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We have 10 of the best youth clubs in the DMV participating with us in the Fall! We have 10 of the best youth clubs in the DMV participating with us in the Fall!

2017 GYFL Member Organizations

Shutdown Academy Select (Varsity)                    Bowie Bulldogs One (Frosh, JV, Varsity)
Metro Virginia Raiders (Varsity)                          TSA Blitz Select (Frosh, JV)
MoCo Bearcats (Frosh, JV, Varsity)                     Impact Elite (JV)
DMV Academy (Frosh, JV, Varsity)                     Pennsylvania Pride (JV)                       
Maryland Heat (Frosh, JV, Varsity)                      Harco Bucs (JV, Varsity)
Team Delaware Ducks (JV)   

Click Here to Pay Fall GYFL Team  Registration Fees (Coming Soon)

Click Here to view the Frosh Schedule/Standings (Coming Soon)

Click Here to view the JV Schedule/Standings (Coming Soon)

Click Here to view the Varsity Schedule/Standings (Coming Soon)

In the Fall of 2017, we will unveil latest version of The Grassroots Youth Football League. This will be our 5th year playing Fall Football. We started in the Spring of 2010 and after 4 years of exclusive Spring Football, the demand of our organizations was so significant that we had to create a boutique or "niche" league exclusively for those coaches and athletes who had become addicted to the "Select/All Star" format and wanted us to move into the Fall.

We had spoiled our partners in the Spring with the Grassroots Style of Football, so we answered the call and launched the first Fall GYFL League in 2013 with only 4 Organizations.  After a successful year two in 2014, we expanded with other programs that fit our profile.  We will continue to expand as needed in future years.  So to all of the youth clubs reading this, we are not in competition with you.  We serve a niche population of student athletes.  We would love to join forces with you in the future.  Contact us if you are interested in joining us at some point at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

For now, we are excited about what we are about to do in year 5.  There has never been a league quite like this in the history of the DMV.  We are not better or worse than any league.  We are different and serve a different profile of player.  This league is attractive to the truly elite athletes that love intense competition, and dream about being US Army All Americans, Under Armour All Americans, or representing their country in the USA Football North American Championship one day at the conclusion of their HS careers.

                 

The kids and parents that believe they have what it takes to be a 6th Grade Crab Bowl All Star, a 7th Grade Team USA Football All Star, an 8th Grade Under Armour All American, or a 9th Grade FBU All American.  The kids that want to play for an FBU National Championship at 6th, 7th, or 8th Grade are the ones that GYFL was designed for.  If those are some of the dreams that your kids have, then Grassroots is the ONLY place to be.

We will only touch a small percentage of the elite talent in the region and will not impact the majority of football leagues that cater to the masses of football players. We only have 3 divisions (Frosh, JV, Varsity), with a max of 8 clubs in each division. We will not have any more than 30 players per team, which means that with 8 clubs the maximum number of kids we will have in any division will be 240.  

If you are a parent or athlete and are interested in learning more about the GYFL Fall League, the first thing you need to do is PRE-REGISTER by CLICKING HERE NOW.

Here are the GYFL Fall 2017 League Highlights:

