Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson


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)


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




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



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
Pennsylvania Pride  0   DMV Academy

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 


Maryland Team


Virginia Team



Westlake Bulldogs


 Central VA Canes



Westlake Bulldogs


 Virginia Beach Cavaliers



  Maryland Seahawks


 Virginia Beach Cavaliers



  TSA Blitz Select


 Virginia Beach Cavaliers



  Maryland Heat


 Central VA Canes



  Westlake Bulldogs


 Metro VA Raiders



  Maryland Heat


 Central VA Canes


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
Press Release

Grassroots and FBU HS & College Alums AND Parents.............


Calling All Trailblazers AND Parents........

You know..... The ones who paved the way...........

Those of you that got all of this FBU Stuff Started......

You know who you are...........

Before we had the pretty uniforms....

Before the UA Gear and the Maryland Pride Socks.......

Before the whole country respected us like they do now..........


If you get this FB Message, the 2017 version of Team Maryland not only requests your presence, but WE NEED YOU!!!!

We want to pay homage and respect.

You ALL paved the way to the first ever 8th Grade National Championship in 2016.




Those of you who won that 7th Grade National Championship in 2012 and your parents, your presences is requested.

You proved it could be done. You represent the class of 2018.



The 2013 Teams that sent 2 to The Final Four but came up just short. You guys are in HS in either the the classes of 2018, 2019, or 2020. We need you and your parents.


The 2014 7th Grade Team that lost in the last minute to Florida. We need you and your parents.

That 2015 8th Grade squad that was the Dream Team, come on back, and bring your parents. You are all the class of 2020.



Old School:

We are in desperate NEED of the old school though....

Old School players and Old School Parents.

The Class of 2017 and 2016.....

You guys are the ones that will be in the history books.....


That 2017 class were 8th Graders back in 2012. What a Dream Team......

We came up short but damn we left their heads spinning in Ohio. They may still be checking our birth certificates now.........

Most of our goons left for college already, but some may still be here. Even if they are gone, their parents are here.

Many of you chose College Park, so if you are free Sunday morning we need you!!!!

Kasim HillCam Spence, Marcus Minor, Anthony McfarlandLawtez Rogers, Davon Williams, DJ Darnell Pratt, Big Michael Joseph, Darius GolstonAdrian Feliz-Platt, B'ahmad BAhmad Miller, Dala DeLante Hellams Jr.and All the goons who are still here, we need you!!!!

We need your folks!

You took it to another level for us and we will Never forget you.



Awwwww...... But!!!

There is that one special group......

The group that the 30 for 30 will be done about.....

That group of Warrior parents and Warrior kids that made the ultimate sacrifice.

We had NOTHING to recruit them with except a dream.

I still can't believe they went for it!!!!

There was no history......

No videos.......

No photos to share, no rings to flash.....

No nice uniforms to dangle. No Nothing.

Just me and a dream........

I don't really know why they believed in me or the Dream. I didn't know most of them. A few played in the Spring GYFL, but not most.

I could NOT even get most of my GYFL alums to follow me down this yellow brick road.

But here is who I did get though......

Lorenzo Harrison aka Lo Lo (RB, U of Maryland).....

Terrance Davis aka Big Squeal (OL, University of Maryland).......

Ramar Williams (QB, Howard University)

Trevon Diggs (WE, U of Alabama)

Steven Smothers (WE, West Virginia University)

Richard Merritt (OL, U of Maryland)

Patrick Johnson (DB, U of Wisconsin)



There were many other great players on that team, but those 7 were the building blocks)

To the 2011 8th Grade FBU Team Maryland Trailblazers, your presence is humbly requested to meet those babies whose lives have been changed by YOUR sacrifices.


We need you Sunday morning and we need your parents to meet the parents whose childrens destines have been altered by you!!!

Melinda Burch, Big Lo, Robin Williams, Stephanie Diggs, Tuesday Mclain, Big Richard Merritt, Big Tom Johnson, we need you all!!!!

I can't tag or list all of the players but we love and need every last one of you so SPREAD THE WORD!!!!


Use FB, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, or whatever you use to communicate. Text, call, email, or do whatever you need to reach out Team Maryland Family.


Flyer is attached to the link: http://thegyfl.com/…/football-uni…/2017-fbu-team-md-tryout-1.


We miss you all!!!!


Let's have a reunion on the 50 yard line!!!


Team Maryland Familia!!!


Coach Mike

Maryland High School Crab Bowl powered by Under Armour

Grassroots is proud to be an official partner of The Maryland Crab Bowl, Powered by Under Armour.  This is Maryland's only statewide High School football all star game. The game will feature the best Senior all stars from public and private schools in the state of Maryland. CLICK THIS LINK to learn more about the HS Game.

