If you're not doing this, no one can help you...

You work all year, shovel snow off the ground, in the rain, blistering heat kicking and working on your craft…

You go to all your training camps or sessions faithfully…

You even have your own kicking notebook and journal that shows how much progress you’ve made…

You’ve even had some cool interest from college recruiters because you did so well at your prospect camp…!

Just ONE problem…

You didn’t work with your ACTUAL high school snapper and holder ALL YEAR…

Not only that, you aren’t even sure who your holder and snapper are going to exactly be in the coming season…

You just shrug your shoulders and tell yourself “Coach won’t listen to me anyway…,”

You act like a victim and it is about to catch you quick at the start of the season when you find you have…

No timing…

No rhythm…

And NO TRUST...

Between yourself, holder and snapper.

This is a surefire disaster waiting to happen.

You go from crushing it on Instagram off of your mechanical holder hitting 50, 55 yard FGs to drilling your long snapper in the butt with a low line drive kick and nearly take off your coach’s head with another erratic kick…

Within a span of 2-3 practices, your coach has reaffirmed to himself “This is EXACTLY why we don’t kick and will ALWAYS go for it”

…game opportunities dwindle to a few meager extra points…

…game film is little to none when those recruiters ask for your mid-season high lights…

…and worst of all, you’re not having fun because you’re not contributing like you could be.

Here is the reality:

DO NOT WAIT UNTIL DAY 1 OF PRESEASON TO WORK WITH YOUR LS/H

If you do, it is already too late.

Instead be proactive! Here are a few suggestions that have worked for other specialists in the past…

  1. Offer a bacon egg and cheese sandwich free of charge or gas money to your LS/H to come out to the field and snap with you.

  2. THANK your LS and Holder. Even LS/H who are good in HS usually don’t dream of being one and the fact that you are thanking them will go a long way towards appreciation.

  3. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it: ‘Coach, i know you’re really busy being a full time teacher and coach here at school and you’ve got a lot of other things to worry about other than kicking. If you might be open to it, would you mind if I scouted out one or two holders and snappers for us this off season so what way day one of preseason we are ready to roll? Who might you suggest I talk to first…”

Hard work is great on your own and is required, but last I checked, no kicker ever kicked a game winning kick off of a mechanical holder in a game that counted for much of anything.

Successful kickers do what’s hard and that’s why their seasons are easy.

Miserable kickers do what’s easy all year long and that’s why their season are hard.

Brenden Cahill