  • Top Notch Coverage of ALL Games by the one and only SEN Television
    • Statistics and highlights on SEN Television
    • Weekly interviews and profiles of top athletes on SEN website
    • Player Profiles and Composite Rankings on SEN website
    • Game Day Pre-Game and Post Game Desk Shows by SEN Staff
    • Sideline reporting by SEN Staff
    • SEN Games of the Week
    • Live Internet streams of the Game of the Week
    • Exclusive Hudl account access through SEN for all teams
  • Live Game Announcing by Chad Ricardo of the Ricardo Report & Broadcast Team
    • Pre-Season and Post Season interviews and coverage by The Ricardo Report
  • Significant Discounts on Team Cleats and Gear for Grassroots Coaches and Programs
  • All Games on Turf Fields at Elite HS Facilities & College Campuses
  • JV and Varsity Games played back to back on same field every week, with marquee games under the lights so the High School Coaches can scout with no conflicts
  • Official Scoreboard and Game Clocks for games
  • HS Federation Rules
  • Top Notch Regional Competition
  • Exposure to Top Area High Schools and National Recruitment Services (Rivals, SEN, ESPN150, 24/7 Sports, NextGen, Youth1, FBU, VTO Sports, MaxPreps, Scout, Maryland Varsity.com, TerrapinTimes.com, etc.)
  • Only officially scouted league for Youth Crab Bowl, Youth Capitol Bowl, and FBU State All Star Teams for MD and Northern VA.
    • Grassroots Coaches get first priority on all All Star Game coaching slots.
    • Grassroots Coaches get exclusive access to U of Maryland Coaches Clinics
  • Prelude to the USA Football International Bowls, The Under Armour Youth All American Game, the Michael Vick Youth All American Game, the FBU Youth All American Game, US Army HS All American Game, Under Armour HS All American Game, The MD HS Crab Bowl, and HS Capitol Bowl.
  • Post Season Awards Banquet at the University of Maryland

Premiere Programs for 2017

  • Shutdown Academy Select (Baltimore City, MD)
  • TSA Blitz Select (Baltimore City, MD)
  • Maryland Heat (Charles County, MD/DMV)
  • Metro Va Raiders (Prince William County, VA)
  • Pennsylvania Pride (Harrisburg, PA)
  • MoCo Bearcats (Montgomery, Frederick, & Howard County, MD)
  • DMV Academy (District of Columbia/DMV)
  • Bowie Bulldogs One (North PG County, & Anne Arundel County, MD)
  • Harford County Bucs (Harford County, Cecil County, North Baltimore)
  • Impact Elite (St. Mary's County, Tri-County, MD)
  • Team Delaware Ducks (Delaware, Cecil County, MD)
  • and more under consideration....

League Structure (Age Cutoffs):

  • Frosh League: Primarily 6th Graders & Elite 5th Graders (May not turn 13 before August 1st)
  • JV League: Primarily 7th Graders & Elite 6th Graders (May not turn 14 before August 1st)
  • Varsity League: Primarily 8th Graders & Elite 7th Graders (May not turn 15 before August 1st)

Notes and Application Guidelines:

  • The age cutoffs are exceptions, not the rule.
  • We traditionally have 6th Graders in Frosh, 7th Graders in JV, and 8th Graders in Varsity.
  • But the age cutoffs have been established for those exceptions.
  • The #1 prerequisite to league positioning is the athletes Ability Level.
  • We WANT them to improve and kids don't improve by playing down when they can play their age/grade.
  • So we evaluate the birthday when evaluating the exceptions, but don't use that exclusively, and it is not the 1st cut.
  • Practical Example to apply to all Division Decisions:
    • Start with grade and then let's begin to evaluate.  For example let's look at a Generic 7th Grader.
    • Initial Evaluation:
      • Is he big enough to play Junior Varsity and compete?
      • Is he skilled enough to play Junior Varsity and compete?  He could be big but not very good.
      • If he is a 7th Grader and is big enough and skilled enough to compete, he will play JV regardless of age.
    • But what if he is a freak and would simply dominate JV and could compete at Varsity?
      • We play him up so he can improve, regardless of his age.
    • What if he is in the 7th Grade but is NOT big enough or skilled enough to compete at JV?
      • That is when we look at his age.  If he does not turn 13 before August 1st, he is age eligible for Frosh.
      • He is one that the competition committee would sign off on for Frosh Eligibility.
    • We would not just sign off on him playing Frosh just because he is age eligible.
    • That does NOT help him develop to his full potential as a football player. 
    • It may stack the team and help them win on a technicality, but it is not good for the athlete or the league.
  • This is a practical example of why the rules were developed this way.