We could NOT be more excited to present to you the 10th Anniversary of the Maryland HS Crab Bowl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Game will consist of 90 players split on 2 different regional teams. The Washington regional team will consist of players from Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Anne Arundel County, Calvert County, St.Mary's County, and Charles County.  The Baltimore regional teams will consist of players from Howard County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City. Frederick County, Washington County, Allegheny County, Cecil County, Harford County, Carroll County, Garrett County, and the Eastern Shore. 
              (Team Washington Area in Black)                                        (Team Baltimore Area in White)

The Maryland Crab Bowl
has alumni that include Tavon Austin (WVU/ St. Louis Rams), Jelani Jenkins (Florida, Miami Dolphins), Kyle Fuller (Va Tech, Chicago Bears), Ego Ferguson (LSU, Chicago Bears), 2017 NFL 5th Round Draft Pick Marquel Lee (Wake Forest, Oakland Raiders), several other NFL players, and over 450 college football players. Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports consider the Crab Bowl the top in-state all-star game in the country.
We are also excited about this partnership because it will allow our GYFL alums to have an opportunity to play in an elite level HS All Star Game. Of course we are locked in heavy with the Under Armour All American HS Game, the US Army All American Game, and the USA Football North American Championship Game.  But, we understand that only a small percentage of our alums will be invited to those exclusive Nationally televised games.  The Crab Bowl allows for the masses of our HS alums to play in a next level game and get maximum exposure during the peak recruiting period for colleges.
High School Alums had the opportunity to try out of for the HS game by attending one of the Crab Bowl Evaluation Camps in July of 2017.  You guys don't want to miss out on the Crab Bowl Experience.
This is all brought to you by Tony Kennedy and Lamar Smith of the Mid Atlantic Sports Foundation.  To learn more about what they do and offer visit www.midatlanticsportsfoudation.org.  
Mid Atlantic Youth Crab Bowl Tournament powered by Battle Sports

Let the Battle for Mid Atlantic Regional Supremacy in Youth Football Begin!!!!!!  At the most important period of the HS recruiting season, our middle school athletes will receive unprecedented exposure.  The top HS coaches will be on the sidelines of all of our games.  
There will be a series of Mid Atlantic Youth Crab Bowl All Star Games, powered by Battle Sports.  Grassroots has officially partnered with the Crab Bowl organizers to select players and coaches to fill the 3 different age groups for this game.  We will have 8 regional teams participating in the 2017 Youth Crab Bowl.  Questions can be directed to Karla Lewis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  (Team Southern Maryland has won 3 Straight Championships)                      (Marshawn Lloyd #21 made his debut)
For 2017, we will select 5th/6th Graders for the 6th Grade Teams (Minimum 25 & Max of 35), 7th Graders for the 7th Grade Tournament (Minimum 25 & Max of 35), and 8th Graders for the 8th Grade Tournament (Minimum 25 & Max of 35)
Currently, there are 8 Regions (Cecil County & Delaware are combined to make 1 Region). Team Directors and Coaches Contact info below:
  • Team Northern Maryland (Montgomery County, Howard County, Frederick County, Carroll County & Surrounding Areas)
    • Andy Stefanelli (All Grades) Cell: 301-502-1716; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
    • Stephen Smith (All Grades) Cell:202-595-5573; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team Southern Maryland (Prince George's County, Northern Charles County, Southern Anne Arundel County & Surrounding Areas)
    • Jovan Williams (6th Grade) Cell: 240-593-3049; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Kevin Holmes (7th & 8th Grades) Cell: 301-526-6733; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team Eastern Maryland (Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Northern Anne Arundel County, Harford County & Surrounding Areas)
    • Jamaal Ebron (All Grades) Cell: 443-413-1179; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Johnny Cromwell (All Grades) Cell: 443-938-5319; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Terrence Dante Wheeler (All Grades) Cell: 410-262-4057; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Rich Curry (Harford County/All Grades) Cell: 443-307-3105; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team Tri-County Maryland (Southern Charles County, Calvert County, St. Mary's County & Surrounding Areas)
    • Terrence Byrd (All Grades) Cell: 240-346-6555; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Will Johnson (All Grades) Cell: 202-689-4412; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Brian Woodburn (All Grades): Cell: 301-904-0416; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Team Cecil County (Cecil County & Surrounding Areas)
    • Pro Taylor (6th Grade) Cell: 443-967-3884; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team Delaware (All Counties in Delaware, South Eastern Philly, South Jersey & Surrounding Areas)
    • Dan Black (7th & 8th Grades) Cell: 302-293-5395: Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Isaiah Fleming (7th & 8th Grades) Cell: 302-419-7763; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team Chesapeake (Hampton VA, Norfolk Va and Surrounding Areas)
    • Larry Vaughn (All Grades) Cell: 757-275-6734; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team Metro Virginia (Southern Fairfax County, Prince William County and Surrounding Areas)
    • Jwan Banks (All Grades) Cell: 571-298-1440; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team Pennsylvania (Central PA & Surrounding Areas)
    • Derrick Foster (All Grades) Cell: 717-579-5602; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note:  There will be other regions contacted about entering teams in the event that one or more of our regions may not be able to field, or meet each of our requirement deadlines.  Those names have not been included on this page to avoid confusion, but there is a chance that a 9th team could play the 8th team in a "Play In" game, for example.

