Thursday, January 31, 2013

Marion Blue Racers Scrimmage February 1st

The Marion Blue Racers, Central Ohio's only professional football team, would like to announce an open scrimmage night. This event will take place on Friday February 1st, 2013 in the Marion County Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The doors will open at 6:30pm and is free to the public. Come meet YOUR Blue Racers as we complete our training camp. This will be the final scrimmage before the season opener on February 7th 2013 in Saginaw MI, against the defending 2012 CIFL champions, The Saginaw Sting.
The Blues Racers will also be hosting on February 2nd, 2013, a free Skills and Drills completion for kids ages 6-17. Come meet your favorite Blue Racers. Players will be on hand to mentor everyone in the competition and sign autographs. Doors open at 12:00pm at the Marion County Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Come join us!

Ticket Price Changes In Place For 2013 Wichita Wild Season

The Wichita Wild Professional Indoor Football Team is announcing price changes for single game and season tickets for the upcoming 2013 season. This year's prices will decrease 7-10 dollars for single game tickets and 50-60 dollars for season tickets from the 2012 season. Season tickets are available for purchase now, while single game tickets can be purchased beginning February 22, 2013. This change is a result of the Wild's entrance into a new league, the Champions Professional Indoor Football league, which includes two less regular season games than their previous membership in the IFL. This year the Wild will play a total of 12 games, 6 of which will be hosted at Hartman Arena.
A major difference in the Wild seating format from last season is the new general admission seating which will be located in Section 101. Tickets can be purchased for $5 per game in this seating area and fans are free to sit anywhere in the section. General reserve seating has been lowered to $9 a ticket, player bench level seating to $12 a ticket, and club level seating will be $16 a seat.
Season ticket prices will also differ with tickets as low as $24 in general admission, general reserve seating at $48, player bench level seating at $66 and club seats at $84. Season tickets include early entrance to the game at 6:00 p.m. through the Coors Light Lounge and first right of refusal for playoff tickets. For fans choosing to purchase Club seats, there is an option to buy access to the VIP Hartmoor Club for an additional $15 per game. The fee covers access to the club, private entry into the arena 30 minutes before doors open to the public, as well as a selection of free hor d'oeuvres and a full service bar. Please call the box office at 316-927-3999 for more information on these changes or to order your tickets.
"With a great slash in prices for the Wild everybody can become an indoor football fan," Wild GM, John Blazek said. "Our tickets start at $5 so it's affordable for people to come to a game and see the action."
The Wild will host 6 regular season home games this season in the CPIFL, beginning with the Kansas Koyotes on March 23rd and concluding June 8th against the Mid-Missouri Outlaws. All home games will be played on Saturday and are scheduled to kickoff at 7:05 p.m. For more news and ticket information visit or follow the team on Facebook and Twitter (@wildfootball).

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Legends Football League Announces Major Canadian National Broadcaster

Legends Football League has announced an exclusive broadcast partnership with Canada’s number one French-language sports network, RDS.
Since premiering in 2009, the LFL has drawn sell-out crowds both in the US as well as internationally, becoming the highest-rated LIVE sports series for its US broadcaster MTV Networks. The LFL was awarded the first-ever video game deal in the history of women’s sports, is now broadcast to over 85 territories around the world, and launched international league play with LFL Canada in 2012 to be followed by LFL Australia in 2013 and LFL Europa in 2015.
“We are excited to partner with the Legends Football League to bring America’s fastest growing sports league to Canadian television. LFL Football has generated great excitement around the globe on sports-centric networks, and we feel it will find a passionate audience here at RDS,” said Robert Turcotte, Vice-president Programmation, RDS.
The inaugural season of play in Canada was a tremendous success with franchises in BC, Saskatoon, Regina and Toronto. LFL Canada’s success was highlighted by drawing a television contract in its first season of play as well as twenty-percent higher than projected attendance. Partnering with RDS further cements the LFL’s strategy on building the sport in Canada.
Mitchell Mortaza, Founder & Chairman, LFL Global, was quoted as saying, “Following an exciting inaugural season in Canada, we want to further increase our exposure nationally and have taken a tremendous step toward building our fan base north of the border. With RDS, not only have we partnered with a sports-driven broadcaster, bringing instant credibility to our on-field product, but we have also made our game available to many more Canadians.”

Cedar Rapids Titans to Hold Super Bowl Party Benefiting Habitat for Humanity

This Super Bowl Sunday the Cedar Rapids Titans will be continuing their mission of giving back to the community. The Titans, along with Expressions Salon, Fitzgerald & Associates, Clarion Hotel and Diamond Limousine are teaming up to raise money for Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity.
The Titans will co-host the 2nd annual "Home Team Huddle" Super Bowl party Sunday, February 3rd beginning at 4:00pm at the 33rd Ave Bar & Restaurant located in the Clarion Hotel 525 33rd Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids.
The event is open to the public and football fans around the community are invited to come and watch the game with Titans players, coaches, and members of the Titans Dolls dance team. There will be food & drink specials throughout the evening including a special tailgate buffet. During the game there will be contests, autograph opportunities, raffles, and a chance to win some great prizes; including Habitat's grand prize of a weekend getaway to an NFL city next season! The goal of the event is to raise money for Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity. There is no cost to attend however donations will be collected throughout the evening for Habitat for Humanity. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity (CVHH) is a partnership of churches, businesses, individuals, organizations and families with limited resources that has a proven track record in addressing the need for affordable housing in the greater Cedar Rapids community. It is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), an ecumenical Christian housing organization committed to eliminating the world's substandard housing. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent homes alongside our homeowner (partner) families. Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat home and the homes of others. Habitat homes are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable zero-interest loans. Since Cedar Valley Habitat's founding in 1988, the organization has built or fully rehabilitated more than 100 homes in partnership with qualified families in need.
Fans looking for more information about the event can visit the Titans website or call the Titans office at 319-730-6301. For more information about Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity visit . More information about Habitat's Home Team Huddle can be found at

