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6/5/07

7on7 Passing League Opens In Tyler

TYLER, TX - Footballs were flying today at Lindsey Park as 12 high school teams have banned together to form Trinity Mother Frances SportsCARE's 7-on-7 Football Passing League.  The six-week competition continues June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 10, at 6 p.m. at Lindsey Park.

"Seven-on-seven football provides many opportunities for improvement for both offensive and defensive players," said Trinity Mother Frances SportsCARE representative Thomas Gros.  "Quarterbacks and receivers gain valuable experience by competing in the league and cornerbacks and safeties are also able to hone their skills.  In addition, the linebackers focus on covering both running backs out of the backfield and tight ends coming off the line."

Passing League games are played on 55-yard fields (including a 10-yard end zone), with seven players on both offense and defense.  There are a few notable characteristics absent in 7-on-7 football: offensive and defensive lineman, helmets and shoulder pads, tackling, and any running plays.  The similarities between 7-on-7 football and the game most people are familiar with are:  scripted offensive passing plays with defensive players in pass coverage.

In addition to Trinity Mother Frances SportsCARE, the City of Tyler Parks & Recreation Department co-sponsors the event.

The games will be played from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. each night.  The league will feature squads from Alba Golden, Bullard, Canton, Jacksonville, John Tyler, Lindale, Mabank, Robert E. Lee, T.K. Gorman, Troup, Van and Whitehouse.

"This is SportsCARE's ninth year to host Seven-on-Seven and we are excited to continue what has become a very popular event for not only athletes, but spectators as well." Gros added.

The league will culminate with a one-day tournament on June 23, also at Lindsey Park.  Two winning teams from the June 23rd tournament will receive invitations to participate in the 7-on-7 Passing League state championships to be played in July.  The proceeds from the 7-on-7 concession stand will benefit Children's Miracle Network.

Trinity Mother Frances Media Release.

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