Summer football passing leagues.
Are they as valuable as most high school coaches say, or are they
given too much credit for a team’s success?
Coaches talk about how they are necessary not only to help their
quarterbacks and receivers get on the same page, but also to evaluate
Critics claim such evaluations are tainted because there are no pads
involved, and theoretically, no contact. Quarterbacks don’t have to find
receivers through a maze of bodies blocking in front of them, or against
the pressure of on-rushing linemen bent on wreaking havoc and
How, then, can it be real football?
Two things come to mind.
When his Muir Mustangs were winning back-to-back CIF championships in
1985-86, legendary coach Jim Brownfield was adamant about the positive
impact the passing leagues had on the success of his program.
“These titles were won during the summer,” Brownfield said after the
La Mirada football coach Dave Rush talks of how this year’s team came
together – mentally and emotionally as well as physically, after
struggling in its first game of the Claremont passing tournament this
We had struggled with a bad start,” Rush said, “and then the players
turned it around and found a way to beat three top teams (Hart, Canyon,
Centennial). We finished second in the tournament, and the players have
gone on from there.
“Those wins showed the charcter and spirit of our players and how
they came together.”
Summer passing leagues.
Worthwhile, or overrated?