We want to create more opportunities for 5th Graders so each 6th grade team will have the option to reserve up to 10 spots on their rosters for 5th graders.  So 5th graders get an early jump on the radar screen by attending the Burning Sands and Crab Bowl Tournament.  If you have a son interested in this amazing opportunity in ANY of the above regions contact the Team Director at the contact number listed for tryout information.
     (Team Tidewater 7th Grade in 2015)                                        (Team Pennsylvania 6th Graders in 2015)
We are very excited to build the Youth Crab Bowl to the same level as the High School game.  What we love so much about the Crab Bowl is the venues where the games will be played.  The opening weekend will be December 9th and 10th.  We are currently securing elite HS venues for the Quarterfinals.  They will be played at state of the art facilities.  
We will be able to play 12 games between two HS venues on the December 9th.  The 6 teams that lose the quarterfinal games will play the consolation games at those same 2 HS on Sunday 10th (3 games at one and 3 at the other).  The 6 teams that advance to the Semi Finals will play indoors at the new state of the art indoor turn at Cole Field House on Saturday Dec 16th.  Those that advance to the finals will play prior to the HS Crab Bowl game on Sunday Dec 17th at Bowie State University. The venues for the entire tournament will be breathtaking.
As much as we enjoy the travel of FBU, very few if any of the local high school coaches are going to be traveling with us.  This is a great opportunity for players who are good, but may not be deep on the radar yet, to really get some good exposure in the heart of the recruiting season.  While Team Maryland and Team Metro Maryland are competing Nationally in the prestigious FBU National Championship Tournament, the rest of the DMV will be competing locally for Mid Atlantic Regional Supremacy against some of the best teams in the Mid Atlantic region in front of ALL of the top HS Coaches in the DMV.
The youth players From DC, MD, Northern Va, Pennsylvania, and Delaware will have an opportunity to audition for the Crab Bowl in 4 different ways:
  • Playing in the GYFL Spring League
  • Playing in the GYFL Fall League
  • Attending the Burning Sands Invitational in October of 2017
  • Series of additional regional tryouts to be scheduled as needed (Regional All Star Tryouts to begin in August of 2017)
What more could you ask for?  
Crab Bowl Invitations: 
Each region will create its own protocol regarding team selections.  Regions have the flexibility to schedule and hold initial tryouts, beginning in August.  We invite ALL regions to participate in the Burning Sands, as it is the first official tryout for DC, MD, Northern Va, and Delaware.  Outside regions can use this template and Burning Sands information as an example of what you can do in your own regions to select your teams.  You are not required to follow our model and can choose any model you like.  We encourage all teams to scout their youth leagues, distribute flyers at games, etc.
REGISTRATION FEES (To Be Paid By Individual Players to their Team Directors):
  • The Team Directors will collect all registration fees from parents and are responsible paying fees online at the link that has been provided to the them on specified dates (Deposits, Final Fees, etc.)


  • Participation for the athlete in the Youth Crab Bowl Youth Tournament, as well as entry for athlete into All events, games, and activities.
  • Battle Crab Bowl Game Jersey with Crab Bowl Logo and Battle Logo on the front.
  • Games played on State of the Art Field Turf Stadiums
  • Athletic Trainer on site for All Games
  • Professionally Captured Game Footage (Copies to be sold separately)
  • Live Stream of Championship Games
  • Professional Announcer for All Games
  • Professional Staff of workers to ensure an amazing experience
  • Coverage by Rivals.com, and ESPN 300 the top high schools scouting service in the nation
  • Scouting by the Grassroots Youth Football League Spring and Fall scouts
  • Scouting by FBU All American 9th Grade All American Game scouts
  • Scouting by Under Armour All American 8th Grade All American Game scouts
  • Scouting by the top Public, Private, and Charter High Schools in the Baltimore Washington Metropolitan Area.

