Every kicker in the NFL has to start somewhere. Let's face it, kicking looks easy, but ask any kicking veteran, from any level of football, and he will tell you about the constant pressure to be perfect.
Here in San Diego, one man has decided to give young kickers a head start on dealing with that pressure.
Brent Grablachoff is the owner and operator of Kicking World, bringing his experience to the coaching ranks.
Grablachoff was the starting kicker for 4 seasons at Montclair State University in New Jersey, and was an All American freshman in 1999.
Grablachoff holds MSU's record for most games started and most PAT's.
Playing for Central Regional HS in Bayville NJ, Grablachoff set the record for most field goals in a game, and was an all shore, all conference and all county selection.
Grablachoff's concept here is a brilliant one, which simply put, is teaching your kids how to be the next great kicker, and how to deal with the pressure of kicking.
Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding is a perfect example here in San Diego, the kid was nails all season long, but he missed 3 field goals in the playoff game against the Jets. Kickers have to push through that, to kick again and not worry about the last one.
Kicking World is a roving instructional camp based in San Diego, with sessions in San Diego, Texas, and New Jersey. The first camp this year was a rousing success, with 20+ young kickers getting a first hand instructional coaching session with Grablachoff and his assistants.
Kickers are put through several drills aimed at improving distance and accuracy, with kicking and/or punting contests at the end of each drill. Winners were awarded kicking gear, and the applause of their peers.
The next sessions scheduled this summer are as follows:
June 27 - Austin, TX
July 11 - Toms River, NJ
July 25 - San Diego, CA
If you are interested in attending the upcoming camps in 2010,
please go to http://www.kickingworld.com/
for all the details and information.