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It was another successful spring of football for the St. Patrick Fighting Saints. The arrival of June marked our annual junior and senior camps, as well as another visit to the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) for their team camp.

The senior camp opened on Thursday, June 4 and then continued the whole next week culminating in a multi-team scrimmage at the Fort William Stadium on Friday, June 12. Besides the mandatory preparation, it was an excellent primer for the upcoming trip to UMD.

Tackling progression, June 2015.

Tackling progression, June 2015.

First play, June 2015.

First play, June 2015.

The two day junior mini-camp ran Monday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 16. It was very well attended, with over 30 Grade 8’s and 9’s present, many of whom had never played football before.

Junior camp, June 2015.

Junior camp, June 2015.

Junior camp, June 2015.

Junior camp, June 2015.

On Thursday, June 25 our program headed south for our fifth trip to the UMD team football camp. The squad consisted of 25 Grade 9, 10 and 11 players plus 8 junior and senior coaches. We would be joined at the camp by three other teams from Thunder Bay; Churchill, Hammarskjold and our sister school and chief rivals, St. Ignatius.

We left bright and early at 7:00 for the 3.5 hour trip to Duluth and after a brief stop for lunch, proceeded to the UMD campus to check in. While the team were directed to their rooms by their UMD chaperone Taylor, the coaches had to quickly get to their rooms and then hustle to Malosky Field for the first of several coaches meetings.

Lunch break, June 2015.

Lunch break, June 2015.

Coaches meeting, June 2015.

Coaches meeting, June 2015.

By 2:00 the players were on the field for team and individual workouts. After a supper break, the players got to experience their first scrimmage against one of the many American teams in camp. I think everyone was excited to play some real football!

UMD, June 2015.

UMD, June 2015.

Day two, or the “killer day” began at 7:00 for the players with wake up and breakfast. They would need the fuel for 3 sessions of football; morning, afternoon and evening. The day was again filled with team, individual and scrimmage times, highlighted by the first “King of the Hill” contest of the camp.

UMD, June 2015.

UMD, June 2015.

UMD, June 2015.

UMD, June 2015.

At the end of the evening session, all the teams participated in an interesting contest. Each school was required to select 10 players to compete, 3 of whom had to tip the scales at over 220 pounds. All 10 then had to clear a 5 foot high jump through the use of team work. Our boys put in a good showing, getting down to the last jumper, but that bar was just too much for one guy to surmount.

High jump contest, June 2015.

High jump contest, June 2015.

The final day was going to be the shortest, but the most intense. After breakfast, the players were off to the last round of individual workouts, followed by more scrimmages and another King of the Hill contest. It was sad to see the camp come to an end, but after all of that football, everyone was physically and mentally out of gas. Coach Curt Wiese and his staff once again put on an amazing camp and we look forward to attending again in the future!

Team photo, June 2015.

Team photo, June 2015.

UMD, June 2015.

UMD, June 2015.

Team photo, June 2015.

Team photo, June 2015.

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This off-season will provide many opportunities for players in our program to build their football skills. As discussed at the meeting, this post is designed to provide some additional information on up-coming events over the next number of months.

  1. Off-season cross-fit training program will begin the week of February 2nd. Players will be under the supervision of our new strength and conditioning coach, Mr. Olynick. Sessions will typically run Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  2. University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) coaches will be in Thunder Bay in the second week of May to deliver an individual skills camp. This camp is organized by Thunder Bay Minor Football and runs Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the LU Hanger. Registration takes places in late March and the cost is approximately $75. Forms will be available at the school.
  3. St. Patrick spring football camps are held in early to mid-June. The junior edition is 3-day non-contact event for Grade 9’s and interested Grade 8’s. The senior edition will be in full equipment and is full contact; returning junior players are welcome to attend the senior camp. There is no cost for these camps.
  4. The program is planning to attend the UMD team football camp held in Duluth from June 25-27. This is a full-contact event and is one of the best experiences for any football player. Both juniors and seniors are eligible to attend, however players must participate the senior camp to prepare and practice. The cost will be between $210 and $275 Canadian funds. UMD charges $175 (US funds) for all overnight attendees (covers all meals and accommodations at the UMD campus). The additional charges will cover the cost of the charter bus to the camp (the exact cost of the bus is to be determined). All players will need international medical insurance and proper identification.
UMD, June 2014.

UMD, June 2014.

More information will be released as it becomes available. Players are encouraged to listen to announcements and check the program’s Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates. Parents who have questions or require additional clarification are asked to contact the coaches at the school.

This off-season will provide many opportunities for players in our program to build their football skills. As discussed at the meeting, this post is designed to provide some additional information on up-coming events over the next number of months.

  1. BFS (Bigger Faster Stronger) weight training program will begin the week of February 10th. BFS is an internationally recognized strength and conditioning program designed to teach athletes sport-specific exercises. Players will be closely supervised by coaches. Sessions will typically run Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  2. University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) coaches will be in Thunder Bay on May 10 & 11 to deliver an individual skills camp. This camp is organized by Thunder Bay Minor Football and runs in the afternoon of both days (in the past it has been held at the LU Hanger). Registration takes places in late March and the cost is approximately $75. Forms will be available at the school.
  3. St. Patrick spring football camps are held in early to mid-June. The junior edition is 3-day non-contact event for Grade 9’s and interested Grade 8’s. The senior edition will be in full equipment and is full contact; returning junior players are welcome to attend the senior camp. There is no cost for these camps.
  4. The program is planning to attend the UMD team football camp held in Duluth from June 26-28. This is a full-contact event and is one of the best experiences for any football player. Both juniors and seniors are eligible to attend, however players must participate the senior camp to prepare and practice. The cost will be approximately $275 Canadian funds. UMD charges $175 (US funds) for all overnight attendees (covers all meals and accommodations at the UMD campus). The additional charges will cover the cost of the charter bus to the camp. All players will need international medical insurance and those over 16 will require a passport. More information is available on the UMD website or on the UMD camp brochure: Team Camp Brochure 2014
Fighting Saints at UMD, June 2008.

Fighting Saints at UMD, June 2008.

More information will be released as it becomes available. Players are encouraged to listen to announcements and check the program’s Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates. Parents who have questions or require additional clarification are asked to contact the coaches at the school.