Chicago, Illinois Kicking Camp - May 2023
Kicking: 9 AM – 1 PM, Punting: 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Loyola Academy High School, Wilmette, IL
Chicago Kicking Camp is a small kicking camp where athletes learn how to develop kicking skills and train throughout the summer months. Significant amount of individual attention is given to every kicker and punter.
NFL Kicker Austin Seibert talking about how he modifies his kicking shoes.
Strength Coach Danny Cola teaching kicking mobility and balance.
Kickoff Skill Building – College Kicker of the Year Andre Smyzt (Syracuse) explaining approach steps.
Kicking Camp Summary
- Recommended Camper Age: 12 – 19. Average age is 14-17.
- Chicago Illinois Kicking Camp is a small event that allows coach Filipovic and his staff to devote a huge amount of attention to every athlete, making sure that they understand how to kick and how to train in order to reach their full kicking potential.
- Skills taught: Field Goals, Kickoffs, Punts. We teach the most efficient techniques that are used by NFL and top college kickers while allowing room for individual nuances.
- Camper skill level varies from the first time kickers to more experienced kickers with several years of camp and playing experience. We tailor instruction to the individual.
- College Potential Evaluation: We chart, film and evaluate athletes for college referrals. Athletes who are going into their junior and senior seasons of high school will complete our standardized testing workout. Statistics and observations from the evaluation are used for college referrals.
- We teach execution of game kicks – directional kickoffs, onside kicks, coffin corner punts, hurried punts, kicking field goals in bad weather, etc.
- Parents are welcome to stay and observe instruction and evaluation.
- At the Chicago Illinois Kicking Camp, our top priority is to teach kickers and punters how to train and improve while kicking on their own. There are no kicking coaches on middle school, high school, or college football teams. When your high school coach gives you couple footballs and tells you to “go practice”, you need to know… How to kick? How much to kick? How often to kick? What to tell your snapper and holder? How to make adjustments for different conditions? Etc.
8:50 AM Camp Check in for Kickers and Kickers/Punters
9:00 AM Kicking Fundamentals Instruction
12:15 PM Evaluation of field goals and kickoffs
1:00 PM Camp ends for Kickers Only. Lunch break for kickers/punters
2:25 PM Check-in for punters only
2:30 PM Punting Fundamentals Instruction
4:00 PM Punting Evaluation
6:30 PM Camp ends for all athletes
*Many athletes shy away from punting because it is a more difficult skill. This is exactly why there are significantly more opportunities for playing time and college scholarships for punters and combos than kickers-only. Please consider learning the skill of punting. Nobody is born a good punter. Every great punter had to start somewhere.
Filip Filipovic, NFL veteran, professional kicking coach
May 22 2022 assistant coaches:
Stephen Rusnak – Michigan State, Kicker
Mason Lorber – South Dakota, Kicker
Kai Kroeger – South Carolina, Punter
Hunter Niswander – Dallas Cowboys – Northwestern, Punter
NFL and BIG 10 kickers and punters. Our staff is loaded with The Kicking Coach Alumni who are extremely talented and personable. Coach to camper ratio is always 1:7 or better.