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UNITY 2015 - 8th Grade team wins the Middle School Football  Championship in the RFL!

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UNITY 2015 - Ankle Biter team appears in the RFL Super Bowl!

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UNITY 2014 - 14U Black appears in two Championship games: MD Preseason Tournament Championship and the GMYFL Championship!

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The UNITY Thunder 2012 12U Team Goes to the Championship at University of Maryland

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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. In 2014, four of our six football teams reached the divisional playoffs with our 14U team ultimately playing for the Divisional GMYFL Championship. Most recently, in the 2015 season, all of our competitive teams over 6U made the playoffs in both leagues that we participated in, the GMYFL and the RFL. Our Pony team (7U) played in the Rockville Football League Super Bowl and our 8th grade team went on to win the Middle School League Championship in the RFL!! 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 (2016)

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 (2016): Registration begins May 1st. Official practices begin the week of July 25th. Equipment handout August 6th. Full equipment practices begin August 8th.

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 2016 at Benjamin Banneker Middle School (behind the school) 14800 Perrywood Drive, Burtonsville, MD. 20866.  Practices will be scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday with scrimmages on Saturdays, starting July 23rd, 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 not yet 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.

Registration Fee(s): Normal registration fees per player is $165.00 which includes league insurance fees. An early registration discount is provided to any player that registers and pays in full before June 15th (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 May. In addition, a $100.00 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 member of the Rockville Football League (RFL) which has been a long standing weight based league in Montgomery County for over 50 years. We are looking to field 6 teams in the RFL this season in the following age groups: Ankle Biters (7U), Pony (9U), Pee Wee (11U), Intermediate (11-13), and an 8th grade team.

UNITY is proud to announce our membership with the SECFL Elite League for our 6th, 7th & 8th Grade teams! (This is a highly competitive league where the top high schools in the nation will watch your child play each week) http://www.secfl.net/

*The elite teams have a roster capacity of 25 players and will be fielded through tryouts only. Any player that doesn't qualify for an elite team will be placed on a competitive age-based team.

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 7U & 8U team is eligible for  League championship and UYFL National tournament post season play http://unitymightymites.shutterfly.com
Terrence
Williams

Albert
Brady

Wilton Cameron

Tim
Brady

Ankle Biter
7U
(RFL)
6 & 7 https://unityanklebiters.shutterfly.com
Shaun
Williams

Marvin
Sellman

Clyde Lawrence

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

Damon Shelton

Omar
Mendez

John Campbell

Pony
9U
(RFL)
8 & 9 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 UYFL National tournament post season play https://unitythunder9u.shutterfly.com
Demetrius Carroll

Cory Belle Sr.
10U 9 & 10 http://unitythunder10u.shutterfly.com
Michael Ferebee

Alejandro Roberts

Maurice Moore
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 UYFL National tournament post season play http://unitythunder12uteam.shutterfly.com Tony Mason

Zane Carroll

Julian McElveen
Intermediate
(RFL)
12 - 13 N/A Shon Haigler

Joe Harris, Jr.
8th Grade
(RFL)
13 & 14 The  teams are aligned with Montgomery County High Schools with the cooperation of Varsity and JV coaches, to better prepare serious players for the next level.   Will compete in the Rockville Football League. Eligible for  League championship and State tournament post season play.
http://unitythunder14usilver.shutterfly.com Earl Lindsey


James McNeal, Jr


Coach Donnie
14U
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


Michael Dyson


Spring Tackle Football (2016)

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 2nd, with playoffs and championships taking place the first weekend of June. Games are played with a running clock of four 12 minutes quarters. 

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 (2016): Registration begins February 1, 2016 for the spring 2016 season. Official practices begins March 15th. Registration ends April 2nd.

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).

Registration Fee: Registration fees per player is $ 120.00.

Teams: This season, UNITY will compete in the IYSFL (Independent Youth Spring Football League) and the GMYFL (Greater Metropolitan Youth Football League). UNITY supports an age-based approach to competition with 1 or more teams at the 6U, 8U, 9U, 10U, 12U, 13U, 14U and 15U levels. Eligibility to play on a given IYSFL team (9U, 13U & 15U) is based on the player's age as of June 1st of the current year (2016). In example, if a player is 8 years old now, but will be 9 years old before June 1, 2016, 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. All other GMYFL teams (6U-14U), the age eligibility is based on the player's age as of July 31 of the current year.

TEAM AGES TEAM WEBSITE (PICS, INFO, UPDATES, ETC.) COACH(ES)
6U 5 - 6 http://unitymightymites.shutterfly.com TBD
8U 7 - 8 http://unitythunderfootball8uteam.shutterfly.com/ Marvin Sellman
9U 8 - 9 http://unitythunder9u.shutterfly.com/ Shaun Williams
Damon Shelton
10U 9 - 10 http://unitythunder10u.shutterfly.com Demetrius Carroll
Cory Belle, Sr.
12U 11 - 12 http://unitythunder12uteam.shutterfly.com Tony Mason
Toriano Seagears
13U 12 - 13 hhttps://unity13ufootball.shutterfly.com/ Julian McElveen
Shon Haigler
14U 13 - 14 http://unitythunderfootball14u.shutterfly.com Walter Moyer
Bo Scott
15U 14 - 15 http://unity13uindoorfootball.shutterfly.com/ Mike Dyson
Walt Vaughn