                (To the Victors go the Spoils)                                    (Champs with Jalen and Coach McCain)


  • Football Equipment from youth organization (Wear current Youth shoulder pads, 7 piece pad sets, and Helmets to represent your Youth Club)
  • Game Pants (Colors to be determined by Team Director; white, black, etc.)
  • Game Accessories (Cleats, socks, pads, wristbands, visors, sleeves, etc.)
    • Note that game pants and all accessories will be offered at significantly discounted rates by Under Amour prior to the game and on site.
    • Click Here to learn more about what we have to offer.
    • Specific Crab Bowl packages will be developed and available online for the game.
  • Filling out the Database Link once you are officially selected
Much more information on the Mid Atlantic Youth Crab Bowl is to come!!!!  After the Burning Sands there will be additional tryouts for the specific regions that you will be referred to during the months of October/November. Questions can be directed to Karla Lewis and she can be emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Parental Forms/Needs:

Liability Waiver Forms

  • Every player must have a parent sign a Liability Waiver form.  You can NOT play without a waiver form. 
  • Waiver Forms are on the website for download under the All Star Leagues Tab and GYFL Forms.

Parental Conduct Forms

  • Each parent must fill out a parental code form, which is located on the site at the Forms dropdown.

Age Verification

  • We must certify age, and grade in order to play. 
  • MD State issued ID Cards are acceptable as long as they are current (Copies Only) 
  • NO other forms of ID will be needed if the MD State ID is presented.
  • Athletes will need a photo ID.  We must have the official birthday. 
  • We will accept a school ID with birthday. (Copies Only)
  • We will accept a birth certificate in addition to the school ID if if does not include birthday.  (Copies Only)
  • We will accept ID badges from Fall Youth organizations if they have photo, name and birthday.  Any official ID cards will be accepted. (Copies Only)

Age Requirements:

8th Grade Teams

  • Athletes must be in the 8th Grade (7th Graders may play up)
  • 8th Grade athletes are typically 13 years old, turning 14 at some point during the academic year.
  • Athletes may not turn 15 prior to Sept 1st, 2017 (Designed to account for 1 Time Reclassified kids).

7th Grade Teams

  • Athletes must be in the 7th Grade (6th Graders may play up)
  • 7th Grade athletes are typically 12 years old, turning 13 at some point during the academic year.
  • Athletes may not turn 14 prior to Sept 1st, 2017 (Designed to account for 1 Time Reclassified kids).

6th Grade Teams

  • Athletes must be  in the 6th Grade (5th Graders may play up)
  • 6th Grade athletes are typically 11 years old, turning 12 at some point during the academic year.
  • Athletes may not turn 13 prior to Sept 1st, 2017 (Designed to account for 1 Time Reclassified kids).

       (Southern MD 2 Elite QBs)                         (Youth Crab Bowl Coaches)


3136 as of 10/27/2017

2017 GYFL Member Organizations

Bowie One (Varsity)                                 Metro Virginia Raiders (Varsity)                  
Delaware Ducks (JV)                                MoCo Bearcats (JV, Varsity)
DMV Academy (Frosh, JV, Varsity)         Pennsylvania Pride (Varsity)       
Maryland Heat (JV, Varsity)                     TSA Blitz Select (Frosh, JV)   
Central VA Hurricanes (Exhibition)         Maryland Seahawks (Exhibition)
Oxon Hill Elite (Spring of 2018)

Click Here to view the Battle Pre-Season Kickoff Classic Details

Click Here to Pay Fall GYFL Team  Registration Fees

Click Here to view the Frosh Schedule/Standings

Click Here to view the JV Schedule/Standings

Click Here to view the Varsity Schedule/Standings

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

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

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. 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...

#5. 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...


GYFL has the ammunition to do the unthinkable, which is to outdo what we did in 2016. With just the 5 opportunities listed above (There are more!), we plan to blow the doors off of 2016. 

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 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 Kickoff Classic Saturday Aug 19th. 
  • Official Season Opener Thursday Sep 7th.
  • First Saturday Games Sep 9.
  • We will have Thursday Night Showcase games for Varsity, the first 4 Thursdays in Sep. 7, 14, 28, with Saturday Games on the 9, 16, 23, and 30 of September.  There will be a Sunday Varsity Game on Sept 24th.
  • Chad Ricardo will be on the Mic.  SEN will be on the telecast.
  • 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.  THere will be a varsity Sunday Oct 15th and one more Thursday Night Showcase game in October 19th.
  • 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 Wise HS.
  • 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.
  • 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):



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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Delaware & Surrounding Areas 

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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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 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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Fill out the MANDATORY Pre-Registration List by CLICKING HERE

2017 FBU Team Maryland National Championship Tournament Team Tryout #1

The time repeat and defend the crown begins NOW!!!!


