Back on the field

Springtown has already qualified for the state 7 on 7 tournament set for later this month

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
markcampbell@azlenews.net

Texas’ 7 on 7 all-pass football competition has grown greatly from its 1998 beginnings. This year, a trio of divisions will battle for bragging rights at the state tournament at a park in College Station June 28-29. Springtown earned a berth with its first effort in May. Photo by Mark K. Campbell
The Porcupines are headed back to the state 7 on 7 tournament for the fifth time. Photo by Mark K. Campbell
They got it out of the way right off the bat.
The Porcupines’ first effort in landing a berth at the state 7 on 7 tournament was a success.
By winning the Gainesville SQT – state qualifying tournament – SHS secured a spot in College Station for gathering of the top squads in Texas.
That occurs at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex June 28-29.
Springtown will play in Division II with 4A and 3A, Div. I schools.

AT STATE
Teams are divided into pools of four squads each.
The top two winners of each pool advance to the Championship round.
The other pair plays in the Consolation bracket.
Before any play begins, all athletes – 20 is the maximum squad size – are fitted with uniforms provided by adidas.
Each player also receives “additional apparel” from the company.
Aside from the $400 team entry fee, liability forms are required on each player.
The 7 on 7 organization provides water and Gatorade.
The event is usually quite hot and humid, so spectators, who get in free, may bring tents.
There is no seating at fields during pool play so chairs are highly recommended.
Three pool games will be played on Thursday, June 28 beginning at 1 p.m.
Those contest results decide which bracket teams vie in the next day.
Every team will play at least one game on Friday morning, guaranteeing every team four contests.
Action begins at 8 a.m. for Consolation squads and 9 for the Championship bracket.
The Championship game is slated for 4 p.m.

HISTORY
The history of 7 on 7 goes back to 1998.
Southlake Carroll won that initial tourney.
For the next nine years, all teams played against each other, regardless of classification.
Two divisions were created in 2007.
This year, there are three divisions to accommodate the lowest classifications.
With three crowns – 2013-14 and last year – Graham is tied with Celina for the most titles.
Springtown has a solid recent history in 7 on 7.
The Porcupines have qualified every year since 2012 with the exception of 2014.

THE GAME
Each 7 on 7 game is fast-paced with two, 20-minute, continuous halves. Haltime is 10 minutes.
The field is 45 yards long and 160 feet wide with a 10-yard deep end zone.
Visitors wear white and get the ball first. Shirts and mouthpieces must be worn.
Every offensive play must be a pass; no “double passes” are permitted.
Blocking is not allowed.
A receiver is down when touched by one or two hands by a defender. Flagrant and/or unsportsmanlike touching can result in expulsion of the offender.
A quarterback has four seconds to throw the ball. If not, the down is lost.
An interception can be returned for points.
Scoring is six points for touchdown, two points with a successful PAT from the 10-yard line; and one point via a PAT from the 3.
The defense can score two points by intercepting a PAT and returning it.