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A7FL Veteran Anthony DiMarsico joins NY Jets camp

Four years ago, Anthony DiMarsico had basically given up on football. This weekend, the Suffern High School graduate will wear a Jets uniform.

Thanks to his NFL-ready speed, DiMarsico earned an invitation to Jets minicamp, which begins Friday at the team’s facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, and will end Sunday. He will be among many hopefuls trying to stick with the organization through the offseason and beyond.

DiMarsico, who graduated from Suffern in 2010, is undoubtedly among the least likely participants. He redshirted one season at Lackawanna College before dropping football altogether. He then played a season of baseball at Rockland Community College and didn’t return to football until enrolling at Division III William Paterson University in 2014.

“When I step back and look where he is now, it’s really amazing,” said DiMarsico’s father, Anthony. “It reflects the type of person he is. He’s a hard worker.”

One of DiMarsico’s former Suffern coaches, James Hickey, urged DiMarsico to join him when he became the quarterbacks coach at William Paterson in 2013. Beginning the next season, DiMarsico starred at both wide receiver and quarterback. After just three seasons, he climbed into the program’s Top 10 in seven career categories, including receptions, receiving yards and scoring.

DiMarsico was given an opportunity to work out for NFL teams when he was invited to pro days at Fordham University and Wagner College. At Wagner on March 24, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds, which would’ve ranked eighth among all players at this year’s NFL Draft combine. In fact, only two wide receivers ran a faster time.

With the NFL’s need for speed, DiMarsico might not be such a long shot after all.

“We say it all the time: I can’t believe it. But I also look at it a totally different way,” Anthony Sr. said. “I look at it as now, you’re here now, now go beyond this. We’re not going to settle. I tell him, yes, it’s great, but don’t settle.”

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A7FL SELECTS ATHLETE INTELLIGENCE TO MONITOR PLAYER PERFORMANCE AND SAFETY

Athlete Intelligence, the leading data analytics and sports wearable technology company, and American 7s Football League (A7FL), the largest full contact, helmet-less, tackle football league in the United States is excited to announce their partnership for the 2017 A7FL season. A7FL will tap into the Athlete Intelligence data analytic platform and utilize the company’s smart wearable technology, Vector MouthGuard, to optimize player performance and focus on reducing the risk of injury.

This spring Athlete Intelligence technology will be integrated within all the teams participating in A7FL. Players will be outfitted with the smart sensor technology the Vector MouthGuard. The Vector MouthGuard is the most accurate sport sensor measuring impacts to the head, including the brain’s linear and rotation accelerations.

According to Athlete Intelligence CEO Jesse Harper, “Our smart sensor the Vector MouthGuard pairs with the functionality of the Athlete Intelligence Platform to deliver a easy-to-use solution for more than just hit detection; it helps coaches and athletic trainers improve the players techniques and reduce injuries.“

The Athlete Intelligence platform will gather the data from the Vector MouthGuards and interpret the findings into a 3D head heat map visualizing the exact magnitude, direction, location and time of every hit. The platform will further analyze the data throughout the season to deliver “coachable moments,” or actionable insights for coaches and athletes to improve technique to reduce the risk of injury and improve performance.

Sener Korkusuz CEO of A7FL said, “The A7FL is extremely proud to have Athlete Intelligence return as a sponsor for the 2017 season beginning April 2, 2017. With the limited data collected from the last season from A7FL athletes wearing the Vector MouthGuards, we’re already getting an indication that the format of A7FL elevates player safety. We are so excited to continue our partnership and work with Athlete Intelligence and the New Jersey Institute of Technology this season in gathering as much scientific data as possible to be analyzed.”

The A7FL kicks off their 2017 season this Sunday, April 2, 2017 in New Jersey. You can watch the games live by subscribing to their YouTube Channel.

To view the complete video visit the Athlete Intelligence YouTube page.

