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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 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 as well as the expansion of American 7s football. For more information, visit: www.A7FL.com.

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NFL’s no-lowering-your-head rule will be annoying (John Steigerwald)

Boy, is the NFL’s new no-lowering-your-head rule going to be annoying.

I try to watch as little NFL Exhibition football as possible but, in the first full week of games, I’ve already been exposed to dumb penalties called on what looked like routine contact.

Are you ready for the wording of the rule?

“It is a foul if a runner or tackler initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the top/crown of his helmet against an opponent when both players are clearly outside the tackle box. (An area extending from three yards beyond the line of scrimmage to the offensive team’s end line.). Incidental contact by the helmet of a runner or a tackler shall not be a foul. Note: The tackle box no longer exists once the ball leaves the tackle box.”

How would you like to be in charge of enforcing that rule?

Let’s break it down:

“Forcible contact?” What’s forcible? Would you like to have a game hanging in the balance based on your definition of forcible?

“Clearly outside the tackle box?” Clearly? Do you think a coach whose player is penalized could claim that his player was clearly not outside the tackle box when he lowered his head?

“Incidental contact” shall not be a foul? In the last minute of a game, would you like to be the official trying to decide — in real time — if two heads colliding was incidental? Picture a runner and a tackler colliding on a run outside the tackle box near the goal line. Is an official going to throw a flag if the runner lowers his head and scores what would be the winning touchdown? How about throwing a flag after a defender comes up and makes a game saving tackle that looks like a tackle you’ve seen a thousand times? Keep in mind that some of these calls could lead to an ejection. With any major rule change you can expect a major increase in the number of penalty flags flying, but the difference with this one is that virtually every one will be subject to interpretation. And there is no way that humans can be expected to interpret this rule uniformly.

It’s going to be similar to a pitcher learning an umpire’s strike zone and adapting to it. Players will have to learn what they can get away with depending on which officiating crew is assigned to their game.

Steelers fans are well aware of how stupid, unenforceable rules can ruin a game or a season. The Jesse James non-catch against the Patriots last season will live in infamy.

This new rule is well-intentioned but it’s not going to make watching an NFL game more fun. It might cut down on players’ concussions but it’s going to give the NFL a lot of headaches.

-Maybe the A7FL is the future of pro football. It’s a football league made up of 16 seven-man teams. No pads. No helmets. It’s former college players playing real football. They play in the Spring. The league is involved in a study now with the New Jersey Institute of Technology to study the league’s claims that playing without pads is actually safer than playing with them. Players have to wrap up when making a tackle. Tackling with your head down or throwing yourself at a runner will get you a 15-yard penalty. Runners are not allowed to lower their heads into a tackler. Sounds like the 2018 NFL, doesn’t it? It’s a lot easier to enforce in the A7FL because the players aren’t wearing weaponized equipment.

There have been way too many penalties in the NFL for a long time and the new rule is going to have a lot more flags flying. Maybe enough to make watching A7FL more fun.

 

By John Steigerwald For the Herald-Standard Aug 12, 2018, https://www.heraldstandard.com/sports/columnists/john_steigerwald/nfl-s-no-lowering-your-head-rule-will-be-annoying/article_4c745550-d2fb-5878-bd6c-ccec1568a5b0.html

A7FL 2018 MVP AWARD NOMINATIONS

The 2018 A7FL Awards nominations have been announced, as the league is fresh off of crowning new league champions in the Baltimore Gators. This year’s crop of nominees includes last year’s MVP Award winner; wide receiver “King” Matt Riddick II from the Pennsylvania Immortalz.

Riddick is joined by New Jersey U RB Marques “Hard Body” Dominguez, and league champion Baltimore Gators QB, John “Ace Boogie” Gause. Gause led the undefeated Baltimore Gators to victory against the undefeated Baltimore Vikings; The Vikings went 10-0 before the league championship game, led by Offensive Player of the Year nominee, QB Jamell Mason.

But, Mason will have some competition for the award, as he is joined by Immortalz QB Alsaiah Gross, who led the team to a 7-3 record. They’ll also be joined by New Jersey Savage QB, “CP3” Corey Price; who left the 5-3 New Jersey BIC for the 6-4 Savage. They’ll also be joined by New Jersey U QB Kareen “Silky Smooth” Moon.

Defensive Player of the Year Nominees…

The list is dominated by teams from the top five in the North East division; as representatives from the Pennsylvania Immortalz, Baltimore Gators, and New Jersey Savage have been named this year’s picks.

DE Tyler Affa led the Immortalz in a losing effort in the A7FL semi-finals against the Vikings.

He’s joined by Baltimore Gators DE Sherrod Davenport and New Jersey Savage DE Markeith “MDOT” Williamson.

