Grassroots Football - Mike Anderson
Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson

Dear HS Prospect and Parents: 

Purpose for my outreach

  • Common bond with youth football players
    • I have so much love for youth in general and I want to help them make good decisions regarding their future. 
    • My commitment to Grassroots and my decision to create the league was to help talented young student athletes make the most out of their God Given talent and turn it into college scholarship that can alter their destinies.
    • You all fall into that category right now, and are in the process of evaluating opportunities from many of the top high schools in the area.
    • I have knowledge that will be very powerful for you, and I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t offer it. 

Importance of the Decision

  • As you get older you will hear statements about the importance of decisions.  Four years from now when you are hopefully selecting colleges, I am sure you will be told over and over again, “this is the most important decision that you will ever make in your life.” 
  • I disagree
    • I believe the most important decision that you will ever make, will be whether you decide to develop a close and personal relationship with God, whatever you may call HIM.  That is a discussion for another day.
    • The second most important decision of your life will be the woman you will marry. 
  • Each will have a major impact on your destiny.
  • Decisions are relative, based on scenario.
    • As an 8th grader, the most important decision in your life right now is what high school you are going to attend. 
    • I created this document to help you and your family, make a wise and thoughtful decision that you will reap the benefits from as your high school career matures.
    • In 4 years, you will hopefully have numerous college coaches telling you, “this is the most important decision of your life.”  It will be crucial then, but remember it is all relative to your age and situation.
    • For now, this high school choice is a big one and you need to select wisely. 

Wise Decisions

·         Made by maximizing the facts and minimizing the emotion. 

·         Wise decisions are what separate successful people from unsuccessful people. 

Business decisions

  • Whether you realize it or not right now, selecting a high school is a business decision.
    • If your ultimate objective is to attend college, be drafted into the NFL and sign a contract that will allow you to make enough money to take care of yourself and your family, then selecting the right high school for you is truly a business decision.  The ultimate objective (contract) is business related, unless you would play for free.  In addition, to sign the contract, you need to be in the right college.  To get to the right college, you need to select the right high school.  Each decision builds on the next and they are all connected.
    • If your ultimate objective is to attend college, get a degree which will put you in position to be competitive in the job market and have a career that will allow you to make enough money to take care of yourself and your family, then selecting the right high school for you is truly a business decision.  The ultimate objective (salary) is business related, unless you would work for free.  To increase your chances of getting that good job, you need to go to the right college.  Again, to get to the right college, you need to select the right high school.  Each decision builds on the next and they are all connected.
  • Anytime money is a factor in a decision, then it is a business decision.  It should never be just about the money, but money must be a factor because it takes money to live and support a family.  Money is a factor for you in the long term and the short term, because it costs big money to go to many of the best schools.  The best public schools don’t cost money in the short term, but the long-term implications are what matters for you, so public or private is a business decision.  It is time to begin to think like a young entrepreneur.
  • Business decisions are made by gathering objective facts, laying them all out in front of you, evaluating all the potential scenarios, and drawing conclusions based on the entirety of the data. 
  • You don’t rush the process
  • Minimize the emotion as much as possible.
    • How many times have we liked or even loved a person for a time, then realized something about them that made us not like or love them anymore?  Emotions and feelings change like the wind. 
  • Statements such as, “I like the coach” or “I had fun on the shadow day,” are emotional statements. 
    • Those are factors that need to be included in the mix, but they can’t drive the ship. It is easy to like somebody when they are recruiting you.  It is their job to make you like them.  That doesn’t mean that is who they really are after you sign on the dotted line and you become obligated to them. 

The Importance of Head Coaches

  • Great coaches have mastered the X’s and O’s, but they also have to be great salesmen.
  • The Head Coach and his staff have to be a critical part of your decision, but it can’t be the only part.
  • Prospects are making a selection and buying a product.
  • Coaches are selling a product, which is their school.
  • You have to evaluate the following:
    • Benefits that the school offers you.
    • Benefits that the alumni network of that school can provide for you.
    • The perception of the school both socially and academically.
    • How quickly you will have an opportunity to play?
    • How much exposure you will get?
    • How beneficial is a degree from that school to you in the long run?
  • You can’t get too caught up in liking a coach’s personality, they are selling.  If they don’t sell it well, they don’t continue to be coaches.
  • Coaches are salesmen at the high school and college level.  The college level is even more challenging, but it is never too early to begin to learn the game.  Most of them are good men, but they have a job to do and telling you about the negatives in their programs does not happen often.
  • Coaches do matter a great deal, and they should be a BIG factor.  They just can’t be the only factor.
    • If a program, a school, and an alumni network is that great, it will still be great if a different coach is at the helm, will it not? 
    • The biggest factor with regards to the coach should be as follows
      • How well they can coach? 
      • What is their track record? 
      • Do the players that play for them now and played for them in the past think they actually are as nice as they appeared to be when they were being recruited? 
      • If they have a chance to jump to another school, would they leave or would they stay? 
      • Do they have a track record of honesty and fairness, or are they great salesmen?
  • Main point is that you must minimize the emotion and make as objective a decision as possible. 
  • Remember, emotions change, but facts don’t. 

Taking out the emotions and picking the right school for you

  • The spreadsheet I am including with this document is designed to assist you in the process of minimizing the emotion and focusing on the facts each one of the high schools can’t deny.
  • You guys can’t make a bad choice with your options.
  • The objective is to find the one school that will allow you to be the “most” successful at reaching your ultimate objectives. 
  • Looking for the BEST option for you!
  • They all have different strengths and different weaknesses, but you can be successful at either of them. 
  • This is one of the few times that I will tell you that it is okay to be selfish. 
  • This decision is about you and what is best for you. 
  • It is not about doing something to benefit anything or anybody but you. 
  • Once you make the decision, the only person that will have to live with it is you.
  • It has to be about understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each school and comparing them against what is important for you and to you. 
  • The schools will all tell you their strengths, but they will not share their weaknesses with you. 
  • You have to be able to determine those on your own.  How do you do that?  

Consider including me in your inner circle and using my experience to help you.

  • Who you decide to listen to and take advice from has a tremendous impact on all of the decisions that you will ever make. 
  • A lot of people will offer you advice and try to give you their opinion on what you need to do. 
  • You should listen to the advice of all the people that you respect. 
  • You must understand that not everyone that offers you advice has walked in the shoes that you have walked in and are about to walk in.  You have to evaluate the experience of the advisors when determining how much of the advice you will accept or reject.

Why would you decide to include me in that process?

  • I have truly walked in the shoes that you are in right now.  I have walked the path that you are about to walk.  I have been through it. 
  • I was one of the best youth football players in the DC Metro area just like you are.
  • I was recruited by several of the top high schools, just like you are.
  • I was an All-American, just like you hope to be at whatever school you choose. 
  • I was recruited by every major college in the country, just like you hope to be. 
  • I played major college football at a very high level before I was diagnosed with Leukemia, which most of you probably don’t know.
  • I worked in the sports management business, since I graduated from college.
  • I am successful.
  • There is not one aspect of your life, that you are about to step into or have already gone through that I haven’t done.  

Why do I offer this to you?

