Michigan Spring Kicking Camp
Kicking: 9 AM – 1 PM, Punting 3 PM – 6:30 PM
Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan
*MAY 2023 CAMP DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN MID-JANUARY
Kicking Camp Summary
- Recommended Camper Age: 12 – 19. Average age is 14-17.
- Michigan 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 Prospect Evaluation: We evaluate athletes for college referrals. Athletes 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 Michigan 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 and recovery for kickers/punters
2:55 PM Check-in for punters only
3:00 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. Consider learning the skill of punting. Nobody is born a good punter. Every great punter had to start somewhere. There are usually 10 to 20 athletes who attend the punting portion of the camp.
Coach Filip Filipovic – NFL Veteran, Kicking Coach
May 14th 2022 Assistant Coaches:
Austin Seibert – Detroit Lions, Kicker
Stephen Rusnak – Michigan State, Kicker
KC Lopata – University of Michigan Kicker, Class of 2010.
Tyler Perkins – Iowa State, Punter
NFL and/or Big 10 specialists. The Kicking Coach Alumni includes many current and former NFL and Big 10 specialists who assist with coaching at the camps.
Coach to camper ratio is always 1:7 or better.
**Read about our outstanding staff on the STAFF PAGE.