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The Stars of Past Burning Sands are being named to the 2017 FBU 9th Grade All American Teams as we speak!!!!  Who's got next? The Stars of Past Burning Sands are being named to the 2017 FBU 9th Grade All American Teams as we speak!!!! Who's got next?

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

The answer is the Burning Sands Invitational IV for 5th - 8th Graders.


The Burning Sands is a Showcase Event for middle school prospects (including current 5th Graders). Our Fall League participants have the benefit of auditioning for us, the top HS Coaches in the DMV, and the top Scouting Services in the country every weekend during Grassroots games.  In an effort to give a fair shot to those kids who are playing in other leagues, the Burning Sands has been expanded.  All of the top public and private school coaches in the DMV will be on hand at this event and they will be looking for the next crop of talent to fit their program needs.  The question is, will you be there to get noticed?.

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

We know what we are doing folks.  We are subject matter experts and we have this down to a science.  We want you to trust us and come see how we do what we do.  It all goes down at the Burning Sands V on Sunday October 2nd, at St. Johns College High School.  Who wants to be the next FBU All American from the DMV?  If it is you, then you know what to do.

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

FBU National Championship Tournament Opportunity:

For 2016, we are able to offer the athletes of the DMV NOT ONE, but TWO FBU Teams.  Not only is the Nationally known and respected Team Maryland coming back stronger than ever, but FBU has given us the opportunity to present Team Metro Maryland as well.  So we will have 70 6th Grade roster spots, 70 7th Grade roster spots, and 70 8th Grade roster spots to fill!!!  There are FBU opportunities for ALL of the Goons now.  This is unprecedented.  

In addition, we have partnered with Team Northern Va to help them field all of their teams as well.  So between the 3 FBU Regional Teams, there are now 105 roster spots per age group for your athlete to have a chance to compete in this spectacular tournament.  It does NOT matter what league you play in. FBU is for you and the Burning Sands is where you get noticed.  Now, if you are not aware of the importance of the FBU National Championship Tournament and how it can change your sons life, it is is imperative that you do some homework.  Go to to learn about the parent company.  

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

Youth Crab Bowl Opportunity:

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

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.  Click Here to learn more about the Youth Crab Bowl.

Youth Capitol Bowl Opportunity:

The inaugural Youth Capitol Bowl drops the weekend after Christmas and will be played at the beautiful Georgetown University.  It will pit an All Star Team from Northern Va at 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade against the runner up of the FBU Maryland teams.

Unfortunately, both Maryland and Metro Maryland can't both advance to the Final Four in the FBU Tournament.  Both have a chance, but at some point they will have to play each other and one has to lose.  The loser will be out to prove something and the Capitol Bowl is where it will get done. Gonna be electric and played right after the High School Capitol Bowl.

Elite Level Scouting Opportunity:

From a scouting and exposure standpoint, the Burning Sands is unmatched.  The top nationwide HS scouting services like, and SEN will be on hand to capture all the action, rank the athletes, and provide unprecedented national exposure.  The one and only will use results from the Burning Sands to rank the next group of stars from the DMV to grace the Elite 101 and Freshman 450 lists.

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

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

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

When: Sunday October 2nd
Time: 5th & 6th Graders register @ 8am; Compete from 9am to 11am
           7th Graders register @ 10am; Compete from 11am to 1pm
           8th Graders register @ 12pm; Compete from 1pm - 4pm

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

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

See a Burning Sands Video from a prior event to get a feel for what we will be doing.

Schedule of Events:

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

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

Grassroots Game Changers Fees are waived and will receive invitations.

Grassroots Fall League participants without invitations fee is $35.00 (Early Bird registration is open for one week at $25.00).  

Non-Grassroots Fall League participants fee $50.00 (Early Bird registration is open for one week at $40.00)

Take advantage of The Early Bird Savings and REGISTER NOW!!!!! 

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

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

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

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

Click Here for Baltimore Sun Website version.

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

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

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





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