Boys ages 13 - Rising Seniors in High School - July 13-16, 2003

  • Each of the following four specialties are taught and supervised by the Virginia Tech Football Staff:

    - Quarterback or receiving skills and techniques
    - Pass defense skills and techniques
    - Line blocking skills, techniques, and agility
    - Pass rush skills, techniques and agility

  • Each camper will be timed in the 40-yard dash and shuttle run

  • Each camper will be counseled on development of speed, agility, and strength

  • There will be motivational talks on self-discipline, strength and conditioning, and personal priorities in life

  • Campers are housed in a modern college dormitory and receive three meals a day.


The initial registration cost of the camp is $325.00. The fee includes instruction, meals, lodging, $50 key deposit, and Official Camp T-shirt. The $50 key deposit will be returned at the end of the camp when the dorm key is returned to the camp director. Thus, the actual cost of the Virginia Tech Football Camp is $275.00.

Day campers will be charged $150.00 which includes lunch, dinner, and all camp privileges for that day.

A $150.00 non-refundable deposit must accompany all applications. BALANCE OF PAYMENT IS DUE BEFORE MAY 30, 2003. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOLLOWING MAY 30, 2003. Upon receipt of the application and deposit, further information will be forwarded by mail. Camp enrollment is limited.

Please click here to download and print a 2003 Football Camp Application


The objective of The 2003 Football Camp is to provide through expert instruction an opportunity for boys of different ages and abilities to develop the techniques of individual and team play necessary in football.

Coach Frank Beamer and his assistant football coaches will be working directly with the campers and will provide constant supervision along with Mike Goforth, Virginia Tech's Head Football Trainer. Also serving as coaches during the camp will be several outstanding high school and college coaches.

The boys will have the opportunity to eat, sleep, practice, and live in much the same manner as a college football player. They will be housed according to age in a Tech dormitory. The Virginia Tech coaches, counselors, and special guests will live in the dorm along with the campers.

All activities will be conducted on the Virginia Tech campus which has one of the most modern and complete athletic facilities in the country. Practice will be conducted on the practice field. Also available for use is the field house adjacent to the practice field that houses a complete football field and affords all weather practice.

The 2003 Football Camp will provide medical/accident insurance after parental insurance has been exhausted. A certified athletic trainer will attend all sessions and a physician will be on call in case he is needed. ALL CAMPERS MUST HAVE INSURANCE.

What To Bring
Upon receipt of the camper's application for camp and full payment, a list of what to bring, along with camper guidelines and medical forms will be mailed.

For More Information
If you have any questions regarding the camp, please feel free to contact John Ballein, Camp Director, by phone at (540)231-9988, or by email by clicking on this link: E-mail John Ballein.

Additionally, you may contact Kristie Verniel at 540-231-9988 or by Email for more information. Write to:  2003 Football Camp, 205 Jamerson Athletic Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Please click here to download and print a 2003 Football Camp Application


The 2003 Kicking Camp is July 11-13, 2003, and is sponsored by 4th Down Sports.  The kicking camp is designed for punters and kickers ages 10 - rising High School Seniors.  For more information, contact the Virginia Tech Football Office at (540)231-6368, or by Email. Write to:  4th Down Sports 2003 Kickers Camp, 205 Jamerson Athletic Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061

 Read about the 2001 4th Down Sports Kicking Camp!

"2001 4th Down Sports Kicking Camp at VT Draws Largest Camp Enrollment in the Nation"

The three-day specialized kicking camp is the largest of its kind in the nation, drawing 105 high school kickers and punters! Click on the "4th Down Sports" logo to the right to learn even more about this great service for budding special teams athletes!

Bill Renner, and his staff at 4th Down Sports, know just a little something about football and Virginia Tech, but they especially excel at the the fine art of teaching place-kicking and punting skills to mostly high school-aged athletes.  And the enrollment results at this year's camp at Virginia Tech speak for themselves! 

"This camp (at Virginia Tech from 7/12 - 7/14) is the largest kicking camp in the country this year, with 105 enrollees for the 3-day camp. There will be a few one-day kicking camps across the country that have more than that, but for a three day, full intensive instructional camp, this is the largest in the country. I'm very proud of that. The 'usual' average enrollment nationwide for a 3-day kicking camp is around 35 to 40, so our 105 person enrollment says a lot."

