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Kicking the football
Renner, Bill.
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Publication Information:
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [1997]

Physical Description:
xi, 170 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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GV951.7 .R467 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An effective kicking game is often the difference between winning and losing. Kicking the Football shows you how to teach your players to improve their punting, kicking, and placekicking. Former NFL punter and veteran kicking instructor Bill Renner reveals the best techniques, tactics, and practice drills to kick like a pro.

Many books on kicking have shown the ""what"" of these skills. But Kicking the Football goes in depth to explain the ""why"" of each technique. You'll learn how these proven methods comprise the overall skill of kicking. Twenty-two sequential drills--13 for punting and 9 for kicking--demonstrate each specific technique. Plus, 23 illustrations and 65 photos help you boot the guesswork out of instruction.

Contests are often won or lost with the kicking game. Give your players the edge they need by using this can't-miss book. Kicking the Football splits the uprights every time!


Author Notes

Bill Renner is a former NFL punter who played for the Green Bay Packers in 1986 and 1987 after a collegiate career at Virginia Tech.

Renner has directed punting and kicking camps since 1986 and has taught kickers throughout the United States since 1980. He has helped produce numerous all-district, all-state, all-region, and All-American performers.

Renner is a member of the American Football Coaches Association and the Virginia High School Coaches Association. He is currently head football coach and assistant athletic director at Langley High School (Virginia).

The author wrote his master's thesis on punting while earning an MS in exercise physiology from Virginia Tech University in 1983.

Renner and his wife Cindy have a daughter, Summer, and a son, Bryn. In his leisure time, Renner enjoys golf, skiing, and reading books.

Tom Taricani contributed his expertise to the soccer-style placekicking portion of the book. Tom is director of soccer-style kicking for the 4th Down Sports Kicking Camps. He has worked with the author for 10 years, developing and refining the teaching method that has proven so successful for hundreds of placekickers.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Placekicking Techniques
Alignment Steps
The Soccer-Style Kicker's Stance
Approach Steps for a Soccer-Style Kick
Rotation and Plant Foot Placement
Leg Swing for a Soccer-Style Kick
Foot-to-Ball Contact
Finishing Moves
Maximum Height and Distance
A Note to Kickers
The Same Note for Coaches
Chapter 2 Team Kicking Objectives
Extra-Point and Field-Goal Kicking
Chapter 3 Practice Drills for Placekickers
1 Dry Run Drill
2 No-Step Drill
3 One-Step Drill
4 Goalpost Drill
5 Kicking at One Upright Drill
6 Last-Second Field Goal Drill
7 Bad Hold Drill
8 Line Drill
9 Down-the-Sideline Drill
Chapter 4 Punting Techniques
Reference Points and Coaching Phrases
Alignment Depth
The Punter's Stance
The Snap and Positioning of the Football
Vertical Ball-Drop Position for the Punt
The Ball Drop
Approach Steps
Foot-to-Ball Contact Position
The Height of Ball Contact
Leg Swing
Punt Finish
The Height and Distance of the Punt
Chapter 5 Situation Punting
Situation Punting Field Positions
The Punter and the Punt Team
Chapter 6 Practice Drills for Punters
10 Partner Ball Toss Drill
11 Down the Line Drill
12 Ball Drop Drill
13 Towel Drill
14 Partner Catch Drill
15 Hang-Time Drill
16 Through the Goalpost Drill
17 Out of the End Zone Drill
18 Leg Swing Drill
19 Cone to the Right Drill
20 Up the Field Drill
21 Approach Step Drill
22 Bad Snap Drill
Chapter 7 Training and Conditioning for Kickers and Punters
Developing Athletic Ability
Establishing a Training Regime