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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Roc City Thunder Fans to Help Decide Thunder Helmet

In the spirit of the Election season, the Roc City Thunder is giving the fans a voice in the look and feel of our team for the inaugural 2013 season. Starting Friday Nov 2nd through Friday Nov 16th fans will have the opportunity to vote on Facebook for the look and style of the Jerseys and Helmets to be worn this season.
By going to our Facebook page Facebook/RocCityThunder over the next two weeks fans can like our page and cast their vote for the uniforms and helmets our players will take the field with in March. Fans may also tweet their votes to us at @RocCityThunder on twitter. The Winning results will be revealed online on Facebook, at our website RocCityThunder.com and in a press conference later in the month. In a hotly contested election season, cast your vote for the Roc City Thunder!

The LFL Releases 2013 US Schedule

Lingerie Football League officials are excited to announce the release of the 2013 schedule to include (24) twenty-four Regular Season Games, (4) four Playoff Games and the 10th annual Lingerie Bowl to played on Saturday, August 31, 2013.
After three seasons of play in the US, the Lingerie Football League was recently named the ‘Fastest growing sports league in the US’ (BusinessWeek) and is now a global sport with international leagues including LFL Canada (Aug. 2012), LFL Australia (Dec. 2013) and LFL Europa (2015).
LFL USA has shifted its regular season schedule from the previous Fall/Winter schedule to Spring/Summer to accommodate its international league play.
Click to download a FREE PDF version of the 2013 LFL USA Schedule

The LFL's Atlanta Expansion Franchise Releases Name And Tryout Date/Location

Lingerie Football League, LLC. (or ‘LFL’) officials have announced that after nearly 4,300 team name submissions the name that was most often submitted is…… ATLANTA STEAM.
The Atlanta name submission was one of the most successful team name submission responses of any LFL expansion market. Additionally, LFL league offices have received greater interest from prospective players than in any other market in the history of the league.
The Atlanta Steam will host their first-ever Open Tryout – Football Combine Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Score Indoor Sports (1245 Oakley Industrial Blvd West, Fairburn, GA 30213).
Interested participants must arrive an hour early to fill out necessary paperwork and stretching. Dress attire will be athletic gym-wear.

Missouri Monsters Announced Senior Front Office Management

The Missouri Monsters of the Ultimate Indoor Football League have announced their senior management team with the addition of two well-known local media personalities.
Howard Balzer, a long-time fixture in the St. Louis market has been named Senior Vice President of Operations, while Jeff Vernetti will be Senior Vice President of Marketing.
The announcement was made by club owner owner Andrew Haines. "We are thrilled to have Jeff and Howard as part of the Monsters Senior Management team. Their experience and contacts in the community will be a big reason why the Monsters are successful."
Balzer is in his 36th year covering professional football as a writer, editor and broadcaster. Currently, in addition to his work with The Sports Xchange, Balzer is the senior editor for Lindy's pro football magazine, a position he has held since 1992; and a talk-show host for SiriusXM NFL Radio and KFNS Radio. He is also one of 44 voting members on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.
Balzer is also no stranger to indoor football. In 1986, while with The Sporting News, he wrote the first published story on the sport after a demonstration game in Rockford, Ill. Balzer did national broadcasts for Arena Football from 1988-91 and was part of the television broadcast team for several years for the St. Charles-based River City Rage and Renegades. He was also the public relations director for the Arena Football League in 1993.
A 1974 graduate of Hofstra University, Balzer was the sports information director at the school while a student and after graduation worked as director of public relations for the National Wheelchair Athletic Association, director of public relations and promotions for the Long Island Tomahawks of the National Lacrosse League and director of public relations for the Continental Basketball Association.
In the community, Balzer is currently a board member for Athletes & Entertainers Circle of Influence and has hosted the unique Celebrity Karaoke event for seven years that has raised funds for local charities. He was also on the original board for the Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis and was a longtime committee member for the Gateway Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
"This will be a unique challenge and one I am very excited about," Balzer said. "I have always been interested in team operations and look forward to helping create a championship organization with the Monsters."
Vernetti joined the KFNS staff in August of 2007 and has worked in radio in a number of on-air roles. He has hosted the daily talk show "The Sports Edge" on both 590 the Fan and Sports Radio 1380 and worked for two years on 1380 ESPN. He and Balzer currently co-host "The Sports Edge" each day on KFNS from 2-3 p.m.
In addition to his hosting duties, he has covered a number of major events, from the World Series to NCAA Championship games to the MLB All-Star Game. He has covered five Super Bowls as a host and reporter and traveled with the Rams in both 2006 and 2008.
He has done regular play-by-play work, serving as the voice for the Indoor Football League team the RiverCity Rage for two seasons, where he was nominated for broadcaster of the year both seasons. In addition, he has handled the call of numerous Missouri Valley Conference tournament games, high school football and basketball, collegiate basketball and baseball, and minor league baseball.
Vernetti is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and spent five years in marketing before returning to radio in St. Louis.
He owns and operates two Balls n Strikes baseball training centers in the St. Louis area, one in Westport and one in Fenton.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Missouri Monsters Make Coaching Changes

