Nike Football SPARQ Combines 2014 FAQ


Q: Who can attend a Nike Football SPARQ Combine? Can seniors (Class of 2014) attend a Nike Football SPARQ Combine?
The Nike Football SPARQ Combines are for athletes in the graduating classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017 who are probable varsity athletes for the 2014 fall season. Seniors are not allowed at a Nike Football SPARQ Combine. Players at a post-graduate program also will not be able to attend. NEW this year is the addition of current 7th & 8th grader testing in the last hour and a half of the events. You will have a separate registration for these events. Check the schedule for updates on these dates and locations.

Q: What’s the cost of a Nike Football SPARQ Combine?
A: All Nike Football SPARQ Combines are FREE.

Q: Can a bad performance at a Nike Football SPARQ Combine hurt my stock?
A: No, because of the “scratch rule.” Student Sports and Nike Football care about the athletes first. If an athlete 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 Football events, running backs and wide receivers have run 4.8′s and linebackers run 5.2′s and still sign with major D-I programs. Current New Orleans Saints standout linebacker Jonathan Vilma clocked a 5.0 40-yard dash at a Nike Football Camp when he was in high school, and obviously the All-Pro and Super Bowl champ 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 Nike SPARQ Training.

Q: Why does the Nike Football SPARQ Combine that I’m trying to register for say “Notify Me” instead of “Register”?
A: Registration for the Nike Football SPARQ Combines will become available six weeks prior to the event date. All you need to do is leave your email address and you’ll receive an email when registration for your event becomes available.

Q: I registered for a Nike Football SPARQ Combine; will I now get a confirmation email?
A: Yes. You and your parent or guardian will get an email confirming your registration and another event reminder email the Monday before the event. If you have not received your confirmation within a day of signing up, please check your spam/junk folders. You will need to print out this confirmation and bring with you to the combine.

Q: I registered for a Nike Football SPARQ Combine and did not receive my confirmation email with my Event Pass. How can I retrieve it?
A: Try looking in all of your spam and junk mail to see if our email landed there first. If you cannot find the email, then you can email Bob Masajo at or Kirsten Leetch at to get that email with the Event Pass in it to you.

Q: Why are there different check-in times for certain athletes? Will I be missing something by coming later in the day?
A: You will not miss anything with a later check-in time. Every athlete has the same experience regardless of the check-in time.  Please stick to your scheduled check-in time.

Q: I am a coach or parent that is bringing several athletes that have different check-in times. How can I get them all checked-in and tested together
A: In order to keep the check-in lines down we ask that athletes show up and check-in at the designated times. We understand that sometimes athletes traveling together sometimes end up with different check-in times. Simply show up at the time the majority of the group has posted on their Event Pass and they can all test together.

Q: Can I go to a Nike Football SPARQ Combine to watch?
A: Depends on the venue. At an outdoor combine all parents and spectators will be allowed to watch the event from the stands only, not from the track or sideline. At indoor facilities space is very limited so viewing room will depend on the venue. We must keep the testing area clear and safe for all participants however we will do our best to provide as much viewing room as possible.

Q: Online registration is closed but will I be able to register onsite at the combine as a walkup?
A: We would love to stay and test everyone, however due to time constraints and limited supplies, we have to close registration. If you would like, you can show up between 12-1pm the day of the event and register onsite as a walkup. Time permitting walkup athletes will be taken after all registered athletes have checked in. However there is not a guarantee that you will get in to be tested. DO NOT GET THERE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING AS UNREGISTERED ATHLETES WILL NOT BE HELPED UNTIL ALL REGISTERED ATHLETES GET THROUGH CHECK IN AND THEN IT DEPENDS ON WHETHER TIME PERMITS.

Q: I will not be able to attend the event I registered for. Can I give my Event Pass to my teammate or relative?
A: No. The Event Pass is non transferable and is tied to your personal information for that event. Your teammate or relative must register using a different email address. Using another person’s Event Pass will link your testing results to their name and profile. If you are unable to attend the Nike SPARQ Combine that you registered for, please let Bob Masajo know at

Q: How can I change my registration information?
A: To make a change or correction to your registration information, please email Bob Masajo at 

Q: What will I be tested in?
A: The 40-yard dash, the 20 yard Pro-agility test, the kneeling power ball toss and the vertical jump.

Q: How heavy is the Powerball?
A: The weight of the Powerball is 3KG or 6.6 pounds.

Q: How long does testing at Nike Football SPARQ Combine take?
A: Nike Football SPARQ Combines are on a first come, first serve basis policy so it depends on when you get there and get in line for registration. Once through the registration line it should take no more than an hour or so to complete testing. Every athlete has the same experience regardless of check-in times.

Q: Will there be football-specific drills or 1 on 1’s at the Nike Football SPARQ Combines?
A: No. A Nike Football SPARQ Combine is strictly for testing an athlete’s athletic ability.

Q: How do I get my official SPARQ Rating and results?
A: You will leave the combine with these in hand. You will receive an email after the event with links to view your rating on as well as head shot and action photo albums, stories of the event and all-combine teams lists.

Q: What do I need to bring to the Nike Football SPARQ Combine?
A: Cleats/running shoes to run in, workout gear your Event Pass and signed waiver. Take a look at the field-type beforehand to determine the best type of cleats/shoes you should run in. NO TRACK SPIKES!!  We will provide a testing shirt and hydration for all athletes. Student Sports and Nike are not responsible for any lost or stolen items, so pack accordingly and note that you don’t need to bring a lot to test.