  • Event is for 9U,10U, 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders.  
  • This is the first official tryout for Team Maryland, the home of the 2012 7th Grade National Champions, along with the 2016 8th Grade National Champions, as well as the Head Coach for the 2017 FBU 8th Grade All American Game winning Head Coach.
  • Participants from the entire DMV are welcome! (Maryland, DC, Delaware and PA are all welcome)
  • 4th and 5th Graders are now allowed to try out for the 9U and 10U teams. 
  • Date will be Sunday July 16th.  Location is St. Johns College High School
    • 2607 Military Road, NW Washington DC 20015
  • Cost is FREE!!!!.  
  • For more information about FBU, go to the site directly at www.footballuniversity.org,
  • For info on the actual National Championship Tournament, visit www.fbunc.com,


If you need more information to make your decision, read on.....

History of Team Maryland in the FBU National Championship Tournament

In order to gain respect nationally and turn the DMV into a Nationally respected Football HOTBED, we must take State All Star Teams and play against State All Star Teams from North Carolina, from Georgia, form Florida, from Louisiana, from Texas, etc.  We are off to an amazing start, but we still have work to do.

We must have a platform to compete against those teams and WE MUST WIN!  The platform must be a respected platform and when we participate in that platform, play against those state All Star Teams with the best that the DMV has to offer, we will begin to CHANGE EVERYTHING!!!  We have already started the process. As we change perception the colleges will Notice and MORE scholarship offers will come to the DMV when we become that Nationally respected Football Hotbed.

Football University is the ONLY National Platform that provides an opportunity for us to change our perception. They own the US Army All American Game which has the top 4 and 5 Star HS athletes each year that have committed to the top Colleges.  College Programs follow the US Army Game and they Follow FBU because both properties are owned by the same parent company, All American Games (AAG).  

AAG created FBU to find the next group of elite middle school athletes that will one day have a chance to play in the US Army Game.  The connection between FBU and Major Colleges is purely undeniable.  FBU is critical to our overall objective, which is to maximize our athletes chances to compete for a college scholarship.  If you are not interested in playing college football, this is probably NOT the tournament for you and there are other opportunities that we can refer you to.


If you are not convinced yet and still need even more information to make your decision, here is more.....

FBU's National Championship Tournament at the 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade division is like the Little League World Series of youth football. NOTHING CAN COMPARE to it.  In 2012, our 7th Graders followed my lead and obliterated Central Virginia, Eastern Carolina, Chicago, Massachusetts, South Florida, and NE Louisiana on the way to the 7th Grade National Championship in 2012.  It was not about winning a ring.  It was about revolutionizing a State guys and earning National Respect, which in turn will increase scholarship offers for this region.

In 2016, our 8th Graders kicked the door in by obliterating the competition and winning 5 games in a row en route to a 41 to 14 thrashing of Team Seattle in the National Championship Game and we finished the mission.  One Championship at 7th Grade and one at 8th Grade in 4 years is pretty special.  We  have had more Final Four Teams than any region in the history of the FBU National Championship, but it is NOT enough!!!

That is how serious this is for us at Grassroots.  If we are going to be successful in changing the entire paradigm and perception about our region as a football power, which will in turn, manifest itself with more scholarship offers to our region, your child will have a better chance at earning one when he graduates.  You need for this to happen and we are the ones to make it happen.  For the last 5 years we put formidable teams together at all 3 age groups.  We are expecting to come back with National Championships at 7th and 8th Grade this year.  

The cool thing is that the GYFL League has 3 options for you to consider that are all tied to and run by GYFL organizations.  You will begin to see promos for Team Metro Maryland and Team Northern Virginia soon.  But, this promo is for Team Maryland, the reigning National Champions.

As a region, when we begin to dominate the FBU Tournament at every level and win Championships in front of 200,000 viewers on the internet, along with the powerful marketing and promotion campaign of FBU, college coaches will look at us differently all over the country.  High School football coaches from all over will understand that the youth football leagues in the DMV are putting out monsters that are a force to be reckoned with.  The game will continue to change!!!

As more an more of them matriculate to college and dominate, you will see our average number of scholarship offers increase each and every year.  This is the mission that we are on at Grassroots and we are succeeding.  Check out the Grassroots Track Record if you need more proof. Click Here to see the details.  

No single event or showcase is more important to the machine than the FBU National Championship Tournament.  

We have some of the very best in the business coming to train and evaluate the athlete's. Parents whether you join Team Maryland as we prepare to defend our title as National Champs or not this is one you DON'T want to miss! Here is why:

2017 Instructors

  • Quarter Backs - Virginia State Legend,Gregory Clark
  • Running Backs - Former UMD NFL Star, Lamont Jordan
  • Wide Receivers - Former Delaware St and Redskin Star, Darnerien McCants
  • Offensive Line - Former UMD and current SJC OC, Patrick Ward
  • Defensive Line - Former University Tennessee Star, Sudan Ellington (Big Skills Academy)
  • Defensive Backs - Under Armour All-American, SJC and MD Heat Defensive Back Coach, Don Cox

As you can see this is more than a tryout this is an opportunity to get better and learn your position from some of the best and it's all FREE!

