With most tackle football seasons coming to an end, we're getting ramped up for the start of the 7v7 and non-tackle football season.
Let's be honest, there's not much that compares to the sound of helmets and shoulder pads colliding, but the start of non-tackle football season provides plenty of excitement, too - especially during the off season when athletes are chomping at the bit to get outside and be with their teammates. At the end of the day, if there's football, we're game!
We can't wait for all the highlights, the speed and intensity of 7v7 and of the course, the touchdown celebrations.
If you want to learn more about 7v7 football, check out this article.
Participating in non-tackle football has plenty of benefits that transition directly to "traditional" tackle football, so if you or your youth athlete aren't currently involved in a non-tackle program, we highly encourage you to do some research around your local area to find potential league/team openings.
Here are some non-tackle football programs we recommend checking out:
NFL FLAG was launched with one goal: make football accessible for all children - no matter age, size, or gender. The NFL FLAG's mission is to "empower youth athletes and instill a lifelong passion for flag football through leagues that are engaging, fun, and accessible for everyone. With the support of the NFL, we provide a structured opportunity for kids to discover the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and friendship—both on and off the field.
FLAG FOOTBALL ON THE RISE
While youth participation in sports has declined 13 percent over the last decade, flag football has become one the fastest growing youth sports in the country. In fact, the number of 6-to-12-year-olds playing flag football has increased by 38 percent, to more than 1.5 million, since 2015. And NFL FLAG is leading the way as the largest flag football league in the U.S., with more than 1,600 leagues in 50 states.
NFL FLAG isn't just for youth athletes, either. They have leagues across the country for athletes up to 17 years of age, offering boys and girls of all abilities the opportunity to develop their football fundamentals in a positive, inclusive environment.
To find an NFL FLAG league in your area, follow this link and find a league to join today!
Another non-tackle league we recommend is Championship7v7, which is a part of the TruXposur family.
The rapid expansion of 7-on-7 football is fueled by coaches, players and parents realizing that this sport offers a fun and unique way to improve a players specific skill set, establish a national profile and boost recruiting opportunities while competing against incredible talent.
The Championship7v7 platform has reached thousands of athletes and they continue to push their standards to the next level. At all sanctioned events, Championship7v7 provides certified referees, field managers, certified trainers, hydration stations at all fields, national media outlets, live game streaming, player interviews and much more. Most importantly the TruXposur Gives Foundation provides a variety of scholarship opportunities throughout the season at all events. Their mission is to provide an impactful complete experience for all the athletes, coaches, families, and spectators.
Championship7v7 is filled with well-respected and very knowledgeable team members that share the same passion of producing high caliber events and assisting youth across the nation. Their knowledgeable staff has well over 100 years of combined experience in coaching and organizing youth sports.
While 7on7 continues to proliferate around the country and internationally, Championship7v7 is dedicated to being the most trusted and sought-after Circuit Series, National Championship and World Championship available.
To see a list of Championship7v7 events and register for tournaments, visit their website by clicking this link.
GEAR UP FOR 7V7 & NON-TACKLE FOOTBALL
In terms of gear you'll need for 7v7 and non-tackle football, don't worry, we've got you covered!
7v7 and non-tackle football isn't much different from the regular game, except there's no helmet, shoulder pads, or padded pants. Most teams often wear a team uniform that consists of either a t-shirt or sleeveless shirt, and shorts to go with the top. Athletes are then typically allowed to add additional accessories, such as compression gear, arm sleeves, wrist bands, headbands, neck gaiters, etc.
Here's a list of items you might want to pick up before the start of your non-tackle football season:
Combining athlete insights and an unprecedented level of in-play research on the incidental head impacts that 7v7 and non-tackle football athletes experience, Xenith LOOP is top-rated in safety on the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings for non-tackle football headgear and the most comfortable 7v7 and non-tackle headgear on the market.
XENITH COMPRESSION SLEEVE
Designed for performance, the full-knit construction of our Compression Sleeve allows for enhanced breathability and functionality over standard compression gear. So, you can focus on the game knowing your gear and style is on point.