Every year, executives, coaches and scouts from all eight CFL teams gather in Toronto to interview and evaluate the top Canadian Draft-eligible prospects. For the players the weekend is essentially an intense three-day interview. Players arrive at Camp on Friday and are interviewed by interested CFL teams. Then, on Saturday and Sunday the country’s best young players are subjected to a variety of exercises and drills to test their physical abilities and football skills. Here is a brief breakdown of the measured drills.
The athletes participating at E-Camp will be put through a variety of measurements for team executives and scouts to gauge a player’s physical attributes. Measurements include a player’s hand size, arm length, height and weight.
The Bench Press is the marquee Saturday event at E-Camp. It is a test of both an athlete’s strength and muscular endurance. The player will press a weighted bar of 225 pounds for as many repetitions as they can. Anything higher than 25 repetitions is considered to be a very good score from the strength position players.
2010 Top Performance: Mike Montoya, RB, Wilfrid Laurier, 40 reps. - watch video
All-Time Top Performance: 2010 - Mike Montoya, RB, Wilfrid Laurier, 40 reps.
The vertical jump is a test of an athlete’s lower body explosion and power. First, players will reach up as high as they can from the standing position. That mark is recorded. The players then jump as high as they are able and touch the highest flag they can on the vertex machine. The difference between the highest flag they touch and their reach determines their vertical jump.
2010 Highest Vertical Jump: Steven Turner, WR, Bishop's 43 1/2 inches
All-Time Highest Vertical Jump: 2009 -Jamall Lee, RB, Bishop's, 44 inches
The broad jump tests an athlete's lower-body explosion and lower-body strength. The player starts out in a balanced stance and then jumps forward as far as he can. The drill tests both explosion and balance as the athlete has to land without moving for the jump to count. The best jumpers should surpass the 10-foot-range.
2010 Longest Broad Jump: Cory Greenwood, LB, Concordia and Steven Turner, WR, Bishop's, 10 feet, 4 1/2 inches
All-Time Longest Broad Jump: 2002 - Brian Nugent, WR, York, 10 feet, 10 1/2 inches
This event is the big draw on Sunday at E-Camp. It's all about speed as the players sprint 40-yards straight ahead as fast as they can. Players are timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals. What the scouts are looking for is explosion from a static start and how quickly a player can accelerate to top speed. The fastest sprinters will run 4.5 seconds or lower.
2010 Fastest 10 Yard interval: Steven Turner, WR, Bishop's
All-Time Fastest 10 Yard interval: 2001 - Jermaine Romans, DB, Acadia, 1.34 sec.
2010 Fastest 20 Yard interval: Steven Turner, WR, Bishop's, 2.44 sec.
All-Time Fastest 20 Yard interval: 2010 Steven Turner, WR, Bishop's, 2.44 sec.
2010 Fastest 40 Yard Dash: Steven Turner, WR, Bishop's, 4.31 sec. - watch video
All-Time Fastest 40-Yard Dash: 2009 Fastest 40 Yards: Steven Turner, WR, Bishop's, 4.31 sec.
The short shuttle tests an athlete’s lateral quickness and explosion over short distances. The player starts in the three-point stance, explodes out 5 yards to one side, touches the line, goes back 10 yards the other way, touches the line, then turns and sprints 5 more yards back to the starting point to finish. The fastest times for this drill will be in the 4-4.2 second range.
2010 Fastest Short Shuttle: Steven Turner, WR, Bishop's, 4.03 sec.
All-Time Fastest Short Shuttle: 2009 - Jim Allin, DB, Queen's, 3.97 sec.
The 3-Cone or L drill is new to E-Camp in 2011 and is designed to test an athlete's ability to change directions at a high speed. Three cones are set up in an L-shape. The player starts by going 5 yards to the first cone as fast as they can and then back. He turns, runs around the second cone, runs a weave around the third cone, which is the high point of the L, changes directions, comes back around that second cone and finishes.