<![CDATA[Koepplin Kicking - KK Blog]]>Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:01:22 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[2015 Koepplin Kicking Summer Camp]]>Wed, 17 Jun 2015 02:49:50 GMThttp://www.koepplinkicking.com/kk-blog/koepplin-kicking-summer-campI wanted to let you all know about the 
2015 Koepplin Kicking Summer Camp I will be hosting on Saturday July 25th.

This will be a one day Instructional Camp with a focus on teaching the fundamentals of Kicking & Punting, this camp will help you improve your technique and develop consistency to perform your best this fall. 

All are welcome, beginners and accomplished varsity players. 
Whether you are a senior working on sharpening your skills or are brand new to kicking and looking to improve, we will make sure you are prepared to unlock your potential by learning to kick with proper technique.

Join us for a fun learning atmosphere, make new friends and compete for prizes at the Varsity & JV levels.

I hope you all can join us

Register here

https://koepplinkicking.launchtrack.events/register/2015-koepplin-kicking-summer-camp
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<![CDATA[2015 Spring Mini Camp : Sunday April 19th]]>Tue, 10 Mar 2015 05:40:46 GMThttp://www.koepplinkicking.com/kk-blog/spring-mini-camp-sunday-april-19thKoepplin Kicking Spring Mini Camp

 A one day Instructional Camp led by Koepplin Kicking Director and Former NFL Kicker Chris Koepplin. It will be a great way to jump start your off-season training and knock off the rust from the long winter. With a Focus on teaching the Fundamentals of Kicking & Punting, this camp will help you improve your technique and develop consistency to perform your best this fall. 
 
All are welcome, beginners and accomplished varsity players. 
Whether you are a senior working on sharpening your skills or are brand new to kicking and looking to improve, we will make sure you are prepared to unlock your potential by learning to kick with proper technique.

Join us for a fun learning atmosphere, make new friends and compete for prizes at the Varsity & JV levels.

- Learn the Koepplin Kicking Method - Feel the confidence of "Effortless Power" and overcome the frustration of "Powerless Effort" to create an Efficient swing that is Consistently Accurate and Reliable when it matters most. 

Register at the link below
https://koepplinkicking.launchtrack.events/register/koepplin-kicking-spring-mini-camp

St. Anthony's High School, South Huntington NY
Sunday April 19th 2015   9:30am - 1230pm
Whom may attend: Grades 7-12
Field Turf Playing Surface.  

For more information go to www.KoepplinKicking.com 
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<![CDATA[VIRTUAL LESSONS !!!]]>Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:02:03 GMThttp://www.koepplinkicking.com/kk-blog/virtual-lessonsKoepplin Kicking Now Offers VIRTUAL LESSONS
Now we can help you improve your technique wherever you are throughout the country.
For information on how to purchase your 
Virtual Lesson click on the link below


http://koepplinkicking.launchtrack.com/register/virtual-lessons
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<![CDATA[Recruiting Realities: Life of the (Not So) Recruited Kicker]]>Thu, 22 May 2014 21:03:48 GMThttp://www.koepplinkicking.com/kk-blog/recruiting-realities-life-of-the-not-so-recruited-kickerFrom the CKN Blog ...

With increased parity in college football, one would think kickers would be among the most sought after recruits. Not so for many of the top high school specialists who are typically among the last to secure an opportunity at the next level. We recently consulted with Compete Kicking Network associate Lee McDonald of Special Teams Solutions, to discuss this recruiting reality.


Unlike a running back or linebacker, schools do not recruit a kicker every year according to McDonald. This is mainly due to the fact that kickers are not utilized elsewhere, such as a back-up on offense, defense or in coverage on special teams. FBS (Division IA) schools typically only reserve 2-3 scholarships for a kicker, punter and snapper while many FCS (Division IAA) only allot 1-2 scholarships that are often divided among several players.

“If you are an all-state running back, there are 10 scholarship offers on the table by May of your junior year,” says McDonald. “For the all-state kicker, he’s lucky if he gets more than one offer period which many times does not come until January or February of his senior year,” adds McDonald who says schools will wait until the last possible moment to offer a kicker depending on who is available at other positions on their recruiting board.

“For many programs, it comes down to whether they want to take another offensive lineman in their recruiting class or a kicker,” says McDonald. “And the odds are not usually good for kickers.”