  • I have been blessed to have the experiences that I have had and I have been taught to give back.  I give back through my wisdom and knowledge, which is more valuable than money.  If I give you money, when it’s gone it’s gone.  If I give you wisdom, you will know how to make your own money and when it is gone, you can go make some more.
  • My personal mission statement is to be a positive, motivational, and inspirational force in the lives of young people.  That is why I started this league and that is what I live to do.
  • When I was coming through, the great James Brown reached out to me and offered to be a mentor to me. 
  • I feel that now is the time that I need to formally reach out and let you know that I will be here for you for as much or as little as you need me. 
  • All you have to do is ask and I will be there.  

High School Selection Spreadsheet: 

Designed to take the guesswork out of the process.

  • Shows you how to make a business decision that you can be comfortable with.
  • When it is all said and done, you will be able to tell anybody, including the schools that you did not select, why you made your decision. 
  • You will be able to tell them with confidence that you made a decision by evaluating all of the objective criteria, and comparing that to your core values and beliefs. 
  • If you incorporate my methodology into your process, you will have no option other than feeling comfortable, because you will have made a sound decision based on verifiable facts, not emotion. 
  • If you are feeling frustrated and at all confused, filling out this spreadsheet will make the whole process a lot less confusing and much clearer for you. 

Setting up the spreadsheet

  • Across the top of the sheet, include the schools that you like at this point.  In this example, we have 5 schools (A, B, C, D, E) with others that can be added and deleted as needed.
  • Down the left side of the sheet we will together include all of the factors that need to be evaluated in the decision. 
  • I may have to interview you to completely fill out the factors, because they are all different with different kids. 
  • I have only begun to include the basic factors that should be constant to all student athletes.  After we talk, we will be able to add to the list the factors that are specific to you that I may not be aware of. 
  • In addition, when we talk in detail I need to share from my experience some factors that you may not have even considered as a 14 year old; that I as a 50 year old know for a fact will be important to you in your adulthood.  

Grading the schools objectively

  • Once we have all of the factors listed, we will objectively grade each school on those areas.
  • Grading scale is on a 5-point system with 5 being the highest possible score, and 0 being the lowest.
  • The school that you feel is the best for you in that area will get the most points placed in that column.
    • We are starting with 5 schools for example. 
    • The school/schools that have a perfect track record for an attribute will get 5 points placed in that column.
    • The school/schools that are close but not perfect will get a 4, and so on.
    • The school/schools that have a poor track record or no track record in that area may get either 1 point or 0 points if the school does not qualify at all in a particular category. 
    • If there is a tie in your mind for any schools, we will award the same number of points for both of the schools.  Are you with me? 
  • At the end of the process, we will have objectively evaluated each of the schools in all of the areas that matter to you and we will add up the total scores.  The school with the most points will be the school that is most likely best for you based on what is important to you. 

Example of a Spreadsheet

  • Former Class of 2015 Player example
    • I prepared this based on the schools listed and my perspective of the accurate scores.  The actual scores may be different after you have visited the schools, etc.  This is just a hypothetical example of how it works.
    • It is an example of how my spreadsheet would have looked based on the attributes that would have been important to me, if I were going through the process again, having the benefit of all of my knowledge and experience (also including things I know are still important to kids).
    • You and I may have very different preferences regarding what is important, so your numbers may be different in several of the areas. We will add and delete attributes based on what is important to you and your parents.
    • The Different Schools are represented by A – E.
    • You will replace them with the names of the final schools you are interested in. 
    • There are 5 in this example, but you can have as few as 2.
    • This example uses a 5 point scale with the following values:
      • 5 = Excellent
      • 4 = Above Average
      • 3 = Average
      • 2 = Below Average
      • 1 = Poor
    • There can be attributes that end up working out to 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1, but that is not necessarily the case.  If all 5 of the schools have Great Football Reputations than each will great a 5 for every column.
       

Actual Spreadsheet Example:

 

Preliminary Evaluation Factors

A

B

C

D

E

Academics

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Reputation

5

4

4

5

5

Student/Teacher Ratio

1

2

3

5

5

Graduation Rates

4

3

3

5

5

Teacher Average Tenure

1

2

3

5

5

College Matriculation Rate

4

4

4

5

5

Percent of Graduates that Graduate College

3

4

5

5

5

Alumni Connections

5

4

5

4

5

Tutorial/Remediation Programs

5

3

2

2

1

Coaches Academic Monitoring Platform

5

3

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campus/Social

 

 

 

 

 

Campus

4

5

4

3

3

Social Life (Fun)

3

3

3

5

5

Racial Harmony

2

3

4

5

2

Diverse Student Body

1

2

4

2

4

Facilities

4

5

1

3

4

Proximity to Home

1

2

3

5

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Football Factors

 

 

 

 

 

Football Reputation

5

5

5

2

3

Head Coach Personality

3

4

5

5

3

Head Coach Reputation

5

5

5

3

1

Head Coach Experience

5

5

5

3

1

Head Coach College Connections

5

5

5

3

1

 

         

Head Coach College Influence

4

3

5

1

1

Comfort with Coaching Staff

5

2

2

3

4

Coaching Staff Reputation

5

5

5

3

2

Coaching Staff Consistency

5

5

5

3

2

Adequate # of Assistants

5

5

5

3

2

Recruiting Intensity

2

3

2

5

5

Chance of Pre/Post-Season National Ranking

2

3

5

2

0

Chance of a High Final Post/Sun Ranking

3

4

5

1

1

Press Coverage

5

4

5

1

3

Opportunity to Play Early

2

2

1

5

5

National Exposure

3

4

5

2

1

Playing Position

5

4

3

4

4

NFL Players

3

3

5

1

0

Major D1 Scholarships

4

4

5

1

0

Television Exposure

3

4

5

0

0

Team Needs for Your Services

4

2

1

5

5

Politics Working in Your Favor at School

5

5

5

5

3

Comfort with the Current Players

1

2

3

5

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Factors

 

 

 

 

 

Tuition Assistance

5

5

3

1

2

Mother’s Favorite

4

3

5

2

1

Father’s Favorite

1

2

3

5

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

147

147

142

134

117

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Initial Evaluation

  • Keep in mind; this is merely an example of how it works.
  • However, it appears that in this example School A would be deadlocked with School B with 147 points based on the objective factors, with School C coming in a close third. 
  • Remember, this is with unweighted variables though and we must weigh the factors because they are not all of equal importance.  

Weighing the factors properly

  • Here is how we fairly balance the scales and add an emotional component to it if you wish. 
  • We must weigh the factors differently to account for factors that are more important than others. 
    • All attributes are important, or they wouldn’t be on the list. 
    • If an attribute is twice as important we multiply it by 2. 
      • If it is 3 times as important we multiply it times 3 to weight the attributes effectively.
    • For example, if “academic reputation” is one of the factors that is really important to you, we can multiply that attribute by 2 or 3 if you like, depending on the importance. 
    • You will grade the 5 schools based on their academic reputation, with each school getting points, ranging from 0 to 5. 
    • Let’s say you felt academics was the absolute most important and you decided to multiply by a factor of 3.                                 
    • We will then multiply that whole factor by 3 so that the school with a great academic reputation that initially had a 5, would get 15 points for that factor. 
      • A school with an original 3 points, would get 9 points, etc,
    • Do you see where I am going?  We can do that with any factor and we can do it by any multiplication number that we want depending on how important it is to you.
    • Below is an example of how the spreadsheet changes to account for the weighing component (random weights).
    • Weights based on my perception of which factors should be weighted and by how much. 
    • Values are subject to change based on your preference.
       

