About Us

About Us

NFL Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud

Our History

Founded in 1971 by NFL Hall of Famer Benny Friedman, Midwest Kicking is the longest-running instructional program for special teams players in the country. Midwest Kicking has been recognized for its innovative approach during more than four decades. It was the first camp to create a program for long snappers, the first to utilize videotaping and the first to combine both the physical and mental elements in the teaching of special teams skills. Over the years techniques and strategies in the kicking game have evolved and Midwest Kicking has stayed at the forefront through its quality staff. From Jan Stenerud, the most decorated kicker in NFL history, to Nate Kaeding and Alex Henery, the staff is unmatched in its experience and expertise.

Nate and Alex                                       

Former NFL standouts Nate Kaeding and Alex Henery

Alex instruct

Camp Philosophy

The goal of Midwest Kicking is to help you reach your fullest potential. There is no rigid, single-minded way to approach these skills. Every athlete is different, and we want to cultivate and refine your style, so you can get the maximum from it. We want to help you eliminate bad habits that hamper your proficiency. Anybody can see whether a kick, punt or snap was good or not. The key is to know why and how you produced the result you did. If an athlete understands the fundamentals and biomechanics of a physical action, it is then possible to analyze what went wrong. Armed with this knowledge, you can correct the problem.

Achieving success depends upon natural ability to a degree, but ability can be greatly augmented by hard work. Mastering special teams skills requires dedicated practice to develop “muscle memory” that will result in your performance becoming automatic in a game.


“Practic
e with a purpose.”

Who Is Eligible To Attend?

Athletes of all skill levels and ability may participate in the two-day camps.  The camps are open to college, high school and middle school kickers, punters and centers.  The range is typically from 12 to 21 years of age.

At each camp, participants are placed in instructional groups by grade and experience, and the instruction and drills are tailored accordingly.

Why Attend?

The camps provide a productive learning environment with a 7:1 coach-to-athlete ratio.  A key portion of the practice time is devoted to overall execution with kickers teaming up with centers and holders to develop timing and consistency.  Punters work with long snappers to get accustomed to fielding the deep snap, handling the ball and getting the punt off quickly and in rhythm.

We provide you with drills to utilize when practicing on your own in the off-season and with your team during the season.  Also, we want to assist you in setting reasonable and clearly defined goals that you can measure.  Setting goals can inspire, motivate and improve performance.

“Excellence is never an accident.”

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Camp Records

Longest Field Goal–60 yards….Caleb Shudak, junior, Lewis Central High School, Council Bluffs, IA, 2014; and Caleb Nielsen, senior, Waverly High School, Waverly, NE, 2016

Longest Field Goal (youth division)–45 yards…Sam Smith, freshman, McCook High School, McCook, NE, 2013

Kickoff Distance (college division)–82 yards…Alden Haffar, sophomore, Iowa Central Community College, 2012

Kickoff Distance (high school division)–78 yards…Brett Maher, senior, Kearney High School, Kearney, NE, 2007

Kickoff Distance (youth division)–61 yards…Zach Shudak, freshman, Lewis Central High School, Council Bluffs, IA, 2016

Kickoff Hang Time (college division)–4.26 seconds…Alden Haffar, Iowa Central Community College, 2012

Kickoff Hang Time (high school division)–4.10 seconds…Cruiser Nichols, senior, Smithville High School, Smithville, MO, 2007

Kickoff Hang Time (youth division)–3.71 seconds…Wyatt Ford, freshman, Montague High School, Montague, MI, 2010

Punt Distance–65 yards…Ethan Renner, senior, Crete High School, Crete, NE, 2011

Punt Distance (youth division)–49 yards…Bryan McLaughlin, freshman, Elkhorn High School, Elkhorn, NE, 2010

Punt Hang Time–4.73 seconds…Kirby Van Der Kamp, senior, Valley High School, West Des Moines, IA, 2009

Punt Hang Time (youth division)–3.96 seconds…Spencer Gaddis, freshman, Prairie High School, Cedar Rapids, IA, 2010

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Colten Rastetter of the University of Iowa

 

2017 Camp Awards

Pre-Season Primer (July 29)

Skills Challenge winner…Luke Williams, senior, Southeast Polk High School, IA.  Runner-up….Collin Hushagen, senior, Johnston High School, IA.

