“Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Strength Sports have partnered with the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation (USBSF)” says President Henry Forrest, to provide the Combine and the Feats of Strength competitions at the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games.
Combine is designed to test the raw athleticism of athletes, and was first held at the 2013 AAU Junior Olympic Games in Detroit. This year’s Combine at the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines will be held Sunday, July 27, at Drake University Stadium, and will be the first event AAU has worked with U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation.
USBSF is the national governing body for winter sliding sports in the United States. Athletes who participated on the U.S Team recently won six medals in five events at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
The U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation will also sponsor the “Bobsled Push” event as a component of the Feats of Strength competition, which will be held Monday, July 28, also at Drake University Stadium.
The Combine motto is “Run, Jump, Lift”. The five contested events in Combine are standing long jump, repetition bench press, strict pull-ups, repetition power clean and the 40-yard sprint – activities designed to test athletic speed and power, as well as strength-endurance. While combines have been used for years in college and professional sports recruiting and, over the past few years, has been broadcasted on national television. AAU is the first sports organization to contest the Combine as a competitive event – as a division under AAU Powerlifting and Weightlifting.
“We are excited about the potential of Combine events,” says AAU Strength Sports chairman Steve Wood. “This is the great equalizer -- it really allows athletes from all types of sports to compete against each other for bragging rights.”
The USBSF recruits its national team through adult combines held throughout the United States, according to Darrin Steele, USBSF CEO. “The combine is an indicator of raw athletic potential. In adult athletes, we’re looking for explosive power in the combine to equal explosive power on the ice,” Steele says… “Working with AAU on youth and teen Combines and Feats of Strength competitions will give us an early look at some of the really exceptional youth and teen athletes in the United States, and that’s exciting.”
Both organizations hope to provide a series of sport specific Combine events throughout the country over the next year to help identify potential future USBSF team members.
Rules for the youth and teen Combine competitions can be found HERE.
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