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chicago Bliss Returns To Sears Center Arena

By Marcus de la Fuente
Legends Football League officials have announced that one of the most storied franchises will be returning to its old home. The Chicago Bliss are headed back to Sears Center Arena for 2013. The arena hosted the historic, first-ever LFL game that saw the Bliss beat the Miami Caliente 29-19 in front of a near capacity crowd. Several Chicago Bears players were in attendance that day, the most noteworthy being Chicago football figure Mike Ditka, who presented the opening coin-toss.
That night, another Chicago milestone was reached as the Bliss got their first win in front of a packed stadium. Winning at home, in front of a large crowd, would become tradition for the Bliss as they would remain undefeated at the Sears Center Arena over the next two years.
Perhaps the most memorable LFL game played at Sears Center Arena was on December 18, 2010 when the Bliss met the Philadelphia Passion, amidst a 3-foot snowstorm and gusting winds. Despite the treacherous weather, thousands of loyal fans made their way to Sears Center Arena in order to pack the stadium. In fact, a line of cars stretched all the way back to the highway and led to a delayed kickoff. Once the crowd was inside, they watched their team rout the Passion 46-19.
With the success that the Chicago Bliss franchise had on the field and in the stands, you might ask why, in 2011, they moved to the South Side’s Toyota Park in Bridgeview?
The reason was simple: The league wanted to draw even larger crowds in a much larger venue. While that strategy appeared great on paper, the magic of the Sears Center Arena and North Side fan base did not follow the team to the South Side stadium. Toyota Park drew merely respectable crowds, and the team struggled on the field with an 0-2 record.
Fast-forward to 2013. League officials have gone back to recreating the old magic of the original Bliss franchise, bringing back head coach Keith Hac and returning to their beloved home of Sears Center Arena.
Opening night of the Chicago Bliss 2013 season will feature one of the most anticipated match-ups of the year. The 3-time LFL champion Los Angeles Temptation arrive in Chicago to take on the Bliss on Friday, April 19th. What better way for the Bliss to open their return to an old and magical era than with a match-up against LA?
2013 Chicago Bliss Home Schedule
Friday, April 19 vs. Los Angeles Temptation
Friday, May 10 vs. Las Vegas Sin

ArenaBowl XXVI Weekend Headlined By KISS

Legendary rock band KISS will perform during ArenaBowl XXVI weekend in Orlando, the Arena Football League announced on Tuesday.
Known for their elaborate stage outfits and iconic black and white face paint, KISS has been awarded 28 gold albums since their debut in 1973, more than any American rock band in history. The group has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide over the last four decades and notched eight Top 10 albums, highlighted by hit songs such as "Rock And Roll All Nite" and "Calling Dr. Love".
ArenaBowl XXVI is set to be played at the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, August 17. The game will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 1 p.m.

Orlando to Host ArenaBowl XXVI

The Arena Football League, Orlando Predators and Amway Center are pleased to announce that ArenaBowl XXVI will be played in Orlando on August 17, 2013. The game will be televised live on the CBS Television Network.
"The world loves traveling to Orlando, so I can't think of a better place to host our biggest event," AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said. "We anticipate the largest viewing audience our League has ever had, so we will put on as great a show as they have ever seen."
ArenaBowl XXVI will be the fourth AFL championship game played in Orlando and the first neutral site ArenaBowl in the city's history. This will be the second consecutive neutral site ArenaBowl and the sixth in the history of the League.
A weekend full of events surrounding ArenaBowl XXVI will include the ArenaBowl Gala on Thursday evening announcing the major award winners from the regular season, and a concert featuring a headline recording artist on Friday night. These and other events will lead up to the ArenaBowl, which is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Fans have been treated to something historic in each of the previous three ArenaBowls held in Orlando. The ArenaBowl first came to Orlando in 1992 when the Detroit Drive defeated the Orlando Predators, 56-38, in ArenaBowl VI to claim their fourth title in five seasons. Two years later, the city hosted the game again when the Arizona Rattlers celebrated their first championship in franchise history when quarterback Sherdrick Bonner connected with receiver Calvin Schexnayder for a game-winning 24-yard touchdown with 31 seconds left for a 36-31 victory over the Predators in ArenaBowl VIII. The hometown Predators came away with a win the last time the championship game was held in Orlando, defeating the Nashville Kats, 41-38, by kicking a field goal as time expired in ArenaBowl XIV.

