High-SchoolCalifornia: Nike SPARQ Combine

2012 Spring Football Primer

May, 17, 2012
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California high school football, 2011 Nike Football Training Camp.Danny Moloshok/ESPNHSChris Santini of San Jose Leland stretches out during play at the 2011 Northern California Nike camp.
With three major events coming up this weekend in Northern California, it’s time to start looking ahead for what to watch around the state in the coming months before the start of the 2012 season.

1. Why does the Elite 11 tryout, Nike SPARQ Combine and Nike Football Training Camp held in the Bay Area each season seem to be superior to the same events in Southern California?

There’s an obvious answer here and that is simply that the NorCal events are later in the year and therefore gives athletes more time to train for them. There are, after all, many SoCal kids who come up north each year while not as many NorCal kids go down south.

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