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Spring League 2017 Featured

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Spring 2017 Member Organizations:

Beacon House Select (JV)
TSA Blitz Select (Frosh)
Bowie Bulldogs Elite DM (Varsity)
Bowie Bulldogs Elite SVP (Varsity/JV)
MoCo Bearcats (Varsity/JV/Frosh)
Metro Va Raiders (Varsity/JV/Frosh)
Pennsylvania Pride (JV/Frosh)
Harford County Bucs (JV)
DMV Academy 
(Varsity/JV/Frosh)
Maryland Heat (Varsity/JV/Frosh)
DC Raiders FCA (Varsity)
Loudoun County War Eagles (Varsity/JV/Frosh)                             

                                        
Click Here for Frosh Schedule & the link to the Frosh Standings 

Click Here for JV Schedule & the link to the JV Standings 

Click Here for Varsity Schedule & the link to the Varsity Standings 

During the Spring of 2017, we will unveil the new and improved Grassroots Youth Football League (GYFL).  It is a league with 18 of the premiere youth football clubs in the DMV and beyond, with more under consideration.  It will provide an outlet for the serious football player that wants to play against elite competition on a weekly basis.  There has never been anything like it in the DMV before.  We are raising the bar to another stratosphere. 

For the 8th year now, we have been on this mission.  Our intentions were always to have the most unbelievable Spring Football experience for the those football players who live, eat, sleep and drink football.  Spring football was not designed to pull the 3 sport athlete that plays different sports in every season, like most of us did back in the day.  Spring football was not designed for the Basketball fanatic or the Lacrosse fanatic.  It was established for the football fanatic that wanted to maximize their chances of competing for a college football scholarship one day. 

The first goal was to prepare kids to be the best that they can be and put them on the High School radar screen early enough to help them find the right fit for them.  Kids need to be in the best high school fits for them in order to increase their chances of getting a college offer.  That does not represent the masses of kids.  Yes, the masses may dream about playing in college and in the NFL, but in these days and times of sport specific specialization, the chances of kids making it to college on football scholarships that don't focus on football are decreasing every year. 

With that being said, our Spring initiative was never designed to pull the masses of kids away from their youth programs.  Our goal was to find those serious athletes, partner with the Fall youth coaches, and have them come together to coach the kids in the Spring time and help them get the advantages that they need to separate themselves from the pack when competing to get on High School radar screens.  We have had great success with those kids, and we have had a number of the top youth organizations in the region jump on board and support us.  

We now also offer a Select Fall League strictly for middle school athletes who desire to play Elite Travel Football and maximize their chances of making an FBU Team or Crab Bowl Team.  The Spring always has been and always will be our Signature Calling card.  We have spoiled our athletes and parents in the spring with the Grassroots Style of Football such as:

  • The Elite HS Facilities with 100% Field Turf
  • The Scoreboard access at venues
  • The Professional Announcer at every game (The One and Only Chad Ricardo)
  • The Security Personnel
  • The Athletic Trainers on Sidelines
  • The HD Filming of the games
  • The Elite level concessions stands
  • The High School Coaching Staff presences on the staffs and on the sidelines of every games
  • The High level caliber of competition on a weekly basis that we provide
  • The High Caliber Website that captures the stats and summaries
  • The Grassroots marketing and promotion of the athletes that are second to none
  • The access to the Elite Level post season All Star Experiences that no other league has access to
  • The Early College Scholarship offers to so many of our underclassmen
  • The Championship Rings, etc., etc., etc.           