New Plans and Goals for 2017!!!!

We had the most amazing year in 2016. People want to know if we can even come close to replicating what we did.  If we can secure the best of the best talent from the DMV area, we are confident that we can.  But we need YOU to get this done!!!! Calling All Ballers.......

There are still roster spots available on our member organizations.  If  you are interested in joining the most elite league in the DMV you must do two things:

  1. Fill out the MANDATORY Pre-Registration List by CLICKING HERE
  2. Reach out to the regional Contact below that you are interested in (Listed Below):

On the heels of a 2016 FBU 8th Grade National Championship Win for Team Maryland, combined with the selection of 10 FBU 8th Grade All Americans, the GYFL is Nationally Hot right now.

WE ARE......Officially Smoking!  Click Here to see Highlights of the FBU 8th Grade National Championship Game.  For Highlights of the FBU 8th Grade All American Game, this is the link to click.

Did I forget to mention we produced the FBU National 8th Grade Player of the Year Antwain Littleton, who already secured an offer from Syracuse?  Click Here to see his Under The Radar Spotlight Video.

What about the fact that A11 Stars Bowl MVP and FBU 8th Grade National Champion Garry Rosemond Jr. picked up his first of many offers from Central Florida already?  Garry was one of 14 GYFL 8 Graders were selected to the A11 Stars Bowl powered by Under Armour.

Yes, we did that.

      

GYFL produced the winning Head Coach of the FBU 8th Grade All American Game (Terrence Byrd), as well as both the Offensive (Zion Larkins Click Here for Zion's Highlight Video) and Defensive MVP's (Gregory Penn III) of the prestigious event at the Alamodome in San Antonio.  

The National Champs even got to go the the Maryland State House and meet all of the State Senators, while receiving a Proclamation from the State. In addition, our league produced 8 FBU Freshman All Americans (GYFL Alums). It is hard to imagine having a better year for a league, and kids getting the type of exposure that can change destinies like we did in 2016.

                 


We are literally on fire and arguably the hottest Youth League in the Country! Can we come close to matching that in the Fall of 2017?  Most people believe it is not possible...... Are we insane?  What more could we possibly expect or want?  Well........ We expect and want EVERYTHING and we will go get it in 2017. We hope you come with us.  We plan to do even better in 2017!!!

The success of 2016 brought a number of next level opportunities that we never imagined would come our way and allow us to outdo what we did last year. But they did come.

#1. FBU Gave us 3 National Championship Teams for the Tournament. Team Maryland, Team Maryland Metro and Team Virginia are now run by all GYFL Organizations!!!  The core kids for those teams will be selected from the 2017 Fall GYFL League, as well as the FBU All Americans from the DMV.  FBU NC and All American Games will take place in sunny Naples, Florida the week before Christmas.

                     

Check the FBU Box...

#2. Under Armour witnessed the unbridled success of the GYFL and put us on the selection committee for the 2018 UA Next 8th Grade All American game.  Not only have they taken full control of their game, but they have entrusted GYFL to help select the players from across the country!!!  

Of course we believe the best kids in the DMV play in the GYFL. So we will start inside the league to find the best of the best from this area. If they are not already in they league they would be wise to join asap.  Under Armour All American Game takes place in Orlando, Florida immediately following the HS Game at the Citrus Bowl during the first week in January.

                               

Check the Under Armour Box.....

#3. USA Football watched us closely and asked for us to partner with them on selections for their International Bowls for U14 (7th Grade) through U16 (9th Grade).  The games take place in Dallas TX at Jerry World on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday weekend, which is the 3rd week of January 2018!  Of course the core of those selected will be the best of the best from the Fall 2017 GYFL League.

          


Check the USA Football Box...

#4. Michael Vick has created an 8th Grade and HS ALL American Game to be held in Atlanta the first week of January 2018.  The V7 Elite Playmaker Showcase has been born and we are fortunate to be able to select the core of the DMV 8th Graders selections from our member organizations this Fall.