The Missouri Monsters have made a coaching change, announcing the hiring of 24-year veteran coach, John Parker as head coach for the 2013 season. Parker has coached at the professional, college, and high school football levels.
Said Monsters owner Andrew Haines, "I am excited to have John Parker as our head coach for the upcoming season. He has significant football experience, a proven track record as a head coach, and community leader. We wanted the best person both on and off the field to represent the Monsters."
Added Howard Balzer, Monsters senior vice president of operations, "John will bring an unparalleled energy to the job as head coach. Football at any level is about commitment and passion, and John will instill that in his team."
Prior to joining the Monsters, Parker held head coaching positions at Cumberland University (2004 -2006), Cheyney University (1998-2002), and the University of Minnesota-Morris (1995-1998). In 2008, Parker retired as an assistant coach at Tennessee State University.
Known for his ability to build and rebuild programs from the ground up, Parker snapped a NCAA-record 29-game losing streak in his first season at Minnesota-Morris. He did it again in his first season at Cheyney, snapping a NCAA-record 52-game winless drought, which included a 39-game losing streak.. With over 24 years of experience, Parker has held numerous assistant positions with the National Indoor Football League's Show-Believers, Washington and Lee University, East Tennessee State University, The University of Nebraska-Omaha, Michigan Tech University, MacMurry University, and started his college coaching career locally at Washington University in St. Louis, under the tutelage of current head coach Larry Kindbom.
He has also served in the NFL, and has twice interned as a coach with the Philadelphia Eagles under former head coach Ray Rhodes and with the Tampa Buccaneers under former head coach Tony Dungy. He has tutored some top NFL players such as Donnie Abraham (second-round draft choice, 11-year veteran with Tampa Bay, New York Jets), and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (first-round draft choice, Arizona Cardinals, currently with the Philadelphia Eagles).
Parker has held additional service positions, and sits on the Board of Directors of several local organizations such as Athletes & Entertainers Circle of Influence, The Adoption Exchange, AHA Unlimited, and The Viral Cancer Research Foundation. He is a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the United Way. He is a member of the African American Leadership Society, and the former vice president of The Black Coaches and Administrators Association. He is a 25-year member of The American Football Coaches Association. He has received numerous awards in his career including being named by American Football Monthly Magazine as one of the top coaches in the country.
Parker played college football at Ball State University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri Valley College, and a Masters of Science from the United States Sports Academy. He is the father of two children; daughter, Andrea 14, and son, Jordan 12.

Shock Join Movember Movement to Support Men's Health, Fight against Prostate Cancer

The Spokane Shock have joined the Movember movement to support men's health and the fight against prostate cancer. During the month of November, the Shock will be raising awareness and funds for men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives as a part of the Movember campaign.
The funds raised by the Movember campaign are directed to programs run directly by Movember's partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG Foundation.
Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with the strategic goals set forth in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.
To join the Shock's Movember team, visit www.mobro.co/spokaneshock today!
OVERVIEW OF MOVEMBER (taken from http://us.movember.com/about/)
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men's faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo's, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.
Once registered at www.movember.com, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.
Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men's health.
At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Part├ęs held around the world by Movember, for Movember.
MOVEMBER - A GLOBAL MOVEMENT (taken from http://us.movember.com/about/)
Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men's health cause across the globe, from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai, and everywhere in between.
No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.
In 2011, over 854,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world got on board, raising $126.3 million USD.

