2019 7on7 Update and Changes
It is the mission of the State 7on7 Board of Directors to look for ways to make our Regional SQT’s and the State Tournament elite venues for Texas High School Football players to develop their skills and compete alongside their high school teammates in the Spring and Summer months.
Every year we consider and discuss many different ways to accomplish this ever challenging task. This year is no exception as we will introduce a third division, allowing the 2019 State Tournament to showcase three divisions. Division 1 will include 6A, 5A, and all Private Schools. Division 2 will include 4A and 3A D1. Division 3 will include 3A D2 & 2A. The Division 1 State Tournament will host 64 teams who qualify through regional SQT’s from around the state, while the Division 2 & 3 State Tournaments will host 32 teams each. Beginning this Spring, for the first time ever, Division 3 teams will be able to compete in Division 3 only SQT’s.
In addition to the new Division 3 tournaments, the State 7on7 Board of Directors unanimously voted to “Strongly Recommend” all participants wear soft shell protective headgear. With the UIL adding soft shell protective headgear to the list of “non-restrictive” equipment for offseason, we as a board feel this will make 7on7 games safer for all participants. The soft shell protective headgear will not be a requirement for participation in 2019 SQT’s. However, these headgears will be required at the 2019 State Tournament. Moving forward, in the 2020 7on7 season, soft shell headgears will be required for all participants at SQT’s as well as the State Tournament.
We understand the unfamiliarity one might have when it comes to soft shell headgear. To help gain knowledge about soft shell headgear, you can visit this link from Virginia Tech research and ratings: https://www.helmet.beam.vt.edu/soccer-headgear-ratings.html
To provide a safer game and validated headgear quality, we will adopt a few simple standards for the headgear at the 2019 State Event:
- Helmets must have a Virginia Tech rating of 4 star or higher rating
- No metal components
- No hard-plastic components
- No sharp edges and/or anything that could cause harm to another player
- Must have functional retention system or chin strap
- (Gamebreaker headgear is currently the only manufacturer that meets all of the standards listed above)
Lastly, in regard to the newly implemented UIL rules on sport specific training, we would like to clarify that the 2 hours per week all coaches may train football skills does not change any rules previously in place that prohibit high school coaches from coaching in SQT’s.
Visit www.texas7on7.org for more information.