Marauders start outdoor football camp

(Photo: Rick Zazulak/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Rick Zazulak/McMaster Athletics)

After a long winter of indoor training, the McMaster Marauders will move outside for spring training camp at Ron Joyce Stadium from April 2 to 9. With Canadian Interuniversity Sports regulations limiting the number of off-season practice sessions football squads can hold, spring camp is a vital part of preparation heading toward the 2014 Ontario University Athletics season.

“Our student-athletes have been working very hard in the weight-room all winter,” said Marauder head coach Stefan Ptaszek. “Spring camp is an opportunity for our players to demonstrate how they are developing, as everyone works toward playing a bigger role in our pursuit of the 2014 Yates Cup.”

At spring camp, the depth chart goes out the window and the players get the chance to compete against each other with equal reps spread out among the roster. Without the pressure of actual competition looming, it allows the players and coaches to flex their creative muscles.

“From a system perspective we have the opportunity to try some new things,” said offensive coordinator Jon Behie. “It allows us to see if something might be a good fit moving forward, especially as there may be new personnel moving into different roles.”

The schedule for Marauder spring camp will be contingent on weather conditions, but the plan is to have the team on the field from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on April 2, 3 and 4. On Saturday, April 5 practice will be from 9 a.m. to noon. Sunday, April 6 will be a flex-day, meaning any disruption to scheduled workouts due to inclement weather will be moved to Sunday, or it will be a day off. On April 7, 8 and 9 camp will return to a 5-7:30 p.m. schedule, with a team scrimmage planned for the last day of camp.

Spectators are welcome to attend any of the team’s spring camp workouts.

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