In-season Kicking Schedule and Tips
    
This is going to be a short newsletter. You have games and school coming up. Not much time for reading newsletters. Let's get to the important information.

In-season Kicking Schedule:

  • FRIDAY (game day). About 20 kicks in pregame. About 5-10 during half-time. If you don't play other positions, and your team is getting ready to kick a field goal or punt, take one or two kicks into the net on the sidelines.
  • SATURDAY (day after the game). No kicking. Zero.
  • SUNDAY (2 days after the game). Most likely you will be kicking on your own. Kickers only: 20-30 field goals from different spots. 5-10 kickoffs. Punters only: 30-40 full punts. Combos: 20 field goals, 20-25 punts, 5 full kickoffs.
  • MONDAY (3 days after the game). Similar schedule to Sunday. But try to get most of those kicks with snapper and holder during the practice.
  • TUESDAY (3 days before the next game). Little or no kicking. Kick with your team if you have to. Get few reps in pre-practice with snapper and/or holder. No solo kicking.
  • WEDNESDAY (2 days before the next game). Light kicking day. Similar to Tuesday. Get kicks with snapper and holder if you can. No solo kicking or minimal solo kicking if you don't get time with snapper and holder.
  • THURSDAY (day before the game). Don't kick at all. If your high school team is doing all special teams on the day before the game, take those kicks obviously. But don't waste legs on warm up kicks.

Random game-day and in-season kicking tips:

  • You are only nervous if you think that you are nervous. Nervousness and excitement are two different interpretations of the same physiological response - faster heart rate, shallow breathing, stomach butterflies, etc. Control it by slowing down your breathing, relaxing your hands by clinching fists and opening them, and by telling yourself that you got some good adrenaline going, and that you will kick it farther than usual. Then focus on the sweet spot and kick straight.
  • Don't listen to people on the sidelines too much. If your kick gets blocked, you will likely get yelled at - regardless of if it was your fault or not. You may miss a kick. You may get a bad hold or snap. Whatever happened happened. Unless you have a kicking coach on your sideline (99.9% of you do not), you are not getting any useful information other than reactions to what already happened. In other words, crap. So stick to yourself and do whatever you need to do to be ready for your next kick.
  • Don't focus on statistics on game day. Focus on kicking well, and staying mentally and physically prepared for every kick, and statistics will take care of themselves. Statistics are outcome of the process that is your kicking performance. If you kick well over a long period of time your stats will be good. Focusing on statistics on game day is like focusing on getting an A on an exam right before it or while taking it. What can you do about it now? You either studied enough or you didn't. Exam grade or football statistics are just a measure of your preparedness. Don't worry about them. Take advantage of every practice and game kick, and you will do well, and your stats will show that.


Season Updates

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