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2015 Youth Crab Bowl

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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.
 
The Game will consist of 90 players split on 2 different regional teams. The Washington regional team will consist of players from Montgomery, Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Calvert, St.Mary's, Charles counties, and the Eastern Shore. The Baltimore regional teams will consist of players from Howard, Baltimore County, Baltimore City. Frederick, Washington, Allegheny, Cecil, Harford, Carroll, and Garrett.

The Maryland Crab Bowl is in its 8
th year and 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), 5 other NFL players, and over 450 college football players. Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports considered 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 US Army All American Game, as well as the Under Armour All American HS 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 2015.  You guys don't want to miss out on the Crab Bowl Experience.
 
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 our games.  
 
This is all brought to you by Tony Kennedy of the Mid Atlantic Sports Foundation.  To learn more about what they do and offer visit www.midatlanticsportsfoudation.org.  
  
Grassroots Youth Crab Bowl Tournament powered by Under Armour

Let the Battle for Mid Atlantic Regional Supremacy in Youth Football Begin!!!!!!
 
There will be a series of GYFL Youth Crab Bowl Games, powered by Under Armour.  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 plan to triple the size of the Youth Crab Bowl this winter. In 2014 we had 4 regional teams representing the DC, MD, and Northern Va regions.
 
For 2015, we will select 33 5th/6th Graders, 33 7th Graders, and 33 8th Graders. We have 14 potential regional directors competing to provide 12 Regional teams from the following areas for 2015 (Team Director Contact info included):
  • Team Northern Maryland (Montgomery, Howard, Frederick, Carroll Counties & Surrounding Areas)
    • Adrian Koroma (All Grades) Cell: 240-483-1436; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Tony Ashley (All Grades) Cell: 301-399-3427 ; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team Southern Maryland (Prince George's, Charles, St. Mary's Calvert, Southern AA Counties & Surrounding Areas)
    • Mark McCain (8th Grade) Cell: 240-429-0909; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Kevin Holmes (7th Grade) Cell: 301-526-6733; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Terry White (6th Grade) Cell: 301-641-8014; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team Eastern Maryland (Baltimore City, Baltimore, Harford Counties, Eastern Shore & Surrounding Areas)
    • Darryl Redman (6th Grade) Cell: 443-742-2468;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Kevin Void (7 Grade) Cell: 443-204-3452; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Tyrone Johnson (8th Grade) Cell: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team District of Columbia
    • Rodney Cephas (All Grades) Cell: 202-277-3299; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
    • Vincent Moore (All Grades) Cell: 202-421-9701; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Dante Settles (All Grades) Cell: 202-725-0198; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Steve Jones (All Grades) Cell: 202-207-5201; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team Northern Virginia (Loudoun County, Northern Fairfax and Surrounding Areas)
    • Rusty Markland (All Grades) Cell: 703-929-5748; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team Metro Virginia (Southern Fairfax, Prince William and Surrounding Areas)
    • Jwan Banks (All Grades) Cell: 703-586-3780; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team Pennsylvania
    • Jen Hoover McNair (All Grades) Cell: 717-736-6776; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team North New Jersey
    • Jevaughn Thomas (All Grades) Cell: 201-310-7673; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team Delaware
    • Steven Greenlee (6th & 7th Grades) Cell: 610-246-0842; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Shawn Womack (8th Grade) Cell: 302-420-7211; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team Central Virginia
    • William Massenburg (All Grades) Cell: 804-301-5242; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Team Tidewater Virginia 
    • Carson Cutler (All Grades) Cell: 757-633-9597; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.
 
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 that the Final Four and Championship Games will be played at the prestigious McDaniel College in Westminster, MD during the 19th and 20th of December.  
 
The first 2 rounds will be played at various facilities in the Baltimore Metro Area at select top notch field turf facilities on the 12th and 13th of December.  That will allow all of the local public and private high school coaches to see these kids up close and evaluate them in an All Star setting. 
 
The HS Game will be played on Saturday the 19th.
 
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 is 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 North East.
 
The youth players From DC, MD, Northern Va, 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 2015
  • Series of additional regional tryouts to be scheduled as needed 
The youth players From Central PA, Central VA, New Jersey, and Tidewater Va, will have an opportunity to audition for the Crab Bowl by the following:
  • Regional Tryouts set up by their regional Team Directors (See Above for Regional Team Directors Info)

What more could you ask for?  If you want to be a part of THE GRASSROOTS YOUTH CRAB BOWL, contact Neil Hamilton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information!!!

