June 4, 2017 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Calgary Stampeders
TRAINING CAMP RECAP: JUNE 4
There was another two-a-day session at McMahon Stadium on Sunday with one practice in the morning and another in the afternoon.
Whistle while you work
Football coaches are always looking for an edge when it comes to training. With that in mind, the Stamps have introduced "whistling footballs" at 2017 training camp.
Designed to help teach running backs proper ball-control technique, the ball emits a whistling sound when it is held firmly and in the correct manner.
"It shows you - or actually, it lets you hear - if the ball leverage is good," said running backs coach Marc Mueller. "You want your wrist above your elbow, you want the four points of pressure. This gives you constant reinforcement when you're doing that. It's easy when you're running straight through bags but when you start to move, that's when you can hear those gaps (in the whistling sound)."
The technology has resulted in a very unique auditory experience when running backs are running drills.
"Really, you want a constant hum," said Mueller. "When you don't hear it, that's the problem."
Defensive back Tommie Campbell on his first day in training camp: "We have unfinished business from last year. We came up short in the championship. The only thing I've been thinking about day in and day out is letting that guy from Ottawa (Patrick Lavoie) catch this dig route on me. I'm still upset about that. I'm just ready to get back and to compete to get back to the Grey Cup and hopefully win a ring this year."
With the Stamps set to begin the pre-season schedule at McMahon Stadium on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. game against the BC Lions, the team will hold a walkthrough on Monday morning. The walkthrough runs from approximately 10:10 to 11:15 a.m. Head coach Dave Dickenson will be available to media at field level at approximately 10:55 a.m. and the players will be available after the walkthrough.
Visit Stampeders.com for a comprehensive roundup of each day of training camp.