Actual Weighted Spreadsheet 

Preliminary Evaluation Factors

A

B

C

D

E

Academics

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Reputation (3)

15

12

12

15

15

Student/Teacher Ratio (3)

3

6

9

15

15

Graduation Rates (3)

12

9

9

15

15

Teacher Average Tenure (3)

3

6

9

15

15

College Matriculation Rate (3)

12

12

12

15

15

Percent of Graduates that Graduate College (3)

9

12

15

15

15

Alumni Connections (3)

15

12

15

12

15

Tutorial/Remediation Programs (3)

15

9

6

6

3

Coaches Academic Monitoring Platform (2)

10

6

2

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campus/Social

 

 

 

 

 

Campus

4

5

4

3

3

Social Life/Fun (2)

6

6

6

10

10

Racial Harmony (3)

6

9

12

15

6

Diverse Student Body

1

2

4

2

4

Facilities (2)

8

10

2

6

8

Proximity to Home

1

2

3

5

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Football Factors

 

 

 

 

 

Football Reputation (3)

15

15

15

6

9

Head Coach Personality

3

4

5

5

3

Head Coach Reputation (3)

15

15

15

9

3

Head Coach Experience (2)

10

10

10

6

2

Head Coach College Connections (3)

15

15

15

9

3

 

         

Head Coach College Influence (3)

12

9

15

3

3

Comfort with Coaching Staff

5

2

2

3

4

Coaching Staff Reputation

5

5

5

3

2

Coaching Staff Consistency (2)

10

10

10

6

4

Adequate # of Assistants

5

5

5

3

2

Recruiting Intensity (3)

6

9

6

15

15

Chance of Pre/Post-Season National Ranking

2

3

5

2

0

Chance of a High Final Post/Sun Ranking

3

4

5

1

1

Press Coverage

5

4

5

1

3

Opportunity to Play Early (3)

6

6

3

15

15

National Exposure (2)

6

8

10

4

2

Playing Position (3)

15

12

9

12

12

NFL Players

3

3

5

1

0

Major D1 Scholarships (3)

12

12

15

3

0

Television Exposure

3

4

5

0

0

Team Needs for Your Services (2)

8

4

2

10

10

Politics Working in Your Favor at School (3)

15

15

15

15

9

Comfort with the Current Players

1

2

3

5

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Factors

 

 

 

 

 

Tuition Assistance (3)

15

15

9

3

6

Mother’s Favorite

4

3

5

2

1

Father’s Favorite

1

2

3

5

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

320

314

322

298

262

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Post Evaluation

  • After evaluating the numbers, you will have a clear picture of the school that is best for you based on what is important to you now and what should be important to you. 
  • It will be objective, but it will include the subjective factors that may be important to you, such as liking the coach, or the campus.
  • In my hypothetical example (which includes things that were important to me at 14, but also attributes that I know at 50 are equally important, if not more), School A & B would have been my choice for the non-weighted spreadsheet, BUT as you can see School C would have beaten out both Schools A & B on the weighted one.  The weighting of certain factors pushed school C ahead of school A & B.
  • When we do your spreadsheets, there will be a school that will have the highest objective score also.  In some cases, your non-weighted winner will be different from the weighted one.  I believe the weighted one is the best indicator.  If the same school comes out on top on both sheets; that is a very strong indicator of what school is best for you. 
  • My choice in this example would have been made on objective criteria, not emotion. 
  • You don’t have to select the school that receives the highest score because it is still your ultimate decision, but you will be able to at least use this as a tremendous tool in your process. 

Let me know if you are interested

  • Please contact me and let me know whether you want me to be involved in this process and also involved with you as a mentor, or advisor, for any area of your life. 
  • Let’s get your actual spreadsheet started. 

Mike’s Contact info:                                                                                                                          

Cell # 240-832-3090                                                              

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The Future 50 are the best underclassmen high school football players in the nation and Under Armour All-America Game prospects. Each year Under Armour hosts the Future 50 Underclassman Camp at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex during the week of the Under Armour All-America Game. 

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How do I maximize my exposure to Top High School Coaches and Scouting Services? How do I maximize my chance to make one of the Grassroots Post Season All Star Teams?

The answer is the Burning Sands Invitational VI for 4th - 8th Graders.  It is all brought to you by the GYFL and presented by the one and only Under Armour!!!!  We must protect this house.......

            

 

THE BURNING SANDS MIDDLE SCHOOL SHOWCASE EVENT!!!!!!

The Burning Sands is a Showcase Event for middle school prospects (including current 4th Graders). Our Fall League participants have the benefit of auditioning for us, the top HS Coaches in the DMV, and the top Scouting Services in the country every weekend during Grassroots games.  In an effort to give a fair shot to those kids who are playing in other leagues, the Burning Sands has been expanded.  All of the top public and private school coaches in the DMV will be on hand at this event and they will be looking for the next crop of talent to fit their program needs.  The question is, will your son be there to get noticed?.

Last year at this time Antwain Littleton and Zion Larkings were Elite Level 8th graders being recruited by the top High School programs in the DMV. They had made their names in the GYFL and on the Team Maryland in the FBU National Championship,  We knew how good they were and what their future would hold regarding college scholarship offers at the next level, but they BOTH wanted that National Recognition that only the FBU All American Game Selection could give them.  They followed the program.  Their parents listened. They worked hard.  They killed the Burning Sands. And as you can see in the graphic below, they were both named to the most prestigious 9th Grade All American Game in the USA.  They are just the first two!! There were more, trust and believe.  Greg Penn, Michael Johnson, Caleb Coombs, Taisze Johnson, and Colin Henrich were also named FBU 8th Grade All Americans.


This year USA Football has been added to the mix and we have a number of our 9th Graders extended invitations to the prestigious U16 International Bowl to be played in Dallas Cowboy Stadium.  Christian Taylor, another one of our Elite Level 8th Graders in 2016 who crushed the Burning Sands, has already been extended his invite, and there are many more to come.

We know what we are doing folks.  We are subject matter experts and we have this down to a science.  We want you to trust us and come see how we do what we do.  It all goes down at the Burning Sands VI on Sunday October 8th, at St. Johns College High School.  Who wants to be the next FBU All American and USA Football International Bowl All Star from the DMV?  

        

 

The GYFL has been added to the selection committee of the 1st Ever Under Armour 8th Grade All American Game, which has been dubbed, "The UA Next All American Game."  

Under Armour is about to take it to a level that hasn't been seen quite yet.  They are pulling out all of the stops.  This game will have NO registration Fee for those that believe that true All Star Games should not have a fee associated with it.  This game has no charge.  Hotel rooms for the kids are paid for by Under Armour.  The kids are loaded up with gear from Head to Toe, including cleats.  The kids practice on the same fields as the HS Under Armour All Americans and will be treated just as the name of the game is titled, "UA NEXT."

