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Making the Kicking Game Special

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© February, 2008


by Jim Dostal
Asst. Coach, Coe College
As a former high school football coach who has a family, a full teaching load and a multitude of specific football duties it was always a challenge during the season to figure out a way to quickly evaluate special teams within a realistic time frame. Additionally, the system had to be easy for players and the coaching staff in order to make basic conclusions on how we were doing as a team with respect to the kicking game.

One of the biggest areas where there is minimal evaluation transpiring in football from a specific team concept is the kicking game. While it is true that coaches have statistical (quantitative) information on yards per punt, kick return average, field goal distance and other specific indicators regarding the kicking game, there is really nothing that provides a total package. With this new perspective, which is a simple, easy and quick to evaluate the amount of yardage the kicking game is gaining or losing for the team, coaches can make the kicking game special.

Eight years ago a simple chart, originating from bits and pieces from many different sources, was created. In putting the numbers together, a system was designed that enabled the team to understand how it was performing concerning the various kicking teams as a whole. Add ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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