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ETA, Weston Ranch to host NFL-style combine July 19

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Put your best foot forward

Weston Ranch varsity football coach Seth Davis watches the action unfold during a full-contact camp held at West High of Tracy. Davis, along with Elite Training Academy from Tracy, is hosting a pro...

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POSTED July 12, 2014 12:35 a.m.

Seth Davis, head coach of the Weston Ranch High varsity football team, is extending an invitation for all athletes from the area ages 5-18.

The Cougars and Elite Training Academy are teaming up to put on an NFL-style combine on Saturday, July 19, but Davis said it should not be limited to football players.

“It’s open for everyone,” he said. “Kids love to see their 40 (-yard dash) times, vertical jump measurements and all that, and this is their chance to see what they can do. Even if you don’t play sports, you can just come out and give it a shot and have fun with it.”

ETA, based out of Tracy, has held similar events at Merrill F. West High, drawing hundreds of youth from the region.  Next weekend’s combine at Weston Ranch will be the first ETA has put on outside of Tracy.

While Davis encourages all participants to enjoy their time going through pro-level speed, strength and ability challenges, athletes will have an opportunity to get their competitive juices flowing, as the top three finishers in each event will receive prizes.

Events include the 40-yard dash, pro shuttle, three-cone drill, broad jump, vertical jump and hand-eye coordination. ETA uses state-of-the-art equipment also used in the NFL scouting and Nike Sparq combines to collect times and measurements.

Start times will be staggered for age-specific groups, with the youngest, ages 5-8, kicking things off at 9:30 a.m. and the oldest, 17-18, beginning at noon.

Pre-registation cost is $25 and increases to $35 the day of the event. For more information or to pre-register, visit www.eta-ca.com.

Davis said the combine will serve as a fundraiser for the Weston Ranch football program and hopes it can become a bigger event in years.

“There are a lot of these clinics and combines in the Bay Area, Sacramento and Southern California,” Davis said. “We’re hoping to get the big-school kids from St. Mary’s, Lincoln, the VOL schools and hopefully the smaller schools from the area. Hopefully this is something that will flourish and one day grow into something very big for the Central Valley.”

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