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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Top Tier All American Kicking Camp

Tom Feely (of FeelyAthletics) and Chris Husby (of Special Teams Football Academy) have teamed up to bring you the first annual Top Tier All American Tryout & Kicking Camp.  The Top Tier All American Camps will be held on July 7th & 8th in St Paul, MN and July 28th & 29th in Tampa, FL. 


This camp is open to Kickers, Punters, Long Snappers, and Punt & Kick Returners.  Our two camps will be 2 days of Instruction, Drill Work and Evaluation.

Our morning sessions will be player evaluations for Kickers, Punters, Long Snappers and Punt & Kick Returners.
Our afternoon sessions will include instruction, drill work, competition and great seminars.



The Evaluations are for High School Athletes, so interested College and Middle School Specialists should register for the Afternoon "Instruction Only" sections of the camp. 

More Camp Info: Here
Register Here: Top Tier: Register Now!

 
This will be a great camp and opportunity for you to showcase your abilities, but also improve individually for your upcoming season.


The Camp will be run by Tom Feely (Feely Athletics), Chris Husby (Special Teams Football Academy) & Mike Stock (ChampionshipSpecialTeams.com & Former 18 year NFL Special Teams Coach).  This camp will also include some of the area's best instructors.  It's a camp you won't want to miss!

Seminars will cover various aspects (From Industry Experts):  The College Recruiting Process, Fitness/Work out Training Tips, Nutrition/Hydration Tips, Video Classroom Work and much more.


All participants of our morning sessions will be run through the National Camp Series KIX charting system.  All participants will receive a bio and chart showing how you did on the NCS website.


Click here to find out more about National Camp Series.
Click here to read about the KIX Rating System

This camp is for specialists of ALL Skill Levels.  You don't have to be the BEST to attend.  Our highly trained staff will train even the Beginner & Intermediate level Kickers, Punters, Long Snappers and Returners.


Athletes that chart very well will have the opportunity to be listed on the  
Top Tier All American Watch List for Specialists.  There will be a Watch List for all 4 High School Classes: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.  If your child qualifies for the Watch List, we'll be highly promoting these students to colleges of all levels.  During the football season, we'll track game stats, and at the end of the year announce of Top Tier All American Finalists.  It's a great opportunity for collegiate exposure for High School Athletes.  Read more about our Philosophy.

How does one register: Top Tier: Register Now!

Camp Locations:
  • St Paul's camp will be held at The University of St Thomas.
  • Tampa's camp will be held at the Larry Sanders Sports Complex in Progress Village, a suburb of Tampa, Florida.
Mike Stock will also be running a Coaches Clinic on Special Teams for any interested Football Coaches or Parents that want to learn more about Special Teams.

If you have any questions please contact us at CoachHusby@gmail.com or call 651-353-2660 or Tom@FeelyAthletics.com or call 813-205-5008


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ordering A Vinyl Sports Banner

With running a business like Special Teams Football Academy, there are always products that you have to buy to replace or upgrade.  I had a great experience with this one company that I thought I'd give a "Shout out" to and recommend them to others if you are ever in need of a vinyl Sports Banner Sign.

I had a number of kicking camps coming up and was looking for a quality banner I could purchase that I could hang out at the entrance of my camps.  I came across "Banners on the Cheap" and "Signs on the Cheap" and found this company to have some quality product options.  I was able to customize pretty easily the look of the sign I wanted to have, and the rates were very reasonable.  

I had to talk to someone in customer service and it was easy to communicate my questions with them and they were pretty quick to respond back to my email inquires.  They even helped expedite my order to allow me to receive my Sign in time for my camp.

Here is a picture of how my banners turned out.





Here is a quick link to see this companies products.


Cheap Bandit Signs
Custom Car Magnets


If you have any questions about my experiences please contact me.


-Coach Husby

Monday, June 11, 2012

5 Things To Do This Summer In College Recruiting

In this video, Coach Randy Taylor & Bob Chmiel of NCSA discuss the "5 Things To Do This Summer In Recruiting."  Various topic cover Academics and Grades, Weight Training, Taking Unofficial Visits, Camps & Combines, and How to Effectively Communicate with a Coach over the summer.

It's an 11 minute video but worth every minute to watch.  Please share this with your parents and student athletes.


