TKIA Invitational

July 11th, 12th, 2020

Mercyhealth Sportscore Two, Rockford, IL

  • This is an invitation-only showcase event for college prospect kickers and punters.

  • Tough admission standards ensure top-notch competition and high interest by college coaches. Over 90% of athletes who attend this event end up kicking in college.

  • Relatively small number of athletes allows us to thoroughly evaluate each athlete, while allowing him to showcase his best performance, and to capture it in a professional quality video. We invite only 50 competitive college prospects and do not rush them through warm up, charting, etc.

  • Athletes get filmed and charted twice. Only the better performance of the two is sent to colleges. Here are two samples of outstanding athletes performing at this event – Hunter Niswander who committed to Northwestern (eventually becoming a pro punter) and Austin Seibert who committed to Oklahoma (ultimately becoming a pro kicker). They both received full scholarships and were 4-year starters on their college teams. Click HERE for Hunter’s video and HERE for Austin’s video.

  • Statistics and video from this event are sent to colleges. Individual referrals and references to specific schools are available by request of athletes or universities.

  • Athletes who stood out at one of The Kicking Coach camps or another reputable showcase and received a personal invitation from coach Filipovic. Or,
  • Athletes who accomplished ONE of the two admission requirements listed below in the 2019 football season.

Kicker Admission Standards – 2019 season:

1. Named to ALL STATE; 1st, 2nd, 3rd team or honorable mention.

2. Over 50% of kickoffs were touchbacks for the class of 2021. Over 35% of kickoffs were touchbacks for the class of 2022.

Punter Admission Standards – 2019 season:

1. Named to ALL STATE; 1st, 2nd, 3rd team or honorable mention.

2. Averaged over 40 yards per punt for the class of 2021 athletes. Averaged over 38 yards per punt for the class of 2022 athletes.


If you did not receive the invitation, but you would like to attend…


Send us an email with:

1. your name

2. high school name and graduation year

3. your accomplishments, stats, and any video that you have.

We will review it and respond with an invite if you qualify.

Go to Contact Page to submit your information.

austin seibert browns kicker

Austin Seibert, #1 high school kicker in the nation (2015), Top Kicker In America Alum (July 2014). Drafted by Browns in 2019. “I first started working with Filip (The Kicking Coach) when I was 14 years old. Filip was the first coach I received instruction from and he has helped me since the beginning. His ability to engage and apply his coaching is what sets him apart. Along with this, Filip is honest and doesn’t sugar coat anything. He stands by work ethic and doing things the right way. He has helped me get to where I am today and the journey has been incredible!”



TKIA Event Featured Alumni


Austin Seibert – Oklahoma – EVENT VIDEO

Tucker McCann – Missouri – EVENT VIDEO

Jack Olsen – Michigan State University

Adam Culp – Michigan – EVENT VIDEO

Matt Trickett – Kent State University

Riley Moore – Western Michigan

Evan Finnegan – Buffalo – EVENT VIDEO

Kai Kroeger – South Carolina – EVENT VIDEO

Kaleb Kindsvatter – Alma

Hunter Niswander – Northwestern – EVENT VIDEO

Evan Morris – Michigan State – EVENT VIDEO

Pierson Cooke – Vanderbilt – EVENT VIDEO

Cole Riebe – Toledo

Mick Ellis – Iowa Hawkeyes

James Hayden – Northwest Missouri State – EVENT VIDEO

Damian Chowaniec – Minnesota State

Kyle Rhonehouse – Miami – EVENT VIDEO

Will Gustafson – Ferris State

Josh Brebant – Northern Illinois – EVENT VIDEO

Parker Blust – Northwood – EVENT VIDEO

Blaze Watson – Western Michigan

Daniel Riser – Northern Michigan – EVENT VIDEO

Jack Shannon – Hillsdale – EVENT VIDEO

Nicolai Gualdoni – Southern Illinois – EVENT VIDEO

Jack McKenna – Michigan State

Jacob Borcilla – Kansas – EVENT VIDEO

Chase Dinan – Ashland University – EVENT VIDEO

Michael Farkas – Ohio University – EVENT VIDEO

Jed Quackenbush – Ohio Dominican – EVENT VIDEO

David Riser – Northwood

Zach Potter – Army – EVENT VIDEO

Austin Errthum – Northern Iowa – EVENT VIDEO

Filip Filipovic and Assistant Coaches with NFL or big time college experience. 