AFL Joining The Breast Cancer Fight

The month of October has had you seeing pink! To raise awareness and research funds for breast cancer, many organizations nationwide have made efforts to keep top of mind the disease that impacts so many women, their families, friends and colleagues. The Arena Football League is happy to do its part in helping to raise awareness and funds to combat a disease that affects many of our players, front office staff and fans.
Chicago Rush President and General Manager, Roger Wexelberg was impacted by breast cancer after his sister was diagnosed 10 years ago.
“My sister had to go through chemotherapy, radiation and a double mastectomy,” Wexelberg said. “Needless to say, it was a huge shock and a lot ofanxious moments for everyone in our family.”
Many teams throughout the League have joined in the fight against breast cancer by choosing one game each season and designating it as the breast cancer awareness game. San Antonio, Iowa and Milwaukee all held games to help raise awareness. The game included pink gloves, chinstraps, sweatbands and a football with a pink stripe. When Iowa auctioned off autographed pink striped footballs during the game, the auction alone raised $2,000 for breast cancer research. Similarly, San Antonio auctioned autographed pink gloves and wristbands. Proceeds which reached $2,500 went toward breast cancer research as well.
Iowa’s game held a great deal of meaning for Barnstormers’ linebacker David Bedford, whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in the season.
“I was up in Iowa and I found out during a game week so I wasn’t able to go home or anything,” Bedford said. “I dealt with it up there with the team.”
During the pregame presentation, Bedford spoke to the local media about his mother and the importance of raising funds and awareness for the disease.
“It meant a lot to me to be a part of our awareness night,” Bedford said.
Bedford used his teammates as his support system while he coped with his mother’s diagnosis.
“My teammates came up to me and told me how they are all going to pray for me, so they were great,” Bedford said. “The coaches asked me if I wanted to take some time off and I told them I could deal with it but at the same time continue to play.”
While the National Football League may have led the charge to bring awareness to the disease during October, the AFL is able to shed light upon the issue of breast cancer during months where it might go unnoticed.
“The League is doing a great job because obviously October is the big month for awareness and that’s when most people are thinking about it but we need awareness year-round and it’s important to have other months with breast cancer awareness games,” Bedford said.
Wexelberg’s sister is now a 10-year survivor of the disease.
“It just makes you grateful in our case that everything is alright but it also makes you think about the families and the people that aren’t so lucky,” Wexelberg said.
Bedford also shared good news regarding his mother’s condition.
“She is done with all of the chemo that she is required to do. Scans have come back clear but I am sure that the doctors will definitely be keeping an eye on it,” Bedford said. “She is ten-times stronger than I am so I knew she would be fine and that she would be able to beat it.”
While both Bedford and Wexelberg agree that the League has done a good job raising awareness and funds for breast cancer, there is always room for improvement.
“Bringing the awareness level up is hugely important,” Wexelberg said.  “Then conversely making that parlay into dollars because at the end of the day that’s what we need to make sure families don’t go through it in the future.”

Monday, October 29, 2012

Free Agency Period Delayed Due To Severe Weather

Due to severe weather on the east coast, the free agency period will be delayed until Wednesday, October 31st, the Arena Football League announced today.
Communication and phone lines to the east coast could be interrupted making business transactions difficult.
Similarly, the National Football League shut down their League office in Manhattan on Monday and Tuesday and pushed back the trade deadline to Thursday due to the storms.
The AFL free agency period was previously set to begin on Tuesday, October 30. The exclusive signing period will be extended through Tuesday. Free agents will be assigned beginning on Wednesday, October 31.

Missouri Monsters Coaches, Scout Resign

Today the Monsters announced the resignation of the team's coaching staff and director of college scouting.
The staff included; Jarrod Rogol (Head Coach), Jeff Hunt (Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator), J.T. Thompson (Offensive Coordinator), Charles Edmunds (Line Coach), and Ondra Berry II (Director of College Scouting).
About the Missouri Monsters:
The Missouri Monsters are members of the Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL). The UIFL was founded in 2010 by Andrew Haines & Michael Taylor. 2013 will be the 3rd season for the league. The Monsters have a multi-year lease with the Family Arena in St. Charles, MO. Training camp begins in February 2013!
For more information about the Missouri Monsters, please visit www.uiflmonsters.com

San Antonio Hosts Arena Football University

San Antonio had the privilege to host the Arena Football League’s annual "Arena Football University" this week. AFU is a three-day event that gives AFL teams the opportunity to come together and meet with vendors and the League office to game plan for the upcoming season.
Every year, teams vieto host the event in their city. Out of all of the offers in 2012, San Antonio was hand-picked by the League to host this year’s event. AFU was held downtown at the St. Anthony Hotel. In their down time from the event, participants were able to visit and enjoy the Riverwalk.
“We would like to thank the San Antonio Talons for serving as the host of our annual Arena Football University,” Christie Cook, AFL Senior Director of League and Team Operations, said. “This week, we spent three days as a League sharing ideas on ticket operations, corporate partnerships, merchandise, football operations, media relations and game day operations.”
Representatives from Russell Athletics and Riddell were also present showing off samples of the latest and greatest in athletic gear for the teams.
Senior account executive of the Orlando Predators, Jack Benigno was thoroughly impressed with the event.
“I found the event to be not only educational, but inspiring as well. The presentations were informative and motivating and the venue was spectacular,” Benigno said. “Kudos to the AFL and the San Antonio Talons for providing a tremendous all around experience.”

