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Some UFL Open Tryouts

There are more agents than there are players in the NFL.  New entrants into the industry are lucky to represent a player with a chance of being selected between rounds 5-7.  Many agents will represent players hoping that they will be signed as free-agents after the draft and get a chance to make it to their professional team after being on its Practice Squad.  Many players won’t even get the shot of being on the Practice Squad.

So what to do if you have one of those guys who you paid to have train at a top-notch facility only to get passed over by team after team?  NFL Europe no longer exists, but the CFL may be an option.  Arena Football may also be an option, considering it is making a valiant effort to re-gain its stature as an alternative league to the NFL.  Coming into its second official season is also the United Football League (UFL), which has been making a strong push as of late to induce the NFL into investing in the league and embracing it as a feeder system.

The UFL tends to favor players who make it to Training Camp with an NFL team before being cut, but there is another way to potentially be seen by a UFL team looking to add talent: Open Tryouts.  Be warned, it is extremely difficult for a client to win a job through an open tryout, no matter what league or sport we are talking about.  In fact, in other sports, like certain domestic ‘minor basketball leagues’, teams see these open tryouts as little more than a way to make some additional income by charging players to attend and perform at the tryouts.

But some players will go out to UFL tryouts, and undoubtedly, there will be players who impress team executives and end up getting picked up going into season number 2.  So here are the current details regarding those open tryouts:

  • Las Vegas Locos – April 17 (Phoenix, AZ), May 9 (Los Angeles, CA), May 15 (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Florida Tuskers – May 8 (Miami, FL), May 15 (Orlando, FL), June 26 (Atlanta, GA)
  • Hartford Colonials – May 8 (Petersburg, VA)

No word yet on the Sacramento team’s plans regarding open tryouts.  I will let you all know of updates as I hear them.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

5 replies on “Some UFL Open Tryouts”

Since writing this post, I have received word that the Sacramento team will likely have a tryout in Oakland (no date set). Additionally, I was told that there will be a league-wide tryout in San Antonio on June 2.

i am looking for tryouts near san antonio…any word…just e-mail me please with the e-mail

i am gabrel bryant have tried out with the edmonton eskimos and the new orleans voodoo… I have played along players such as charles scott from lsu and philip livas from louisiana tech and i am now in compton caifornia and was lookin for at least one more shot to try out and it again feel free to email me and give me any information regarding tryouts out this way [email protected]

What do i need to do to get into the June 26 tryout in Atlanta,GA and the tryout in San Antonio on June 2.

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