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Eric Brown, Concord (NH) Head Coach
2012 was the 1st year in the tourney for Concord High School(NH). It was a great experience for all of us. It was such a well run, organized event. Exeter HS was a great host. The tournament and competition was great for our kids and coaches. We felt like we got a jump start on our preparation for the upcoming season. We are looking forward to the 2013 tourney.
James Pugh, Masconomet HS Head Coach
For the past seven years, at least, Masconomet has attended the Swampscott 7 on 7 Passing Tournament. We have found this event to be very beneficial for the upcoming season. We have been able to work on our passing game in very competitive games. Our kids have bonded at these events because they are spending all day together in the hot sun playing football. The coaching staff appreciates the opportunity to see the players and determine who are the kids that are serious players, who are pretenders, who are the real competitors, etc. I recommend this for any high school team, except for anyone who might be on our schedule during the season.
Ken Osborn, Dover HS Head Coach
Kids don't always throw the ball on their own, and this is an opportunity for them to throw the ball with their teammates. It gives the kids a chance to get our offense under their belt a little bit. When a kid makes a mistake you also get a chance to correct it immediately on the field, which is something you can't do in game situations. When we come to camp a lot of this stuff will carry over.
These events are becoming more and more popular up here, but they've been popular down South for a long time. If other teams are going to do it you have to match up and compete or you're going to be left behind.
Alex Rotsko, (former)Longmeadow HS Head Coach
Our players have been attending Coach Dembowki's 7 on 7 tournament for years. The competition is always outstanding and the tournament well organized. I always encourage our players to attend. I feel like it is an integral part of our preparation for the upcoming season.
John Fiore, Reading Memorial HS Head Coach
The Lynnfield-Swampscott 7 on 7 Shootout is a great way to begin building camaraderie among our skill position players. As coaches, we can really evaluate what stage we are at as the season nears.
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Tom Tone, Methuen HS Head Coach 2012
This was a great experience, at some point during the season you're probably going see something that makes you say, 'Remember that 7 on 7? This team is running the same thing.' We played seven games and we saw seven different things.
If you're not doing this stuff I think you're at a disadvantage, just because of how much you throw the ball in high school football these days. Especially in our league [Merrimack Valley]. You'd be a step behind.