2017 Chris Sailer Kicking Spring Camps Announced!

The 2017 Chris Sailer Kicking Spring Camp Schedule is now up!  You can register on ChrisSailerKicking.com.  Here are a few important things to know.

1. For ONE week only, we are offering a combo package.  Take advantage of this opportunity.

1-Day Spring Camp + Vegas XXXII ($725)

2. All 1 Day camps and Vegas XXXII have early registration deadlines.  I highly recommend registering early to save on the cost of camp, save on the cost of travel and assure that you get a spot (majority of Chris Sailer Kicking Camps SELL OUT).

3. Read THIS BLOG for a description of Chris Sailer Kicking Camps!

4. Spring is one of the most important times of the year.  Many choose to take this time off and focus on other things.  See this an your opportunity to pass them.  Hard work pays off with big rewards!

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5 October Recruiting Tips For All Kickers/Punters

Freshman

1. Enjoy getting used to high school.

2. Attend private, group and virtual lessons. Perfect your technique.

3. Attend a 1-Day Chris Sailer Kicking Fall Camp in your area.

4. Sign up for Vegas XXXI, the experience will pay off tenfold.

5. Breathe, relax and understand that your simply learning how to one day be recruited.

Sophomores:

1. Enjoy your sophomore season. It won’t be long and you will be an upperclassmen.

2. Attend private, group and virtual lessons. Perfect your technique.

3. Attend a 1-Day Chris Sailer Kicking Fall Camp in your area.

4. Sign up for Vegas XXXI, the experience will pay off tenfold.

5. Breathe, relax and understand that your simply learning how to one day be recruited.

Juniors:

1. Dominate the remaining part of your junior season. It doesn’t matter if you are having a great season to date, or currently struggling for one reason or another. Stay focused or regather your focus and put your best foot forward from here are on out. Yes, college coaches are watching.

2. Take unofficial visits. Get on campus. Get your name and face in front of college coaches. Take trips to D1, D2, D3, NAIA, JC programs. Take trips to the east, the west, the south, the north. Be realistic with your choices and it will pay off. Genuine interest during the season is worth way more than mass emails. Call the football office and speak with a secretary to set up unofficial visits. Simply say that you are a recruit. It is VERY smart to plan these trips on a weekend when Chris Sailer Kicking is in town (see tip #4). Attend the game on Saturday. Attend the Chris Sailer Kicking camp on Sunday.

3. Attend private, group and virtual lessons. Perfect your technique. Don’t ever think that you are to old or experienced to get better. Believe me, you will get a major wake up call once you step foot on college campus. Dominate through perfecting your technique.

4. Attend 1-Day Chris Sailer Kicking Fall Camps across the country. Exposure is necessary. Attend in your region, but also attend outside of your region (see tip #2). If you want to play college football, you have to put in the effort.

5. Sign up for Vegas XXXI. It is finally your time to compete for TOP 12. Who has made TOP 12 before you? Here are a few names: Justin Tucker (Ravens), Blair Walsh (Seahawks), Ryan Succop (Titans), Dan Bailey (Cowboys), Bryan Anger (Buccaneers), Jeff Locke (Lions), Brad Nortman (Jaguars), Bradley Pinion (49ers), Colton Schmidt (Bills), Ryan Allen (Patriots), Tress Way (Redskins), Cody Parkey (Dolphins), Kai Forbath (Vikings), Ka’imi Fairbairn (Texans), Drew Kaser (Chargers), Randy Bullock (Bengals), Dustin Hopkins (Redskins)…. just to name a few. And it goes well beyond making TOP 12. The experience, the connections, the friendships, the exposure, etc. There will never be a camp more important than this.

Seniors:

1. Dominate the remaining part of your senior season. It doesn’t matter if you are having a great season to date, or currently struggling for one reason or another. Stay focused or regather your focus and put your best foot forward from here are on out. College coaches are watching very closely and beginning to make choices.

