There are two important keys to obtaining a scholarship as a kicker or punter, talent and exposure. Some players get scholarships because they are on good teams and their teams are heavily scouted (exposure), and others because they performed so far above the rest that they couldn't be overlooked (talent).
At Kicking.com, we can definitely help you improve your talent, but did you know we can also help you get more exposure?
Maybe you don't think you need our help. You can simply follow these traditional methods for recruiting:
- Sit back and let your performance on the field speak for itself, and gain exposure through stats, honors, recruiting service rankings (Scout.com, Rivals.com, etc) and word of mouth. It works well for those with players on their team who are also getting recruited, or if you have stats that are out of this world.
However, if you don't get enough opportunities in a game, or have the right connections, or had a disappointing performance or two, or have a
good publicist (parent or coach), forget about getting on this list of top prospects, and therefore getting any serious interest from colleges. We would consider this a very risky and passive approach to your college future!
- Write letters, send emails or mail in videos to all coaches you are interested in playing for. This method can also be effective, but it is very time consuming and can be very costly. You should consider that coaches receive hundreds of highlight tapes a year, and must decide which ones to go through, and how much time to spend on each one.
If your tape does not give the coach a good idea of your talent quickly and make an immediate impression on them, then you have wasted a lot of money, and given a bad first impression!
These options don't seem very reliable or reassuring, do they? These issues are some of the main reasons why Kicking.com was developed,
to help deserving kickers and punters get exposure to college coaches and pro scouts, especially when they don't fall into the options above. Here's how we can help...
- Sign up for the
National Camp Series
You will compete against kickers, punters and snappers in your region. Top
performers will be invited to compete in Semifinal events, and those elite get
invited to the National Finals to see who the best kickers and punters are
across the country. Your stats and video from the camp will be posted online for
coaches and recruiters to view. The best exposure out there!
- Sign up for a Free membership with
Create a personal webpage on Kicking.com, where you can post your stats, contact
information and other vitals so that college coaches can view your profile and
contact you. This is also a great way to see how you compare to other kickers
and punters in your area, or around the country. When you contact college
coaches, you can add your webpage link so they can see your updated stats
throughout the season. We are also adding more options with national publications to take your stats and promote them on a weekly basis, through the Top Stats and Ranking of College Prospects features.
- Add a highlight video or short clip to your profile
The best option is to upload your highlight video to YouTube, then embed the code into your Kicking.com profile page.
Having troubles getting your video in an electronic format? Contact us for more information
- List an expert in your profile, and have their honest critique of your abilities added to your webpage
The best recommendations come from those who are experienced kickers and
punters. If you have been trained by someone who has had success at the college
or pro level, provide their email address in your profile, and we will post
their honest assessment of your abilities for the coaches to read. You cannot
read these comments, as they must be kept private from you, so that your expert
can be completely honest. This also gives the coaches a good feeling that they
are getting a true assessment of your skills, not a biased response because the expert is afraid of making the player or parents upset at their assessment. In addition, if the expert opinion is not accurate, then the expert will start to lose credibility with the college coaches.
- Have your own website built, to display all your highlight clips, photos
and information available for coaches
Our personal profiles can hold a lot of information, but there may be some
things that don't get posted. Maybe you'd like to link to add more photos. Maybe you'd like to have a site to keep your family updated on all
your activities. Either way, Kicking.com can help. Get started with your own
domain name (i.e. http://www.yourname.com, a website built by Kicking.com), webspace to
store your webpage files, and a professionally designed site for as low as $200. Contact
Brion at email@example.com
for more information.
- Write a blog about your experiences kicking and punting
Blogs have gained in popularity due to their personal nature. These are informal notes and comments that you publish for others to read. The benefit is that it gives your audience (future college coaches) a chance to really get to know you. What are you thinking about? What motivates you? Why should they take a chance on you? What is your approach to kicking and punting? Think about things they would want to know about you, and write it in your blog. Be warned, if you don't think about who might be reading it, you may harm your chances with certain teams (or all for that matter), so be smart what you post online (that goes for all sites, like MySpace, Facebook, etc.)
You can read what others are writing about here, to get you started...
- Personal call from Doug Brien or Tommy Barnhardt to five schools of your choice
Instead of waiting for the coaches at your top schools to find you and
contact you, why not have Doug or Tommy do this for you? If you have received
private lessons from Doug or Tommy, you are eligible to have one of them
call 5 schools
or teams of your choice on your behalf. A recommendation from an NFL veteran is
one of the best ways to get your name at the top of your favorite school's wish
|When I first heard about the "Kicking.com Network", I thought it was great. However, after thinking about it more, I was concerned. I wondered why Doug & Tommy would share so many tricks of the trade with kids who are going to be trying to steal our jobs some day!|
-- Mike Vanderjagt