Frequently asked questions
What is the Black Diamond Rookie Symposium & Showcase?
Th Black Diamond Rookie Symposium & Showcase is a 3-Day Intensive Conference and Showcase for Free Agents. The Showcase & Symposium will be offered to current undrafted free agents looking for opportunities in football, at all levels. Black Diamond’s goal is to advise, educate, and provide the best resources and practices for a successful playing experience both on and off the field for all free agents.
Where does this event take place?
The Black Diamond Rookie Symposium will be hosted at the Courtyard by Marriott in Carrollton, TX. The Showcase game field and practice facilities are located 1.2 miles from the hotel at the Josey Ranch Complex.
How can I apply or tryout to come to this event?
The Black Diamond Rookie Symposium & Showcase was created to provide additional opportunities for players who are looking for help with the transition to professional football, as well as showcase their skills on the field and obtain film.
All interested players can submit themself/apply to this event by clicking the "Apply" button on our menu above. Players under the age of 27 are welcome to apply for consideration for an invitation.
How much is the registration fee?
This exclusive 3-day Intensive Event is $450 per player.
Who is eligible to attend?
The Rookie Symposium & Showcase is designed to cater to players under the age of 27 and who were draft eligible during the previous year's draft. Free Agents must not be currently signed or have contract with a team in any league at the time of the application or event.
Is there a deadline for applying?
The deadline for applications will be August 31st. The selection process will be ongoing during the month of September, with invites going out on October 1st.
When will I know if I have been selected?
Players chosen to receive an invite will receive an email on OCTOBER 1, 2020 notifying them of their selection. If selected, your $50 deposit must be paid no later than October 15th in order to secure your spot. Failure to pay deposit (or installments on payment plan) will result in loss of your spot. If you do not receive an invitation on October 1st, you can reach out to us to find out if you were selected, or if you have been waitlisted. Be sure to check your SPAM box in the event your invitation gets misrouted.
What is included?
Registration includes breakfast & lunch on both Friday & Saturday, as well as lunch on Sunday. Players will also receive binder, symposium notes, gift bag valued over $500, Symposium T-Shirt, and Keepsake Showcase Game Jersey.
Do you share showcase film with teams?
Yes! Though we are not affiliated with the NFL or CFL, Showcase data (stats/film) will be distributed to the NFL & CFL and their respective member clubs.
Is Film provided?
Yes! You will receive film/highlights from the showcase within 4 weeks of the event.
Can I buy tickets to the Showcase game?
Up to 10 tickets will be provided to each player. We will be updating the page regarding showcase ticket availability closer to the date.
What about Covid-19?
We are keeping a close eye on the developments and restrictions pertaining to Covid-19, and working closely with our state's government to stay informed. We will take all precautions in line with our government's mandates. Should Covid-19 cause a disruption, postponement or cancellation of this event, full refunds will be administered to all who have signed up.
Is lodging included?
As with most showcases and combines, lodging is not included in the total price. We have obtained a block of discounted rooms for our attendees at the Symposium Venue: Courtyard by Marriott in Carrollton. Those attending will be provided with the link to book their room at a discounted rate if they wish to remain on the property during this event. Player may also opt to secure other options such as an airbnb or other hotel close by if it better fits their budget.
What do I need to bring with me?
You will be required to bring your own helmet and shoulder pads. This is pretty standard for most showcases. If you do not own your own, the possibility of renting equipment may be a possibility.