2. Take unofficial visits. Get on campus. Get your name and face in front of college coaches. Take trips to D1, D2, D3, NAIA, JC programs. Take trips to the east, the west, the south, the north. Be realistic with your choices and it will pay off. Genuine interest during the season is worth way more than mass emails. Call the football office and speak with a secretary to set up unofficial visits. Simply say that you are a recruit. It is VERY smart to plan these trips on a weekend when Chris Sailer Kicking is in town (see tip #4). Attend the game on Saturday. Attend the Chris Sailer Kicking camp on Sunday.

3. Attend private, group and virtual lessons. Perfect your technique. Don’t ever think that you are to old or experienced to get better. Believe me, you will get a major wake up call once you step foot on college campus. Dominate through perfecting your technique.

4. Attend 1-Day Chris Sailer Kicking Fall Camps across the country. Exposure is necessary. Attend in your region, but also attend outside of your region (see tip #2). If you want to play college football, you have to put in the effort.

5. Sign up for Vegas XXXI. This event was created in 2003 specifically for the senior class. There is a reason why the camp is in January. This is still the most important time in recruiting for the senior class. National Letter of Intent signing day is in early February. Over 95% of the senior class is NOT committed and have not received any sort of college offer. Breathe, relax and get your mind focused on getting the exposure necessary at the most important time of your career. Every college coach in America will be waiting on these results. Scholarships and preferred walk on opportunities will be decided in Las Vegas.

*** Note to those lucky few that are committed (Yes, I am talking to the TOP 12 from last year). The NFL Stars listed in tip #5 for juniors all attended this event as seniors as well. They didn’t rest. They continued to be hungry and dominate. That is why they are stars. The list of  TOP 12 K/P’s that decided to rest because they were already committed is much longer. And close to 0% of them made it to the NFL.

For more information, visit ChrisSailerKicking.com

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Which Camps Should I Attend?

I get asked hundreds of questions per day.  I post to social media and write blogs to make finding answers to these questions easier.  Perhaps the most common question that we get asked is…. “Which camps should I attend?”  

I can understand why this question comes up so often.  There are so many options out there that it can become confusing.   After 17 years in the business, I know the value of great instruction, the value of education, and perhaps most importantly, the value of exposure.  I make choices each year to offer our clients the best possible options to achieve success.  Chris Sailer Kicking remains #1 in the business for that reason.  High school coaches, college coaches and NFL coaches trust in Chris Sailer Kicking.  The proof is in the results.

Las Vegas, TOP 12, US Army All-America Bowl, Underclassman Invitational, Fall / Spring / Summer 1-Day Regional Camps, FBU Youth All-American Games, Australian Scout Camps, College Training Camp & NFL Training Camps, NFL Combines, College Camps.  Many have tried to copy the model that Chris Sailer Kicking has created, but there is a reason why we are #1 in the World.  Experience, real relationships with everyone that matters in this business & the best instruction available across the world.  If you want to make it as a kicker or punter Welcome to Chris Sailer Kicking.

You have asked the question, here is the best answer we can give you.

Question: “Which camps should I attend?

Answer:

January
Las Vegas Prep Camp (One week prior to Vegas Event in Los Angeles)
Las Vegas – Annual National Kicking & Snapping Event

February – April
1-Day Spring Regional Camps (CA, TX, IL, NC, GA, NJ, AZ, WA)

May
Las Vegas Prep Camp (One week prior to Vegas Event in Los Angeles)
Las Vegas – Annual Spring National Kicking & Snapping Event

June – July
1-Day Summer Regional Camps (CA, TX, IL, NC, GA, NJ, AZ, WA)
Underclassmen Invitational (Tampa, FL).
TOP GUN Invitation Only Camp (SC)
*** Sophomores attend 1 College Camps for experience
*** Juniors attend 3-5 College Camps. These are tryouts.

Every camp has SOLD OUT for the past 12 years.  Register early.

August
Season

September – December
1-Day Fall Camps Regional Camps (CA, TX, IL, NC, GA, NJ, AZ, WA)

Description of Camps:
1-Day Fall, Spring & Summer Regional Camps: These are a 1-Day Camps. Camp includes instruction, video analysis, competition, evaluations and rankings.  These are our most popular all around camps. Camps run from 8:30 – 5:00. Registration is open to ALL. Registrations are excepted on a first come, first serve basis.  There is great value for all age and skill levels.

