Dates: July 4-7, 2017 (Tuesday-Friday)
The Department of Athletics at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina is hosting the 24th Annual School for Kicking and Punting Instruction in North Carolina.
Gardner-Webb Football Center spans the west side of Greene-Harbison Stadium. Campers and their parents are welcome to tour the strength training and sports medicine facilities on the ground floor and the observation rooms on the second floor. This is a working office building housing the coaches of many Gardner-Webb sports. Do not disrupt business in your eagerness to explore! The camp has some use of the field house for meetings. Leave football gear and shoes at the entrance. Parents can enjoy watching camp from the stands or on the sidelines. Bring a lounge chair and plenty of sun screen. Meals at the campus Dining Hall are all-you-can-eat. Please wear a shirt with sleeves and lace-up shoes. Parents may pay cash to dine in this facility. The campus in Boiling Springs is slightly hilly and immaculately groomed. Summer classes and week-long seminars bring many serious guests to Gardner-Webb, but much of this activity avoids the July 4 holiday. We
will have lots of field space, and the folks at Gardner-Webb really want you to
enjoy your visit. What a great place for a camp!
Intended participants: This school is designed for athletes entering grades 6 to 12 who want to learn sound fundamentals in punting, kicking and snapping. Campers are assigned to groups based on their age, grade level, and previous experience. Counselors are specially trained to teach drills and to analyze body movement. Groups are limited to 5 campers each. Beginners are welcome. Female campers may enroll. Parents of young campers are cautioned that this is a serious program of instruction requiring concentration and hard work. This is a non-contact camp.
Camp objectives: The emphasis will be on individualized instruction. The camp goal is for each participant not only to improve his skills but also to be able to explain his technique to coaches and parents. Sessions will include warm-up activities, daily practice drills, and mechanics of kicking/punting/snapping, field alignment, and game situations. Plyometrics and conditioning exercises are taught each evening. Parents and coaches are encouraged to attend practices, and instruction is offered to help them best assist future player development. Video cameras are welcome. Competition among campers is not emphasized; instead, campers are provided opportunities to perform under realistic game situations.
Facilities: Campers will live in Royster Hall, near the campus dining facility in Dover Campus Center and a short walk from the football stadium. Look for our directional signs at the main town stoplight or as you approach the athletics fields on the south side of campus. Campers will be housed two to a room, by roommate requests or by age level. Bathroom facilities are adjacent to some rooms and down the hall for others. Plan what to wear around the building, since Coach White and Gardner-Webb female employees may be in the halls. The university does not provide telephones in the rooms, but you may bring your cell phone for use outside of instruction times. You are responsible for damages incurred and for lost keys ($75) before you leave campus.
Staff: Carol A. White, with forty-eight years of football experience and four years service as kicking coach at Georgia Tech (1985-1988), will head a staff of current college kickers, punters, and snappers. Michael Dowis, who has taught camps and clinics for Coach White since 1987, directs each practice while Coach White visits each group. Most staff members are current or former players at colleges in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Cost: The expense for each camper is $400 (including the $200 deposit sent with the application). This covers room and board and three-and-a-half days of personalized instruction, plus use of the sports medicine services. The deposit is non-refundable. Each camper will receive a camp shirt. The deadline for applications is June 20th.
Insurance: Although the camp is insured, each camper should furnish his own insurance. Policy numbers must be made available to the athletic training staff.
Medical: Each camper must have a physical before coming to camp. A health certificate (also available on the web site) will be mailed to each participant upon acceptance of his application. This form should be completed by the parent and the family physician and MAILED BACK BEFORE CAMP or submitted at registration. Gardner-Webb Athletic Training Staff will be present at all camp functions. Doctors will be on call during the camp.
Ball and Tee(s): Each camper must furnish one (1) football and appropriate field goal and kick-off tees, plus kicking shoes. Straps for square-toed shoes are not allowed. All items should be permanently marked with camper's name. Barefoot kicking or punting is not encouraged.
Additional Expenses: Vending machines will be available for campers to purchase sodas and candy bars. Campers may order pizzas in the evening. Campers who lose dormitory keys or meal tickets must pay the $75 replacement fee at check-out on Firday.
Camp Update: A list of items to bring to camp and an update of camp news will be sent to each player upon receipt of the camp application and deposit.