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Spring League 2015

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North Division                                                         South Division

I5 Elite (Varsity)                                                                     DC Warriors (Varsity/JV/Frosh)
Baltimore United (JV)                                                            Southern MD Heat (Varsity)/JV)
Hamilton Metro (Varsity)/Hamilton Tigers(JV/Frosh)         
Fairfax County Colts (Varsity/JV/Frosh)
MoCo Bearcats (Varsity)/MoHo Co Lions (JV/Frosh)          HC Stars (Varsity/JV/Frosh)
Loudoun County (Varsity/JV/Frosh)                                      Prince William County Raiders (Varsity/JV/)
Central PA Soldiers (Varsity/Frosh)

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

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

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

Click Here for access to the SEN/Hudl package that will allow you to see EVERY Grassroots Game in the Spring!!!

In the Spring of 2015, we unveil the new and improved Grassroots Youth Football League (GYFL).  It is a league with 11 of the premiere youth football clubs in the DMV and beyond.  It will provide an outlet for the serious football player that wants to play against elite competition on a weekly basis.  There has never been anything like it in the DMV before.  We are raising the bar to another stratoshere. 

For five years now, we have bent over backwards and reached out to every league, every commissioner, and every coach in the DMV to partner with us and support this unbelievable initiative and concept that we created.  Our intentions were always to have the most unbelievable Spring Football experience for the those football players who live, eat, sleep and drink football.  Spring football was not designed to pull the 3 sport athlete that plays different sports in every season, like most of us did back in the day.  Spring football was not designed for the Basketball fanatic or the Lacrosse fanatic.  It was established for the football fanatic that wanted to maximize their chances of competing for a college football scholarship one day.  The first goal was to prepare kids to be the best that they can be and put them on the High School radar screen early enough to help them find the right fit for them.  Kids need to be in the best high school fits for them in order to increase their chances of getting a college offer.  That does not represent the masses of kids.  Yes, the masses may dream about playing in college and in the NFL, but in these days and times of sport specific specialization, the chances of kids making it to college that don't focus on football year round are decreasing every year.  That is just a harsh reality.

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

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

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

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

  • The Baltimore United are coming in with 3 teams for the Spring.  The base organization is the Shutdown Academy but Keion Carpenter has reached out across the Baltimore region and brought together a number of youth organizations and created the Baltimore United exclusively for the GYFL Spring League.
  • The Central PA Soldiers will be travelling down every weekend to take part in the festivities.  There is something special going on up in PA and the Soldiers are bringing in 3 teams this spring.
  • The Baltimore Metro Stallions have merged with the Hamilton Tigers to form a powerful varsity team to represent Baltimore.
  • Prince William County Raiders have partnered with the Shutdown Mutiny and will offer a JV and Frosh team this spring.
  • I5 Elite has partnered with the DeMatha HS staff to run their Varsity program for the spring.
  • Westlake Bulldogs formed a strategic partnership with St. Johns HS.
  • In the Fall of 2015, The Shutdown Academy will bring 3 select teams into the Fall, along with the Harford County Patriots

Here are some League Highlights:

  • Top Notch Regional Competition
  • Exposure to Top Area High Schools and National Recruitment Services (Rivals, SigningDay, ESPN150, 24/7 Sports, FBU, VTO Sports, MaxPreps, Scout, Maryland Varsity.com, TerrapinTimes.com, etc.)
  • Only officially scouted league for Youth Crab Bowl, and FBU State All Star Teams for MD and Northern VA.
  • Prelude to the EastBay Youth All American Games, US Army All American Game, Under Armour All American Game, Crab Bowl, and HS Crab Bowl.

League Structure:

  • Frosh ( 5th and 6th Graders; 6th Graders may not turn 13 before Jan 1st)
  • Junior Varsity (6th and 7th Graders; 7th Graders may not turn 14 before Jan 1st)
  • Varsity (7th and 8th Graders; 8th Graders may not turn 15 before Jan 1st)

Combine Season

  • There will be 3 Combine this year.
    • Sports & Learning Combine will be on March 21st for DC, PG County, Montgomery County, Charles County, & Surrounding Areas
    • Northern Va Combine will also be on March 21st at the Dulles Sports Plex for Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Prince William County & Surrounding Areas.
    • Baltimore & Anne Arundel County Combine will be on March 28th at Dunbar HS (Under Armour Field), East Monument & Ensor St. Baltimore, MD to include Central PA & Surrounding Areas

League Season:

  • League Season begins the weekend of April 25th/26th.
  • 5 Game Regular Season begins on April 25th/26th and ends on May 23rd/24th.
    • Frosh and Varsity Games played on Saturdays.
    • JV Games played on Sundays.
  • 8 Team Playoffs begin for all 3 leagues on May 30th/31st.
  • 2nd Round of Playoffs on June 6th.
  • 3 Championship Games on June 13th.
  • 3 All Star Games on June 20th.
  • Venues are being determined as we speak.  They will be state of the art HS Facilities.

