On April 27th the day after snow fell in Tiffin, Iowa the first Spring 7 on 7 tournament came together. We had 3 youth divisions of 3 teams each. The teams were from Oskaloosa, Tiffin, Bettendorf and Cedar Rapids. 7-8 Grade Champions – Hotfeet Fire Dragons 5-6 Grade Champions – Achievers 3-4 Grade Champions – Hotfeet Fire Dragons Burn
The action was fun and fast with each division having several overtime games. For all of you coaches, or future coaches out there you have to learn the overtime rules. You get one chance to complete a pass or move the ball. The team that moves it the furthest in that try wins. If you lose the toss and need to go first you must complete your pass. If you don’t complete your pass the other team only hast to complete a 1/2 yard play to win. It didn’t take long for coaches to catch on.
The great thing about what we have going on with the Playmaker tournaments is the huge variety of kids we get to engage. Additionally there are many kids that don’t like regular football but play 7 on 7 football. The hope is that they fall in love with the game and end up helping their schools as varsity players. Follow us on twitter and facebook. @Iowa7v7football
The bigger purpose of all of this is to get kids out there playing and playing football. Playmaker tournaments provide the medium for that purpose. There are many kids that don’t get to be involved in youth sports for many factors. Iowa 7 on 7 football has a goal of removing those barriers and provide an opportunity to experience football in a different manner. Ever time I see 2 kids and 1 football it is being thrown. If there are 3 then one is receiving, the other covering, and the other being quarterback. That is the fun of 7 on 7 football. You do not need flashy uniforms or big stages to enjoy the basics of the throw and catch. All you need is some space, a football, and a friend.
To be honest I prefer the one hand touch of 7 on 7 football even more than flag football. Contact is minimized with this method. Kids are allowed to be as fast and shifty as they can be because, the other team only has to stick a hand out and the ball is stopped. All of this allows for a fast paced, exciting game where there are many passes and many opportunities for all kids to get into the action. There is also no need for weight or size limits. Big kids that have “Cannon Arms” or “Pillows for fingers” can show them off. The greater purpose is to get kids out playing and playing football.
I read a lot about what is wrong with youth sports today. What i never see is the talk about the opportunities that kids have today to meet and interact with people from all walks of life. To get perspective from kids that don’t live like they do. The negatives don’t out weigh the positives of youth sports today. It is the total opposite. However, the people who like to point out negatives are much louder and busier writing because those that love it are too busy playing and coaching. Of course being out there playing and coaching takes us back to the greater purpose of all of this which is to get kids out there playing and playing football.
On Saturday June 2nd at 4pm we are a go for PM 7v7 2018.
I am going to be honest we have had some amazing support from our community and people that want to see this event get started and thrive. Everyone connected to this event will remember what it took to start it and be excited about it’s growth. I wish all of the teams luck and pray that we are able to keep this tournament going for a very long time.
Schedule and rules are posted on the event page.
Thank you to all sponsors for their support and a special thanks to Jenn Bollers for loving me even though I get wrapped up in things.