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.

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Former NFL standouts Nate Kaeding and Alex Henery

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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
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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

 

2016 Camp Awards

Pre-Season Primer (August 6)

Skills Challenge winner…Cole Hahn, senior, Valley High School, West Des Moines (IA); runner-up…Caleb Nielsen, senior, Waverly High School, Waverly (NE).

Iowa City, Iowa Camp (June 22-23)

Outstanding Performance…Kicking…Luke Williams, senior, Southeast Polk High School, Altoona, IA

Outstanding Performance…Punting…Chase Rath, senior, Highland High School, Riverside, IA

Most Improved Kicker…Zach Morrison, junior, Waukee High School, Urbandale, IA and Blake Harris, junior, Dubuque Senior High School, Dubuque, IA

Most Improved Punter…Jackson Lage, senior, Dike-New Hartford High School, Dike, IA

Longest FG …Austin Cochrane, junior, Linn Mar High School, Marion, IA  (52 yards)

Longest FG (youth division)…Ben Trost, 7th grade, Blessed Maria Middle School, Waterloo, IA  (27 yards)

Punt Distance …Chase Rath, senior, Highland High School, Riverside, IA (52 yards)

Punt Distance (youth division)…Jacob Calvert, 8th grade, St. Francis of Assisi Middle School, Urbandale, IA  (33 yards)

Punt Hang Time … Chase Rath, senior, Highland High School, Riverside, IA   (4.50 seconds)

Punt Hang Time (youth division)…Ben Trost, 7th grade, Blessed Maria Middle School, Waterloo, IA (3.20 seconds)

Kickoff Hang Time…Luke Williams, junior, Southeast Polk High School, Altoona, IA  (3.70 seconds)

Kickoff Hang Time (youth division)…Chase Matyszczyk, 7th grade, Kettle Moraine Middle School, Wales, WI (2.36 seconds)

Kickoff Distance … Luke Williams, junior, Southeast Polk High School, Altoona, IA (67 yards)

Kickoff Distance (youth division)…Ben Trost, 7th grade, Blessed Maria Middle School, Waterloo, IA (39 yards)

Outstanding Performance…Long Snapping…Chase Arends, junior, Dike-New Hartford High School, Dike, IA and Cole White, junior, Clear Creek-Amana High School, Tiffin, IA

Omaha, Nebraska Camp (June 29-30)

Outstanding Performance…Kicking…Cole Hahn, senior, Valley High School, West Des Moines, IA

Outstanding Performance…Punting…Thomas Kopcho, junior, Millard North High School, Omaha, NE

Most Improved Kicker…Caleb Nielsen, senior, Waverly High School, Waverly, NE

Most Improved Kicker (camp alumnus)…Darin Burr, sophomore, Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca High School, Syracuse, NE

Most Improved Punter…Devin Crees, sophomore, Earlham High School, Earlham, IA

Longest FG…Caleb Nielsen, senior, Waverly High School, Waverly, NE (60 yards)

Longest FG (youth division)…Zach Shudak, freshman, Lewis Central High School, Council Bluffs, IA (37 yards)

Punt Distance …Ben Dinkel, senior, Kearney High School, Kearney, NE (58 yards)

Punt Hang Time …Devin Crees, sophomore, Earlham High School, Earlham, IA (3.98 seconds)

Punt Distance (youth division) …Spencer Hogeland, 8th grade, Kearney Catholic Schools, Kearney, NE (30 yards)

Punt Hang Time (youth division) …Spencer Hogeland, 8th grade, Kearney Catholic Schools, Kearney, NE (2.13 seconds)

Kickoff Distance…Cole Hahn, senior, Valley High School, West Des Moines, IA  (76 yards)

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

Kickoff Hang Time ..Cole Frahm, senior, Burke High School, Omaha, NE (4.02 seconds)

Kickoff Hang Time (youth division)….Zach Shudak, freshman, Lewis Central High School, Council Bluffs, IA (3.35 seconds)

Outstanding Performance…center/long snapper…Sam McCune, sophomore, Valley High School, West Des Moines, IA

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News about Camp Participants and Staff

November 13, 2016….Camp alumnus and instructor Brett Maher recorded a solid season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL in 2016.  The Kearney, NE native made 41 of 50 field goal attempts with a long of 58 yards and averaged 45.9 yards on 97 punts. Brett was an all-Big Ten performer for the University of Nebraska in 2012.

 Brett Maher, Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL