The 2019 Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 circuit concludes April 28 at Best of the West X in Irvine, CA. The championship tournament will feature club teams that earned automatic berths in the six regionals.
The top team heading into Best of the West is Northwest Regional champion FSP 5-Star. While not as talented as their counterpart Blue Chip, 5-Star by far was the most consistent team in the Passing Down 7-on7 circuit winning 12 of 13 games and scoring 340 points. Their lone loss was to Silly U by a touchdown in the NorCal Regional quarterfinals.
Defending Best of the West champion OC Elite Sky Blue (as OC Premium in 2018) did not win a regional this circuit or play in a championship game. Nonetheless, they won 10 of 12 games and scored 307 points. If not for a tough loss to clubmates OC Elite Hyndrix in the SoCal Regional quarterfinals, Sky Blue likely advances to the finals. Howevee, they did score a huge win over FSP Blue Chip in the NorCal Regional quarterfinals before losing to Premium in the semifinals to earn a bid to defend their title.
Three-time defending Bay Area Regional champions KT Prep Money went 7-0 in San Francisco. They beat NOZON3 and TMP Legacy in the semifinals and finals, respectively. They are always a force. They lost to OC Premium and BSN Sports in the BOTW championship in 2018 and 2017, respectively.
Ground Zero Graham is widely considered one of the top if not the top 7-on-7 club in the nation in 2019. GZ Graham was a perfect 7-0 in the SoCal Regional. EAT 1K pushed them in the semifinals, and GZ had to beat little brother Ground Zero Carr for the championship. The two-time BOTW champions is the team to beat in Irvine.
Premium Sports declined to play in the NorCal Regional Championship as both Premium Fig and Premium Supreme advanced to the final. Both squads were a perfect 6-0 heading into the final, and they will have something to prove at BOTW to see who is best between them.
Two regional tournaments did not produce an unbeaten champion.
Florida Fire lost to Premium Legends and escaped with a one-point win versus B2G in pool play. They had to fend of OC Elite Hyndrix, 6-0, in the No. 8/9 seed playoff game. Their only blowout win came in the semifinals over Formula4Speed Team Pressure, 18-0, before beating Premier Dawgs, 7-6, in the West Coast Regional final.
Premium Dime lost by one to AZ O.T.B Elite and had one blowout win over Carson AIGA, 20-0, pool play. In playoffs, they had three consecutive one-point wins over Phase1 High Rollers, Premier Dawgs, and 2020 Force Elite in the Southwest Regional final. They could have easily ended their day in Phoenix with a 2-2 record.
Check back for the full Best of the West roster of teams, schedule, and bracket.
Best of the West Champions
2018 -- OC Premium defeated KT Prep Money, 14-6
2017 -- BSN Sports defeated KT Prep Money, 21-6
2016 -- Ground Zero Panoramic defeated Proway HotBoyz, 13-0
2015 -- Big Blue defeated Rharebreed Blue
2014 -- Ground Zero defeated Big Blue
2013 -- Body by Tra defeated B2G
2012 -- Pro Sport defeated Bakersfield Elite
2011 -- Bakersfield Burr defeated Pro Sport
2010 -- Pro Sport defeated Team Bako
Passing Down is the premier platform for elite 7-on-7 tournaments in America by being a showcase for top athletes to compete against their peers in a competitive environment on the West Coast. It is the model that other companies strive to replicate; QB-tees with timers, certified refs, an event coordinator/DJ with PA system, synchronized game clock, live event blog, social media interaction, and live game streaming are a few of the industry standards that Passing Down was the first to initiate. This year, high school and junior high teams are guaranteed four games in every regional tournament on the circuit. Each tournament has pool-play with a single elimination playoff; all conveniently completed in just one day.