Frequently Asked Questions
FOOTBALL UNIVERSITY -- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What ages does FBU train?
--FBU trains athletes in grades 6 through 12.
When and where is the nearest camp?
--There are over 40 FBU camps throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. You can find the camp schedule here.
Is FBU a combine?
--No, FBU is an elite, three-day training camp with over total 18 hours of instruction.
Is FBU an overnight camp?
--No, FBU is not an overnight camp.
How long has FBU been around?
May parents stay and participate in the camp?
--Absolutely! We love to have parents at FBU. We encourage them to watch the on- and off-field intruction, and film and photograph as well. We have special segments and speakers dedicated and tailored specifically for the parents. At the end of camp, moms participate in a football toss and dads play catch with our NFL faculty.
What gear do I need to bring to camp? What gear is supplied?
--Athletes are supplied with adidas FBU shorts, adidas FBU shirt, and a cinch bag containing a TapouT Mouthguard and a coupon good for use at the Eastbay online shop.
It is recommended that athletes bring a gym/duffel bag, sunscreen, track jacket and pants, long-sleeve T-shirt/hoodie, extra shorts and extra shirt, socks, towel, football cleats and running shoes/work-out shoes and/or sandals/slides.
PLEASE READ: Change in Helmet Procedure for 2014
For this year's FBU camps, all offensive and defensive linemen are asked to bring their own helmet. Throughout last season, we faced challenges from camp to camp, in properly fitting helmets to some linemen. On several occasions, we were unable to properly fit an athlete. In order to avoid this awkward situation and to keep safety first, we prefer to allow each athlete to bring his own helmet. We will still maintain a reasonable selection of helmets on our trucks, to fit any athletes who do not have or are unable to obtain their helmet prior to camp. In most cases, however, the athlete's comfort and safety will be increased by wearing their own. Thank you, FBU.
What meals are covered during a FBU camp?
--Lunch is covered on both Saturday and Sunday, while coffee and donuts are available for parents on Saturday mornings.
May I attend multiple FBU camps in the same year?
--Absolutely! There is no limit to the number of camps you can attend.
Do alumni need to be invited every year?
--No, once you attend FBU you may go every year. Just contact us at 1-973-366-8448 and let us know you want to come back.
What is the FBU cancellation policy?
--If after registering an athlete becomes unable to attend the selected camp, provided Football University is notified prior to 28 days before the camp, no additional tuition payments will be required. If full payment has already been made prior to 28 days before the camp, all payments in excess of the $200 non-refundable deposit amount will be refunded.
If an athlete is unable to attend the selected camp for any reason other than injury (verified with a written note from a doctor) prior to 28 days of the selected camp, the athlete will be given the opportunity to attend an alternative camp but no refund will be available.
If an athlete is injured within 28 days of the selected camp and consequently is unable to perform at the selected camp, and the injury is verified with a written note from a doctor, all payments in excess of the $200 non-refundable deposit amount will be refunded.
How can I contact FBU?
--You can reach FBU by calling 973-366-8448 or by emailing email@example.com
Who are the coaches?
--FBU's elite training staff is made up of current and former NFL coaches and players as well as some of college footballs top coaches. More information about the NFL faculty can be found here.
Will I get the same coach if I train at another FBU camp?
--Possibly. FBU has a core group of coaches who train at many of the camps, however we have a deep coaching roster of some of the best minds in football so there is some fluctuation in the coaching rosters from camp-to-camp.
How are the coaches selected?
--FBU searches for qualified coaches each year who want to teach at FBU. We select each instructor based on NFL playing and/or coaching experience to lead the FBU curriculum and agree to pay them a premium to train our athletes.
How do the invitations and nominations work?
--FBU was founded on the basis of being an exclusive, premier invitation-only training camp. We use an invitation policy as a guide to enrollment for camps, constructed so that we train a small and elite class of football athletes who have already demonstrated their elite football ability and their dedication to football.
Anyone can nominate an athlete: a coach; a parent; a friend or teammate; even the athlete themselves. Once a nomination is submitted, it is reviewed by our selection panel. Our panel then decides whether the athlete will receive an invitation, which will be sent via email and includes a registration code.
