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2016 / 2017 Looking back and looking ahead!
Aug 19, 2016, 5:48 pm

Every season brings its challenges and rewards. This season was especially rewarding as the on-field results represent a significant improvement over the 2015 season.  

Our regular season record improved from 2 - 6   to  4- 4, we defeated Steel City in a 1/4 final, and we came within 5 yards of a berth in the NFC championship game.

This year we welcomed many rookies to the team and they all made a strong contribution and played a huge role in our improved performance.  Many new and lasting friendships were developed.

We take pride in providing a home for 50 - 60  senior players in the community and we take pride in representing the Tri-City football community at home and all over Ontario.

We look ahead to the 2017  season with much optimism.  Our efforts will be focussed on continuing to provide a home for those 50 - 60 senior players and competing for a championship.

To succeed we need a  mix of veterans and rookies.    We encourage any interested players to join the team.  The Outlaws would love to hear from you if you have 5 years of CIS experience or if you last played in high school 10 years ago.  If you work hard and listen to the coaches you will get your reps - but they have to earned.

We recommend that you:

- Fill out the prospects info page at this site
- Request to join our Facebook recruiting group
- Watch this web site for announcements

We look forward to seeing you soon!

We thank all players, coaches, volunteers, fans, and media contacts for everything they do!

Tri-City Outlaws Executives, Coaches, Volunteers, and Players



Oct 15, 2014, 6:30 pm

In 2003 a group of friends came together and they decided that they had been looked over too many times. They decided that they were going to make people notice them. They decided they would burn all the bridges and knock down all the walls. They declared war on the powerhouses of the Northern Football Conference and they created The TriCity Outlaws. From that moment forward there has always been a Gold and Black team participating in the NFC Playoffs.

From day one the TriCity Outlaws have refused to be intimidated the Outlaws refused to be bullied. In 2005, in a game that some predicted the Outlaws would lose 100-0, the Outlaws defeated the powerful Milton Marauders 13-6. In the years that followed the Outlaws won two more NFC titles, one CMFL National Championship game and played in six NFC Championship games.

In the early days the Outlaws were continually reminded that we were not very talented. Teams loved to point out that we were too slow, we lacked pedigree, and we were too raw. Time after time we drove those words down their throats and we made them respect us. Win or lose, people hated having to play the Outlaws.

After two straight seasons on losing in semi-final games we have decided that it is time for the Outlaws to have a rebirth. Its time for us to stop worrying about anyone that doesn't wear black and gold and to once more declare war on the NFC. We will once more get back to being a family. We will go back to lying down for no one. We will get back to physically punishing people for showing up to play us.

In 2005 someone told us that we weren't good and they asked us why we even bothered showing up. Our response was "We don't know any better, we came here to win". 

Some of the teams that stood in our way are now memories. Their bridges have been burned and their walls have been destroyed. The Gold and Black however still remains.

In 2015 my goals are to get back to a place where talent is valued but never valued more than commitment. To build a family that truly has each other's backs and is willing to die before it lies down for anyone. I want us to be so well conditioned and prepared that we can weather any storm thrown at us. But, above all else I want to collect a bit more jewellery. I want a few more rings to add to my collection.  

 

Lee Becker

Head Coach

 



Message from new Head Coach Lee Becker
Oct 3, 2014, 1:27 pm

Watch this space for a message from new Head Coach Lee Becker....coming soon....

For those new to the club...

- Coach Becker played offensive line for the Outlaws for many years winning many league honours along the way

- Played CIS ball at St. Marys

- Coaches High School football in Mississauga

- Outlaws Offensive Coordinator for 2014

 



2012 Executive Message
Jun 4, 2012, 8:19 pm

2011 was an epic year for the Tri-City Outlaws.   Fighting through many battles on and off the field, the Outlaws overcame adversity and took home their 3rd Northern Football Conference Title (2005, 2008, 2011) defeating the Ottawa Invaders in a hard  fought NFC title game.   Not stopping there, the Outlaws had redemption on their minds when they took on and beat the Calgary Wolfpack to win their 1st Canadian Major Junior Football League title.

The Tri-City Outlaws look to begin the defence of their 2011 NFC Title and CMJFL Titles with a lot of new faces, and a lot of the same.   Returning veterans include Jeff Nosal, Shawn Ashe, Chris Marshall, Craig Davoren, Josh Golding, Will Christey, Jon Boonstra, Bryan Rosekat, Dustin McKenna and Greg Groechel.  These veterans will provide a solid backbone of leadership and experience to a young Outlaws squad.  

