THE DONEGAL DERRY VIPERS are holding a try out in Letterkenny this Sunday morning as preparations step up for their new season.
From 10am to 12noon, the Vipers stage their try outs at the Aura Leisure Ce tre as they continue their pre-season campaign, having held a similar get-together last weekend in Derry.
This will be their first-ever session in Letterkenny.
“We have had 15-18 players email into us to confirm that they will be attending the Letterkenny tryouts, which is great,” says Cathal Curran, one of the founder Vipers.
“A number of guys are just showing up on the day which is fine also. We have the capability to facilitate 40-50 rookies so there are plenty of tryout spots available for anyone who wants to give it a go in Letterkenny or the surrounding areas.”
Chicago born head coach Jason Brock and the defensive co-ordinator, veteran Line-Backer Paddy Maguire have constructed an NFL type combine to test the rookies.
Curran explains: “A combine is an event where athletes are put through tests to showcase their athletic ability.
“Based upon a players size there are different expectations on how they should perform in testing.
“If a player is undersize, they will need to perform better in the drills to make up for their stature. If a player is big for their position and also runs fast times, they will find themselves at the top of the list when it comes to selecting the future Vipers”.
The combine will consist of a 40 Yard Dash, Pro Agility Shuttle’s (5-10-5), 3 Cone (L-Drill), Vertical Jump, Broad Jump and will also test how many push ups you can do in a minute.
“In the end, no matter what your combine numbers are, the head coach will have the question “can he play” so there will be position specific drills for the offensive and defensive line, wide receivers drills, running back and quarter-back drills all covered on the day,” Curran says.
“The current Vipers team will be there to lend a hand and offer support and guidance to all the guys trying out.
“It is one year to the day that they learned the sport themselves after their first ever training session in Aileach FCs indoor football grounds so they will know exactly how the rookies are feeling and what’s expected of them to make the roster.”
In 2015, playing in IAFL 2, the Vipers won one of their six games, on the final day of the campaign when they defeated Galway Warriors 17-6 at St Mary’s College.
This year, the Vipers are hoping to move up a Division.
To sign up for the tryouts visit wwwddvipers.com and fill out the short form to confirm your attendance.Tags: