How do Canadian kids get tryouts for a CFL team or at the very least guidance on how to get there?
There are numerous Canadian kids graduating from high schools across the country who are not interested in pursuing a post-secondary education at the university level for various reasons (financial, family commitments, low academic expectations etc….). Some players attend Canadian colleges, but these do not have a football program. These players continue to play summer ball in either the NFC (Northern Football Conference) or the NAFL (North American Football League).
What do these Canadian kids need to do to garner interest from CFL teams and how do they get it?
Is there a central agency they can send info to, to show their interest in trying out for a CFL team, to show their abilities or to get advise on how to proceed (or not)?
What info is needed by the teams? Is there a developmental team they could try out for? Can coaches send info to a central agency?
The interest by Canadian players to further their football careers is steadily increasing and the talent is improving dramatically, but they don’t seem to have an avenue to attain the pro-level unless they attend university. This is a shame as there are boys out there being overlooked with quite the talent.
There are combines for high school players which are attended by Canadian universities and U.S. colleges, but not all players want (or are able) to go to university. It does not appear CFL teams attend these combines to see the talent and to possibly advise players what avenue to follow to improve, develop their skills and possibly get a tryout at a later date. This surprises me, because it’s at these combines Canadian talent tries to showcase itself. The CFL puts on an evaluation camp (see this past weekend March 10, 11), but only university players are invited to participate.
I’m wondering if a TV show modeled after the hockey series “Making the Cut? might be a good way for our youngsters to get a chance at a pro-career. This definitely could be an avenue for the guys who did not pursue it through university.