Rookie of the Year Award

This year’s nominees wowed fans of the league, and it is no surprise that of the top three rookies in the league, one represents one of the top five teams. WR Kyle Ward represents the New Jersey Savage, and stunned fans and officials alike this season; he has some stiff competition for this year’s honors. RB Dion McDaniel of the Baltimore Army has been nominated; as well as WR KJ Williams of the Pennsylvania Dynasty, who is also nominated for the honor.

Voting Starts This Week

The A7FL is slated to open the polls for fans to vote this week, as they will hold voting over on Facebook. Fans can vote on the event page for the poll, which is estimated to go LIVE tomorrow. You can find info at the official A7FL Facebook page and can find out the results through their website, A7FL.com.

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A7FL RENEWS PARTNERSHIP WITH ATHLETE INTELLIGENCE FOR THIRD YEAR

KIRKLAND, Wash. – Athlete Intelligence, a leading sports wearable technology company, announced today that it is renewing its partnership agreement with the A7FL, the pioneering full contact, helmet-less, tackle football league. The agreement, now in its third year, reaffirms both organizations commitment to reducing the risk of head injuries and improving player safety.

As part of the new agreement, A7FL teams will wear the CUE Sports Sensor for its upcoming 2018 season. Lightweight and compatible with headbands, the CUE Sport Sensor measures the head’s linear and rotational accelerations from impacts experienced in practices and games. Coaches and trainers are able to leverage the data collected from the sensors to improve technique, manage impact exposure, and continue to focus on re-ducing the risk of injury.

“Concussion management is an area that football is trying to improve in an effort to elevate player safety,” re-marked Andrew Golden, Director of Marketing for Athlete Intelligence. “The CUE Sports Sensor and our Athlete Intelligence Platform are important tools for players, trainers, and coaches. We appreciate industry leaders like the A7FL adopting our technology.”

When paired with the Athlete Intelligence Platform, the CUE can identify potential safety issues whenever they occur on the field. The Athlete Intelligence Platform is being implemented to further bolster collective knowledge pertaining to concussions and prevention – especially among sports-related head injuries that often cause seri-ous, 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 one of the highest rate of concussion among teenage athletes, with about 11 concussions occurring per 10,000 athletic exposures.

“We’re continuously looking for the latest technology to better understand head impacts,” noted Sener Korkusuz, CEO of the A7FL. “We’re excited about continuing our relationship with Athlete Intelligence and we believe this technology will reinforce the A7FL as an innovative organization while also opening up a wider discussion on the future of helmeted and non-helmeted sports”

“If we can save one kid from a life-altering head-injury, one child from secondary impact system and potentially death, we’ve done our job,” said Golden.

About Athlete Intelligence: Headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, Athlete Intelligence is a data-driven analytics company that uses a range of wearable sensor solutions to provide highly accurate and reliable, real-time data. This information al-lows sideline personnel to create coachable moments while empowering athletes to compete and play at their best. For more information, visit: www.athleteintelligence.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. For more information, visit: www.A7FL.com

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A7FL & ELEVEN SPORTS ANNOUNCE 2018 SEASON PARTNERSHIP

Boca Raton, FL, April 8th, 2018 (A7FL.com) –  One of sports’ fastest growing and most exciting new leagues, the American 7s Football League (A7FL®), continues to build it’s television and digital distribution to fans across the United States and the world in high-definition on ELEVEN Sports Network® (DirecTV & FiOS). The A7FL 2018 Season, games of the week, two games each week are scheduled to be televised by ELEVEN Sports Network starting on April 9th at 7PM EST /6AM PST.

The A7FL® will holds it’s fourth season from venues in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Baltimore, Maryland, Washington DC, and Eastern Pennsylvania.  The A7FL represents the world’s largest semi-professional 7 on 7, no pads, tackle football league. Since its inception in 2014, the A7FL has drawn tremendous press and record online ratings and viral exposure from outlets such as Sports Illustrated®, Sporting News®, Bleacher Report®, and ESPN®, and social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Now ELEVEN Sports Network has acquired the exclusive United States and International broadcast rights to the A7FL 2018 Season. Through ELEVEN Sports Network distribution with DirecTV and FiOS, the A7FL 2018 Season will be accessible by over 70MM homes worldwide.

A7FL is quickly becoming a major sports and entertainment franchise on television and we are excited to build on this traction to bring the compelling stories of our athletes, the excitement of American 7s Football, and the entire 2018 season to American 7s Football® fans around the world. – 

SENER KORKUSUZ, CEO

Sener Korkusuz CEO of A7FL said: “A7FL is quickly becoming a major sports and entertainment franchise on television and we are excited to build on this traction to bring the compelling stories of our athletes, the excitement of American 7s Football, and a format for the expansion of American 7s Football® to the world”. “American 7s Football® is grateful to ELEVEN Sports for licensing our 2018 Season so many more fans from across the US and the world will have a chance to either attend live in person or watch this historic live televised A7FL event”, said Ryan DePaul, co-founder and President of the league. This agreement that awards ELEVEN Sports Network the exclusive rights to broadcast the A7FL 2018 Season, and follows the league’s latest announcement of the leagues deal with Facebook Watch and ESPN E60 filming A7FL documentary coverage.

