Nike Football SPARQ Combines
Who: Class of 2015, 2016 and 2017 high school football players, plus new to this year’s tour, motivated 7th and 8th graders.
What: 13 Nike Football SPARQ Combines where players can test their athleticism and compare their scores to other players’ nationwide
When: February – June
Where: Venues nationwide
How much: Nike Football SPARQ Combines are free to attend
Nike Football SPARQ Combines are free of charge and open to Class of 2015 graduates and top underclassmen high school football players looking to showcase their ability as well as top 7th and 8th grade football athletes. Top performers will be eligible for selection to later Nike Football Training Camps as well as even possibly The Opening which takes place this summer at the Nike World Headquarters.
Select the Nike Football SPARQ Combine below you would like to attend below and then register. After you submit your registration, you will receive an initial email confirming your registration was received. You will then receive a confirmation e-mail including the details for your specific combine such as location, time schedule, what to bring, etc. the week of the combine. If you have any problems with this process, please see the FAQ’s down this page for contacts in your region.
Last spring over 14,000 of the nation’s top prospects were tested and rated and in 2014, the 11th year of the Nike Combines, the events will once again showcase talent from all corners of the country with a 13-stop tour.
Nike Football SPARQ Combines are free of charge and open to Class of 2015 graduates and top underclassmen high school football players as well as motivated 7th and 8th graders looking to showcase their ability. Alumni of the combines include NFL stars Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), Andre Johnson (Houston Texans), Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers) and Haloti Ngata (Baltimore Ravens) as well as thousands who have gone on to play Division I college football.
Nike Football SPARQ Combines are one way to qualify for the fourth annual “The Opening” presented by Nike Football, to be held in early July at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. This competition will include the fifth-annual SPARQ Rating National Championship, which has been televised by ESPNU and will crown the nation’s best high school football athlete.
Attending one of the Nike SPARQ Combines gives each athlete the opportunity to get professionally SPARQ tested. SPARQ stands for speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness. The rating comes from a series of sport-specific tests and gives athletes a chance to see their strengths and weaknesses. Athletes have a chance to measure themselves against other elite players in their class.
There is an opportunity for great recruiting exposure and coverage. There will be stories, photos and videos posted on StudentSports.com recapping the top performers.
Registered athletes participating in the 2014 Nike Football SPARQ Combines will:
•Qualify for a chance to compete in the SPARQ Rating National Championship as part of “The Opening”, to be held in July at the Nike World Headquarters.
•Receive a Nike Combine compression shirt. (Athletes still must bring appropriate workout gear: shorts, sweats, football cleats and training shoes.)
•Be measured by height and weight, and photographed.
•Receive a proper, supervised dynamic warm-up.
•Be tested in: the 40-yard dash (twice, fastest time kept), vertical jump (highest jump kept), the 20-yard shuttle (twice, fastest time kept) and the kneeling power ball throw (twice, farthest throw kept). If players are not satisfied with their results, they may scratch them so they are not reported.
•Receive a SPARQ rating based on a calculation of their testing scores.
•Be eligible for consideration for the next step in Nike’s off-season plan, attending a Nike Football Training Camp, a top-tier national football camp tour. (Selection is based on overall performance and participation is free.)
•Get a chance to compete and be evaluated in a professional environment against others on your team, in your league, in your state and around the nation with the standardized SPARQ testing results and rating.
Q: Who can attend a Nike Football SPARQ Combine? Can seniors (Class of 2014) attend a Nike Football SPARQ Combine?
A: 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 and 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: My school is not listed on the registration page. What should I do?
A: If you do not see your school of the list of high schools after selecting the state, you can request to have your school added to the list by emailing the athlete’s name, the combine you are trying to register for, the high school name, city and state to Bob Masajo at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kirsten Leetch at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Kirsten Leetch at email@example.com to get that email with the Event Pass in it to you. Please give either Bob or Kirsten the athlete’s name, the combine the athlete is registering for and whether it is the high school or middle school combine, if that is applicable.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Kirsten Leetch at email@example.com.
Q: How can I change my registration information?
A: To make a change or correction to your registration information, please email Bob Masajo at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kirsten Leetch at email@example.com. In your email, please include the athlete’s name, the location and date of the combine, specify whether it’s a 7th/8th grade combine or high school combine and what change you are requesting.
Q: What will I be tested in?
A: The 40-yard dash (twice, fastest time kept), vertical jump (highest jump kept), the 20-yard shuttle (twice, fastest time kept) and the kneeling power ball throw (twice, farthest throw kept).
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 StudentSports.com. 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 and your Event Pass which can be found in the email confirmation. 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’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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com)
Michael White – Midwest/Northeast (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Todd Huber – Linemen (email@example.com)
Michael Fletcher – Linebackers/Volunteer Coaches (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Eugene Jackson – Defensive Backs/Youth Events (email@example.com)
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Q: I am from a media outlet and I’d like to come to a NFSC. Do I need to pre-register to attend?
A: Yes, media outlets must pre-register and be pre-approved before coming to a NFSC. Please contact Kirsten Leetch at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: I read the FAQ and still need assistance what can I do?
A: Concerns or questions regarding online registration or the Event Pass, please contact Bob Masajo at email@example.com or Kirsten Leetch at firstname.lastname@example.org. All other inquiries please direct to Tyler McClaughry at email@example.com.
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