Looking to increase your chances of making the squad at the UFL tryouts?  Of course you are.  I’m sure you remember your coaches telling you that it’s the little things that make the difference. 

Man, were they right.  Today, I’m going to share 5 tips with you that I’ve heard come straight out of the mouths of UFL personnel themselves,that’ll help you shine at the UFL tryouts.

Tip#1 – Look Like You Know What You’re Doing

When you show up, carry yourself with some swagger.  “Act like you’ve been there before,” like coach used to say.  Have a routine that you go through before you run your 40. 

Running back Cory Ross was the UFL’s Offensive MVP of the 2010 season. (ICON Sports)

You’d be surprised how many guys don’t even know to put their hand on the ground before they start their 40. Mistakes like these throw up red flags in the minds of pro personnel that observe the UFL tryouts, or any tryouts, for that matter. 

Mistakes like these make you look like an amateur, not a professional-caliber football player.


Tip #2 – Train

And train doing the right things.  Get plenty of practice doing position drills and especially the 40-yard dash. 

A Director of Football operations for a UFL team recently said that they make it a habit of bringing back the guys who run the top five 40 yard dash times at the UFL tryouts for either a second workout, or to training camp. 

So the 40 is absolutely crucial.  If your preparation doesn’t include training in the 40, just save your money and stay home. This may be your only shot at playing pro ball, and there’s usually 200 or more guys at UFL tryouts, so you can’t afford to look rusty.

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Tip #3 – Show that You’re Coachable

I know I said you want to act like you know what you’re doing, but you also want to ask questions and implement the feedback you get from the coaches immediately, right there at the tryout. 

For example, if you’re a receiver, you may want to ask the position coach overseeing the drill if they like their receiver’s to have their inside or outside leg up in their stance.


Tip #4 –  Congratulate Other Players

Encourage and celebrate when other players at the tryout do well.  Coaches love it, because it shows that you’re a good teammate, and that you have leadership qualities. 

If you see a guy at the tryout get down on himself, encourage him.

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Tip #5 – Bring Film

And the more recent your film, the better.  If you played in the NFL in the past, you may want to contact NFL films to get a copy of some old game film. 

If you played in the CFL, or in any of the arena leagues, contact your old teams and inquire about some old game film.  Film only matters if you perform well at the tryout, though. 

IF you did well, they’ll review your film to match up your performance at the tryout with how you play when it’s game time.

Players with NFL experience looking for NFL game film to take the their UFL tryouts can click here to contact NFL Films to order old game film.

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