Orlando Mayor, Predators To Announce Tuesday City Will Host ArenaBowl XXVI

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando Predators Managing Partner Brett Bouchy reportedly have some big news for Orlando sports fans.
Officials reportedly plan to announce at a news conference at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday that the city has agreed to host ArenaBowl XXVI — the Arena Football League’s 2013 championship game — at the Amway Center on Aug. 17, Bouchy told the Orlando Sentinel.
This is a one-year agreement between the city and the AFL, and the game will be televised on CBS — the first time a broadcast network will air the ArenaBowl since 2008, the Sentinel reports.
Orlando will be the sixth neutral-site ArenaBowl since 2005, but the City Beautiful has previously hosted non neutral-site games in 1992, 1994 and 2000, according to the Sentinel.
Las Vegas and New Orleans have previously hosted the ArenaBowl and USA Today reports ArenaBowl XXII brought about $15 million to $25 million in revenue to New Orleans.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Missouri Monsters Name Justin Madden General Manager

The Missouri Monsters announced Justin Madden as team General Manager. Madden will oversee the day to day business operations, and will report directly to team ownership.
“We interviewed many highly qualified candidates for the position. I feel that Justin shares similar values with us, and will be an important asset to our business operations, as we grow closer to our season, and beyond.” Said Monsters Owner Andrew Haines.
Madden is from DeSoto, MO, and graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology from Missouri Baptist University. While attending Missouri Baptist Madden played all four years on the Basketball team, and was a captain of the team. He was voted MVP his Junior and Senior seasons. In addition to basketball Justin was involved with the Campus Ministry "AMP".
Currently Justin is a worship leader at SOS Church in St. Louis.
"I'm excited to join the Monsters family, and look forward to making the Monsters a household name in the Greater St. Charles/St. Louis areas." said Monsters General Manager Justin Madden.
Justin will begin with building a team internship program, and increasing the team appearances in the community right away.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Indoor Football League And Motel 6 Form Partnership

Motel 6 and the Indoor Football League announced an agreement that makes the nationwide chain the “Official Lodging Sponsor of the IFL”.
IFL Commissioner Robert Loving commented, “This is a very exciting time for the Indoor Football League.  We are honored to partner with an organization as highly reputable as Motel 6 and we look forward to a successful 2013 season.”
“Motel 6 is proud to be the Official Lodging Sponsor of the IFL” stated Kirsten Jenkins, Sr. Account Executive-Special Markets.  “With over 1100 locations, Motel 6 is ideal for the budget-minded traveler.  You can count on us to provide clean and comfortable rooms at the lowest price of any national chain for the teams and fans of the IFL!”
The 2013 IFL season begins the weekend of February 15th with the “IFL Kickoff Classic”.  On Friday February 15th, the two-time defending United Bowl Champion Sioux Falls Storm visit the Green Bay Blizzard in a rematch of last year’s United Conference Championship game.  “Kickoff Classic” weekend continues on February 16th when the Chicago Slaughter travel to take on the Cedar Rapids Titans.

Cedar Rapids Titans Preseason Game Dedicated to Heart Disease Survivors

When the Cedar Rapids Titans take on the Green Bay Blizzard on Thursday, February 7th in a preseason game at Mediacom Field inside the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena the game won't just have special meaning to the Titans players looking to make the team's regular season roster. The game will also hold special meaning to the Titans organization as the team attempts to raise $15,000 for the American Heart Association.
The Titans announced this week that the team has partnered with the American Heart Association for the February 7th game in conjunction with the association's Heart month. Several unique activities will take place during the game including heart survivors walking out with Titans players during introductions, a silent auction, heart disease & stroke awareness throughout game, heart decals on Titans player helmets, and one lucky fan taking home $1,000 as part of the team's "Heart of Gold" promotion. All Titans fans are encouraged to wear red in honor of heart survivors. The most important aspect of the night is that $5 from each individual corner, sideline or VIP ticket sold for the game will be donated to the American Heart Association. The goal is to raise $15,000.
Statistics show that 2,150 people die from cardiovascular disease each day - about one death every 40 seconds.
In 2010, the American Heart Association set a goal to improve cardiovascular health for all Americans by 20 percent and reduce heart disease and stroke deaths 20 percent by 2020.
However, according to projections in a 2013 report, heart health may only improve by 6 percent if current trends continue. The biggest barriers to success are projected increases in obesity and diabetes, and only modest improvements in diet and physical activity. On a positive note, smoking, high cholesterol and high blood pressure rates are projected to decline.
Among heart disease and stroke risk factors, the most recent data shows:
More adults age 20 and over are obese (34.6 percent) than normal or underweight (31.8 percent); 68.2 percent are overweight or obese. Among children ages 2-19, 31.8 percent are overweight or obese. Thirty-two percent of adults report no aerobic activity; 17.7 percent of girls and 10 percent of boys, grades 9-12, report fewer than an hour of aerobic activity in the past week. 13.8 percent of adults have total cholesterol of 240 mg/dL or higher.
Special ticket prices are available for the February 7th game. Tickets are $10 for bleachers and $15 for all other sections in the arena including sideline, corner, and VIP. Tickets are on sale now at or in person at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena box office Monday thru Friday from 9am-5pm.
For more information on the game or on the Titans, visit For more information on the Cedar Valley area American Heart Association regional office visit