2020 Event Assistant Coaches:

  • Greg Zuerlein, LA Rams Kicker, Pro-Bowl Selection
  • Austin Seibert, Cleveland Browns Kicker, All Rookie Selection in 2019
  • Ryan Donahue, former Detroit Lions Punter, 2-time Ray Guy award finalist
  • Evan Finegan, Buffalo University Punter, set all time school’s punt average as a freshman
  • Brad Robbins, University of Michigan Punter

*Due to our regular event location at Lake Forest closing due to Covid-19 concerns, July 11th, 12th, 2020 event is relocated to Wedgbury Stadium at Mercyhealth Sportcore Two facility at 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, IL 61111. It is a beautiful tournament facility with multiple turf soccer and football fields –


Lake Forest College Football Stadium. Located on Lake Michigan, about 25 miles north of Chicago, Lake Forest College Campus is one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. Football stadium is surrounded by endless woods and multi-million dollar mansions owned by the likes of Michael Jordan, Vince Vaughn, etc. This was also the training camp facility of the Chicago Bears for many years – including the 1985 team with coach Ditka, Walter Payton, Jim McMahon, etc. In addition to aesthetic value and history, trees around the stadium block most of the wind – making this an outstanding location to have a career day at a kicking event.


  • Athletes will attempt 15 field goals. Distances are from 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50 from left hash mark and right hash mark. Also 42, 45, 47, 50, and 52-yard field goals from the middle. Athletes who make at least 10 out of 15 will earn bonus kicks from 55, 57, 60 yards out.
  • Class of 2021 kickers have to kick field goals off the ground. Class of 2022 kickers are welcome to use a 1 inch or 1/2 inch block if needed.
  • Athletes will repeat the charting session on Sunday.

*Almost every athlete at this event makes it to the bonus round on field goals.


  • Kickers will attempt 6 kickoffs from the 35 yard line. We will calculate the average of top 4 kicks.
  • Athletes will repeat the charting session on Sunday.

*Kickoff average for the entire field (all athletes combined) was 64.25 yards per kickoff in 2019.


  • Punters will kick 16 punts – 8 in each direction. They will receive an underhand toss from a coach standing 8 yards in front of them. We will average out top 12 punts (6 from each direction)
  • We will not measure handling time (catch to kick). But it is recommended that punters move at 1.4 to 1.6 second speed.
  • Athletes will repeat the charting session on Sunday.

*Punt average for the entire field (all athletes combined) was over 43 yards per punt in 2019.

Saturday:   10 AM –  5PM

10 AM Orientation

10:30 Charting

4 PM Optional Skill-Tuning Session


Sunday11 AM –  5PM

11 AM Recruiting Meeting – Review of Day 1. Recruiting plan of action and timeline.

12 PM Charting

4 PM Optional Skill-Tuning Session


*If an athlete cannot attend both days, he is welcome to attend just one. He will just have less charting opportunities than athletes who attend both. Once athlete has finished charting on Sunday, he is welcome to leave the event. It is not necessary to stay until the very end.



  • Attendance is $50 (coaching, charting, having event stats sent to colleges, TKIA shirt). It is due at sign up.


  • Optional Add-On: Skills video production with a professional reference: $200 (total cost $250).  $200 for skills video is payable with cash or check on the day of the event, or by venmo/paypal at any time prior to the event. PayPal and Venmo email for online payment submission is . You can also send a check via regular mail to The Kicking Coach, 2415 W. Dakin St., Chicago, IL 60618.


  • Important: We need to know if you will be having a skills video made prior to July 1st so that we can organize the event groups.


Lodging and Travel Tips

Lodging is not provided. There are plenty of chain hotels next to the Mercyhealth Sportscore Two Facility.