New 7 on 7 tournament causes confusion

Published: May. 24, 2020 at 5:45 PM CDT
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The 7 on 7 tournament that you're probably familiar with, is held in College Station every summer and put on by the Texas State 7 on 7 association. In April, that tournament was canceled because of COVID-19.

On Thursday, an organization that runs tournaments nationwide, Championship 7 v 7 announced the "Battle for Texas", a 7 on 7 tournament to be held in late June in College Station.

"That's not a good deal for Texas high school football. That's not a good deal for UIL. That's not a good deal for anybody involved. That's totally what we're fighting against in our association, as far as Texas High School Coaches Association, is for groups to try to pull from our kids," explained Connally head football coach Shane Anderson.

The State 7 on 7 tournament isn't connected with the UIL or the Texas High School Coaches Association, but the THSCA supports their decision to cancel.

Friday, the UIL announced teams can begin summer conditioning on June eighth, coaches feel that's a better place to start.

"You don't know what kind of shape they are in. It doesn't make sense to just jump in and play games," said Coach Anderson.

Championship 7 v 7 released a statement Friday, apologizing for any confusion they caused, as of right the tournament will go on as scheduled.

They say they will follow current state protocols and guidelines. They are accepting 160 teams, which they'll separate into three different divisions.

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