TKS Standout Roman Martin, National Player of the Week by Top Drawer

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Roman Martin, National Player of the Week, Top Drawer Soccer

TKS standout Roman Martin notched national honors today by being recognized as the National Player of the Week by Top Drawer.

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Wake Forest-bound Roman Martin has led the La Jolla Country Day soccer team to 7-1-1 start in the month of December. The 6’1″ senior midfielder kicked off his scoring campaign with a hat trick and an assist in a preseason friendly versus Horizon Christian Academy on December 2. Martin then led the Torreys in a championship run through the Southern California High School Soccer Tournament in Temecula, California on Dec 4-6, being named the tournament’s Most Valuable Offensive Player. In total through Dec 20, the Torrey’s triggerman notched 9 goals and 6 assists, accounting for 24 points. For his early season offensive performance, Martin was also named “Prep Athlete of the Week” by the San Diego Union Tribune on Dec 17. Martin, who formerly played his club soccer for the Nomads U18 U.S. Development Academy, rejoined his high school team after the Thanksgiving break.

When asked about his performance this month, Martin said, “I am really fortunate to play with a talented group of players at La Jolla Country Day. It is great to play for my high school again and with great group of players that that like to knock the ball around and are equally committed to defending.”

Last summer, Martin also played for the U19 team at GNK Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia and is expected to return to Europe to play for Dinamo’s U19 team this spring and again later this summer before reporting into Wake Forest University in August, 2015, where he will be playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Martin has trained in the TKS system since 2011.

Top High School Kickers in Southern California -June 2013-San Diego Kicking Coach John Matich

The weekend before the Fourth of July, was loaded with kicker and punters.  Temperatures soared over 100 degrees easily all weekend long.  San Diego Kicking Coach, John Matich nevertheless had 7 lessons, meaning TKS worked with over 20 kickers in the entire weekend.

On June 29th, Coach Matich, had three lessons which included, Owen who flew down for the weekend again from Portland, Oregon. Owen showed great improvement from our lesson from a few weeks ago, which showed us he had been working on his kicking homework. Owen, even sported the TKS T-Shirt – Special Edition #kickingsystem! By the end of the day, Coach Matich, was one tired puppy, temperatures topped over 100 degrees for most of the day.

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Owen from Portland, OR working on his field goals

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Roman Martin in action!

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Hunter from Robert Morris working on his kickoffs

On Sunday June 30th, it felt more like a San Diego Kicking Camp, starting with Roman Martin, who recently was featured in the La Jolla Light and San Diego Union Tribune. Here are the links to both articles (http://www.lajollalight.com/2013/06/16/young-shores-soccer-star-to-play-for-brazilian-team/)(http://hs.utpreps.com/news_article/show/266635). Roman is heading to Europe this week for the top youth soccer tournaments in the world, and was getting his last minute kicking adjustments.  Coach Matich also had a new student from Westview HS – Gabriel working in for the first time. TKS also had a few college kickers Hunter (Robert Morris) and Parker from (Howard) also got some work in, to name a few.  Coach Matich concluded his kicking camp weekend with sophomore Kyle from Santana HS (East County San Diego) – Kyle is on pace to become a Division 1 punter! Great workout session as he hit his first 4.63 bomb! #bombsaway.

TKS is looking forward to the Fourth of July week, which will include plenty of heat and kicking! This weeks word of the week is FREEDOM. When you are kicking — your technique should allow you plenty of freedom to swing your leg. If you are constrained and worried about missing the kick, you will miss, but if you allow your mind and body complete freedom, you will be much more consistent.
Coach Matich is looking to celebrate his FREEDOM with all his students from across the county. Happy Fourth of July!

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New student Gabriel working on his lockout

The Kicking System is a football & soccer kicking academy based in San Diego, CA. For over 10 years, Kicking Coach John Matich has been working with pop warner, high school, collegiate, professional kickers and soccer players from across the nation. The Kicking System has helped place more than 60 high school athletes to colleges nationwide due to its connections with several soccer and football coaches across several collegiate divisions. Along with kicking and punting instruction The Kicking System provides several strength and conditioning options to its students as well. John Matich is a former Boson College and professional kicker who is nationally recognized and has been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune and numerous publications across the nation.  The Kicking System uses a unique approach to provide its students a patient, disciplined, professional environment in which students thrive and make tremendous improvements.

