Special to The Reporter

The field is set for the 12th annual Fox Sports Southwest 7-on-7 State Championship presented by Adidas and Academy Sports & Outdoors and the third annual Fox Sports Southwest 7-on-7 Small School (Class1A-3A) State Championship. The state tournament is slated for July 9-11 at the Penberthy Intramural Fields on the Texas A&M campus.

Small School Tournament

Again this year, Fox Sports Southwest will host a small school state championship tournament comprised of 32 teams from University Interscholastic League Class 1A-3A. Teams have qualified for the small school tournament at one of the 16 state qualifying tournaments held during the months leading up to the championship tournament. The 32 teams will divide into 8 groups of four teams each and compete in pool play (three games per team). The top two teams from each pool advance to a 16-team single elimination championship bracket, while the remaining 16 teams are entered into a single elimination consolation bracket. The small school state championship tournament is scheduled to begin pool play at 1 p.m. Thursday. New this year is a consolation championship game for the small school state tournament. The consolation and championship games will be played at Kyle Field and are tentatively scheduled at noon and 1 p.m. Friday. (Schedule subject to change.)

What is 7-on-7?

Seven-on-seven football was designed as an off-season workout program for Texas high schools to promote and improve the quality of quarterbacks, receivers, secondary players and linebackers. Schools throughout Texas organize teams and participate in a summer league that culminates with a state championship tournament in July. To comply with UIL rules, active coaches are prohibited from instructing players during games. The fast-paced, high-scoring, offense-oriented competition is as exciting for the fans to watch as it is for the players and coaches who participate in the league. The game emphasizes passing using a 45-yard field and a one-hand touch for a tackle. All players, except the center, are eligible receivers. The game is played in two 20-minute continuous halves. Uniforms consist of shorts and T-shirts with no pads or helmets.

Television Coverage

High School Spotlight, Fox Sports Southwest’s weekly program devoted entirely to Texas high school sports, will recap the tournament with scores and highlights on one of its shows in early August. The new season begins at noon Aug. 9. (Check local listings.) In addition, Under The Lights — 7-on-7 State Championship 2009, a 30-minute recap special, will air at 10 p.m. July 26 and 11 a.m. July 29 (Check local listings).