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Inaugural Weekend of Best of the West Tournament in Los Angeles Proves a Smashing Success

By Hard Count Athletics, 03/05/18, 10:30AM PST


The inaugural weekend of the Best in the Nation Tournament Series presented by Hard Count Athletics kicked off with the 5v5 and 7v7 football tournament in Los Angeles on February 17th and 18th at Fountain Valley High School.  The tournament was a huge success and will allow the winning teams in each division to travel to Dallas in July for a chance to meet the winners from the other tournament sites to compete for a chance to prove they are the Best in the Nation.   

More about the Best in the Nation Tournament

The Best in the Nation tournament series organized by Hard Count Athletics is in its inaugural year (previously the organizers only had the Best of the West series) and currently features stops in Las Vegas on April 28th and 29th and Orlando on May 5th and 6th, with the final stop in San Diego on June 16th and 17th.  The winners of each tournament site will advance to the Best of the Nation tournament at The Ford Center at the Star Stadium in Dallas, Texas on July 14 and 15, 2018, where the Best of the East will meet the Best of the West.  Star Stadium is a 90+ acre facility that hosts the headquarters, training facilities and the home stadium for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.  The Ford Center is a state-of-the-art indoor stadium that seats 12,000 spectators.

The Best of the West Tournament in Los Angeles    

The recent Best of the West tournament in Los Angeles featured a 5 on 5 format for the 6 and under, 8 and under, 10 and under, 12 and under, and 14 and under age groups and a 7 on 7 format for the middle school and high school age divisions. The winners in the 6u division were team All Out from Bakersfield, California, while the High Intensity Packers from San Jose won the 8u division.  Los Diablos and the Hard Count Dolphins, both teams from Phoenix, AZ, won the 10u and 12u divisions, respectively, while the West Valley Cowboys from nearby Inland Empire won the 14u competition.  In the 7 on 7 format,  the OC Buckeyes from Orange County advanced to Dallas by winning the middle school division, while the championship for the high school age division ended in a tie after a thrilling game that went to five overtimes and resulted in both the Proway Hot Boy and CV Boy teams advancing to Dallas as a result of their outstanding play.  

More About Hard Count Athletics 

Tournaments organized by Hard Count Athletics permit youth sports teams to hone their skills as a team against some of the finest competition from around the country in a format that encourages safety, player participation and skills development.  Competing and winning, in tournaments like the recent Best of the West tournament in Los Angeles, help contribute to the success enjoyed by these teams in both their regular leagues as well as regional and national tournaments and will prepare them to compete against all the finalists in Dallas in July.

Hard Count Athletics provide youth participants with the opportunities to inspire and challenge themselves through Progression-based Training Clinics currently offered in the San Diego area; NFL Player camps, offered across the country, to help youth athletes develop their skills with some of the best players in the world; and the Best in the Nation Tournament Series to give them the opportunity to compete, have fun and learn important life skills that will help advance their playing careers. 

Hard Count Athletics puts on tournaments that allow our youth to compete against other players their own ages from around the region.  Teams that participate in our camps and tournaments often go on to enjoy great success in both regional and national competitions.  Our camps and tournaments also give players the chance to meet current and former NFL players to inspire them to compete at their best and see what is possible with hard work and determination. 

If your child is interested in meeting NFL players and competing against other young athletes for the title of Best of the Nation, all the while developing his or her skills in a fun, engaging format that emphasizes character development just as much as skillwork, contact Hard Count Athletics today at

  • 8u Champions High Intensity Cali Packers
  • 12u Champions Hard Count Dolphins
  • 6u Champions All Out
  • 7v7 High School Co-Champions Proway Hot Boys and CV Boys
  • 10u Champions Los Diablos
  • 7v7 Middle School Champions OC Buckeyes