A performance group session is designed for more experienced kickers to practice competing under pressure among peers. The session will consist of a higher paced group including live holds and charting that students can take home with them.
This is NOT A RANKING CAMP as you find elsewhere. In fact, we often say that our group sessions will help prepare students for those showcase type ranking camps.
Results are not posted online….this is a learning session. However, performance is reviewed within the group and misses critiqued for the sake of learning to kick when it counts.
One of the challenges we all experienced in kicking careers at any level was learning to kick under pressure. Kickers generally practice by themselves in a comfortable “no one is watching” type of atmosphere. The first time a coach is watching or they kick ‘live’ the nerves take over and form breaks down with poor performance. In other words, the coach is not seeing the true capabilities when in a live situation.
Kicking “when it counts” (when multiple people are watching) can be improved over time. Students will learn to control emotions by kicking in front of others and by receiving feedback from the coach as well as the group. We can all learn from each other, and this is where the performance group model truly shines.
Many kickers seem do well “when no one is watching” but tend to choke as soon as the head coach stands behind them. Why?
Many kickers are often simply not used to kicking when they feel tight or nervous because they never get the opportunity to practice under these circumstances.
Kicking well on a practice field all along is a great start in a kicking career. However, good kickers are just as comfortable kicking under pressure. Learning to kick well when coaches, parents and peers are all watching is critical to the success of kickers at any level.
That’s exactly why the Performance group sessions were designed. These groups give kicking students the opportunity to practice performing under pressure, kicking when people are watching and being charted for accountability.
For most kickers, even one or two peers and parents watching them kick can be enough to raise the blood pressure, feel the butterflies and often times cause poor performance.
With Performance sessions, we learn to better control performance anxiety, control emotions with basic strategies to help focus and make kicks when they count.
We will chart field goal attempts, allowing kickers to rotate through one at a time with live holds while the others are watching. We will work through kicks from various spots and distances, discuss results, review video and learn from each other as a group.