Friday, October 26, 2012

CIFL Concludes Annual Meeting, Sets Vision for Future

Last weekend owners of the teams that make up the CIFL met inside the VIP Board Room of Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Expo Center, home of the expansion Kentucky Xtreme. The K.E.C. and Xtreme showed great hospitality to the CIFL team owners, general managers directors of operations who were in attendance. Owners overwhelmingly expressed their satisfaction with the outcome of the meeting and left with a good feeling about the present and the future of the league. The meetings lead one owner, Lamonte "LC" Coleman from the Marion Blue Racers to say, "I appreciate the hospitality that was displayed by the Kentucky Xtreme CEO Victor Cole and the staff of Freedom Hall...the CIFL prepared a well organized meeting that gave all owners an open forum to express their thoughts." LC went on to say "I can see their vision beginning to take shape, one day at a time".
The meeting brought about excitement from all the owners when thinking ahead to the 2013 season that starts in February. The owner from the Owensboro Rage, Melissa Logsdon, was thinking of not only the league, but the fans as well, "I look forward to the 2013 season beginning so we can put into action what we have been working so hard on and to share the experience with our communities and fans."
Fans will grow accustom to seeing more of their team's talent suit up this season as well. Starting in 2013 teams will be allowed to expand their active roster from 19 players up to 21 this year and are being required to carry a backup Quarterback and Kicker. Safety was an apparent factor in some rulings which included the elimination of Defensive Back blitzing, reducing the amount of blindsided hits to the quarterback. Uno's were also passed, allowing teams to score a single point on their kickoff if the ball makes its way through the uprights.
There will also be a couple new twists to watch for in the coaches this year. Starting this season coaches will be permitted to coach on the field again, which will improve communication between them and their players. They will also be proudly displaying the Adidas logo on their sideline apparel as well as the league announced they have agreed to a deal with Adidas to become the official supplier of footballs and coaches sideline apparel for the 2013 season.
"Our vision is to brand the CIFL as the premier indoor football league in the country. Partnering with companies like Adidas is one of the many steps on that journey." said Co-Owner of the CIFL Robert Licht. "We're redefining the expectations of indoor football by establishing and sharing best practices amongst our teams. Together with my partners Jim O'Brien and Stuart Schweigert, we look to continue the legacy of the CIFL as we enter its eight consecutive season."
An official 2013 CIFL schedule will be announced soon with games beginning in early February and the CIFL Championship slated to take place on Saturday May 18th. For more information please visit www.ciflfootball.com.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Richmond Raiders Continue To Develop 2013 Roster, Coaching Staff

