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Spring League 2016 Featured

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Grass Division                                                         Roots Division

AA Elite (Varsity)                                                                   DC Warriors (JV/Frosh)
South Jersey Elite (Varsity/Frosh)                                          Maryland MD Heat (Varsity)/JV/Frosh)
Baltimore Metro All Stars (Varsity)                                       South West All Stars
 (Balt)/(Varsity)
MoCo Bearcats (Varsity)                                                        DMV Steelers (Varsity/JV/Frosh)
Loudoun County (Varsity/JV/Frosh)                                      Prince William Raiders (Varsity/JV/Frosh)
Central PA Pride (Frosh)                                                        HC Stars (JV)
MV Elite (Varsity)

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 my opinion there is NOTHING more important than each and every member of the GYFL having a Hudl account so that you can easily put together TOP NOTCH Highlight clips to send to HS coaches, Scouting Services, All American Game nominations, and College Coaches.  The best $50 you will EVER spend.

 

During the Spring of 2016, we unveiled the new and improved Grassroots Youth Football League (GYFL).  It is a league with 13 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 stratosphere. 

For the 7th year now, we have been on this mission.  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 on football scholarships that don't focus on football are decreasing every year. 

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 venues
  • 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 athletes 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 were very excited to announce some new additions to the Spring Roster of teams.  If you see the Divisions above you will notice that we had some some new clubs and some new twists:

  • Baltimore Metro Stallions were Back at the Varsity level!!!
  • The Maryland Heat have expanded into regions so far that they had to drop the Southern tag and are in all 3 divisions.
  • Central PA has a new organization called the Central PA Pride and unveiled a Frosh team.
  • DeMatha's incoming freshman were released as the AA Elite.
  • Montgomery Village was back with the MV Elite at Varsity.
  • South West All Stars from Catonsville were new to the mix this Spring at Varsity.
  • New Jersey put their hat in the ring with the South Jersey Elite.
  • And DC represented with the DMV Steelers, with the foundation being the Lamond-Riggs youth program.

Here are some League Highlights:

  • Top Notch Regional Competition
  • Exclusive Coverage by the one and only SEN Television.
  • Exposure to Top Area High Schools and National Recruitment Services (SEN, Rivals, FBU, TerrapinTimes.com, etc.)
  • Only officially scouted league for Youth Crab Bowl, and FBU State All Star Teams for the DMV.
  • Prelude to the FBU Youth All American Games, US Army All American Game, Under Armour All American Game, Youth 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 were 3 Combines this year.
    • Sports & Learning Combine on March 19th for DC, PG County, Montgomery County, Charles County, & Surrounding Areas
    • Northern Va Combine will also be on April 10th at Loudoun Valley HS for Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Prince William County & Surrounding Areas.
    • HD Reaction Combine for Baltimore & Anne Arundel County Combine on April 16th at the new Gilman Stadium to include Central PA & Surrounding Areas

League Season:

  • League Season began the weekend of April 23rd.
  • 5 Game Regular Season began on April 23rd and ended on May 21st/22nd.
    • Frosh and Varsity Games played on Saturdays.
    • JV Games played on Sundays.
  • Playoffs began for all 3 leagues on May 28th/29th.
  • 2nd Round of Playoffs were June 4th.
  • 3 Championship Games were June 11th.
  • Prince William County won the Frosh Championship over the DC Warriors by a score of 6 to 0 in OT.
  • DC Warriors won the JV Championship over the Prince William County Raiders by a score of 20 to 8.
  • Maryland Heat won the Varsity Championship over the AA Elite by a score of 27 to 0.

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.  

Our top HS programs must have success when they play out of state games each year, and ultimately the Major Division 1 College in our backyard, the University of Maryland must begin to be competitive year in year out in the Big Ten Conference.  We can impact all 3 levels by developing quality Student Athletes that will compete and win at the youth level, HS level, and college level.

Coach Mike

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