There will be next level opportunities for every kid that can flat out play, but the kids need to be seen.  What better place than the GYFL Fall League, where it all goes down?

  

Check the V7 Elite Showcase box....

#5. Did I forget to mention the Crab Bowl 10th Anniversary is this December and Under Armour is taking their support to another level?  The Mid Atlantic regions top Youth All Star Game goes on steroids with 8 regional teams including many of the best kids from the Fall GYFL Season and managed primarily by GYFL Organizations.

Semi Finals to be held in the brand new University of Maryland Indoor Turf Field at Cole Field House!!!!

                            

Check the Crab Bowl Box...

#6. The Mid Atlantic Sports Foundation unveils the first ever High School Capitol Bowl at Georgetown University to give the HS All Stars from DC and Nova the same exposure the Crab Bowl kids get.  You KNOW we had to do a youth tournament and what league do you think many of the kids will be scouted from? You guessed it.

          

Check the Capital Bowl Box...


Summary:

GYFL has the ammunition to do the unthinkable, which is to outdo what we did in 2016. With just the 6 opportunities listed above (There are more!), we plan to blow the doors off of 2016.  We are officially inviting organizations that see our vision and believe they can produce select teams for a Fall to reach out to us asap.  We won't unveil all of our clubs until mid to late July.  But when you view the top of the article and the bottom, you will be able to find the current organizations.

Teams will be announcing Tryouts and workouts from now and into July.  Interested organizations need to contact me immediately. Interested Parents need to check the site and contact the programs you have interest in asap.


Notes and Reminders For the Fall 2017 Season:

  • We have a LOT of football to play from the beginning to the end and we basically have 2 seasons.
  • Between GYFL, FBU and/or Crab Bowl there will be a LOT of Games.
  • Crab Bowl will have a 2 game minimum for all teams.
  • Veterans know how vicious and physical the GYFL Fall can be after last year.
  • 6 GYFL games feels like 10 traditional games because of the caliber of talent. No days off.
  • We will have a Pre-Season Jamboree this year.
  • We will play 6 Reg season games, with the Burning Sands being equivalent to a 7th game.
  • One week for playoffs and the Championship.
  • So players will have between 7 minimum & 9 games maximum in GYFL.
  • FBU Guarantees 2 games for 11 max total.
  • Whoever advances will get another guaranteed 3 games in Naples for a total max of 14.
  • Whoever loses at FBU will get a guarantees 2 Crab Bowl games so they will still get a max of 13 games.
  • Keep that in mind when parents look at our schedule and think it is short, but they must add the 2 seasons, plus the Spring that we played.
  • We provide More than enough football in a year.

Actual Tentative Schedule for 2017 Fall:

  • Pre-Season Jamboree on September 2nd.
  • Official Season Opener Thursday Sep 7th.
  • First Saturday Games Sep 9.
  • We will have 4 SEN Showcase games the first 4 Thursdays in Sep. 7, 14, 21, 28, with Saturday Games on the 9, 16, 23, and 30 of September.
  • Chad Ricardo will be on the Mic.
  • 2nd Sunday in Oct, which is the 8th is the Burning Sands. This is Columbus Day Weekend so Monday is a holiday.
  • No games that week so kids can be fresh for the contact.
  • 2 more Reg Season Saturdays Oct 14th and 21st.
  • Playoffs Oct 28th.
  • Championship Sunday Nov 5th to be free for WCAC Playoffs on Sat.

