Once again hundreds of players, with families and coaches invaded the Bull's campus for the USF Sling & Shoot and Big Man challenge as they played through the heat while participating in what has become an annual fixture in Tampa.
The Sling & Shoot and Big Man challenge is broken into two installments, with one camp this weekend and the larger one slated for the end of July.
The field consisted of 16 mostly local schools, but some that came from all over the state to compete in the 7-on-7 passing tournament, while the linemen participated in the Big Man challenge where they got to learn some great tips from line coaches Kevin Patrick, Steve Shankweiler, Vernon Hargreaves and Larry Scott. Former Bull Sampson Genus was also on hand to help out.
For the first session of the USF Sling and Shoot there were 18 teams from Armwood, Plant, Charlotte, Leesburg, Tampa Jesuit, Buchholz, Victory Christian, , University HS (Orlando), Westwood, Wharton, West Port, Harmony, Anclote, Spoto, Steinbrenner, and Winter Park. Both Plant and Jesuit fielded two teams.
The basic rules were as follows:
- The tourney is played on a field of forty yards with a legal size end-zone.
- Playing field consist of three first down zones, two 20-yards & one 10-yard
- Each game is 24 minutes in length (shortened to allow for more games)
- All applicable rules from the National Federation rule book apply
- The QB has 4 seconds from the snap to release the ball, or is sacked.
- There are no running plays & No throw backs to QB's are allowed
- 6 points for a TD, 1 pt conversion from the 5, or 2 pts from the 10
- An interception is a dead ball with 3-points awarded to the defense
All teams played six games of the cross pool seeding on Saturday with two more rounds tomorrow morning before the tournament begins. Winter Park and Wharton finished as the only undefeated teams, with Wharton going a perfect 6-0, including a 25-22 comeback over Jesuit 1 in the final game played. Jesuit finished 5-1 Charlotte also finished 5-1, and Armwood went 5-1 on the day.