02/25/2019 10:41 AM
JACKSONVILLE – As the National Arena League season is quickly approaching, the Sharks are looking to add some talent to their 2019 roster. This season the Sharks will be celebrating their decade of dominance as they honor their 10th year as a franchise and prepare to make a run for another National Arena League Championship.
Last season, the Sharks finished as one of the top teams in the NAL, earning a spot in the 2018 NAL playoffs. Despite their successful regular season, the Sharks lost to the Carolina Cobras in Greensboro, NC during the playoff round. The Carolina Cobras advanced and won the 2018 National Arena League Championship. With 2018, in the rear view mirror and the 2019 NAL season ahead the Sharks are out for blood and looking to take back the title as National Arena League Champions. If you have what it takes to take your talents to the turf and help the Jacksonville Sharks win another league championship, then don’t miss this open tryout opportunity.
Since becoming the Head Coach of the Jacksonville Sharks, no coach before him in Sharks history has taken advantage of the open tryout process quite like Burley. Coach Burley has consistently signed both local and out of state talents through this open tryout process. During his two seasons under the helm, former Sharks Wide Receiver / Return Specialist Wyatt Griffith, Wide Receiver / Defensive Back Marquel Wade, and Quarterback Mosses Skillon all were signed through the open tryout process within the last two seasons. In additions, big names in the NAL including Second Team All-NAL Kicker Henry Nell had been discovered and entered training camp with the Sharks through the open tryout process. Last season, Coach Burley even invited Action News JAX Reporter and renowned local flag football talent Marcel Robinson. Although Robinson fell short from a training camp invite, he did receive a media pass for the 2018 season. Robinson's decision to return for 2019 Open Tryouts has yet to be determined.
Where: Julington Creek Plantation Park (Wall-Ball Fields) in Fruit Cove, FL. The direct address to the park is 3060 Race Track Road, St. Johns, FL 32259.
When: Saturday, March 16, 2019. Registration will begin at 9:00 am with a stretch & warm-ups session will commence. After warm-ups, open tryouts will begin at 10:00 am and will last until noon or until each player has been properly evaluated.
How to Register: Pre-Register online at www.jaxsharks.com/team/open-tryouts/ and save $10. Pre-registering online for open tryouts will include a $65 fee which can be paid by credit card or debit card. Pre-registration will end at 4:30 pm on March 15th. The Jacksonville Sharks will be allowing walk-in registration on the day of the tryout. To register at open tryouts you will need to bring a valid ID, sign all open tryout paperwork, and you will be required to pay the $75 walk-in registration fee that will only be payable by credit or debit card.
Note: The walk-in registration process will take time away from your stretch & warm-up session, it is highly recommended that all players pre-register online at jaxsharks.com to not only save your money but to also save valuable time for you to stretch and warm up on the day of the tryout.
All pre-registered players and walk-up players will receive a Sharks drifit shirt for the day of the tryout, along with a BIB ID number & patch to wear during the tryout. Open tryouts will include the 40-yard dash, shuttle drills, and other agility drills. It is important that all players bring their own liquids for hydration as well as appropriate footwear for both grass and turf surfaces. In addition, all players will partake in position drills and other football-related activities that may involve contact with other players. Once all players are properly evaluated by the coaching staff, Coach Burley will dismiss all players from open tryouts. If the coaching staff is interested in you to advance to the Jacksonville Sharks 2019 training camp you will be contacted by the Sharks coaching staff and the Sharks coaching staff only, if you are not contacted by the Sharks coaching staff by the time training camp has begun than we encourage you to prepare for next years open tryouts in 2020.
About the Jacksonville Sharks
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The 2017 NAL Champions and ArenaBowl XXIV Champions and play all home games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Sharks Nation Memberships for the 2019 season are now available. Get Lower Bowl Season Tickets for only $75. To become a Shark Nation member or for more information please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on Facebook at facebook.com/jaxsharks, on Twitter and Instagram @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance and Chum at facebook.com/chumsharks.