Thursday, January 24, 2013

San Antonio Talons Support Bexar County And United Way With Pre-Season Game

The San Antonio Talons have partnered up with United Way for their pre-season game on March 6. "The Talons are proud to donate our proceeds to the United Way. It is a very worth while charity to be partnered with," said Talon's owner David Lynd. "We hope San Antonio turns out in a big way to support the San Antonio community and our hometown football team!"
With a 7:30pm kick off time, all seats will be available with a $5 general admission ticket. All proceeds from every seat sold will go straight to the United Way. On game day, fans can bring five cans of food to the Food Bank donation station set up and trade them in for a ticket voucher.
"In celebration of the San Antonio community contributing over $50 million this year to support children, families and emergency services across Bexar County, United Way is pleased to partner with the Talons to say thank you to the community." said Doug Yeiser, United Way's vice president of strategic markets. "We rely on the generosity of people throughout the community, and invite everyone to enjoy a night out with friends and family," he said.
United Way is one of the largest private investors in health and human services programs in San Antonio and Bexar County. United Way brings people together through the 2-1-1 Help Line, partner agency programs, Eastside Promise Neighborhood initiatives, and other community work that helps children, strengthens families and neighborhoods, and provides emergency services to those in immediate need of food, clothing, shelter and disaster services.
The San Antonio Talons are entering into their second season in the Arena Football League (AFL). The team was moved to San Antonio from Tulsa, OK in 2012 and won the AFL's Central Division title, as well as hosted their first AFL playoff game in the 2012 season.

Spokane Shock To Host Preseason Orange And White Game

The Spokane Shock will host a Preseason "Orange and White Game" at the Spokane Arena on Sunday, March 10th, 2013. Event doors will open at 2:00pm with kickoff for the game scheduled for 4:00pm.
The "Orange and White Game" is FREE to Season Ticket Holders, members of the United States Military, and kids 12 years of age and under. Seating for the game will be on a general admission, first come first serve basis with tickets being sold for $5 each. Tickets will go on sale for the "Orange and White Game" on Friday, February 1st at all TicketsWest Box Office locations, online at or by calling 1-800-325-SEAT. You may also purchase Tickets through the Spokane Shock Ticket Office located at 3212 N Eden Rd. Suite B in the Spokane Valley or by calling 509-242-7462.
The game will be a very competitive, full-contact training camp atmosphere as players battle for the final spots on the 2013 roster. The game schedule will consist of four, fifteen minute quarters with Head Coach Andy Olson dictating the pace and format of each series. Players will be showcasing the new 2013 team uniforms.
This event will also feature the 2013 Spokane Shock Season Ticket Pick-up Event. Season Ticket Holders will be admitted into the event for free with the option to pick-up their Season Tickets and t-shirts for the season. New Shock merchandise will also be on sale, as well as pre-order opportunities for Shock replica jerseys through Zome Design.
Spokane Shock Players, Coaching Staff, and the Rockstar Dance Team will be available for autograph and photo opportunities. Shock Sponsors and Community Partners will also be present, showcasing concourse tables and joining in for this great event!

Jacksonville Sharks To Hold Free Preseason Scrimmage On March 15

The 2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Thursday that the team will hold a free preseason benefit scrimmage for a third consecutive year. This season, the Sharks will host the division rival Orlando Predators for a game that kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 15, on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
The event will also serve as the first opportunity for 2013 season ticket holders to pick up their tickets for the upcoming season. Season ticket holders will be able to pick up their ticket packages beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Duval Room within the arena. Season ticket holder gifts - including beach towels, tailgate chairs and key chains, will be distributed at a later date, and more specific information on pickup of these gifts will be included in the ticket packages.
For this game, the Sharks have partnered with First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP), an organization that aims to eliminate the needless killing of dogs and cats in our local community through free and low-cost spay and neuter programs. The organization also operates the Jacksonville Pet Food Bank, providing qualified low-income families with the resources necessary to keep their pets healthy.
WJXT Channel 4 will serve as the media partner for this preseason event, utilizing their platform to raise awareness of FCNMHP's mission.
"We are very pleased to offer a free preseason event for a third straight year," Sharks Managing Partner Jeff Bouchy said. "This scrimmage will be an outstanding chance to give our great fans an early look at our 2013 team, while also providing an opportunity for our community to come together for a great cause. Through the generosity of our fans, we will make significant strides towards FCNMHP's goal of ending the needless killing of adoptable pets."
Admission to the preseason scrimmage is free of charge, however fans are asked to bring a donation of pet food that will be collected outside the arena on behalf of FCNMHP. Cash donations will also be accepted for fans wishing to contribute in that manner.
Currently, bags of dry pet food are FCNMHP's greatest need, though cans of wet food will also be accepted at this event. A full list of the FCNMHP "wish list" can be found online at
"Our goal is to keep pets with their families and out of shelters. There are dogs and cats going hungry in our community and this is one way to help," said Rick DuCharme, executive director of FCNMHP.
Held four weeks prior to the Sharks' home opener, the game will give fans a chance to get an early glimpse at the Sharks before the team embarks on its season-opening three-game road trip. The gates will open at 7:00 p.m. for the general public. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, though season ticket holders who wish to sit in their usual seats may enter the arena beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Sharks' preseason kickoff weekend will continue the following day, as Burrito Gallery is set to host a meet and greet with Sharks players, coaches and the Attack Dance Team. At this event, fans will have the opportunity to get to know the 2013 Sharks before the season begins. More specific details about the meet and greet will be announced in the coming weeks.