McDonald cites several class of 2013 examples including All-State and U.S. Army All-American kicker Jim Cooper of Mainland High School who signed a full ride to Temple but only had one other scholarship offer. All-State and New Jersey Super 100 punter Chris Gulla of Toms River North High School took a recruited walk-on offer from Penn State, turning down several FCS (I-AA) offers.

Another reality is that some schools will not scholarship a kicker right out of high school according to McDonald. “There are coaches that believe kickers should walk-on and earn the starting nod before getting a scholarship,” says McDonald. “Some of this has to do with how much a coach values the kicking game and some of it comes from a fear of signing a kicker who does not pan out which forces a program to eat a scholarship.”

Further, some top prep kickers are not quite ready to perform in college coming out of high school but can be in a year or two once they have refined their technique. “So much of kicking is having proper mechanics which requires thousands of reps to master,” says McDonald. “I’ve seen some kids who have all the physical ability but need a year or two to develop their mechanics and adjust to the mental side of performing on a bigger stage.”

McDonald encourages college programs to think ahead when recruiting specialists, allowing prospects to red-shirt and develop their skills before competing to be a starter. Despite this advice, however, many schools want an immediate return if they invest in a kicker according to McDonald. “Colleges want a prospect to be able to perform immediately,” says McDonald. “They are often not willing to have a specialist develop in the program on scholarship like they do with other positions.”

Due to varying field conditions, bloated statistics and inconsistent snappers and holders, coaches often look to third party events, such as those run by the Complete Kicking Network, to get an idea of the top performers. “Most college coaches have never kicked and don’t necessarily feel comfortable recruiting kickers or do not understand the many nuances in recruiting a specialist,” says McDonald. “It’s a great feeling knowing our relationships with college programs have opened many doors for the kids we train over the last ten years.”

Even for someone with his background, says McDonald as a former Division I kicker at Rutgers who has trained and placed hundreds of kickers at the college level, it can be a bit of a crap shoot. “Like other positions, there is no perfect formula for identifying a kicker who will perform well when the lights are on,” says McDonald. “However, my staff and I do what we can through intense training, professional instruction and pressure situations to identify top kickers, punters and snappers for college programs.”

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This Article is from the CKN Blog

For More information about the Complete Kicking Network go to
www.CompleteKickingNetwork.com

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<![CDATA[Article: "Koepplin gets his kicks with UMass"]]>Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:03:54 GMThttp://www.koepplinkicking.com/kk-blog/article-koepplin-gets-his-kicks-with-umassThe Boston Globe     Friday, November 24, 2006

Koepplin gets his kicks with UMass
By Bob Duffy - Globe Staff

Amherst - He'd been captivated by all of it, the pageantry and the rah-rah and the tumult and the pure innocent drama. College football, thought Chris Koepplin as he sat mesmerized in front of the TV in his Long Island home on autumn Saturdays during his childhood. That's for me.

So years later, when it came time to pick a school, he naturally choose ...

BU ?

As renowned an educational bastion as Boston University is, it doesn't have much of a football reputation, largely because it doesn't have a football team. For someone in search of the gridiron ambiance, BU probably wasn't the ideal choice. Koepplin was like a big-game hunter who goes on safari to Manhattan.

And his misgivings weren't merely vague musings. Koepplin didn't just want to experience a football atmosphere, he wanted to be inside it, as he had been for one year in high school. Once he recognized this, he realized it might be a good idea for a would-be placekicker to have a place to kick.
"I found that college football was really special to me," he says. "I missed playing and I wanted to give it another shot."

Three years later and at the other end of the Mass. Pike, he has found it here. As the first-year kicker for the University of Massachusetts, Koepplin has played a major role in the Minutemen's march to the Atlantic 10 championship and a berth in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs tomorrow at noon against their Patriot League counterpart, Lafayette, at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.



His 13 field goals constitute the seventh-highest total in school history - for a career, never mind a season. His 39 extra points - 38 in a row before his lone miss last week against hometown Hofstra as UMass concluded a 10-1 regular season - are one shy of the school record. He hit his first two college field goals in a cauldron, before some 30,000 Middies at Division I-A Navy, where the third-ranked Minutemen suffered their lone loss. And he wound up a second-team conference all-star.