Las Vegas Prep Camps: These are a 1-Day Camps.  These camps are designed to help prepare for Las Vegas.  You DO NOT have to attend the Vegas Events to attend these camps.  They are a great experience either way.  Camp includes instruction, competition and national rankings.  Camps run from 8:30 – 5:00. Registration is open to ALL. Registrations are excepted on a first come, first serve basis.  There is great value for all age and skill levels.

Las Vegas Events: These are a 2-Day Camps. Both January & May are set up exactly the same way.  Both are equally important.  If you want to be the best, attend both.  These are THE MOST IMPORTANT camps of the year.  Camp includes instruction, competition, evaluations and rankings.  The TOP 12 Web Series (beginning in 2017) will capture and offer the ultimate exposure. These are NOT camps you need to be invited to.  They provide great experience for all specialists.
Arrive Friday.  January Event ends at 6:00 PM on Sunday.  May Event ends at 4:00 PM on Sunday.  Open to 8th Graders, Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Junior College and 4-Year Transfers.   The TOP 12 will be selected from both events.

Underclassmen Invitational Camp: This is a 2-Day Camp.  Open to Sophomores, Freshman, 8th Graders, 7th Graders and sometimes 6th Graders.  This camp is designed for both the specialists & THEIR PARENTS.  Camp time is spent equally on the filed and in the classroom.  This camp will educate you for years to come from A-Z when it comes to the world of kicking and punting. Camp includes instruction, competition, classroom seminars, evaluation and rankings.  This is an Invite Only camp.  You will receive an invitation directly from Chris Sailer.  Camp is held in Tampa, FL.

The TOP 12 Camp: This is a 2-Day Camp.  This is an Invite Only Camp.  The only way to get invited to this camp is to attend the Las Vegas Events.  January =  20 Kickers/Punters will be selected. May = 20 additional Kickers/Punters will be selected.  This camp is the best of the best.  There is no other camp like this one.  The TOP 12 will be selected on site during camp.  The TOP 12 will covered by the TOP 12 Web Series (think American Idol meets Hard Knocks).  This should be your #1 goal!  Camp is held in Tampa, FL.

College Camps: These are 1-Day Camps.  These camps are run by the Universities and University coaching staffs.  These camps should be seen as tryouts.  This is your opportunity to be seen by the particular colleges that you select. Camp includes instruction and competition. Register for these camps through the University.

FBU TOP GUN:  This is a 2-Day Camp.  You must be invited by Chris Sailer. To be invited is a serious honor.   The specialists for the US Army All-America Bowl and FBU Youth All-American Bowls will be selected at this camp.  Chris Sailer Kicking is an official partner of FBU, The US Army All-America Bowl & The FBU Youth All-America Bowls.  Camps include: Exposure through FBU, the opportunity to be considered for the US Army All-America Bowl & FBU All-America Games, instruction, video analysis, evaluation and rankings.  You register for these camps by calling FBU directly.

Notes:
I recommend attending the TOP GUN Camp every year. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl & FBU Youth All-American Bowl participants are selected by me at this camp.
When prioritizing camps, Vegas Events should always come first.
All camps offer instruction, competition, evaluation and national rankings.
Highlight videos are available at the 1-Day Regional Camps, Las Vegas Events and Invite Camps.
Every camp has SOLD OUT for the past 12 years.  Register early.
Chris Sailer will no longer run college camps as the NCAA has passed a rule no longer allowing any non university employee to serve as instructors at these camps.

This might seem like we are asking a lot of you.  You are right, we are.  An opportunity to play college football or perhaps in the NFL is HUGE.  We will give you that opportunity.  The harder you work, the more time you invest, the reality of reaching your goals will come true.  It is very competitive out there.  Those who work the hardest and understand the process stay one step ahead of the game.  See you at a Chris Sailer Kicking camp soon!

 

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2013 TX Nike Spring Camp Recap

2013 Chris Sailer Kicking TX Nike Spring Camp Recap

Chris Sailer Kicking made its second stop on the Nike Spring Camp Tour in Dallas, TX this past weekend.  Every time we head to Texas, I expect to see as much, if not more talent than anywhere in the country.  As always, specialists traveled in from all over the nation to compete at the highest level.  Take a look at the champions and overall standouts.