The Outlaws will also return some young up and comers including Kyle Johnson and Aaron
Froese who had breakout years last year.  With some new blood including transfer Mitch Martel, WLU Grad Mike Montoya, and UW Grad Trevor Derrick the Outlaws have set themselves up for another successful season.

On the sidelines, Head Coach Chris Newsome will return for another season at the helm and will once again be assisted by Bill McMahon and Gary Hudson.  Coach McMahon will move to the other side of the ball this year to become the Offensive Coordinator, in addition to his head coaching duties Coach Newsome will lead the defence, and Coach Hudson will look after the offensive and defensive lines.
 
The Tri-City Outlaws would like to thank all of our fans and sponsors for their continued support over the years.  We are looking forward to continuing with our winning tradition as well as a successful 2012 season.

Sincerely,

The Tri-City Outlaws Executive



2011 Executive Message
May 22, 2011, 10:42 pm

The Tri-City Outlaws Football Club extends a very sincere thank-you to our many supporters and fans for making 2010 a very successful year. Travelling to Sault Ste. Marie to play in the Northern Football Conference Championship was an experience that we will never forget. Although we were unsuccessful in our quest to win the Championship we learned and grew a great deal as a result of the experience. Once more we have unfinished business to attend to. 2011 will be an excellent season for the Outlaws. Our franchise is entering its ninth season and we feel that it is about time for us to add a National Championship to our two NFC titles. 

            We would like to acknowledge our extremely generous sponsors. You not only made the 2010 season a reality but your continued generosity made it possible for us to load 50 large men and 50 smelly equipment bags into an assortment of vehicles and travel north to battle for the NFC Crown in front of a huge enemy crowd in Sault Ste. Marie. For this we thank you. We would also like to thank the City of Kitchener and the personnel from the Parks and Recreation Department for being flexible, welcoming and dedicated. We could not do this without you. We are also extremely thankful to the University of Waterloo for their amazing hospitality in the 2011 Season. We are honoured to play a roll in returning football to the U of W campus. 

            The Outlaws are coming off an extremely successful but still disappointing season. We suffered only two losses throughout the eight game regular season and we were dominant in the NFC Playoffs. We came up short though in the NFC final against an excellent football team in the Sault Steelers. There is not one Outlaw from last season who does not remember how bitter that defeat tasted. Once more anything short of an opportunity to host the CMFL Championship in September will be a disappointment. 

            As a now somewhat mature organization, we continue to strive to get better every year and we have been working hard to attain our goals. The Outlaws organization, through the hard work of our players, coaches, and executive members has successfully made the Outlaws name synonymous with excellence. With the concept of excellence in mind, we will continue to improve and maintain the type of team our players and fans have come to expect from the Tri-City Outlaws. The Outlaws anticipate our ninth season will be our most successful yet.



Footwork Drills
May 11, 2011, 2:12 pm

Stance Drill

Purpose

  • The purpose of this drill is to get the linemen accustomed to snap into their stance immediately.

Description

  1. Linemen are in ready position:
    • 2 point stance arms on knees/thighs
    • hands build loose fists that touch touch each other
    • the back is flat and
    • the is head up.
  2. On coaches call they will snap into their stance

Coaching Points

  • back flat
  • elbows on knees
  • hands and neck relaxed
  • no weight on heels
  • feet pointed straight ahead or slightly in (toes in, heels out)
  • taller guys can stagger feet
  • (toe to instep relation, foot of down hand back
  • down hand in front of same shoulder
  • only light weight on hand

 

Lead-block

Purpose

  • To perfect the first step for a Double team block

Description

  1. Linemen are in ready position:
    • 2 point stance arms on knees/thighs
    • hands build loose fists that touch touch each other
    • the back is flat and
    • the is head up.
  2. On coaches call they will snap into their stance
  3. on a given cadence the players explode from their stance and freeze after their first step

Coaching Points

  • step upfield (45° angle)
  • aim for the defender's butt
  • head upfield



Reach-block

Purpose

  • To perfect the first step for to block a defender outside with inside shoulder

Description

  1. Linemen are in ready position:
    • 2 point stance arms on knees/thighs
    • hands build loose fists that touch touch each other
    • the back is flat and
    • the is head up.
  2. On coaches call they will snap into their stance
  3. on a given cadence the players explode from their stance and freeze after their first step

Coaching Points

  • 1st step is a wide lateral step, slightly up field
  • back foot can slide
  • get to outside # of defender
  • no one crosses your face







Offensive Line Drills
May 11, 2011, 2:09 pm

Offensive Line drills
I. Stance:
Begin with a Pass Set and what it should both look and feel like

A.  Boxer Drill:  3” Punch Drill from Upright Stance (Stay Relaxed)

Feet -  Slightly Wider than Armpits, Slight Stagger with outside foot back
Knees  - flexed with weight placed on the insteps,
Back -  Flattened
Arms and Hands – elbows in and bent, hands up and fingers curled
Head – Chin back
Deliver short 6” jab

B.  Push / Pull Drill: Defender grab OL between shoulder blades placing opposite hand into sternum.  OL has hands behind back. 