Please read the following portion of this information carefully so that you understand the ongoing selection process from A to Z.
 
How Do We Determine a Champion?
 
We begin with 12 teams at each age division.  There will be 6 games on Sat 12th and 6 more on Sunday 13th.  There will be a total of 18 games played the first weekend on 3 different fields in the Baltimore Area.  We will use the 8th Grade as an example, with 6th and 7th being identical formats.
  • In 8th Grade there will be 6 games played on Saturday from 9am to 9pm.
  • There will be 6 winners and 6 losers.
  • The 6 in the losers bracket will play each other in 3 games beginning Sunday morning at 9am.
  • The 6 in the winners bracket will play each other in 3 games beginning Sunday afternoon at 3pm.
  • By Sunday Night we will have the following breakdown:
    • 3 Teams will be 0 -2 and knocked out of the tournament
    • 6 Teams will be 1 - 1 and technically still alive to move to the Final Four Round on Sat Dec 19th.
    • 3 Teams will be 2 - 0 and advance to the Final Four Round on Sat Dec 19th.
    • The 4th team in the Final 4 will be the 1 - 1 team with the highest point differential.
      • We will add up all the points the offense scored in the two games, and subtract the points the defense gave up in the two games.
      • Of the 6 1 -1 teams, the team with the highest point differential moves on as the #4 Seed in the Tournament,
    • The #1, #2, and #3 Seeds will be determined by the point differentials of the 3 undefeated teams.
    • Seed #1 will play Seed #4
    • Seed #2 will play Seed #3
  • Final Four Games will be played at McDaniel Field
  • On Sunday the Championship Game will be played.  There will be no consolation games on Sunday.
 
Crab Bowl Invitations: 
Each region will create its own protocol regarding team selections.  We invite ALL regions to participate in the Burning Sands, but 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, and have tryouts to fill the rosters.
 
REGISTRATION FEES (To Be Paid By Individual Players to their Team Directors):
  • The Team Directors will collect all registration fees from parents and forward to GYFL on an agreed upon schedule beginning November 15th, 2015.
  • After official team selection by the Head Coach, fees will be determined by the individual Team Directors and paid directly to them.  
  • Any athlete from any region that is selected to play but does not have the funds to pay registration fee may apply for financial aid by Clicking Here. Follow instructions closely in the link to apply for financial aid. Financial Aid requests must be made NO LATER THAN November 21st.

WHAT DO YOU REGISTRATION FEES COVER?

  • Participation in Crab Bowl Youth Tournament and entry for athlete into All events, games, and activities.
  • Under Armour Crab Bowl Game Jersey with Crab Bowl Logo and Under Armour Logo on the front.
  • Guarantee of 2 games in the Tournament, assuming that we end up with 12 regions at all 3 grade levels.
  • Possibility of 3 or 4 depending on whether the team makes it to the Championship Game.
  • 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)
  • Professional Announcer for All Games
  • Coverage by Youth1.com, the top youth scouting service in the nation
  • Coverage by Rivals.com, the top high school scouting service in the nation
  • Scouting by the Grassroots Youth Football League Spring and Fall scouts
  • Scouting by FBU All American Game scouts
  • Scouting by Under Armour All American Game scouts
  • Scouting by US Army All American Game scouts
  • Scouting by the top Public, Private, and Charter High Schools in the Baltimore Washington Metropolitan Area.

WHAT ARE PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR?

  • 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.
Much more information on the Youth Crab Bowl is to come!!!!  After the Burning Sands there will be invitations for individual tryouts for the specific regions that you will be referred to during the months of October/November.

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.  
  • 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. 
  • We will accept a birth certificate in addition to the school ID if if does not include birthday.  
  • We will accept ID badges from Fall Youth organizations if they have photo, name and birthday.  Any official ID cards will be accepted.

 
Age Requirements:

8th Grade Teams

  • Athletes must be in the 8th Grade 
  • Athletes may not turn 15 prior to Sept 1st, 2015 without and specific waiver from the GYFL.
  • If a waiver is given to any child on any team, each team will have an age waiver option.

7th Grade Teams

  • Athletes must be in the 7th Grade
  • Athletes may not turn 14 prior to Sept 1st, 2015 without and specific waiver from the GYFL.
  • If a waiver is given to any child on any team, each team will have an age waiver option.

6th Grade Teams

  • Kids must be  in the 6th Grade (5th Graders may play up)
  • Kids may not turn 13 prior to Sept 1st, 2015 without and specific waiver from the GYFL.
  • If a waiver is given to any child on any team, each team will have an age waiver option.

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