Columbus Lions Make Addition To Ownership Group

In a press conference at the Columbus Civic Center, the Columbus Lions of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) announced today the addition of Duke Liberatore and Jan McBarron to the team's ownership group.
"I am thrilled to announce the addition of 'Duke and The Doctor' to our ownership group," said Principal Owner John Hargrove. "Throughout this process it was not only important to find new partners but to find the right partners who could help validate our business model. Duke and Jan's business savvy, humanitarian interests and connections to the community will be a huge asset the Lions organization."
CEO of Peachtree Natural Foods, Duke is a known sports advocate. A graduate of Georgia State University, at the age of 20 Duke began an interest in preventive health. After losing both of his parents to heart disease in the same year, Duke became determined to minimize his risk of this hereditary disease. After educating himself, he realized that there were measures that could be taken to help prevent other health conditions from occurring. It was then that he started to make a career out of healthy living. In 1990 he opened his first of now twelve Peachtree Natural Foods stores.
Married to medical physician and best-selling author, Jan McBarron, M.D., together they host their own radio and television health program. In addition to serving as a board certified medical doctor in a thriving practice near Atlanta, Dr. McBarron is a specialist in weight loss and preventive medicine and has a private medical practice in Columbus, GA. Author of three best-selling books Flavor Without Fat, The Columbus Nutrition Program and Being a Woman Naturally - Dr. Jan McBarron's Guide to Natural Supplements Beyond 25 and has been featured in Time, U.S. News & World Report, Readers' Digest, Sports Illustrated, Women's World and Fitness magazines.
"Before joining the Lions organization we did an extensive look at all aspects of the team from its presence in the community to the experience of attending games," said new owner Duke Liberatore. "The excitement they provide to their fans to the high-level of commitment members to serving the community this organization has become a model for other indoor teams to follow and I just wanted to be a part of that excellence as well as help in the growth process for the club."

Ownership Group Of Missouri Monsters Expands

Will and Shelly Clark, of St. Charles, have joined the team ownership group of the indoor football team, the Missouri Monsters. The Missouri Monsters will begin its season in March at the Family Arena.
The Clarks started Cardinal Surveying in 2003 and are celebrating 10 years this year as being a successful family-owned and -operated business. Will Clark has an associate degree in CAD and is a professional land surveyor, holding a license in Missouri. Shelly Clark has a bachelor’s degree in education from Kent State University.
“It’s great to have Will and Shelly as part of the ownership group,” said team owner Andrew Haines. “With them living, and owning another business in the community, it will be a big asset to the team.”
Will and Shelly Clark held prior ownership in an Arena Football team and hope their passion for the game and the community that they live and work in now brings a fun family venue for St. Charles County families to come together
“In a town that thrives on sports and whose fans have been loyal through the ages, we’re excited to be a part of a new tradition,” said Shelly Clark. “The Missouri Monsters bring another family friendly event to the Family Arena.”

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Alabama Hammers Announce PIFL Open Tryouts

The Alabama Hammers will hold a free agent open tryout on Saturday, February 16th at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL to launch the start of their 2013 Professional Indoor Football League campaign.
This tryout will be the last by the Hammers and recently hired Head Coach Dean Cokinos, who returns to Huntsville (where he won af2 championship with the Tennessee Valley Vipers of the af2) after a two year stint as the head man for the Georgia Force of the AFL. Cokinos has a strong reputation for finding and developing players. He has helped dozens of players move up to the NFL and CFL ranks while serving as a coach in the AFL and af2, as well as working in player personnel evaluating arena/indoor players for the Tennessee Titans. "We're in a talent rich region and hope to find some quality players who can contribute to our organization. We want tough, hardworking players and this will be one more chance for potential candidates to showcase their abilities. We are looking to sign a few more players heading into camp." said Cokinos.
Hammers Tryout Info:
When - Saturday, February 16th
Where - Von Braun Center South Hall, 700 Monroe Street, Huntsville, AL 35801
Cost - The tryout cost is $50 to pre-register and $60 cash the day of.
Time - Registration will begin at 9:00 am and the tryout will start shortly after.
Additional Info:
Cash only will be accepted on the day of the tryout.
There are no hotel arrangements being provided.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Sharp
There is no full contact and therefore no need for shoulder pads.
Appropriate dress consists of workout clothes and shoes suited for Astro turf
No refunds accepted for any reason.
Tryout will be conducted rain or shine.
Please send any game film and player bios to:
Or by mail to:
ATTN: Player Personnel
Alabama Hammers
Von Braun Center
700 Monroe St
Huntsville,AL 35801