Camp Champion
Hunter Morrow (2014 TX): Hunter put on a dominating performance on this day.  He won two of the four major competitions and continued to take care of business in the Finals Round.  He hit multiple 50 plus yard field goals off the ground under intense pressure.  He also won the kickoff competition by hitting a wind aided 83 yard kickoff.  Hunter is proving time and time again that he is worthy of a D1 College Scholarship Offer.

Field Goal Champion
Austin McGehee (2014 AR): Austin had an impressive all around day.  His field goals, kickoffs and punts were all solid.  He won the field goal competition by hitting a 55 yard field goal off the ground.  Austin is proving he is a top player in his class.

Punt Champion
Manuel Meza (2014 JC CA):  Meza was once again the best punter at the camp. Coming off his punt championship last weekend in Los Angeles, he was easily able to win back to back.  Manuel consistently hits 45 plus yard punts, with 4.5 plus second hang times.  He will be one of the very best Junior College Punters in the nation next year without a doubt.

2014 Standouts
Mick Ellis (TX): Mick is simply an outstanding kicker.  The 2-Time Chris Sailer “TOP 12” Member is always on his game.  He is one of the best pure field goal kickers off the ground.  Mick connected from 60 yards on this day.  Kickoffs were also big as he was able to knock a wind aided kick through the uprights from the 35 yard line.  Mick is without a doubt a scholarship level player.

Cameron Gamble (TX):  Cameron is as talented as any kicker in the nation.  He has a huge leg and hits a big time ball.  Cameron always competes at the highest level.  On this day he was by far the most impressive on kickoffs, hitting a wind aided 85 yard, 3.85 second kick.

Yanni Routsas (TX):  Yanni has all the tools to be one of the very best.  A big, tall, strong athlete that shows great potential both as a kicker and punter.  Look for Yanni to have a big spring and summer impressing college coaches nation wide.

Other 2014 Future Stars:  Eric Piccione, Grant Goebel and Kyle Pfau.

2015 Standouts
Andrew Galitz: Andrew had a coming out party in Dallas.  He was solid on field goals, kickoffs and punts.  He has a bright future with continued hard work.

Connor Crow: Crow had one of the strongest overall legs at the camp.  The young kicker showed outstanding potential on field goals and kickoffs.  I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Connor.

Other 2015 Future Stars:  Adam LaManque, Brooks Ralph, Collin Stack, Jon Coppens, Joshua Williams, Luke Beasley, and Ryan Rodriguez.

Chris Sailer Kicking will next visit Chicago IL, Charlotte NC, Atlanta GA and Los Angeles CA before wrapping Spring up with the 11th Annual National Kicking Spring Event in Las Vegas May 4-5.  For more stats, rankings, and information visit www.ChrisSailerKicking.com

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The Value of 1 on 1 Coaching

While practicing with the team is a great way to improve a player’s overall football abilities and helps create a solid base of teamwork, there are certain skills that are hard to master when working in a team situation. Some of the most notable examples of this are kicking and punting. In a normal practice situation, the Kicker does not get the opportunity to utilize these skills as often as is necessary to develop them to their fullest. Additionally, many great football coaches do not have the knowledge necessary to bring out the best in a Kicker or Punter. Because of this, finding 1 on 1 coaching for kicking and punting is essential—to help a player reach his potential.

A professional kicking instructor and kicking camps prove to be the best way to teach this important skill. The best in the business is Chris Sailer Kicking. In addition to providing the coaching necessary to develop the player and bring out the best, Chris Sailer Kicking is THE SOURCE for college recruiting and exposure as well—offering a wellounded package of benefits to up and coming Kickers and Punters of all skill levels.

Stay tuned for updates from our National Events this week in Las Vegas:

 

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Semper Fi All American Bowl Kickers and Punters chosen by Chris Sailer Kicking

Look for the 4 Kickers and Punters chosen by Chris Sailer Kicking in tonight’s Semper Fi All American Bowl. The game is nationally televised on the NFL Network and kickoff is tonight at 6pm PST at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

The 4 nationally ranked kickers and punters include:

Punters – Jimmy Hutchinson (Auburn Commit) Andrew Antognoli (Harvard Commit)

Kickers – Michael Geiger (Michigan State Commit)  and Matt Anderson (CAL Commit)

Click Here for more information on tonight’s game. Congratulations to these 4 fine young men!

