Kicking/Punting/Long Snapping Camp

January 31, 2015 (6:45-9:45pm)
Pittsburgh – 6:45 to 9:45 pm
Island Sports Center – RMU, Neville Island, 7600 Grand Avenue


February 14 and 28, 2015 (4-7pm)
Latrobe-B&D Creekside Activity Center 500 Avenue B

Quarterback Only Camp

February 14 and 28, 2015 (6-9pm)
Wildwood Sports Park on Wildwood Road, Hampton Twp, Pa 15101


About Tom Alper

Tom Alper has been conducting clinics and private instruction for kickers and punters in Western Pennsylvania since 1985, and during that time he has instructed more than 1500 kickers and punters.  Virtually every college in the region has had a kicker or punter on their roster that either attended one of Tom’s camps or received private instruction from Tom.

A 1977 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Tom was a member of the school’s 1975-76 football team. In 1975 he was First Team All-Conference in the Western Pa. State  Conference and  ECAC First Team selection. Tom’s name is still in the record book there for Longest Field Goal (47 yards) and most extra points in a game (8). In 1978, Tom was an All-League Kicker for the Marlboro Shamrocks in the Eastern Football League and had a try-out with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1979.

Tom has been a four-time guest speaker at the Nike Coach of the Year Football Clinic  attended by over 1000 coaches from 10 states. A staff member for the Pittsburgh Steelers Youth Coaches Clinic and their Youth Summer Camps, Tom is also on staff for the Penn State University Placekicking Camp. Tom has 10 years teaching experience as a Special Education teacher and is currently an Elementary Physical Education teacher in the Elizabeth Forward School District.

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Elite Kicking Academy


Will receive instruction and practice in:

  • How to approach the ball, placement of plant foot, and how to align the body to the ball and target.
  • Where to strike the ball, how to keep the head down and follow through.
  • PAT/FG practice with the long snappers.
  • Kick-off-Deep/Squib/Onside Placement/ FG/PAT
  • The proper alignment to goalpost and adjustment for long field goal attempts.
  • Timing with long snapper/holder.

*A Kicker should bring three footballs to camp.

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Will receive instruction and practice in:

  • How to properly hold/grip the ball and proper placement of feet when receiving the snap.
  • The fundamentals of the drop, extension of arms and alignment of body on the strike of the ball.
  • Punting with the long snappers.
  • Placement inside the 20, punting deep out of the end zone, and Pooch Punt timing with the long snapper.

*A Punter should bring three footballs to camp.

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Will receive instruction and practice in:

  • How to properly grip the ball and correct placement of feet.
  • How to release, follow through, and develop techniques for accuracy.
  • Snaps for PAT/FG and punts.
  • Developing consistency with the kickers and punters.
  • Adjustment to the holder and the right timing for FG/PAT-Punt.

*A Long-Snapper should bring one footballs to camp.

Click for a  Private Long Snapping Instruction brochure.

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Elite Position Camps


What will a Quarterback learn from this camp?

  • How to recognize basic pass defenses, coverages and fronts.
  • The common reads and “trigger” drills needed to effectively attack basic types of coverage.
  • Drills and exercises that can benefit their overall performance.
  • How to correct common errors that many young quarterbacks make in areas such as throwing, handoff, scrambling and leadership.
  •  Fundamentals on the three types of handoff and pitch.
  • Five major points of the release.
  • Skill-building drills to develop footwork, release and throwing on the run.
  • Techniques and types of play including pass drops, 3/5 – step, sprint out, bootleg, play-action and screens.
  • How to lead in the huddle.

*A Quarterback should bring one football to camp.



What will a Receiver learn from this camp?

  • The fundamental techniques of stance and start that are vital to master getting off the line of scrimmage explosively.
  • Basic and advanced separation techniques and maneuvers to attack soft man, press coverage and zone defenses.
  • A method for developing concentration and focus.
  • Fundamental “catch” drills that can be incorporated into a year-round skill development program.
  • How to read and attack basic pass coverages through classroom and on-the-field instruction.
  • How to run basic “quick” game routes and proper “deep ball” route techniques.
  • A strength and conditioning program designed specifically for their position’s requirements.

*A Receiver should bring one football to camp.


Private Kicking and Punting Lessons


Private kicking and punting lessons provide an athlete with a personalized learning environment where emphasis is placed on the proper fundamentals and techniques of kicking field goals, kickoffs, squibs, on-side kicks, punts and placement punts. Along with individualized instruction, Tom provides the athlete with a customized year round workout program, as well as college recruitment guidance.


An individual kicking and/or punting lesson is a condensed version of what is provided at a camp and  consists of a 1.5 hour, face-to-face session.

Individual instruction can also be provided by emailing videos from a phone or tablet. The amount of video sent is unlimited for one year.


The cost of the face to face lesson is $150
The cost of the Video Instruction is $150 per year


Register Online

Please remember to bring camp waiver that is attached to the camp website on the first day of camp.

Contact Us

For any questions please email Tom Alper at or call him at 412.901.8096

Tom Alper
627 Glenrock Drive
Bethel Park, Pa. 15102

Phone Number: 412-901-8096