Post Season Schedule:

  • FBU Practice begins the week of November 6th!!
  • FBU opening weekend Dec 2nd and 3rd at U of Maryland Stadium.
  • Winner goes to Naples Dec 17th -21st to play National Championships and FBU All American Games.
  • Losers go to Crab Bowl and will play the Quarterfinals on Saturday Dec 9th for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade.
    • Quarterfinal losers play the consolation Games on Sunday Dec 10th at the U of Maryland Practice Fields.
  • Winners advance to Semi-Finals to be played in the new Maryland Indoor Turf at Cole Field House on Saturday Dec 16th!!!
  • Crab Bowl Youth Championship Games wrapped around the HS Crab Bowl X on Sunday Dec 17th at either Bowie State or Towson University.
  • Capital Bowl takes Place Saturday Dec 30th at Georgetown University featuring 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Games with DC Metro vs Nova.
  • 8th Grade Under Armour All Americans (UA Next Game) prepare to leave for Orlando right after Christmas for the game the first week in January.
  • 8th Grade Mike Vick All Americans (V7 Elite Showcase Game) travel to Atlanta right after Christmas for the game the first week in January.
  • 7th and 8th Grade USA Football International Bowl All Stars travel to Dallas, TX for the Bowl Games at Jerry World the week of January 12th - 19th.
  • Jan 20th & 21st our GYFL HS Alums will participate in the Mid Atlantic Sports Foundation Combine in Bel Air Maryland at the Arena Club. All players will be evaluated and ranked by the Ricardo Report. Event will be streamed live for maximum College Exposure.

Begin Training to prepare for March GYFL Combines.

That is all for now.  I have laid it out and explained it the best way I know how.  I am always accused of being long winded.  I just love these kids so much and I want you parents to be informed about the "Matrix" that is big time football.  There is so much that you don't know and my job is to share the information with you.  It is up to you to do your research and make the decision on what you want for your son's.  

Research requires reading, patience, and understanding.  It can't be successfully done in 180 characters.  You will never be able to say that Coach Mike didn't try to tell you though.  The ball is in your court now.  We have no regional boundaries.  You have no excuses.

If there are ANY more questions about our credibility and track record, all you need to do is CLICK THIS PARAGRAPH and read what the Baltimore Sun had to say about Grassroots and read the "Who's Who" of alums who have received College Scholarship Offers since our inception.

There are still roster spots available.  If  you are interested in joining the most elite league in the DMV you must do two things:

  1. Fill out the MANDATORY Pre-Registration List by CLICKING HERE
  2. Reach out to the regional Contact below that you are interested in (Listed Below):

 

REGIONAL CONTACTS 

Baltimore Metropolitan & Surrounding Areas

Shutdown Academy Select
Contact: Terrence Dante Wheeler
Cell: 410-262-4057
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Tackle Sports Academy Blitz (TSA Blitz) Select
Contact: Jamaal Ebron
Cell: 443-413-1179
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Central PA & Surrounding Areas

Pennsylvania Pride
Contact: Derrick Foster
Cell: 717-579-5602
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Delaware & Surrounding Areas 

Team Delaware Ducks
Contact: Dan Black
Cell: 302-293-5395
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Contact: Isaiah Fleming
Cell: 302-419-7763
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District of Columbia & Surrounding Areas

DMV Academy
Contact: Dante Settles
Cell: 202-725-0198
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Contact: Steve Jones
Cell: 202-207-5201
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Harford  County & Surrounding Areas

Harford County Bucs
Contact: Rich Curry
Cell: 443-307-3105
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Montgomery County & Surrounding Areas

Montgomery County Bearcats
Contact: Andy Stefanelli
Cell: 301-502-1716
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Contact: Stephen E. Smith
Cell: 202-595-5573
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Prince George's County MD & Surrounding Areas

Bowie Bulldogs One
Contact: Kevin Holmes
Cell: 301-526-6733
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Prince William County VA & Surrounding Areas

Metro Va Raiders
Contact: Jwan Banks
Cell: 571-398-1440
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Southern MD/DC & Surrounding Areas

Maryland Heat
Contact: Terrance Byrd
Cell: 240-346-6555
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Impact Elite
Contact: Aaron Foreman
Cell: 240-464-7367
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Fill out the MANDATORY Pre-Registration List by CLICKING HERE

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