The event will be covered live by the 1 and ONLY Chad Ricardo in case you unfortunately have to miss the fun. We KNOW you're watching the entire country is watching as they prepare to dethrone the champs so why not give you a front row seat no charge?

If you think you are ready for this level of football, click on the link below and we will see you on Sunday July 16th.  Spread the word!!!!!!

Details for event:

Date: Sunday Sept 30th, 2018
Venue: St. Johns College High School
            2607 Military Road, NW
            Washington, DC 20015
Time: Check in at 9am
         Tryout 10:00am to 1pm.

  • Wear your official Game Jerseys for ID purposes
  • Shorts and/or sweats
  • Bring own water/Gatorade
  • We will run the following:
    • 40 Yard Dash
    • Pro Agility Shuttle
    • 3 Cone Drill
    • Position Specific Offense/Defense Drills



How do I maximize my exposure to Top High School Coaches and Scouting Services?

How do I maximize my exposure to D-I, D-II, and D-III Colleges while still in middle school?

How do I maximize my chance to make one of the Grassroots Post Season All Star Teams?

The answer is the Grassroots Hot Gates Showcase.  It doesn’t get any better than this for middle school and rising 9th Grade football players!!!!! 







We need All Competitors to wear their Youth Club Jersey for Identification, or any jersey that will allow you to be identified. 


                                                    (Image of the FBU 8th Grade All Americans loaded with Hot Gates Alums)

If you need more information about what the Hot Gates is, please continue to read.

The Hot Gates is High School Showcase Event for middle school prospects. The event is for rising 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Graders.  Classes of 2021 - 2025.

Our Spring and Fall League participants have the benefit of auditioning for us, the top HS Coaches in the DMV, the top Scouting Services in the country, and the College Football Programs that recruit this area every weekend during Grassroots games.  

In an effort to give a fair shot to those kids who are playing in other leagues, the Hot Gates was created.  Hot Gates I was held at St. Johns High School two years ago and it was free.  It was an amazing day for exposure.  Hot Gates II was at the U of Maryland last year and it was mind bending.

The problem with the first Hot Gates being free was that we had way too many athletes to truly evaluate the way we wanted to.  There were about 400 kids there. We decided to charge in year 2 to reduce the number of participants to the ones that are serious.  The fee was still nominal at $35 because we wanted to encourage participation and we HAD to cut off the registration at 300.

We will still continue to improve and expand our Burning Sands Showcase the first Sunday of October every year, but we realized that we needed to create a Pre-Fall Season/Summer event to maximize opportunities for us to scout and for young talented athletes to be scouted.

This Hot Gates event is a Shorts & T-Shirts version of the Burning Sands.  We want you to come with your Youth Club Organization Jerseys for easy identification.

Folks were always curious about how we name our events.  The Burning Sands is named after a grueling initiation process that fraternities put their pledges through. Before they can be admitted into the Brotherhood for life they must not only complete the initiation steps, but they must symbolically cross over the "Burning Sands" to make it into the fraternity.  This is very symbolic for us at Grassroots. There is a reason why our teams are always so good and the Burning Sands Showcase is a critical component of the process.  It plays a major role in our track record for our alums getting to the top High Schools and Colleges, which is just staggering for a youth league.  CLICK HERE to see for yourself.


                (Image of FBU 9th Grade All Americans,including Hot Gates Alums)

The Hot Gates was named after the Battle of Thermopylae and taken from the movie 300, which is one of my favorites.  The 300 Spartans were outnumbered by the 10,000 Persians and to battle them in the open land would have been suicide.  King Leonidas positioned the Spartans at the Coastal pass of Thermopylae (aka the “Hot Gates,” so known because of the nearby sulfur springs), expecting that the narrow pass would funnel the Persian Army toward his own force in a narrow passageway that would mitigate the advantage that the Persians had.   With that being said, in order to get the most out of the Grassroots Experience, athletes must be willing to enter the "Hot Gates" and fight for their spots the same way the Spartans fought for their lives.  

Many 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 yours be there to get noticed? Or will you be disappointed at the end of the season when the Grassroots Goons are going to the top public, private, and charter schools, along with the red carpet treatment?

In addition to exposure to the top HS coaches in the DMV, this is additional look for our FBU National Championship Teams.  We have 3 Teams now. This is NOT an official FBU Tryout, but we are always scouting for talent for our MD and NoVa State Teams.  This is a prelude to the 1st set of FBU National Championship Team tryouts coming in August for Team Maryland, Team Metro Maryland and Team Northern VA.


If you still need more reasons to commit, please continue to read.