Luke Williams of Southeast Polk High School

 

Iowa City, Iowa Camp (June 23-24)

Outstanding Performance…Kicking…Ben Conrad, junior, Xavier High School, Cedar Rapids, IA

Outstanding Performance…Punting…Kain Eagle, senior, Denver High School, Denver, IA

Most Improved Kicker…Slater Gifford, senior, West Burlington High School, West Burlington, IA

Most Improved Kicker (camp alumnus)…Austin Cochrane, enior, Linn Mar High school, Marion, IA

Most Improved Punter…John Watkinson, freshman, Burlington High School, Burlington, IA

Most Improved Punter (camp alumnus)…Zach Morrison, senior, Waukee High School, Urbandale, IA

Longest FG …Ben Conrad, junior, Xavier High School, Cedar Rapids, IA  (50 yards)

Longest FG (youth division)…Ben Trost, 8th grade, Blessed Maria Middle School, Waterloo, IA  (37 yards)

Punt Distance …Austin Cochrane, senior, Linn Mar High School, Marion, IA (41 yards)

Punt Distance (youth division)…Azariah Carron, freshman, Havana High School, Havana, IL  (27 yards)

Punt Hang Time … Alex Paulsrud, sophomore, Cherokee Washington High School, Cherokee, IA   (4.11 seconds)

Punt Hang Time (youth division)…Ben Trost, 8th grade, Blessed Maria Middle School, Waterloo, IA (3.40 seconds)

Kickoff Hang Time…Nathan De Bruin, junior, Pella Christian High School, Oskaloosa, IA (3.71 seconds)

Kickoff Hang Time (youth division)…Chase Matyszczyk, 8th grade, Kettle Moraine Middle School, Wales, WI (2.73 seconds)

Kickoff Distance … Austin Brinning, junior, Linn Mar High School, Cedar Rapids, IA  (63 yards)

Kickoff Distance (youth division)…Chase Matyszczyk, 8th grade, Kettle Moraine Middle School, Wales, WI  (42 yards)

Kickoff Accuracy…Jacob Schropp, senior, Williamsburg High School, Williamsburg, IA

Kickoff Accuracy (youth division)…Ben Trost, 8th grade, Blessed Maria Middle School, Waterloo, IA

Omaha, Nebraska Camp (June 29-30)

Outstanding Performance…Kicking…Zach Shudak, sophomore, Lewis Central High School, Council Bluffs, IA

Outstanding Performance…Punting…Cole Peterson, junior, Valley High School, West Des Moines, IA

Most Improved Kicker…Mack Boekhout, sophomore, Elkhorn High School, Elkhorn, NE

Most Improved Punter…Jaden Gettys, junior, Waverly High School, Waverly, NE

Longest FG…Cole Peterson, junior, Valley High School, West Des Moines, IA  (52 yards)

Longest FG (youth division)…Kelen Meyer, freshman, Ord High School, Ord, NE (42 yards)

Punt Distance …Cole Peterson, junior, Valley High School, West Des Moines, IA  (47 yards)

Punt Distance (youth division) …Kelen Meyer, freshman, Ord High School, Ord, NE (40 yards)

Punt Hang Time…Seth Little, freshman, Iowa Western Community College, Glenwood, IA  (3.75 seconds)

Punt Hang Time (youth division) …Noah Sauberan, freshman, Lincoln Christian High School, Lincoln, NE  (3.56 seconds)

Kickoff Distance…Seth Little, freshman, Iowa Western Community College, Glenwood, IA  (64 yards)

Kickoff Distance (youth division)…Josh Meyer, freshman, Newton High School, Newton, IA  (54 yards)

Kickoff Hang Time ..Justin Huffman, senior, Red Mountain High School, Mesa, AZ  (3.62 seconds)

Kickoff Hang Time (youth division)…Bronson Long, 8th grade, Gothenburg Middle School, Gothenburg, NE  (3.12 seconds)

News about Camp Participants and Staff

August 5, 2017….Camp alumnus and instructor Brett Maher is in his fourth season in the Canadian Football League.  In the first seven games with the Ottawa Redblacks, Brett has made 14 of 17 field goal attempts and averaged 46.7 yards  on 45 punts. The Kearney, NE native was an all-Big Ten performer for the University of Nebraska in 2012.

   Brett Maher, Ottawa Redblacks of the CFL