The Saskatchewan Roughriders, one of the five Western Division teams in the Canadian Football League, will hold their mini-camp at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida on April 10-12, it was announced today by Craig Callan, Historic Dodgertown Vice President.
The Roughriders will practice on Sunday, April 10 and Monday, April 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and on Tuesday, April 12 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. All practices are open to the public.
Saskatchewan is led by Chris Jones, who is in his first season as Vice President of Football Operations, General Manager and Head Coach. Last December, Jones became the 46th head coach and 16th General Manager in club history, dating back to 1910. In 2015, Jones was the head coach of Edmonton and guided the Eskimos to a 14-4 record and captured the Grey Cup Championship with a 26-20 win over Ottawa. Jones and the Eskimos started preparing for their successful season by holding their mini-camp on April 17-21, 2015 at Historic Dodgertown.
“Mini-camp is an important step for our football team as it is the first time our staff can see players in a larger group setting and evaluate them against their peers,” said Jones. “Holding camp at Historic Dodgertown is ideal as the location is equipped to meet all our team’s needs.”
Callan said, “Coach Chris Jones was here last year and his team won the Grey Cup, so we are thrilled that he had such a successful season and is now bringing his new team, Saskatchewan to Historic Dodgertown. He is undoubtedly looking forward to mini-camp at the helm of Saskatchewan and returning to Historic Dodgertown. The coaches and players pack a lot of great training into a few days. We encourage the community to come out and see their practice sessions.”
Also, on Saturday, April 9, the Roughriders will hold an open tryout for interested football players at Historic Dodgertown. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and there is a $100 registration fee.
The Roughriders are the third Canadian Football League team that has trained at Historic Dodgertown, following the Montreal Alouettes (2014-15) and the Edmonton Eskimos (2015).