Back by popular demand, and with the generous support of our partner, Clinton Street Baking Company, the EAFL Pro Bowl 2018 welcomes all of our youth players to strap on the pads one more time and take the field! Pro Bowl 2018 will be a jamboree-style mixed-teams competition with an emphasis on fun and League camaraderie.
We have combined this event with the 6th Annual Player Awards to create an exciting weekend of live action and public recognition of player achievements in the 2017-18 EAFL season.
Please read the information below carefully to understand the format, schedule and registration procedures.
Again, while the top League performers will be recognized, we welcome ALL of our youth athletes to participate in Pro Bowl 2018, so read on and we look forward to seeing you on the field!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
1. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wed, March 28, 2018 (4:00 pm)
2. PRO BOWL LIVE DRAFT: Fri, March 30, 2018 (4:00 pm)
3. PRO BOWL PRACTICE: Fri, April 20, 2018 (10:00 am check-in)
4. FIFTH ANNUAL EAFL PLAYER AWARDS: Fri, April 20, 2018 (6:00 pm)
5. PRO BOWL: Sat, April 21, 2018 (2:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
(See details of each event in the FAQ section below)
DETAILS AND FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ):
What is the Pro Bowl?
The Pro Bowl is a chance to (1) recognize our top athletes in an exciting live draft event and (2) get all of our youth players back on the field for live action in a series of fast-paced games played in a jamboree format.
So anyone can participate?
YES! If you were a registered EAFL member who played in the 2017-18 season, you may register and play in the Pro Bowl.
How much does this cost?
AED 350 per player.
So what do I get for that?
A LOT actually! Here goes:
- 3-hour practice
- 2 short-format Pro Bowl games
- Special Pro Bowl game jersey
- Practice t-shirt
- Lunch x 2 provided by Clinton Street Baking Company (Practice & Game Day)
How do I register?
Fill out the handy form at this link (Pro-Bowl Registration) and pay your AED 350 registration fee before the deadline.
Yes, deadline! Players who have not registered and paid by 4:00 P.M. on March 28, 2018, will not be eligible to participate (simply because we will not have time to order your game jersey).
How can I pay?
Online or by bank transfer. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a Paytabs link to complete the process.
What’s this about a draft?
It is what you think it is! On March 30 at 4:00 p.m., all players and their families are invited to convene at the excellent Clinton Street Baking Company restaurant located at City Walk (see below), where the coaches for each of the teams will draft their top 5 players in a Pro Bowl Live Draft format. This event is always a lot of fun and, of course, players and families can enjoy Clinton Street’s delicious American fare (the draft is not a sponsored event, so pay as you go).
But wait . . . if this is a “Pro Bowl”, shouldn’t only the best players be invited?
Not exactly . . . we will definitely build the Pro Bowl teams around the top players in the various EAFL youth divisions via a fun and interactive live draft (see details below), but we want to include all of our players and families for two very important reasons:
· We want to continue and encourage the development of our newer and less-experienced players AND
· We are all members of this great UAE football family
Which teams will be playing?
Nine all new teams will be created just for this event! All registered players will be divided into age brackets, similar to the EAFL age Divisions:
Each of the divisions will consist of three teams that will compete against each other in a round-robin format. The core of each team will be selected via the draft and the remaining players will be randomly assigned to teams by lottery. Teams will be permitted to select their own team names (within reason!) and will all have one day of unpadded practice to coordinate. NOTE: This is intended to be a fun event, not an intense championship, so coaches will be encouraged (directed, even!) to experiment with players at new positions and to try inventive and fun plays.
- March 30th - As noted above, the Pro Bowl Live Draft will be held at Clinton Street Baking Company(City Walk)
- April 20th & April 21st - Pro Bowl Practice Day and Pro Bowl 2017 will be held at Dubai American Academy.
- April 21st - The Fifth Annual EAFL Player Awards will take place at the Els Club, Dubai Sports City
Hang on a sec . . . I already turned in my rented equipment . . .
No problem! You can rent equipment for the event for a fully-refundable fee of AED 100 on Practice Day (April 20). Please see the information on Practice Day below and NOTE that a refund of your rental fee will only be given IF you return your equipment immediately after the Pro Bowl (same day).
When do we practice?
All teams will be given three hours of field time to practice on Fri, April 20, 2018. Practice Day will be packed with activity, so pay close attention to the following schedule:
10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Check-In and Rental Equipment Issuance
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Team lunches (provided by Clinton Street Baking Company)
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Team practices
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Get ready for the Fifth Annual EAFL Player Awards!!! (see below)
Are the EAFL Player Awards part of this event?
No. The 6th Annual EAFL Player Awards is a separate event but we have scheduled it in the midst of this weekend to make it easier for our players and families in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain to participate in all of these activities in the same weekend. More information about the Player Awards will be distributed by the EAFL separately. NOTE that the registration fee for EAFL Pro Bowl 2018 does not include admission to the EAFL Player Awards.
How will the games be played?
Over the course of EAFL Pro Bowl 2018 game day, each team will play two 40-minute (real time) games against each of the other two teams in its division. Teams will not play back-to-back games. All players will play. Game schedules will be released following the draft on March 31.
The EAFL is honored to have Clinton Street Baking Company as a partner and name sponsor of EAFL Pro Bowl 2018!
AND Clinton Street Baking Company will roll its own distinctive food truck out for Pro Bowl Practice Day, the Fifth Annual EAFL Player Awards and EAFL Pro Bowl 2018, so all of our families and fans can enjoy its delicious fare.