About A7FL: Headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, the American 7s Football League is the largest full contact, tackle football league in the United States that plays without hard pads or helmets. The goal of the A7FL is to save one of America’s favorite sports by fixing the way players tackle without sacrificing the physicality of the game all football fans love. In the A7FL we have seen the practical elimination of repetitive non-concussive hits such as those that occur with helmet to helmet football. We believe the A7FL platform provides a modern model for the continued existence of football nationally but also the ultimate expansion of American 7s football internationally. The A7FL has now joined forces with the New Jersey Institute of Technology and i1Biometrics Vector technology to study TBI and CTE as it relates to the “concussion” crisis in American football. The objective of the A7FL TBI study is to generate empirical evidence that removing helmets and hard pads reduces concussions and drastically reduces CTE and TBI related injury. For more information, visit: www.A7FL.com

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A7FL adds 2ND SKULL Protective Headgear

PITTSBURGH, March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — As the kickoff for the 2017 season is a few weeks away, the A7FL®, a professional 7 on 7 league is ready to take the field. American 7s Football League has teamed up with 2ND SKULL, Inc., a protective headgear company with patented technology featuring Impact Absorption Technology. The 2ND SKULL® Cap is a protective skull cap that A7FL players will be wearing this season.


“2ND SKULL® products are scientifically engineered to reduce impact. The special urethane molecules are soft at rest but harden upon impact, absorbing the energy. 2ND SKULL® helps protect an athlete by providing a thin layer of material designed to absorb impact,” said Federico Olivares, CEO of 2nd Skull.

Sener Korkusuz CEO of A7FL said: “Our players play football without bulky pads, enabling them complete freedom of movement and performance. When we found this product it made sense to get in touch with 2ND SKULL to see if they wanted to collaborate with us as a professional sports league. We love it because there is no bulk, weight and practically looks and feels like a regular skull cap. These accessories are already used in the NFL, college, and high school levels so adding a thin layer of effective protection that doesn’t change what we want to do was a no brainer.

“American 7s Football® format of removing helmets and removing bulky pads encourages athletes to use proper form tackling and wrap up technique. The concept of risk homeostasis supports our findings that athletes instinctively take their head out of the tackle when you remove the helmets and hard pads. You can see this going on with so called rugby style tackling being used at all levels of football including the NFL.”

Federico Olivares, founder and CEO of 2ND SKULL said: “We’re very pleased to collaborate with A7FL, as it is driving an emerging sport. 2ND SKULL® is the official protective headgear provider to A7FL.

“2ND SKULL® was a finalist in NFL’s 1ST & Future Competition during Super Bowl LI weekend in Houston. The Company competed in “Materials to Protect the Athlete” category which focused on innovative solutions that advance player safety while allowing the highest level of performance. The 2ND SKULL® Cap provides protection improvements against linear and rotational impacts. We do all of this in a simple, yet innovative product.”

About 2ND SKULL, Inc.
2nd Skull, Inc. is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based protective headgear company with patented products. 2nd Skull® products feature Impact Absorbing Technology and have a soft, flexible and breathable protective layer that delivers impact protection. 2nd Skull® has a protective headgear product for any activity. For more information, please visit 2ndSkull.com

About A7FL, Inc.
Headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, the American 7s Football League is the largest full contact, tackle football league in the United States that plays without hard pads and helmets. The goal of the A7FL is to save one of America’s favorite sports by fixing the way players tackle without sacrificing the physicality of the game all football fans love. The A7FL platform provides a modern model for the continued existence of football nationally but also the ultimate expansion of American 7s football internationally. For more information, visit: www.A7FL.com

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A7FL Signs Agreement With i1 Biometrics

HELMETLESS FOOTBALL LEAGUE TO WEAR VECTOR MOUTHGUARDS WITH ESP CHIP IMPACT SENSING TECHNOLOGY IN 2016

KIRKLAND, Wash. – (May 9, 2016) – i1 Biometrics, a leading sports wearable technology company, announced today it has signed an agreement with the A7FL, the largest full contact, helmetless, tackle football league in the United States. This Spring, members of the league will wear the Vector MouthGuard with ESP Chip Technology, which measures the brain’s linear and rotational accelerations from impacts experienced in practices and games. The Impact Intelligence System— a computerized system that collects an athlete’s impact data — lies at the core of the Vector, monitoring this data.

The Impact Intelligence System technology is being implemented to further bolster collective knowledge pertaining to concussions and prevention — especially among sports-related head injuries that often cause serious, permanent damage. Sports concussions are on a dramatic rise; 1-in-5 high school athletes will sustain one this year, and more than 33% happen during practice. Football has the highest rate of concussion among teenage athletes, with about 11 concussions occurring per 10,000 athletic exposures.