Base / Balance Points of Emphasis
C. Blind Man Bluff Drill: 

Emphasize Proper stance throughout.  Balance and Stance are key.
D. Balance / Retreat Drill:  Head and Weight Back

II. Punch Drills
Incorporating the Hands in Pass Blocking (Gloves)

A.  Stationary Punch: 

Short, 6” upward punch.  Emphasize timing and proper blow delivery
B.  Machine Gun Drill: (Shackles)

Timing - Arm / Elbow Extension.  Upward Angle on Blow
C. 3 Man Recognition Drill:

Reaction and Delivery of Punch
D.  Walk and Punch: 

Timing – Position of Hands -  Target
III. Medicine Balls
A.   Partner Prone Position Drill:  Reaction – Hands Away from Sternum

B.   Partner Shuffle Drill:  Keeping Hands Up – Reacting to Moving Object

C.   Partner Stance Drill:  Quickness of Hand Positioning and Timing

IV:  Mirror Dodge Drills
Partner Drills

A. Blind Man Drill:  Contact and Pressure

B. Mirror Dodge Retreat:  No Hands / Incorporate Hands

C. Mirror Dodge Side to Side:  No Hands / Incorporate Hands

IV. Pass Sets:  Begin on Air (Cones)
A. Tackles:  Angle of Departure – Emphasize Depth of Set 

B. Guards:  Covered vs. Uncovered – Inside / Outside or Head Up – Head (Eyes) Always Inside

C. Centers:  Drop Step Based on Width of DL – Hand Positioning

D. All:  Inside Move by DL – Twists – Stunts, etc.

 

Read more: http://www.footballdrills.com/offensive-line-drills/passblocking.html#ixzz1M4J44Ljy



Lineman drills
Oct 31, 2008, 12:07 pm

Defensive Line Drill #6
5-Man Sled

Objective - Develop hand explosion and footwork.

Action - Align the defensive linemen in a single-file facing the first dummy on the five-man sled. The first player gets in his stance and at the whistle, he explodes up into the first dummy. The defensive lineman should use good hand position and be leveraged on contact. Then he moves down the sled attacking the remaining four bags with his hands. Then the next defender starts the football defensive line drill.

Coaching Details - Your defenders should come out of their stances low, with power and explode their hands up into the dummy. Be sure they come off the "blocker" well and work on quick feet shuffling as they move down the sled.

Defensive Line Drill #7
Shed Drill

Objective - Teach correct hand technique when shedding blockers.

Action - Pair up defensive linemen (one on offense, the other is the defender) and have them line up on a line of scrimmage. On the coach's signal, the offensive player drives his helmet beyond the defensive player's right side in order to try and knock him off the line. The defender should shuffle to the right and shove his hands into the blocker's numbers in order to try and negate the block. Once he's locked up, the defender should then try to escape from the blocker.

Coaching Details - Watch for correct starting stances and run the defensive line drill from both directions. Emphasize quick foot movement to your defenders and correct hand placement in order to get good leverage.

Defensive Line Drill #8
Attack Blocking Schemes

Objective - Teach defensive linemen fundamentals of beating various blocking schemes.

Action - Section defensive linemen into groups of three (two blockers and one defender). The coach will identify a blocking scheme, such as a pull, double team, reach block, etc., as well as whether to go off the ball or man movement. On the signal, the defender attacks the whatever block has been called, using the proper technique for that blocking scheme.

Coaching Details - Emphasize and teach proper fundamentals for defeating the various blocking schemes.

Defensive Line Drill #9
Contain Responsibility Drill

Objective - Teach the fundamentals of keeping contain responsibility.

Action - Align two blockers: one on the line with the other positioned right behind him, both facing the defender who is lined up "head up" over the first blocker. For this example, we'll run the drill to the defender's right, so line up a running back behind the blockers and offset to the defender's left. On the coach's signal, the first blocker tries to hook the defender inside as the running back sweeps out the defender's right side. After the defender gets around the first block, the second blocker tries to chop block him as the RB tries to get outside. The defender gets through the second block, then moves in to tackle the running back behind the line.

