Two-1 to host 7-on-7sPublished 11:24am Thursday, August 1, 2013
7-on-7 scrimmages are a staple of high school and college football this time of year, but Eltoro Freeman has designs on making it more universal.
As a part of his Two-1 training program, Freeman is hosting the first-ever 7-on-7 tournament at Hamp Lyon Stadium this Saturday, Aug. 3. The event is open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders.
According to Freeman, it’s never too early to prepare athletes for the challenges they’ll face.
“Everybody knows that the 7-on-7 drills are a big deal for high school and college teams,” Freeman said. “But they don’t have those for the middle school kids. What I’m trying to do is lay a foundation for those players. When they get to that high school level, the 7-on-7s will be something that they are already familiar with so it’ll be easier for them to get out there and compete.”
According to Freeman, the tournament field will consist of six teams. Teams will be filled and divided based on the amount of participants that show up.
For those who want to participate, the cost is $10 per player. The event is open to spectators at no cost to them. Freeman said the event should be an enjoyable one for all involved
“We’re going to have fun,” Freeman said. “I’m expecting a good turnout. But mostly, this is about setting the groundwork for those players that want to continue to pursue football as they go on through the high school level and on to college. Overall, it will be a positive and competitive atmosphere for all of the kids and parents.”
The event will begin at 10 a.m. with pre-game stretching. The first game is set to kickoff at 11 a.m.
For more information about signing up, you can contact Freeman at 256-750-0110.
Additionally, those who would like to play can sign up on Saturday at Alexander City Middle School before 10 a.m.