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The state that berthed 7on7 football is set to revolutionize the game by taking a dramatic step towards making it safer.
Texas-based PrimeTime Sports signed an exclusive partnership with Gamebreaker Helmets and will mandate that all participants in its summer circuit events wear the softshell product beginning in 2016.
At its recently completed Tournament of Champions in College Station, Texas the PrimeTime Sports group outfitted multiple teams with the product and the response further confirmed their belief that this was the right step to take.
“It really drove the discussion of player safety throughout the weekend,” Chief Operating Officer Brandon Hollmann said. “Being the leader in that category is a big deal to us. We want players, coaches, and families to know that we have their best interests in mind with this decision.
“We are excited to see where this takes PrimeTime Sports, as well as how it can influence player safety, not just in Texas but across the United States.”
PrimeTime Sports operated 31 tournaments this season with nearly 6,000 players participating between fourth grade and the Varsity level. It projects to have 40 events next year and figures to improve on its 134 teams that qualified for the Tournament of Champions.
The level of play was not impacted between those wearing the product and those not. College Station (TX) 9th grade team (pictured right) was one of the teams that wore the Gamebreaker product all weekend and it went on to win its division – the second largest at the event.
Gamebreaker founder Mike Juels said that the awareness for concussions and other traumatic head injuries has resulted in a boom for the industry but that people need to be aware of what product they choose to purchase.
“There are a lot of claims made by a lot of companies out there today but the bottom line is that we have the qualitative, evidence-based certification,” he said. “If you go to a 7on7 here in California there are more teams wearing our softshell than aren’t and being able to move into Texas will further show others that this is the next step in the evolution of the game without changing how it is played.
“7on7 isn’t going away – if anything it is growing – and while many focus on the physicality of ‘real football’ the fact is that head injuries are a risk anytime you play. The need for the softshell is obvious and once it becomes more mainstream it will help combat the negative attention being placed on the sport.”
Gamebreaker is not only the leader in the softshell market but it has continued to widen the gap with recent product announcements, including an exclusive partnership with D3O.
The D3O pairing will put patented technology into the softshell.
Its formula is based on non-Newtonian principles that allows the molecules in the helmet to be free-flowing but upon impact they lock together to absorb a greater amount of energy and reduce the force transmitted between the blow and the head.
It is a step in ensuring that the head cannot be used as a weapon as well as in helping to lessen the impact of any blows received.
“The D3O partnership takes our softshell helmets to another level – a level no one else can offer,” Juels said. “Honestly it is a level of protection that many thought previously impossible.
“It illustrates our commitment to being best-in-class as well as clearly illustrates that safety is our top priority.”
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