“Today is another milestone day in A7FL history and marks the first full season of American 7s Football that will be broadcast to the world. We believe we have found the platform and partner in ELEVEN Sports Network who is pioneering exposure for new and exciting sports to fans globally. We look forward to bringing A7FL fans the great American 7s Football they love by inviting them to watch our 2018 Season LIVE on ELEVEN Sports Network,” said Sener Korkusuz, CEO, A7FL.

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 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 as well as the expansion of American 7s football internationally. For more information, visit: www.A7FL.com.

About ELEVEN Sports:   
ELEVEN SPORTS is available in 70 million homes worldwide in Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States. Launched in the US in March 2017, ELEVEN SPORTS is dedicated to delivering world-class domestic and international sports and lifestyle entertainment ‘For The Fans’. Sports fans will be treated to a unique mix of emerging and established sports combined to provide engaging and compelling LIVE entertainment, placing the viewer at the very heart of the action.

A7FL 2017 MVP

Matt Riddick II, Pennsylvania Immortalz

At wide receiver, the PA Immortalz have a lot of speed and elusiveness led by 2017 A7FL MVP winner Matt Riddick. Riddick has practically scored from everywhere on the field in 2017 and looks to build on his performance with the Immortalz in 2018.

A7FL Founders on Cheddar News

Is Football Without Pads Safer? Here’s Why The A7FL Thinks So

October 30, 2017

Did you ever think playing football without pads or helmets could be safer for the player? One football league is trying to prove just that. A7FL requires players to wear biometric tracking mouthguards, which can collect data to possibly show that playing without helmets significantly reduces the repeated head impacts which are considered to be the primary contributing factor to developing CTE.Sener Korkusuz, CEO of A7FL, Ryan DePaul, President of A7FL and Mahmoud Ramadan, player for the A7FL join Cheddar to explain where this idea came from. The whole human behavior changes when you take the armor off of the athletes. They are focused on being more cautious and make proper tackles. DePaul says you can play the entire game without a helmet and never hit your head.

But make no mistake. You can still get hurt during the game. It’s not guaranteed you’ll walk away unscathed.

They discuss charging for tickets and its hope to eventually be broadcast on cable. A7FL has had over 13 million views on some of its football videos. The league wants to pioneer the future of sports on digital platforms.

A7FL 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP NJ CHIEFS VS PA IMMORTALZ

UNION CITY NEW JERSEY CHIEFS TAKE ON THE PENNSYLVANIA IMMORTALZ IN THE HISTORIC A7FL TELEVISION DEBUT LIVE ON ELEVEN SPORTS NETWORK

NEW YORK, July 5, 2017 — Today, the American 7s Football League (A7FL®), one of sports’ fastest growing and most exciting new leagues, announced the two teams that will play for the 2017 A7FL Championship.

The A7FL® will hold its third annual Championship in metro New York City, Sunday July 9th at 2PM EST at Palisades Credit Union Park.  Tickets are on sale now at the park box office and are exclusively made available online at Tickets.com.  The A7FL 2017 Championship on ELEVEN Sports Network will air LIVE Sunday July 9th at 2PM EST /11AM PST.  Through ELEVEN Sports Network distribution with DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, AT&T uVerse, and network partners, the A7FL 2017 Championship will be accessible by over 70MM homes worldwide.

The undefeated Union City New Jersey Chiefs (9-0) are heading towards their third consecutive A7FL Championship.  The NJ Chiefs are lead by team owner and offensive linemen Andrew Pallotto Jr.  The NJ Chiefs are known for their aggressive style of play from whistle to whistle that will keep fans on their toes this Championship game.

At quarterback for the NJ Chiefs, Alex Vargas, and 2015 A7FL MVP, will have a plethora of weapons at his disposal to choose from.   The Chiefs feature a two headed run game with Willy Mayweather carrying the bulk of the load and, 9 year veteran, big man Antonio “T-Bone” Nieto pounding out short yard situations.   Vargas’ receiving targets including electrifying former track star Earnest “Eazy” Wingate, possession receiver Terry Roland, stand out tight end James “Big White” DeMild.  Look for stand out athletes Debray Tavarez at the receiver position and Shaune Thomas at quarterback.

