Photo by Sandy Canetti – UltiPhotos.com
This past Sunday, the New York Rumble held their final tryout to evaluate the players bidding for a spot on the 25-man roster.
This final tryout was held indoors at The Center Circle in Rahway, New Jersey. In response to the early morning winter weather of the first two tryouts, the players showed their gratitude for the later start time and warm temperatures by having the most intense tryout to date. Despite the hard surface, every scrimmage point ended in a layout.
While one group worked on drills and mini scrimmages, the others completed the combine events. We had Chris Wicus of Wicus Strength & Conditioning help run and set up our combine. He was a true professional, explaining each station perfectly and having all the right equipment to measure our athletes’ strengths.
Husayn Carnegie, who traveled from Maine on a bus to come to the combine, easily jumped to the upper bounds of the vert test. Impressively, he also led the team in the beep test, Rob Baker finishing a close second. Another young talent, Mike Sender dominated the cut time. The key to the cut time was having a quick change of direction, which assistant coach Anthony Nuñez had instilled in Mike during his days at Columbia High School.
Overall, the intensity at the combine makes team selection that much harder. There will be a lot of debate this week on who will best represent New York City.
Be sure to stay tuned for the final roster announcement, just around the corner. In the meantime, check out the photos of crisp throws, insane layouts, and pure dedication to Ultimate at the Rumble’s final combine.