I've had experience in the past training athletes that were very exceptional, but their GPA or ACT weren't as high and it effected their opportunities to be recruited.  The last thing you want to effect your recruiting opportunities is something that you can control and it being your academics.  It can be frustrating for YOU the athlete, your parents as well as your kicking coach trying to get your name out there.  This video is very informational in helping you learn what you should be doing with your time in the summer to prepare for college.

To Discuss these 5 points further, please contact me at 651-353-2660 or CoachHusby@gmail.com or NCSA directly.



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What should I be doing this summer to help my recruiting?

Here is a great Video with Coach Randy Taylor from NCSA discussing the steps you can take over the summer to get your name in front of college football coaches.

It's a great short video giving you tips on summer football recruitment.

Take a look and I hope you are able to learn a few things.  Feel free to share your thoughts below.

Train hard this summer and have no regrets entering your fall football season.


For more information about summer recruitment steps, or if I can help in anyway, please contact me at 651-353-2660 or CoachHusby@gmail.com or NCSA directly.


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Summer Prep Instructional Kicking Camp- June 23


Instructional Kicking Camp

On June 23rd Coach Chris Husby and  Special Teams Football Academy will be running a kicking camp for Kickers, Punters and Long Snappers at Benilde St Margaret's High School.  It will be a Summer Prep camp where we will focus on technique, mechanics and drill work for beginners and advanced kickers, punters and snappers.  We'll train & provide your specialist with drills to work on over the summer.  We'll have on the spot video analysis to show the specialist what they are doing.   There will be competition for awards (Head to Head competition & Game Scenario). The goal is to get your specialist better and in rhythm for the summer.   Camp is open to athletes of all levels (Middle School, High School, and College). 

We’ll give instruction on Field Goals, Kickoffs, Punting, Long Snapping and even instruction on Holding (for Field Goals).



Camp Director: Chris Husby of Special Teams Football Academy
Date: Saturday June 23, 2012
Hours: 10 AM- 2 PM (4 Hours)
Check in: 9:30 AM
Final Week Promotional Rate: $100 - Kickers & Punters & $70 for Snappers
Dry Fit Shirts for all camp Attendees

Camp Location:
Benilde St Margaret's High School.
2501 Highway 100 South
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
Register: Here


It will be a 4 hour camp working with our team of instructors.  All instructors are former kickers, punters, & snappers who have competed at the highest level of Football as an NFL kicker/punter, Free Agent, Division 1 athlete or Minor League Football player.  Our goal is to give your athlete the best possible instruction that we received at the highest level of football we played at.


Coaches in Attendance:
Coach Chris Husby
Coach Jordan Wettstein
Coach Ryan Coleman
and more...

To meet our Coaching Staff, click here.



For more information about this camp please contact Coach Husby at 651-353-2660 or CoachHusby@gmail.com

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Friday, June 8, 2012

2012 College Specialist Camps- Kicking, Punting, and Snapping Camps

Here are a list of most of the prominent College Specialists Camps coming up for the summer of 2012. (We don't have every school).  **If you know of another camp that we don't have listed, please post below and I'll update the list

***MOST OF THE SCHOOLS HERE ARE LOOKING FOR A KICKER, PUNTER, AND LONG SNAPPER***

All camps are available to any specialist (of almost every grade level 9th-12th) that would like to showcase their abilities and get noticed by the college’s coaching staff.

 

June

Texas A&M - June 3rd
http://www.aggieathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=27300&SPSID=632660&SPID=93232&ATCLID=205238449


University of Louisville - June 9-10th
http://www.uoflsports.com/camps/lou-camps-m-footbl.html


Texas Tech- June 9th
http://www.tubervillefootballcamps.com/


Georgia Tech- June 9th
http://www.ramblinwreck.com/camps/football-camps.html


University of Nebraska- June 10-11th
www.huskers.com


Utah University- June 11th
http://www.utahfootballcamp.com/


Ohio State University - June 12-13rd
http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/camps/m-footbl-camp-summer.html


University of North Carolina- June 13rd
http://www.danornerkicking.com/Camps.html


