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Kick Off Explosion Drills
Paul Assad
Article posted on 3/31/2007

Many players fail to set up to kick as effectively as they could. This drill helps rehearse steps, timing and explosion with alignment, distance and break down of steps and position. Once you get momentum - step with even distance steps toward the plant position.


1. APPROACH THE BALL - Once you get momentum - step with even distance steps toward the plant position.


2. DRIVE STEP TO PLANT FOR KICKING OFF SET UP - The distance and alignment of the Drive Step can determine if a kicker can set up to explode and have a clearing lane.


3. PLANT POSITION BREAK DOWN - This is the timing aspect - with two feet break-down to explode from a set position. This will be down progressively next with one leg in the next phase.


4. EXPLODE - With both feet jump as high as you can. Plyometric Explosion thinking - GET ENERGY FROM ENERGY - use the breakdown to assist your explosion.

The next photos are shown with a right-footed kicker


1. APPROACH THE BALL - Once you get momentum - step with even distance steps toward the plant position.

(illustrated by a right footed kicker and progressing drill to one leg break down)


2. DRIVE STEP TO PLANT FOR KICKING OFF SET UP- The distance and alignment of the Drive Step can determine if a kicker can set up to explode and have a clearing lane.


3. PLANT POSITION BREAK DOWN - This is the timing aspect - with two feet break-down to explode from a set position. This will be down progressively next with one leg in the next phase.

(Illustrated by right-footed kicker Kyle Stringer using the one leg progression of Explosion Drill)


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