Andrew Antognoli (Harvard Commit)

Jimmy Hutchinson (Auburn Commit)

Matt Anderson (CAL Commit)

Michael Geiger (Michigan State Commit)

 

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College Camps – Part 2

College Camps – Part 2

It is that time of year again.  College Camps begin this weekend.  I wrote a blog on what to expect last year at College Camps.  Before reading this, make sure to go back and read my blog on COLLEGE CAMPS.

This blog will focus on exactly what to do before, during, and after a college camp.

Before
1. Be realistic when it comes to which camps to attend.  If you want to attend these camps simply to enjoy being on a college campus, that is fine, but there is no reason to read this blog any further.  Make no mistake about it, these camps are tryouts for that school.  If you are not a prospect at that level, you will NOT be looked at.  Advice: If you have been ranked a 4.5 Star Chris Sailer Kicking player or higher, the D1A camps are for you.  If you have been ranked a 3.5 Star Chris Sailer Kicking player or higher, the D1AA – D3 camps are for you.

2. Contact the Special Teams Coach AND Recruiting Coordinator about 2-3 weeks before attending.  Do so via email and phone call.  The odds of them answering your phone call are slim, but call and leave a message anyway.  The intent of the call and email is to inform them that you will be attending their camp and expressing your interest in the program.  The more they hear your name and intentions, the better.  Feel free to include in your email: general info, GPA, Test Scores, References (Chris Sailer – 818-209-8921) & YouTube Highlight Video Link.

3. Set up an unofficial visit a week, two days or even a day prior to camp.  Make a trip of it.  You can do so by calling the football office.  You will get to see the campus, meet with academic counselors, see football facilities, and possibly even meet with a football coach.  This is HUGE.  Not only will you see if the school is a fit for you, but you are showing your strong interest, and making your name known to the program.

During
1. Find a good time to say hello to the Special Team Coach and / or any coach that you met on your unofficial visit.  Simply introduce or reintroduce yourself and tell them how excited you are to be there and show them what you can do.  Make sure to find the right time.  There is a right time.  This should be you and you alone, not your parents or coach.

2. Be ready to kick / punt many balls.  There will be a lot of kids at these camps.  It is not easy to get noticed.  Watch your reps and kick / punt when the time is right.  Quality over Quantity.  If you are someone they are looking at / recruiting, believe me when I say that they will see every kick that you hit.  There are eyes everywhere (even the sky).

3. Great programs will be watching your attitude and character more than your actual performance with a football.  What do you do when you shank a ball?  Who are you hanging out with? How do you warm up? What do you do when you win a competition?  What do you do when you lose a competition?  Which kicks are you choosing to kick / not kick?  How are reacting to coaching?  Are you paying attention at the meetings?  What are you doing at lunch time?  This list goes on and on and on.  If the answer is negative to any one of these questions, the guy next to you got the scholarship.

4. No matter what happens, stay positive.  You will get your chance.  Yes, there may be bigger names than yours coming into camp, but that doesn’t mean that they will be the bigger name leaving the camp.  Whether you think they are looking or not, you will get the chance to chart and compete in competitions.  Simple: STEP UP and you will get noticed.

5. Fine the right time to say goodbye and thank you to the staff, especially the Special Teams Coach, any other University Coach, and the Kicking/Punting Coach.  They are watching and still recruiting. It is easy.  Shake their hand, and say, “Thanks again coach for the opportunity to attend the camp.  My name is …… and I really enjoyed the camp and love the school”.

After
1. Follow up.  Wait a week or two and follow up with an email and phone call.  This is a chance to once again express your interest in the school, ask for an evaluation of your performance, and let them know that you would enjoy staying in touch and coming to a game in the Fall.

2. At the end of summer, call / email again and let them know how your summer went.  Also let them know that you would like to be added to their recruit list for the upcoming season so that you can attend the games.  Let them know that they are on your very short list of schools.

Good Luck!

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