Youngsters can get kicks at camps put on by CFLers

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 6:13 AM ET

The last time Sandro DeAngelis and Damon Duval were on the same football field, they were battling for CFL supremacy.

The next time they step out together, the two kickers hope to be investing in the future of the league.

DeAngelis, the Grey Cup's Most Outstanding Canadian for the Calgary Stampeders, and Duval, his counterpart for the Montreal Alouettes, are both hosting kicking camps in Calgary and Montreal at the end of May.

The camps go two days each with one-on-one instruction from the two pros. DeAngelis said with proper technique, he can get kids of all ages kicking straight within minutes.

"A few simple fundamentals makes a huge difference," DeAngelis said. "Kicking is a consistent routine, but if nobody has taught you anything, it's hard to have that.

"Hopefully, we're providing the fundamentals so that when these kids struggle in a game, they can go back to what they learned in camp and coach themselves through it."

The CFL sure could use an influx of kicking talent soon.

Of the eight teams, three of them use American imports at the kicking position, including Duval.

Two of the CFL's Canadian kickers -- B.C.'s Paul McCallum and Toronto's Mike Vanderjagt -- are in the twilight of their careers.

"It should make you want to become a kicker," DeAngelis said of the maximum of 16 jobs available. "The teams want Canadian kickers and punters because it's an advantage. There's just not that many out there, and the next generation should realize this."

The kicking camp is open to kids of all ages and runs May 23-24 and May 30-31 in Calgary. Entry fee is $200, and more info can be found at Centre68.com.

DeAngelis attended camps as a kid and earned himself a ticket to the University of Nebraska, but travelling to the camps was costly and a strain on his family.

"There are a million kicking camps in the U.S. but not one in Canada," said DeAngelis, who believes he can help out any player from little league to high school. "In football, every position has a camp and every position has a coach.

"If they can get their education paid for because of it, or help them become future CFLers, that would be great."

Riders break salary cap

The injury-plagued Saskatchewan Roughriders were the only CFL team to break the salary cap in 2008.

The Riders went over the $4.2-million limit by $87,147 and were fined that amount. This is the second straight year Saskatchewan went over the limit, but they didn't pay the price of a first-round draft pick the way the Montreal Alouettes did a year ago because they weren't more than $100,000 over the cap.

At one point last season, the team had upwards of 20 regulars on its injured list.

In 2007, the Riders exceeded the cap by $76,552.

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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