This is also the first official tryout Youth Crab Bowl and Youth Capitol Bowl that will be truly spectacular this winter. From a scouting and exposure standpoint, the Hot Gates will be unmatched.  For those of you not familiar yet with FBU yet, or the Youth Crab Bowl and Youth Capitol Bowl, you will learn all about them and their benefits.  You will put yourself in position to be on the FBU, Crab Bowl, and Capitol Bowl radar screens as one of the top middle school athletes in the DMV.



Nationwide HS scouting service SEN will be on hand to capture all the action, rank the athletes, and provide unprecedented national exposure. In addition to their scouting prowess, the actual media production that SEN Television will put on will be spectacular.  No longer do we just have the FBU Platform of National Championship Tournament and the All American Games, but we are now on the selection committee for the the Under Armour 8th Grade All American Game, which is entitled, the UA Next Game. The Game will be played in Orlando, Fl right after the Under Armour High School All American Game.  Participants will spend a week with the Under Armour High School All Americans. 

In addition, we are on the selection committee for the USA Football International Bowls to be played in AT&T Stadium (Jerry World) on Martin Luther King's Birthday in January of 2018. The opportunities for Exposure are legendary.  But it all starts with the Hot Gates!!!!  The Fall 2017 Football Season officially begins when you enter the Hot Gates. There will be so many HS coaches there that your heads will spin.  College Coaches from all over the DMV will be in attendance as well. Towson U, Howard, and Bowie State have already committed.  We expect t0 see Navy, Morgan State, Catholic U, Georgetown, McDaniel and Stevenson College.


Take a peak at the level of coverage that SEN provided for last years Hot Gates by clicking HERE.  The coverage is unreal.

The best news is that NOT ONLY will the event be held on at the University of Maryland on the same practice fields that the Terps use every day, EACH and EVERY Drill of the camp will be run by University of Maryland Coaches!!!!  Yes it is true....  Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach Walt Bell will work exclusively with the middle school QB's.  DB Coach Azzar Abdul Rahim will work exclusively with the Defensive Backs, etc., etc.

So as a middle school student athlete, you have the opportunity to be coached by and audition in front of a Big Ten coaching staff.  This is unprecedented and unheard of.  Only Grassroots has this type of access. The good news is that that Camp is open to Every athlete from every league, in every region that can get to the event.

There is absolutely no excuse NOT to attend.  The only issue is that the space will be limited.  We can not handle a showcase event with 500 kids and we are not interested in mass producing football. We are cutting off online registration at 300 and will only take walk ups until we are at capacity, so the first 300 that fill out this registration page and secure the payment will get the opportunity of a lifetime. 


Here are the Event Highlights:

·        - Invitations for free admission to the Burning Sands for Crab Bowl and FBU Selections will be awarded.

·    ·  -Evaluations by SEN TELEVISION and ALL TOP AREA High School Coaches.

·        -First look for Grassroots Game Changer Evaluations for 2018.

If this information is not more than enough to get you to want to attend the best youth football event of the year, than we are probably not a good fit for you and we wish you the best on your youth football career.  But here is what I will finally say to the masses of youth football players and parents:

You all SAY you want......

If so, then Come get it........ It will be at the Hot Gates!!!!!

Spread the word........

The top rated players from the classes of 2021 and 2022 will be there. Come show the scouts you are just as good if not better. The SEN 2022 Rankings start on Monday June 19th at the U of Maryland.

FBU All Americans will be there like FBU National Player of the Year Antwain Littleton, FBU 8th Grade Offensive MVP Zion Larkins, FBU 8th Grade Defensive MVP Greg Penn, Caleb Coombs, Colin Henrich, and Caleb Coombs, just to n name a few. UA All Americans like 8th Grade MVP Gary Rosemond, Kenjuan Manuel, Jordan Anderson, and others from the game will be there.

Grassroots Game Changers will be there like Under Armour Ill Speed Champion Colby McDonald, and Grassroots Play Makers like Jalil Farooq, Christian Taylor, Mikey Keen, Joshua Williams, and many more.

All the top rated players will be at the Gates.

What about you? Are you going to continue to complain about not being recognized and respected, or are you going to come and take your respect by competing against the best of the best. Those of you that missed the opportunity to play in the Grassroots Spring, have one last shot. Take your best one and get signed up NOW!!!!!

We realize that we are not for everybody.  The rest are details for you to know and share.

Grassroots Hot Gates Middle School Showcase III:

Where: University of Maryland Gossett Field House
              379 Field House Drive
              College Park, MD 20742

Registration: www.TheGYFL.com
Cost: $35.00 online for Current Athletes on Spring GYFL 2017 Rosters;
$50.00 online for NON-GYFL Spring 2017 Rosters.

