01/26/2012 9:00 AM - JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Thursday that the team will hold open player tryouts at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18 at the Jacksonville University Football Stadium.

Registration for the tryout begins at 8:00 a.m. and the workout will start promptly at 9:00. The tryout will run until each player has been evaluated by head coach Les Moss and the entire Sharks coaching staff. The field is located on the Jacksonville University campus at 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, FL, 32211.

Those wishing to participate in the tryout must complete the 2012 Tryout Packet, which is available online at On the day of the tryout, players are asked bring the completed packet along with a payment of $80. Payment can be made with cash, a credit card or a money order. Checks will not be accepted.

This year’s tryout will consist of a combination of drills, including the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle and various position-specific drills. The tryout is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has completed high school and is not currently under contract with any professional football team.

For more information and to download the 2012 Tryout Packet, visit

• Participants will receive a t-shirt to wear during the tryout
• Participants are encouraged to bring footwear appropriate for both natural grass and FieldTurf
• Please bring plenty of water, as it will not be provided by the Sharks
• A trainer will be on hand for emergencies only – not for player taping
• The tryout is not full-contact, therefore there is no need to bring shoulder pads or helmets
• Kickers WILL NOT be evaluated during this tryout

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and back-to-back South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Season Tickets for the 2012 season are now available, two tickets as low as $135. To reserve your season tickets or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at