01/24/2014 3:05 PM -

JACKSONVILLE - The 2013 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Friday that the team will hold an open player tryout the morning of Saturday, February 15, 2014. This year’s tryout will take place at the Orange Park Athletic Association Field.

Registration for the tryout begins at 8:00 a.m. and the workout is set to start promptly at 9:00. The tryout will conclude once each player has been properly evaluated by head coach Les Moss and the Sharks coaching staff. The field is located at 1086 Fromhart St. in Orange Park.

Those wishing to participate in the tryout must complete the 2014 Tryout Packet, which is available online at On the day of the tryout, players are asked to bring the completed packet along with a payment of $80. Payment can be made with cash, a credit card or money order. Checks will not be accepted.

Players wishing to try out also have the option of pre-paying online through the Sharks' official Facebook page. Those who complete their payment online will receive a discounted rate of $70 for the tryout.

This year’s tryout will consist of a combination of drills, including the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle and various position-specific drills. Please note that this year’s tryout will take place on a natural grass surface, and players are required to bring appropriate footwear.

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. Kickers will not be evaluated at this year’s tryout.

Players traveling to the tryout from outside the Jacksonville area may obtain a discount rate of $49 for a one-night stay at the Astoria Hotel in Orange Park. The hotel is located at 150 Park Ave., approximately four miles from the tryout location. The rate may be obtained by calling the hotel at (904) 458-4299 and mentioning the Sharks tryout.

For more information and to download the 2014 Tryout Packet, visit

About the Jacksonville Sharks

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and four-time 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 2014 season are now available, two tickets as low as $185. 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 and Chum at

About the AFL

Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. The ESPN family of networks and CBS Sports Network will nationally broadcast AFL games each week for the entire season. The AFL schedule then culminates with the ArenaBowl Championship game live on ESPN.