Oklahoma State- June 13rd
http://www.coachgundy.com/camps.html


Iowa State- June 13rd
http://www.iowastatefootballcamps.com/index.cfm


Appalachian State- June 14 & 15th
http://www.danornerkicking.com/Camps.html


University of Minnesota- June 15th
http://www.camppros.com/register/detail_new.aspx?ListingId=2029&OrgId=124


Clemson- June 15th
http://www.daboswinneyfootballcamp.com/Default.asp?ID=234&pg=Kicking+Academy


Wildcat Kicking Camp - Kentucky- June 8th and June 15th
High School Seniors To-Be ONLY; Two Sessions:
http://www.ukathletics.com/camps/


Rice University- June 16th
http://www.riceowls.com/camps/rice-camps.html


University of Florida- June 17-19th
http://www.gatorzone.com/camps/?id=140


University of Maryland- June 18th
http://www.danornerkicking.com/Camps.html


University of Wisconsin- Madison- June 21th
http://www.uwbadgers.com/camps/camp-football.html


Tulane- June 21st
http://www.tulanegreenwave.com/camps/tul-camps.html

Rutgers- June 28th
http://scarletknights.com/football/camp/ 

July

University of North Dakota- July 13-15th & July 21st
http://www.fightingsioux.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=13500&ATCLID=204781192


Chuck Priore Football Camp at Stony Brook University - July 14-15th
http://www.goseawolves.org/camps/ston-10-football-camp.html


Baylor- July 18th
http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/camps.html


University of Texas at San Antonio- July 19th
http://www.goutsa.com/evt/Event.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=13100&_MODE_=CHOOSE_EVENT&FRM_EVT_EVENT_ID=83297


University of Virgina- July 20-22nd
http://www.danornerkicking.com/Camps.html


Ole Miss - July 20th
http://www.olemisssports.com/camps/ole-camps.html


Louisiana Tech on July 27th
http://www.latechsports.com/camps/latc-footbl-camps.html


Western Kentucky Kicking Camp - July 28th...Looking to scholarship a Kicker & Punter!
http://wkufootballcamps.com/


University of San Diego- July 28th
http://www.usdcamps.com/Camps/Football.htm

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From everyone here at Special Teams Football Academy, we'd like to wish Good Luck to everyone that attends these camps.  Stay Focused and do your best!




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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

High School Kicker Recruiting Experience & Advice

I found this great article on MaxPreps.com about Kickers and the Recruiting process and their experiences.  It is a few months old, but there are some great recruiting tips from a kicker going through the recruitment process.

You can read the article here, or below:
http://www.maxpreps.com/m/article.aspx?articleid=dbdaa559-777b-40ce-8b02-ecd6884e7f8b

High school kickers are earning keep, signing on dotted line

By: Mitch Stephens Feb 14, 2012
Garland (Texas) kicker Josh Lambert lined it all up and felt the weight of the world on his shoulders. This was overtime.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior focused keenly, pored through the paperwork one more time, grabbed a pen and split the dotted line perfectly with a clear and legible signature.

He is bound to be a West Virginia Mountaineer.

Lambert was one of the last kickers in the country to sign a letter of intent last Thursday. Most of the rest inked theirs on National Signing Day, Feb. 1.

There will be a whole slew of kickers from 2012 likely signing sometime - anytime - over the next year or two.

The recruiting process for them is different than that for the mainstream athletes – the quarterbacks, running backs and linemen – or as they are called around the locker room, the real players. Kickers and punters are simply specialists, pinch-hitters, designated free throw shooters.

"I've heard that my whole career," said Colby Cooke, a senior kicker from Goochland (Va.) who has secured a scholarship to Vanderbilt. "You have to block all that out. We're a part of the team like everyone else."

Try telling that to recruiters and college coaches. Most of them string along these impassioned young lads, promising them an offer is on the horizon, which more times than not turns out to be a preferred walk-on spot proposal.

"They want to see what you can do under pressure," said David Smith, whose son Jon David Smith from Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) signed a 66-percent offer from NAIA school Southern Oregon. "Unless you're a Top 10 kid in the nation, most schools are going to rely on walks-ons."

That might be changing. More kids than ever are getting full and partial rides straight out of high school.

From the Class of 2012, 45 letters of intent have been signed by kickers or punters from the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision programs. Those include two signees each to Florida State, Purdue, Georgia, Washington and TCU.