You can find more information about our invitation and nomination policies here.
Can I nominate someone for FBU?
--Yes, you can nominate any football player in grades 6-12.
Is the invitation good for all camps or just the closest one?
--The invitation is good for all camps other than TOP GUN.
--You can find out more about college exposure here.
How is NCSA (National Colegiate Scouting Association) related to FBU?
--NCSA is a FBU sponsor and partner. They educate, assist, and connect their huge database of college coaches with student athletes. They make a presentation to the parents during each FBU camp, to teach and inform about the collegiate recruiting process.
How can FBU help me get a scholarship?
--FBU can help through improving skills and technique that make the difference between those who take their game to the next level and those who do not. In addition, FBU helps with college exposure and provides valuable insight from NCSA.
FBU TRAINING & EVALUATION
Does FBU have contact drills?
--No, FBU camps focus exclusively on technique training and therefore do not require full pads. There are no full-contact drills, but the offensive and defensive linemen do some skill and technique drills where they do engage in contact at full speed. During those drills, both groups wear helmets for safety.
Can I train at more than one position during a FBU camp?
--No. In order to fully learn the skills and technique being taught and to get the proper evaluation and classroom work, it is necessary for athletes to concentrate on one position per FBU camp. It is recommended that you attend Football University as the position you most want to improve upon, or the position you want to play at the next level.
How does the evaluation process work?
--After each camp, your coach from the last three days will sit down with you and your parent(s)/guardian(s) and discuss in-depth how you performed and what you can imrpove upon in the future. More information regarding the evaluation process can be found here.
Can I get a copy of the DVD from the classroom work?
--No, unfortunately that is unavailable.
How can I purchase FBU apparel?
--Authentic Football University apparel may be at the merchandise area at every FBU camp. Authentic Football University apperal may also be purchased online at our brand new store - www.fbustore.com. Also available in our online store is any apperal from recent Football University events (National Championship, Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl, etc.)
How can I stay in touch and interact with other players/parents from FBU?
--Our social media pages are the very best way to stay in the huddle year-round, as we have an unmatched presence on social media.
Go to our official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FootballUniversity and "LIKE" us to join the over 32,000 already part of the FBU family. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/FBUexperience where almost 8,000 of FBU Nation interact with us daily!
TOP GUN: Who, What, Where, When?
--Who? Approximately 700 elite youth and 700 elite high school athletes, chosen from the 40 Football University regional camps along with about 100 total former NFL players and coaches.
--What? The largest gathering of prep and youth talent in the world, where the top athletes from Football University's regional camps square off against each other to improve their skills and technique while finding out where they stand through intense competition.
--Where and When? This year, TOP GUN will take place Thursday, July 18 through Wednesday, July 24 at Dublin Jerome High School, in Dublin, Ohio. The TOP GUN High School Camp is July 18-20, and the TOP GUN Youth Camp is July 22-24.
Do you have to go to a FBU camp to attend TOP GUN?
--Yes. TOP GUN athletes are chosen as standout athletes at their local FBU camp. During the evaluation period at the end of each regional camp, your positional coach will decide if you are to receive an official invite to TOP GUN.
Who decides which athletes are selected for TOP GUN?
--TOP GUN participants are chosen by our NFL faculty and our FBU staff.
What ages may participate at TOP GUN?
--Athletes from 6th-grade through 12th-grade.
Is FBU affiliated with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl?
--Yes. The parent company of Football University and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, All American Games, fully produces both FBU and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
How can I get into the U.S. Army All-American Bowl?
--The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee selects the East and West rosters each year. Every high school football senior is eligible for selection. The selection process kicks off at the U.S. Army National Combine and proceeds across the country during various combines, camps, and clinics.
For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection process, click here.
U.S. ARMY COMBINE
Can FBU help get me into the U.S. Army National Combine?
--One of the major advantages of participating in FBU camps and TOP GUN is it greatly increases the possibility of being selected to participate in our U.S. Army National Combine. You will get noticed at one of our many regional camps.
How can I get into the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl?
--Although not required, the majority of our roster is filled with participants from TOP GUN. General nominations are accepted starting September 1st and ending December 1st every year through Eastbay's website by clicking here.