Club team tournaments, showcase events, and college camps fill players’, parents’ and coaches’ calendars. Combine hectic schedules with the pressure to be recruited and things start to get crazy. What happened to the days of shooting around and pick-up in the backyard? 7v7 events are popping up throughout the country as a way to combat the pressure and allow players to just play.

This fast-paced format is great for all levels. It simplifies the game for youth players, provides space for creativity and full-speed execution for middle school and high school players, and allows adults to relive the “glory days” on a smaller field. Explore the top 6 reasons to play in a 7v7 event:

  1. Increase the Pace of Play

With shorter fields and quick clears, 7v7 lacrosse is faster. Under these parameters, players are forced to play faster. At top-speed, athletes learn to make decisions, execute skills, and flow with teammates at the next level.

  1. Get Back to Basics

Athletes are challenged to play all over the field, in roles and positions not typically assigned. To succeed in 7v7, fundamentals must be dialed in. Precision passing, catching, ground balls, and shooting are required.

  1. Make Mistakes

The greatest growth occurs when mistakes are encouraged. 7v7 events provide a competitive low-stakes platform for lacrosse players to move beyond the comfort zone, test personal boundaries, and increasing creativity.

  1. Connect and Flow with Teammates

7v7 strips the game down to its most basic level. Without fancy plays, players can simply flow and connect in an instinctual way with teammates. The best teams don’t have the best plays but the players that can flow best together.

  1. Reignite a Love for the Game

The pressure is real. The pressure from coaches, teammates, friends, and parents can be intense. At some point, each athlete fell in love with lacrosse. 7v7 takes the pressure off and allows players to remember their “why” and have fun.

Legacy Global Lacrosse supports helping players fall back in love with the game through the 7v7 format. The Cascade Maverik Heatwave Championships in Flagler Beach, FL is our signature 7v7 event. Learn more about the Heatwave Championships.