2015 Events & Showcases

2015 Events & Showcases (8)

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 21:51

Burning Sands Top Performers

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The Burning Sands Invitational was hosted by the Grassroots Youth Football League and gave athletes the ability to showcase their football abilities in front of the top private and public schools in the area in addition to FBU and Crab Bowl Coaches. There were current and former FBU All-Americans, Elite 101 members and Game Changers all in attendance.

After taking in all the sights and sounds of the 4th annual Burning Sands Invitational and scouting nearly 200 athletes from all over the Mid-Atlantic Region we have put together our Top 25 athletes at the showcase event.  The rankings took in the ability of each athlete in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades and we ranked them according to how we felt they performed.

CLICK HERE to see the Top Performer list.  You will need a premium membership but it is worth it!!!

Monday, 05 October 2015 03:14

2015 FBU NC Team Maryland

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Naples preview video

The single biggest event in Youth Football, period! Two of the biggest events in sports, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the Little League World Series, collide and the result is the FBU National Championship.

64 Teams from all over the United States, representing their State/Region, battling in a single elimination tournament to see who is the National Champion. There are three divisions, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade all which will compete throughout the month of December to be crowned National Champion. There will be over 6,000 athletes representing thousands of youth leagues participating in the Championship.

Playing on a National Stage on “Championship Weekend” to become the real National Champion. For the second year in a row, the FBU National Championship - "Championship Weekend" will be held in Naples, Florida to showcase the best teams in the nation.

AAG believes that the nation’s top football athletes have the right to compete against other top talent of the same caliber! Most top football athletes never get tested on a consistent basis. AAG built the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to allow the nation’s top high school football players to compete against one another, and now AAG has created Football University’s National Championship and Regional Championship to allow the nation’s top 6th, 7th, and 8th graders the same opportunity! These opportunities prepare top athletes for the rest of their football careers and lives. 

 

 The amount of opportunity is unlimited!    

 How will you handle the opportunity that lies ahead?

How do I make a Team?

 

Team Maryland Represents the Maryland, DC, Nova, and Delaware Region.  We are a very small region but we have a ton of talent.  Team Maryland is the home of the 2012 FBU National Champions and we a very proud of that accomplishment, but we want MORE!!!

2015 is shaping up to be a stellar year for Team Maryland.  We expect to have extremely competitive teams at the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Levels. Our official tryout was on Sept 27th and was posted on the FBU NC website, along with the GYFL website.  We had a Burning Sands Showcase event on October 3rd where we evaluated.

At this point there are no more official tryouts, but we still have roster spots available at all 3 levels.  If you are interested, please send a cover letter and highlight video to Team Director Mike Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap.

 

FBU is looking for the best 6th, 7th and 8th Graders in the country.

All age groups will have four teams advance all the way to Naples, Florida

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 04:03

Hot Gates I

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

The answer is the Grassroots Hot Gates Showcase.  The Event is FREE this year thanks to Under Armour and St. Johns HS.

It doesn’t get any better than this for youth football players!!!!! No Pads & Free!!!!

The Hot Gates is High School Showcase Event for middle school prospects. Our Fall League participants have the benefit of auditioning for us, the top HS Coaches in the DMV, and the top Scouting Services in the country every weekend during Grassroots games.  

In an effort to give a fair shot to those kids who are playing in other leagues, the Hot Gates has been created.  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-season event to maximize opportunities for us to scout and for young talented athletes to be scouted. This Hot Gates events is a Shorts & T-Shirts version of the Burning Sands.

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.  That last step is the most important, challenging and difficult part of the process and takes a great deal of commitment and fortitude to accomplish.  It is not an easy process. They must Cross over the Burning Sands. We feel as though being selected for one of our Post Season All Star Teams is similar to the fraternity and should not be easy to accomplish.  We make the Burning Sands event the final frontier and last step in the process.  We scout hard the first 6 months of the year looking for talent at our conditioning clinics in January-March, and our combines in March, and certainly our Flagship Spring Football Season. 

However, the most important part of our selections process is our Fall Season, which is where we truly evaluate the athletes who we feel are the right fit for our All Star Teams.   There is nothing more important to our selection process than our Fall Grassroots Season.  Winter Training and Spring Football are about preparation and development for the Fall Season.  Fall is where our pledging process goes to the next level.  There will be FBU Tryouts included in August as well that are a part of the Team MD FBU process, but the Fall is really the most important component and the Burning Sands is the last step in the evaluation process.  This is very symbolic for us at Grassroots. There is a reason why our teams are always so good and the Burning Sands 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.

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 on the open land would have been suicide.  King Leonidas positioned the Spartans 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 in numbers based on their inability to get all of their troops into the narrow passageway.  Mitigating that advantage gave the Spartans the best chance to win. There was no way that 300 would be able to defeat 10,000 in the end, but for 2 Glorious days, the Greek Spartans withstood the determined attacks of their far more numerous enemy and gave them the fight if their lives.  My favorite part of the movie was when King Leonidas asked his troops the following question.  He said, "Spartans......... What is your profession?  After a brief pause the entire army of 300 all shouted in unison, AH UH!!!!!!  What that meant was that all they did was Fight.  They were not carpenters or painters, or fisherman during the week and warriors on the weekends like the other armies.  Their profession was to fight.  In that same light, the Grassroots All Stars are not part time football players that play just for fun.  Our elite athletes play football just like the elite Spartan Warriors did battle.

With that being said, in order to make one of our Post Season All Star Teams, athletes must be willing to enter the Hot Gates and fight for their spots the same way the Spartans fought for their lives.  It will be difficult and challenging for all, but before our athletes can make it through to the final step of the selection process and cross the Burning Sands, they must first be willing to Enter the HOT GATES.  There is no guarantee for our athletes, just as there was no guarantee for the Spartans, but we want to give your kids the best chance to win. The Gates open on July 18th.  The question is whether or not you and your son will be there.

All of the top public and private school coaches in the DMV will be on hand at this event and they will be looking for the next crop of talent to fit their program needs.  The question is, will 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 with the red carpet treatment?

In addition to exposure to the top HS coaches in the DMV, this is additional look for the FBU Teams State All Star Teams.  This is NOT an official FBU Tryout, but we are always scouting for talent for our MD State Teams.  This is a prelude to the FBU National Championship Team MD tryouts coming in August.

This is the first official tryout Youth Crab Bowls that will be truly spectacular this winter. The format will be expanded to include two weekends of play and up to 12 regions will have a chance for each grade to compete for a true Mid Atlantic Regional Championship. Highlights of the Championship Games will be shown Christmas Day on Comcast Sports at halftime of the HS Crab Bowl, which will be aired on tape delay. Central Pa, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, the Tidewater and Richmond regions will join Northern Maryland, Eastern Maryland, Southern Maryland, the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Metro Virginia in a Youth Crab Bowl event that will astound the region this winter.

From a scouting and exposure standpoint, the Hot Gates will be unmatched.  For those of you not familiar yet with FBU yet, you will learn all about it at this company and its benefits and put yourself in position to be on the FBU radar screen as one of the top middle school athletes in the DMV. The top nationwide HS scouting services like Rivals.com, SigningDay, and SEN will be on hand to capture all the action, rank the athletes, and provide unprecedented national exposure.  Of course Youth 1.com will be on hand to cover the youth level like no other.

