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Immediately following the success of the DIII Senior Classic, there was a call to fulfill the same type of need on the D1-FCS (D1-AA) level. Like DIII, there was no considerable post-season scouting opportunity devoted solely to showcasing the FCS athletes. The D1-FBS players have the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, but the FCS athletes who also have a high NFL free-agent signing rate did not have a game to call their own. Knowing that pro scouting for the FCS level had been increasing and accelerating rapidly over the past decade (especially in the NFL), the CDFL decided to truly build this game as the ultimate scouting opportunity for these young men. This includes:
- Sending invite letters/player information packets and game film to all pro scouts
- Hiring ex-NFL players and top FCS coaching staffs to coach
- Holding a combine and personal workout sessions for the pro scouts throughout the duration of the event
- Opening up all practices and workouts to media and scouts.
From this model, the CDFL was able to satisfy the growing interest and scouting elusiveness of the FCS level. This game garners the most attention and popularity due to the caliber of athlete it attracts. Implications are high with the FCS Senior Scout Bowl and rightfully so. On average, 11-18 pro scouts attend the 3-day event. 34% of the players sign NFL contracts while 61% sign some sort of pro contract (CFL, Arena, Europe etc).
S C H E D U L E
Thursday 12/19/13 - Check-in
4:00pm - Players, coaches, support staff report to Sheraton Convention Center Hotel, Myrtle Beach, and SC. Hotel (check-in up to 4)
5:00pm - player and coach’s organizational team meeting in hotel conference rooms (across from ballroom).
7:00pm - uniform handout in hotel conference rooms.
Friday 12/20/13 - Practices
7:30am - Breakfast at hotel
8:15am - Bus to field for practice session 1 and locker room assignment (8:15-10:30am) at Doug Shaw Stadium (North team departs first to field-turf practice field adjacent to main field -1/2 field only, South team departs second to field-turf practice field adjacent to main field-1/2 field only) Helmets and Shoulder pads
12:00-1:30 - “FCS Senior Scout Bowl Luncheon" at hotel
2:00pm - Bus to field for practice session (2- 4:15pm) at Doug Shaw. (North departs first to main game field ½ field, South departs second to field-turf practice field adjacent to main field- 1/2 field only) Note- grass field open as needed.
5:15pm - Dinner at hotel followed by EAC Game (USA vs. Europe) at 7:00 pm, Doug Shaw Stadium.
Saturday 12/21/13 - Game Day
7:00-8:30am - Breakfast
9:30am - Walk through practice/ team meetings at hotel as needed
11:30 - 1:30 - Rest, lunch on your own
2:15pm - North team departs for final walk through, team photo, and pre-game warm-up at Doug Shaw Stadium (Note: D2 vs. NAIA game on Main field, 1 pm start)
2:30pm - South team departs for final walk through, team photo, and pre-game warm-up at Doug Shaw Stadium (Note: D2 vs. NAIA game on Main field, 1 pm start)
5:00 pm - KICKOFF! post game wrap-up 8:30pm on field.
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F O R I N V I T E D P L A Y E R S O N L Y
(Participation fee is 100% refundable up until December 7)
D I R E C T I O N S
2. Submit Participation fee Below
1. Submit Player Information Form Below
3. Reserve Your Hotel Room
(nights of 12/19, 12/20, 12/21)
FCS Senior Scout Bowl Headquarters in the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.
2101 North Oak Street Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Phone: (843) 918-5000
Reduced Block Rate ($75 per/night + tax) Link:
4. Submit Player Profile to: FCSBowl@gmail.com