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UNITY provides two primary football programs: fall tackle football and spring flag football. The programs are intended to develop football skills, encourage physical fitness, and promote mentoring opportunities for youth, both boys and girls, from 5 to 15 years of age. UNITY is a very competitive association with many past championship teams. Most recently, in 2011, two of our younger tackle football teams reached the divisional championship in just our rookie year with the GMYFL. We believe, and teach, that you play to WIN, but understand that losing is always a possibility when you compete; it becomes a learning and growth opportunity. How you face victory is as important as how you face defeat; both with dignity and respect for self and opponent. UNITY, through its football programs and experience, is focused on building men and women of refined character and high self-confidence. Hopefully, one of our programs below will be a fit for your child, and you will become part of the UNITY family. UNITY - a tradition of excellence.


Fall Tackle Football (2014)

The fall tackle football program is 11 on 11 full contact football governed primarily by high school federation rules. Traditionally, the season begins in late July and ends in early November. Approximately, 8 regular season games are played on consecutive Saturdays starting in September, with playoffs and championships taking place in November.

Timeline (2014): Registration begins May 1st. Official practices begin the week of July 19th. Equipment handout August 3rd. Full equipment practices begin August 5th.

Equipment: UNITY will provide each player with a helmet, shoulder pads, mouthpiece, and practice and game jersey. The player is responsible for providing his/her own padded practice pants (preferably black) and cleats.

Practice Location(s) and Times: Practice location(s) for 2014 at Benjamin Banneker Middle School (behind the school) 14800 Perrywood Drive, Burtonsville, MD. 20866.  Practices will be scheduled for Monday thru Thursday with scrimmages on Saturdays, started July 19th, during the summer until the Montgomery school year begins.  When school begins, practices will be Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during the week with games on most Saturdays. The practice field is available from 5:30 to 8:00pm; the head coach will determine exact practice hours, but most begin at 6:00pm. Game locations and times are determined by the league. The full game schedule will be available the week before the first scheduled game in September (current schedule is now available!).

Requirements: Each player must have a valid Maryland Identification Card issued by the MVA, a valid passport, or a military ID as proof of their age. This ID must be presented at each game in order for the player to participate. Residents of the District of Columbia may request a League ID when the other three forms of identification cannot be obtained. Please note that League ID cost is set by the GMYFL, and not UNITY. In addition, each player must obtain league insurance through the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) before being eligible to practice in full gear or participate in scrimmages and games (no exceptions). This simple insurance registration can be completed in 5 minutes via the AAU website. From the website, player should print their card, and then present their card to their coach.

Registration Fee(s): Normal registration fees per player is $150.00. An early registration discount is provided to any player that registers and pays in full before July 1st (see registration form for discount amount). For players that would like to pay over time, a monthly plan can be used if registration is submitted with a down-payment in or before March. In addition, a $50.00 equipment deposit will need to be made per player on equipment distribution day in August. This deposit is fully refundable. If a check is used, the check will not be deposited unless the loaned equipment is not returned in full.

Teams: UNITY is a member of the Greater Metropolitan Youth Football League (GMYFL), which provides age-based competition for boys and girls across the Washington metropolitan area. UNITY supports an age-based approach to competition with 1 or more teams at the 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U levels. Eligibility to play on a given team is based on the player's age as of July 31st of the current year.

TEAM AGES DESCRIPTION TEAM WEBSITE (PICS, INFO, UPDATES, ETC.) COACH(ES)
6U 5 & 6 UNITY Considers the 6U and 8U teams competitively developmental. The very basic fundamentals of football concepts and techniques are learned. During games, coaches are on the field to ensure current technique is used for blocking and tackling to ensure safety. Again, emphasis is placed on proper blocking, tackling, and the general game experience. The football fundamentals learned at these levels are vital to the association's success at the older age level teams in later years. http://unitymightymites.shutterfly.  
8U 7 & 8   Alejandro Roberts

Damon Shelton

Julian McElveen
10U 9 & 10 Players learn additional fundamentals of the game of football by becoming more independent on the field. Plays at this level are now called in from the sidelines, encouraging more on-field peer support and team oriented coordination and decision-making. http://unitythunder10u.shutterfly.com Claude L. Williams

John Mac

Michael Ferebee

Cory Belle Sr.

Claude Lorenzo Williams
12U 11 & 12 Highly competitive age group. The game experience is heightened. Coaching focuses on fundamental skills refinement, proper play execution, and learning advanced player position techniques. http://unitythunder12uteam.shutterfly.com  
14U 13 & 14 Intended to prepare a player for regional high school competition. Team was not fielded in 2011; highly anticipated for 2012. http://unitythunderfootball14u.shutterfly.com
Walter Moyer


Spring Tackle Football (2014)

The spring tackle football program is 11-on-11 contact football governed primarily by AAU and GMYFL football rules. Traditionally, the season begins in late March and ends in the first week of May. Four (4) regular season games are played over 4 weeks on consecutive Saturdays starting in April, with playoffs and championships taking place the second weekend of May. Games are played with a running clock of two 18 minutes halves.

Emphasis of spring football is the development of passing, catching, and skill position play. This is an opportunity for your child to get in shape for the fall tackle season, or experience some sports based exercise that in general promotes good health.

Timeline (2014): Registration begins January 15, 2014 for the spring 2014 season. Official practices begins March 25th. Registration ends April 1st.

Equipment: UNITY will provide each player with a helmet, shoulder pads, mouthpiece, and practice and game jersey. The player is responsible for providing his/her own padded practice pants (preferably black) and cleats.

Practice Location(s) and Times: Practices will be held at Benjamin Banneker Middle School Field #3, 14800 Perrywood Drive, Burtonsville, MD. 20866, on Tuesdays and Thursdays with games or scrimmages on Saturdays. The practice field is available from 5:30 to 8:00pm; the head coach will determine exact practice hours, but will be no more 2 hours per practice. Game locations and times are determined by the league. The full game schedule will not be available until the week before the first scheduled game on April 6th.

Requirements: Each player must have a valid Maryland Identification Card issued by the MVA, a valid passport, or a military ID as proof of their age. This ID must be presented at each game in order for the player to participate. Residents of the District of Columbia may request a League ID when the other three forms of identification cannot be obtained. Please note that League ID cost is set by the GMYFL, and not UNITY (see the GMYFL current list of acceptable ID forms). In addition, each player must obtain league insurance through the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) before being eligible to participate in scrimmages and games (no exceptions). This simple insurance registration can be completed in 5 minutes via the AAU website. From the website, player should print their card, and then present their card to their coach.

Registration Fee: Registration fees per player is $ 65.00.

Teams: UNITY is a member of the Greater Metropolitan Youth Football League (GMYFL), which provides age-based competition for boys and girls across the Washington metropolitan area. UNITY supports an age-based approach to competition with 1 or more teams at the 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U levels. Eligibility to play on a given team is based on the player's age as of August 1st of the current year (2014). In example, if a player is 4 years old now, but will be 5 years old before August 1, 2012, he/she is eligible to play with our 6 and Under (6U) team; and if a player is 15, but will not turn 16 before August 1st, he/she is eligible to play on the 15U team.

TEAM AGES TEAM WEBSITE (PICS, INFO, UPDATES, ETC.) COACH(ES)
6U 5-6   Damon Shelton, Vardley North
8U 7 - 8   Claude L. Williams, Vardley North
10U 9 - 10   Claude  L. Williams, Vardlry North
12U 11 - 12   Walter Moyer
14U 13 - 14   Walter Moyer