The game of football is like no other. The game teaches life lessons that is a unique for a young athlete to obtain. High school football gives athletes the opportunity to share a common goal with the people they grow up with as well as represent the town or city that they live in.
Special teams is a critical component of the game of football. One third of the game of football is a special teams play. Being able to score points on special teams and shift the field position, will put the team in the best possible position to win.
Although special teams may seem as an individualized component of the game, it takes ALL 11 players to achieve success.
Like any other sport, special teams takes time and commitment by the individual athlete and coach to achieve the best results.
The four components of special teams are the following:
- Long Snapping
Whether you are beginner or have some experience in any of these components, our goal as an academy is to provide a fundamental learning blocks to assist in achieving your personal or team goals.
Your ceiling as a specialist is as high as you want to take it. We are here to use our professional experiences and training to implement proper techniques for all specialist aspects of the position. Each specialist is unique and our goal is to take your skills, knowledge, and ability and maximize them.
Our mission is to develop the most CONSISTENT specialist!
Ask any coach, would you rather have a kicker who is able to kick a 55 yard field goal, but is inconsistent inside field goals that are 45 yards and in? Or, would you rather have a kicker who is consistent inside 45 yards, but may not have the leg strength for a 55 yard field goal yet?
You will get the same answer every single time. A coach will take the kicker that who is consistent inside 45 yards.
We focus on key elements when it comes to staying consistent such as balance, form, ball contact, and follow through. Strength and leg speed will come with proper technique and fundamentals taken from our sessions. After continuous training from our coaching staff, our students become consistent in their craft. We ask to trust the process and be patient as we will develop and maximize your kicking punting, and long snapping abilities.
"The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary"
Why train with us?
Our coaches are passionate in the development of our students. Our camps and clinics assist in the continued learning that is critical in the students career. We work with the students family on making the recruiting process as smooth as possible.
Our private and group sessions are important in the continued development and practice during the season and off season.
Personal Anecdote from Coach Tommy:
"Luck is when opportunity meets preparation."
I believe my story can come as a great reference to inspire young athletes who are interested in becoming a specialist. I was not a highly touted prospect and did not have the opportunity to attend any of the major camps to get exposure. I focused on individualized training to perfect my craft to put the best film out there possible. I did not receive any Division I or Division II interest, and many Division III teams went different directions on their choice of recruiting kickers. Utica College gave me an opportunity to be a part of their program, and I came in with a chip on my shoulder to become the best player at my position to help my team win. After my college senior season, I became the programs first AFCA Division III Coaches All American, where in my senior season I broke the NCAA regular single season Field Goal record. I attended Gary Zauner's Senior NFL Combine. I was one of 28 kickers present, competing against those who played Division I on the biggest of stages, and a selected few playing on NFL rosters today. I advise athletes to not get discouraged if they are not getting recruited to a Division I programs and play at a big time school. My belief is that if you are coachable, work ethic, and have the passion and love for the game, success will come with it.
My experiences come from great kicking coaches in the nation and group competition to compete against other specialists. I will always be a student of the game and I hope to use what I have learned over the years into making each student that I work with the best overall specialist and person possible. Football does not last forever, so I encourage all my students to find a passion outside of football, so they can be in the best position post their high school and college careers. Being a high school coach as well as kicking coach has provided me the experience and the opportunity to effectively communicate with the students I train. I am more than confident that I will able to connect with each student and guide them as a mentor in their journey.
I believe becoming a kicker, punter, or long snapper and playing football was the best experience of my life. I encourage anybody to take a chance and pursue your dream if this is something you want to do. Our coaches are here to be mentors and guide our students not only through your high school careers, but through your college careers, on and off the field.
Take the All American challenge today!
- Coach Tommy and Staff
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