Airdrie Storm Atom football team impress in season debut
With the majority of the Airdrie Storm Atom football team getting its first taste of in-game action on Sept. 8 at Shouldice Park in Calgary, Head Coach Trevor Remus couldn’t help but be impressed with how well everyone was getting up to speed.
“I am absolutely amazed and so proud of the guys with how they are executing the plays,” Remus said during the Storm’s game against the Calgary White Stampeders. “We have been spending a lot of time since our first practice in the middle of August on basic drills and techniques, and it has all come together nicely.”
A total of 32 players make up the Storm team this year, with many of them never having put on equipment until training camp began nearly a month ago.
“We have a few guys that are experienced, but a lot of them are just learning the basics of the sport,” Remus said. “So far though, everyone has been doing well and they have been getting up to speed quickly on the fundamentals.”
“I do think that they have noticed that the game is a lot quicker than practice,” he added.
Remus said players’ parents have noticed the amount of progress the newcomers, who range in age from seven to 10, have made.
“A lot of the parents have come up to me and asked how are they going to do all of those plays that you are teaching them in an actual game,” he said “But as they are watching the games, they can see that everything comes together and they see how the process works.”
Those who attend the Atom Storm’s games will notice the scoreboard is turned off at Shouldice Park, as no score is kept, which is different from the leagues that the Peewee Storm and the Bantam Northern Raiders compete in.
“It’s really about developing the love of the sport and making sure that they understand the game,” Remus said.
“Sometimes the kids ask me what the score is, but I just tell them that the only thing that I am keeping track of is how they are executing each play.”
Instead, the offence and the defence for each team will take to the field three times per half for a five play series.
“Teaching the kids the basics is really what it’s all about at this level,” he added.ded.