Ticat Training Camp is a Circus

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Interesting little story.

I wonder if they will have Avon carry the ball barefoot on coal and glass :lol:

This version includes a photo:

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Notice that they managed to find them in the team colours. Nice touch.

Out of the box thinking, If it pays off to a couple of more picks or a few less dropped passes over the season it could have a real benefit.
I like it, seems the players do too!

They are still doing this drill that you wouldn't expect to see at a pro football team's training camp, according to these articles:

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For the second time during training camp, defensive coordinator Corey Chamblin had his defensive backs and linebackers working with juggling balls in an attempt to improve their hand-eye coordination.

Corrie Cunningham from Juggle Magic Ontario spent about twenty minutes after Tuesday practice working through a range of drills, include one that saw players throw a small ball up in the air, perform a full, 360-degree spin and catch the ball before it hot the ground.

Chamblin said the techniques have football implications.

“The quicker you can flip your eyes, the quicker you can locate the ball,? Chamblin said. “We're trying to increase their reaction time.?

The session was rife with light-hearted trash talk and laughing as some of the players bounced the balls off their heads or otherwise struggled. But several refused to quitt until they achieved at least a basic level of competence.

“It's competition – guys don't want to drop the ball,? Chamblin said. “Hopefully that carries over onto the field.?


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There certainly are benefits to that, such as those that have been mentioned in the articles mentioned in this thread. Benefits of juggling include quicker reaction times and reflexes. If it can lead to them being more likely to see things happening on the field as if they were happening in slow motion, then this might be a good idea.

I was actually thinking that the receivers might also want to try this, and it looks like at least one of them is, as you can see in this video: http://ticats.ca/video/index/id/17879

Starting at 2:20 of it, it looks like Stala and Barker were having some success at juggling. And Barker, who dropped a few too many last year, seemed to do better than the guy whose video of him playing hackey sack with a football went viral. :slight_smile:

I don’t think that’s Stala, is it?

Might it be Ray Wladichuk?

http://cfl.uploads.mrx.ca/ham/images/rosterhead/2011/06/Wladichuk11HH-1604601.jpg

Possibly. I viewed the video again and you might be right. And it would be more sense if it were Wladichuk as it has been the DBs and LBs that have been doing this drill.

But again, it might be a good idea for our receivers to do that as well. The benefits of juggling could lead to improvement in their game. Just Google "benefits of juggling " and you'll see: http://www.google.ca/search?q=benefits%20of%20juggling

You'll see it mentioned how good it is for reflexes and hand-eye coordination.

And you'll see it's even surprisingly good exercise. Just try it and you may be surprised.

The way I do it, it's great exercise. Lot's of deep knee bends. :lol:

I should've known someone might say that. :slight_smile: