Nike+ The Opening brings elite coaching, training and recognition to the fingertips of every football player.
Every summer for five days, 166 elite high school football players from around the country descend upon Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, for Nike Football The Opening. The competition provides the athletes the opportunity to learn from and compete against the best in the game via training sessions, the Nike 7ON (7-on-7) tournament and the Nike Elite Linemen Challenge National Championship.
Last year, these athletes were selected from a pool of over 17,000 young players who took part in a series of 19 nationwide tour stops, which included Nike Football Combines and Nike Football The Opening Regionals. Now, Nike expands that journey to roughly one million kids through a partnership with Hudl, the online service that provides tools to allow coaches and athletes to review and share game footage, with a focus on helping individuals improve and get noticed. The new Hudl Combine app features a Nike Football Rating, which, after 2016, becomes the ticket to Nike Football The Opening.
Key features of the app include:
Athletes can conduct and record combine tests, including the 40-yard dash, agility shuttle, a standing vertical and power-ball toss or bench press, using only a smartphone.
After all of the tests are submitted, Hudl representatives will verify each score and calculate a Nike Football Rating: the aggregate of the test scores.
Athletes can complete the tests as few or as many times as they like, so long as they are a Nike+ member.
The best Nike Football Ratings will appear on team and national leaderboards, with the nation’s top scorers earning an invitation to The Opening.
If athletes are not eligible for The Opening, they can still share and compare Nike Football Ratings with those of their friends and professional athletes.
To help athletes improve throughout the process, videos from professional athletes, trainers and coaches will provide tips and football hacks.
Additionally, there will be a 52-week training program offered within the Hudl site to help propel football athletes with drills and tips from professional players, coaches and trainers.
The Hudl Combine app for iOS is now available in the App Store. As of December 8, athletes can begin testing and earning their Nike Football Ratings. Click here to learn more about the app and Hudl.