The National 7v7 Association is bringing a football tournament to Hawaii.
The top four teams in all age divisions of the Island 7v7 Championship on March 16-17 will advance to the nationals in Atlanta.
But the big prize is a paid trip to the nationals for winners in each age group.
Aside from the 18-U division, which will include many of the standout high school players in Hawaii, there will be 15-U, 14-U, 12-U, 10-U and 8-U.
Games will be played at Aloha Stadium, and, if needed, Mililani Mauka Community Park.
According to Mililani football coach Rod York, who is one of the tournament directors, regionals are being held all around the country. Some of the sites are Houston, Davenport (Fla.), Las Vegas, Garden City Parkway (N.J.), League City (Texas), St. Louis and Greater Houston.
York said teams from all over Oahu have already signed up and it’s possible that teams from Hilo and Maui are coming.
“Next year, we’re going to bring in mainland teams,” York said.
For more information, call York at 220-8375. Registration can be done at National7v7.com. The cost is $400 per team.
In pylon football, teams play 25-minute games. The ball starts on the 40, with first downs available at the 25 and the 10. After that teams have there downs to score a touchdown.
“It’s fast-paced,” York said. “There was 104 high school (division) teams from all over the nation at a recent tournament (run by a different organization) in Las Vegas we went to recently. We’re trying to build on that. We played a sports complex with 20 fields.”
Pylon football keeps players active in the offseason.
“We’re not allowed to use football pads, so this is the next best thing,” York said.
It’s mostly a passing game, but teams can blitz once and run the ball once per game. There is no tackling. Players are down when touched.
“We are trying to get every high school kid, every intermediate kid, anyone from 7 to kids with one more year of high school eligibility,” York said. “The tournaments get streamed, so college coaches watch it.”