Enthusiastic players stepped out on the field as the Vermilion Marauders Football Team resumed practice last week.
Although they do not currently have the ability to play games, there was a lot of interest to join the sport.
Nearly 20 players registered this year approximately half of which have never even played before.
“I thought with no games there would be no interest,” said coach Lorne Maier.
“They are a great group of players looking for some normalcy, who understand that you can still be competitive against each other.”
The Marauders are currently introducing their new players to warm up ladder drills that help teach footwork and agility, as well as basic tackling skills. For the past couple of seasons, the Marauders have competed in 6-man football.
He said he sees a lot of talent and leadership in players on the team. This includes defensive lineman, Landyn Herzog who has been selected a couple times for the All-star Team for the league.
Left outside linebacker and third year player, Logan Tupper, said teaming up experienced and new players to work together makes it easier for them to focus on their positions.
“I like to stay active and I grew up watching football so when I got the chance to play, I took it as soon as I could. It’s a fun sport that anyone can come out and play,” said Tupper.
Players remain hopeful that in the spring, regulations will open up to allow potential games.
“Football has a different culture from any other sport. I think football is the best sport because it’s all about respect,” said Maier.
The Marauders play in the Alberta Six Man Football League against other Tier I opponents from Vegreville, Provost, and Camrose.
The Assumption Crusaders in Cold Lake are the closest opponent in the Lakeland area.