Colorado Ice To Host Metro State In Preseason Game

The Colorado Ice are proud to announce that they will be playing the Metropolitan State University of Denver Roadrunners Club Football Team for their pre-season game on Thursday, February 21st at 7:00 PM. The game will be played on Majestic Roofing Field at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO.
The MSU Football Club is beginning their third year of existence. They are a member of the APFL II (American Developmental Football League) with teams in Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming. Last season, the Roadrunners finished the regular season 3-3 and made the playoffs before being eliminated in the first round. The team is coached by Jim Cobb, a former coach in the Colorado Football Conference and has experience with the Indoor Football game as well.
Said Cobb about his team, "The players we are getting in the Club Program are transferring in and are looking at this as an opportunity for them to possibly get moved up to Division II or III programs." This will be a fundraising event for the Metro State team as well. Being a club sport the players have to raise funds or pay out of pocket to participate.
This preseason game brings back a great opportunity to recognize another growing Colorado football program. "Being able to have our players in a full game will help us make our final roster decisions going into the first home game on March 1st. Metro State has stepped up to help us so we will be helping them by having a fundraiser for their club" stated Ice Head Coach Heron O'Neal.
For the Ice, the game serves as a chance to get ready for their upcoming season. The team will play this one preseason game before kicking off the start of the 2013 IFL season with a game at home against the Tri-Cities Fever at 7:00 PM on Friday, March 1st.

Orlando Predators Guarantee Winning

As an organization, the Orlando Predators have decided, "losing is unacceptable." For the first time in professional sports history, our team is making a guarantee to our season ticket holders that we will produce a winning season. However, what makes the guarantee so unique is the fact that it is not a one year deal. We are changing the way we do business starting in 2013 and will continue to do so for all subsequent seasons.
Playing an 18 game schedule, 10 wins will guarantee a winning season. This will be known as the Predators Performance Guarantee, or "PPG." If the Predators fail to win at least 10 games in each season, we will give our season ticket holders a purchase credit, which could possibly award a full 100% reimbursement, towards future season tickets. For further details on the PPG, log on to
"Professional sports teams should be held accountable to a minimum standard of on-field performance. Our goal is to revolutionize the sports business industry by making this the new standard. As consumers, we demand a certain amount of service and/or quality in every purchase, why should the sports industry be any different?" - Brett Bouchy, Managing Partner Orlando Predators.
Orlando's Arena Football franchise since 1991, the Orlando Predators are heading into their 22nd year in the AFL. In that time, the Predators have advanced to the AFL playoffs a league leading 19 times and advanced to the ArenaBowl seven times winning the championship in 1998 and 2000.

Sioux Falls Storm Announce 2013 Coaching Staff

The Sioux Falls Storm announced its 2013 coaching staff, welcoming one new but familiar face to the team and returning three. Dustan Hovorka will join the Storm as the new receivers coach, while Paul Keizer, Josh Sigfried & James Schrenk return alongside Coach Riggs.
Dustan Hovorka will return to the sidelines as the new receivers coach after playing 5 outstanding seasons for the Storm. Hovorka currently works at the University of Sioux Falls as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. While playing for the Storm, Hovorka recorded 16 touchdowns and 523 yards in the 2011 season.
Josh Siegfried returns for his second season as the Storm's defensive coordinator. Siegfried has coached 10 years at Roosevelt, during which they won three state titles. Under Siegfried in 2012, the Storm defense compiled 21 interceptions, 22 sacks, 8 forced fumbles and 669 tackles. Siegfried looks to replicate this success in 2013.
Paul Keizer will be entering his fifth season on the Storm coaching staff. Keizer, a former two-time all-star, played for Sioux Falls in 2007 and 2008. During Keizer's career, the Storm allowed an incredibly low 18 sacks on 836 passing attempts. The Storm Offensive Line, led by Keizer, set team record in rushing yards and total points during the 2007 season.
James Schrenk is back for his second season to coach the defending champion defensive line. Schrenk is also the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Augustana College. Schrenk was a four-year-letter-winner at Northern Colorado where he started two years at linebacker and earned All-Big Sky honorable mention honors as a senior.
"Anytime you can assemble a staff that is passionate about coaching and has a desire to make others better, than you are very lucky as a head coach," said Storm Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs. "This is the position that I am in for the 2013 season."

Monday, January 21, 2013

Philadelphia Soulmates Last Open Call January 27

The Philadelphia Soul announce the last open call tryout for the 2013 Soulmates Dance Team that will be held on Sunday, January 27 at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia (1100 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148). The open call audition registration will take place between 8-8:30 a.m. with the audition beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m.
The tryouts will consist of open call audition, boot camp and interviews all in one day. The 2013 Soulmates Finals will be held on Tuesday, January 29 at 360 bar and nightclub inside Parx CasinoR.
Fee for the clinic is $25, but those that pre-register will receive a $5 discount. Pre-registration is available at where credit cards and PayPal are accepted or cash at the door. Those seeking additional information about the auditions should e-mail the Soul at or visit the official team website at .

