placement (field goal or PAT), and punt.
What adjustment is required to change the type of pass?
Velocity as well as the horizontal and vertical adjustments are necessary to change the type of pass.
What adjustment is required to change the type of snap?
Speed and vertical (snapping angle) adjustments are necessary to change the type of snap
What is the advantage of a Snap Attack machine design as compared to competitive units?
The Snap Attack does not scar balls. It is easily portable with no deflating wheels. The controller is easily accessible and extremely easy to use. Safety is important and the Snap Attack has wheels that are guarded. The Snap Attack also has much quicker recovery time, almost instant recovery as each wheel has its own much more powerful motor. The Snap Attack wheels are polyurethane and are much lighter, faster, and more durable.
What makes the Snap Attack machine wheels higher in quality?
Sports Attack uses the same Polyurethane material for the wheels on all of our machines. There are no air pressure considerations with our solid design. Sports Attack has never replaced a ball throwing wheel on any of our machines due to wear.
How long and complicated is the process to convert the machine from snapping height to throwing height?
It is simply a change in stands, from the snapping to passing stand. It take less than a minute and no tools are required.
Will the machine adapt to a transport cart?
Yes the machine will adapt to most carts. Ask us for assistance if you have a cart you would like to use with the Snap Attack.
How is repair and service handled for the Snap Attack?
Components are designed to be easily replaced in the field, local assistance is not required. Parts list is available in the manual (also available online on the football web page). Simply identify part needed, order part directly from Sports Attack and follow easy directions for repair. Only a few common tools are required to complete any repair.
What is the warranty on the Snap Attack?
All sports training equipment manufactured by Sports Attack is warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of five (5) years from the date of original purchase, with the following exceptions: throwing wheels are warranted for two (2) years; electronic controller is warranted for two (2) years; and, the throwing wheel motors are warranted for two (2) years.
How long has Sports Attack been in business producing sports training machines?
Sports Attack was founded in 1995 and manufactures baseball, softball volleyball, American football, cricket, rugby, soccer and tennis ball machines. The founders and owners of Sports Attack combined have over 60+ years experience designing, manufacturing, marketing and distributing sports training equipment.
How long does it take to receive a machine?
Sports Attack, located in Reno, NV, can typically deliver a machine anywhere in the U.S. within 5-10 business days.