Sure the temperatures are in the mid-90s and it’s the first week of the July. So what? Let’s play some football.
The Darien Blue Wave will play in the 11th annual Grip It & Rip 7-on-7 passing tournament at New Canaan High School this weekend, with games on Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7.
The field will include approximately 28 teams, with each guaranteed five games during pool play on Friday, and at least two more contests during the double elimination tournament on Saturday. Action starts at 1:30 p.m., Friday, and at 8 a.m., Saturday.
The field will feature nine FCIAC teams, including rivals New Canaan and Darien. Other FCIAC teams in play will be Greenwich, St. Joseph, Norwalk, Brien McMahon, Stamford, Trumbull and Ludlowe.
The tournament also employs New Canaan and Darien alumni to help run the games, adding to the local flavor.
The 7-on-7 format, which features only passing plays, is limited in its scope, but is helpful for the upcoming season as players work on timing, routes and, perhaps most importantly, team bonding.
The Blue Wave is coming off a successful weekend at another Grip It and Rip It tournament, as Darien won the Shoreline Championship at Daniel Hand High School in Madison. The championship game was a rematch of last year’s Class LL final, with Darien again defeating Greenwich.