Even though the start of the Richmond Raiders' fourth season is five months away, the team continues to work hard to assemble a squad that can improve on 2012's PIFL runner-up finish. Fifty-seven hopeful players looking to be part of the 2013 roster participated in Saturday's open tryout at the Richmond Coliseum, and a number of them at all positions made an impression on Raider head coach James Fuller.
"I'm all about getting the best players," Fuller said. "I want to get the best guys, then see where they fit."
Fifteen of the players that took the Raiders to a 10-2 regular season and a berth in the PIFL Championship Game have already signed contracts for 2013. "We have a good nucleus of guys," Fuller said, adding that at the tryout he tried "to find the best players who are available." Fuller acknowledged that the team's success buoyed tryout attendance and increased competition for roster spots. "Everybody wants to be part of a winner," he said.
Coach Fuller, who lives out of town during the offseason, met with team ownership during tryout weekend and signed a contract officially confirming his return to lead the Raiders in 2013.
2013 will mark Fuller's third season as the Raiders' head coach. Fuller led the Raiders to a 10-2 regular season record in 2012, which tied for first place in the PIFL. Under Fuller's guidance, the team registered its first ever wins over the rival Columbus Lions and Albany Panthers, beat every team in the league at least once, and went a perfect 7-0 at home including the playoffs. Fuller led the team to its first ever postseason berth, beating the Louisiana Swashbucklers in the PIFL semifinal before falling to the Albany Panthers in the championship game. The Raiders had the #1 scoring offense and the #2 scoring defense in the league, scoring over 60 points per game and allowing just 49.
Fuller is a native of Tacoma, Washington and holds a degree in criminal justice from Portland State University, where he was a two-time All American safety. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 1992 and played on that team for three seasons. Fuller also played for the Scotland Claymores, and in 1996 led NFL-Europe in interceptions. He finished his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996.
Coach Fuller also announced the return of two veteran assistant coaches, Defensive Coordinator Billy Jarvis, and Line Coach Joe Valvoda.
"It is great to have head coach Fuller back along with coaches Jarvis and Valvoda and to see them back in action with the open tryouts," Raider owner Mike Fraizer said. "They are a quality group and bring strong commitment and energy."
Billy Jarvis returns to the Raiders for his third year as an assistant coach. Jarvis also spent time as defensive coordinator of the Richmond Speed professional arena team during 2001-2003. Jarvis played college ball at James Madison University. As defensive coordinator in 2012, his squad was #1 against the run, second against the pass and in total defense, and dominated the league in takeaways, forcing 32 opponents' turnovers. The Raiders' ball-hawking defense picked off 21 passes and returned seven for touchdowns.
Joe Valvoda returns to the Raiders for his third season leading the offensive line. A four year letterman at Edinboro University (PA) and a 2004 Division II All-American, he played indoors professionally with the Green Bay Blizzard and the Richmond Bandits. He is in his eighth year as an assistant coach at Richmond's Douglas Freeman High School. The Raiders' O-line paved the way for a dominating rushing attack which ranked first in the PIFL in yards, yards per rush, and rushing touchdowns. The Raiders proved they could get yardage on the ground when it counted, notching 25 rushing TDs from inside the red zone.
Fraizer commented that the coaching staff might expand before the beginning of training camp. "We still may add one more to the coaching ranks as we move toward the season," he said.
The Raiders will kick off their 2013 season at the Richmond Coliseum on March 16 against the PIFL's newest team, the Charlotte Speed. Season tickets are on sale through the Raiders' office by calling 1-855-GO-RAIDERS, 804-780-0430, or visiting richmondraidersprofootball.com. Act quickly to lock in the most savings - prices on all silver level tickets go up on November 1!

Spokane Shock to host local MMA 'Rising Stars' in new fight series

The Spokane Shock present a new monthly MMA Fight series called "Arena Rumble: Rising Stars."
The first fight card will take place on November 10th, 2012 at the Spokane Shock Facility located at 3212 N Eden Rd in the Spokane Valley. Doors will open at 6pm PST with the event beginning at 7pm PST.
"Arena Rumble: Rising Stars" will showcase the best local fighters in the Inland NW to the Spokane area's MMA fans before they hit the big time.
The previous Arena Rumble event hosted by the Spokane Shock had an attendance of nearly 4,000 fans at the Spokane Arena. There will be only 1,000 tickets available for this fight series' opening night event.
Tickets can be purchased online by going to arenarumble.com or by calling the Spokane Shock ticket office at 242-7462.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

LFL Canada Championship Game ‘Lingerie Bowl I’ Will Feature The Hometown BC Angels VS. Saskatoon Sirens

Lingerie Football League Canada (LFL Canada) officials announced the first-ever LFL Canada championship game ‘Lingerie Bowl I’ will be played on Sunday, November 18th at Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre featuring the hometown No.2 BC Angels hosting the No.1 Saskatoon Sirens.
The BC Angels advanced to the Lingerie Bowl behind the play of LFL Canada’s leading rusher Stephanie Manou (pictured) while the Saskatoon Sirens are enjoying a Cinderella-like season with the inspired play of quarterback/safety, Anne Erler (pictured).
The LFL Canada Lingerie Bowl will culminate the inaugural season of LFL Canada which has proven to be an incredible success drawing 20% higher than projected attendance across all (4) four inaugural season franchise teams as well as television deal with British Columbia’s CHEK TV.
Lingerie Bowl Canada will include weekend-long festivities in Vancouver and Abbotsford to include:
LINGERIE BOWL I NATIONAL MEDIA DAY, Thursday, Nov. 15 (Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre)
LINGERIE BOWL I OFFICIAL KICKOFF PARTY, Friday, Nov. 16 (Location TBA)
LINGERIE BOWL I GAME SASKATOON SIRENS vs BC ANGELS, Sunday, Nov. 18 (Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre)
LINGERIE BOWL I OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY, Sunday, Nov. 18 (Location TBA)