The opportunities just don't stop folks.  If you want your son to be next in line, then you know what to do.

       


FBU National Championship Tournament Opportunity:

In addition to exposure to the top HS coaches in the DMV, this is additional look for the FBU Teams State All Star Teams.  This is NOT the official FBU Tryout, but we are always scouting for talent for our MD State Teams.  We don't put more stock in any event more than the Burning Sands when finalizing roster spots for the FBU Teams.

In 2016, we were able to offer the athletes of the DMV NOT ONE, but TWO FBU Teams.  Not only is the Nationally known and respected Team Maryland coming back stronger than ever to defend the 8th Grade 2016 National Championship, but FBU has given us the opportunity to present Team Maryland Metro as well, and judging by the success that Bowie had in the Spring and what their Varsity team is doing so far in the Fall, Maryland Metro is going to be Spectacular.

So the DMV and GYFL we will have 70 6th Grade roster spots, 70 7th Grade roster spots, and 70 8th Grade roster spots to fill!!!  There are FBU opportunities for ALL of the Goons now.  This is unprecedented.  

In addition, the Team Director for Team Virginia is a charter member of the GYFL.  So between the 3 FBU Regional Teams, there are now 105 roster spots per age group for your athlete to have a chance to compete in this spectacular tournament.  It does NOT matter what league you play in. FBU is for you and the Burning Sands is where you get noticed.  

Now, if you are not aware of the importance of the FBU National Championship Tournament and how it can change your sons life, it is is imperative that you do some homework.  Go to www.FootballUniversity.org to learn about the parent company.  Take a look at the highlights from last years 8th Grade National Championship Game, which was watched by over 200,000 viewers on live stream.  CLICK HERE AND PREPARE TO BE AMAZED!!!!

It is simply hands down the most prestigious, most competitive, most important, and most scouted Youth All Star Event in the United States of America. It would take me 5 pages to explain all of the benefits.  Please visit the FBU website to learn about the company and all that it is tied to, including but not limited to, the US Army All American HS Game televised on NBC every January.  Next, visit www.FBUNC.com to learn about the tournament.  Trust me, the best of GYFL's best all come through FBU.

    


Youth Crab Bowl & Capital Bowl Opportunities:

This is the only official GYFL sanctioned tryout Youth Crab Bowls that will be truly spectacular this winter. There will be 8 regional Teams battling it out for regional supremacy the weekend before Christmas. Those that have experienced the Crab Bowl understand that there is NOTHING like it in the Mid Atlantic Region.  If you don't know, you really should ask somebody that is respected and connected.  The HS coaches of the DMV flock to the Youth Crab Bowl to mine for local talent.

Click Here to learn more about the Youth Crab Bowl.

The inaugural Youth Capitol Bowl drops the weekend after Christmas and will be played at the beautiful Georgetown University.  It will pit an All Star Teams from the Northern Va side of the DMV at 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade against an All Star Teams from the DC/Maryland side, comprised mostly of stars from the Metro AYF League.

      

 

Elite Level Scouting Opportunity:

From a scouting and exposure standpoint, the Burning Sands is unmatched.  The top nationwide HS scouting services like Rivals.com, and SEN will be on hand to capture all the action, rank the athletes, and provide unprecedented national exposure.  The one and only Chad Ricardo will bring the flavor like only he can.

Don't miss it.  Space will be limited, so sign up before spots run out!

        


CLICK HERE to download a copy of the liability waiver that you will need to fill out.  Saves time at the registration table!!!!!!


Burning Sands Invitational Tryout:
Where: St. Johns High School
             2607 Military Road, NW
             Washington, DC 20015

Registration: www.TheGYFL.com
When: Sunday October 8th
Time: 4th, 5th & 6th Graders register @ 8am; Compete from 9am to 11am
           7th Graders register @ 10am; Compete from 11am to 1pm
           8th Graders register @ 12pm; Compete from 1pm - 4pm

The event is Sunday so that all youth playing games on Saturdays could make it.  Having the event at the beautiful St. Johns campus so that we could have much more room to accommodate the demand.  Come in your complete team uniform from head to toe for identification purposes.  This will be a full contact event!!!!! 

Wear your game day uniform and place a piece of white trainer tape across the front of the helmet with their name and grade written in magic marker.

See a Burning Sands Video from a prior event to get a feel for what we will be doing.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcPc6Aq_Fpo

Schedule of Events:

  • Registration
  • Intro by President Mike Anderson
  • Release to field for Dynamic Warm up
  • Break down into individual position groups for Position Skills and Drills
  • One on One sessions (WR vs DB's, RB vs LB's, TE vs Safeties, OL vs DL
  • 7 on 7 Session for skill players
  • Inside Drill for Lineman, LB's, and RB's.
  • Closing Instructions

Grassroots Fall League participants who have already earned spots on the FBU State All Star Teams will receive invitations.

Grassroots Game Changers Fees are waived and will receive invitations.

Grassroots Fall League participants without invitations fee is $35.00 online & $40.00 for Event Day Walk Ups.

Non-Grassroots Fall League participants fee $50.00 & $55.00 for Event Day Walk Ups.


NOTE:

Online Registration is NOW CLOSED

Walk up registration will be available on the site for an additional $5.00, making the walk up fee $40 for Grassroots League participants and $55.00 for Non league.

This is not a meat market and we are not trying to maximize numbers.  We want quality players who are serious about getting to the next level.  The price increase will weed out those less serious and allow us to manage the numbers more effectively.  

If you are registering as a Fall League participant, in the Notes section of checkout,  you must include the Team and Division that your son is playing for in order for your discount to be valid.  (i.e. Delaware Ducks Junior Varsity).

You may take the risk to walk up the day of the event and register, but once we hit the 300 participant number, we are shutting it down.  If you take the risk of walking up, you must have cash or money order made out to GYFL.  No checks will be accepted!!!!!!!

To truly understand the value of this event and how it can change lives, just take a look at the article from the Baltimore Sun on three of our alums who are currently juniors in High School.  It breaks down how an important element of college recruiting works by the Mid Atlantic Regional Director of Scouting for Rivals.com. CLICK HERE to see the Baltimore Sun article.  

Click Here for Baltimore Sun Website version.

NOTE:**************Priority Weather Announcement******************

The Burning Sands event will take place unless of a SEVERE weather event.  Rain will NOT stop us. St. Johns has a state of the art field turf stadium that can withstands prolonged rain.  

Stay connected with us on FB and this site will be updated as well.  For now, expect us to go through with the event.  We may be playing in snow or rain so that will not stop us.  But, we will NOT put your children in danger by any means.


NO REFUNDS……  GYFL CREDIT FOR ANOTHER EVENT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T ATTEND.