Renner is the Director of Operations for 4th Down Sports, as well as the head football coach at West Springfield High School (AAA) in northern Virginia. His background and experience, as well as many of the members of his knowledgeable 18 member staff at 4th Down Sports, should be very familiar to many Hokie fans.  Renner (Virginia Tech, 1978-1982) was the starting punter for the Hokies during the 1981 and 1982 seasons, and is 10th on Virginia Tech's all-time punting productivity list with 141 punts for 5492 yards, and a 39.0 yard average. He went on to have a successful career in the NFL in 1983 with the Minnesota Vikings, with the Chicago Bears for the 1984 season, and then with the Green Bay Packers from 1985 to 1987.

"4th Down Sports was formed in 1986 to run instructional kicking camps. Our group had been involved with another group before that, and we just decided that we wanted to go in a different direction with the service we wanted to provide.  In a nutshell, when the members of my staff and I were punting and kicking ourselves, there wasn't the kind of specific instruction available that other position groups had. There were a lot of thoughts about what was right and what was wrong in technique and fundementals, but there wasn't any concrete instructional plan on how to be a successful punter or kicker."

"I was a multi-position athlete before coming to Virginia Tech, and played positions such as running back and defensive end. After a series of concussions, I became just the punter for the team.  Having been through all that, I personally was unwilling to accept that there were no specific things you could be taught to be successful at the art of kicking the football.  So I started researching it on my own, which eventually led to a graduate thesis on the dynamics and physics of punting and kicking.  For me, it just kind-of evolved into a constant study about what makes the ball fly high, in a spiral, go left, go right, and more importantly, what things should the athlete do to 'fix' what they're doing wrong. This was the starting point for the camps and what they've evolved into."

Assisting Bill with teaching the best fundamentals and techniques of kicking and punting is Tom Taricani (VT, 1984-1985). Taricani, Virginia Tech's place kicker during the 1985 season under then head coach Bill Dooley, is the Director of Soccer-Style Kicking for the 4th Down Sports Kicking Camps. Tom has worked the past 15 years developing and refining the soccer-style teaching program for the kickers at the camp. Taricani's expertise in analyzing soccer-style swing mechanics has assisted many athletes with achieving individual honors. In addition, he has influenced numerous placekickers who have gone on to have successful collegiate careers.

Renner has also assembled a knowledgeable staff of coaches and players from the high school, college and professional levels. Each instructor has been trained and certified through a coaches training seminar administered by 4th Down Sports to insure the highest quality of coaching and instruction for all the camps.  Instructors are adept in soccer style place kicking, straight-on placekicking, and punting. 

Among the great staff are a few more names Tech fans will no doubt recognize:  Seattle Seahawks place kicker Shayne Graham, and former Hokie punter Robbie Colley.  Graham (VT, 1996-1999) is Tech's all-time leading scorer. Colley, Virginia Tech's punter from 1991 to 1994 is fifth on the Hokies' all-time punting leader list.

"Shayne has been involved in my camps since he was in the 7th grade. He was a great student, and his assistance as an instructor has been invaluable", said Renner.  

"I like to say that the purpose and mission of 4th Down Sports kicking camps are to offer the special teams kicking athlete elite level training in their area of specialization. We like to motivate the young kickers as well. We all try to  challenge each athlete to 'Be the BEST' kicker or punter in each camp."

There's no doubting the results of Renner's, and 4th Down Sports' methods. Along with the success Graham has achieved (and is still achieving, as he indicated to BB.com that he reports to Seahawks pre-season camp on July 28th), the program has seen many other success stories following the methods taught by Renner.

"We started 'college' camps three years ago as well. That was really an 'off-shoot' of the kids that have come through the camps as high school players, like Shayne. Some of those same players have wanted to come back as college players and be trained even further, to try and better their chances of making it into the professional ranks."

"That's grown from just around 20 college-aged players a few years ago, to over 85 players that we've worked with this year.  Seven kids in the last two years that have previously been through our camps have signed into the professional ranks.  The Bengals kicker, Neil Rackers, was the second kicker picked in the NFL draft two years ago behind Sabastien Janikowski, and he was very involved with our camps.  Also notable is Jason Maleki, who I think signed into NFL Europe.  In the last two years, the Football Writers of America 1st Team All-American punter has come from our camps, so I think the results do indeed speak for themselves."

There's no doubt about it Coach Renner.  Coach Beamer is extremely proud that this type of special teams instructional program has been developed by such a fine group of former Hokie players and alumni.  Virginia Tech is fortunate to have this great camp at our football facility, bringing all of these great young future kicking stars to be taught by the best in the business!

Camper - $180.00