The Edmonton Eskimos will host open tryouts at the locations below. Please check back periodically as new dates will be announced. Please note:

  • The non-refundable $100 registration fee is payable in cash only at the time of registration.
  • Please bring your own workout clothes, running shoes, football cleats for grass and/or field turf and water.
  • Open try outs will be held rain or shine.
  • Participants can be eliminated at any time during the try out.




When: Sunday, March 25, 2018
Where: University of Memphis
Billy J. Murphy Complex Football Practice Field
115 East Getwell Loop, Memphis, Tennessee 38152
Registration: 10 A.M. CST
Workout: 11 A.M. CST

When:  Saturday, April 7, 2018
Where: J.J. Pearce High School Football Field
1600 North Coit Road
Richardson, TX 75080
Registration: 10 A.M. CST
Workout: 11 A.M. CST

When:  Sunday, April 8, 2018
Where: Rice University
Rice Stadium
6100 South Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
Registration: 10 A.M. CST
Workout: 11 A.M. CST

When:  Sunday, April 15, 2018
Where: Widener University
Leslie C Quick Jr. Stadium
1 University Place
Chester, PA 19013
Registration: 10 A.M. EST
Workout: 11 A.M. EST

Full Staff Tryout
When:  April 21, 2018
Where: University of Nevada Las Vegas
Bill ‘Wildcat’ Morris Rebel Park (UNLV Practice Football Field)
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Registration: 10 A.M. PST
Workout: 11 A.M. PST

When:  Sunday, May 6, 2018
Where: Chaminade Julienne High School
Roger Glass Stadium
401 South Perry Street
Dayton, OH 45402
Registration: 10 A.M. CST
Workout: 11 A.M. CST

When:  Sunday, May 13, 2018
Where: Grady Stadium
501-10th Street – Across from Piedmont Park
Atlanta, GA 30305
Registration: 10 A.M. CST
Workout: 11 A.M. CST


Open try outs give participants an opportunity to work out and display their potential to compete in the Canadian Football League in front of members of the Eskimos scouting staff.

Prior to participating in an open try out, participants must submit a non-refundable registration fee and sign a waiver form. An overview of the process will be provided before the try out begins, including criteria required to advance.

In addition to meeting height and weight requirements, participants are tested and assessed using the following drills:

Broad Jump: The broad jump tests lower-body explosion and lower-body strength. The athlete starts out with a stance balanced and then explodes out as far as he can. It tests explosion and balance because he has to land without moving.

Vertical Jump: The vertical jump is a test of an athlete’s lower body explosion and power.  First, the athlete will reach up as high as he can from the standing position. That mark is recorded. The athlete then jumps as high as he can and touches the highest flag he can on the vertex machine. The difference between the highest flag touched and reach determines vertical jump.

Short Shuttle (5-10-5): The short shuttle is the first of the cone drills. It is known as the 5-10-5. This drill tests for lateral quickness and explosion in short areas. The athlete starts in the three-point stance, explodes out five yards to one side, touches the line, goes back 10 yards the other way, touches the line, then turns and sprints five more yards back to the starting point to finish.

3-Cone (L-Drill): The 3-cone drill tests an athlete’s ability to change directions at a high speed. Three cones are set up in an L-shape. The athlete starts by going five yards to the first cone as fast as he can and then back. He turns, runs around the second cone, runs a weave around the third cone, which is the high point of the L, changes directions, comes back around that second cone and finishes.

40-Yard Dash: The 40-yard dash is about speed, explosion and watching athletes run. Athletes are timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals. Scouts are looking for an explosion from a static start.

At the conclusion of each drill there is a water break followed by the several phases of the workout. These phases include, but are not limited to, teaching fundamentals, rules and multiple opportunities for one-on-one competition.


Paul Jones
Executive Director of Player Personnel
Edmonton Eskimo Football Club
(318) 734-7781

Mitch Matuska
Free Agent Camp Coordinator/Regional Scout
Edmonton Eskimo Football Club
(469) 230-8333