On defense, the NJ Chiefs is one of the most feared in the A7FL.  The Chiefs substantiate their New Jersey style bravado with a daunting mix of blitzes.  Calling the shots on defense is 330 pound nose tackle “Big Mo” Ramadan.  Providing pressure on defense will be Andrew Levine, Isaac Negron, and Darryl Stephenson, and maniac “LOC”.  The NJ Chiefs secondary is lead by Debray Tavarez and Delon Stephenson.

The NJ Chiefs come into this A7FL Championship in relatively healthy shape.  Quarterback Vargas was hobbled somewhat last week in their victory over the Pennsylvania Dynasty (40-20).  If Vargas is not able to play, then Shaune Thomas with his cannon arm strength and quick elusiveness can create the same level of havoc for the PA Immortalz defense.

The Pennsylvania Immortalz established in 2014 by team owner and quarterback Alsaiah “Woog” Gross, make their long awaited first appearance in an A7FL Championship match.  The PA Immortalz head into the A7FL 2017 Championship rolling off two huge wins over defending A7FL 2016 Champion NJ B.I.C  (40-27) and 2014-2015 back to back 2014/2015 A7FL Champion the Paterson New Jersey U (51-15).

At the quarterback position, the PA Immortalz have Sean “SP” Primer and Alsaiah “Woog” Gross.  Primer is known for his elusiveness and chain moving while Gross is known for his legs and big arm.  At the running back position, the PA Immortalz have the human highlight reel himself, Charles Irvin.  Irvin just about averages a TD every other touch and can be a danger from anywhere on the field.  At wide receiver, the PA Immortalz have a lot of speed and elusiveness led by 2017 A7FL MVP hopeful Matt “KING” Riddick.  Riddick has practically scored from everywhere on the field.  Justin “Z” Zeiner has been a mainstay of the PA Immortalz offense since the teams’ inception along with Shakur Lester, Tyran Wilson, and Bunk Thorne who round out the Immortalz receiving core.

The offensive line is lead by veteran Chris “Chill” Hill.  Hill, a former  collegiate basketball player, has been a dominant force up front for the Immortalz.  Justen “Juice” Anthony has been a beast all season.  Adonis “AD” Cannon is arguably one of the best offensive linemen in the A7FL. Terrell Mitchell, Tony Diaz, and Gerald Bell round out the offensive line rotation.

On defense, the PA Immortalz are lead by the defensive line including Paul “Ski” Wilson who has been a sack leader since entering the league in 2014.  Gerald “Black Rhino” Bell has been an unblockable disruptive force for the Immortalz during the last two games of the regular season.  Bell has 6 sacks and a couple of forced fumbles in the Playoffs already.  Tony Terry plays the other side of Paul Wilson and has made a lot of huge plays himself this season. Terrell Mitchell, Chris Hill,  Lucas Lucier , Charles irvin, and Justen Anthony round out the other standout defensive line for the PA Immortalz.

At the linebacker/safety position the Immortalz have a good all around athlete in Leo Mendez.  Mendez has 8 interceptions this season and has been a solid standout defender making a name for himself. Prince Swagg has also been a very good defender for the Immortalz in the box.   In the secondary, the Immortalz are lead by Matt “KING” Riddick whose speed and ball hawking mentality have been unmatchable this season. Shakur Lester, Tyran Wilson, and Emery Pacquiao, each standout defensive backs, with Wilson and Pacquiao both coming up with huge interceptions last week in the Immortalz 51-15 win over the Paterson NJ U.

On the injured list, the 2014 and 2015 Pennsylvania defensive MVP and overall 2015 Pennsylvania MVP, Nic Davis.  Davis has been out since the 2nd game of the season and is questionable for the Championship.

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 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 as well as the expansion of American 7s football internationally. For more information, visit: www.A7FL.com.

About Palisades Credit Union Park:
Palisades Credit Union Park opened in 2011 and was immediately dubbed America’s Best New Ballpark.  The ballpark is the home of the Rockland Boulders of the CanAm League and features 6,000 seats along with 16 suites and 11 loge boxes.  During the 2017 Boulders Baseball season, they will welcome their one millionth fan.  The A7FL 2017 Championship will be the first football game in the facility, but the park has hosted numerous other high profile teams such as the Cuban National Baseball Team and major events such as concerts by The Beach Boys, Lee Brice, Rodney Atkins, Colbie Caillet, Gavin DeGraw and Darius Rucker among others.

About ELEVEN Sports:
ELEVEN SPORTS is available in 70 million homes worldwide in Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States. Launched in the US in March 2017, ELEVEN SPORTS is dedicated to delivering world-class domestic and international sports and lifestyle entertainment ‘For The Fans’. Sports fans will be treated to a unique mix of emerging and established sports combined to provide engaging and compelling LIVE entertainment, placing the viewer at the very heart of the action.

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