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UNITY provides two primary football programs: fall tackle football and spring tackle 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 2014, four of our six football teams reached the divisional playoffs with our 14U team ultimately playing for the Divisional GMYFL Championship. 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 (2015)

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 (2015): Registration begins May 1st. Official practices begin the week of July 20th. Equipment handout August 1st. Full equipment practices begin August 3rd.

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 2015 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, starting July 18th, 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.

UNITY is also a new member of the Rockville Football League (RFL) which has been a long standing league in Montgomery County for over 50 years. We are looking to field 6 teams in the RFL this season and are very excited about the opportunity it presents to our players and the exceptional game day experience that it will provide for our families.

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.  The 8U team is eligible for  League championship and AAU National tournament post season play http://unitymightymites.shutterfly.com Shaun Williams

Clyde Lawrence

Kendell Bonner

Marvin Sellman

Wilton Cameron
8U 7 & 8 http://unitythunderfootball8uteam.shutterfly.com/ Claude L. Williams

Damon Shelton

Chris Kriz

John Campbell

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.  Eligible for  League championship and AAU National tournament post season play http://unitythunder10u.shutterfly.com Michael Ferebee

Alejandro Roberts

Maurice Moore

Cory Belle Sr.

Demetrius Carroll
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.  Eligible for  League championship and AAU National tournament post season play http://unitythunder12uteam.shutterfly.com Tony Mason

Chris Leger

Harden Ward

Julian McElveen
8th Grade
(RFL)
13 & 14 Competitive group with more focus on player skill development. Mostly first year players. Will compete in the Rockville Football League. Eligible for  League championship and State tournament post season play. http://unitythunder14usilver.shutterfly.com/ Earl Lindsey

Coach James

14U
(Black)
13 & 14 Intended to prepare a player for regional high school competition. Position specific coaching expertise and training. High School Prep team, heavily scouted by area private schools. Comprised of more experienced players. Eligible for  League championship and AAU National tournament post season play http://unitythunderfootball14u.shutterfly.com
Walter Moyer

Bo Scott, II

Carlos Reid

John Mac

Dante Palmer


Spring Tackle Football (2015)

The spring tackle football program is 11-on-11 contact football governed primarily by NFHS football rules. Traditionally, the season begins in late March and ends in the first week of June. Six (6) regular season games will be played over 6 weeks on consecutive Saturdays starting on April 18th, with playoffs and championships taking place the first weekend of June. Games are played with a running clock of four 12 minutes quarters.  The 6U and 10U teams will compete in the GMYFL spring league which consists of four (4) regular season games and two 18 minute halves.

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

Timeline (2015): Registration begins January 25, 2015 for the spring 2015 season. Official practices begins March 17th. Registration ends April 6th.

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 can be found here.

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. (If a player was on a UNITY roster during the 2014 Fall season, they should already have the required AAU insurance.)

Registration Fee: Registration fees per player is $ 110.00.

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. This season, UNITY will compete in the ISYFL (Independent Spring Youth Football League). UNITY supports an age-based approach to competition with 1 or more teams at the 6U, 8U, 9U, 10U, 12U, 14U, and 15U levels. Eligibility to play on a given team is based on the player's age as of June 1st of the current year (2015). In example, if a player is 8 years old now, but will be 9 years old before June 1, 2015, he/she is eligible to play with our 9 and Under (9U) team; and if a player is 15, but will not turn 16 before June 1st, he/she is eligible to play on the 15U team.

TEAM AGES TEAM WEBSITE (PICS, INFO, UPDATES, ETC.) COACH(ES)
6U 5-6 http://unitymightymites.shutterfly.com Wilton Cameron
Clyde Lawrence
8U 7 - 8 http://unitythunderfootball8uteam.shutterfly.com/ Damon Shelton
Chris Kriz
9U 8-9 http://unitythunder9u.shutterfly.com/ Demetrius Carroll
Maurice Moore
10U 9 - 10 http://unitythunder10u.shutterfly.com Michael Ferebee
Claude Williams
12U 11 - 12 http://unitythunder12uteam.shutterfly.com John Mac
Alejandro Roberts
14U 13 - 14 http://unitythunderfootball14u.shutterfly.com Tony Mason
Bo Scott
15U 14-15 http://unity13uindoorfootball.shutterfly.com/ Walter Moyer
Mike Dyson