Changing Perception through Strategic Partnerships:

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

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

One of the reasons we do Spring and Fall football is because we are committed to increasing the number of average offers for our area.  We can't remain stuck at an average of 60.  We must turn 60 into 70, then 70 into 80, etc., etc.  When we have more offers coming to our area, more of our kids will have a chance to alter their destinies the same way that I did.  How do we turn 60 to 70 and so on?  We must change the perception of the DMV into a true hotbed of football.  Right now we are considered a hotbed of basketball talent, and college coaches flock to this area to offer basketball players in disproportionate amounts, which is great for our basketball players.  Right now, it is the Southern states that are considered football powerhouses and college football players come here, AFTER they have left Florida, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, California, Ohio, etc.   Since they are not going to be creating any new colleges or universities anytime soon, if we are going to increase our numbers, we MUST take offers away from other regions and bring them here.  We can only do that by changing the perception of the country with respect to football in the DMV.

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

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

Current Partnerships

  • Grassroots Winter Combines
  • Grassroots Spring Season
  • Grassroots Fall Season
  • Grassroots Burning Sands Showcase
  • Football University National Championship Tournament
  • Youth Crab Bowl
  • Youth1.com
  • Rivals.com
  • ESPN 150
  • SigningDay.com
  • Eastbay All American Games
  • US Army All American Bowl
  • Under Armour All American Game
  • Maryland Crab Bowl
  • Mid Atlantic Sports Foundation
  • Montgomery Sports Medicine Center

New Partnerships

  • Xtreme Procision XP Fundamental Training
    • The partnership with XP will allow Grassroots to take safety and technique to an entirely different level
    • XP is the official training platform for Under Armour.
    • XP is the official training partner for American Youth Football (AYF) 
    • Click Here to visit the XP website.
  • Montgomery Sports Medicine Center
    • Although technically not a new partnership, we feel it is necessary to highlight this most important strategic partner.
    • NOTHING is more important than the safety of our athletes.
    • The XP partnership will help us put a focus on proper tackling techniques and fundamentals that will make the game safer, however football will never be a safe game.  It is a violent sport where injuries are going to occur no matter what.
    • The partnership with Montgomery Sports Medicine allows us to provide certified Athletic Trainers at our events.  This is the #1 most important aspect of the GYFL Experience and the staff at Montgomery support us and allow us to offer this.  The expense is significant and we almost had to go without trainers at our Varsity games because we just couldn't afford it last year.  That was before Montgomery Sports Medicine stepped in to help us.
    • Their facility is outstanding!!!
    • Their staff is extraordinary and we need for them to continue to support us.
    • In order to maximize that support, we as a group need to show them that we care and appreciate them by visiting their offices when our kids are injured.  The trainers will provide on the field care, it is critical that our athletes get follow up medical attention and rehabilitation services.
    • Montgomery provides ALL of that and then some.
    • Click Here for more details and to schedule an appointment.
    • Use Montgomery for your pre season physicals, your baseline concussion testing, and as the first opinion for ANY and all injuries sustained at Grassroots games.  They will take care of you.
  • CMC Sports
    • The partnership with the DMaxx Summer Classic and the Turn Down For What Turkey Bowl Classic will offer additional opportunities for our athletes to get exposure and play elite competition.
  • MetroAYF
    • Our first strategic partnership with a top youth league will give us access to an abundance of talent in the DMV and allow us to expand the Grassroots brand into the top National Youth League in the country (AYF).  The MetroAYF partnership gives us the option to recommend top youth organizations to our partner organization for the Fall.  Special thanks go out to Kim Cherry, Jaison Young, Dion Golatt, Theo Blount, and Luther Henry for spearheading this effort.  Some major club announcements will be happening in the future as a result of this partnership.