Nebraska Danger Finalizes 2013 Coaching Staff

The Nebraska Danger Indoor Professional Football Team and Head Coach Mike Davis are pleased to announce their coaching staff for the 2013 season. Hurtis Chinn and Dave Kimura return to the staff for a second season, while former Danger center James Poynter will take over a new role this year as D-Line Coach. "I am very excited about this group of coaches, who bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the Danger program," comments Davis. "We are all looking forward to a successful 2013 season."
2013 Danger coaching staff:
Mike Davis, Head Coach
Hurtis Chinn, Receivers Coach
Dave Kimura, Offensive Coordinator
James Poynter, O-Line/D-Line Coach
Mike Davis was born and raised on the East Coast. 2013 will be Davis' third season at the helm with the Danger. He attended Virginia Tech where he played linebacker. After losing in the National Championship game, Davis played 6 years in the arena and indoor leagues before moving into coaching. Davis brings a wealth of knowledge and recruiting experience to the Danger, as he helped build and win an indoor championship in Virginia. Davis took over the River City Rage franchise in 2008, and led them to the championship game. In 2010, he coached the Omaha Beef to a 10-5 record after a 2-4 start.
Hurtis Chinn, a native of Miami, Florida, returns for a second season as Receivers Coach with the Danger. Prior to playing one season with the Danger during its inaugural year, Chinn was a valuable player for the River City Rage (IFL - St. Louis), including playing in the IFL title game in 2009. Chinn led the team and finished fourth in the IFL in receptions with 77, and also amassed 11 touchdowns in the regular season. Chinn has spent time in tryout camps with the Seattle Seahawks and with the Utah Blaze of the AFL. His collegiate experience includes Western New Mexico University 2003-2004 and Arizona Western in 2001-2002, where he was All-Conference. In 2004, Chinn recorded a 99-yard reception vs. Northern Arizona, a stadium record.
Dave Kimura is currently the co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks for the Hastings College Broncos football team and is now in his second season with the Danger. Originally from Mariposa, California, he graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 2002 after receiving all-conference and all-American honors in football. Kimura brings previous indoor experience to the Danger, having played for Danger rival Sioux Falls Storm as well as for the Yakima Shockwave. Additional coaching experience includes DeBartolo Sports University, VIP Scouting, San Lorenzo High School Offensive Coordinator/Receivers coach, Dakota Wesleyan University Offensive Coordinator/QBs, Receivers coach, and Dakota Wesleyan University Receivers Coach.
James Poynter, a Plainview, Nebraska native, joined the Danger as a Center in 2011 after 4 years with the Omaha Beef in the same position. Prior to that he played OL at the University of Nebraska-Kearney from 2001 to 2005. After spending 2 years playing with the Danger, Poynter is excited for his new role as O-Line/D-Line Coach.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Colorado Ice Move Operations to Qdoba Events Center

The Colorado Ice Professional Indoor Football Team will be moving its offices and operations to the Qdoba Events Center in South Fort Collins. The move is happening throughout the week of October 22nd.
Moving operations to the Qdoba Events Center will, for the first time, allow the team to practice, hold meetings and have access to the team's front office all in one location. The first event for the Ice at the new facility will be the Open Player Tryout this Friday (October 26th) from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM.
The Qdoba Events Center is located at 218 Smokey Street in Fort Collins, CO. The Qdoba Events Center has the ability to hold meetings/parties and events such as; MMA fights, Roller Derby, In-line Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse and Football. You can go to qdobaeventscenter.com to see all the exciting events and sign up for an activity.
The Colorado Ice will continue to play all home games on Majestic Roofing Field at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO. For more information on upcoming events at the BEC or The Ranch go to budweisereventscenter.com or larimer.org/theranch.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Indoor Football League Releases Schedule

