Kicking1on1 believes in a progressive, customized approach to kicking and punting, best taught primarily through 1 on 1 instruction.
While successful kicking technique relies on correct body mechanics, muscle memory, balance, and speed, we believe a customized approach is needed to accommodate each kicker, punter, and snapper's own skill level and body type. In order to accomplish this, Kicking1on1 adheres to a specific process in the development of our kickers, punters, and snappers and employs a variety of proprietary tools, training techniques, and methods when taking our students through this process.
First Step - Sound Fundamental Base
The first step in our process is to ensure that each kicker/punter develops a sound fundamental base and firm understanding of the techniques, mechanics, and principles behind kicking and punting. We believe in maintaining a constant focus on fundamentals through our process to enhance consistency and performance.
Second Step - Align Fundamentals with Natural Ability, Body Type
After developing a sound fundamental base with our kickers/punters, we then incorporate and align their fundamental skill sets to match their respective natural abilities and body types. It is in this step that Kicking1on1 customizes its approach with our students and where our training begins to progress with much more technically detailed instruction. As our students advance in their craft and as they mature and grow bigger and stronger, it is often necessary to continually re-adjust and customize the technical aspects of their technique to accommodate their growth and advancing abilities. As these adjustments are required, we ensure they are still customized within a maintained, fundamental base.
Third Step - Advanced Skills, Techniques, and Self-Coaching Aptitude
Once the first two areas are successfully combined, we then focus on teaching each kicker the advanced skills and techniques that will separate them from their competition and allow them to advance to the highest levels in the kicking game. At this point in our process, as most of our kickers and punters become well versed in the fundamental aspects of kicking and punting, we focus extra emphasis on honing our student's aptitude for "self-coaching."
Fourth Step - Continued Development, Maintenance, and Support
Even the most advanced kickers and punters, whether kicking at the professional or collegiate levels, experience time periods when their technique, training regimens, or methods need tweaking, maintenance, or further development. We continue to help our most advanced students maintain their fundamental base.....
As our students progress through our process, we believe it is essential that they develop a certain aptitude for "self-coaching" so they are able to diagnose and address fundamental issues in their technique that may surface when they are kicking or punting on their own at practice, in showcase camps, or most importantly, in game situations. As our students progress through our process, we help them understand how to diagnose fundamental issues in their technique with the only three tools available to them in the absence of video or a kicking coach: sound on contact, feel, and the flight of the ball. It is important when coaching our students that they understand WHY certain results occur, and we our thorough in our coaching and explanations.
Throughout our process we believe in measuring our player's performance through charting, field observation review, and film analysis, all proven, effective tools for analyzing our player's development and technique. Kicking1on1 advocates the use of film analysis in every private lesson, and our film analysis is conducted in one on one, frame by frame, sessions with Coach Mike to help our players monitor how their mechanics are developing, frame by frame.
Techniques and Methods:
The techniques and methods employed by Kicking1on1 are the same Coach Mike trained under and are supported by exhaustive research in bio-mechanics laboratories, field observation, and film analysis. Time and again, these techniques have proven tremendously successful and are responsible for developing hundreds of kickers and punters that have competed at the collegiate and NFL levels. In order to enhance the learning process and the absorption of our techniques and methods, Kicking1on1 does employ several proprietary tools and drills that are only shared with our students.