That means one out of three Division I programs are committing to kickers early and not asking them to walk-on.

That, in part, appears to be due to more specialty camps and coaching so recruiters feel confident they're getting a polished product, a more sure bet. Then again, judging by all the last-second chip-shot misses in high-profile games at every level, nothing is a sure thing in the land of kicking.

Never has been and probably never will be.


Good advice

In the recruiting process, that will always put the kickers on unfair footing, so to speak.

"It's really a hard process," Cooke said. "You get told that you're going to get offers by college recruiters, but then it doesn't happen. You just got to keep working hard. Something will break."

Cooke, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior, made the under-19 USA team that just played in the 2012 International Bowl on National Signing Day in Austin, Texas. He was fifth in the country with 17 field goals in 21 attempts in 2011 with a long of 51 yards. Remarkably, a second kicker from Goochland earned a scholarship in punter Thomas Meadows, who signed at Purdue.

Cooke said his big break came at a Vanderbilt camp.

"I just killed the workout," he said. "The next day they offered me and I jumped on it."

Shortly after accepting, more offers came in, including Virginia Tech, the school that originally asked him  to walk-on. Virginia and Richmond were also in the mix. Making his decision more complicated was that Vanderbilt already has two kickers on scholarship, thus coaches asked Cooke to grayshirt. That means he won't enroll onto the Nashville, Tenn., campus until spring of 2013.

No problem, Cooke said.

"I just felt loved there," he said. "I love the head coach, all the coaches, the school, everything."

Picking the school and education – more so than just football – is vital, especially for kickers, said Marist (Atlanta) senior Austin Hardin, who has signed to the University of Florida. In a tremendous series offered by kickology.com, college-bound kickers throughout the country offered advice for high-level high school specialists.

"If you had a career-ending injury you first year, would you still love your college?" Hardin wrote. "Make sure it's a place you love and want to earn a degree from."

Other advice offered on the site:

"My kicking coach told me to remember to look out for yourself," said Texas-bound Nick Jordan, from Coppell (Texas). "The college coaches don't care about me, just about me playing for them, so I need to remember to make decisions for my own good."

Illinois-bound Ryan Frain, of Scecina Memorial (Indianapolis), said don't expect college coaches to show up at your game and make an offer. He said he spent hours on the computer to make contact with coaches and recruiters.

"Do everything in your power to get your name in front of coaches," he wrote. "You just never know what's going to fall through."

Frain also wrote: "Enjoy every second of it. It truly is an exciting process that not a lot of athletes experience."

Connecticut-bound Bobby Puyol, of Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), put it this way.

"Go to where you are celebrated, not tolerated."


Late bloomer

All the good advice in the world won't help unless you act swiftly, Smith said. His son fell into the recruiting game very late, but jumped in head and feet first. It helped that Jon David Smith had some natural talent.

As a sophomore, Jon David, who had played youth soccer for 10 years, was messing around on the football field and almost by accident kicked a 60-yard field goal. Word got back to the football coach, and well, a football star was born – by kicking standards anyway.

He transitioned quickly into the game and booted seven field goals as a junior and 44 PATs, tying three school records. Dave helped his son get serious into the kicking process and helped him get training through nationally known Chris Sailer.

"It's not only about the training and instruction, but getting to camps," Dave Smith said.

Jon David attended a couple national events in Las Vegas and worked hard in the weight room to build his leg strength on top of his 5-11, 180-pound frame. That helped him add 10 to 15 yards to his kickoffs.

Despite that, and a terrific senior season – he kicked seven more field goals, 40 PATS, had 44 touchbacks in 62 kickoff attempts with a long of 74 yards – he was too late to garner any Division I looks, his dad said.

"You need to get going by your sophomore season," David Smith said.

That said, Jon David, with offers from Sacramento State and Butler and interest from Humboldt State, took the offer from Southern Oregon.

"Everything all worked out for the best," David Smith said. "All the process was worth it."

* * *

There are some great online resources for kickers recommended by Coach Husby.

Among them: NationalCampSeries.com (thorough rating service of kickers, punters and long snappers), MinnesotaPreps.com/Rivals.com (Great information about High School Athlete's and recruiting), kicking.com (superb expert blog and news section) and kickology.com (the study of all things kicker related).

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