What is Stampede Elite Youth?
Stampede Elite Youth is a Youth Football Program offering a Spring Camp that is a 14 week tackle prep program that will practice on the field at Oak Crest Middle School on Monday's and Wednesday's and will have Saturday morning workouts at Gaspar Physical Therapy in Encinitas. SEY is for players that want to sharpen their craft in prep for their upcoming football season, whether that be Pop Warner or High School. For first year players, this will be beneficial in getting used wearing the extra 15 lbs. that comes with wearing helmets and pads. They will also get used to getting hit and learn to hit someone else the proper way using the proper tackling technique which is and keeping the head completely out of the tackle and using more of their shoulders, similar to a Rugby style tackle called the "Hawk Roll".
Tommy Retiz was born and raised in Carlsbad, California and Currently works at St. Patrick’s Church. During his youth, he played football with Carlsbad Pop Warner and continued to play at Carlsbad High School, where he graduated from in 2000. He also had a short stint at Palomar College, where he was a part of the Comet Football Team. Coach Retiz has been coaching Pop Warner for 10 years, 7 of which were with Carlsbad Pop Warner and 3 years with La Costa Canyon Pop Warner. This LCCPW team ended up going to Florida with Coach Tommy as the Defensive Coordinator and were ultimately in the top 3 teams in the nation. Last year, Coach Tommy was the Head Coach for LCCPW 14U. He lends his time to different organizations, including the PAC League. The PAC League is a 7v7 football program that happens during the offseason and helps players learn more about the game of football and leadership. Coach Tommy truly loves the game of football, wants to give back to the community and families who have so graciously embraced him and does that by gives his time to the local Pop Warner programs. He does not have any kids of his own on any team (his son, 2 year-old, Gus, will hopefully share the love of the game and play in the near future. He has gained recognition and respect from players, parents and other coaches alike by helping become better people on and off the field.