Why Doesn’t Arizona Have Any 7on7 Youth Football Passing Leagues?

At the high school level, where over 1 million students play contact football, 7on7 passing has generally become the encouraged activity in the off-season.

Organized by school and experienced coaches, the mission is to provide the structure for 8th-12th grade football players, as well as other male and female students, whereby they can develop their skills, competing in the off-season at organized local, regional and nationals events. It is all passing, played on a 40-yard field plus end zone, and allows scoring both on the offense and defense. Participating in a 7-on-7 football offers athletes an exceptional, competitive way to hone their skills.

Why doesn’t Arizona have any major youth 7on7 passing leagues or quality tournaments for the youth or offer more programs for high school athletes?

It’s common knowledge by now that a few states (Florida, Texas, California) have more elite football talent than anywhere else in the nation. (*Source 24/7 Sports). The top five states have more than half the country’s blue-chip players for the last five years, at 53.3 percent of the total. Florida, Texas and California really do have so, so many more elite recruits than anybody else. Between the three, they’ve got about 40 percent of them. The top nine states have two-thirds of the national total.

State
’17
’16
’15
’14
’13
Total
Percentage of total
1. Florida
45
47
50
42
46
230
14.0%
2. Texas
43
52
47
37
46
225
13.7%
3. California
36
45
44
34
41
200
12.2%
4. Georgia
33
26
34
23
25
141
8.6%
5. Ohio
15
12
17
15
19
78
4.8%
17. Arizona
6
5
2
7
6
26
1.6%

 

What do these states have in common? They all have 7on7 leagues and quality tournaments and the divisions start at the 1st grade level and go through high school.  Many of the leagues are year round with Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer seasons.

Notable 7on7: Nike set to launch national 7-on-7 football league in five major cities  |  NFA 7on7 National Tournament  |  Passing Down High School Elite 7on7  | Texas Elite 7on7  |  The Farm League  |  Prime Time Sports  |  Pylon 7on7 National Championships  | USA Football 7on7

Benefits of 7on7 Football:

The sport of 7on7 is rapidly growing across the nation, as more and more coaches, players and parents are discovering that 7-on-7 football is a fun and inexpensive way for football players to practice their skills and prepare for the upcoming Youth, Middle School & High School Seasons. – SYS 7on7 Passing Tournament Owner Gordon Mckee

Developing Quarterbacks, Receivers, Defensive Backs, and Linebackers:

The game of football has changed over the years from primarily a running game to the pass heavy game it is today. To be successful with passing, you need a lot of practice. 7on7 passing leagues provide that practice in a safe environment. Since no tackles are allowed, players can focus more on setting up their throw and completing it perfectly.

Accuracy comes from practice, and you get a lot of practice in 7on7. Hundreds of throws develops your muscles, your mind and your hand-eye coordination to the point where you can make every kind of pass out there. You learn to throw where’s there’s coverage even if it’s deep.

Improved Game Skills:

While the quarterback often gets the most attention for what he can do in a passing league, other players develop their skills, such as the wide receivers and linebackers. When they join the team for the regular season, they feel better prepared. They’ve had time to practice the same play over and over. This gives them the added confidence they need to know they can make it when the game is on the line.

Even though 7on7 is very competitive and fast-paced, kids still have more time to learn new skills and develop their abilities. This can take them from sitting on the sidelines as an average player to being on the field as they make the big plays. Youth passing leagues have a lot to offer young athletes who see scholarships in the future or if they just want to sharpen their skills and be the best football player they can be.

Increased Exposure:

When a passing league has the reputation of creating strong players, college recruiters pay attention. They know big demand surrounds the top players, so they express an interest before others get the chance. What this means for the student is they have more offers on the table, each one offering a little more than the last one. They get to choose where they want to play and on what terms.

What kind of 7on7 Football Does Arizona Offer Youth? 

ASU 7on7 High School Tournament

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