“Concussion management is an area that football is trying to improve in an effort to elevate player safety,” said Jesse Harper, CEO of i1 Biometrics. “The Vector MouthGuard is an important coaching tool for players, trainers, and coaches. We appreciate industry leaders like the A7FL adopting our technology as a way to help remove some of the guesswork involved in head impacts.”

The A7FL is going one step further, utilizing students from the New Jersey Institute of Technology to monitor the Impact Intelligence System, a computerized system that collects an athlete’s impact data. In conjunction with the Vector MouthGuard, this system will provide highly accurate and reliable, real-time data about not only the number of hits but also the exact magnitude, direction, location and time of such impacts so as to help foster better prevention, protection and treatment methods both on and off of the field.

“The value of i1 Biometrics technology is that it goes inside our athletes’ mouth rather than on a helmet or on the body somewhere,” noted Sener Sean Korkusuz, CEO of the A7FL. “We selected i1 Biometrics because the Vector Mouthguard is best suited to the needs of all parties including A7FL athletes, league leadership, and our research partners at NJIT to provide essential data needed to open up a wider discussion on the future of helmeted and non-helmeted sports”

About i1 Biometrics: Headquartered in Kirkland, Wash., i1 Biometrics is a leading information and technology company that has developed the world’s first mouth guard to accurately measure the linear and rotational accelerations of head impacts during sports and training activities. i1 Biometrics’ Vector MouthGuard and ShockBox helmet sensor provide real-time data to anticipate the impacts an athlete is exposed to during gameplay. Leveraging the $14 billion wearable tech industry, i1 Biometrics helps athletes and trainers realize measureable results from performance analytics to shape forward-looking training programs and individualized athlete-conditioning environments in a variety of team and individual contact sports. For more information, visit: www.i1biometrics.com

About A7FL: Headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, the American 7s Football League is the largest full contact, tackle football league in the United States that plays without hard pads or helmets.  The goal of the A7FL is to save one of America’s favorite sports by fixing the way players tackle without sacrificing the physicality of the game all football fans love. In the A7FL we have seen the practical elimination of repetitive non-concussive hits such as those that occur with helmet to helmet football. We believe the A7FL platform provides a modern model for the continued existence of football nationally but also the ultimate expansion of American 7s football internationally. The A7FL has now joined forces with the New Jersey Institute of Technology and i1Biometrics Vector technology to study TBI and CTE as it relates to the “concussion” crisis in American football. The objective of the A7FL TBI study is to generate empirical evidence that removing helmets and hard pads reduces concussions and drastically reduces CTE and TBI related injury. For more information, visit: www.A7FL.com

2016 Week 2 Report

Week 1 had all the makings of a great weekend but was overshadowed with controversy. Just a few days prior to kick off news broke that both the U and the Cardinals were being removed from the schedule and it nearly shook the entire league. The U are defending back-to-back champs and we heard from both sides of the coin. Those who wanted them to play, those who didn’t want them to play and everything in between.

Despite the issues leading up to the inaugural weekend of A7FL’s eleventh season the sun shined and the games were played. Despite heavy snow / rain / wind in the forecast we got a fairly decent day as the teams laced their cleats and went to war.

Kicking things off with BIC who are looking to get back to the Chip after their devastating loss to the U in 2014 and they started off their 2016 campaign against an Animals team that prior to the start of the game were adamant that this was a different team and that there was no chance of a victory for BIC. With plenty of rumors swirling that The U would take their talents across the city to their Silk City cohorts that turned out not to be the case in week 1 and it was shown with a 26 – 0 victory for BIC. Both teams came out flat footed on the offensive side of the ball. Tyree McQueen didn’t do much to silence the critics with a subpar performance as the teams signal caller missing several wide open receivers or just overthrowing his intended targets. Plenty of disorganization rocked several drives for BIC as well as false start penalties are becoming a thing in A7 after nearly a decade of them always being a reset and it cost them drives. Despite all of that BIC was able to get things going in the second half starting with a Punt Return for a TD by Obi who made three defenders look foolish, a TD Pass to Smoke late in the 2nd half and a fake reverse taken to the house by Courage to seal the fate.

