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HCA 2019 Youth Flag Football Tournament Series Expands into New Territory, Achieves Greater Success

By Hard Count Athletics, 07/16/19, 8:30AM PDT


2019 was the biggest and most successful year yet for the Hard Count Athletics (HCA) nationwide youth flag football tournament series.  Our 2018 Best in the Nation tournament series always was going to be hard to match, with the finals in the 12,000-seat Star Stadium arena at the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys training facilities in Frisco, Texas.  However, we were somehow able to top that this year.  Not only did we offer more tournaments—six--in our 2019 nationwide series, but we also continued to expand from our West Coast roots to a new location, Hawaii, which actually produced the most national champions of any single state at the HCA national youth flag football championships in San Diego in June. 

2019: More Tournaments Than Any Previous Year

At HCA, it always has been our goal to reach as many young athletes as we possibly can, and one way we succeed in achieving this goal is by offering more tournaments.  At six stops, the 2019 tournament series featured more tournaments than any of our previous tournament series.  The series began with Hawaii in January and then continued with Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and the San Francisco/Bay Area, before culminating in a final qualifying tournament in San Diego.  The day after the final qualifier in San Diego, our national championship tournament took place at Southwestern College, just outside San Diego. 

Increasing Our Tournaments’ Geographic Reach in 2019

We also continue with each passing year to extend into new parts of the country for our youth flag football tournaments.  Our tournament schedule in 2019 featured stops in a new geographic locale (Hawaii) that we had never featured in our tournament lineups before.  Our first stop in Hawaii in particular was a tremendous success, as can be seen from the number of teams from Hawaii that ended up winning their respective age groups at our national championships.  The 6U, 7U, 8U and 9U age group champions were all from the Aloha State, while the winners of our 7v7 tournament also hailed from Hawaii.  Hawaii actually had the most winners of individual age groups of any individual state at the championships.  We also had teams from Texas, Arizona, Nevada and California succeed in winning age groups at the 2019 championships.  To have successful teams from so many different geographical locations is a testament to our ability to bring youth flag football to an increasing number of youth players with every passing year. 

More about HCA

We already are hard at work on planning the HCA tournament schedule for next year.  In 2020, we are going to keep the same goal in mind of trying to reach as many youth flag football players as possible through offering as many tournaments as we can in as many different locations as possible.  Participating in youth flag football tournaments like the 2019 nationwide youth flag football tournament circuit organized by Hard Count Athletics permits youth sports teams to hone their skills against the best competition from around the country in a format that encourages safety, player participation and skills development. Competing in our flag football tournaments helps contribute to the success enjoyed by youth flag football teams in both their regular weekly leagues as well as regional and national tournaments like those offered by HCA.  In addition to regional and national youth flag football tournaments, HCA also offers youth flag football skills camps annually across the United States in a wide variety of geographical locations.  Our skills camps give youth players the ability to meet and learn from some of the NFL’s biggest stars what type of commitment and preparation it took for each of them to reach the sport’s very highest level.  If your child is interested in competing against other young athletes to be his or her very best or in developing his or her skills through either a tournament against national caliber competition or in a skills camp environment with a professional football player, contact Hard Count Athletics today at