Football Kicking Camps in Tennessee

by Ted Marten
Kicking camps focus on an often-overlooked aspect of football.

Kicking camps focus on an often-overlooked aspect of football.

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Kicking is an important aspect of football at all levels, though it is often given less prominence than passing, running and tackling. While many football camps in the United States focus on offensive and defensive positions, some camps specialize in teaching athletes the techniques of placekicking, which includes field goals, extra points and kickoffs, and punting. These camps often use instructors who have kicked in the National Football League and for major-college programs.

Available Camps

Among the kicking camps offered during the summer in the state of Tennessee are those at the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville and through Prokicker.com, which has camps in Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis. The University of Tennessee Specialty Camp is for kickers, punters and long snappers, and typically is held in mid-June. The Prokicker.com Kicking Camp sessions are typically held in June and July. The camps are operated by Ray Guy, a former NFL punter who was chosen at his position on the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team.

Duration and Cost

The University of Tennessee kicking camp is a one-day event, and cost $90 in 2011. The Prokicker.com camps offer one- and two-day sessions. The one-day camp costs $300 and the two-day camp is $425 as of 2011.

Skills Emphasis

The goal of each camp is to improve the kicking and punting skills of high school and college athletes. Camps are designed for all experience levels, from beginners to advanced kickers who want to fine-tune their skills. Beginners receive instruction on fundamentals of placekicking and punting. Experienced kickers and punters will learn how to develop more power and accuracy.

Program Details

Each camp provides instruction beyond kicking/punting mechanics. Campers are taught how to improve their flexibility for the specific skills needed to kick and punt a football. Kickers also develop strategies to stay mentally tough when attempting kicks under pressure, as in a potential game-winning field goal. The Prokicker.com camps videotape all campers to provide instant analysis of their technique. Campers also receive a self-coaching DVD for continued instruction.

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