South Bend – Washington
Cleveland Consortium (combined area high schools)
Toledo Whitmer (2)
Sylvania Southview (2)
Bedford Channel (near Cleveland)
Lima Perry (2)
Six 40 yard fields were used on the intramural field area and two inside the Glass Bowl.
7 on 7 scrimmages consist of a 40 yard long field by regulation width (53.3 yards). A first down (20 yards) must be made in 4 downs. Therefore, a team has 8 downs to score a TD. Teams wear cleats and helmets and no pads. Some teams did not bring helmets and if a team that brought helmets is matched against a team that did not then neither team wears a helmet. The center is ineligible and the QB has 4 second to throw the ball. A designated coach counts the time so that everyone knows the time left to get off the pass. Basically it is a rough and tumble version of tap football. There are no RB's and the ball must be passed. It's a scrimmage of tight ends, wide receivers, linebackers and defensive backs. It's all about running disciplined patterns and pitch and catch.
Touchdowns are the only scoring option since goal posts are not in play. Coaches are allowed to huddle with both the offenses and defenses between plays. UT coaches officiated the scrimmages and it appeared that Andy Boyd was in charge since he was everywhere in his golf cart keeping tabs on the various scrimmages. I believe each team was guaranteed 5 games with the entry fee $100 per team and a reduction if more than one team is entered from the same school. Another 7 on 7 day is scheduled for June 19, 2010.
Coach Beckman was on-hand and asked if I wanted to get on the field and I stated that at age 54 the field is way too wide for me to stay with anyone for more than a micro second. He laughed and acknowledged that there is one hell of a difference in the amount of space actually on the field versus what one seems to perceive from the stands or watching on TV. 7 on 7 scrimmages really stimulate the awareness of how to creatively use space for an offense and how to defend that same space for a defense. This is what football is all about in these current times and that is why 7 on 7's are so popular nation-wide.