The best news is that it is 100% Free of charge!!!!  That is right free of charge.  How can we do this you ask?  Ladies and Gentlemen Under Armour has stepped up for Grassroots and we are officially sponsored by the Sports Apparel Giant.  We have by no means hit the sponsorship levels that we dream about hitting with UA.  However, with the product that they have committed to us and the resources, combined with the good folks at St. Johns extending their hands and opening their home to us, we are in position to offer this free event to the youth of the DMV.

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 250 and we are not taking walk ups, so the first 250 that fill out this registration page in detail 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.

·         -$300 Under Armour “Gift Pack” awarded to top skill and line player for each grade.

·         -Evaluations by Youth1.com, Rivals.com, SEN and ALL TOP AREA High School Coaches.

·         -Free Under Armour Combine Performance Shirt (while supplies last)

·         -First look for Grassroots Game Changer Evaluations (Click Here to learn about the Game Changer Program which is under development as we speak).

That is all that I have to share with you coaches, parents and athletes.  If this is not more than enough to get you to want to attend the best youth football event of the year, than you are probably not a good fit for our program anyway and we wish you the best on your youth football career.

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

Grassroots Hot Gates Middle School Showcase:

Where: St. Johns High School
             2607 Military Road, NW
             Washington, DC 20015

Registration: www.TheGYFL.com
Cost: Free
When: Saturday July 18th
Time: All Grades register @ 12pm; Compete from 1pm to 4pm
Details: NO PADS; Bring Water
              Shorts, cleats, T-Shirts

Schedule of Events:

  • Registration
  • Intro by President Mike Anderson
  • Release to field for Dynamic Warm up
  • Break down into individual position groups for Position Skills and Drills
  • NO PADS
  • 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 Saturday!!!

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

Exactly

 

Sincerely,

Coach Mike

Monday, 13 April 2015 18:34

Baltimore Area Combine Mervo 2015

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The afternoon of March 28th, we launched the Baltimore Area Combine/Mini-Camp at Mervo HS.  It was another spectacular event, with some of the top athletes from Baltimore and Central PA on display. It was frigid cold that day with snow flurries and we were VERY proud of the kids and parents who braved the weather.  We had a great combine nonetheless.  Please understand that in weather like that the times were going to be slower.  Compare the times against the other times from that event and not the times from the indoor events, as they Mervo times should be expected to be slower.

                Under Under Above Above Under
Exceptional Scores               5.00 4.90 7'5 22' 8.15
Name ID# Region Age Grade Pos Ht. Wt. 40 Yard Dash Pro Agility Shuttle Broad Jump Power Ball Thrust L Cone Drill
Adkins, Thomas 273 Baltimore United 12 6 RB/CB 5'0 102 6.50 5.31 5'3 12'5 9.0
Banks, Caleb 221 Hamilton 12 6 LG/DL 5'3 171 7.31 5.78 4'0 14'2 9.6
Epps, Joshua 54 Hamilton 12 6 RB/DE 5'7 148 6.10 5.94 4'9 14'3 9.2
Fortune, Kuron 229 Hamilton 13 6 G/DT 5'4 215 7.44 5.66 5'9 16'10 9.5
Henson, Semaj 222 Hamilton 12 6 RB/DB 5'2 121 5.65 5.37 5'11 15'2 8.3
Johnson, Gabriel 275 Hamilton 12 6 FB/OLB 5'3 148 5.81 5.13 5'4 7/8 14'9 8.4
Johnson, Michael 211 Hamilton 12 6 TE/MLB 5'7 166 5.69 5.22 5'11 17'8 8.7
Larmouth, Kamani 106 Baltimore United 12 6 RB/DE 5'6 182 5.50 4.65 7'2 18'3 8.3
Newell, Neven 213 Central PA 13 6 OT/MLB 5'2 152 6.06 5.18 6'0 14'10 8.7
Rice, Malachi 238 Hamilton 12 6 LT/DT 5'5 135 6.00 5.78 5'3 17/8 16'3 9.3
Speaks, Khalil 239 Baltimore United 12 6 WR/CB 5'1 114 5.87 5.06 6'2 7/8 11'6 8.8
Anderson, Bryan 241 Hamilton 13 7 G/DT 5'7 186 6.16 5.22 6'2 19'10 9.0
Beckles, Jaden 68 Baltimore United 12 7 QB/DB 5'0 93 6.60 5.32 5'9 14'4 8.8
Brandon, Amari 117 Baltimore United 12 7 RB/OLB 5'5  147 5.68 4.88 6'9 18'3 7.6
Brown III, Vernon 265 Other - Randallstown Panthers 12 7 QB/S 5'1 111 6.22 5.03 5'9 15'7 8.7
Carter, Jahmeer 107 Other - Brooklyn Park 13 7 RG/DT 5'11 209 6.34 5.16 6'1 17'5 9.0
Foster, Nakai 267 Baltimore United 12 7 OL/MLB 5'3 159 7.15 5.56 5'2 13'4 9.6
Godrey, Brandon 214 Hamilton 13 7 RB/LB 5'7 149 5.10 4.75 7'0 20'3 7.7
Jones, Kairiq 231 Baltimore United 13 7 OL/LB 5'5 144 5.09 4.81 6'9 19'4 7.8
Jones, Tyrell 227 Other - Randallstown Panthers 13 7 RB/C 5'2 117 5.37 4.53 6'8 14'4 7.6
Joshua, Tony 243 Hamilton 13 7 WR/CB 5'3 119 5.62 4.65 6'10 1/2 15'3 7.9
Oliver, Jordan 233 Hamilton 12 7 RB/S 5'5 137 5.75 4.67 6'4 18'2 8.0
Roberts, DaSean 249 Baltimore United 13 7 RB/LB 5'8 183 5.69 4.78 6'3 21'8 8.2
Roberts, Kobe 271 Baltimore United 13 7 WR/CB 5'7 139 5.34 5.15 7'6 21'9 8.2
Wade, Kaelin 64 Hamilton 13 7 WR/LB 5'4 136 6.94 5.64 4'6 11'2 9.0
Woodrum, D'Angelo 230 Baltimore United 13 7 WR/OLB 5'6 117 5.37 4.60 6'7 16'3 7.3
Addison Jr., Hosea 218 Baltimore United 13 8 RB/LB 5'9 186 5.34 4.85 6'6 21'0 8.3
Akers III, Richard 267 Baltimore United 14 8 WR/DB 5'6 109 5.91 8.19 6'8 15'7 5.0
Carter, Kendall 215 Baltimore United 14 8 QB/S 5'8 140 5.28 8.25 7'1 18'7 5.2
Costopoulos, Noah 109 Central PA 14 8 QB/S 5'9 143 5.21 7.82 7'0 19'1 4.6
Godfrey, Omar 272 Baltimore United 14 8 RB/LB 5'8 142 6.09 9.00 6'0 17'1 5.3
Jules, DeAndre 200 Other - MoHoCo Bearcats 13 8 TE/DT 6'3 217 5.34 5.07 7'4 20'8 8.3
Kemoh, Uriah 217 Hamilton 14 8 QB/K 5'8 151 5.19 7.69 7'3 18'11 4.2
Latham, Deontae 228 Hamilton 13 8 RB/LB 5'3 163 5.59 4.93 7'8 3/4 19'10 8.3
Mints, Daquan 240 Other - Charm City 15 8 S/DB 5'5 147 5.25 8.06 6'2 17'6 5.1
Owens, Tre'Jar 235 Hamilton 15 8 WR/SS 5'9 190 4.69 7.47 7'8 24'10 4.5
Richardson, Damon 236 Hamilton 13 8 QB/DE 5'5 132 5.94 4.88 5'11 15'2 8.2
Roberts, Nathaniel 274 Baltimore United 14 8 RB/S 5'4 127 5.22 8.12 6'4 15'7 4.9
Roberts, Tahj 251 Baltimore United 15 8 WR/CB 5'11 142 5.22 7.34 8'0 22'2 4.7
Slaseman, Quinten 225 Central PA 13 8 OT/DT 5'7 140 6.09 5.12 4'7 14'9 8.7
Smith, Jalik 240 Hamilton 14 8 WR/SS 5'11 140 4.90 7.91 8'3 21'6 4.8
Stern, Ethan 219 Hamilton 14 8 RB/LB 5'8 154 5.68 8.16 6'3 17'1 5.1
Stitt, Andrew 216 Central PA 14 8 G/DT 6'1 345 6.91 10.07 5'0 20'5 6.0
Taylor, Lauron 244 Hamilton 14 8 RB/MLB 5'10 177 4.97 8.31 8'0 25'7 5.0
Walker, Juanell 223 Hamilton 15 8 RB/LB 6'0 185 5.53 8.47 7'0 20'4 4.8
Wilson, Dewayne 234 Shutdown Academy 14 8 RB/MLB 5'8 134 5.15 8.13 7'6 19'3 5.1
                         
