We already know that major corporations and even some college’s host 7on7 tournaments, but in the past few years, the NFL has started their own 7on7 programs with more than just football involved.
The NFL’s HSPD or the High School Player Development program, teaches high school student athletes not only teaches football skills, but also character building skills as well.
The NFL started this program in 2004, and since then, they have hosted over 175,000 high school students from across the country.
What these instructional camps offer is:
- Free to participants
- Takes place over five consecutive days from May through August
- Include a character development session that covers using social media responsibly, managing relationships, and navigating NCAA guidelines and requirements to remain eligible while attending college
- Has four football fundamentals sessions in which each player participates at one defensive and one offensive position
- Supply coaches with an instructional HSPD DVD and Practice Plan
- Provide players with an HSPD jersey and coaches with HSPD apparel
Three years later, the NFL started their own 7on7 tournament through HSPD. Like most 7on7 tournaments, players get a chance to develop and show their skills and talent in front of college coaches.
The tournament normally runs from Thursday thru Sunday in July and it is free to student-athletes to attend. The winners of the regional tournaments which are held across the country get to attend this tournament.
These NFL 7on7 tournaments also emphasize character development sessions, time management, commitment to academics and personal discipline.
Unlike most 7on7 tournaments, the NFL’s is free, student-athletes learn how to deal with off the field issues, and they have college coaches attending the camps.
The student-athlete may also get the chance to hear from current NFL coaches and players. The whole point of this tournament is to help student-athletes not only develop on the field, but off the field as well.