OT: 7 on 7 a new sport?

Submitted by bluesouth on July 31st, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Does anyone else believe or think that 7 on 7 camps will actually develope into a sport in and of it self.  Seems to me that may be a logical progression of this activity.  And could be a nice bridge from post easion play to the actual season.



July 31st, 2010 at 12:37 PM ^

I had the thought of having a collegiate 7-on-7 summer league comparable to what baseball does from may-to-august. I'm not sure if it will ever become it's own sport, particulary at the college level. You'd almost have to ban all regular college football players from participating as they are, for all purposes, playing the same sport, and therefore, it would have to be regulated under football workouts.


July 31st, 2010 at 2:09 PM ^

I see it more comparable AAU basketball. Kids form teams that may or may not be associated with their high school teammates or geographical areas. It allows the players to develop further in their sport and provides them with additional exposure to colleges. The main difference is obviously that the risk of injury due to contact has been reduced. I think this thing will grow like AAU basketball has done over the past 10-15 years.


July 31st, 2010 at 12:37 PM ^

I have been apart of 7 on 7 and it is not becoming a sport in and of itself. It is just a way for coaches to practice passing offense and defense with out injury. But it is a nice bridge. That you are correct of.


July 31st, 2010 at 12:43 PM ^

I still think it'd be a kick-ass spring sport.  And I think the ratings would be astronomical if you could get a weekly tournament of a lot of big time teams playing against each other.  

It'd also allow smaller school QB's the chance to show their stuff on a more regular basis.  And it'd create a lot of hype for the fall.


July 31st, 2010 at 1:50 PM ^

7's rugby, as opposed to the full 15-man squad, is a big sport worldwide with world cups and everything.  Similar to 7's in football, it is a faster game with more skill and less brute force.  Like in rugby, it will never surpass the "real" thing", but it could be a fun sport to watch and have a small pro league. I'd watch.


July 31st, 2010 at 2:15 PM ^

I read in an ESPN article a while back that 7-on-7 has helped spread offenses develop, especially in high school. Full-contact practice is limited, so team practice 7-on-7, which puts a high emphasis on timing and speed, and less on power. This gives spread teams, and especially quarterbacks, a big advantage. Which is in part why so many high school teams use a spread offense, and why it then spread (pun not intended) to college and might eventually to the pros.