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Offline bamapride

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Foot placement on punting/kick offs
« on: April 09, 2012, 07:21:39 AM »
In regards to punting, is there a certain place you want to put your foot on the ball when making contact? And with kick offs, althought this may be more obvious, is there a particular place?

I know on kick offs it may be like field goal/pat's getting it on the lower half of the ball on the panel closest to your foot.Do you use the whole side-of-your-foot technique when kicking off?

(Honestly, I'm still confused with the concept of kicking the ball with the side of your foot opposed to kicking with the top of it)

Any input or techniques you could give would be appreciated, thanks.

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Re: Foot placement on punting/kick offs
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2012, 08:31:21 AM »
I highly recommend you buy the Kohls kicking videos- well worth the money=especially in leagues like ours where the PAT kick is worth 2 points
We use the base coaching points and some of their drills
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

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Re: Foot placement on punting/kick offs
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2012, 11:22:57 AM »
In regards to punting, is there a certain place you want to put your foot on the ball when making contact?
Yes, thru the fattest part of the ball.  Kick the middle.  Basically, that means not trying to "aim" the foot at any part of the ball at all.

The kids should quickly figure this out for themselves.  If they're getting under or over the ball, unless they're clueless as to physics, they'll realize whether they should be dropping the ball farther out or closer in.
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(Honestly, I'm still confused with the concept of kicking the ball with the side of your foot opposed to kicking with the top of it)
Think of the leg as a golf club with the foot as its head.  Our legs don't have the equivalent of a shoulder joint that would give us the most power swinging sideways like a golf club, so instead we get maximum force by kicking at an angle to our hips.  However, the foot is shaped very much like the woods in golf club heads.

Some players do get a bigger contact surface by everting the foot (turning the sole outward), hitting the ball partly with the top of the foot, but I wouldn't teach that to kids.  (I'm trying to remember the name of the place kicker who popularized that method about 10-15 yrs. after soccer style became popular.)
« Last Edit: April 09, 2012, 12:16:31 PM by Bob Goodman »

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