The 2014 Football BC Combine Series is set to get started at the end of January. Attending a Combine provides each player with an opportunity to be evaluated by Football BC provincial coaches and tested for their athleticism and football ability.
The upcoming dates are:
Tuesday, March 4 – Burnaby Lakes Sports Complex West, Burnaby
Friday, March 7 – WJ Mouat Secondary School, Abbotsford
Football BC’s aim is to provide all football players all football players across the province an opportunity to play for our province and be exposed to the greater football world across Canada and the United States.
ALL PLAYERS currently involved in football should attend one of the Combine Series sessions. It will not only allow you to have an opportunity to see how your abilities stack up against other players in the province, but you will make yourself eligible to be involved in Football BC’s provincial programs in 2014 – that means an opportunity to potentially represent B.C. whether that’s as a member of Team BC (Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, U15, U16 or U18) or taking part in the Senior Bowl camp for graduating Grade 12 players.
COACHES at all levels should encourage their players to sign up for a Combine Series session. This is not only a tremendous opportunity to get an opportunity to work with top-level coaches during the off-season but also helps keep football on their minds year-round. Having a player from your program selected to represent Team BC also brings tremendous recognition to your program and the only way to be selected to play on Team BC is to first go through one of these Combine sessions.
THE COMBINE SERIES PROCESS EXPLAINED
The Combine is an opportunity for players to display their talents while being evaluated by experienced and trained coaches.
Players participating in the Combines are expected to show up on time and in top shape.
No equipment is required, but players should dress in comfortable clothing and bring proper footwear (all Combines are on turf fields except for the Richmond Combine which takes place on a special sport court similar to a gym floor). Mouth guards are recommended.
Coaches will watch the players warm-up carefully as there are many indicators within the warm-up that help in a coach’s evaluation. Coaches will assist the ease in which athletes perform stretches and light movements that indicate balance, coordination and flexibility. Coaches will also determine early indicators of speed, change of direction and strength.
These tests are used throughout the football world as an evaluation tool and a means of comparison and setting goals.
40-yard dash – an indication of speed and acceleration
10-yard dash – an indication of explosive speed
Broad Jump – measures overall power and explosiveness
I-Test – measures agility, quickness and change of direction
Push-ups/Bench Press – upper-body strength and muscular endurance
*L-test (combination of speed, quickness and change of direction (not always done)
Football Specific Drills:
Coaches will work with a group of players in a specific position performing drills that relate to the demands of that position. They will assess footwork, ability to play low and with leverage, as well as eyes and body positioning. A brief example is given for each position below:
Quarterbacks – throwing
Receivers – catching
Running Backs – ball security
O-Line – power base and hand placement
D-Line – explosive get off and hand placement
Linebackers – body positioning and hand placement
Defensive Backs – back pedals and breaks
One on Ones:
Coaches will assess each player’s skills against an opponent. The player will display knowledge of the game and ability to adapt during action. The drill will have a winner and a loser so the result is a measurement coaches can decide on. At the end of the day we want to know if this player can “make plays.”
Throughout the Combine, coaches will also assess the following characteristics that ultimately determine our ability to put the team together. Some of the questions we want answered include:
Does the player display a positive attitude towards football and other players?
Does the player complete the drill from start to finish with full effort?
Does the player listen to directions and apply them quickly?
Does the player focus on the task or is he easily distracted?
We hope this gives you a better understanding of the Provincial Combine. We hope to see as many players as possible starting at the end of this month and throughout February.
If you have any questions about the Combine, contact Football BC Technical Director Dino Geremia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-816-5157.