For the Animals they did something I was not expecting them to do and that was to take the ball out of their best players hands. I have been highly critical of Skoob since he started last season but that was from a running back position. Looking at the tape you can see he has tons of speed and the ability to make people miss when he has the ball in his hands. The majority of the time his success came from behind center where the ball started and ended with him. In this one they moved him out wide for a good portion of the game and their QB just couldn’t get him the ball. Defensively the Animals made some pretty nice plays, making big hits and stopping drives before they could really get started. But in the end it was the BIC experience that was able to finish off what started off to be a very good game in the first half.

No one really talks about him but he was my MVP runner-up last season. If it weren’t for Alex Vargas doing what he did Corey Hammond would easily be the next man in line. The MVP stands for Most Valuable Player and although Keith Morrison proves to be a major catalyst for that team Corey is turning some heads getting his playmakers the ball. Playing against the Bullies in week 1 Hammond and company carved up a pretty inept defense scoring four times (although the last one shouldn’t have counted due to Illegal Touching). Hammond has some of the best pocket control in the league never has his eyes on the defensive line and slides with his protection like no one else. The Warriors will be sneaky specifically if they can continue to get the ball to their play makers Matt and Keith. They still have some issues with the running game as neither Ishola or #23 are all that fast but with the experience they both bring to the position the Warriors should be just fine. Across the line this team can be pretty scary for a good majority of teams. From Huskies players Alan Sparks & Teddy Slay are monsters on the defensive line and Saul I’ve talked about at nauseam and that doesn’t even refer to the other key veterans like Bobby Newman or Rich Agosto.

The Bullies looked pretty bad. Another Beef team that has decided to bring back a squad without a legit QB. Not sure if it was the QBs issue or if it was the line who failed to give them any time but this team went back and forth several times with different people trying to get things going. In the only moments where the QB did have time though they weren’t very accurate which makes me believe they were a combination of both. Despite their woes on the offensive side their defense led by hard hitting line backer White Mike #13 was the highlight of their squad. Mike was literally all over the field made arguably two of the biggest hits on the entire day and made sure on both Special Teams and Defense that the Warriors regret they went his way.

Despite the Chiefs vs. Savage being labeled as the game of the week it was the Rebels vs. Spanktown that took the spotlight in their thrilling 21 – 20 game. Spanktown came out on top but not without some stress as they allowed a late TD after a poor offensive drive with less than two minutes left in the game. We talked about him last week but Robert Brown showed out and was a nuisance on both the offensive side and the defensive side of the ball making plays when his team needed it the most. But for some reason there were plenty of times where Mr. Brown was no where to be found, which isn’t very good for a star player like him.

For the Rebels they surprised many. They had some unbelievable plays and the addition of Fweez at DE is a great look for when him and Steve Knight get on the same page. The two headed monster of Berto and Keelz needs to get sured up though as plenty of times we noticed that one of the other player could or should have been the guy instead of the other one. But their one, two punch of speed, agility and the ability to get the ball down field is going to be a problem for many teams. In fact, the Rebels are a RB and a WR away from being a pretty solid contender.

Interview with NJ Chiefs Week 1 2016

The Chiefs ended a remarkable 2015 season in the Beef Bowl but that didn’t stop them from creating an even more remarkable offseason with the addition of at least four known superstars and probably many more to go with their already star studded staff. I sat down with captain Andrew Pallotto Jr. to discuss the ending of Beef Bowl 10, their offseason and his thoughts on 2016:

Q: The Chiefs are a historic franchise that have made it  to the top in just a few seasons, which can’t be said for many teams. With that in mind, what was your teams mindset going into that championship game against the U last season?

A: THE U is definitely the best team we played all year. Of course you go into a championship game thinking your going to win but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. THE U has so much depth there 2nd and 3rd Stringers can be starters on any townbeef team. They just flat out came and smacked us in the mouth from jump. Martinez going down really early had us leaning on the pass game too much and of course the weather didn’t help. When facing the U you need to have a set game plan and follow through with it, they are back to back champions for a reason. I don’t see any reason why we shouldnt see them again in the same standards but we will see.

Q: There have only been a handful of teams to even make it to the Beef Bowl let alone win one. Knowing how close you were to doing so, what’s next for you and the Chiefs?

A:  I’m here to win games and get my first CHIP with my brothers. We have this sour taste in our mouth and it’s not a good one. All offseason long all you see on our private page is “our time” or “revenge”. What are you going to expect from the 2k16 Chiefs well, you are going to get this chip on shoulder, hate my own mother, nitty gritty, punch you in the mouth type of football. Everyone knows our style of play but expect it to be at higher level this season.

