Prep football 7v7 national qualifier coming to Hawaii

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 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.”


  1. FBall Dad March 8, 2019 3:52 pm

    What’s the check in & event times. This is the same day as Level Up Hawaii. It would be nice to do both if possible.

  2. TeamHawaii March 9, 2019 11:31 pm

    This isn’t a “Pylon” event. Pylon is a the name of a organization that runs 7on7 Tournaments. They were one of the first in the business to do so. This is a 7on7 event by Domo a completely different organization and not associated with Pylon.

  3. HI HS FAN March 10, 2019 2:34 pm

    Anyone seen the misspelling of HONOLULU? It’s spelled as HONALULU. Also agree with TEAMHAWAII, this is NOT a Pylon sanctioned tournament. HSW, please do your homework. However, it’s good exposure to have this 7×7 tournament. It will showcase the talent that the state has when it comes to skilled players. There are some talented young quarterbacks ready to make names for themselves. The two freshmaen quarterbacks from Campbell, Farrington, and Punahou. Their are several more coming through the JPS Big Boys, Pop Warner, and other youth leagues. Plus talented and skilled players on the defensive side, too.

  4. HI HS FAN March 10, 2019 2:35 pm

    Oops, meant to say three.

  5. ??? March 11, 2019 8:44 am

    @HI HS FAN
    That’s ok, we all make mistakes.
    We also know You meant “Freshman”.
    Nobody perfect, only GOD..

  6. TeamHawaii March 11, 2019 7:15 pm

    Unfortunately, The Farrington QB RJ Tagase has transferred to Nevada.

  7. Lena Conrad March 24, 2019 4:14 pm

    Love National and Pylon both brings competition, opportunities, and lower travel cost for players. Brought teams to both. National rules are better-points system is like real football.

    Take the event that best meets your team goals.

  8. Nainoa Aguiar October 28, 2019 3:47 pm

    Do you guys know any pylon teams that play in kapolei for 14-U

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