Monday, 13 April 2015 18:29

Northern VA Combine 2015

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The afternoon of March 21st, we launched the Northern VA Combine/Mini-Camp at Dulles SportsPlex.  It was another spectacular event, with some of the top athletes from the DMV on display.  Results listed below.

ID # Last Name First Name Area/     Height Weight 40.0 Broad 3 Cone Vertical
Team Age Grd BEST BEST BEST BEST
146 Flynn Bryan LDN 9 4     6.5 4-8 6.63 11.0
173 Williamson   FFX   4 4-5 62 5.4 5-6 5.93 15.5
133 Caccavo Nick LDN 10 5 5'0 81 5.7 6-8 6.06 17.5
135 Cokley Cameron FFX 10 5     5.5 6-2 5.58 19.0
141 Robinson Hunter LDN 10 5 4'9 95 6.2 5-4 6.40 20.5
137 Flynn Erik LDN 11 5 5'0 135 6.8 4 7.65 14.0
142 Soska Zachary LDN 11 5 5'0 92.4 6.5 5-4 6.88 14.5
143 Van Tassell Connor LDN 11 5 5'4 138 6.2 4-6 6.94 15.5
140 McKim Matthew LDN   5 5'5 172 7.7 3-2 7.85 13.0
224 Newkirk Jebari HWD   5 5-1 88 5.9 5-6 6.05 19.5
281 Young Chaz HWD   5 5-5 140 6.6 5 7.03 14.0
98 Arradondo Chris LDN 11 6 5'4 129 6.2 4-6 6.50 15.0
108 Halveland Rainer LDN 11 6 5'2 110 5.6 6-8 5.70 20.5
110 Henrich Colin LDN 11 6     5.5 6-2 6.60 22.5
120 Orozco Leo FFX 11 6 5'4 140 5.9 5-8 6.10 16.5
125 Queen Eddie LDN 11 6 5'7 173 7.2 4-8 7.45 13.5
99 Awad Mohamed LDN 12 6 5'7 126 5.2 5-6 5.33 19.5
101 Burton Andrew LDN 12 6 5'3 140 6.7 5-8 6.56 15.0
102 Carroll, Jr Christopher LDN 12 6 5'0 89 5.5 6-4 5.58 22.5
103 Collier Matthew LDN 12 6 5'1 98 5.2 6-6 5.71 19.5
109 Heiser Chase LDN 12 6 5'3 116 5.4 6 6.20 22.0
113 Kelley Justin LDN 12 6 5-4 146 6.5 5-4 6.46 15.5
114 Kurisky Nathan LDN 12 6 5'9 127 5.3 7 5.85 21.0
116 Lloyd Alontae LDN 12 6 5'5 179 6.1 5-8 6.51 17.5
118 Nelson T.C. LDN 12 6 5'4 119 5.5 6-1 6.30 18.0
122 Perez Gabriel LDN 12 6 5'5 156 5.6 6-6 6.25 21.0
129 Stanley Luke LDN 12 6 5'4 100 6.9 4-8 7.23 10.0
111 Huskey Daniel LDN 13 6 5'3 95 5.2 7 5.73 23.5
100 Beddow Tommy LDN   6 5'1 93 5.4 6-4 5.86 21.0
285 Bonilla Ivan HWD   6 5-4 175 7.1 4-6 7.03 18.0
217 Bullock-Thomas Clayton HWD   6 5-1 114 5.6 5-2 6.31 18.0
104 DeBoard Robert LDN   6 5'5 130 5.6 6 5.73 20.0
105 Fitz Matei LDN   6 5'7 166 6.1 5-10 6.30 22.5
150 Galloway Malachi FFX   6     5.0 6-4 5.58 22.0
106 Green Hunter LDN   6 5'3 104 5.3 6 5.76 21.0
107 Green Tanner LDN   6 5'4 115 5.8 6-2 6.18 20.5
215 Hawkins Damon HWD   6 4-7 82 4.8 4-8 6.03 23.0
207 Hough Malik HWD   6 5-3 108 5.4 7-2 6.20 24.0
208 Kinard Khalil HWD   6 5-7 143 4.8 7-6 5.21 28.0
115 Lewis Kyle LDN   6 5'6 144 5.0 6-4 5.55 18.0
119 Oliver Cody LDN   6 5'0 100 5.7 6-2 5.81 17.5
121 Palmer Ryan LDN   6     6.2 5-8 6.76 15.0
124 Pitts Gavin LDN   6     5.0      
232 Sample Ronald HWD   6 5-4 116 5.1 6-10 5.68 25.0
127 Shreve Ethan LDN   6 4'11 98 6.2 5 6.01 13.0
283 Thomas Condyn HWD   6     5.4 6-6   22.5
149 Upp Ryan LDN   6     5.3 7-2 5.33 24.5
130 Woodward Michael LDN   6 5'5 131   5-6 6.20 12.0
53 Angulo Matthew LDN 12 7 5'9 148 5.8 5-8 6.02 18.5
56 Bernier Bryce LDN 12 7     5.2 7 5.16 24.0
58 Brown Rockland LDN 12 7 5'7 131 5.6 6-4 5.21 18.5
60 Caccavo Lucas LDN 12 7 5'3 89 5.7 6-4 5.30 15.5
67 Elfiky Gabriel LDN 12 7 6'1 235 6.0 5-2 6.17 23.5
68 Feldman Danny LDN 12 7 5'7 115 5.4 7-4 5.46 27.0
71 Griffin Garrett LDN 12 7 6'1 187 5.3 5-8 4.88 29.0
94 Weber Ethan LDN 12 7 5'6 120 5.7 6-6 5.76 24.5
57 Brown Darius LDN 13 7     5.1 7-4 5.13 29.0
59 Brown Teray LDN 13 7 5'7 175 5.9 6-4 5.20 22.0
61 Coker Jalen LDN 13 7 5'4 110 5.1 7-4 4.91 26.5
79 McCullough Tyler LDN 13 7 5'7 125 6.2 5-2 5.85 17.5
81 Molina Endy LDN 13 7 4'11 82 5.4 6-4 5.70 20.0
85 Saine Zaccary LDN 13 7     6.4 5-2 6.70 16.5
86 Simmons Matthew LDN 13 7 5'7 135 5.4 6-2 6.16 18.5
90 StJohn David LDN 13 7 5'7 133 5.0 7-6 5.00 24.5
220 Alford Emani HWD   7 5-5 123 4.7 8-2   29.0
270 Amoakl Julian HWD   7 5-9 138 4.9 7-4   25.0
54 BaldwinJr Timothy LDN   7     4.7      
55 Behrens Jared LDN   7 5'10 133 5.3 6-8 5.06 23.0
211 Brown Syncere HWD   7 5-8 173 5.1 7-2 5.25 24.0
213 Cannon Ryan HWD   7 6-0 206 5.8 6   24.5
147 Cary Owen LDN   7 5'9 161 5.2 7 5.15 23.0
204 Cassion Kazon HWD   7 5-10 256 5.4 5-8   21.0
62 Coombs Caleb LDN   7     4.6 7 4.83 23.5
64 Curtis Clay LDN   7 5'8 127 5.4 7-4 5.30 29.0
202 Freshwater Jadon HWD   7 5-8 195 5.6 4-10   16.5
70 Greenhow Darian LDN   7 5'7 162 5.3 5-4 5.72 25.0
72 Hatfield William LDN   7 5'11 178 5.2 6-6 5.71 27.5
73 Haynes Malachi LDN   7 5'5 116 5.3 6-2 5.23 22.0
