31 August 2000

XFL to hold tryout camps

Ever since Vince McMahon, Basil DeVito and other members of the Executive Committee announced the formation of the XFL this past February, the league has been accepting applications from men and women with dreams of playing for the XFL. Through faxes and forms on XFL.com, the league received well over 10,000 applications from potential players in the first 4 months. And now it’s time to see how many of them have what it takes be on the field when the XFL kicks-off on February 3, 2001.

Mike Keller, Bill Baker, Martin Mayhew, and the entire XFL Football Operations department have been busy narrowing down the ever-growing list. They were eventually able to identify 1000 candidates – the majority of which had professional football experience on their resume – who have now been registered in one of four tryout camps the XFL will hold in September.

"We have no more room," said Billy Hicks, Vice President of Administration. "The response we got back was overwhelming. We only had room for 250 players in each camp and registration is closed. The level of football player competing in the XFL will be elite, and these thousand invitees can keep their primetime dream alive."

Camps will be held on four consecutive weekends beginning September 9 in Dallas and will follow in Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

"These camps are to make sure that no one slips through the cracks," said Keller, Vice President of Football Operations. "We already know the majority of our player pool. We scouted, targeted and identified them as prospects. These tryouts help eliminate the risk of missing a potential player."

XFL.com will be covering the try out camps, so if any XFL stars are born – we’ll let you know!