Walk Up Fee will be $50.00 for ALL walk ups.  

There will be NO Refunds.  GYFL credit will be offered for players who have paid but can't attend for any reason.

When: Monday June 19th, 2017
Time: All Grades register @ 8am; Compete from 9am to 1pm
Details: NO PADS; Bring Water
              Shorts, cleats, T-Shirts; Youth Club Game Jersey

Schedule of Events:

  • Registration
  • Intro by President Mike Anderson
  • Introduction of University of Maryland Coaching Staff
  • 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
  • Closing Instructions




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, and learn about the Grassroots track record of College Scholarship offers and signings.

See you at the Gates on Monday 19th!!!

By the way, Grassroots............. What is your profession?.............. Ah UH!!!!!!!!




Coach Mike


754 as of 9:40pm 6/14/2017

2017 Final Spring Varsity Regular Season Standings 

  **** The Loudoun County War Eagles are only playing Exhibition Games for the Spring Varsity Season. Their record and stats are in bold and underlined print.  They are not eligible for the playoffs.  Their points will be included during the weekly standings, but for purposes of points for playoffs, the Eagle Scores will NOT be included.

: **** 
Both Maryland Heat and Bowie Elite (DM) ended up with 4 - 0 Records.  Bowie Elite DM had a better overall Point Differential, but in tie breakers where every team does NOT play all of the same teams, we have learned that is is not fair to break the tie with Overall Point Differential.  We have learned that it must be done by the Point Differential for COMMON OPPONENTS.

If we use all opponents but everyone did not play all of the same teams, one team can benefit by not having to play one of the super teams, which will effect the point differential negatively for them.  Both teams had Moco Bearcats, MVA Raiders, and DMV Academy on the schedule.  However, MVA Raiders Forfeited the Heat Game, so we did not include any points for or against.  We used the scores from the Bearcats and the DMV Academy to determine the common opponent point differential, which is the only fair way to determine a final seeding.

Maryland Heat had the following point differential between those 2 teams:

  • MoCo Bearcats: 14 to 0 (+14)
  • DMV Academy: 28 to 6 (+22)
  • Total Heat Point Differential +36

Bowie Elite DM had the following point differential between those same 2 teams.

  • MoCo Bearcats:  40 to 8 (+32)
  • DMV Academy: 16 to 13 (+3)
  • Total DM Point Differential +35

Maryland Heat have the #1 Seed based on a +36 to +35 point differential for Common Opponents.








Point Diff

#1 Maryland Heat ****





           14               +58

#2 Bowie Elite DM ****





           45               +60

#3 Bowie Elite SVP





           56               +14

#4 DMV Academy





           56                  -3

MoCo Bearcats





           77                 -36

Metro VA Raiders





           58                -40

DC Raiders





           80                -41

LoCo War Eagles ****





           26                 -1



2017 Final Spring Junior Varsity Regular Season Standings 
Note:  Read details regarding the Metro Va and Beacon House Seeding

Note:  Both Metro VA and Beacon House ended up with 2 - 2 Records.  Beacon House had a better overall Point Differential, but in tie breakers where every team does NOT play all of the same teams, we have learned that is is not fair to break the tie with Overall Point Differential.  We have learned that it must be done by the Point Differential for COMMON OPPONENTS.

If we use all opponents but everyone did not play all of the same teams, one team can benefit by not having to play one of the super teams, which will effect the point differential negatively for them.  For example, the Maryland Heat are the #1 Seed this season an have scored a lot of points.  Metro VA had them on the schedule and Beacon House did not have them, so we do NOT include the point differential of the Heat vs Metro VA game in the calculations.  Both teams played Moco, Bowie SVP, and DMV Academy.  So we included all 3 of those point differentials to come up with the final seeding.

Beacon House had the following record against those 3 Teams (1 - 2, with a point differential of -31).  Metro had the following record against those teams (2 - 1, with a point differential of -14).  When considering the record and point differential, Metro VA earned the #4 Seed in the Playoffs.








Point Diff

#1 Maryland Heat   





            6              +111

#2 Bowie Elite SVP





           18               +95

#3 DMV Academy





           26               +27

#4 Metro Va Raiders *****





            61                -27

Beacon House Falcons ****





           74                -17

PA Pride





           59               -34

LoCo War Eagles





           66               -54

MoCo Bearcats





           84               -40

Harco Bucs

                  0                      3                .000                 12            61               -49

2017 Final Spring Frosh Regular Season Standings










Point Diff

#1 Metro Va Raiders






             0             +111

#2 DMV Academy






            34             +52

#3 Maryland Heat






            16             +47

#4 TSA Blitz Select






            74              -44

Pennsylvania Pride






            31              +2

MoCo Bearcats






            64              -64

LoCo War Eagles






           108            -108


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