151 Jordan Brandon LDN   7     5.7 8-10 5.27 29.0
76 Lokey Noah LDN   7 5'8 132 5.5     0.0
203 Mancia Marin HWD   7 5-8 217 5.8 5-6   17.5
223 Newkirk Jeremy HWD   7 5-7 129 4.9 7-10 5.33 28.5
218 Newton De'Vahn HWD   7     5.2 6-4   18.0
82 Ntantang Akinge LDN   7 5'4 131 4.9 7-10 5.11 29.0
89 Owusu Akwasi LDN   7     6.1 4-4 5.90 19.0
83 Paige William LDN   7 5'4 117 5.1 7-2 5.38 29.0
212 Patterson Qaevon HWD   7     5.3 6-8 5.35 25.0
205 Randolph Christopher HWD   7 5-6 140 4.6 9   29.0
84 Rosa Jack LDN   7 5'5 138 5.6 6 5.41 20.5
201 Roy Dominique HWD   7 5-1 102 5.2 5 5.63 17.0
214 Sherman Mukhail HWD   7 6-2 188 4.6 8-6 5.30 29.0
222 Spruill Dajon HWD   7 5-3 125 5.2 6-10   25.0
91 Tomlin Noah LDN   7 5'3 90 5.9 5-2 6.63 15.5
92 Turner Jackson LDN   7     5.7 5-8 5.51 19.5
210 Watkins Jonathan HWD   7 5-0 101 5.1 6-6 5.23 25.0
96 Wilson Jake LDN   7     5.5 6-2 6.06 21.5
40 Ortiz Joshua FFX 11 8 4-10 92 5.4 6-4 5.26 24.0
3 Abrego Jason LDN 13 8 5'9 224 5.7 4-8 5.83 18.0
4 Atkinson Christophe LDN 13 8 6-2 198 5.2 7-4 5.43 26.0
5 Ayoub Nathan LDN 13 8 5'9 179 5.1 7-2 5.40 24.5
6 Balis Vaughn LDN 13 8     5.4 6-6 6.08 19.0
7 Bartling A.J. LDN 13 8 5'6 194 5.5 6 5.48 16.0
8 Beebe Cameron LDN 13 8 6'0 202 5.2 7-4 5.12 23.5
14 Caputo Dominick LDN 13 8 5'9 185 5.5 6-2 5.21 17.5
19 Dean Nathan LDN 13 8 5'9 175 6.0 5-8 5.60 25.5
21 Garner Jason LDN 13 8 5'7 137 5.0 6 5.31 29.0
22 Gwinn Ethan LDN 13 8 6'0 181 5.3 6-2 5.21 20.5
30 Khatri Abhinav LDN 13 8 5'9 185 5.5   5.03 19.5
32 Lynch Devon FFX 13 8     4.8 9 4.93 29.0
39 Ortega Kevin FFX 13 8     5.3 7-4 5.11 25.0
41 Paterson Caden LDN 13 8     4.9 7-4 5.11 21.5
46 Schuerholz Dominick LDN 13 8 5'11 152 4.9 6-6 5.92 29.0
47 Seck Michael LDN 13 8     5.2 6-4 5.85 23.5
50 Taylor Chris LDN 13 8 5'10 142 5.3 5-8 6.16 23.0
51 Walker Graham LDN 13 8 5'11 169 4.9      
2 Abashian Casey LDN 14 8 5'10 141 4.8 7-2 5.31 22.5
9 Belmonte Mark LDN 14 8 5'11 125 5.0 7 5.60 21.0
10 Berard Matthew LDN 14 8 5'11 132 5.0 7-6 5.11 24.5
11 Bodamer Andrew LDN 14 8 5'11 210 5.9 5-6 6.02 18.0
15 Carney Jacob LDN 14 8 5'9 150 4.7 7-6 5.35 24.0
18 Cypher Jonathan LDN 14 8 6'0 191 5.4 5-4 5.35 27.5
23 Hadj Kyle FFX 14 8     5.3 6-8 5.27 29.0
24 Hinton Saadiq LDN 14 8 5'11 125 5.0 7-4 5.15 25.0
26 Hope Wesley LDN 14 8 6'0 153 5.1 6-2 5.18 29.0
27 Hughes Nathaniel LDN 14 8     6.1 5-2 6.06 25.0
35 Moore Will LDN 14 8 6'0 269 5.2 6 5.76 19.5
219 Alford Eric HWD   8 5-8 151 4.7 8-2 5.38 28.5
250 Allen JT PW   8 5-10 139 4.8 8-8 4.96 29.0
153 Arvanitis Teddy LDN   8     5.6 6-10 5.15 24.0
172 Balis Alex LDN   8     5.1 6-4 6.31 19.5
13 Brown Blake LDN   8     5.0 7 5.78 28.5
170 Bryant Isaiah LDN   8     5.2 6-2 5.33 19.5
221 Byrd Christian HWD   8 5-11 150 5.0 7-10 5.78 29.0
216 Carr John HWD   8 5-10 184 4.7 7-6   29.0
16 Castellano Ben LDN   8 6'3 178 4.9      
17 Cavallaro Michael LDN   8 5'3 124 6.1 4-10 6.20 20.5
154 Davis - Allen Trae FFX   8     4.8 7-4 5.33 29.0
20 DeYoung Jason LDN   8 5'6 161 6.1 4-8 5.93 16.0
209 Garcia Zachary HWD   8 5-9 152 4.8 8-2 5.35 29.0
25 Hitt Jake LDN   8 6-0 187 5.1 8 4.76 29.0
28 Johnson Joshua LDN   8 5'9 144 4.5 8-6 5.13 29.0
206 Lee Akyron HWD   8 5-7 196 5.3 5-8   21.5
156 Lipford Jr. Clarence FFX   8     4.7 8-2 5.06 26.0
31 Lomax Cameron LDN   8     4.7 8-6 4.91 29.0
33 Marcelle Jahmia LDN   8 6'0 152 4.8 8-4 4.88 29.0
34 McKim Michael LDN   8 6'4 177 5.6 5-8 5.63 19.5
171 Murphy John FFX   8       5-4 6.46 19.5
157 Noory Tameem FFX   8     5.5 6-2 5.16 23.5
37 Ogren Zachary LDN   8 5-8 125 5.4 6-2 5.31 18.0
38 Oliver Drew LDN   8 5'4 118 5.3 6-2 5.11 21.5
158 Oliver Javier FFX   8     6.0 6 5.45 18.0
159 Peacock Dominic FFX   8     5.2 6-4 5.56 23.0
160 Perdue Marquez FFX   8     5.6   6.35 22.5
42 Piland Rickie LDN   8 6-0 154 4.9 8 6.05 29.0
45 Reinertson Bryce LDN   8 6'1 161 4.9 7-6 5.76 29.0
49 Smith Cullen LDN   8 5'5 123 5.6 5-8 6.55 19.5
52 West Leron LDN   8 6'0 179 4.6 8-8 6.20 29.0
1 Wilson Michael LDN   8     5.1 6-4 5.71 25.0
174 Aparacio Robert LDN         5.6 5-6   20.0
176 Bavir Deen LDN         5.8 5 6.80 21.0
269 Jackson Avin HWD         5.9 6-4 6.16 20.5
268 Jackson Rashid HWD         5.0 6-8 5.25 23.5
284 Rucker Trey HWD         4.8 7-8   29.0
175 Shepperd Conner LDN     5-3 176 6.1 5-2 6.11 17.5
267 Smith Justin HWD         5.4 7 6.25 24.0
177 Turay Silif LDN         5.2 7-6 5.16 25.5
Monday, 13 April 2015 18:21

