The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Team Development Camp began today on the campus of IMG Academy. The camp hosts more than 75 aspiring high school players from 19 different countries including: Japan; Brazil; Denmark; Costa Rica; France; and Australia. The camp is being held to help identify members of the World Team, a collection of the top international players aged 19 and younger, who will compete against USA Football’s Under-19 National Team in the International Bowl in Austin, Texas on February 5, 2013.
Participants are enduring two-a-day practices, building up to a full 11-on-11 scrimmage on Tuesday, January 8. The IFAF World Team Program began four years ago as an elite international player and coach development initiative designed to provide an opportunity for the world's top players and coaches to further develop, while collectively showcasing the game's growth on the global stage. Exposure from the World Team program has led to players from around the world receiving scholarship offers to top colleges such as Florida State University; Boston College; the University of Alabama; and many others.
Today, the players began the camp with an Ignite360 athlete evaluation period to establish their measureables, going through drills to establish their vertical jump, broad jump, cone drill and 40-yard dash time. The evaluation period was followed by the day's first practice session, which featured a series of non-contact position drills. After a lunch period, the players worked with IMG Academy Athletic and Personal Development coaches in the weightroom and in the classroom for mental conditioning. The day ended with a second, more intense practice in pads, going through fundamental positional drills. The World Team Development Camp will resume tomorrow morning with a full battery of practices.
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