The snake is probably the hardest bunker to play on the field. You are blind, in the dirt or if you’re lucky on your knees, you can't talk well, and can't see what is around the next knuckle. But if you play it right it is the most powerful bunker on the field. The snake gives a player the ability to move across almost the whole field mostly protected and sometimes without even being noticed. When you finally do come out you have an angle on almost every other player.
Before the game:
Walk the snake (both sides, because fields aren’t always mirrored right and have different angles). Get down and dirty. Don’t just stand up and say “yea that’s a nice shot” actually get down there and see if you can pull it off in a game. Also look for blind shots (no not sticking your gun out and shooting the ref, look to see if you can shoot over a bunker that blocks your view, but you know there’s a bunker on the other side and you can hit the guy in it). While walking also look for the “SNAKE KILLER” bunker, its usually cross field and has a perfect shot on anyone trying to get into snake.
Off the break:
If your going to snake have a teammate lane the guy going to the“ Snake Killer bunker” to get him out, or stop him from laning at you. Once breakout starts you have many options on how to get to snake. One thing is, you never want to run in a straight line from start box to snake. Arch out towards snake side a little; this makes you a harder target.
Options on getting to the snake:
sprint all the way: delay/lane then sprint, run and gun to primary bunker then bump into snake, and run and gun to snake. Running and gunning to snake clean wont happen on most fields, but if by some chance the field lets you, Do It.
I personally prefer as many guns up as possible at all times, so usually when I breakout I lane while jogging towards snake side, then sprint in and superman in. when you sprint to look up the field and see where your opponents are going so once your in snake you can start shooting. Only put your hand in front of your face if there’s a lane right at you. Dive about 6-12ft before snake, depending on kind of ground.
My diving/sliding guide
Once in the snake:
move up to first knuckle. Head check the tape side, then post on it if clear to maybe shootout the other teams possible snake guy. Listen for your teammates to tell you where they are. Once you know no ones in snake or your back guys got tape then check to see if any paints flying over your bunker, if not head check cross field shots. If someone shoots at you, don’t popup in the same place. And when you come up this time shoot about 8balls at him then post. (you don’t really want to get in a snap shooting battle from snake so if someone’s posted up on you, ask a teammate to throw some paint at him). If you are in the snake and don’t have any cross field angles on there players you have 2 choices be aggressive and move to next knuckle and find angles on people or play sneaky post up, and catch them when they move up. If aggressive, head check tape side then move up, and repeat. And at all times keep up good communication with your back players.
Snap Shooting: Getting into a snap shooting battle while in the snake is not ideal but sometimes your forced to. If you're at a knuckle in the snake then you're stance can be one knee down as long as you stay low enough that you don't get shot in the head. If you're having to snap from the actual bunker like at the bend of the snake in the River City Open snake that's like this >, then you should be on both knees leaning lower than the height of the snake where your elbows are a couple inches off the ground. In both ways you should be snapping from your stomach. You should use all other rules of snap shooting so if you need help knowing them see my sticky entitled: Tim's Ultimate Guide Thread