Sports & Learning Results 2015

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On March 21st 2015, we opened the Spring Combine season at the beautiful Prince George's County Sports & Learning Complex.  We saw some tremendous athletes on display at the event. Below are the results from events the kids were tested in.

                         
                Under Under Above Above Under
Exceptional Scores               5.00 4.90 7'5 22' 8.15
Name ID# Region Age Grade Pos Ht. Wt. 40 Yard Dash Pro Agility Shuttle Broad Jump Power Ball Thrust L Cone Drill
Barnes Jr., Jeremiah 48 DC 8 3 RB/S 4'3 82 5.72 5.10 5'1 12'6 8.6
Davis, Mekah 27 DC 9 4 RB/CB 4'11 90 5.88 4.87 6'3 14'2 8.7
McDonald, Jalen 344 PG Co 10 4 RB/LB 4'7 75 5.69 5.13 5'3 14'0 8.4
Stevens Jr., Rafael 26 DC 10 4 QB/S 4'10 1/2 94 6.25 4.87 5'7 14'2 8.5
Cole, Ronald 67 Charles Co 11 5 OL/DL 5'1 144 6.78 5.53 5'5 16'10 9.9
Jester, Brian 16 Frederick Co 11 5 QB/DE 5'4 130 6.06 4.94 6'1 16'9 8.2
Johnson III, Arnold 49 DC 10 5 QB/S 4'8 87 6.10 5.22 5'5 15'7 9.2
Robinson, Ziyann 46 DC 11 5 RB/DE 4'8 1/2 76 6.10 4.88 5'7 15'7 8.8
Davis, Marquez 24 DC 11 6 WR/DE 5'2 93 5.85 4.81 6'3 15'8 8.7
Dennis, Marquis 25 DC 11 6 TE/LB 4'10 135 6.72 5.56 4'9 1/2 14'10 9.7
Johnson, Gregory 17 DC 11 6 OL/DL 5'9 259 6.81 5.66 4'6 19'7 10.2
Johnson, Jordan 18  DC 12 6 WR/C 5'2 1/2 124 6.03 4.81 5'8 13'4 8.7
Jones, Khalid 51 Mont Co 11 6 WR/S 5'2 88 6.28 5.00 6'2 17'3 8.7
Kingsland, Kejuan 219 PG Co 12 6 RB/CB 4'11 82 5.73 4.60 6'1 10'5 8.4
Littleton II, Antwain 41 Charles Co 13 6 RB/LB 5'9 218 4.88 4.60 7'2 24'9 7.9
Meyer, Conner 309 Mont Co 13 6 QB/LB 5'0 118 5.90 5.13 5'9 15'3 8.7
Page, Nicholas 324 Howard Co 12 6 QB/RB/C 5'0 100 5.60 4.56 6'4 18'6 8.3
Richardson, Rezin 47 DC 12 6 RB/CB 4'10 1/2 92 5.59 5.25 6'0 14'1 8.6
Sloan, Jayden 45 PG Co 11 6 RB/DB 5'4 66 6.13 5.15 6'0 12'1 8.5
Smith, Austin 354 Mont Co 12 6 RB/LB 5'6 163 5.34 4.84 7'3 18'8 7.9
Smith, Justin 318 PG Co 11 6 RB/DB 5'1 105 5.72 4.88 6'5 19'9 8.4
Williams, Joshua 328 Charles Co 12 6 OL/DL 5'6 190 6.47 5.28 5'5 17'0 9.3
Anderson, Jordan 34 DC 12 7 WR/OLB 5'8 158 5.00 4.44 7'8 23'5 8.0
Bailey, Ahmed 44 DC 13 7 TE/DE 5'8 144 5.47 4.43 7'1 21'4 8.0
Banks, Jamaal 32 DC 12 7 TE/DL 5'6 118 5.69 4.72 6'2 17'1 7.8
Branch, Treyvon 10 Charles Co 13 7 LT/DT 5'11 210 6.03 4.97 6'2 20'4 8.5
Campbell, Kevon 28 DC 13 7 RB/LB 5'3 1/2 162 5.31 4.53 6'4 22'4 8.1
Daschle, Henry 88 DC 12 7 WR/LB 5'6 130 5.25 4.75 6'5 15'6 8.0
Davis, Jaeden  16 Fairfax Co 13 7       5.37 4.74      
Harris, Kareem 19 DC 12 7 WR/DE 5'6 139 5.66 4.47 6'4. 18'0 8.2
Holder, Shamari 216 PG Co 13 7 FB/MLB 5'1 135 6.44 5.40 5'7 15'6 8.8
Holmes, Quynton 7 Charles Co 13 7 WR/LB 5'2 135 5.28 4.78 6'3 18'4 8.3
Jones, Joshua 20 Mont Co 12 7 RB/C 5'6 158 5.25 4.97 6'9 23'8 8.4
Lastrap, Elijah 15 Charles Co 13 7 TE/DT 5'11 223 6.53 5.56 5'3 18'10 9.3
Mayfield, Dakota 332 PG Co 12 7 RB/LB 5'3 130 5.22 5.12 6'9 17'8 8.1
Parham, Mikkal 327 PG Co 14 7 HB/LB 5'5 1/2 140 5.16 4.62 7'0 22'8 7.7
Redmond, Jordan 13 Charles Co 13 7 RB/DB 5'7 1/2 146 4.90 4.56 7'5 21'10 7.9
Robinson, Aaron 50 DC 13 7 RB/LB 5'4 121 4.90 4.85 6'9 15'10 8.2
Romero, Gianni 317 Charles Co 12 7 FB/LB 5'5 134 5.41 5.00 7'0 18'11 8.2
Simon, Ray 322 DC 13 7 WR/C 5'5 140 5.47 4.59 7'5 19'4 7.8
Stevens, Kobe 336 Mont Co 12 7 RB/LB 5'6 1/2 160 5.68 4.96 6'5 19'7 8.6
Taylor, Christian 35 Charles Co 13 7 TE/MLB 5'7 167 5.63 4.81 6'9 20'7 8.5
Black, Anthony 29 DC 13 8 RB/C 4'11 92 5.30 4.25 7'2 16'0 7.7
Chamberlin, Gregory 224 PG Co 13 8 RB/LB 5'6 126 5.03 4.75 7'2 18'8 7.7
Crutchfield, Tyriek 21 Charles Co 14 8 OT/DT 5'9 293 6.62 5.75 4'7 23'5 9.6
Davis, Gabriel 30 DC 13 8 RB/LB 5'4 125 5.32 4.75 7'1 19'2 8.4
