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PYFL passing tourney begins

• Championship round wraps up today at Valencia

Posted: June 15, 2008 2:15 a.m.
Updated: August 16, 2008 5:02 a.m.


The Pacific Coast Football League, PYFL, hosted its second annual passing tournament on Saturday at Valencia High School.

Thirty-nine teams in four ages weight divisions participated in pool play competition.

The divisions, bantam, midget, junior and senior compete in 7-on-7 high school style passing games.

Each division is broken into three sections, American, National, Central.

Saturday's round robin games determined the seedings for today's championship round.

The top seeds for today's Senior Division is the Agoura Eagles, Junior Division No.1 seed is local team SCV Seminoles, the North Oxnard Warriors is the top seed at the Bantam level and Newbury Park Steelers takes the top spot for the Midget Division.

Ages for the Bantam is 9-10, Midget is 11, Junior is 12, and Senior which consists of the oldest kids who can participate before entering high school, ages 13-14.

The tournament is formatted with a 30-minute running clock with four downs to the 20-yard line.

Teams from all over Southern California participate in the event that also included teams from the Santa Clarita Valley Athletic Association Warriors football program.

Warriors' president Rett Hicks said the tournament is beneficial for the team's upcoming season.

"We wanted to do something to develop the players passing skills." Hicks said.

Hicks is in his 10th year in the Warriors organization and has been president for the past four years.

Twenty teams make up the Warriors organization, 11 of those teams are represented this weekend.

"Any time you get a chance to get 39 teams together and kids get to play football and have fun, it's always great," Hicks said.

Each team participating in this weekend's tournament are apart of the PYFL, an organization that was formed with the objective of providing young people with a positive competitive environment.

The PYFL also strives to allow youth to excel as individuals. Hicks said the importance of organized youth sports is significant for the success of athletes looking to compete at the next level.

"For football it's all about the development of kids towards high school," he said. "It gives them the opportunity to work on things in the offseason that they may not have a chance to during the season."

In conjunction with Saturday's tournament, Velocity Sports Performance conducted a player combine for all participating athletes.


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