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Inaugural Best of the East Miami and Best of the West San Diego Are Tremendous Successes, Completing the Field for the Best of the East Vs. Best of the West

By Hard Count Athletics, 06/22/18, 9:45AM PDT

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The two final installments of the inaugural Best of the Nation youth flag football tournament series sponsored by Hard Count Athletics (HCA) were held on June 16th and 17th in Miami and San Diego, respectively.  These tournaments marked both the first major tournament sponsored by HCA in the eastern half of the country and another successful youth flag football tournament for HCA in southern California, where it runs the largest year-round youth flag football league in California.  The winners from each site are now headed to the Best of the Nation championship in Dallas in July.  The winning teams truly earned the chance to compete for the chance to be named Best in the Nation through a combination of hard work, teamwork and pulling together as a team to be their best.  

Best of the East Miami 2018


After years of sponsoring successful youth sports tournaments in the western United States since its founding in 2014, the Miami tournament marked HCA’s first major youth sporting event on the East Coast.  All participants and coaches agreed that the youth flag football tournament event was a rousing success.  Best of the East featured some of the best youth flag football teams in Florida and throughout the eastern United States.  In the end, the following teams were able to succeed through a grueling round of playoffs en route to winning a spot in Dallas in the inaugural Best of the East meets Best of the West in July at the home of the Dallas Cowboys:

  • 6 and under age group: Miami Flag Travel
  • 8 and under age group: Miami Flag Travel
  • 10 and under age group:  Red Zone All Stars
  • 12 and under age group: Red Zone All Stars
  • 14 and under age group: Red Zone All Stars

 

Best of the West San Diego 2018


The same weekend as the Best of the East tournament in Miami, Hard Count Athletics also sponsored a Best of the West tournament in San Diego.  HCA has a long history of youth flag football success in Southern California, having sponsored NFL Flag San Diego, which has become the largest year-round youth flag football league in California in its few short years in existence.  The competition at the Best of the West tournament site in San Diego was just as fierce as in the Best of the East tournament in Miami.  The following teams ended up victorious in their respective age groups and earned the chance to compete for the opportunity to be crowned the Best in the Nation in Dallas in mid-July:

  • 6 and under age group: Mil Vill
  • 8 and under age group: Playmakers Elite Broncos
  • 10 and under age group: Chandler Raiders
  • 12 and under age group: Hard Count Cardinals
  • 14 and under age group: West Valley Cowboys

 

Best of the West Meets Best of the East in Dallas in July


The winners from 2018 Best of the West youth flag football tournament sites previously held in Los Angeles and Las Vegas on February 17th and 18th and April 28th and 29th, respectively, will now go head to head with the winners of the Miami and San Diego tournaments in the inaugural Best of the East meets Best of the West in Dallas in July.  The winners of each tournament site will compete against each other in the National Championship at the home of the Dallas Cowboys on July 14th to determine who truly is the best youth flag football team in the nation in each age-group division.

The tournament will divide the teams into pools of eight teams and will feature games against three other teams within each pool.  Once pool play is complete, the victorious teams from each pool will square off in a single elimination format until the team that is truly the Best in the Nation emerges victorious. The finals in each age-group will be played in the 12,000-seat Ford Center at The Star Stadium to determine the Best in the Nation in each of our age groups.  This will help settle the question of whether the Best of the East or the Best of the West is the Best in the Nation in each age-group division.

More About Hard Count Athletics


Tournaments organized by Hard Count Athletics permit youth sports teams to hone their skills 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 East in Miami or the Best of the West in San Diego tournaments help contribute to the success enjoyed by youth flag football teams in both their regular weekly leagues as well as regional and national tournaments like the Best of the East meets Best of the West tournament in Dallas in July.  If your child is interested in competing against other young athletes to be their very best, all the while developing his or her skills in a fun, engaging format that emphasizes character development just as much as skill work, contact Hard Count Athletics today at info@hardcountathletics.com.

Miami Winners

  • 6u Miami Flag Travel
  • 8u Miami Flag Travel
  • 10u Red Zone All Stars
  • 12u Red Zone All Stars
  • 14u Red Zone All Stars

San Diego Winners

  • 6u Mill Vill Trojans
  • 8u Playmakers Elite Broncos
  • 10u Chandler Raiders
  • 12u Hard Count Cardinals
  • 14u West Valley Cowboys