The Indoor Football League (IFL) announced today its 18-week 70-game regular-season schedule for 2013, which kicks off on Friday, February 15 and concludes on Saturday, June 15.
The season opener on Friday, February 15 will feature the defending-champion Sioux Falls Storm as they take on the Green Bay Blizzard in a rematch of last year's United Conference Championship.
The regular season will conclude on Saturday, June 15. The 2013 season will conclude in early July when the IFL will crown a champion at the 2013 United Bowl.
2013 marks the fifth year of IFL play and the league will consist of ten teams, listed alphabetically: Cedar Rapids Titans, Cheyenne Warriors, Chicago Slaughter, Colorado Ice, Green Bay Blizzard, Nebraska Danger, Sioux Falls Storm, Texas Revolution, Tri-Cities Fever, and Wyoming Cavalry.
In addition, the IFL conference alignments have also changed for the 2013 season. Each conference will consist of five teams.
Intense Conference: United Conference: Cheyenne Warriors Cedar Rapids Titans Colorado Ice Chicago Slaughter Nebraska Danger Green Bay Blizzard Tri-Cities Fever Sioux Falls Storm Wyoming Cavalry Texas Revolution
The IFL's 10 teams will each play 14 games over 18 weeks. Byes occur sporadically over the course of the season. The playoffs will commence in late June. Further details about the 2013 playoff structure will be released in the coming weeks.
All of the IFL's 2013 games can be streamed live on America One, the IFL's official broadcast partner.
2013 Indoor Football League Schedule (Games listed Alphabetically by Home Team)
Friday, February 15 (FIRST WEEKEND)
1. Sioux Falls Storm at Green Bay Blizzard Saturday, February 16
2. Chicago Slaughter at Cedar Rapids Titans
Sunday, February 24 (SECOND WEEKEND)
3. Cedar Rapids Titans at Chicago Slaughter
Friday, March 1(THIRD WEEKEND) BYES: Cheyenne, Wyoming
4. Texas Revolution at Cedar Rapids Titans
5. Tri-Cities Fever at Colorado Ice Saturday, March 2
6. Green Bay Blizzard at Chicago Slaughter
7. Sioux Falls Storm at Nebraska Danger
Friday, March 8 (FOURTH WEEKEND) BYES: Chicago, Colorado,Green Bay, Sioux Falls, Texas, Tri-Cities
8. Wyoming Cavalry at Cedar Rapids Titans Saturday, March 9
9. Cheyenne Warriors at Nebraska Danger
Friday, March 15 (FIFTH WEEKEND) BYES: Cedar Rapids, Nebraska
10. Cheyenne Warriors at Tri-Cities Fever Sunday, March 17
11. Texas Revolution at Chicago Slaughter
12. Green Bay Blizzard at Colorado Ice
13. Wyoming Cavalry at Sioux Falls Storm
Friday, March 22 (SIXTH WEEKEND)
14. Tri-Cities Fever at Texas Revolution Saturday, March 23
15. Chicago Slaughter at Green Bay Blizzard
16. Wyoming Cavalry at Nebraska Danger Sunday, March 24
17. Cheyenne Warriors at Colorado Ice
18. Cedar Rapids Titans at Sioux Falls Storm
Friday, March 29 (SEVENTH WEEKEND) BYES: Chicago, Sioux Falls
19. Texas Revolution at Tri-Cities Fever
20. Colorado Ice at Wyoming Cavalry Saturday, March 30
21. Green Bay Blizzard at Cedar Rapids Titans
22. Nebraska Danger at Cheyenne Warriors
Friday, April 5 (EIGHTH WEEKEND)
23. Tri-Cities Fever at Wyoming Cavalry Saturday April 6
24. Cedar Rapids Titans at Chicago Slaughter
25. Colorado Ice at Cheyenne Warriors
26. Texas Revolution at Nebraska Danger Sunday, April 7
27. Green Bay Blizzard at Sioux Falls Storm
Friday, April 12 (NINTH WEEKEND)
28. Nebraska Danger at Tri-Cities Fever
29. Cedar Rapids Titans at Wyoming Cavalry Saturday, April 13
30. Chicago Slaughter at Cheyenne Warriors
31. Sioux Falls Storm at Colorado Ice
32. Green Bay Blizzard at Texas Revolution
Saturday, April 20 (TENTH WEEKEND) BYES: Colorado, Wyoming
33. Chicago Slaughter at Cedar Rapids Titans
34. Tri-Cities Fever at Green Bay Blizzard
35. Cheyenne Warriors at Sioux Falls Storm
36. Nebraska Danger at Texas Revolution
Friday, April 26 (ELEVENTH WEEKEND)
37. Texas Revolution at Nebraska Danger
38. Wyoming Cavalry at Tri-Cities Fever Saturday, April 27
39. Sioux Falls Storm at Chicago Slaughter
40. Cheyenne Warriors at Colorado Ice
41. Cedar Rapids Titans at Green Bay Blizzard
Friday, May 3 (TWELFTH WEEKEND) BYES: Cedar Rapids, Green Bay
42. Chicago Slaughter at Texas Revolution
43. Colorado Ice at Wyoming Cavalry Saturday, May 4
44. Tri-Cities Fever at Cheyenne Warriors
45. Nebraska Danger at Sioux Falls Storm
Friday, May 10 (THIRTEENTH WEEKEND)
46. Texas Revolution at Green Bay Blizzard Saturday, May 11
47. Sioux Falls Storm at Cedar Rapids Titans
48. Nebraska Danger at Chicago Slaughter
49. Colorado Ice at Tri-Cities Fever
50. Cheyenne Warriors at Wyoming Cavalry
Friday, May 17 (FOURTEENTH WEEKEND) BYES: Cheyenne, Texas
51. Tri-Cities Fever at Wyoming Cavalry Saturday, May 18
52. Nebraska Danger at Colorado Ice
53. Cedar Rapids Titans at Green Bay Blizzard
54. Chicago Slaughter at Sioux Falls Storm
Friday, May 24 (FIFTEENTH WEEKEND) BYES: Chicago, Green Bay
55. Colorado Ice at Nebraska Danger
56. Wyoming Cavalry at Cheyenne Warriors Saturday, May 25
57. Cedar Rapids Titans at Texas Revolution
58. Sioux Falls Storm at Tri-Cities Fever
Friday, May 31 (SIXTEENTH WEEKEND) BYES: Cedar Rapids, Tri-Cities
59. Green Bay Blizzard at Chicago Slaughter
60. Nebraska Danger at Wyoming Cavalry Saturday, June 1
61. Colorado Ice at Cheyenne Warriors
62. Sioux Falls Storm at Texas Revolution
Friday, June 7 (SEVENTEENTH WEEKEND) BYES: Chicago, Nebraska
63. Wyoming Cavalry at Colorado Ice Saturday, June 8
64. Green Bay Blizzard at Cedar Rapids Titans
65. Texas Revolution at Sioux Falls Storm
66. Cheyenne Warriors at Tri-Cities Fever
Friday, June 14 (EIGHTEENTH WEEKEND) BYES: Cedar Rapids, Sioux Falls
67. Wyoming Cavalry at Cheyenne Warriors Saturday, June 15
68. Chicago Slaughter at Green Bay Blizzard
69. Tri-Cities Fever at Nebraska Danger
70. Colorado Ice at Texas Revolution
Postseason
Playoff structure to be released at a later date

