California’s Only Statewide Elite 7on7 Tournament expands to Southwest and Northwest
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Passing Down marks its 10-year anniversary with an expanded tournament field that includes stops in Arizona and Oregon. There will be a total of six regional high school tournaments as well two junior high school regional tournaments in Northern and Southern California. It will culminate with Best of the West VIII in Orange County on April 29-30 and covered nationally by 24/7 Sports, ESPN, Rivals, Scout/Fox Sports Next, and other media outlets.
The Southern California junior regional will be held February 11th in Buena Park. The Northern California junior regional is March 11th in Sacramento. The top teams from each regional will compete in the second annual Junior Best of the West in Orange County on April 29th.
Passing Down began as a skills camp in 2007, and in 2010 it hosted its first Best of the West tournament. The Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 Challenge enters its eighth year and continues to be the Golden State’s leading high school passing tournament.
The 7-on-7 passing tournament has become the main vehicle college coaches and recruiters look to find the next rising college football prospects. Passing Down remains the trendsetter; it was the first to use the four-second snap-counter for all games, and feature a 70-yard field for championships. Moreover, Passing Down features a live DJ to emcee every event and exclusively uses CIF high school officials to referee all of its tournaments.
The 2017 circuit begins in Buena Park on February 12th with the first Southern California regional. The next stop will be in Tempe, Arizona on February 19th for the Southwest regional. After a two-week layoff, the first of two Northern California regionals will be held on March 12th. Hillsboro, Oregon will host the first Passing Down Northwest Regional on March 19th.
As in most years, the final weekend of March will host the largest 7-on-7 tournament in California. Over 70 teams will compete in the second Southern California regional on March 26th in Fontana. It is arguably the most competitive one-day tournament environment in the sport today. Despite featuring the best teams on the west coast, less 10% of those competing that day will qualify for the championship tournament. The final stop on the circuit will be on April 15th for the second Northern California regional. The top teams from each regional (18 teams total) will compete in Best of the West VIII on April 30th in Irvine, California.
Previous Best of the West champions: 2010 - Team Pro Sport, 2011 - Bakersfield Burr, 2012 - Team Pro Sport, 2013 - Body by Tra, 2014 - Ground Zero, 2015 - Big Blue, 2016 - Ground Zero.