2017 Fall Varsity Regular Season Standings 

 

Team

Wins

Losses

Pct

PF

PA

Point Diff

#1 Bowie One

5

0

1.000

167

              8             +159

#2 Maryland Heat ****

3

1

 .750

113

              9             +104

#3 Metro VA

3

2

 .600

92

             79               +13

#4 DMV Academy

2

3

 .400

59

            126                -67

MoCo Bearcats

1

4

 .200

56

            107                -51

PA Pride ****

0

4

.000

6

            145              -139
             

 ****Note:  The Decision was made by the GYFL Board not to play the Maryland Heat vs PA Pride Game on Saturday Oct 14th as regularly scheduled.  Therefore, both Maryland Heat and PA Pride only have 4 regular season GYFL Games to count towards playoff seeding, while the other 4 teams have 5.  Week 5 is an exhibition weekend for the Varsity and exhibition games do not count in the GYFL Standings and Point System.

Note 2: The GYFL Non Conference Exhibition Games are not counted in the GYFL Standings, which are used for playoff seedings.  Scores of all exhibition games are recorded in the Season Schedule/Results sections.

2017 Fall Junior Varsity Regular Season Standings 
 

Team

Wins

Losses

Pct

PF

PA

Point Diff

#1 Maryland Heat (Red)   

4

0

1.000

 123 

            6              +117

#2 Delaware Ducks

4

1

 .800

75

           50                +25

#3 Maryland Heat (White)

3

1

 .750

 65

           19                +46

#4 MoCo Bearcats

2

3

  .400

 45

           95                -50

DMV Academy

1

5

  .166

 38

          110                -72

TSA Blitz Select

1

5

  .166

 12

          112               -100
             

Note: Non-Conference Exhibition games were played by some of our teams.  Those scores were captured in the Schedule Results but not to the win/loss record that impacted GYFL Playoff Standings.

2017 Fall Frosh Regular Season Standings

 

Team

Win

Loss

 

Ties

Pct

PF

PA

Point Diff

#1 TSA Blitz Select

3

2

 

  .600

 70 

            55             +15

#2 DMV Academy

3

3

 

  .500

73

            59             +14

 

             

Note: Since we only had 2 Teams in the GYFL this fall, Non-Conference Exhibition games were played by both of our teams.  Those scores were captured in the Schedule Results and included in the win/loss record to determine playoff seeding.

Tailgating:

Tailgating is NOT allowed by the facilities that we rent.  There can be NO grills, either gas or charcoal in the parking lot.  We will have concessions available and they will be fabulous.

We have gotten a few responses from people with dietary issues that can't eat regular food and we have granted permission to a couple of people on individual cases.  If you have not been granted specific permission by me, please do not attempt to bring coolers into the stadium.  The only exceptions will be coolers used for teams.

The following guidelines will be in place at all GYFL sanctioned games:

  • There will be a $5.00 per person entrance fee (Except Thursday Night Games at High School Stadiums where the fee will be $3.00)
  • On Thursday Nights at recreation fields we are not allowed to charge, so there is no fee. Donations are always welcome to help us cover expenses.
  • Children 5 years of age and under will be admitted free of charge. 
  • Wristbands or stamps will be issued during games when a fee is charged, which will allow everyone to regain entry back into the games, should you need to depart the game for any reason.
  • Different colored wristbands will allow different levels of access.  Field access is one color.  Stadium access will be another color.  You will not be allowed on the field or track without the appropriate color wristband.
  • No outside food of any kind will be permitted inside of the GYFL games, unless otherwise instructed.  Check website regularly.
  • NO SUNFLOWER SEEDS are allowed on any field turf stadiums.
  • Coolers will not be permitted into GYFL games under any circumstances unless you have received prior authorization from GYFL Management Staff. **Exceptions to this guideline will be made in regards to infant formula, emergency kits, etc. – again prior authorization should be obtained before entry into the games will be given**
  • All bags are subject to be searched by security prior to entry and security will be located at each gate.
  • No smoking is allowed on High School Facility parking lots or common areas.
  • No weapons of any kind are permitted.
  • High School grounds are not to be used as public restrooms!!!  Patrons must use bathrooms or Porta Johns.
  • Schedule is Subject to Change by GYFL.

 

                         2016 FBU Team Maryland 8th Grade National Champions

2017 GYFL Member Organizations

DMV Academy (GYFL Member)
TSA Blitz Select (GYFL Member)

Brooklyn Park Broncos (Exhibition)
Maryland Seahawks (Exhibition Games)
Watkins Hornets (Exhibition Games)
Central VA Hurricanes (Exhibition Games)
Commonwealth Elite Warriors (Exhibition Games)
Delaware Ducks (Exhibition Games)
Forest Park Blackhawks (Exhibition Games0

Note:  Due to low roster numbers for a couple of organizations, and with a priority of safety, we do not want to play games with teams that have less than 15 players due to injury.  The decision by the GYFL Board of Directors was made to focus on the 2 teams that had strong numbers and play exhibition games with outside organizations to fill their schedules.  We are in the process of negotiating games with 11U/12U/6th Grade Equivalent teams from various leagues throughout the DMV and the site will be updated as the games are secured.  DMV and TSA will play for the GYFL Frosh Championship on Sunday November 5th.


       
 
 

 

2017 GYFL Fall Frosh Schedule & Venues

 (Subject to Change)

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CURRENT FROSH STANDINGS

 

Week 1 Saturday September 9th @ Archbishop Curley HS
3701 Sinclair Ln, Baltimore, MD 21213
Concessions will NOT be provided

DMV Academy

 0   TSA Blitz Select 14
       

            

 

Week 2 Saturday September 16th @ St. Johns College HS
2607 Military Rd, NW Washington, DC 20015
Concessions will NOT be provided

TSA Blitz Select

20   Forest Park Blackhawks  0 Exhibition Game
       

Week 2 Sunday September 17th @ Gilman School
5407 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210
Concessions will NOT be provided

DMV Academy   

 6  Hamilton Tigers   20
       

Week 3 Saturday September 23rd @ Georgetown Prep HS
10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Concessions will be provided

TSA Blitz Select  

vs   Commonwealth Elite Warriors   Forfeit by Warriors
       

Week 3 Saturday September 23rd @ West Laurel Comm Ctr.
16601 Supplee Lane, Laurel MD 20707
Concessions will be provided

DMV Academy   

0  Laurel Stallions   12
       

         

Week 4 Saturday September 30th @ Lamond Riggs Rec
501 Riggs Rd, Washington, DC 20011
Concessions will be provided

DMV Academy

19   DMV Knights  13
       

Week 4 Saturday September 30th @ Quince Orchard HS
1500 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Concessions will be provided

TSA Blitz Select

 30    North Potomac Braves  0 


Sunday October 8th @ 
St. Johns College HS
2607 Military Rd, NW Washington, DC 20015
Concessions will be provided 

6th Grade Burning Sands

  Registration 8:00am      Event 9:00am - 11:00am


    

Week 5 Saturday October 14th
@ Caravel Academy (Stadium)
2801 Del Laws Rd, Bear, DE 19701
Concessions will be provided 

TSA Blitz Select

 0    Delaware Ducks 12U   30
       

Week 5 Saturday October 14th Lamond Riggs Rec (No Gate Fee)
501 Riggs Rd, Washington, DC 20011
Concessions will be provided 

DMV Academy

vs   Bye  

 

             

 

Week 6 Saturday October 21st @ Lamond Riggs Rec (No Gate Fee)
501 Riggs Rd, Washington, DC 20011
Concessions will be provided 

DMV Academy 

13   Hamilton Tigers (11U)  0
TSA Blitz Select      BYE  

      

Week 7 Saturday October 28th @ Lamond Riggs Rec (No Gate Fee)
501 Riggs Rd, Washington, DC 20011
Concessions will be provided  

DMV Academy 

35   Old Town Gators  0 
       

Week 7 Saturday October 28th @ Calvert Hall HS
8102 La Salle Road, Baltimore, MD 21286
Concessions will be provided  

TSA Blitz Select 

6   Hamilton Tigers  25
     

Week 8 Championship Game Sunday November 5th @ St. Johns College HS
2607 Military Rd, NW Washington, DC 20015
Concessions will be provided

#1 TSA Blitz Select 

 0   #2 DMV Academy  19

 

     

 
Congratulations to the DMV Academy Frosh Team for being the 2017 Fall GYFL  Champions!!!!!!!!

