NKS is one of footballs most respected authorities on special teams skills. We have helped thousands placekickers, punters, and long snappers at every level.
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**** At the camps, players are in groups according to their age/skill for most camp activities.
* ELIGIBILITY - High School Seniors May Attend!
In accordance with the NCAA regulations, all players through and including seniors in high school are eligible to attend a summer kicking, punting, and long snapping camp.
Why Choose Us?
National Kicking Service kicking camps are focused and comprehensive in their scope providing the absolute best placekicking, punting, and long snapping instruction available today. It's one thing to grasp a mechanical principle, and another to have the ability to impart that knowledge to another in the most effective way. NKS staff are thoroughly trained in teaching methodology, motor learning, and sports psychology. Individuals learn in different ways and at their own rate, utilizing varying degrees of visual, kinesthetic, and auditory feedback. NKS staff are adept at personalizing their approach to each specialist they work with.
NKS camps are a complete education in the special teams skills. Our goal is to instill in each and every player the proven biomechanical techniques, training principles, focus, and mind set necessary to build confidence and perform in game situations. Individual attention is one of the NKS cornerstones whether you are a beginner, high school standout, or college star. The camp environment promotes an atmosphere where participants will feel comfortable interacting with coaches and players alike.
More and more we hear professional athletes speak about having fun and how it enhances their performance. We've always known that at NKS and that element is incorporated into everything we do. The camps are a blast. Most players develop lasting friendships within their skill. Remember, NKS camps are three days and two nights. The benefits of an overnight camp are enormous. If you can't stay overnight, you'll still benefit from the extended camp schedule.Camp Includes:
NKS overnight camps provide so much more for the player than a limited "day camp" format. The three days and two nights of camp include seven full field sessions, extra help sessions, lots of individual attention, at least two extensive video analysis sessions, sports biomechanics classroom work, meetings on all physical and mental training aspects specifically for kickers, punters, and long snappers, optional college recruitment process meeting and more.
The camps also offer a taste of collegiate life at some of the nations finest colleges and universities. The experience lends itself to more interaction with coaches and players alike and a special camaraderie within the special teams positions. The overnight camp will also save the hassle and expense of booking hotel rooms, the cost of restaurant meals or possible a long daily commute.
** Day campers will still benefit greatly from the extended sessions and meetings.
"I received one on one help from each member of the coaching staff! It far exceeded other camps I have been to. The program drastically improved my power, accuracy and confidence. Thanks."
A.J. Taucher (California)
"My second year. Thorough education in the biomechanics of kicking taught and demonstrated by a great and caring staff. Incredible experience. My confidence has grown. See you next year."
Justin DeMutiis (Florida)
"Great instruction and passionate coaches...one camp was not enough so we drove nine hours to McDaniel College. I wish I could go to all. It was a blast!"
Chris "Birdman" Bird (Massachusetts)
"My first year...counselors are so informative. Coach Muriaty is such a great guy and determined to make every camper a better and more confident kicker. Five stars!"
Daniel Rohrbaugh (North Carolina)
"Gene Muriaty's camps are proudly recommended by me for all levels and I frequently refer college players that have NFL potential to Gene. The teaching and camp structure are thoroughly professional and create an optimum atmosphere for learning."
Paul McCord (NFL Consultant)
"NKS continues to amaze me with it's excellent instruction. The outstanding staff is very supportive. The coaches truely care. NKS inspires and brings out the best in it's kickers."
Dr. Brian Cohen (NY, attended camps with son, Justin)
"Knowledgeable instructors... lots of positive feedback... a great confidence builder... many coaches for individual help. Overall great experience."
Chris Stretch (NC)
"This was a great camp! Learning on the field... videotape analysis sessions were excellent. The coaches are so perceptive and sincere. I'll be back next year."
Darci Hata (Hawaii)
Campers listen intently as Coach Muriaty speaks about the ability to focus on every kick.