Private Kicking Lesson: James Sherman – Montgomery, Alabama

The Kicking System had the privilege of working with high school kicker James Sherman on an individual session.  James is a rising senior, from Montgomery, Alabama.  Interestingly, James’s family are good friends with Bill Walton, (The former NBA Great) and staying at his house during their brief visit to San Diego.

James was referred to Coach John Matich through Bill Walton relationships with Sportsforce and Andrew Beinbrink (sportsforceonline.com).

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James Sherman at a private kicking lesson with TKS owner John Matich in San Diego, CA – Field Goals

James, who has worked with most of the established kicking coaches across the nation and is ranked very highly in most of the recruiting boards across the nation. He has heavy interest from LSU, Tulane, and Clemson to name a few.

Unfortunately, there was bit of wind during the session on a gorgeous day at St. Augustine HS in North Park, San Diego.  Nonetheless, it did not waver our work with James.

After a few kicks, Coach Matich, started to tweak a few key fundamentals. One of which was his foot placement.  James had a history of kicking in more of a wedge type of technique. Coach Matich pointed out how this was hindering his hip getting into the kick. After a few tweaks, James was keen on getting his hip into the kick and getting down field more.

After a few kicks, James was the first High School kicker to hit a football over the, “monster” at the Saints HS field. Coach Matich was bit surprised by his massive power and ended up hitting a neighborhood car. The funny part is that the ball landed in someone’s front yard, we never got the ball back because the neighbor confiscated the ball! Unbelievable!

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Working on his foot placement — 3/4 club!!

After a few more tweaks in the field goal form, James hit a few kickoffs.  He hit a 4.25, 4.09, 4.13 and a few a few yards deep from the 35 yard line – still working on his new foot placement.  James has great lift on his kickoffs and the best I have seen from a high school kid since Billy Bennett (Torrey Pines HS) and Jack Mitchell (Northwestern University).

Afterwards kicking coach John Matich got a chance to chat with James and his family. With a few recruiting tips, James left with plenty of homework and work to do over the next few months. There is no doubt we think James can be a Division I kicker and with a few more tweaks in his kicking technique the sky is the limit for his potential.

Coach Matich is planning to spread the word about James to his network of college coaches. Should be very interesting to see where he ends up playing his college ball!

Over the last few weeks Coach Matich has had kickers flying in from Portland, Oregon, — Mobile, Alabama, and Los Angeles, CA. The word is spreading! Slots are filling up fast!

The Kicking System is a football & soccer kicking academy based in San Diego, CA. For over 10 years, Kicking Coach Matich has been working with pop warner, high school, professional kickers and soccer players from across the nation. The Kicking System has helped place more than 60 high school athletes to colleges nationwide. Coach Matich a former Boson College and professional kicker is nationally recognized and has been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune and numerous publications across the nation.  The Kicking System approach to unique in that we provide a patient, disciplined, professional environment in which students thrive and make tremendous improvements.

Saturday, June 22nd – San Diego Kicking Lessons

TKS had a very busy weekend in beautiful downtown San Diego, CA on June 22nd 2013. Which started with a kicking lesson with a Rancho Bernardo HS freshman, Andrew, who was kicking 45 yard field goals! After a few kicking adjustments made by Coach Matich, Andrew was ready to blast his way to the JV squad at Rancho Bernardo HS.photo[2]

The other session was a group session with Hunter K.(Robert Morris University), Brando H.(Torrey Pines Jr.), Parker M (Howard)., and long snapper Matt (Howard).

It was a great session as Parker from Howard University, nailed a 55-yard field goal to win the double elimination competition. Hunter K, was impressive hitting some kickoffs – and hit a 3.9 yard 75 yard bomb.

Brando H., who just returned from the Stanford kicking camp had the pleasure of watching the new Raider punter, Marquette King. (see pic below)

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