Davis, Mekai 220 Charles Co 14 8 RB/LB 5'8 140 4.85 4.57 7'6 22'11 7.6
Felton, Joey 93 Frederick Co 13 8 RB/C 5'6 130 4.82 4.06 8'5 27'6 7.3
Frick, Chad 269 Mont Co 13 8 WR/DB 5'3 97 5.84 4.75 6'7 16'1 8.3
Gibson, Marquis 40 PG Co 13 8 WR/DB 4'10 80 5.72 4.78 6'2 15'0 8.1
Jones, Daunte 43 Charles Co 14 8 RB/MLB 5'6 1/2 164 4.84 4.69 7'3 22'3 8.3
Key, Malik 1 PG Co 14 8 FB/LB 5'5 127 5.25 4.22 8'1 19'10 7.3
Kornegay, Latre 39 Mont Co 14 8 WR/DE 5'8 189 5.06 4.62 7'1 23'7 7.7
Laboy, Nicholas 226 Mont Co 13 8 WR/C 5'2 100 5.68 4.59 6'8 16'9 7.6
Lamorell, Samuel 36 DC 14 8 QB/S 5'7 136 5.06 4.66 7'1 19'2 8.0
Maddy, Gage 311 Charles Co 13 8 OL/DT 5'10 220 5.97 5.81 5'3 16'1 9.9
Patterson, Evan 308 Charles Co 14 8 P/WR/DB 5'7 1/2 130 5.22 4.66 6'9 21'1 7.8
Riddick, Jaiden 42 Charles Co 14 8 WR/C 5'9 156 5.00 4.56 8'1 26'9 8.0
Ruffin, Tarajah 23 DC 15 8 SR/S/C 5'6 167 5.03 4.47 7'9 26'0 7.5
Russell, Azziah 12 PG Co 13 8 WR/S 5'7 1/2 140 5.69 4.82 6'5 15'4 8.5
Tucker, Marquise 22 DC 14 8 TE/LB 5'8 168 4.78 4.35 7'5 27'8 8.1
Warren, Kevon 38 DC 13 8 QB/C 5'2 113 5.54 4.62 6'2 17'2 8.0
Warren, Raevon 37 DC 15 8 RB/LB 5'8 175 5.03 4.40 7'5 25'1 8.3
Williams, Aidan 321 Mont Co 14 8 WR/DE 5'10 140 4.93 4.50 7'5 21'6 7.8
                         
Monday, 23 February 2015 08:21

High School Showcase Events 2015

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The following showcase events and camps are for our High School Alums and HS Athletes:

Note: We are confident that the events that we offer at Grassroots are more than enough for our middle school student athletes to maximize their chances of getting to the next level.  All they need to add is attendance at football camps for any High Schools they are interested in.

For our High School Alums, there are many options that you have that can benefit you as you compete for a chance to play at the next level.  You MUST NOT feel the need to attend every event that is out there.  The following represents a list of events that we at Grassroots have personally attended and can vouch for the quality and influence they can potentially have. This is not to suggest that events not listed can't be good for you, but we are only willing to put our reputation behind events that we have personally vetted.  Here you go!

Xtreme Procision Events:

Crab Bowl Exposure Camps:

  • The camp schedule is being set as we speak, but they usually run during consecutive weeks in the month of June and July.
  • Camp Schedule should be finalized by April 15th.  Check www.mdcrabbowl.com regularly for the schedule updates.  There will be 11 Exposure Camps to hit every corner of the State of Maryland.
  •  These camps are crucial for selection to the Maryland Crab Bowl in December. 


FBU Events:


VTO Sports Events:


Rivals Events:

  • Rivals Camp Series: April 11th at Collegiate HS in Richmond, VA.  You must be nominated and get an invitation for this event: Click Here to Register.
  • Rivals Combine Series: May 10th at St. Johns College HS in Washington, DC.  You must register for this combine: Click Here to Register.
  • Rivals Five star challenge June 5-7 Baltimore MD, M&T bank stadium.  This is invitation only.  Invitations can be earned at either the camp, the combine, or both. Click Here for Information.


Nike Events:

  • Nike Football Combine (Formerly Sparq): April 19th at Centreville HS in Clifton, VA.  Nike Combines have reduced the numbers this year and may be full.  Click Here for Registration & Information. 
  • Nike Opening Regionals (Formerly Nike Football Training Camps): April 19th at Centreville HS in Clifton, VA.  Nike Opening Regionals have limited space. Coaches recommendations and highlight tapes may be sent, Click Here for Registration & Information. 