                     

 

Tailgating:

Tailgating is NOT allowed by the facilities that we rent.  There can be NO grills, either gas or charcoal in the parking lot.  We will have concessions available and they will be fabulous.

We have gotten a few responses from people with dietary issues that can't eat regular food and we have granted permission to a couple of people on individual cases.  If you have not been granted specific permission by me, please do not attempt to bring coolers into the stadium.  The only exceptions will be coolers used for teams.

The following guidelines will be in place at all GYFL sanctioned games:

  • There will be a $5.00 per person entrance fee (Except Thursday Night Games at High School Stadiums where the fee will be $3.00)
  • On Thursday Nights at recreation fields we are not allowed to charge, so there is no fee. Donations are always welcome to help us cover expenses.
  • Children 5 years of age and under will be admitted free of charge. 
  • Wristbands or stamps will be issued during games when a fee is charged, which will allow everyone to regain entry back into the games, should you need to depart the game for any reason.
  • Different colored wristbands will allow different levels of access.  Field access is one color.  Stadium access will be another color.  You will not be allowed on the field or track without the appropriate color wristband.
  • No outside food of any kind will be permitted inside of the GYFL games, unless otherwise instructed.  Check website regularly.
  • NO SUNFLOWER SEEDS are allowed on any field turf stadiums.
  • Coolers will not be permitted into GYFL games under any circumstances unless you have received prior authorization from GYFL Management Staff. **Exceptions to this guideline will be made in regards to infant formula, emergency kits, etc. – again prior authorization should be obtained before entry into the games will be given**
  • All bags are subject to be searched by security prior to entry and security will be located at each gate.
  • No smoking is allowed on High School Facility parking lots or common areas.
  • No weapons of any kind are permitted.
  • High School grounds are not to be used as public restrooms!!!  Patrons must use bathrooms or Porta Johns.
  • Schedule is Subject to Change by GYFL.

 

                         2016 FBU Team Maryland 8th Grade National Champions

2017 GYFL Member Organizations

Delaware Ducks
DMV Academy
Maryland Heat (Red)
Maryland Heat (White)
MoCo Bearcats
TSA Blitz Select


       
 

2017 GYFL Fall Junior Varsity Schedule & Venues

 (Subject to Change)


CLICK HERE TO VIEW CURRENT JUNIOR VARSITY STANDINGS



Week 1 Saturday September 9th @ Archbishop Curley HS
3701 Sinclair Ln, Baltimore, MD 21213
Concessions will NOT be provided

 Delaware Ducks 

 25  DMV Academy    6
 Maryland Heat (White) 19  Moco Bearcats

 0

 Maryland Heat (Red) 26    TSA Blitz Select  0

            

Week 2 Saturday September 16th @ St. Johns College HS
2607 Military Rd, NW Washington, DC 20015
Concessions will be provided

 DMV Academy  

 0  Maryland Heat (White)     20
 TSA Blitz Select 0  MoCo Bearcats

  13

  Delaware Ducks   6    Maryland Heat (Red)   26

 

Week 3 Saturday September 23rd @ Georgetown Prep HS
10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Concessions will be provided

  MoCo Bearcats

 6  Delaware Ducks  25
  Maryland Heat (White) 14  TSA Blitz Select   0

    

     

Week 3 Sunday September 24th @ White Marsh Field w/ no Gate Fee
100 White Marsh Road, Bowie MD 20715
Concessions will be provided

  Maryland Heat (Red) 

27  DMV Academy  0 

 

         

 

Week 4 Saturday September 30th @ St. Johns College HS
2607 Military Rd, NW Washington, DC 20015
Concessions will be provided

  DMV Academy   

 25  TSA Blitz Select   0
  Maryland Heat (Red) 44  MoCo Bearcats

  0

   Maryland Heat (White)  12    Delaware Ducks  19


Sunday October 8th @ 
St. Johns College HS
2607 Military Rd, NW Washington, DC 20015
Concessions will be provided 

7th Grade Burning Sands

  Registration 10:00am      Event 11:00am - 1:00pm


    

Week 5 Thursday October 12th @ Pisgah Park
6645 Mason Springs Road, LaPlata MD 20646
Concessions will NOT provided 

  Maryland Heat (White) 

 7   Charles County Spartans (12U Exhibition)    12 

 

     

Week 5 Saturday October 14th @ Caravel Academy (Stadium)
2801 Del Laws Rd, Bear, DE 19701
Concessions will be provided 

  TSA Blitz Select  

 0   Delaware Ducks   34

  Maryland Heat (Red) 

BYE     


Week 
5 Saturday October 14th @ 
Lamond Riggs Rec
501 Riggs Rd, Washington, DC 20011
Concessions will be provided

  DMV Academy  

 7   MoCo Bearcats    26 

  

     


Week 6 Saturday October 21st
 @ 
Lamond Riggs Rec
501 Riggs Rd, Washington, DC 20011
Concessions will be provided

 Maryland Heat (Red) 

36  DMV Knights (13U)   6
 TSA Blitz  12  DMV Academy

 0

  Maryland Heat (White) BYE   Delaware Ducks 

BYE


      

Week 7 Playoffs Saturday October 28th 
Lamond Riggs Rec
501 Riggs Rd, Washington, DC 20011
Concessions will be provided

#1 Maryland Heat (Red)  

26    #4 MoCo Bearcats  0 
#2 Delaware Ducks 27    #3 Maryland Heat (White)  13 


Week 8 Championship Sunday November 5th @ 
St. Johns College HS
2607 Military Rd, NW Washington, DC 20015
Concessions will be provided

#1 Maryland Heat 

34  #2 Delaware Ducks  7

 

     

Congratulations to the Maryland Heat (Red) Team for being the 2017 Fall GYFL JV Champions!!!!!!!!

                  

 

 

Tailgating:

Tailgating is NOT allowed by the facilities that we rent.  There can be NO grills, either gas or charcoal in the parking lot.  We will have concessions available and they will be fabulous.

We have gotten a few responses from people with dietary issues that can't eat regular food and we have granted permission to a couple of people on individual cases.  If you have not been granted specific permission by me, please do not attempt to bring coolers into the stadium.  The only exceptions will be coolers used for teams.

