The 7 on 7 format is popular among high school football teams in North Carolina and around the United States as a method to keep players in shape during the spring and summer months. The game emphasizes passing using a 45-yard field and a one-hand touch for a tackle. All players, except the center, are eligible receivers. The game is played in two 22-minute continuous halves. Uniforms consist of shorts and T-shirts with no pads. Although it is a non-contact sport, athletes wear a helmet and mouthpiece for safety.
Various businesses, chambers of commerce, media outlets, and community organizations have joined forces to organize the first North Carolina 7 on 7 State Championship on the weekend of July 20, 2013. The tournament will be a two or three day event, depending on participation and location. The 7 on 7 State Championship will aid the sports community in improving its commitment to promoting high school football in North Carolina. There has been a tremendous response from the print and media mediums that will attend and cover the weekend events.
Organizers of the 7 on 7 State Championship in North Carolina hopes to follow the example of similar tournaments in other states and bring a healthy impact to the local economy. The Texas tournament has approximately a $1 million impact on its local economy during its 3 day event. It’s undecided what city the event will be held in North Carolina, but the organizers hope to have it in the Triangle area.
This year’s tournament is an open invitation for high school football teams of all divisions but it is expected that the following years will be invitation only by the 7 on 7 State Championship committee. Several teams have already signed up for the tournament and fans are already inquiring about tickets. It is shaping up to be a fantastic kick off to the 2013 football season. Coaches can pre-register their teams at www.7on7StateChampionship.com .