Hard Count Athletics (HCA) will begin its 2019 circuit of youth flag football tournaments in Kapolei, Hawaii on January 26 and 27. This is the first time HCA has held a tournament in Hawaii. The location was deliberately chosen given that some of the best teams at HCA’s past nationwide youth flag football tournaments have come from Hawaii. Indeed, at the inaugural Best of the Nation championship tournament held by HCA in Dallas in July 2018, the winners in the 6u age group were the Savage Crew from Hawaii. The Hawaii tournament will kick off a nationwide series of HCA tournaments that will eventually culminate in a tournament pitting the winners of the Hawaii tournament and the other qualifying events against one another in San Diego in June 2019.
The Hawaii tournament, like each of the other stops around the country in the 2019 HCA nationwide circuit tournament series, will feature a five-on-five format in a number of different age groups: 6u, 7u, 8u, 9u, 10u, 11u, 12u, 13u and 14u. Registration and more information on the tournament being played at Kapolei Regional Park in Kapolei, Hawaii on January 26 and 27, 2019 is already available on the HCA website. Registration will close on January 20, 2019. The Hawaii tournament, like all the other stops in the 2019 tournament circuit, is open to any team, whether local or not, that would like to participate. Therefore, if you are a coach or parent in Hawaii and would like your kids to compete against some of the best youth flag football talent in Hawaii and from across the country, we would welcome your team’s participation and encourage you to sign up your team.
The experience of football excellence from Hawaii that we have seen at HCA in some of our past youth flag football tournaments is not unique; some of the finest college and professional football players have come from the state of Hawaii in recent years. Current University of Central Florida starting quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful McKenzie Milton is from Kapolei, Hawaii, where the January 2019 HCA tournament will be held, and current Alabama starting quarterback and presumptive Heisman Trophy winner Tua Tagovailoa is from Honolulu. Marcus Mariota, 2017 Heisman Trophy winner, former Oregon Duck, and current Tennessee Titans quarterback, attended the same Honolulu high school as Tua Tagovailoa. In addition, 2012 Heisman Trophy finalist and current New Orleans linebacker Manti Te’o, who played collegiately at Notre Dame, also is from Hawaii, as are scores of other players at the top of both the college and professional games.
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 January 2019 Hawaii tournament and the other tournaments being held throughout the country leading up to the national youth flag football championships in San Diego in June of next year, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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