All rather unlikely extracurriculars for a junior who has been kicking for only four years, and at almost as many schools - St. Anthony's High in South Huntington, N.Y.; Nassau Community College in nearby Garden City; and now UMass. But to Koepplin , who didn't pick up, or kick up, a football until he suffered soccer burnout after his junior season of high school, this is destiny. It's just that he had to manufacture it. 


He matriculated at BU as a history major, but he didn't realize when he arrived on Comm. Ave. that he'd be minoring in wistfulness.


"I like competing, I like winning, and I love football," he says. "It's important to me. I feel I have a talent and that I could get the job done. I wanted to prove I could. I wasn't that great in high school, and I wanted to be a part of something special. Everyone watches 'Rudy,' you know what I mean?"


John Anselmo didn't. Koepplin showed up unannounced in the coach's office, a week before tryouts, after transferring to Nassau from BU. He informed Anselmo he was a kicker, but Koepplin acknowledges that was more concept than fact. He was a veteran of one high school field goal.


"I was OK but I was pretty raw," he says. " I didn't have much technique. I was just a soccer player kicking." 


Koepplin still wasn't a bona fide kicker, though he did win the kickoff job in his third game as a freshman. And last season he handled all the legwork, earning all-league first-team punting and second-team placekicking honors as Nassau won the Northeast Football Conference title and went to a junior college bowl in Iowa.


"I knew that second year would be my year," says Koepplin. "That was my only real season."


But not enough of one, he figured. He was 6 of 10 on field goals and 33 of 34 on conversions - "not the type of year that gets you noticed, that's what I needed, an outstanding season." 


Lacking that on his resume, and with his JUCO career finished, Koepplin went about recruiting colleges instead of vice versa. He scoured the Internet for schools with kicking needs and sent letters to those that met his criterion. Meanwhile, Anselmo hooked Koepplin up with his friend Steve Tirrell, the UMass special teams coach.


"He came across really well," says Tirrell. "He looked me right in the eye and shook hands. I could see he was a great kid looking for a great challenge."


Personality doesn't guarantee accuracy, so Koepplin continued to go about developing - and selling - himself with monomaniacal fervor. 


He had cleared bookstore shelves of kicking manuals and downloaded cybertips from the Web. He took up Yoga to refine the two key kicking ingredients: flexibility and serenity. And he finally got himself noticed for something other than a firm handshake when he won a kicking competition at Rutgers, hitting all eight of his field goals up to 50 yards. 


That persuaded UMass coach Don Brown to bring him aboard, with no assurances that he'd be anything more than a back up - meaning idle - kicker. That was equivalent to job security for Koepplin.


"I'm always proving myself, to myself," he says. "I like to challenge myself."


In this instance, he was challenging incumbent Armando Cuko. That campaign seemed quixotic as his ambitions after Koepplin tore up his left meniscus, requiring knee surgery, last spring. But he rehabilitated with a vengeance, then capitalized when Cuko suffered a groin injury during preseason camp.


"Armando was out a good four weeks," says Tirrell, "and he could have reclaimed the job when he got healthy. But Chris just kept improving."


To the point of ultra-reliability. Koepplin has missed only five attempts, and three of them came against Villanova, since which he has nailed 10 of 12, including a long of 48 yards.


"He has such a cool demeanor," says Brown. "He's a cool customer under pressure. You know what you're going to get every time out there."


Generally, a successful kick, now that Koepplin knows his place. Finally.
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<![CDATA[Recruiting Realities: Marketing yourself]]>Tue, 11 Mar 2014 04:43:20 GMThttp://www.koepplinkicking.com/kk-blog/recruiting-realities-marketing-yourselfPicture

College Recruiting is a very complicated subject that many young athletes and their parents do not completely understand. There are many misconceptions as to how the entire process works. Receiving a scholarship offer from a college program is statistically very rare. Many high school football players have excellent careers but are not able to continue on to play in college. Here are some statistics that help explain the reality of the situation.

There are certain "Recruiting Realities" that are unique for specialists that make the entire experience very different from that of players at any other position. Kickers and Punters are not the priority when it comes to recruiting and for many schools, a complete after thought. That's why when you are a specialist it is critical that you take ownership of the recruiting process and make sure you take your fate in your own hands. 
 The emphasis is on you to reach out to the college programs that you are interested in and make sure they are aware of you. If you just sit back and think your play on the field will be enough, unfortunately most of the time it wont be. By taking an initiative and marketing yourself to coaches it will help you get evaluated and find the school and football program that is right for you. 