The following guidelines will be in place at all GYFL sanctioned games:

  • There will be a $5.00 per person entrance fee (Except Thursday Night Games at High School Stadiums where the fee will be $3.00)
  • On Thursday Nights at recreation fields we are not allowed to charge, so there is no fee. Donations are always welcome to help us cover expenses.
  • Children 5 years of age and under will be admitted free of charge. 
  • Wristbands or stamps will be issued during games when a fee is charged, which will allow everyone to regain entry back into the games, should you need to depart the game for any reason.
  • Different colored wristbands will allow different levels of access.  Field access is one color.  Stadium access will be another color.  You will not be allowed on the field or track without the appropriate color wristband.
  • No outside food of any kind will be permitted inside of the GYFL games, unless otherwise instructed.  Check website regularly.
  • NO SUNFLOWER SEEDS are allowed on any field turf stadiums.
  • Coolers will not be permitted into GYFL games under any circumstances unless you have received prior authorization from GYFL Management Staff. **Exceptions to this guideline will be made in regards to infant formula, emergency kits, etc. – again prior authorization should be obtained before entry into the games will be given**
  • All bags are subject to be searched by security prior to entry and security will be located at each gate.
  • No smoking is allowed on High School Facility parking lots or common areas.
  • No weapons of any kind are permitted.
  • High School grounds are not to be used as public restrooms!!!  Patrons must use bathrooms or Porta Johns.
  • Schedule is Subject to Change by GYFL.

 

                                2016 FBU Team Maryland 8th Grade National Champions

2017 GYFL Member Organizations

Bowie One
DMV Academy
Maryland Heat
Metro VA Raiders
MoCo Bearcats
Pennsylvania Pride
Central VA Hurricanes (Exhibition Games)
Maryland Seahawks (Exhibition Games)

        

 

Note: We are raising the bar again and bringing back season 2 of Thursday Night Lights this year at our Varsity level.  On specific weeks, we will take our best Varsity Showcase Game of the week and play it Thursdays at 7:30pm under the lights so all the HS Coaches, scouts, and even local college coaches can come see the Future of DMV football.  

 

Fans will also be able to see the best that we have to offer on Thursday and not have to miss their own sons games, HS, or College games on Saturday.  The season opener will be spectacular on Thursday September 7th, where we will debut the 2017 Varsity Season with a rematch of the 2016 Championship Game between the Defending Champion Maryland Heat vs the renamed and revamped Bowie One, who went undefeated in last years regular season.  We will play games at the beautiful White Marsh Field in Bowie, Lamond Riggs Recreation Center in NE Washington, and other top flight lighted and turfed facilities across the DMV.  

 

Stay tuned to the site, FB, and Twitter for any changes and/or.  Whether we play on Thursdays or Saturdays, our Varsity Showcase game will be Live Streamed by SEN Television and will be covered like Pre-Season HS Football Games shown on ESPN.  Expect sideline reporting and a desk Pre-Game, Halftime, and Post Game Show.

 

We will roll out all the bells and whistles for our showcase games, which are listed in the schedule. 

 

Final Note:  The Bowie Program competes in 2 Leagues this Fall.  They compete in the GYFL as Bowie One and in the Mid Maryland Youth Football League as the Bowie Bulldogs.  You will notice that all of their GYFL Games are either Thursday Night or Sunday.  This is done not as favoritism for them, but to give their bodies a chance tor rest so they can fulfill the commitment to their Mid Maryland Schedule on Saturdays.

 



2017 GYFL Fall Varsity Schedule Venues 

(Subject to Change)

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CURRENT VARSITY STANDINGS


Week 1 Thursday September 7th @ 
White Marsh Park w/ No Gate Fee
100 White Marsh Drive, Bowie, Maryland 20715
Concessions will be provided

Maryland Heat

6   Bowie One  9 
SEN Showcase      Live Stream

 

Week 1 Saturday September 9th @ Archbishop Curley HS
3701 Sinclair Ln, Baltimore, MD 21213
Concessions will NOT be provided

Metro VA Raiders

32   Pennsylvania Pride  6
DMV Academy 13   MoCo Bearcats

12

       

            

Week 2 Thursday September 14th @ White Marsh Park w/ No Gate Fee
100 White Marsh Drive, Bowie, Maryland 20715
Concessions will be provided

Bowie One

 40   DMV Academy  0
     

Week 2 Saturday September 16th @ St. Johns College HS
2607 Military Rd, NW Washington, DC 20015
Concessions will be provided

Maryland Heat 

28   Metro VA Raiders    0
Pennsylvania Pride 0   Montgomery County Bearcats

 36

       

Week 3 Saturday September 23rd @ Georgetown Prep HS
10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Concessions will be provided

Metro Va Raiders

 31  MoCo Bearcats  8

DMV Academy

0 Maryland Heat  44
       

Week 3 Sunday September 24th @ White Marsh Park w/ No Gate Fee
100 White Marsh Drive, Bowie, Maryland 20715
Concessions will be provided 

Pennsylvania Pride  

0   Bowie One  50

 

      


         

Week 4 Saturday September 30th @ St. Johns College HS
2607 Military Rd, NW Washington, DC 20015
Concessions will be provided 

MoCo Bearcats

 0   Maryland Heat
 32
Pennsylvania Pride  0   DMV Academy
 39 
       

Week 4 Sunday October 1st @ White Marsh Park w/ No Gate Fee
100 White Marsh Drive, Bowie, Maryland 20715
Concessions will be provided 

Metro VA Raiders

2   Bowie One  32
     

Exhibition Thursday October 5th @ White Marsh Park w/ No Gate Fee
100 White Marsh Drive, Bowie, Maryland 20715
Concessions will be provided 

Central VA Hurricanes

 6    Bowie One  0
     

Sunday October 8th @ St. Johns College HS
2607 Military Rd, NW Washington, DC 20015
Concessions will be provided 

8th Grade Burning Sands

  Registration 12:00pm      Event 1:00pm - 4:00pm


    


Week 5 Thursday October 12th @ White Marsh Park w/ No Gate Fee
100 White Marsh Drive, Bowie, Maryland 20715
Concessions will be provided 

MoCo Bearcats

0   Bowie One  36
   

Week 5 Saturday October 14th @ Caravel Academy (Stadium)
2801 Del Laws Rd, Bear, DE 19701

Concessions will be provided  

Pennsylvania Pride

6   Marshall Heights 14U  54 
       


Week 5 Saturday October 14th
 @ 
Lamond Riggs Rec
501 Riggs Rd, Washington, DC 20011
Concessions will be provided

DMV Academy 

 7   Metro VA Raiders   27
Maryland Heat vs    Bye  

 


           


Week 6 Saturday October 21st @ Bullis HS
10601 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD 20854
Concessions will be provided 

Maryland Heat  

26  Central VA Hurricanes 31

 

   Bowie One Bye 


Week 6 Saturday October 21st @ Osbourn Park HS
8909 Euclid Ave, Manassas, VA 20111
Concessions will be provided 

Metro VA Raiders  

14  Benedictine Prep (Middle School)  19 



Week 6 Saturday October 21st @ 
Lamond Riggs Rec
501 Riggs Rd, Washington, DC 20011
Concessions will be provided

MoCo Bearcats

50   PA Pride   18
DMV Academy  6    Marshall Heights (14U Exhibition)  30 



      


Week 7 Playoffs Saturday October 28th @ Lamond Riggs Rec
501 Riggs Rd, Washington, DC 20011
Concessions will be provided

#2 Maryland Heat   

33    #3 Metro VA Raiders  
#1 Bowie One  BYE       


Week 8 Championship Game Sunday November 5th @ 
St. Johns College HS
2607 Military Rd, NW Washington, DC 20015
Concessions will be provided

#1 Bowie One 

16  #2 Maryland Heat   38
       

Congratulations to the Maryland Heat for being the 2017
Fall GYFL Varsity Champions!!!!!!!!

