Spain Park to compete in national football event

FROM STAFF REPORTS

HOOVER — Spain Park’s football team won’t have to travel very far to be on a big stage, as the Jaguars will be participating in a national seven-on-seven football tournament in Hoover July 24-27.

National Select 7on7 will host 32 teams for the 11th annual National Select 7on7 Championships presented by Under Armour. It will be held at Hoover High School.

More than 95 NCAA Division I recruits will participate in the event. Teams are traveling to the event from 13 different states, all for a chance to play for the national title.

“We are excited to see all of the teams in action next week.” Brandon Sheppard, Executive Director, National Select 7on7, said in a release. “Thanks to our sponsors and the commitment of our community, this event has grown exponentially over the past 11 years, and we feel the competition is the best it has ever been. This event and all the qualifying tournaments leading up to this point are a great way for players, coaches and fans to build on their program’s future and keep teams engaged over the summer.”

Teams will arrive July 24 for a pre-tournament launch party and press conference at the Wynfrey Hotel. Pool play starts at 9 a.m. on July 25, with the double-elimination tournament starting July 26. Each game will run 21 minutes in length and two AHSAA officials will be on the field at all times.

National Select increased its footprint this year by adding three additional Qualifying Tournaments (QT) to the 10 QTs it held last year. Winners from each QT along with several 2012 State Champions and Runner-ups have been invited to participate in the event.

All games played at the Championships will be broadcast live by PlayOn! Sports on Select7on7.com. For more information on National Select 7on7 Championships visit www.select7on7.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @select7on7.