My business partner and mentor, Lee McDonald of Special Teams Solutions, has written a great deal on this topic over the past ten years. In addition to the fact that Lee helped me get to UMass, I rely on him because of his incredible amount of expertise and knowledge of the recruiting process. Having worked within the Rutgers University football program as an academic adviser and also placed hundreds of prospects at the college level through Special Teams Solutions he knows how these college programs operate. 

In the article "Email Marketing 101" Lee McDonald explains how you should go about contacting the college coaches. Knowing what to say and how to present yourself is very important. To help everyone get a leg up on the competition and stand out among the crowd I have attached the article below.
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<![CDATA[INDOOR MINI CAMP]]>Fri, 28 Feb 2014 06:57:37 GMThttp://www.koepplinkicking.com/kk-blog/indoor-mini-campKOEPPLIN KICKING ANNOUNCEMENT  

Excited to announce we will be hosting an Indoor Mini Camp on Sunday, March 16th at the LI Sports Hub in Syosset, NY.

The off-season is not as long as you may think, we only have six months before fall football camp. What you should be thinking about right now is what you can do to get better. 

Join us for perfect indoor conditions and a fun learning atmosphere for everyone. 

We will conclude the camp with a friendly competition with prizes to the winners.


              Click Here for Registration Info


The Koepplin Kicking Indoor Mini Camp will be an Instructional Camp with a focus on the important Fundamentals of Kicking & Punting. It will be a great way to jump start your off-season training and knock off the rust from the long winter.


All are welcome, beginners and accomplished varsity players. 

 Whether you are a senior working on sharpening your skills or are brand new to kicking and looking to improve, we will make sure you are prepared to unlock your potential by learning to kick with proper technique. 

Make new friends, learn fundamentals and compete for prizes at the Varsity & JV levels.

Limited spots available
With 16 confirmed attendees right now.
Please act quickly and reserve your spot today.


Click Here to Register                      
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Koepplin Kicking Indoor Mini Camp

Location: LI Sports Hub (Syosset, NY)

Date: March 16th  
Time: 12-2pm
Grades: 8-12
         Fee:  $75 



Click Here to Register



LI Sports Hub is the newest indoor sports facility located in Syosset Long Island, close to the LIE and Northern State. Come enjoy sports all year round. Let the Long Island Sports Hub be "Your Indoor Place To Play."

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<![CDATA[The Koepplin Kicking Philosophy]]>Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:28:39 GMThttp://www.koepplinkicking.com/kk-blog/the-koepplin-kicking-philosophyWhen you choose to train with us we know that you are dedicated to your craft and serious about improving in all facets of your game. 

We want to help you achieve everything you are capable of and make sure you know that through hard work, dedication and a belief in your self anything is possible.

The Koepplin Kicking Philosophy defines what we are all about. 

“The Man who thinks he Can and the Man who 
    thinks he Can't are Both Right."
                                                                     --   Henry Ford

“The Man who thinks he Can and the Man who 
  thinks he Can't are Both Right."
                                                                  --   Henry Ford



Are you a Competitor  ?

What I love about kicking is that it is a singular pursuit and a personal competition. It is a way to test yourself within the great team game of football that I love so much.

Kicking is a lot like golf in many aspects. It is an internal struggle, where your true opponent is the man in the mirror. At its core, you are left to ask yourself certain questions, 

“How good can I get ?  How far can I take this?  What heights can I achieve ?” 
My desire to answer these questions for myself is what drove me. 

It’s all about self-improvement, competing with yourself and trying to be the very best you can possibly become. It’s not a sometime thing, every day you have a choice. You are either competing or you are not.  That is why I loved being a Kicker, it is a great opportunity to show what you are made of. 
If you are going to do something, why not be great at it ?

 That desire to constantly challenge myself has now carried over to my coaching philosophy. Teaching and sharing all of the valuable lessons I have learned along my own journey has become a passion of mine. Knowing how little I knew when I started kicking, there is nothing I enjoy more than sharing my unique knowledge to help young kickers improve.