Coaching Details - Emphasize to the defender the need to keep his outside leg and arm free. Run the defensive line drill to both sides. Be sure the defender attacks upfield, concentrates on one blocker at a time until he's free to attack the next block, then takes down the RB with an angle tackle.

Defensive Line Drill #10
Reaction Drill

Objective - Teach better reaction skills to offensive lineman movement.

Action - Position 3 cones into a triangle, each about 7-10 yards apart. Put a running back at one cone, with a blocker facing the defensive lineman down between the other two cones. The coach stands behind the defender and signals to the running back and blocker whether to run to the right or left cone. On the signal, the RB runs to a cone while the defensive lineman fights off the block and prevents the ball carrier from reaching the cone.

Coaching Details - Emphasize and teach proper fundamentals for defeating the block.

 

 

 



Canadian football knowledge books
Oct 31, 2008, 11:59 am

Canadian Rule Book For Tackle Football
Approved for use by the CIS, CJFL, CCAA, and Football Canada. This book lists the rules and regulations that govern Canadian Amateur Football.
Includes:

  • code of ethics
  • regulations
  • officials' signals
  • rules

    This book also includes the Case Book which contains interpretations and rulings, for common and complex game situations, that are recognized by the Football Canada Rules' Committee and will provide for a common interpretations of various plays across Canada.

    Canadian Football Officials' Program (CFOCP) Training Manual - Red Book
    This manual provides an introduction to football officiating for the beginning official. The basic rules, fundamental skills and recommendations for getting off to a good start make up the first section. The next part of the manual deals more with the job of officiating, stressing the qualities of a good official, do's and don'ts for officials, job description and positioning charts for the various members of the officiating crew.



Quarterbacking and the huddle
Oct 31, 2008, 11:56 am

The quarterback should stay away from the huddle until it has been formed. Then he should get in, call the play, and get the momentum going. The main thing to remember in calling plays in the huddle is to keep your head up and look directly at your players. Some quarterbacks get their heads down and wind up talking to the ground. If you get your head up, look a man right in the eye, and tell him, "Brother, I want you to block," there's a pretty good chance he'll get the job done. Nobody likes to talk with a person who avoids looking at him, and this same psychology holds true for the relationship between a quarterback and his teammates.

It's a fact that football players don't develop leadership with their mouths. However, there is one slight exception to this fact, although it has nothing to do with bragging or big talk. It involves the way a quarterback calls plays. In order to put your team in motion you need to develop the fine art of signal calling. A quarterback must have a good, clear, crisp, voice because his voice reflects his confidence, his determination, and his responsibility. Many high school quarterbacks mumble signals. Guys on the team will be asking, "What did he say? What was that?" If there is too much confusion, they may have to call a check or even waste a time-out to get things cleared up. Make sure that you are clear and decisive in calling signals. A quarterback may call a bad play, but if he does it with conviction, his lineman will go out and do the job for him. They may even turn that bad play into a successful one. But if the quarterback calls a good play in a voice that lacks clarity and authority, the play is likely to fall flat.

Now let's discuss different types of counts once you get to the line. A rhythmic count is one in which a quarterback calls the signals in a consistent tempo-hut one, hut two, hut three-or without the numbers-hut, hut, hut. The important factor here is that there is a beat that your team can time. For instance, if you call the play on "three," the center will start the ball moving as you say the "hut" part of the "hut three" or certainly no later than the "th" part of the "three." As the team gets accustomed to the quarterback's cadence, they also get used to the center's reflexes and know almost instinctively just when he'll snap the ball.

You may want to switch to a non-rythmic count because as your team gets used to your cadence, the opposition does too. A nonrhythmic count works this way: the quarterback calls a play on "three," but instead of calling the number three he uses only the "huts" without the numbers; as the quarterback gets his team set at the line of scrimmage, he barks out "hut" and pauses, another "hut" is given, followed by a longer pause, and finally the last "hut" is heard, and the ball is snapped. The defense obviously can't guess the rhythm of the count because only the quarterback knows when he's going to snap out that last "hut". The effectiveness of the center's snap depends on how quickly he can react. Both rhythmic and non-rythmic counts have their proponents. Some coaches feel that with a rhythmic count the whole team gets into a good tempo. Others feel that by conditioning your team to wait you keep the defense on edge because they have no way to timing the snap. Whichever type of count you use, the center has a lot of work to do, so you had better get together with him and start working.



2008 Coaching Staff
Mar 26, 2008, 6:10 pm
2008 Tri-City Outlaws Coaching Staff
 
Chris Newsome - Head Coach
Mike Milner - Defensive Co-ordinator
Lee Becker - Offensive Line




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