 

 

The following details the matchups, venue, and times for the Inaugural Youth National Championship Pre-Season Kickoff Event:

Generation Nexxt Kickoff Classic Powered by Battle Sports

THIS IS "THE BATTLE of Maryland vs Virginia"

Saturday August 19th @ North Point HS

2500 Davis Rd, Waldorf, MD 20603
Concessions will be provided 

Division

Maryland Team

 

Virginia Team

Time

8U

Westlake Bulldogs

vs

 Central VA Canes

  9:00am

9U

Westlake Bulldogs

vs

 Virginia Beach Cavaliers

10:30am

10U

  Maryland Seahawks

vs 

 Virginia Beach Cavaliers

12:00pm

11U

  TSA Blitz Select

vs

 Virginia Beach Cavaliers

  1:30pm

12U

  Maryland Heat

vs

 Central VA Canes

  3:00pm

13U

  Westlake Bulldogs

vs

 Metro VA Raiders

  5:00pm

14U

  Maryland Heat

vs

 Central VA Canes

  7:00pm

Ladies and Gentlemen:
There is a storm brewing....... Can you feel it? I have told people that this will be the most exciting Fall Season in GYFL history, but to be honest it has NEVER just been about GYFL for me. I have been searching high and low to find a way to reach across the aisle and mend fences with the Traditional Youth Community.
I have a passion for ALL kids and GYFL is only designed to service a small percentage. It is tied to Post-Season All Star Opportunities like the FBU National Championship Tournament, the Under Armour 8th Grade All American Game, the USA Football International Bowls, the V7 Elite Playmakers All American Game, the Mid Atlantic Youth Crab Bowl and the Mid Atlantic Youth Capital Bowl. We LOVE all of those opportunities...... But they are focused on an All Star/Select Format, NOT on TRADITIONAL TEAM FOOTBALL.
We realize that has created some challenges and even animosity with those that are committed to the Traditional Youth Format where teams stay TOGETHER from the beginning until the end of the season. Those programs that have committed to the Elite level Traditional National Leagues like AYF, Pop Warner, UYFL, AAU and the other great National Leagues that offer National Championship Tournaments need for their teams to STAY TOGETHER. Our model has contributed to conflict with those orgs who play in those formats and want to keep their teams together to win a TEAM NATIONAL Championship.
We Get it......
That is not our lane...... We are NOT subject matter experts in those lanes, nor do we have a desire to be. Those Leagues have been doing a good job. We do what we do and they do what they do. But for the best interest of the kids, is it possible to work together?....... I think so!!!! How can we possibly work together you ask? Well..... let me share one possible way........ There are many many youth teams that are NOT a part of the traditional National Championship format and have been looking for something new, special, different and extraordinary to end their seasons off with AS A TEAM, and not as individual All Star Competition. In addition, a number of the traditional orgs that play in the traditional National Leagues, enjoy the leagues for the Fall Season, but have been searching for an even different level of competition in the post season that they can participate in AS A TEAM, and not as individual All Star competition.
Ladies and Gentlemen, a few of those organizations have fallen into either one of those categories, and they are about to get exposed to an opportunity of a lifetime!!!!!! And a way for us to work together. Allow me to introduce you to the Launch of the 2017 Youth National Championship Tournament presented by Battle Sports!!!!!!! 
This is NOT a GYFL event. This is NOT ALL STAR Format. However, we are fortunate enough to be asked to help step in and market/promote it. You wouldn't think it would make sense for us to promote and support something that is not in our lane, but those that think that just don't know who we really are. We will support ANYTHING that there is a market for, that is professionally run and that kids, coaches, and parents can benefit from. Our All Star model has taken off. We have more than enough kids to do what we do in the post season. This is an opportunity for coaches and kids that believe in a different model to have the same type of next level, National Exposure that the GYFL All Stars Get, only in a Traditional Team Format.
This event is unlike anything I have ever seen before, and I am blessed that I was asked to be affiliated with it and to promote it. It is going to take you guys that run traditional organizations and coach individual teams to do some research to understand the impact.
I am including some links for you to review.
I am including some videos for you to review.
I am including a Press Release.
You will have all the information that you need to make an informed decision as to whether you want to come out and support this revolutionary opportunity that will be a yearly event. We hope that you will. It is not for everybody. Generation Nexxt and Battle Sports were looking for some of the Best of the Best traditional youth teams at the 8U - 14U level. I think they have hit their mark in the Mid Atlantic Region for year one and we are happy to have been able to play such a significant role in such a short period of time.
"The Youth National Championship is made up of 8 Conferences around the country and will INVITE the top teams in each conference to play in a Pre-Season Playoff, a Conference Playoff and ultimately a National Championship Game. Pre-Season Games will be played in August. Conference Playoffs will be played on Thanksgiving Weekend. The National Championship will be played in Southeast Florida from December 11th to December 16th."
"The Pre Season Playoffs are meant to provide top teams the opportunity to gauge their ability to compete at the highest level and prepare for the season. Generation Nexxt will continue providing national and conference rankings over the season. Playing in the Pre-Season Kickoff is the best way for teams to gain visibility and compete for conference and national rankings."
Folks there it is....... We represent the Mid Atlantic Conference and we thank those of you that answered the call that we put out last week. The matchups are going to be inane as you can already see.
For those of you that don't know about Generation Nexxt and Battle Sports yet, you must get caught up to speed and I am providing series of links below for you to study. Some of the top youth organizations in the country have committed to the Pre-Season Kickoff and have already played (as you can see from the video links). Teams such as: I.E. Ducks (LA); Central VA Hurricanes (VA); Chandler Bears (Arizona); Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes (South Fla); Atlanta Ducks (ATL); Yellow Jackets United (Texas); Maryland Seahawks (DMV); Maryland Heat (DMV); Metro VA Raiders (DMV), and Many Many More from across the country.
Get up to speed on this opportunity by researching the following links:
Facebook Page with Details and Videos: https://www.facebook.com/YouthFootballPlayoff/
Now when you get to that site, there is some great information that you need to study and prepare for, but first make sure to watch the video that is embedded about the kickoff classic. I have copied and pasted it for you below if you want to get right to it. CLICK HERE OR GO DIRECTLY TO THE YOU TUBE LINK https://youtu.be/AkmdMzeE544
This Pre-Season and Post-Season Tournament is all brought to you by some of the most powerful and important brands in Youth Sports: Generation Nexxt is providing unprecedented National Coverage and you Must check them out and get familiar if you don't already know about them. http://mygennexxt.com/
Spread the Word and Get ready for the Battle of the DMV!!!!!
Coach Mike
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