The Koepplin Kicking Method

In my quest to continually improve my own kicking technique on my road to the NFL, I was fortunate enough to be able to work with and learn from nearly all of the great minds that there are in kicking instruction.

Lee McDonald, Charlie Titus, Gary Zauner, Tom Feely, John Matich, Michael Husted & Louie Aguiar all contributed significantly to my own personal technical improvement and the success in my career as a placekicker.

Their simple and effective methods, years of firsthand professional experience and personal encouragement were an immense help.  Learning from each of these experienced teachers helped me not only develop my game but help me cement my own beliefs of what works. That allowed me to create my own Method, Style and Philosophy of how to teach the kicking game. We all owe everyone who helped us on our path a measure of gratitude, and I would like to thank each of them.

When executed correctly the Koepplin Kicking Method will help you create the feeling of "Effortless Power" rather than fighting against your body with "Powerless Effort." It will produce a thunderous strike that drives through the air with an impressive trajectory. Almost all elite kickers look effortless when they are hitting the ball at their best. That’s because they are using all of the power their body has to offer and are incredibly efficient at transferring their energy while driving through the ball. 

I do not teach every kicker to do the same thing. Each student I work with has their own unique style. However, there are certain truths that I have discovered that are critical to execute a successful kick consistently. No two kickers kick exactly the same way, but the great ones are almost always identical at the most important moments; leading up to and through Impact.

I'm a strong believer that proper body position at, and through impact is what allows you to get the leverage needed to get the most out of your swing. With good posture, proper contact and balance throughout the kick you can create a powerful, efficient swing that is consistently accurate and reliable when it matters most. That is how you discover what you are capable of and Unlock Your Potential !

What Separates Us ?

My extensive on field experience as a kicker in college and the NFL is valuable, but the fact that I have walked the same path as you is more important. I have learned from every expert. Each mistake, every miss-hit you make I have done as well. I know exactly what steps are required to correct it because I did it myself. I can take you step by step, from where you are right now to where you want to be and beyond.

It will take hard work and dedication. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it when you hit the game winner this fall. Trust me.

I have noticed that some kicking instructors will have a tendency to
 “treat the symptom” instead of  "treating the illness."

When things are off, it is often because you are forced to compensate when your body is not in a good position at impact. These "symptoms" are often on the surface and easy to see, such as crunching your upper body or swinging across abruptly.

If you went to the doctor with bronchitis and they told you to stop coughing that wouldn't do you much good.

So rather than tell you to stop doing the obvious, I believe I can help you more than others by finding the cause of your inconsistencies and focusing your efforts there. Once we address the cause, we can then work on the rest. I believe that is the best way to make adjustments and to see quick improvement.

Communicator

Over the course of my career as a player and coach I have had the unique opportunity and privilege to play for and work with some truly excellent coaches. At every level from high school to the NFL, I have had the luxury of being part of winning programs with great leaders at the helm. Whether it was Rich Reichert at St. Anthony’s High School, Don Brown at UMass, John Anselmo at Nassau CC or Bill Belichick with the Patriots; they each were great influences on me as a person and as a player. 

Their philosophies and approach to the handling of their players have inspired me to pursue coaching.They all had distinctive styles, personalities and methods of their own but three things were always present. Their passion for the game, enthusiasm for teaching and the ability to be effective communicators were keys to the success of each program.  

I truly believe I have a unique talent for being able to communicate with young people in an efficient and effective manner that fosters an excellent learning environment.

There is also a difference between knowing what should be done and being able to effectively communicate the message in order to teach it. I have worked with hundreds of kickers at camps and lessons over the past ten years and know that the same message doesn’t work for every single kicker. But I trust myself to be able to create a unique way to connect with each student I work with.

I wish I had the knowledge I do now when I was starting out, but I enjoy giving my students a leg up on the competition. I know what it is like to be out on the field with all eyes on you. I can provide advice in all facets of your preparation and conditioning. Not only Technical but Strength, Flexibility & Mental Training are each a vital element of a Kicker's success.  

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Most importantly, I hope to be a positive impact in each student’s life. My goal is to Motivate, Encourage & Guide each student with every resource I have so that they can achieve everything they are capable of. Helping them to believe in themselves and that they are capable of much more than they realize.  
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