SIKESTON -- In a game that is often decided by only a few points, kickers can often make or break their teams chances by helping to create good field position or scoring vital last second points.
That's why, on Monday afternoon, the Sikeston Bulldogs football program started a two-day kicking camp to get a jump start on their special teams needs for the upcoming season.
"Basically we got the guys together that felt like they may want to learn to kick whether it's field goals, extra points, kickoffs or punts," Sikeston coach Kent Gibbs said. "What we try to do is basically give them some specific instructions, specific points that we want them to work on from a mental stand point and be able get those implanted in their brain.
"Then they can come out and work on those things in the field because the biggest things that we're finding out about kickers is it has to be a consistent routine, a consistent point of action in everything they do."
Gibbs said, with the exception of lineman, the key components of the kicking game were all brought out to camp to practice their routines. This included long snappers, holders, kickers and punters.
"The big thing is getting that consistent mental outlook as far as a kicker needs to have," Gibbs said. "Whether it's a kicker or punter we do feel like we need to get more consistent in what we're doing in the kicking game. It starts with the kickers and punter and the rest of it is you have to be able to block, you have to be able to snap and you have to be able to hold."
He added he was pleased to see about 15 kids comes out to the camp, not including a handful of players who came out to work on their catching. The Bulldogs will wrap up their kicking camp today starting at 4 p.m.