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FOX Sports Southwest 7-on-7 2013 SQT dates set
February 21, 2013By David McNabb of VYPE MAGAZINE - DFW
The FOX Sports Southwest 7 –on-7 State Championship Tournament will be July 11-13 according to board director Doug Stephens. The board met last week in San Marcos to finalize plans for the 2013 7 on 7 competition which is credited for helping transform Texas high school football into a national leader in producing top quarterbacks, receivers and defensive backs at college against the country and eventually into the NFL. Games are played with all passing plays on 45-yard field with one-hand touch tackling.
REGIONAL QUALIFYING TOURNAMENTS ANNOUNCED
Because of changes in NCAA and SEC rules, the state tournament for this summer will be in Round Rock. The 2014 tournament is expected to return to Bryan-College Station, but the tournament’s 15-year host at Texas A&M isn’t allowed under NCAA rules because of a possible recruiting advantage such tournaments could give a school’s athletic program.
A&M has been a popular summer site for the tournament because of it’s vast intramural fields which allow all games to be played at a single site. In Round Rock and, when it returns to College Station, the board still is finalizing plans to host games at public parks. In 2014, the Bryan-College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau (BCSCVB) submitted a bid proposal to the 7-on-7 state board to host the tournament at Veteran’s Park.
With two divisions dividing Class 5A & 4A and lower classes and private schools, 128 teams from across Texas earn qualifying berths at regional tournaments beginning in May. With many of the state’s top programs and players, the 7 on 7 tournament has become a highlight event of the summer and attracts an estimated 15,000 spectators over the three days.