VooDoo Kicks Off 2013 With Charity Event For Children

The New Orleans VooDoo kicked off the 2013 season with their second annual Preauxs vs. Jeauxs charity flag football event at Pan-American Stadium in City Park last Saturday afternoon.
The event raised money for the local Miracle League of Greater New Orleans, an organization designed to offer disabled children the chance to play in recreational sports. In all there were three flag football games to entertain a full crowd, as well as giveaways that included autographed footballs and two season tickets for 2013.
The first game pitted the VooDoo Dolls against the Ameriprise Financial women's team. Ameriprise was the presenting sponsor of the event. The first half was a grinding defensive battle with no score, but the Dolls took over the second half with a touchdown on their third trip to the red zone and a pick six. The Dolls shut out Ameriprise Financial 12-0 with the help of four turnovers. The Dolls later treated the crowd to a short performance during halftime of the third game.
The second game featured a mix of VooDoo players and children from Miracle League in a fun-for-all competition. This game featured big plays by the kids, including a 60-yard score and a 40-yard fumble return.
The marquee matchup of the afternoon was the Preauxs vs. Jeauxs with VooDoo players taking on the Ameriprise men's team. The Preauxs jumped out to an 18-0 lead in the first half, but the Jeauxs didn't quit as they cut the lead to 18-6 after an electrifying quarterback scramble in the red zone for a touchdown. The Jeauxs also had a late interception, but the Preauxs were too much for them as they finished the game with an 80-yard bomb for the game's final touchdown to make the score 26-6.
The big winners of today's event were the kids of Miracle League. The organization garnered the proceeds from ticket sales and concessions. Preauxs vs. Jeauxs was a fun family event for all ages ahead of the 2013 regular season, which begins in the New Orleans Arena on March 24.

Omaha Beef Announce Game Announcer Tryouts

The Omaha Beef Indoor Football Team has announced that they will hold an open tryout for the Game Announcer position. If you think you have what it takes to be the voice of the Beef come out January 23, 2013 at the Ralston Arena. Tryouts are open to the public and begin at 7 pm. For more information call 346-BEEF.
The Beef will move to the brand new, 3,500 seat Ralston Arena after playing the last 13 seasons at the 8,100 seat Omaha Civic Auditorium. Fans are encouraged to secure their tickets fast and visit the Ralston Arena to personally select their seats. Visit the Omaha Beef on Facebook for a daily schedule of open Ralston Arena times for seat selection, or call 402.346.BEEF. Season ticket reservations are also currently available by email
Omaha will play six regular season games in the new Champions Professional Indoor Football League, and will host geographical rivals like Sioux City, Kansas City and Lincoln.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

New Orleans VooDoo Coaching Staff Solidified

The New Orleans VooDoo front office announces the 2013 Coaching Staff. The coaching staff includes: Head Coach Pat O'Hara; Defensive Coordinator Nick Ward; and Special Teams Coordinator, Assistant Defensive Coordinator and Line Coach Doug Miller.
Coach O'Hara enters his second season as head football coach of the New Orleans VooDoo. Prior to joining the VooDoo, O'Hara previously headed up the Orlando Predators for two seasons.
The AFL great's quarterbacking career began between the walls in 1995 with the Predators, and before it ended, O'Hara would lead two different teams to five ArenaBowls that included claiming the crown three times.
In the offseason, O'Hara serves as a consultant on movies and has worked on The Longest Yard, Invincible, We Are Marshall and The Game Plan, while appearing in The Waterboy and Any Given Sunday.
"Coach O'Hara and the coaching staff he chose made a huge improvement in the players he brought to New Orleans and their performances in 2012. He's taking it up a notch in 2013," said VooDoo Owner Dan Newman. "Nick Ward is one of the best defensive minds in the AFL, and we are fortunate to have him."
The VooDoo has gained former Cleveland Gladiator Defensive Backs Coach Nick Ward. Ward began his first season coaching in the AFL with the Gladiators in 2011. He also brings ten years of AFL playing experience (2000-2010) to Coach O'Hara's staff.
Miller also enters his second season with the New Orleans VooDoo. Previously, Miller spent two seasons with the Predators under the wing of Coach O'Hara's. Miller also served as the Head Coach for the Orlando Fantasy of the Lingerie Football League in 2010 and 2011.
Prior to hanging up his cleats, Miller played two seasons with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and enjoyed an outstanding 7-year playing career with the AFL's Predators.

Arena Football League And Soul Preparing For China Experiment

The Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League will break new ground this weekend when about a dozen athletes from China will participate in the team’s open tryout Jan. 19 at the Philadelphia Eagles’ NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia.
The addition of the players from China is part of an effort to bring Arena Football League-style football to that country.
The initiative is being led by Philadelphia Soul President Ron Jaworski, an ESPN commentator and former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, and Marty Judge, also a co-owner of the Soul and the founder and CEO of the Judge Group. The contacts Judge made in Asia through his West Conshohocken, Pa., consulting firm helped facilitate the plan to bring arena football to China.
Tom Goodhines, the Soul’s general manager, said the group of players from China will include some with college football experience and others who are rugby players.
Jaworski, in an interview at his offices at NFL Films in Mount Laurel, N.J., said there are plans have AFL exhibition games in China this fall as a prelude to establishing a six-team, 10-game season featuring a mix of players from China and United States beginning in the fall of 2014.
“It’s an enormous project,” Jaworski said. “We understand that, but the opportunities are tremendous. To grow the game of football and our brand of football in China — it’s something the Nikes and Under Armours of the world are watching very closely.”
A group of Soul executives and others involved in the project plan to travel to China next week to further develop plans. Future plans include representatives from China coming to Philadelphia to tour the Soul’s facilities, and holding a coaching clinic in China to explain the AFL game in greater detail to potential coaches.
At Saturday’s tryout at the NovaCare Complex, Soul Head Coach Clint Dolezel, Goodhines and other staff members will be evaluating all players in attendance.

