THIS IS AN UNDER-THE-LIGHTS EVENT

Sunday, July 16th

UW-RIVER FALLS SMITH STADIUM

Our summer kicking season ends with the inaugural — WISCONSIN KICKING & PUNTING CHAMPIONSHIP. 

This is not a camp. It is a kicking and punting competition.

It all takes place in “under the lights” in River Falls, Wisconsin (30 min. east of St. Paul, MN) at Smith Stadium’s Ramer Field where the 2022 Isthmus Bowl Champion UW-River Falls Falcons play their home games.

ELIGIBILITY:
This competition is open to any high school or college-level kicker or punter.

ONE ENTRY offers each specialist access to all three competitions: Kick-offs, Punting and Field Goals.

Note that we’re on turf so that we can kick, rain or shine.  Inclement weather will only delay us and we’ll have access to a storm shelter should it be necessary.

Sunday, July 16th
Check-in starts at 5:45pm on the game field and we get underway at 6:30pm sharp.  We’ll have the field until we crown our champions. 

Participants will get a free performance t-shirt and the opportunity to compete against kickers from around the State (and across the U.S.) Come prepared to kick. You’ll get plenty of time to warm up, but don’t be the person who isn’t prepared to compete because their leg is tired.

There won’t be “camp instruction”, but Coach Farley will be on the field to provide pointers, if asked, as well as provide some helpful tips and advice to perform at your very best. 

Spectator Attendance is FREE!
Everyone is welcome to come through the Smith Stadium gates free of charge and sit in the stands to enjoy the competition.  There will be a concessions stand with hot dogs and soda available for purchase. We encourage you to bring as many friends and family members as you like.  It should be a great atmosphere AND provide the most game-like conditions you will see ALL SUMMER LONG.*

How does it work?
This is a competition like none-other.  To start things off, just like on “Friday Night”, we’ll begin with the kick off competition. However, instead of a point score (like we do at the Wisconsin Kicking & Punting Combine), we want to make it easier for fans to know who’s in the competition and who is not.

Kick Offs: You will tee up the ball 45 yards away from the end zone. You must kick the ball on the fly to the end zone (yes, the goal line is IN). Any kick that does not reach the end zone (yes, it has to be in bounds… or beyond the end zone) will advance you in the competition. You need to successfully complete the kick to advance to the next distance. Each kicker gets 2 misses for the competition before they are OUT. We move back in 5 yard increments until only one kicker remains. Should the last two kickers miss their second kicks at the same distance, then they will both stay in the competition and move in 5 yards to re-attempt the KO. 

Punting: The second competition is punting. Specialists will set up 40 yards away from the end zone. The same rules apply to punters as stated for kick offs.  We will be clocking hang time, but the only thing that matters is to get your punt into the end one (or beyond). It’s a consistency in distance competition. 

Field Goals: Kickers will set up at the 25 yard line and work their way back in 5 yard increments, just like we do for kick offs and punts, except you’ll need to clear the uprights, of course! You will get 2 misses, but you must make at each distance to proceed. Likewise, should two kickers miss at the end of the competition, they will move in 3 yards to re-attempt the kick. It’s sudden death.

NOTE: High school kickers may use up to a 2″ tee or block.  College kickers may use a 1″ kick off tee and will use no tee for field goals. Sorry, that’s an advantage for the high schooler, but everyone will kick how their rules dictate.

*Trying to bring real pressure into your summer training is always difficult. Attending this event might be the best training you do all summer long.

Will there be scouts there?
We are actively promoting this event and are alerting college and professional teams. We do not guarantee who shows up. We will, however, be putting together a “documentary-style” film of the event, complete with player interviews that will be promoted via social media and the Internet after the event. This will be free to view on our YouTube channel.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT
This is Wisconsin’s premier event for kickers and punters… from college guys to high schoolers (sorry, you have to be at least entering 9th grade to participate).  Champions in the different disciplines will be awarded trophies and all will be a part of a video documentary of the competition.

THIS IS GONNA BE FUN!