 

The FBU 8th Grade All American Game is the highest level of National Exposure an athlete can achieve.  We had
10 GYFL Alums selected to this prestigious game during US Army All American Bowl Week (Click Here for Video)

We were very excited to announce some new additions to the Spring Roster of teams.  If you see the Divisions above you will notice that we had some some new clubs and some new twists:

  • Baltimore is making major moves the TSA Blitz Select, who have joined the league.
  • The Bowie Elite make their first Spring Appearance.
  • DC is making a huge statement this year as Beacon House has taken it's brand back, and entering under the Beacon House Select.  The DMV Steelers from last Spring are re-branded under the DMV Academy.  Friendship Collegiate has joined the ranks of the GYFL through a partnership with the newly formed DC Raiders!!!
  • DeMatha's incoming freshman are back and negotiating a big announcement of their new partnership with the Bowie Bulldogs, while Pallotti's incoming freshman have partnered with the Bowie Elite.
  • Harco is back ladies and gentlemen, but they are the Bucs this time and they are NOT playing!
  • Lastly, Central PA has expanded and had to drop the Central from the brand.  They are the Pennsylvania Pride.

Here are some League Highlights:

  • Top Notch Regional Competition
  • Exclusive Coverage by the one and only SEN Television.
  • Exposure to Top Area High Schools and National Recruitment Services (SEN, Rivals, FBU, TerrapinTimes.com, etc.)
  • Only officially scouted league for Youth Crab Bowl, and FBU State All Star Teams for the DMV.
  • Prelude to the FBU Youth All American Games for 8th and 9th Grade, Under Armour 8th Grade All American Game, USA Football International Bowls for 7th - 10th Grade, US Army All American High School Game, Under Armour All American High School Game, USA Football North American Championship Games for 11th & 12 Grade, Youth Crab Bowl, and HS Crab Bowl, and so much more.

GYFL Sent 14 Alums to the XP A11Stars Bowl, presented
by Under Armour.  Here are just a few. (Click for Video)

League Structure:

  • Frosh ( 5th and 6th Graders; 6th Graders may not turn 13 before Aug 1st of the prior year)
  • Junior Varsity (6th and 7th Graders; 7th Graders may not turn 14 before Aug 1st of the prior year)
  • Varsity (7th and 8th Graders; 8th Graders may not turn 15 before Aug 1st of the prior year)

Note: There will be exceptions made for JV regarding 8th graders that are undersized, underdeveloped, and meet the age requirement for JV.  There will be an evaluation process to determine "play down" eligibility.

Combine Season

  • There is only 1 Combine/Mini-Camp this year.
    • Sports & Learning Combine on March 25th for the following regions: Anne Arundel County, Harford County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, New Jersey, Delaware, Central PA, PG County, Northern VA, District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Frederick County, Southern MD, and Surrounding Areas.
    • Click for a Video of how our combines work.

League Season:

  • League Season begins the weekend of April 29th @ The University of Maryland for Maryland Day.
  • 4 Game Regular Season begin on April 29th and ends on May 27th.
    • Frosh and Varsity Games played on Saturdays.
    • JV Games played on Sundays.
  • Playoffs for all 3 leagues on June 3rd.
  • Championships for all 3 leagues on June 10th.

Changing Perception through Strategic Partnerships:

There are some very important goals that we are trying to accomplish for the youth football players of the DMV that are deadly serious about exchanging their athletic talent for a scholarship to college and a chance for an advantage in life.  We are intent on laying out a path and creating a foundation that will allow each and every student athlete to have a fair chance to compete for those scarce scholarship when they finish high school.

Please know these statistics!  The State of Maryland and DC average 16,000 student athletes who are seniors every year and competing on high school football teams.  Most of the 16,000 are competing for the same goal, which is a college scholarship.  Unfortunately, our region only averages 60 Division 1 Scholarship offers on a yearly basis.  That means that less than 1% of the HS Seniors are going to achieve their goals and be happy in February of their senior years, which is when National Signing Day occurs.  We see videos and read articles about all of the kids and parents who are happy.  But, for every one who is happy, there are over 100 who are heartbroken.  There are a number of reasons why, but the main reason is because there are just so few scholarship offers to go around.

One of the reasons we do Spring and Fall football is because we are committed to increasing the number of average offers for our area.  We can't remain stuck at an average of 60.  We must turn 60 into 70, then 70 into 80, etc., etc.  When we have more offers coming to our area, more of our kids will have a chance to alter their destinies the same way that I did.  How do we turn 60 to 70 and so on?  We must change the perception of the DMV into a true hotbed of football. 

