The National Camp Series' (Kicking IndeX) Player Ratings are OBJECTIVELY based upon the data that we have collected for several years. Think the "Moneyball" of kicking.
We have worked extensively with a highly respected physics professor to take weather conditions into account. We collect weather variables from each event to normalize the events.
So, it doesn't matter if you are kicking in Chicago, Dallas, San Diego or Denver, once our Kicking Index "kicks in," it is as if everyone is kicking inside. Having been able to capture the weather variables and past event results, we rate our athletes in each of the following:
We have collected this data and separated them based on grade level. At the same time, the final NCS KIX Player Ratings are compared to our College division (rising high school seniors, junior college and college transfers.) The reason that we do this is so that student-athletes have a goal to reach to demonstrate to colleges that they have the ability to kick at the next level.
We rate our student-athletes using a 100 point scale, which correlates with percentile. For example, if an athlete has a Kickoff rating of 95, they then fall into the 95th percentile of all Kickoffs. The same principle applies for Field Goals and Punts. Our algorithm weighs the most recent event the heaviest, and so on.
Let's look at an example: A kicker competes in the Varsity division for kickoffs. The kicker averages 66.00 yards per kickoff, with an average hang time of 3.53 seconds. Adding up all individual kickoffs, we calculate 608 total points. According to our past history for the College level (what coaches are concerned about), the average KO points is 538.5, with a standard deviation of 68. So if they had achieved exactly 539 points, they would get a rating of 50 (which means they did better than 50% of the historical college performers). With an actual total of 608 points, that equates to a percentile rating of 85 (did better than 85% of the college performers). To determine the star rating, we use the following scale:
: Less than 55
The final piece of the puzzle occurs when we look at multiple events for a participant. If you notice on the ratings, we have a red symbol next to players who only competed in one event. We feel strongly that a good kicker, punter or snapper must be consistent. Anyone can have a good day, but it takes a great talent to repeat that performance over and over again. That is what coaches are looking for from a specialist. This will encourage players to attend a 2nd event, in order to compare results on a different date.
The ratings displayed for a player will factor in past events based upon the following percentages, which puts more weight on the most recent events:
# of Events
2nd most recent
3rd most recent
4th most recent
If we continue our example, this same player had competed in an earlier event, where they achieved 587 points on kickoffs. This gave them a rating of 76. To determine their overall rating on kickoffs, we look at the table above, and it shows that 60% of their KO rating should be related to their most recent event, which was the rating of 85, and 40% of their rating from the earlier event should be based upon the 76 rating.
(85*0.60) + (76*0.40) = 51 + 30.4 = 81.4, which is their overall rating (rounded to 81). We look up their overall rating above, and determine a 4-1/2 star rating.
Why do we compare a Varsity level performer with the college level ratings? We want to be able to give a rating that increases over the years, and show colleges how each player is performing, if they were to enter college today. It is true that some younger players may be in the high 90th percentile for their level, but end up with a low percentile overall against the college level.
Why are we using an objective approach? As a society, we now have the ability to efficiently gather statistics, analyze them and make informed decisions. Everything in the kicking game is based around numbers:
NCS Field Goal Points/Field Goal Percentage
Hang time on Punts and Kick Offs
Distance on Punts and Kick Offs
Hand 2 foot, get off time for Punts
Punt snap time
Ideal distance for perfect laces on Field Goals
You can effectively determine a prospect's ability by CONSISTENTLY gathering statistics over time. Therefore, we believe that the more stats that can be recorded, the better the ability for colleges to accurately assess your ability. This puts you into full control and takes out all subjectivity.
Potential is important, but the NCS, as a network of NFL and D1 College players, understands that potential only gets you so far. Collectively, we have seen so many guys with strong legs kick well when no one is around, only to fall apart when there is a little pressure applied. NUMBERS don't lie! Therefore, our NCS KIX Player Ratings is based upon your results from our evaluations. Our evaluations are created from NFL workouts.
When a NFL team brings you in for a workout, they put you through a series of kicks from different distances and locations. At that level, you need to perform. Rarely, will they sign you to a contract based on "potential" alone. You need to be consistent by:
Making a high percentage of your field goals
Demonstrating excellent hang times & distances on both punts and kick offs
Fast and accurate snaps with the ability to block.
The NFL is a "results oriented business." The same applies at the college level. With the cost of college tuition exponentially rising, if a college program is going to offer scholarships valued at over $150,000, they'd better hope that they select the best prospects for their program.