Archive for May, 2010
An onside kick can be a surprise kick or a kick that everyone in the stadium knows is coming. The kicking team executes the onside kick with the intention of obtaining possession of the football. An onside kick can be used at any time to create a big play, but usually these kicks are employed when the game is on the line and the kicking team desperately needs the ball in the hands of its offense.
Kicks are considered onside kicks if they go at least 10 yards (enough to be legally recoverable) and provide the kicking team an opportunity to recover the kick and secure possession of the ball. Kicks that can be used for onside kicks include the high-bounce kick, the classic drive kick, and the drag kick.
The high-bounce, or lob, kick is angled toward the sideline, bounces off the ground, travels high in the air, and comes down at a point just beyond 10 yards. This kick gives the coverage team an opportunity to catch the ball before it hits the ground. To get the high bounce, the placekicker positions the football in the same way he normally would tee up the ball for a kickoff, with the exception of turning the tee backwards. This allows the football to immediately hit the ground without making any contact with the tee. He takes a position to the left side of the ball (for a right-footed kicker), about two and a half steps away. From this position, he faces down a line that connects his plant foot, the ball, and the spot he’s kicking to-a spot 10 yards away. The approach is similar to that for an extra point or field goal. The placekicker leans, jab steps, steps, and plant steps past the ball, allowing the kicking foot to strike down on the upper third of the football with the inside tip of his toe. He sweeps the kicking leg across his body so the kicking foot doesn’t hit the ground or the football as it ricochets upward. This contact forces a quick rotation of the ball into the ground, causing the ball to bounce high into the air as it heads toward its target. Ideally, the football should go at an angle from the tee, gaining distance as it heads toward the sideline to a point 10 yards down field. The football must come down toward the sideline but not too close. It needs to remain in the field of play to ensure an opportunity for the kicking team to secure possession.
This is an excerpt from the book “Football Kicking and Punting” by Ray Guy and Rick Sang, foreward by John Madden
Congratulations to this year’s Austin Camp Winners!
Long Distance Field Goal Winner- Eduardo Alexander
Longest Kickoff Winner- Eduardo Alexander
Hang Tim Punt Winner- Travis Delany
Most Accurate Snapper- John Studdard
Fastest Single Snap- Cole Adams
RAY GUY NATIONAL KICKING CAMP AND TALENT SEARCH COMING TO SAINT XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL, Louisville, Kentucky on May 29, 2010
LOUISVILLE, KY- This one-day event is open to kickers, punters and long snappers of any age level and will provide concentrated instruction for the specific skills of kicking, punting and long snapping. Those who attend will train to improve their skills using professional demonstrations, video analysis, developmental drills, and individual instruction.
“Most athletes do not have a coach or anyone that knows how to teach them,” says Ray Guy- NFL Legend and 75th Anniversary All-Time Team member. “We teach athletes to be self-reliant and to start taking charge of their own skill development. From the very moment training with our professional staff begins, the athlete learns and develops the skills and techniques necessary for coaching himself.”
Personal evaluations of the camp attendees are provided and information on top prospects will be made available to every college football program in the nation for recruitment and scholarship opportunities. The Prokicker.com exclusive national ranking system remains the most trusted source of information for college coaches around the country.
There are 605 alumni on college rosters and 18 alumni active on NFL rosters. There is no other camp program even close to having more players who have earned scholarships to colleges or who are actively playing professional football. There have been three Lou Groza Award winners and numerous named to All-America teams. A total of 111 Prokicker.com Alumni were on rosters in all 34 2009-10 College Bowl games, including the Alabama-Texas BCS Championship.
Applicants must pre-register to ensure acceptance. Due to the overwhelming number of requests for each camp enrollment is limited and exclusive to insure individual attention to each participant.
To register, contact ProKicker.com, P.O. Box 1884, Ashland, Ky., 41105-1884, or download a form at www.ProKicker.com Please call 606-327-0051 for more information.
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Dusty Mangum is featured kicking instructor at Ray Guy Prokicker.com Academy in Austin, Texas on May 22-23, 2010.
Former University of Texas kicker, Dusty Mangum will be the featured kicking instructor at the upcoming Ray Guy Prokicker.com Academy being held on May 22-23, 2010 at Austin, Texas. The former UT kicker is best known for kicking the game winning field goal in the 2005 Rose Bowl game against the University of Michigan. The Prokicker.com Academy will be held at the Burger Activity Center in Austin, Texas. Registration may be done online at www.prokicker.com or by calling 606-327-0051.