Let the flings begin: New Canaan’s ‘Grip it & Rip It’ 7-on-7 passing tournament this weekend

Action from the fifth  annual Connecticut Grip It and Rip It Passing Camp at New Canaan High School on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

Action from the fifth annual Connecticut Grip It and Rip It Passing Camp at New Canaan High School on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

It’s mid-July and football season is getting closer. You can just feel it. On Saturday, we’ll be 60 days, a short, two months away from Game 1.

But it just feels like it’s on already, right? It used to be once we put away the all-star teams in December, we didn’t start figuring out what’s what for football until mid-August.

Now it’s an every day thing. From Jack Cochran’s hiring at Harding (and the many other coaching positions changing hands), to players picking colleges, like Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome committing to UConn, to the endless reports from camps and nightly passing leagues, it just feels like it never ends.

Now we’ve reached the stage of the offseason where hordes of teams head over to New Canaan’s Dunning Field for the 7-on-7 Grip it & Rip It camp, a growing, annual phenomenon chronicled yearly by Dave Ruden.

Thirty-six teams from both Connecticut and New York will be in attendance beginning with qualifying today and the tournament Saturday. The winner heads to the National Select 7on7 national championship in Alabama.

Check Dave’s story on New Canaan’s labor of love. He’ll be covering the whole thing Saturday.

Friday’s qualifiers start at 2:30 today. Saturday’s tournament begins at 9 a.m. and goes all day.

Here are the essentials, links will take you to the official site via New Canaan Football.

Northeast Grip It & Rip It 7on7 Qualifying Tournament

ABOUT: Grip It & Rip It brings high school football teams from Connecticut and New York together for two days of 7-on-7 passing. The 36 teams participating include several state, conference, and division champions.

DID YOU KNOW?: Hosted by the New Canaan football team, Grip It & Rip It begins its sixth year with a new double-elimination format. Teams will participate in pool play Friday, determining seeding for Saturday’s double elimination tournament. The winner qualifies for the National Select 7on7 Championships in Hoover, AL.


FCIAC: McMahon, Danbury, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, St. Joseph, Stamford, Trinity Catholic, Trumbull, Harding
SCC: Derby, Fairfield Prep
SWC: Brookfield, Immaculate, Newtown, New Fairfield, New Milford, Weston
Prep: Canterbury


  • 2012 — Iona Prep-NY (champion), Southington (runner-up)
  • 2011 — Masuk (champion), Cheshire (runner-up)
  • 2010 — Trumbull (champion), New Canaan (runner-up)
  • 2009 — Trumbull (champion), New Canaan (runner-up)
  • 2008 — New Canaan (champion), Trumbull (runner-up)

Also: The tournament has its own Twitter account: @CtGripItRipIt
You can also follow the National Select 7on7 account here: @select7on7


The games will be streamed this year by PlayOn! Sports (MSG Varsity did it last year). A subscription is required, $9.95 for a day and $14.95 for the whole tournament.

If you have disposable income  — and, by that, we mean you love literally burning money for fun — go ahead and knock yourself out:

Here’s the schedule via National Select 7on7:

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Sean Patrick Bowley