Right now we are considered a hotbed of basketball talent, and college coaches flock to this area to offer basketball players in disproportionate amounts, which is great for our basketball players.  Right now, it is the Southern states that are considered football powerhouses and college football players come here, AFTER they have left Florida, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, California, Ohio, etc.   Since they are not going to be creating any new colleges or universities anytime soon, if we are going to increase our numbers, we MUST take offers away from other regions and bring them here.  We can only do that by changing the perception of the country with respect to football in the DMV.

You may wonder, what does this have to do with youth football?  The answer is that it has EVERYTHING to do with youth football, but because they traditional youth football community does not live in the College Football community like I do, they are not  aware of the correlation and neither are most parents and kids.  It is our job to make sure that you understand the correlation.  Once you do, you will understand how youth football is tied into and why we had no other choice than to play elite level Spring and Fall Football.

We will attack this problem at 3 levels (Youth, HS, and College) but it all starts from the Foundation, and that is at the youth level.  The only way that we can change the way the country feels about the Great Athletes from Florida for example and make them respect us, is if we punch those great Florida athletes in the mouth and kick their butts!  We have to beat them on the football field and we have to beat them good!  The wins have to be respected by the powers that be.  The combination of Strategic partnerships will make this dream a reality.  

Our top HS programs must have success when they play out of state games each year, and ultimately the Major Division 1 College in our backyard, the University of Maryland must begin to be competitive year in year out in the Big Ten Conference.  We can impact all 3 levels by developing quality Student Athletes that will compete and win at the youth level, HS level, and college level.  

Not only can we impact all three, we HAVE been impacting all 3 levels.  2016 was the most impactful year that we have ever had in the 7 years since our inception.  At the youth level, after years of knocking on the door in the FBU Tournament with more Final Four appearances than any other region in the country, we finally won the elusive 8th Grade National Championship.

We won the 7th Grade Championship in 2012, but FBU was just getting off the ground then and people didn't give us the respect that we deserved for that tremendous feat. But in 2016, we officially kicked the door in with a 41 to 14 win over a super talented Seattle Team loaded with Division 1 prospects.  Our 6th Graders finished 5th in the Nation.  Our 7th Graders finished 3rd in the Nation, and our 8th Graders are the best in the USA. We have officially taken the youth football Hotbed Status that we have been searching for. The rest of the country is watching in awe right now and the college offers in the future will reflect that.

We are currently doing the research right now on the number of Major D1 offers the DMV kids signed on Feb 1st and we will update once it has been confirmed.  We have heard as many as 71 National Letters of Intent to Major Division 1 universities were signed, which if true means that we have doubled our average!!!!

It you are ready to rock and roll, below I have included the GYFL Teams in your regions. First of all I need for you to Pre-Register by clicking THIS LINK IMMEDIATELY. Pre-Registration is a requirement for Spring Football.  Click the link and fill out all of the details.  Then review the current roster of teams to see if any of them interest you. Contact information is provided for the regional teams.

 

REGIONAL CONTACTS:

Baltimore Metropolitan & Surrounding Areas

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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District of Columbia & Surrounding Areas

Beacon House Select
Contact: Rodney Cephas
Cell: 202-277-3299
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DMV Academy
Contact: Dante Settles
Cell: 202-725-0198
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DC Raiders (FCA)
Contact: Trae Brown
Cell: 202-279-1362
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Frederick County & Surrounding Areas 

Frederick County Storm
Contact: John Helmer
Cell: 240-372-9048
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Harford County & Surrounding Areas

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

 

Loudoun County War Eagles
Contact: Rusty Markland
Cell: 703-929-5748
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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 & Surrounding Areas

Bowie Bulldog Elite (DM)
Contact: William Weathers
Cell: 240-461-1048
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Bowle Bulldogs Elite (SVP)
Contact: Coach T
Cell: 240-304-1177
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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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Fill out the MANDATORY Pre-Registration List by CLICKING HERE

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