October 26, 2012 - Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL)
Louisville, KY -- Last weekend owners of the teams that make up the CIFL met inside the VIP Board Room of Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Expo Center, home of the expansion Kentucky Xtreme. The K.E.C. and Xtreme showed great hospitality to the CIFL team owners, general managers directors of operations who were in attendance. Owners overwhelmingly expressed their satisfaction with the outcome of the meeting and left with a good feeling about the present and the future of the league. The meetings lead one owner, Lamonte "LC" Coleman from the Marion Blue Racers to say, "I appreciate the hospitality that was displayed by the Kentucky Xtreme CEO Victor Cole and the staff of Freedom Hall...the CIFL prepared a well organized meeting that gave all owners an open forum to express their thoughts." LC went on to say "I can see their vision beginning to take shape, one day at a time".
The meeting brought about excitement from all the owners when thinking ahead to the 2013 season that starts in February. The owner from the Owensboro Rage, Melissa Logsdon, was thinking of not only the league, but the fans as well, "I look forward to the 2013 season beginning so we can put into action what we have been working so hard on and to share the experience with our communities and fans."
Fans will grow accustom to seeing more of their team's talent suit up this season as well. Starting in 2013 teams will be allowed to expand their active roster from 19 players up to 21 this year and are being required to carry a backup Quarterback and Kicker. Safety was an apparent factor in some rulings which included the elimination of Defensive Back blitzing, reducing the amount of blindsided hits to the quarterback. Uno's were also passed, allowing teams to score a single point on their kickoff if the ball makes its way through the uprights.
There will also be a couple new twists to watch for in the coaches this year. Starting this season coaches will be permitted to coach on the field again, which will improve communication between them and their players. They will also be proudly displaying the Adidas logo on their sideline apparel as well as the league announced they have agreed to a deal with Adidas to become the official supplier of footballs and coaches sideline apparel for the 2013 season.
"Our vision is to brand the CIFL as the premier indoor football league in the country. Partnering with companies like Adidas is one of the many steps on that journey." said Co-Owner of the CIFL Robert Licht. "We're redefining the expectations of indoor football by establishing and sharing best practices amongst our teams. Together with my partners Jim O'Brien and Stuart Schweigert, we look to continue the legacy of the CIFL as we enter its eight consecutive season."
The CIFL is coming out in full swing from this year's owners meeting, equipped with a new sense of direction and unity. An official 2013 CIFL schedule will be announced soon with games beginning in early February and the CIFL Championship slated to take place on Saturday May 18th. For more information please visit www.ciflfootball.com.