By Maria Cook
In the world of professional sports, a combine is a set of conditioning drills that determine an athlete’s strength, speed and overall skills. Athletes receive scores which they can show off to coaches and scouts.
Now, kids can get a similar experience by participating in a combine of their own. The Kids Combine is a two-part event for boys and girls ages 6 to 13. It will take place March 18 at the Zionsville Youth Soccer Association’s indoor facility, 5616 S CR 700 East, Whitestown.
During the first part of the combine, kids will participate in athletic drills and receive a certificate with their scores and measurements. According to Kids Combine Director Chris Hatke, the second half of the program “involves pro-like experiences,” such as press interviews and signing autographs.
“It’s a sure picture moment for parents. The athletic measurements are great numbers to have. They set the benchmark for growth and progress,” Hatke said. “When athletes are on the podium with smiles and get to sign their own autograph, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
Parents can see session start times and register their aspiring athletes for the Kids Combine at thekidscombine.com/events-1/march-18-indianapolis-in. Registration is $24. Prices increase after March 12.