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Frequently Asked Questions
What: 300 of Indiana’s top football players can have their strength and skills tested at this one day combine.
Why: Players can have themselves measured against other athletes in strength and skill. College Coaches can come to the Preps Pro Combine or log on to view your scores and stats.
When: April 23, 2017
You will be notified of your testing time approximately one week prior to the Combine.
Where: Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center
7001 West 56th Street - Indianapolis, IN 46254
Fee: $75.00 (In accordance with NCAA rules, we must charge for this event)
NOTE: Pre-registered atheletes only will be able to participate.

OVERALL FAQ


HISTORY OF PREPS PRO COMBINE

From it's inception in 2008, the Preps Pro Combine has become the pre-eminent Indiana High School football combine. The Indianapolis Colts have partnered with the Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) and the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) to make sure that Indiana football athletes have the best chance at playing football at the next level and are matched with the school that best suits their talents. With the help of the Preps Pro Combine Staff, participants of the Preps Pro Combine will have the opportunity to be professionally tested


WHAT CAN COLLEGE COACHES EXPECT FROM PREPS PRO COMBINE?
The Indianapolis Colts designed an interface for college coaches to be able to login and quickly sort through
Indiana football players so they can analyze, learn and contact the athlete. This system is built with the idea of connecting the Coach with the tools to get the best talent to their school to help win more football games. 

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COLLEGE COACH ATTENDANCE
Due to NCAA regulations, Division I College Coaches cannot attend the Preps Pro Combine. However, they may sign up for Preps Pro Combine online application to review the results of the combine. There is no fee for coaches to attend.

Other Divisions of College Coaches are free to attend the Preps Pro Combine. If you are a college coach wishing to attend the combine, please contact Mike Prior at mike.prior@colts.nfl.net 


WHAT ABOUT OFF THE FIELD ACHIEVEMENTS?
On the field talent is not the only important measurement in life or in football. In Preps Pro Combine we also have academic information (including test scores, G.P.A. and class rank), high school coach’s information, personal accomplishments of the athlete, guidance counselor contact information, as well as all the scores of the athlete during the combine. 


WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
To participate in Preps Pro Combine, you must be an entering Junior or Senior football player
. The registration fee of $75.00 is required for admittance to the combine. At this time, we are only allowing the positions of QB, WR, TE, RB, OL, DL, DB and LB. You may only test at one position.  

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PLAYER SPECIFIC FAQ 

 

WHAT DRILLS WILL I BE GRADED ON?

  • Bench Press - The athletes will bench press 135 (if you weigh 150 lbs or less) or 185 (if you weigh 150+lbs) pounds with correct form, as many times as possible by using a traditional bench press technique. Official count will be recorded by Preps Pro Combine Staff. Athletes will be docked if they are counted for not locking out, bouncing the weight off the chest and moving their buttock from the bench.

 

  • Vertical Jump - Each athlete will attempt two jumps using the Vertec apparatus. Both scores will be recorded and the better of the two (2) scores recorded by Preps Pro Combine Staff.. The vertical jump will be tested in the south end-zone loading dock area. Each athlete’s reach measurement will also be recorded at this station.

 

  • Broad Jump - Athletes are required to jump forward from a standing position off both feet with the measurement taken from the back of the heel. Two jumps will be taken and recorded; the better of the two (2) scores will be recorded by Preps Pro Combine Staff.

 

  • 40 yard dash / 10 yard dash (split) - The athlete will start in the traditional three point stance and the timing starts on his movement and stops once his waist crosses the 40-yard marker. All times are electronic.

 

  • Short Shuttle - The athlete will start in a traditional two point stance with their hand on the center line with timing starting when they sprint first to their Right, second attempt to the Left, touching the line and sprinting 10-yards and to the opposite side again touching the line and lastly sprinting past the original starting point with the timing stopping once the athletes waist passes the line.

 

  • Three Cone Drill - The athlete will start in a traditional two point stance and start sprinting to and touching the first cone, turning around and sprint to and touching the starting cone. From there, the athlete will sprint around the second cone, to and around cone three and then sprinting back around cone two to the starting cone with the timing stopping once the athlete’s waist passes the line.

 

  • Position Specific Drills - Athletes will be broken into position specific groups. Each group will run through a series of drills associated with their position and most often looked at by college recruiters. (Conducted by members of the IFCA)

 

  • Measurements - Athlete’s height, weight and body fat are measured along with arm span and hand span, and information is recorded. Athletes are measured, weighed, then will give a brief interview while holding a sign that shows name, age, grade, position and school.

 

  • Seminar - Members of the Indiana Football Coaches Association and the Indianapolis Colts will be on hand to talk to student-athletes about the recruiting process, importance of academics and to give suggestions for off-season workouts.

 

 

CAN A BAD PERFORMANCE AT THE PREPS PRO COMBINE HURT ME?

No, because of the "scratch rule." The Indianapolis Colts 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 a drill will not lead to colleges dropping a player. However, if you would prefer to have that time or result scratched, please notify Mike.Prior@Colts.NFL.net

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WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO BE AT THE COMBINE?

Once registration is complete, we will email you with specifics regarding what time that you need to be ready for participation at the combine. The time that you are emailed will be within the window of the session. There will be a seminar conducted by the Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) from 11am-12pm in the Pavilion. 


WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?

Typical workout gear with the proper footwear is recommended. Since you will be graded on your quickness, jumping ability and speed; please make sure to wear athletic gear that enables you to perform at your highest level. During the registration process of the combine day, you will be given a shirt with your identification number on it. This t-shirt must be worn (unaltered) at all times during the combine. 


WHAT SURFACE WILL I BE RUNNING ON?
The surface that you will be participating on is known as ‘Field Turf’. This synthetic field is a hard, fast playing surface on which a variety of different football shoes can be used. We strongly suggest finding a similar surface near you where you can test to see which shoe you prefer to use when running your 40 yard dash, shuttles and participating in the position skill drills. You are allowed to use any tennis shoe or approved football cleat, but you will not be allowed to use any type of track spikes, metal or otherwise. You may want to bring more than one type of shoe to ensure you are as comfortable as possible. 

 

I SIGNED A WAIVER, IS MY ATHLETE REGISTERED?

No, the waiver is just a piece of paperwork that is required in order for an athlete to participate. Every athlete must have a signed waiver in order to participate. The athlete must also be registered. Click here to be taken directly to the registration page.

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED, CAN I REGISTER ONSITE THE DAY OF?

No, only pre-registered athletes will be able to participate, walk-up registration is not permitted for the Preps Pro Combine. 

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MEDIA SPECIFIC FAQ

CAN MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ATTEND THE COMBINE?
To request access to the Preps Pro Combine, please contact Mike Prior by email:mike.prior@colts.nfl.net


ARE THERE ANY LIMITATIONS TO MEDIA?
Media are requested to not be on the playing surface during drills, but may be on the sidelines during all activities. We request that media be considerate of the athletes that are participating and wait to interview players till they are completely done with their participation.

 

ARE PARENTS ALLOWED TO WATCH THE EVENT?

Due to limited space, only participants are allowed in the indoor practice facility on the day of the Preps Pro Combine. However, parents may remain in the pavilion area during the duration of the event. 

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For technical issues.. please email Mike.prior@colts.nfl.net