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Join athletes from the class of 2021 and top underclassmen looking to showcase their talent at The Opening Combine. This event allows athletes to receive a verified football rating for a chance to secure a spot in The Opening Regional event and earn a shot at going all the way to The Opening Finals at The Star in Dallas in July.
Athletes from the class of 2020 may also participate in the Combine but are not eligible to compete at The Opening/Elite 11 Regional. Tested last year? Come see where you've improved before moving onto the next leve!. Still being slept on? Last chance to make a name for yourself.
A $30 registration fee for The Opening Combine will allow participants to be measured, photographed and then after a dynamic warmup, compete in the four testing events in a safe, supervised and professional environment:
40-yard Dash (two attempts, fastest time kept)
20-yard or 5-10-5 shuttle (one attempt to left, one to right, fastest time kept)
Vertical Jump (standing jump, two attempts, best jump kept)
Kneeling Power Ball toss (6 lbs. ball toss, two attempts, best toss kept)
Upon completion of the testing, athletes will receive an athletic football rating, which lets them know how they rank amongst not only their peers but also some of the greats of the game, most of whom have participated during the 25 years of Student Sports football events. Athletes will also receive an exclusive The Opening t-shirt.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
THE OPENING COMBINE
Q: Who can attend a The Opening Combine? Can seniors (Class of 2020) attend a Combine?
A: The Combines are for ALL high school athletes. Seniors (Class of 2020) are allowed to attend a Combine but are not eligible to attend The Opening/Elite 11 Regionals. Eligible junior high school athletes will have the opportunity to be tested in the last time session of each Combine. Check the schedule for updates on these dates and locations.
Q: What’s the cost of a attending a Combine?
A: The cost to attend a Combine is $30 per athlete.
Q: What is the difference between a Combine and The Opening Regional?
A: A Combine is a testing only event. There will not be any football related drills or activities like 1 on 1’s at a Combine.
Q: What is the refund policy?
A: All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Q: Can a bad performance at a Combine hurt my stock?
A: No, because of the “scratch rule.” Student Sports cares about the athlete 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 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.
Q: How do I scratch my testing results?
A: Athletes can scratch their results onsite at the check-out station at the event. Or athletes can email email@example.com after the event to have their results scratched. Please be sure to include the athlete’s name, event attended and the results you want to have scratched. Please note that scratching any of the testing results will not yield a Rating.
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. Please complete your registration using another school from the appropriate state then email the athletes name, correct high school, including the school city & state and the event registered to attend. To report a missing school and/or have your school updated, please click here now.
Q: I registered for a 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, events or junk email folders. You will need to print out this confirmation and bring with you to the Combine.
Q: I registered for a 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, events or junk mail folders 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. Please be sure to include the athlete’s name, the event and time session that you are registered to attend in your email. Please do not register for the event a second time.
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.
Q: Can I go to a Combine to watch?
A: It depends on the venue. At outdoor facilities, all parents and spectators will be allowed to watch the event from a designated viewing area only. Parents and spectators will not be allowed on the field, sideline or track. At indoor facilities space is very limited so viewing room will depend on the venue. We must keep the fields and testing area 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 limit registration for each event. If time and supplies permit, walk-ups will be taken after all registered athletes have checked in.
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 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 . Please be sure to include the athlete’s name, event, with time session that you are registered to attend and what you would like us to update in your email.
Q: I registered to attend a Combine event before I received an invite to The Opening Regional, what should I do?
A: The same testing will be administered at the Opening Regionals. It’s up to you if you would like to attend both events. If you were invited to attend The Opening Regional and do not wish to attend the Combine, please contact Bob Masajo at email@example.com or Kirsten Leetch firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 6 pounds.
Q: How long does the testing at a Combine take?
A: Once an athlete is checked it should take no more than an hour or so to complete testing. Every athlete has the same experience regardless of
Q: Will there be football-‐specific drills or 1 on 1’s at the Combines?
A: No. The Combines is strictly for testing an athlete’s athletic ability.
No football related drill or activities take place at the Combines.
Q: How do I get my official Rating results?
A: You will leave the Combine with your unofficial results in hand. You will receive an email a few days after the event with links to view official results and head shots that were taken at the event.
Q: What do I need to bring to the Combine?
A: Cleats/running shoes to run in, workout gear and your Event Pass and Event waiver, 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 recommend that athletes leave all valuables in the car or with parents or coaches. Every registered athlete will receive an event shirt after they finish the event.
Student Sports is not responsible for any lost or stolen items, please pack accordingly and note that you don’t need to bring a lot to test.
Q: It’s raining will the Combine be cancelled?
A: The Combine will be held rain or shine. Just like a football game only in the event of lightning will athletes be pulled of the field for safety.
Q: I would like to volunteer as a coach or event helper. Where can I sign up?
A: Our Coach's Registration form will be available once the dates and locations have been released.
Q: I’m in an athlete in junior high school. Can I still attend a Combine?
A: Yes, the final session of every Combine will be for eligible junior high school athletes, you must be 13-years old however to participate. For more information about our youth events please email Eugene Jackson at email@example.com.
Q: How does a player get registered to attend one of The Opening Regional camps?
A: The Opening Regionals are free but space is limited in order to maximize the experience for all involved. Registration information is sent out to top players/recruits who are in the Class of 2021 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 can recommend himself to be evaluated. The Opening Combines are also a great way to earn a spot at The Opening Regional camps, as top testers at the combine events can earn an invite back to the camp the next day.
High School Coaches are encouraged to send in recommendation as soon as the season ends using the Coach's Submission Form.
Varsity level players, to submit yourself for consideration, visit the Player's Submission Form.
Be sure to include 2019 stats and a link to view varsity highlights online.
Q: I am from a media outlet and I’d like to come to a Combine. Do I need to pre-register to attend?
A: Yes, media outlets must pre-register and be pre-approved before coming to The Opening Combines. Media will be able to pre-register once the dates and locations have been released.
Q: Will the testing results be posted publicly?
A: Testing results will be viewable but for participants as well as college coaches but not posted publicly.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Kirsten Leetch email@example.com.