Over 30 years ago on the practice fields at Virginia Tech a friendship was forged between Bill Renner and Tom Taricani. As teammates, their love of punting and kicking grew in what was the nation’s premier camp for punting and kicking instruction, 4th Down Sports. Bill Renner’s book, Kicking The Football, has garnered praise from all levels of those who aspire to greatness with these disciplines. The multiplied thousands of athletes that have come through the 4th Down Sports teaching progression have enjoyed enormous success on all levels they have aspired to. Many coaches have been taught this teaching progression and have opened up camps themselves trying to emulate the success that 4th Down Sports has experienced the last 22 years.
Having been fortunate enough to train and work with some of the best kickers and punters in the country through the past 23 years we have learned the 5 primary areas that separate those who reach their potential and those who do not: Solutions, Training, Attitude, Mechanics, and Performance. Our coaching regimen then comes down to placing that STAMP into each athlete that we train. Solutions for Training, Attitude, Mechanics, and Performance. Potential driven athletes always possess and walk in a Solutions mindset. This doesn’t occur in an event rather the process that becomes a habit. Permitting oneself to fail IS part of the growth journey. Training your mind is just as important as is training your skill discipline. Training your attitude is a lesson in character development. Training your mechanics only ceases when you do. Finally, training your performance to be successful comes only as the belief and trust that were established in advance of the performance itself.
Drill work alone trains the mind, which in turn trains the body. Trained reflex skills are always performed subconsciously. With that understanding, competition with kicking and punting is always turned inwards. Being your best will enable you to be the best. Statistics are a reflection of what’s been accomplished. Focus is a requirement of what you need to accomplish in the moment. Trust, commitment, and releasing the outcome will place you in the best position to be successful.