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Upcoming Best of the Nation Youth Flag Football Tournament in Dallas Will Feature Best of the East Versus Best of the West

By Hard Count Athletics, 06/30/18, 4:30PM PDT


Hard Count Athletics (HCA) will feature its first national youth flag football tournament in Dallas in mid-July.  The tournament follows a successful and highly competitive regional Best of the East tournament in Miami on June 16th and successful Best of the West tournaments in San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles in June, April and February, respectively.  Even more impressive was that the Best of the East tournament in Miami was HCA’s first foray into the eastern United States.  It drew both a large number of teams as well as a large number of spectators to the official training facility of the Miami Dolphins on June 16th. 

The Best of the Nation tournament weekend is expected to be an even bigger event and will be HCA’s biggest event yet -- a truly nationwide youth sports tournament that will pit teams from Florida and other states from across the eastern United States against teams from California, Nevada, Arizona and other states across the western United States.  When all is said and done, the last two teams standing in each age-group will face off for the title of Best in the Nation in a 12,000-seat stadium at the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys on July 14th. 

The Inaugural Best in the Nation Tournament: July 13th and 14th in Dallas, Texas 

The winners of each of the regional tournaments in San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami and San Diego earned automatic berths into the Dallas tournament.  The format for the Best of the Nation tournament will allow for pool play much like the format of the World Cup soccer tournament currently going on in Russia.  Teams will be divided into pools of eight. The first day of the tournament will feature pool play in which each qualifying team will play three other teams within their pool. The top team from each pool will then advance to the elimination round to be held on the tournament’s second day. 

The finals for each age-group in the Dallas tournament will be played in a stadium that seats 12,000 fans, just steps away from where the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys train and play their home games on the grounds of a 91-acre facility that cost over $1 billion in total to build.  That stadium, the Ford Center at the Star, is the home stadium for the Dallas Rattlers of the professional Major League Lacrosse and also serves as the main practice field for the Dallas Cowboys.  Playing on such hallowed ground will be awe-inspiring and a dream come true for whichever of our teams of young athletes show the grit and teamwork necessary to survive not only a tough three games of pool play, but also to advance all the way to the final of the Best in the Nation tournament. 

Best in the Nation: Just the Beginning of More Successful Events To Come for HCA

Having now successfully hosted its first successful youth sports tournament in the eastern half of the country in Miami on June 16th and with its first national championship caliber event in Dallas, HCA is poised to become a premier youth sports organization, hosting youth flag football tournaments and other youth athletic contests across the country for years to come.  For an organization that has only been in existence for a few short years, this type of success is humbling but proves what the founders and those associated with HCA have always believed: it is all about the young athletes.  It is the young athletes that make this work and are the reason we work hard to put on high-quality events like the Best of the East, Best of the West and Best in the Nation tournaments.

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 Best in the Nation, 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 in the Nation tournament in Dallas in July.  If your child is interested in competing against other young athletes to be his or her very best, all the while developing skills in a fun, engaging format that emphasizes character development just as much as skill work, contact Hard Count Athletics today at