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Offline Bob Goodman

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Why do they ALL punt like this?
« on: August 31, 2011, 10:39:53 PM »
Since I got into youth football coaching here in the Bronx in 2007, I've noticed one consistent thing that perplexes me.  All, and I really mean that, kids who haven't been coached in punting drop the ball by holding it in one hand by the near point.  I don't understand where they pick that up, and I've seen it in 3 different organiz'ns practicing on different fields.

It's not a serious fault, because you can coach them out of it nearly instantly, but it just puzzles me.  They couldn't've seen it in a game, so where'd it come from?  And is it a local phenomenon that somehow has persisted here for years, or worldwide?  I know none of us did that as kids.  A few years ago was there some famous punter who did that and screwed up a generation?

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Re: Why do they ALL punt like this?
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2011, 10:44:09 PM »
It could be the Evil Empire.

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Re: Why do they ALL punt like this?
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2011, 11:38:10 PM »
Darn, you're right!  The funny thing is, we almost all used to punt a soccer ball with a 2 hand drop (which is why I didn't think of it) -- which means soccer technique in this area has gotten better, and American football worse!

That is consistent with the general trend in New York City over the past 50 years, but I hadn't realized it hadn't bottomed out yet.