We will post updates for 2018 as we get closer to Camp.
2018 Teams and Scrimmage Sites are set! There should be plenty of snaps and action for all of our 15 crews. We will go over the crew and site assignments during our introductory session Friday, starting at 1:30 in the rear atrium area at the Radisson. Sign-in at the Radisson will begin at 9:00 Friday morning. There is no rush to sign-in because we will be available from 9:00 and through the lunch hour to make sure you get squared away, have a chance to visit our equipment vendor and mingle with the officials and staff who will be in El Paso from over 20 states. You will receive a number bib (with pins) at sign-in that you will need to attach to your stripes before you head out to your Friday and Saturday field assignments. The number will help our staff and videographers identify you as your officiate your scrimmages.
In the opening session, please make an effort to meet your crewmates and be sure to sit together as crews . You will be asked to briefly introduce yourself to the group. This opening session will conclude in time for crews to get to know each other and pre-game for scrimmage work. Remember that transportation to each stadium site is on your own. This has not proven to be a problem in years past, but you will need to coordinate with those who have cars to share rides and plan for getting yourself and your crewmates to the stadium sites on time. All Friday scrimmages will begin at 5:30, so we are suggesting departures from the Radisson no later than 4:30 Friday afternoon.
It will be hot, so please take care of your hydration, nutrition and sunscreen needs. We are ready for another great Camp weekend!
NFL Innovation in El Paso. We will announce more details as our 2018 Camp opens, but we are excited that some of our officials in El Paso this year will have the chance to be part of an innovative NFL program that will use some of our scrimmage action to capture virtual reality play action for cutting edge training.
Officiating Gear. We will have a vendor available Friday during check-in so you can stock up on great officiating supplies.
Finalized Agenda. Your final schedule for 2018's Friday and Saturday stadium assignments and events will be posted in the next couple of days!
Expected forecast - Hot! It looks like we will be sunny both Friday and Saturday with highs around 100 (evening lows around 70). Leave your long-sleeves at home, but be sure to prepare for the heat with plans to hydrate properly and use sunscreen protection. Welcome to El Paso!
Update (May 17) for 2018 Camp
We have completed the photo roster that will be sent to our Conference Supervisors and Camp staff. As is typically the case, our staff will ask that certain officials work particular positions or work at certain scrimmage sites with particular crewmates, and we attempt to accommodate those requests in finalizing crews and assignments. We expect to have crew lists ready by tomorrow (May 18) and will publish the crews on this site and on Facebook. As we always experience - and this year is no exception -, we understandably are dealing with late cancellations/injuries. Please be flexible as we may ask for certain adjustments as you get your field assignments. Things are shaping up great for another Camp and we're excited to be hosting some 175 participants this year, from 20 states (Hawaii to New Jersey - Washington to Florida) and our long-time friend Stefan from Stockholm, Sweden!
Update (May 9) for 2018 Camp
Photo and Profile Information: All 2018 registrants should have received our email requesting that you provide us with your photo and contact information. We put a roster booklet together for your staff so they can preview the officials that they will see in El Paso. If you did not receive the email request from us and are planning to attend Camp, please send an email to us (ElPasoCamp@gmail.com) and we will get the submission template to you.
Camp Schedule: Friday's scrimmages will begin late afternoon/early evening. We are finalizing the scrimmage times for our 4 stadium locations, and once that is complete, we will post a detailed agenda on this site. Our basic format will allow officials to sign-in at the Camp headquarters (Radisson Hotel - El Paso Airport) from 9AM to Noon Friday, May 25. We will have vendors in attendance for your officiating and fitness needs. Our opening session for introductions, orientation and presentations will begin at 1:30. We will ask that you sit together as a crew at this session so that you can get to know the other officials you will be working with on-field and so that your staff can start to get familiar with the crews.
Crews and site assignments have not yet been finalized, but we will have that information to you before Camp. We will have videographers at each stadium site to capture your games for staff review on Saturday. You will wear your full uniforms for the Friday scrimmages. Friday evening will wrap up back at the Radisson, where we will host a sandwich buffet and social event where you can mingle with fellow officials and staff from around the country. Officials from 17 states , Europe and Mexico will be in attendance this year. In addition, the NFL will be using the El Paso Camp to capture video content for a new venture that will incorporate virtual reality technology for football officiating training - more details to follow.