AFL and Russell Renew Partnership

The Arena Football League and Russell Brands, LLC have renewed their partnership for the next three seasons, the League office announced today.
The partnership designates Russell Athletic as the official uniform and on-field apparel supplier of the AFL and Spalding as the official game ball supplier of the League. The game ball is specifically designed with the AFL’s signature stripe for higher visibility in the passing game, and the League and Spalding encourage fans to keep those footballs that enter the stands during game play. Russell Athletic will also serve as the exclusive supplier of conference and ArenaBowl championship hats and t-shirts as well as the official apparel provider of the AFL online store.
“This has been a tremendous partnership for many years,” AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said. “The innovation and commitment to excellence demonstrated by Russell Athletic and Spalding makes them a natural fit for the AFL and we are thrilled to continue this partnership for another three years.”
“We’re excited to continue our partnership with the Arena Football League,” said Gary Barfield, executive vice president, Russell Brands, LLC. “The fast-paced action and intense competition in the AFL is a great platform to showcase the dynamic design and high quality of both our Russell Athletic and Spalding products.”
To commemorate the League’s Silver Anniversary season in 2012, Spalding game balls featured silver stripes and laces, as well as the 25th Anniversary logo on the top front panel of the ball. Spalding will use a new design to celebrate the 2013 AFL season.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Shock Host Camp to Support Foundation

The Spokane Shock, Spokane Elite Dance Studio, Rockwood Clinic, and Spokane Crew will be hosting a day of youth camps on Monday, November 12th, 2012 at the Spokane Shock Facility to benefit Cure for Cat Foundation.
Cure for Cat seeks to raise funds for local 25 year old Cat Davis who is fighting systemic scleroderma. For more information visit www.cureforcat.com.
Spokane Elite Dance Studio will host a Dance Camp from 10am-12pm. Instruction will be led by Maggie Kazemba, Shock Dance Team Members, and Instructors of Spokane Elite Dance Studio. Maggie has over twelve years of experience in studio and dance teams around Spokane; including the Director of the Spokane Shock Dance Team and Head Coach of the WSU Crimson Girls.
The Spokane Shock and Rockwood Clinic will host a Football Camp from 1pm-3pm. Shock Coaches, Players, and Rockwood staff will lead Speed, Performance, and Skill Drills. Participants will be tested in 20-yd shuttle, 40-yd dash, broad jump and compete in Positional Drills and One-on-Ones.
Spokane Crew will host a Baseball skills camp from 5pm-7pm. Instruction will be led by Shawn Henry and Spokane Crew Instructors at the Spokane Shock Facility with Indoor Batting Cage. Instruction will provide campers with skill training to help players reach maximum potential.
To pre-register contact Josh at the Shock Office at 509-242-7477 or email info@spokaneshock.com. Registration fee of $25 fee per camp and participant with all proceeds going toward ‘Cure for Cat’ Foundation, additional donations appreciated.