National Underclassmen Events:


USA Football Events:

 

Full Focus Partnership:


High School 7 on 7 Competition:

  • If your high school enters 7 on 7 Tournaments it is important that skill players participate with your teammates.
  • You should also consider playing with some of the elite 7 on 7 Club Teams in your area.  These are the Teams that Grassroots Supports:
    • Washington Metro Area: Elite Star Performance.  Contact Mark McCain @ 240-429-090: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • DC/Northern Va Area: Perfect Performance: Contact Leonard Stephens @ 202-669-4445; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Northern Va Area: Trained 2 Go Athletics: Contact Jwan Banks @ 703-586-3780; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Baltimore Metro Area: Baltimore Bird Flu: Contact Ramone Simpson @410-469-0941; Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Baltimore Metro Area: Charm City Elite: Contact Garry Smith @ 410-844-1445; Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


College 1 Day Camps:

It is important to attend the 1 Day camps for the colleges that you are interested in.  We suggest that you attend all of the schools that are at least in driving distance, such as the following:

  • University of Maryland
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Tech
  • West Virginia
  • Rutgers
  • Penn State
  • Howard University
  • Towson University
  • James Madison
  • Richmond
  • William & Mary

Note: Google the websites for each one of these football programs and they will provide you with camp information.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 21:43

2015 Combine/Mini-Camps

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Looking for more exposure for your Athlete? Learn the techniques that will help him stand out from the competition by the time he reaches high school and that will allows to him grow as a football player and student athlete, on and off the field. Our former NFL players, collegiate stars, HS coaches and top trainers from the DMV provide hands-on instructions and teach your player the same techniques that have molded some of the best football players in the country.

If you are already up to speed on the benefits of the Grassroots Combine/Mini-Camp, you can go directly to the details below and click on the link to register.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER IF YOU ARE READY TO GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL!! 


Open to Ages: 7-15

MARCH 21st (Saturday)

Scouting for DC, Prince Georges. Montgomery County and Charles County Regions
PG Sports & Learning Complex
8001 Sherriff Road
Landover, MD 20785
(301) 583-2400
Time: 8am - 4pm

What to bring: Water, beverage, sneakers, NO CLEATS!!!

Register Here!
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MARCH 21st (Saturday)
Recruiting for Loudoun County, Fairfax County, and Prince William County Regions
Dulles Sports Plex
21610 Atlantic Boulevard  Sterling, VA 20166
703-430-9966
Time: 2pm - 9pm

Note: Must register for the Nova Combeine at www.bestofloudoun.com.  Click on Register Online Tab on the left side of the page

What to bring: Water, beverage, sneakers, molded cleats.
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March 28TH (Saturday)
Scouting for Baltmore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, and Central Pennsylvania All Star Teams
Mervo High School
3500 Hillen Rd, Baltimore MD 21218

Time 11am - 5pm

What to bring: Water, beverage, sweats, football cleats.

 

Cost: $100 online in advance; For 2015 THERE WILL BE NO WALK UP REGISTRATIONS.
Value: Priceless

We are looking for a quality event, not quantity.  It is much more difficult to provide quality for larger groups of participants than it is for smaller groups.  We will not turn anyone away who registers online, but we will not take any walk ups this year.  We recommend that you register as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

Remember that in this world, you reap what you sow and you get what you pay for.  Other events may be cheaper than ours, and they may also be cheaper than ours.  We believe in our product.  It is a proven product and it is more than worth the price that we charge.

Note:  Expect Online registration to Close at 4:59 pm on the previous Friday Night for the Saturday Combines.  

Financial Aid is Available for those who qualify:
If financial aid is a legitimate need, contact Director of Business Affairs Tonya Anderson to see if you qualify.  She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Click Here for a copy of the Financial Aid Form prior to contacting us.

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If you are still on the fence, or need more information prior to making the decision, the following paragraphs provide more reasons why we believe you will benefit from our GYFL events.

For 2015, Grassroots has joined forces with one of the most impressive up and coming companies in the sports marketplace. Xtreme Procision is the brainchild of Legendary Penn State Alum and Redskin Great Lavar Arrington.  XP's goal and desire is to change the game of football by making it safer and more fundamentally sound.  Grassroots is the first XP Fundamental League in the DMV and we are excited to make this dream an official reality.  XP is the official training platform for Under Armour, as well as a strategic partner with the American Youth Football League.  

XP will change the game and we want to be a part of the revolution.  XP products and training techniques will be on display during our 2015 combine season, so be on the lookout.  Oh, and by the way if you saw the Under Armour All American Practices on television in January, you got to see Lavar teaching and all the HS All Americans practicing in the XP practice jerseys, as well as using the products and utilizing the techniques.  If XP is good enough for the Under Armour All Americans, I think it should be good enough for Grassroots!! In addition, it does not hurt to perform in front of Lavar, who selects kids for the UA Game when they are seniors.

Grassroots Combines/Mini-Camps provide tremendous exposure for athletes interested in developing their talent as well as an opportunity to gain exposure to top public and private High Schools.  The showcase events provide a platform for athletes to be ranked by top scouting services.  Finally, the events provide the venue for athletes to be scouted for the 2015 GYFL All-Star teams.  Most importantly, it provides and opportunity to IMPROVE as a Football Player.  To be successful long term in the game of football, athletes will have to master the combine events.  Our Youth Combine/Mini-camps prepare young athletes to be ready to dominate in the present and the future.

These events are not only scouted by the top football brands in the region (Youth1, FBU, Rivals, Crab Bowl, Rivals, SigningDay etc.), but they are run by some of the best trainers and coaches.  Some of the top personal trainers in the area will lead the dynamic warm ups and lead the athletes through the combine portion of the event during the first session.  The top High School coaches from public and private schools all over the DMV will lead the positional drills during the mini-camp session.  

Take a Glimpse at a prior years combine video from The Sports and Learning to see for your self.  Click Here to see the video


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER IF YOU ARE READY TO GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL!!  

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If you need still need more convincing, please continue reading.  Our combines measure athletic potential, provide valuable feedback, training guidance and on-field skills development for each athlete as they strive towards the next level of performance.  
The results are tallied, posted on the web and e-blasted to all HS coaches in the area.  There has never been anything like a Grassroots Youth Combine for 7 - 15 year old kids!  This is not just a try out to make a Grassroots team.  It is so much more and it is NEVER too early to Train...... Compete........Get Noticed!!!!

Please KNOW this before you spend your hard on money on ANY of US:


Every combine is NOT created equal because every combine coordinator does NOT have the same connections and influence as we do.
  It is not about WHAT you will do at a combine or showcase. It is about WHO you will do it in front of and what THEY can do with your results. Our track record is quite impressive in a few short years. Here is a short list of the powerful connections that we have relationships and influence with:


Our Commissioner is the one and only Rick "Doc" Walker. Technically we could stop right there. We are an official XP Developmental League, which is owned by Lavar Arrington and is the official training platform of Under Armour. 11 Year NFL veteran Chad Scott is a partner and owner. Our list of retired NFL Players who support us is impressive. JB Brown, Troy Vincent, Lamont Jordan, and Keion Carpenter, just to name a few.

We have relationships with every HS program in the DMV, every top youth organization in the DMV, every top trainer and skills coach in the DMV, Xtreme Procision, the HS Crab Bowl, the Youth Crab Bowl, AYF, FBU, Under Armour and the UA All American Game, the US Army All American Game, the Eastbay All American Games, the Adidas Freshman All American Games, Rivals.comYouth1.com, VTO Sports, USA Football and the US National Teams, Nike Football Training Camps and the Opening, Elite 11, TerrapinTimes.comMarylandvarsity.com.


