Ashley Ridge hosted an eight-team 7 on 7 passing competition Wednesday.
This is the second year the Swamp Foxes have hosted the event, which allows teams to test their skill position players in a live but non-contact setting.
“We do a lot of 7 on 7 activities in June and we wanted to do something early in July before we pretty much shut that down,” Ashley Ridge coach Kenny Walker said. “We wanted to do something locally and we wanted it to be something we could build on. It’s going pretty well so hopefully we will keep it going.”
Ashley Ridge, Fort Dorchester and Summerville all brought two teams to the competition while James Island and Colleton County brought one team each.
Players wear a helmet but no pads and coaches are allowed on the field during the passing scrimmages so they can give pointers to athletes in a timely fashion.
The event helps skill position players learn their assignments and how to better work together.
“It helps your team to come together a little bit,” Walker said. “Offensively this helps us learn how to run better routes and how to catch the ball in traffic. During the season we are going to need our quarterback to be able to read defenses and this helps him learn how to pick up on things.”
The camp can be just as beneficial for defensive backs and linebackers.
“Defensively we work on coverages for various formations as well as ways to show different coverages for the same formation,” Walker said. “We work on learning how to change on the fly. When we are in a game we can’t be out there to tell them what to do so that is something they have to learn.”