JOPLIN CRUSADERS will be holding a tryout on October 25th, 2014 at MSSU Fred G. Hughes Stadium.
Registration starts at 9:00 am and tryouts begin at 10:00 am.  Bring cleats and tennis shoes.
Tryout fee is $35 but includes a free Crusaders tshirt. Tryout will be held as a NFL style combine.


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Tryouts will be NFL style combine:
40-yard dash
The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the combine. It's kind of like the 100-meters at the Olympics: It's all about speed, explosion and watching skilled athletes run great times.

Lineman will do both 20-yard dash & 40-yard dash

These athletes are timed at 20 and 40-yard intervals. What the scouts are looking for is an explosion from a static start.

Bench press
The bench press is a test of strength -- 175 pounds for specialty players and all other postions will do 225 pounds, as many reps as the athlete can get. What the Joplin Crusaders are also looking for is endurance. Anybody can do a max one time, but what the bench press tells the coaches is how often the athlete frequented the weight room before coming to the tryout.

Vertical jump
The vertical jump is all about lower-body explosion and power. The athlete stands flat-footed and they measure his reach. It is important to accurately measure the reach, because the differential between the reach and the spot the athlete touches is his vertical jump measurement.

Broad jump
The broad jump is like being in gym class back in junior high school. Basically, it is testing an athlete's lower-body explosion and lower-body strength. The athlete starts out with a stance balanced and then he explodes out as far as he can. It tests explosion and balance, because he has to land without moving.

3 cone drill
The 3 cone drill tests an athlete's ability to change directions at a high speed. Three cones in an L-shape. He starts from the starting line, goes 5 yards to the first cone and back. Then, he turns, runs around the second cone, runs a weave around the third cone, which is the high point of the L, changes directions, comes back around that second cone and finishes.

Shuttle run
The short shuttle is the first of the cone drills. It is known as the 5-10-5. What it tests is the athlete's lateral quickness and explosion in short areas. The athlete starts in the three-point stance, explodse out 5 yards to his right, touches the line, goes back 10 yards to his left, left hand touches the line, pivot, and he turns 5 more yards and finishes.

Congratulation to the Joplin Crusaders Semi-Pro AA National Champions!
Thank you to all those that supported your home town Joplin Crusaders this season.  We not only won our 7th CFL title but we were selected to play in the National Championship in Denver, Colorado. The Joplin Crusaders went out to Denver, Colorado on August 2nd, 2014 to play the Undefeated New Mexico Miners for the National Title game.  The final score ended up Joplin Crusaders 41 vs New Mexico Miners 23. Thank you for your support in helping us to bring home a National Title to Joplin, Missouri and the Midwest!

Your 2014 Joplin Crusaders finished 14-0!
 2014 CFL Champions!
2014 AA Semi-Pro National Champions!
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Your 2014 Joplin Crusaders
ALL STARS 1st Team Selections:

#5 Sam Sturgis WR

#9 Walter Coleman CB
#10 Danny Knighten WR
#14 Shannon Crawford WR
#15 Antwan Dyer MLB
#20 Kenny Session   RB
#21 Daniel Thompson  WR
#24 Tay Love   CB
#27 Jordan Highley LB
#29 Eric Nichols LB
#69 Tevin Gibson LB
#73 Chris Loch   OL
#88 Jon Nash  DE
#92 Anthony Aust OL
#93 Alex Hunter   OL

2nd Team:
#1 Scottie Thompson WR
#2 Robert Lockett  QB
#9 Steven Hamilton  QB
#13 Jalen Merrell LB
#16 Chris Maples DE 
#52 Justin Williams DL

Several more Joplin Crusaders were voted on, but it was very close in selections. The Joplin Crusaders are happy to announce that 21 players were selected for the American Division All Star Team.  

 The Joplin Crusaders beat the New Mexico Miners on Saturday with the air attack and ground game.  The game was a defensive battle for the first half but the Joplin Crusaders finished strong posted a 41-23 score to finish the game.  This win brings the Joplin Crusaders overall record to 14-0 and  2014 AA Semi-Pro National Champions. Even though the Joplin Crusaders faced the #1 Team in the country the New Mexico Miners which have only allowed 14 total points all season long. Provided no match for the high powered offense of the Joplin Crusaders.

CFL Week 16 Score
AA Semi-Pro National Championship
Joplin Crusaders 41 vs. Enid Enforcers 23

2014 Season Passes Available!

Adults Season PASS — only $25

Adults Single Game Ticket — only $8

Youth Season Pass (Ages 0-16) — $10 

MSSU Students Season Pass w/ ID $10

Military and Veterans Season Pass w/ID — FREE

For more information contact us by email or by
Phone 417-438-1234.

Stadium Location:
MSSU Fred G. Hughes Stadium
3950 Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801

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Southwest Missouri’s only 11 man Adult-Amateur Minor League Football team, the Joplin Crusaders are hoping to repeat last year's performance this year. As the Central Football League (CFL) has grown with several new teams this year. The Joplin Crusaders will have several new additions to their Division like the Tulsa Tornadoes, Kansas City Marshals, Rose Hill Zombies, Little Rock Duck, Arkansas Guardians, and the River Valley Reckoning to name a few.  The Joplin Crusaders home field will be at MSSU's Fred G. Hughes Stadium kickoff times will vary each week for this 2014 season so pick up one of our pocket schedules at one of our various sponsors.

The Joplin Crusaders finished last year 11-0 to make them the CFL League Champions They capped their season off with a National Bowl game at Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

In their 14th season, the Joplin Crusaders are happy to be competing in the Central Football League again this year. The Joplin Crusaders have high hopes to return to the CFL Championship game again this year. Winning will mean even more this year to the Crusaders with an opportunity for another National Bowl Game. They could be playing at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis or Dallas Cowboy's AT&T Stadium again if the Crusaders season goes well.

"In our 13 years as a team, we’ve been able to grow our roster substantially and have increased our competitiveness through a steady increase of wins during past seasons,” Coach Mike Sturgis said. "We have one Tradition as a Joplin Crusader, and that is We Win Ball Games. It’s a great foundation for success as a long-term organization that encourages men’s football and community involvement on and off the field. In my 37 plus years as a Coach I have never been happier to be part of an organization as I am right now; these men give their all every weekend. They are true weekend warriors!”

The Joplin Crusaders players do not get paid to play football; they play for the love of the game. They are all residents who grew up loving football and now make it a priority in their lives, along with family, jobs, church and school.

We are always looking for additional players. If you still want to tryout please contact us at

***MSSU Fred G. Hughes Stadium is located on (Duquesne Road)***

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