Saturday morning (May 26) will start early with an optional 2+mile easy "Zebra Run" for those who want to demonstrate their mobility and fitness. You never know what supervisors may show up for the run, so please consider joining us. Everything Saturday will be at the UTEP football facilities (the Sun Bowl and Durham Center). Dress will be your summer uniform (shorts) as you rotate through review sessions of Friday game video, breakouts, and field work with additional scrimmages and drills put on by our staff from the PAC-12. We cater in a barbeque lunch at UTEP and usually wrap up Saturday afternoon by 3 pm or so.
2018 Camp - Open NOW for Registration
This site is now open for registration. We will have periodic updates as we get closer to Camp in May. Please check back here and on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ElPasoCamp) for updates.
Schedule for 2018 (Friday and Saturday, May 25-26)
Our Camp will operate in 2018 much like it has in past years. Officials will have the opportunity to work 8-man mechanics in live scrimmages over two days. Our staff of collegiate supervisors and NFL/FBS officials will observe your work both on the field and with video of the Friday scrimmages.
All our headquarters activities will be based out of the El Paso Airport Radisson hotel, so we recommend that you make your room reservations with the Radisson. We trust everyone has made arrangements to stay at the Radisson or get themselves to the Radisson for all our events and departures. If you get to the hotel in the morning Friday, please expect that your room may not be ready for check-in. The hotel can hold your luggage or we can store it in the Camp sign-in room.
Friday will start with sign-in that begins at 9 AM and will run through noon. At sign-in, you will get your Camp goodies and meet some of your staff to say hello and get any questions answered. You will get a number bib that we ask you to pin on the back of your stripes. We will have a couple of vendors at the hotel to offer health, fitness and officiating gear. You can also register for the Saturday morning Zebra Stampede fun run.
Our main session will begin around 1:30 (this is where staff will be introduced to you and we will get instructions to you for the Camp schedule). We ask that you find your Camp crew and sit with them in this opening session. This will be a good chance for staff to see everyone...we expect to ask each crew to stand and for each official to state your name, hometown and level of officiating....nothing fancy, just a quick intro. Dress is casual for the main session.
Scrimmages will begin in the early evening at UTEP's Sun Bowl and other area stadiums. Remember to arrange your own transportation while you are in El Paso. Either rent a car or make friends with someone who has wheels.
Dress in full uniform for Friday's work, as your scrimmages will be recorded by our videographers for staff review sessions on Saturday.
After the scrimmages on Friday, we will host an evening mixer back at the hotel, with sandwiches and drinks. This will start around 9:00. Dress is casual for this fun event. It is a great opportunity to meet your staff and fellow officials from around the country.
Saturday will start with the Zebra Stampede, a 2+mile fun run on a course near the hotel. We'll meet at 6 AM to give you plenty of time to run, eat breakfast and get ready for the day. Bring your running gear to join in the fun.
Saturday events will all be at the Sun Bowl. Wear a summer uniform (black shorts) and bring what you may need for the day (sun protection, energy snacks, water, towel, dry shirt, etc.). Crews will rotate between scrimmage work, video review, goal line mechanics and other presentations. We will break for a catered lunch (Barbeque), and expect to be done around 3:30.
We will wrap up back at the hotel for snacks and goodbyes.
El Paso Sports Commission - Thank You!
Our camp would not be possible without the great help each year from the El Paso Sports Commission. Brian Kennedy (President/CEO) and Thea Chambers (Marketing Director) work hard each year to make sure we can present the best opportunities for officials from around the country to work some football and sample our El Paso hospitality. If you see Brian and Thea while you are here, please thank them for everything they do! Read click below to read more about El Paso Sports Commission.
Hotel Headquarters for the Camp
Our camp headquarters hotel again this year will be the Radisson-El Paso Airport. As in past years, your rate will include a breakfast at the hotel restaurant for each day's stay. When making your reservation, please mention the Camp. We strongly urge that you stay at the Radisson because the hotel will be the site for our meetings, meals, social hour and other events.
Here is the contact information for the hotel:
Radisson Hotel -- El Paso Airport
1770 Airway Boulevard, El Paso TX 79925
Reservations: 1-800-395-7046 Toll-free
Telephone: (915) 772-3333
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