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Offline Dimson

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Re: Depth of holder for extra points / field goals
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2013, 12:55:08 PM »
Anyone else teach their kicker to one step the kick? That has been really great for us in years past. From 7 yards deep and using a one step there is no way it gets blocked even with crappy blocking up front. He can also give the holder an extra half a second to handle an off target snap.
I have a kid who could pull that off but the header seems to want a soccer style kicker because he thinks toe kicking is to inconsistant. The kid I was working with yesterday could make it from 30 but he is a toe kicker.

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Re: Depth of holder for extra points / field goals
« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2013, 01:04:19 PM »
I have a kid who could pull that off but the header seems to want a soccer style kicker because he thinks toe kicking is to inconsistant. The kid I was working with yesterday could make it from 30 but he is a toe kicker.

Strictly for extra points I find the one step toe kick much easier and faster. I am no good at coaching soccer style kickers. But a kid with a strong leg can one step and be very consistent. Soccer style would be better if you are on the hash and need to actually aim. I've seen a lot of kids football games and I can count on one hand the number of time I've seen a youth team actually make a field goal. Sounds good in theory but your chances of scoring a TD or forcing the other guys to drive 90 yards are usually much better options by the numbers.
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Re: Depth of holder for extra points / field goals
« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2013, 02:23:22 PM »
Strictly for extra points I find the one step toe kick much easier and faster. I am no good at coaching soccer style kickers. But a kid with a strong leg can one step and be very consistent. Soccer style would be better if you are on the hash and need to actually aim. I've seen a lot of kids football games and I can count on one hand the number of time I've seen a youth team actually make a field goal. Sounds good in theory but your chances of scoring a TD or forcing the other guys to drive 90 yards are usually much better options by the numbers.
I will try that on Thursday. I bet he could do it. He was getting about 40 yards on kick offs and was kicking it easy 30 with my crappy holding.

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Re: Depth of holder for extra points / field goals
« Reply #18 on: August 29, 2013, 12:08:46 PM »
This is the first year that we're kicking extra points (and field goals if we're lucky - we finally have a good kicker!)

Normal depth of the holder is 7 yards from the ball for High School and above.  For those experienced in doing this with 11-12 year olds, how deep for the holder?  Seems a trade off of shallower makes for an easier snap, but at the higher risk of getting blocked...

Thanks for any advice!


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