There is an entirely different level of education that you all need about the High School process of getting ranked by the Rivals, the ESPN150's and the Scout.com's of the world.  We will discuss that at another time.  Just know that the Grassroots alums will be the ones who get first dibs on invites to the elite HS showcases and combines that they will need to be ranked nationally and those national rankings will weigh heavily on how many offers they will receive. You don't need to take my word for it.  Our track records speaks for itself.  

Check it out by Clicking HERE to see the Grassroots Alumni track record of college scholarships and offers.  This is not a game.  There is a science to maximizing your chances to sign on National Signing Day. It starts with Grassroots Spring Football.

Well, that is enough 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 make the decision on what you want for your son's.  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.

There are still a ton of roster spots available for the Spring. Reach out to your contact person who is listed below for more information: 

REGIONAL CONTACTS:

Anne Arundel County & Surrounding Areas

Spring

§  I5 Elite (Varsity)

§  Contact: William Weathers

§  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

§  Cell: 240-461-1048

 

Fall

§  I5 Elite (6th, 7th, 8th)

§  Contact: Eric Allen Sr.

§  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

§  Cell: 443-989-8618

 

Baltimore Metropolitan & Surrounding Areas

Spring & Fall

§  Hamilton Tigers (Varsity/JV/Frosh Spring; 6th, 7th, 8th Fall)

§  Contact: Darryl Redman

§  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

§  Cell: 443-742-2468

 

Spring

§  Hamilton Metro All Stars (Varsity)

§  Contact: Tyrone Johnson

§  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

§  Cell: 410-365-0561

 

Spring & Fall

§  Baltimore United (JV Spring)/Shutdown Academy (6th, 7th, 8th Fall)

§  Contact: Terrance Wheeler

§  Cell: 443-262-4057

§  Additional Contact: Karen Adkins (Team Mom)

§  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Southern MD & Surrounding Areas


Spring & Fall

§  Southern MD Heat (Varsity/JV/Frosh Spring)/ (6th, 7th, 8th Fall)

§  Terrance Byrd

§  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

§  Cell: 240-346-6555

 

Fairfax County & Surrounding Areas

Spring & Fall

§  Fairfax County Colts (Varsity/JV/Frosh Spring)/Fort Hunt Federals (6th, 7th, 8th Fall)

§  Ricky Hairston

§  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

§  Cell: 443-871-8656

 

Loudon County & Surrounding Areas 

 

Spring

§  Loudoun County War Eagles (Varsity/JV/Frosh)

§  Rusty Markland

§  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

§  Cell: 703-929-5748

 

Montgomery County (including Howard County) & Surrounding Areas

Spring & Fall

§  MoHo Co Lions (JV/Frosh Spring)/ (6th, 7th, 8th Fall)

§  Contact: Tony Ashley

§  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

§  Cell: 301-399-3427

§  2nd Contact: Adrian Koroma

§  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

§  Cell: 240-483-1436

 

Spring

§  Montgomery County Bearcats (Varsity)

§  Contact: Andy Stefanelli

§  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

§  Cell: 301-502-1716

 

Prince George's County MD & Surrounding Areas

Spring

§  HC Stars (Varsity/JV/Frosh)

§  Contact: Terry White

§  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

§  Cell: 301-641-8014

 

District of Columbia & Surrounding Areas

Spring & Fall

§  Fatz Bulliez (Frosh Spring)/ (6th, 7th, 8th Fall)

§  Contact: Vincent "Fatz" Moore

§  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

§  Cell: 202-421-9701

 

Spring

§  DC Warriors (Varsity/JV)

§  Contact: Rodney Cephas

§  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

§  Cell: 202-277-3299

 

Prince William County MD & Surrounding Areas

Spring

§  Prince William County Raiders (Varsity)

§  Contact: Eric Levenberry

§  Email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

§  Cell: 703-963-0303

 

Spring

§  Prince William County Raiders (JV)

§  Contact: Jwan Banks

§  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

§  Cell: 703-586-3780 

 

Central Pennsylvania & Surrounding Areas

Spring

§  Central PA Soldiers (Varsity/Frosh)

§  Contact: Averi Stevens

§  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

§  Cell: 717-961-1272 

 

Harford County & Surrounding Areas

Fall

§  Harford County Patriots (6th)

§  Contact: Cedric Benning

§  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cell: 443-618-0304 

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