December 3, 2007

2008 Nike Combine schedule released

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Sat., Feb. 2nd Phoenix, Ariz. Phoenix College Grass/outdoors Directions
Sat., Feb. 9th Miami, Fla. Miami Dolphins Facility Grass/outdoors Directions
Sat., Feb. 16th New Orleans, La. East Jefferson High School Turf/outdoors Directions
Sat., Feb. 23rd Orlando, Fla. Disney Wide World of Sports Grass/outdoors Directions
Sat., March 1st Atlanta, Ga. Hallford Stadium Turf/outdoors Directions
Sun., March 2nd Pittsburgh, Pa. UPMC Sports Performance Complex Turf/indoors Directions
Sat., March 8th Dallas, Texas Texas Stadium Turf/outdoors Directions
Sat., March 15th Los Angeles, Calif. Long Beach Veteran's Stadium Turf/outdoors Directions
Sun., March 16th Oakland, Calif. Laney College Turf/outdoors Directions
Sat., March 22nd Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte Sports Center Turf/indoors Directions
Sat., March 29th Columbus, Ohio Columbus Fieldhouse Turf/indoors Directions
Sun., March 30th Chicago, Ill. MAX McCook Center Turf/indoors Directions
Sat., April 19th Baltimore, Md. M&T Bank Stadium Turf/outdoors Directions
Sat., May 3rd Houston, Texas Berry Center Turf/outdoors Directions
Fri., June 6th Portland, Ore. Hillsboro Stadium (2-5pm) Turf/outdoors Directions
Fri., June 13th Salt Lake City, Utah Murray Park (2-5pm) Grass/outdoors Directions


The premier high school athletic testing event, the NIKE Combines are a great opportunity for top high school players who aspire to play on the next level to see where they stand with their peers and get unbiased testing numbers by respected professionals in the industry.

Produced by Student Sports, which started the first high school football combine and camp events almost 20 years ago, these FREE combines will give any athlete an opportunity to showcase their skills for college coaches as well as for possible selection for the NIKE Football Training Camps held later in the spring.

The NIKE Combines are exclusive events and a great opportunity to get standardized SPARQ Testing in a professional setting. These testing results are the gold standard for college coaches across the country who have been relying upon Student Sports' expertise and unbiased testing excellence to evaluate high school talent for the past 20 years.

The NIKE Combines are open to rising seniors (graduating in 2009) and top underclassmen looking to showcase their skills to the football world. Players like Devin Hester, Haloti Ngata, Larry Fitzgerald and hundreds more have blown up into national recruits after standout showings at NIKE testing events and thousands more, like FSU signee Vince Williams in the Class of 2008, who received his first offer just two days after posting the top SPARQ Rating at last year's NIKE Combine in Orlando, have earned scholarships - you could be next this spring!

2008 NIKE Combine FAQ's | Video: Watch the 2008 testing protocol here

For all NIKE Combines, registration begins at 9am for instate players and 12pm for out-of-state participants! (Unless otherwise noted)
Athletes who come to a NIKE Combine will register, where they will pick up their free NIKE Pro workout shirt. They will then snake through the Combine events in the order they registered, beginning with height and weight. After height and weight are measured, the players will be photographed and begin the testing events.

After a proper, supervised dynamic warm-up, each athlete will be tested in the 40-yard dash (twice, fastest time kept), vertical jump, the 20-yard shuttle (twice, fastest time kept) and new this year the power ball throw (twice, farthest throw kept). With these testing results each athlete will be able to calculate their SPARQ Rating at to see where they stand with the best in the country.

In addition, the NIKE Combines will also be accompanied by a SPARQ seminar, in which players will have the opportunity to listen to and interact with knowledgeable speakers on topics of offseason training and the recruiting process.

Attending one of the NIKE Combines is a great opportunity to take advantage of NIKE's commitment to football and athleticism, which will give each athlete the opportunity to get professionally SPARQ Tested so they will have a starting base to improve upon. They'll have a chance to see other elite players in their class, which will give them an idea of where they stand and inspire them to get better. Also in select markets following these combines, NIKE will be holding instructional NIKE SPARQ Camps FREE of charge to help each athlete work with SPARQ Trainers to improve upon their times and stats from the NIKE Combine.

There is also an opportunity for great recruiting exposure and coverage. Student Sports, home of the NIKE Football Training Camps and leader of the Student Sports High School Network on Rivals, will be at the NIKE Combines covering the event as well as taking photos and video. In addition the results will be distributed to major college football programs all over the country. Also, a good performance can mean a spot at the NIKE Football Training Camps, which kickoff in April 2008.

Each athlete participating will need to bring appropriate workout gear: shorts, sweats, football cleats and training shoes. Also, each participant will receive a NIKE Pro participant's shirt.

(Q)Can a bad performance at the NIKE Combine hurt my stock?

(A) No, because of the "scratch rule." Student Sports cares about the athletes first! If an athlete tests and does not like a particular mark, the time or mark may be scratched from the results.

Even so, college coaches put more emphasis on how players perform in pads. A disappointing time in the 40 will not lead to colleges dropping a player. At past NIKE events, running backs and wide receivers have run 4.8's and linebackers run 5.2s and still sign with major D-I programs - current New York Jets standout linebacker Jonathan Vilma clocked a 5.0 40 at a NIKE Camp when he was in high school, and obviously the fourth-year All-Pro has not let that slow him down. Use your times, marks and SPARQ Rating to honestly evaluate yourself as a player and see where you can work to improve your athleticism through SPARQ Training.

WHAT IS A SPARQ RATING? SPARQ stands for Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness, the essential tools for superior athletic performance. SPARQ Training is the dynamic training method used at the NIKE Football Training Camps. The SPARQ Rating is a number that identifies overall athletic ability and is used by top coaches and trainers around the nation as an initial indicator of an athletes potential on the field.

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Any NIKE Combine questions can be directed towards Michael White ([email protected]) or 1-310-791-1142 x 4429.

2008 NIKE Combine FAQ's | Video: Watch the 2008 testing protocol here

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