January 26th - 27th: Kapolei Regional Park
February 16th - 17th: Great Park, Irvine, CA
April 27th - 28th: Charlie Frias Park
May 18th : New Orleans Saints Training Facility
June 1st - 2nd
Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center
Morgan Hill, CA
Chula Vista, CA
June 1st - 2nd, 2019
Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center
16500 Condit Rd., Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Gamebreaker Helmets are required and must be rented or purchased through Hard Count Athletics (unless the players already own them) to ensure consistent safety standards. At registration, the coach must show proof of Gamebreaker Helmets for each of the players; otherwise helmets must be either rented or purchased onsite.
On the field of play, they must have the helmet ON and STRAPPED UP!! There are no exceptions. Any player not wearing a helmet or one that is not strapped will have a 15-yard penalty and loss of down.
THIS TOURNAMENT IS OPEN INVITE!! ANYONE CAN ENTER A TEAM. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO QUALIFY FOR THIS TOURNAMENT.
When: June 1st - June 2nd, 2019
Where: Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center, 16500 Condit Rd., Morgan Hill,CA 95037
Style: NFL Flag 5 on 5 Tournament Rules with some minor modifications
Format: 4 game guarantee. This is a two-day tournament where all teams will be playing both days. Teams will compete in a 3 game round robin (Saturday) followed up with a single elimination playoff bracket (Sunday). Round robin play will determine bracket seeding.
Divisions: Open to teams and leagues that want to compete
5v5: 6u, 8u, 10u, 12u, and 14u
Age as August 1, 2018: Birth Certificates are required for age verification.
Entry Fees: $450 until registration closes
Awards: Division champions will receive team awards and paid bid into the National Championship in San Diego, on June 16th, 2019.
Rosters/Waivers: All Rosters, Parental Waivers, uploaded photos of each player and uploaded birth certificates must be completed through the Zorts System by Wednesday, May 29th, at 8pm. No exceptions.
Deadline: To register for this event is Friday, May 24th at midnight Pacific time, or when full.
Scheduling: When entering the tournament, please be prepared to play the entire day on Saturday and Sunday. No scheduling requests, please.
For more information regarding the tournament, please contact Greg Williams at email@example.com
VIRGINIA TECH HELMET LABORATORY TESTING
“There’s a risk of injury in any sport, but protective equipment can reduce that risk significantly,” said Steve Rowson, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics and the Virginia Tech Helmet lab’s director. “Our job is to get independent, evidence-based information out there to players, coaches, and parents, so that they can choose the equipment that’s most effective…”
The most common head injuries in 7-on-7 football are when two opposing player's heads collide when both are going for the ball or when players are attempting to break up a pass or make a tag.Gamebreaker headgear is designed to reduce the impact force from contact that may be generated by contact such as head to head, -knee, or -shoulder.
Virginia Tech Helmet Lab created a custom impactor used to test headgear under head-to-head conditions which are known to be associated with the highest risk of concussions in soccer.* The test consisted of two NOCSAE head and neck configurations representing the average male. Headgear was positioned on the heads and impacts were made to the side and back of the head at three different velocities. Each test was performed twice on each sample headgear. The same test was conducted on bare heads (without headgear) to be used as the control scenario. Results of the headgear were compared to the results of the bare head impacts which determined the final STAR rating.
Hard Count Athletics is one of the first organizations in the United States to mandate a soft shell helmet for its athletes’ protection. Helmets must meet the following requirements/standard. As of publishing this standard, only Gamebreaker/Adidas softshell helmets meet the following guidelines.
Gamebreaker Helmet Standards
1. 4-star and 5-star rating from Virginia Tech Lab
2. 95% head coverage (Not including face)
3. NO metal or hard-plastic component parts (Strap buttons, etc.)
4. NO sharp or hard edges, and/or anything that could cause harm to the player wearing headgear or any other player.
5. A non-metallic fully functioning retention system (Chin Strap).
6. Provides $2,000,000 product liability insurance coverage with Hard Count Athletics as named additionally insured
* Virginia Tech Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics laboratory performs testing for tackle football helmets which the NFL, NCAA and NFHS use based on NOCSAE standard requirements. To date ,NOCSAE has not established a standard for 7on7 Football, Soccer or any other field sport utilizing a soft shell helmet. Currently, NOCSAE is performing the largest field study to date with over 2,000 athletes taking part.
Hard Count Athletics was founded in January 2014 by the founding fathers of NFL Flag San Diego, with the spirit of inspiring and challenging our youth. Our mission is to educate, encourage and strengthen them into premier athletes and exceptional people. We offer football skills camps that go beyond basic field drills, focusing on finite details of the game and its unique positions. Our VIP Experiences within the camps give unparalleled access to elite athletes and show kids firsthand that if you work hard, anything is possible.
We are the only organization to offer campers the opportunity to learn from true pros including Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), Tyrann Mathieu (Arizona Cardinals), Patrick Peterson (Arizona Cardinals), Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers), Josh Norman (Washington Redskins), Phillip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers), Eric Weddel (Baltimore Ravens) and more.
In addition to the 10 skills camps we operate in 6 cities with 5,000 campers annually, we also organize training programs and professionally run 5-on-5 and 7-on-7 flag football tournaments in various regions throughout the United States to include a National Championship tournament to be held this year on July 14, 2018 at Ford Center at The Star.