Hi Coach Renner-
If you don’t mind, I have another question for you! How often do kickers get scholarships? My punter is really strong, I’m thinking D2, with D1 FCS being a stretch. He’s an honors student, so he should be able to get ample academic scholarships. But I wasn’t sure if there’s any possibility for kickers to get athletic scholarships. In your experience, are there scholarships for kickers at all?
As always, thank you very much for your time!
– Coach V
It is unusual for kickers to get scholarships but not rare. Meaning every year the colleges that are graduating a kicker will be looking for a kicker to give a scholarship to if they haven’t already done so the previous year.
The best situation to look for is sophomore or junior starting kickers. Most of those colleges will be starting to compose a list of potential scholarship kicker offers.
However, if he knows the schools he might want to attend he should ask if or when they might have a scholarship for a kicker and if they have any preferred or regular walk-on spots for a kicker.
Preferred means that he would come into camp with the team and be a part of the 105 man training camp squad. A regular walk-on means he would come onto the team when school starts. Preferred walk-on’s go through the football office to get into the college. Regular walk-on’s are expected to get it on their own.
Either way if he has to walk-on he now has the opportunity to compete for playing time.
All the best, Coach Renner
Hello Coach Renner, Sorry it has been a while since i talked to you, but i looked at that info formkicking and punting and it is very good info. i have gotten better at both but i want to get more height on my kicking off the tee. i got good height on my punts, but im working on that. I just need info on getting height on the ball kicking it off the tee please. Thanks!!
Sincerely, Austin White
Height off the tee comes from the speed of your approach to the ball and accelerating with your hips UP into the ball.
To accelerate UP into the ball you must have your chest tall and not bend over at the waist when you swing and make contact with the ball. It is called “crunching” at the ball contact.
My guess is that is what you are doing.
Keep your chest tall as you approach the ball and swing and your leg will have more leg speed, acceleration, and your hips will work UP into the ball better giving you more height.
Good luck! All the best, Coach Renner
I watched your videos on Punting & Kicking and have read your book and love the approach to kicking you use. I am a HS football coach in Nebraska and have used your techniques for 20 years and the have produced numerous All-State and All-District players.
My question for you is this. This season will be very challenged to find a kicker/punter and it most likely will be a Freshman Kicker and a Sophomore Punter. Raw is an understatement with these young men. What is your suggestion as to what would be the best way to start them out with punting and kicking. We have some straight on kickers and one you man who I am going to attempt to show him the soccer style approach.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks for the email.
I appreciate your using my information to train your players. You obviously have done a great job for them and I know they are better for having worked with you.
In your situation I would focus on ball striking consistency/consistent leg swing path without regard to ball flight appearance for the kicker and punter.
What I mean by that is don’t try to have your kicker hit every ball perfectly end-over-end. Or, have your punter punt spirals every time. Since you are in-season mode, ball striking consistency/consistent leg swing path, to produce a consistent straight ball flight is more important so that they can help the team.
If this was January then we would start with ball striking consistency and progress to ball flight appearance, once we developed a consistent swing and ball contact.
To do this I would have the kicker only kick field goals from 30-35 yards moving him from left to right hash and the middle and anywhere in between. I would ask him to make 5 in a row, then 7 in a row, and keep adding 2 kicks to the goal until he could get to 15 in a row.
For the punter, I would put him in the middle of the field between the hash marks and ask him to punt 5 in a row that land between the hash marks, then 7 in a row, and keep adding 2 punts to the goal until he could get to 15 in a row.
Once the kicker and punter can do this then they have a consistent leg swing and ball striking skills to expand their range.
For the kicker move him back to a range of 35-40 yards and ask him for 5 in a row up to 10 in a row. The farther you go back the less the percentage of field goals are made so I decrease the number in a row I ask for.
For the punter add a distance requirement to the location requirement. In other words, have them punt between the hash marks with 30 yards of distance for 5 times in a row up to 10 in a row. The add distance once this is achieved. Once he reaches his max distance then add a hang time requirement.
When you train them like this constantly tell them you don’t care how the ball looks nor does the head coach, teammates and fans, make the field goal and don’t shank the punt. You can work on making in look pretty, end-over-end or a perfect spiral later, and it will come over time. But, do what helps the team win first, be a consistent ball striker.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.
All the best, Coach Bill Renner
I was wondering about kick off videos. I use your teaching techniques for field goals. I was hoping you have some for kicking off?
Thank you and God Bless
Here is the basics of what I teach for kickoffs:
1) 7 yards back and 4 yards over
- Don’t use steps. Steps are inconsistent and won’t get him to the same spot every time.
- I paint white dots on the field where he needs to be when he takes his steps to insure he gets to the right starting spot.
2) Same starting stance as a field goal
- Left foot forward pointing to the left of the tee where it will be positioned for the swing
- Tall, balanced with front knee bent
3) Approach steps
- Take 2 walking steps
- Then, take two “high knee” steps with a little more speed
- Be sure they pick their knees up and not just drag their feet
- It looks like “bounding”steps
- Then take two full speed steps like the two steps you take for field goals
- Watch the angle they take to the ball and make sure they do not run to the ball. The path is to be to the left of the ball. I tell them to take their “right hip to the ball” not the left hip. This puts them on the right path/angle so their hips rotate the same angle every time.
- Keep their eyes focused on the spot during the whole approach
- Accelerate UP through ball contact and land on the kicking foot
- They should not be falling off to the kicking leg side when they land. This means their path to the ball was to far to the right or at the ball.
Hope this helps.
All the best, Coach Bill Renner