Q:  You’ve made some big additions this year that we know about and probably plenty more we don’t know about. What was the process to getting guys like ST, Isack, Levine and Terry to boost both your already potent defense and high powered offense?

A: By a very large margin St has been my favorite player in beef since I met the dude when he was a young and talented Bomber. I’m still puzzled how a guy with his talent is not in the league. But he always told me “Dru before I walk I’m going to Chief up” and this so happens to be the season. For Levine and Issac well who wouldn’t play With BIG MO? Have you seen what Mo has done? Being involved in rotation with LOC and Tori. Personally for me Isaac is unblockable and is destined to be the best that’s ever done it. Levine’s just a fucking animal, he’s a scary sight and it’s going to be fun watching all these guys just smack people around LOL. As far as Terry, look who’s going to get the ball to him, Vargas! Vargas’ ability alone just draws talent towards him. But Terry is a special kind of reciever and he’s going to put up big numbers plus he’s a scumbag so that fits our criteria well. We have a few more moves in store that we made but those we keep quiet for now, But our biggest Move this year is Mayweather “Primetime” you are going to see how talented this kid is this season.

Q: You’ve not only been an influential leader to your own ball club but to your community as well. Tell us what it is that makes you so connected to Union City?

A: When you grow up in Union City it’s a small town but a real tight town. A lot of us grow up without the perfect kind of life. I try to make a difference in my city because now that I’m a man looking back I see where I went wrong, I see my mistakes and I don’t want anyone to go thru that. Main reason why I coach is to play that fatherly role in a kids life that don’t have it so they know what it is like to be taught by someone. I didn’t have that when I was young, everything I learned, I did it on my own with my moms by my side. Best feeling in the world is to have a kid you coached grow up and say “coach you are the best coach I ever had”. That means the world to me. And now that I have 2 sons  I make sure I guide them correctly and be the father I never had. Union City is where my heart is at, fundraisers, charity anything for this town. Best part about it is even the CHIEFS are starting to give back in events. I give back to where I came from cuz that’s what’s the right thing to do when you are coming from the bottom.

NJ Savage Week 1 2016 Scouting Report

The camp in Savage town is always difficult to break as they are often very quiet about whats going on behind closed doors but following a loss as Boom Beach in the Fall Chip to BIC they went back to the drawing board as well. From what we know for sure is that they brought back a few pieces that had once donned the orange and white years ago including Bigga who is very dynamic offensive player at QB and HB and we know they still have several former Bomber players despite not knowing who is actually relocating themselves to South Beach. Of course lets not forget the pieces from Boom Beach that decided to restart the Cardinals. Due to issues with league management we could see the boys in red make their return to the Orange sooner than later. Olay, Quentin and Arce still control a very fast, very dominate defense while RF1  and QBell still lead a lethal offensive game plan. Despite the question marks outside of their organization Matt Brown and Waldy Mendez have always put together a competitive team on the field and this season shall be no different.

The Animals return to the field yet again with plenty of their own question marks. Led by a very smart Santisteban family the Animals have always been one of the more competitive teams in the league. Another team hailing out of the Silk City the Animals have never really been able to put it together like their brothers from The U. Although they have plenty of talent on the squad including Rookie of the Year Loopside the team just doesn’t have the big names that are needed to truly be a contender. With a lot of talk that several members of the U will be playing for the Animals this year due to issues with league management the Animals may have just acquired some of the pieces that can make them a cavalcade to the Chip.

Despite the Fall Chip, there aren’t many people out there that feel like BIC can actually turn their fall championship into one for the Spring. The team that is two years removed from the Beef Bowl was seconds away from returning again if not for a tipped pass, perfect placement, and one hell of a play by one of the leagues best receivers. All that aside it isn’t the play that people point to but the leadership on the field that has been criticized heavily by former players of the team and others as to the reason the team will never get it done. The team returns their entire offense intact including Tyree, Smoke, Troy, Chris Jones, Courage and added explosive weapons Jamie Melendez, CP3 and Debo from the Wolfpack to the squad. Defensively the team will bring to the table stud defensive end Kwack, Semi Pro LB / Safety Kenneth Tippet and others to a star studded defense led by Antlyve and Kenny. Regardless of the noise outside of the club, distractions will be pushed aside and their mission is to silence the critics.