Saturday November 16th, 2013 Practice will start at 11:00 am Please be there at 10:30 am or sooner
Please bring cleats Tryout fee $35 and includes a free team shirt Location: MSSU Fred G. Hughes Stadium
3950 Newman Road
Joplin, Mo 64801
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.
Good luck and hope to see you there!
Joplin Crusaders are the
2013 CFL CHAMPIONS
They finished with a perfect record 11-0
Currently Ranked #2 in the Nation!
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The Joplin Crusaders have accepted a bid for a National Bowl game, the 2013 "Summer Bowl”. The game will be played against the North Texas Stampede in Arlington, Texas at Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
The game will be on July 27th, 2013 with an 8:45 pm kickoff. Cost for the trip will run around $15,000 for the team’s travel expenses and hotel stay.
The team has several activities that they are doing to help raise the money, such as a car wash, and a BBQ. They are also pre-selling tickets to the football game to help raise money to cover the cost of the trip. For every ticket that the players sell 50% of the price is donated back to the team to help cover travel expenses.
In only the first week the team has already had a few sponsors pledge money towards this trip. So far the team has raised $4,900.
If you can’t attend the game but would still like to support your home town Semi Pro Football team the Joplin Crusaders, you may do so by making a contribution at any Southwest Missouri Bank Location. Thank you to everyone that is helping to make this dream become a reality.
Southwest Missouri’s only 11 man Adult-Amateur Minor League Football team, the Joplin Crusaders are at home again this week. As they are facing the Enid Enforcers in the CFL Championship game. The game will be at MSSU's Fred G. Hughes Stadium with a 7:00 pm kickoff time.
The Joplin Crusaders are currently 10-0 and on the right track for bring home another CFL League Championships Title. As the Crusaders have clinch the regular season title and have currently locked down home field advantage in the playoffs. This will be a rematch of last year's CFL Championship game and the Crusaders have something to prove as they fell short late in the game losing by a touchdown to the Enforcers.
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 after falling short in the Championship game against the Enid Enforcers last year. Winning will mean even more this year to the Crusaders with an opportunity for a National Bowl Game. They could be playing at Dallas Cowboy Stadium 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.