We have relationships with many of the top colleges and universities that recruit this area (the ones that we don't have we will have after this class of 2016 comes through). The list continues but if that is not enough for you then you must be connected to some pretty powerful folks in the football game.

 

In addition, maximizing your chances to get the exposure that you need to is crucial in the competitive world of football.  It is a 3 pronged approach and you have to master all 3 to maximize your opportunity:

  • Athletic Ability
    • High Schools, Scouting Services, Colleges, and Pro Scouts are looking for athletes.  If that was not the case they would not have athletes run 40's at every 1 day camp.  They would not do NFL Combines are have Pro Days. Scouting Services would not measure athletic ability.
    • Combines test Athletic Ability and they are important.  Just playing on game days does not necessarily show how athletic you are.  A WR can play an entire game and not get one pass thrown to him.  A RB can play a game and only get 2 carries if they run a wide open spread.  Some game situations don't allow the opportunity for athletes to get noticed because of the game plan and situations.  It happens in Grassroots often.  QB may not be able to show his talent because the OLine may not be able to give him time.
    • The Combine can and will show speed, quickness, strength, and agility which are very important to coaches and scouts.
  • Positional Skill Set
    • It is important to exhibit the ability to master the drills and skills necessary to play the position of choice.
    • Our Mini Camp portion test position skills.  We can determine an athletes position skill level after 3 hours of mini-camp.  We can NOT determine skill ability from the combine. Since both are important, we offer both options at our events.
  • Game Performance
    • As important as athleticism and skill is concerned, they do not take the place of being able to play the game of football.  It is easy to look great before the pads come on.  The pads separate the men from the boys.  At our combines we can see the first two, but we can't see how much heart you have and whether or not you are real football player until we see you perform on the big stage, under the bright lights of the highly competitive Grassroots Spring Football Season.
  • Neither one of the 3 pieces are enough by themselves.  You need all 3 to maximize your opportunities and to get the full endorsement from us.  We suggest that you start with the combine, go hard at the mini-camp, then compete in the Spring Season.


LASTLY.........
For my current 8th Graders and All 8th Graders, please take note.

Are you ready to show and prove that you are only as good as your last game..........Or do you feel like your job is done because you got your sweet financial aid package and you acceptance letters?  If we thought that was enough we would have no need for a Varsity Spring for the 8th graders....... think about it.


Now you got your letter 8th graders..... you got your package...... I am thrilled for you. We played a role in that and it is the most important role. We are so proud of you right now.  But just getting the letter is NOT what you came for, is it? What are you gonna do when you get there?

This is not for the kids who are running track, playing Lax or basketball and are multi-sport athletes. This is for the full time football players who may believe the job is done and the mission is complete. The mission just got started!


Consider the following truths:


If training was all you needed to do to get great, every college in America would not be PLAYING SPRING BALL! If you think it is too early to start thinking about college and thinking like college players you are already behind the other kids that don't agree with you. You will see a ton of those kids in the Spring Season. Will you be looking them eye to eye on the gridiron and getting better? Or will you be watching them get better from the stands.

Training is critical...... but if we thought it was enough, we wouldn't be playing Spring ball. Not everyone agrees with us and you may be getting different advice from different people. I hope for your sake they have the influence and connections to do for you what we can do for you when you are at the next level trying to get to do the NEXT level. Not many do that is why I spend so much time counseling my alums parents and advocating for them behind the scenes. 

But I digress.......


There is a science to what we do. While some of you may believe you have arrived and the job is done, another kid is gonna be passing you up this Spring and being the next KeyShawn Wray or Mohamed Ibrahim!!!!  Google them if you need to, but THEY GOT NEXT and they earned it in the Spring of their 8th grade years. Off Players of the Year for 2013 and 2014 respectively. Wonder who will take that crown in 2015.


Rest on your laurels of you choose to and believe that just training is enough to get ready for high school. If just training was enough the Good Counsel freshman and now the DeMatha and St. Johns freshmen wouldn't all be suiting up this Spring, just to name few of the High School coaches that get it.

So I am watching my 8th grade Crab Bowl kids and my 8th grade FBU kids and parents to see if you believe me or not. I love you all no matter what. Just don't say I didn't tell you, so in a couple of years if another kid has passed you up on the rankings and in recruiting, you won't be shocked and saying, Why didn't somebody tell me? I am officially telling you now.


It is my job to keep you all informed so you can't say you did not know! Don't start cruising at the finish line because you think you have the race won. There is another kid bearing down on you. He is training like a demon for a purpose........ And he ain't waiting for the fall baby!!!!!

 

It starts with the Grassroots Combine/Mini-Camp for All of you.  For the full time football players, it ends with the Spring Season.  The 8th grade Fall, Team MD FBU, and the Crab Bowl set the pecking order for the last round of recruiting for High school. That is over now. Job well done!


Grassroots Spring for 8th Graders sets the initial pecking order for the scouting services in High School, and reshuffles the deck for the 8th graders as they become 9th graders.  Remember the old saying, you are only as good as your last game fellas! December is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. Take advantage of the opportunity if you are able to. Kids have grown since December. Kids have put on weight since December. Kids have gotten stronger and faster since December. It is quite true that we can see that part from the combine/Mini Camp.

What we can't see is who's heart got bigger. Who got tougher and harder. Who got more durable and dependable. There were some kids that missed the FBU Team and Crab Bowl team and have something to prove as they go into 9th grade. There are some kids who were backups on those teams and thought they were better than you. They are coming to prove it and if you are there you can hold them off.


If you are not there you can't. Grassroots is the proving ground and Grassroots Varsity is where it will all go down.  Will you pass the next kid or will you be passed. Will you rise to top or will you be watching from the stands.


8th Graders........ The choice is yours!


My suggestion is simply this:


Stay thirsty my friends!

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Sample Combine Format:

First Session:
Registration take place during the first hour.
Welcome by the President: 15 minutes
Warm-up/Stretching: 30 minutes
Combine testing: 2 hours

Each participant will be measured in:

  • Height/Weight
  • 40-Yard Dash *
  • Pro Agility (20 yard shuttle) *
  • Standing Broad Jump
  • 3 cone drill
  • Power ball Launch

* Events conducted twice with best time used

Break

Second Session Mini-Camp Format:
Warm-up/Stretching: 10 minutes
Offensive Position drill testing: 60 minutes
Defensive Position drill testing: 60 minutes
Coaches can refer to the below link to review some sample drills:

http://www.nfl.com/combine/workouts

  • QB
    • Drills: 3, 5 7 step drop under center
    • Throws: Slant, Out, In, Corner, Deep route
  • OL
    • Drills: Kick slide drill from the 2-point stance & 3 point- stance
  • DL
    • Drill: Rip & Swim drill
  • RB
    • Drill: Off tackle reaction drill
  • LB
    • Drill: Pass drop & hip rotation drill
  • WR/TE
    • Drill: Gauntlet
  • DB
    • Drill: Speed turn drill

 
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