Former All American Jason Feinberg (PENN) holds for Pittsburgh Steeler kicking great Jeff Reed.
Todd Jagoutz from the University of Maine
Todd was an All ECAC punter, Boston Sportswriters All New England selection punter, First Team All Atlantic 10 punter, and second Team placekicker. He holds all kicking and punting records at Maine.
Bob Baker and Walter Pihl have over 50 years combined experience coaching kickers.
Jared Davis - Temple University
Four Year Academic All American at Temple University. Jared hails from Rhode Island where he was a record setting All State kicker.
Former Florida State All American. Florida All State High School Kicker out of Jesuit High School in Tampa. Signed with the New York Jets after college and accomplished a rare feat. In training camp, he made every kick in practice and exhibition games. Every kick. Xavier also played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in NFL Europe, and in the Arena Football League.
The camp competitons are a blast.
Shown here is the McDaniel College punting competition. The playing surface is the next generation of artificial turf "field turf" which was installed by the Baltimore Ravens.
Does NKS work with straight on kickers?
You bet. Some of the top placekickers in the National Kicking Service program are straight on.
Is soccer style kicking superior?
Absolutely not. Lab and field tests prove the skills equal. The preference for each kicker is based mostly on body type and athletic experience. Here is Andy McTeague in 8th grade at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Camp. Andy went on to star at St. Johns Prep (Massachusetts).
The NKS staff and camp counselors are hard working and dedicated...
but they also know how to have fun. Shown here is our West Coast Staff from left to right: West Coast Director Jim Power, Jeff Ferrier-San Jose State, Ryan Slack-Idaho State, Coach Dana Roach-Saddleback College, Mike Hughes-San Diego State, Brian Borreson-Utah, and Rafael O'Campo-San Diego.
Girls attend NKS camps every year.
Some notables have been Darci Hata (Hawaii), Nicki Edelman (Pennsylvania), Stephanie Weiner (Penn State), and Heidi Garrett (California). Most well recognized may have been Tonya Butler (shown here), a Georgia Scholastic All State placekicker who gained national acclaim.
All levels of players attend NKS camps...
Beginners, youth league, high school and college All Americans, and aspiring professionals. For most activities campers are in groups according to their age/skill level. On the left is Max Shaw, age ten at the time, at the Stetson University camp in Florida. By the end of camp Max had hit a 35 yard field goal.
Players and staff enjoy "Pizza Night" while staying at the spacious McDaniel College apartment complex.
Long Snapping at NKS Camps
Long Snapping Specialist Coach Bobby Prichard works with snappers at the Monmouth University summer camp in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Long snappers are an integral part of the NKS camps.
Youth Division Campers
While NKS summer camps attract top high school and college players across the USA they are also appropriate for ages 10 and up. It's a huge advantage for these stars of tomorrow to be exposed to the basic sound principles of placekicking, punting, and long snapping. For most activities players are placed in their own age group. Shown here are youth division players at our Queens University of Charlotte camp.
NKS Staff Queens University of Charlotte Camp
Ken Hensley (Boone High School, Orlando), Ryan Dougherty (East Carolina University, Green Bay Packers, 07, 08), Jay Wooten (University of North Carolina), Jeff Reed (UNC, Pittsburgh Steelers), Chris Stretch (Charlotte Catholic High School, Appalachian State University). Not shown: Coach Muriaty.
NKS Staff Monmouth University Camp in New Jersey
Ryan Dougherty, Coach Jeff Dinnocenti, Kevin Quicker (North Carolina Wesleyan), Rob Long (Syracuse University), Ryan Cain (King's College - Pennsylvania), Coach Paul Schmidt, Coach Bobby Prichard, Steve Link (West Virginia Wesleyan).
Jeff Reed, Pittsburgh Steelers Great
Jeff exhibits his signature stance to campers. Jeff has been one of the few National Football League placekickers who employ a pure two step approach.