Tigers will not have 7-on-7 team this year

Lack of available coaches grounds football team

Terral Dixon in action at last year’s 7-on-7 state tournament. Terral Dixon in action at last year’s 7-on-7 state tournament. Citing an absence of parents or volunteers who are willing to coach the team, RISD Athletic Director Jeff Miller has announced that Rockdale will not field a 7-on-7 football team this summer.

“We have just reached a point where we can’t find anyone with the time to do it like we have in the past,” Miller said. “And under UIL rules, the coaching staff is not allowed to coach or have any input as far as 7-on-7 goes.”

A committee was formed by the UIL in the fall to monitor the outof school competition to observe “recurring issues”.

The 7-on-7 competition is not a UIL sport, but there are certain criteria that must be followed by coaches, including involvement.

The absence this year does not mean the Tigers will not put a team together in the future.

In the past few years, Allen Sanders and Darrell Mynar have coached the team, but both their sons have graduated.

In the 12-year history of the 7-on-7 competition—which began last weekend—Rockdale has made three straight trips to the state tournament and four overall since 2005.

The 7-on-7 state tournam consists of 64 teams from throughout the state and earn a trip to state through 31 qualifying tournaments held at various high school sites in June and July. State is July 8-10 in College Station.

Neighbors Cameron and Lexington have already qualified for the state tournament after the first weekend of play.

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