Theus Promoted to Lead 2013 Blue Racers

Former Arena Football League coach, Martino Theus has been promoted within the Marion Blue Racers Professional Football Organization to Head Coach. Theus was the Head Coach for the UIFL's Mississippi Hound Dogs last season. The move is made just days before the Marion Blue Racers are set to open up camp in Marion, Ohio.
As a highly touted Offensive Guru, Coach Theus will draw upon his playing experience to lead the Blue Racer offense into Saginaw, Michigan Friday, February 8th against the reigning, defending CIFL Champion Saginaw Sting in the marquee CIFL season opener. Coach Theus is the all-time leader in receiving yards, catches, and touchdowns for the Rochester Brigade in the AFL2. Theus' playing career is most noted for his record breaking season in 2002, accumulating 160 receptions, 1750 yards, and 23 touchdowns.
His impressive coaching resume began while under the tutelage of legendary Arena coach Irv Favre, father of Brett Favre, while with the Mississippi Firedogs. As the defensive backs coach for the AFL2's Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings, Theus' stout 4th ranked defense led the Battle Wings to back to back division championships. In 2010, Theus re-signed to the Arena Football League Battle Wings as the Defensive Coordinator.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

AFL To Debut New Logo, Website

The NET10 Wireless Arena Football League will debut a new logo and website on Thursday, the League office announced today.
Renovations to have been made possible through the League’s newly established partnership with CBS Interactive.
“CBS Interactive has helped us create a new look for that will be easy to navigate and engage our fans with a broader functionality than we’ve ever had,” AFL VP of Broadcast, Communications and Branding Anthony Herron said. “The new online home for the AFL brings several of our digital platforms under one roof, which will streamline our ability to continue adding even more features as we move forward.”
In addition to the website’s new look, it will also provide extended access to more video content and historical data than ever before. In addition, the site will be the home for the League’s streaming platform, “AFL Live”, which will be available to stream all games not broadcast nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
Arena Football fans can head to the new and improved site on Thursday to check out all the new features, including the AFL’s new co-branded logo, which will reflect the League’s landmark presenting partnership with NET10 Wireless.

Tampa Bay Storm To Host Open Tryout Saturday, January 26

The Tampa Bay Storm is pleased to announce it will hold an open tryout Saturday, January 26 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum (401 Channelside Drive) with registration beginning at 8:00 AM and testing starting promptly at 9:00 AM.
"The Tampa Bay area has always produced talent," said head coach Dave Ewart. "That is why the team is guaranteeing two players from this camp will be invited to training camp in March."
"It is exciting to see guys compete and fight for a spot," added vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch. Competition brings out the best in an athlete; we want to see what someone can do when the pressure is on."
This one-day tryout is open to interested players. All participants are competing to earn the opportunity to sign a professional contract with the Storm. The team has already signed two players from workouts earlier this off season.
The camp will be directed by Storm head coach Dave Ewart. The coaching staff will evaluate players in combine exercises such as the 40-yard dash, 20-yard short shuttle and 20-yard L-drill as well as have their height and weight recorded. Immediately following the testing participants will participate in position and one-on-one drills.
Interested players are encouraged to pre-register at Payment is $60 for those who register early and on-line. Pre-registration ends at noon on Friday, January 25.
Players can also register the morning of the open tryout. Payment is $70 for those that register the day of the open tryout. Payment must be made upon arrival and by cash or money order.
Kickers will be evaluated at the tryout. They are asked to arrive and register at Noon with testing beginning shortly thereafter.
Additional information
* The tryout will be conducted on turf (attendees should bring tennis shoes)
* Water will be provided
* First-aid will be available - trainer is not available for taping
* This is a non-contact camp, no need for shoulder pads or helmets.
* Players must be older than 19 and completed high school eligibility
* Must bring a form of I.D.
* Kickers will be evaluated at the end of the tryout

Monday, January 14, 2013

Parx Casino Will Be Presenting Sponsor Of Philadelphia Soul

Parx Casino has signed a multiyear deal to be presenting sponsor of the Philadelphia Soul for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Financial terms of the agreement, which will formally be announced Tuesday, were not disclosed.
The Philadelphia Soul were the Arena Football League’s American Conference Champion last year.
“This deal will allow both of us to co-brand and expand our overall reach in the market,” said John Adams, chief operating officer and vice president of the Soul.
Elements of the partnership will include a newly created co-branded logo uniting both corporate identities. The logo will be featured on all team printed assets such as season tickets, posters, game day programs and pocket schedules, as well as multiple in-arena, community and game television broadcast promotions.
The logo will also be displayed on the uniforms of Chickie’s and Pete’s employees at all restaurant locations.
Chickie’s and Pete’s owner Pete Ciarrocchi is a minority owner of the Soul.
Additionally, the final auditions for the Soulmates Dance Team will be held at 360 inside Parx Casino on Jan. 29. At the event, the new co-branded logo will be unveiled at 6 p.m. and the Soulmates audition will begin at 7 p.m.
The Soul’s last presenting sponsor was Frederick’s Chevrolet on the Boulevard.