The summer “‘7 on 7” season is a time of testing out the raw athletic skills of a wide range of players in a competitive but more casual circumstances than under the ‘Friday night lights’ for quickness, agility and speed coupled with passing and catching on the offensive side. On the defensive side of the ball, skills like picking up on the right ‘cues’ by reading the other team’s offensive lineups, proper positioning at the time of the snap, pass coverage once the ball is snapped, pursuit and reaction skills once the ball is in the air or responding to an occasional run or ‘draw’ play is the focus.
In addition, on the offensive side the coaches are analyzing things like understanding how the team as a whole is interpreting each play that is called, manifested by each receiver properly running routes, including well executed ‘fakes’ and focus in pressure situations show the coaching staff the intelligence, focus and progression of the team in preparation for the coming season.
All this competition is extremely fun to do and watch, especially by the players, parents & fans who can’t wait for the Fall season to start. But despite the outcomes; too much should not be read into these events as the coaches themselves will tell you, they are experimenting with multiple combinations of plays and players, skills, game intelligence and personalities to come up with the best team to put on the field come the Fall. Plus, most who have played or understand the game of football know this but one knowledgeable father on the sidelines summed it up nicely by saying, “this is fun, but everything changes when you put the pads on”.
Pride, Respect, Champions!
Photos courtesy of Yashica Wilson Budde