Q: I am a coach or trainer interested in volunteering, how do I go about this?
A: Email Michael Fletcher at or Eugene Jackson at

Q: I’m in an athlete in middle school. Can I still attend a Nike Football SPARQ Combine?
A: The Nike Football SPARQ Combines are for athletes currently in are for athletes in the graduating classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017, as well as current 7th and 8th graders (Class of 2018 and 2019). For more information about our youth events please email Eugene Jackson at

Q: How does a player get registered to attend a Nike Football Training Camp?
A: Registration information is sent out to top players/recruits who are in the Class of 2015 as well as top underclassmen. Players can be recommended by their coach as a high level recruit to pre-register for the camp. If a recommendation is not possible then a player may email a link to video highlights or DVD so he can be evaluated. A third way to get registered is to test well at a Nike Football SPARQ Combine. Coaches can send in recommendations as soon as the season is complete; please include 2013 statistics, height, weight, position, honors/accolades, etc. with online or DVD highlights if possible. For more information regarding the 2014 NFTCs, if you are a coach recommending a player or wanting to work the camp, or to submit an all-state or all-area team with nominees on it, please click here or contact:

Brian Stumpf – West/Southeast (
Michael White – Midwest/Northeast (
Todd Huber – Linemen (
Michael Fletcher – Linebackers/Volunteer Coaches (
Eugene Jackson – Defensive Backs/Youth Events (
Student Sports
Attn: Nike Camps
23954 Madison Street
Torrance CA 90505

Q: I am from a media outlet and I’d like to come to a NFSC. Do I need to pre-register to attend?
Yes, media outlets must pre-register and be pre-approved before coming to a NFSC. Please contact Kirsten Leetch at:

Q: I read the FAQ and still need assistance what can I do?
Concerns or questions regarding online registration or the Event Pass, please contact Bob Masajo at All other inquiries please direct to Tyler McClaughry at


Updated: November 30, 2012


  1. tyon

    December 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    were do you go to do wr vs db 1 on 1

    • kleetch

      December 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      That would be at the Nike Football Training Camps.

  2. Jerrion ealy

    July 25, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Do 7-8 grade use the same weight ball as high school

    • kleetch

      November 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Yes – 3kg (6.6 lbs).

  3. Walter

    April 10, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Where do we receive our waivers from

    • kleetch

      April 10, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      If you are pre-registered, then you okayed the waiver online while registering. If you are coming as a walk up, we will provide the waiver on site when you register. Hope that helps.

  4. quan Bristol

    March 20, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I’m trying to register but its not allowing me to when I click on it it doesn’t do anythingcan you help me register for March 22nd at Lanier High School please and thank you

    • kleetch

      March 20, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      We’re sorry, the Nike Football SPARQ Combine that you are trying to register for has reached capacity. We would love to stay and test everyone, however due to time constraints and limited supplies, we have to close registration. If you are in high school and you would like to register onsite as a walk up, you can show up at 12 noon. If you are an un-registered 7th or 8th grader, you will not be able to walk up and participate.

      Time permitting walkup athletes will be taken after all registered athletes have checked in. However there is not a guarantee that you will get in to be tested. DO NOT GET THERE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING AS UNREGISTERED ATHLETES WILL NOT BE HELPED UNTIL ALL REGISTERED ATHLETES GET THROUGH CHECK IN AND THEN IT DEPENDS ON WHETHER TIME PERMITS.

  5. Michael

    February 25, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Is this for American athletes only? Or can Canadian athletes attend as well.

    • kleetch

      February 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Canadian athletes are more than welcome to attend. Thanks for the interest!

  6. Mark

    February 23, 2014 at 10:07 am

    If we already went to a combine this year are we allowed to go to another one the same year?

    • kleetch

      February 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      Yes, you sure can.

  7. Gavin Brinkley

    February 20, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    How do i get my Waiver? I signed up a while back and all i remember getting was an Email with my Registration Confirmation.

    • kleetch

      February 22, 2014 at 12:46 am

      You approved the waiver when you signed up online so no need to print out and bring along with you.

  8. Xavier

    February 3, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Do we get Nike clets and ect?

    • kleetch

      February 3, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      I think you are asking if athletes receive cleats at a Nike Football SPARQ Combine and maybe etc?? You will not receive cleats, but you will receive a free and very cool Nike Pro tshirt which is very cool.

  9. xavier lowry

    January 19, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Did you have to play football the previous season to register

    • kleetch

      January 20, 2014 at 8:05 am

      No sir.

  10. demetrius boone

    December 27, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Do they have any combine in Georgia are close by

    • kleetch

      December 27, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Hello, The schedule you see here on this page is pretty much it, but check back just in case we happen to make any additions to the schedule. Good luck.

  11. The BearMaiden

    December 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Will there be a NY combine like there was last year in Brooklyn? Or is New Jersey the closest one?

    • todd

      December 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      NJ will be the closest one to NYC.

  12. Yajaha

    December 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    where do i get the information to help my coach recommend me for it?

  13. Blake

    November 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Is registration for all sites closed? Or do they open back up? If so when do they open back up?

  14. josh

    October 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Im going to be attending a combine next year. I tried to go to the registration , but a loading icon just keeps on appearing and its taking forever. Is this normal? Also, when will the combine dates appear?

  15. denzel smith

    September 20, 2013 at 6:54 am

    if am above age they let you put for your profile info it important to put the correct age or

  16. Tyrae Sims

    July 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Do we as Sparq combine attendees own the right to share and or distribute our headshots to contests etc?

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