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
about the 2001 4th Down Sports Kicking Camp!
4th Down Sports Kicking Camp at VT Draws Largest Camp Enrollment in 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!
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!
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.
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."
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."
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
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.
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",
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."
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.
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."
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
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!