HSPD National Tourney Underway at Winter Park

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 10, 2009 – 10:25 am

The 16-team 7-on-7 High School Player Development (HSPD) National Tournament is well underway at Winter Park. Day 1 of the tournament features a round robin style format, which will result in seeding after today and then a single elimination format on Day 2 (tomorrow). [UPDATE: The round robin format actually concludes around noon tomorrow and then the single elimination tournament takes place.]

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress has been out on the fields this morning visiting with participants and folks from the league office. I also had a chance to speak with Jerry Horowitz, who is the NFL’s Director of Youth Tackle Football. He was extremely upbeat about the event this year, saying that Steve Hutchinson was the best speaker in the history of the event and that the support the HSPD National Tournament has received from the Wilf ownership group has been “tremendous.”

I also wanted to note that this tournament is serious business. The young men competing here this weekend are very gifted, and many of them will be playing big-time college football soon, with the hope of playing on Sundays some day. The Vikings facilities staff has done an outstanding job of preparing the fields for play.

The players aren’t wearing helmets, but they are equipped with mouthpieces. There are 3 referees per field and NFL Films is on-hand capturing all the action.

Here are a few scores from the 8:00 and 8:45 games…keep in mind that TDs are worth 7 points and INTs are worth 3 points.

Browns 24, Broncos 14; Falcons 14, Cardinals 7; Dolphins 67, Colts 7;  Panthers 24, Giants 21; Patriots 24, Jets 14; Redskins 35, Rams 28; Ravens 40, Texans 27; Saints 24, Vikings 21.

We’ll have continuous updates today and tomorrow, so stay tuned.

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