An annual rite of Texas high school football passage is returning to the Brazos Valley this summer.
The 2023 Texas State 7-on-7 Tournament will be held June 22-24 at Veterans Park in College Station, the State 7-on-7 Board confirmed to Dave Campbell's Texas Football. Additionally, the board announced the schedule of state qualifying tournaments — or SQTs —by which teams can punch their ticket to College Station.
The Texas State 7-on-7 Tournament is divided into three divisions:
Division I is comprised of teams that compete in Class 6A and 5A, plus TAPPS Division I and SPC in the private school ranks
Defending Champion: DeSoto
Division II is comprised of teams that compete Class 4A and 3A DIvision I, plus all other private school teams
Defending Champion: Hitchcock
Division III is comprised of teams that compete in Class 3A Division II and smaller
Defending Champion: Miles
A few highlights from the schedule for each Division
*State Qualifying begins April 22 at Melissa
*Southlake Carroll, Allen and Katy Tompkins are new host tournaments
*El Paso has moved their SQT date from early June to mid-May
*The weekend of June 9-10 will be the busiest weekend of qualifying featuring nine tournaments
*Qualifying wraps up on Sunday June 18 in Houston at the last chance Sam Brown Overflow SQT
*State Qualifying begins May 6 in Lorena at the McLennan County SQT
*Kilgore, Hardin-Jefferson, Ingleside, Port Isabel, Kingsville and Cameron Yoe are new host tournaments
*The weekend of May 19-20 will be the busiest weekend of qualifying featuring seven tournaments
*Qualifying wraps up Saturday June 10 with three tournaments at Celina, Cameron Yoe and the Big Country
*State Qualifying begins May 20 with three tournanments at Stamford, Dublin and Wallis Brazos
*Lindsay, Sudan, Piney Woods and West Hardin are new host tournaments
*The weekend of June 1-3 will be the busiest weekend of qualifying featuring six tournaments
*Qualifying wraps up Saturday June 10 with three tournaments at Ganado, West Hardin and Piney Woods
*The Piney Woods SQT will be held in Crockett and divided over two days with one team qualifying each day
SQT Entry Fees and Insurance
Of note, the SQT entry fee has gone up from $300 per team to $400 per team, this is the first time the entry fee for SQTs has been raised since 1998, this rise in entry fee will cover additional pay for the TASO officials officiating the tournaments along with off-setting the cost of the State 7-on-7 Board of Directors now covering insurance for every SQT in advance. Host sites please be looking for an email from the State 7-on-7 Board regarding submitting insurance fees.
The full schedule of 7-on7 State Qualifying Tournaments (SQTs) can be found HERE
TexasFootball.com is the official site of the State 7-on-7 Tournament, with all information found at TexasFootball.com/7on7.
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