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Hard Count Athletics Announces 2019 Youth Flag Football National Championships and Qualifying Tournaments

By Hard Count Athletics, 11/08/18, 8:30AM PST


Hard Count Athletics (HCA), one of the nation’s leading youth sports organizations, recently announced its 2019 schedule for the youth flag football qualifying tournaments leading up to its five-on-five national championship tournament, which will be held in June 2019 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, a beautiful state-of-the-art facility in Chula Vista, California, just outside San Diego.  The 2019 tournament season will begin in Hawaii on the weekend of January 26th and 27th and is the first of six qualifying tournaments.  HCA’s tournaments allow our youth flag football players and participants to compete against the best youth flag football talent from across the region and the country, all in a quest to be crowned the national champions.

However, in addition to the on-the-field success that participation in these tournaments helps promote, individual players and their teams gain the ability to build a strong bond off the field that will bring coaches, teammates, and their families together through a shared experience.  The experience of traveling together and spending time together during an entire weekend allows both players (as well as parents and coaches) to build bonds and a camaraderie that is not normally present when players only see each other and their coaches for practices once or twice per week and then for games on the weekend.  Therefore, participation in the HCA tournaments creates a team synergy, in addition to allowing them to hone their skills as individuals and as a team against the finest competition around.

The 2019 National Qualifying Tournament Series: A Truly Nationwide Competition Leading Up to San Diego 2019

Each of the six stops around the country in the 2019 national championship qualifying tournament series will feature a five-on-five format in five age groups: 6u, 8u, 10u, 12u and 14u.  Player ages for 5v5 tournament eligibility purposes are determined as of August 1, 2018.  Two of the tournaments--Los Angeles and Las Vegas--will also include 7v7 format; more details will be available about 7v7 on our website as we launch those registrations.  Registration for the Hawaii tournament being played at Kapolei Regional Park in Kapolei, Hawaii is already available and will close on January 20, 2019. 

Each qualifying site has a similar format with a four-game guarantee in which teams will be playing in a three-game round robin format on the Saturday, followed by a single elimination playoff bracket the following day on Sunday.  Winners in each age group will receive a paid-for entry to the national championships in San Diego in June 2019.

The initial tournament in Hawaii will be followed by tournament sites in Los Angeles on February 16th and 17th at Great Park in Irvine, California; Miami on March 17th at the Miami Dolphins training facility; New Orleans on March 23rd at the New Orleans Saints training facility; Las Vegas on April 26th and 27th at Charlie Frias Park; and San Francisco on May 16th and 17th at John Mise Park in San Jose.

The tournaments are open to any team, whether local or not, that would like to participate.  Therefore, if you are a coach or parent in any of these locations or even in another location nearby (or far away) and would like to participate, then we would welcome your team’s participation and encourage you to sign up your team.

The National Championships in San Diego

All the winners from each of the individual tournaments will qualify for the national five-on-five youth flag football championships to be held in San Diego the weekend of June 15th and 16th at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, a 155-acre facility in Chula Vista, California.  This is one of the few facilities in the country where U.S. Olympic athletes live and train, often for months at a time.  This is a truly state-of-the-art facility that Hard Count Athletics was lucky to be able to secure for the national championships, and it will be the perfect backdrop to determine which teams are the national champions.

The Benefits of Participating in HCA Tournaments

Competing against the best talent can help your son or daughter, as well as his or her team, to succeed in regular youth flag football league.  The bonding that teams experience playing in tournaments like those offered by HCA takes place not only on the field, but also in the shared experience of boarding a plane or carpooling to a tournament, staying in the same hotel, and eating meals together for an entire weekend.  This not only brings the team closer together when it plays on the field in tournaments, but also results in a bond that cannot be forged during regular participation in a local league.  As any parent or coach can attest, spending so much time together during a tournament can really bring a team together. 

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 in tournaments like the 2019 national youth flag football championships in San Diego in June of next year, and the qualifying tournaments being held throughout the country leading up to those championships, 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.  Doing so also brings benefits in terms of a shared closeness that teams cannot quite build just by competing in their regular leagues together.  In addition to regional and national youth flag football tournaments, HCA also offers skills camps annually across the United States.  If your child is interested in competing against other young athletes to be his or her very best or developing his or her skills in an intensive yet fun skills camp environment, all the while doing so in an engaging format that emphasizes character development just as much as skill work, contact Hard Count Athletics today at