The Daily Pilot Cup, the youth soccer tournament, was at its biggest in its 11th year.
The soccer extravaganza in Costa Mesa featured 201 teams representing 30 schools. Close to 2,500 children competed with their classmates in this special event.
While it's true the tournament is all about the kids. It would not be made possible without all the help involved.
Pilot Cup director Kirk McIntosh likes to point out that the six-day tournament is run by volunteers. They're not paid, he reminds you.
One of the most valuable volunteers is referee coordinator Jeff Grant.
The Costa Mesa resident officiates several games and recruits other referees to help during the week, working games for free.
With nearly 300 games to cover, Grant and the Pilot Cup referees were plenty busy. The tournament website helped with organization, but Grant was still working his phone and sending e-mails to make sure every game was covered.