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RFL EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPENS APRIL 1ST

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SOLDIERS TO SIDELINES
03/29/2019
  Soldiers 2 Sidelines 2019 DETAILS: This FREE football...
WE HIT 2019
02/10/2019
Camp Director Andy Stefanelli pictured with his brother Guy and We...
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS
02/10/2019
 Injury Risk Lowest in History of High School Football By...
USA FOOTBALL NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2019
02/10/2018
  SPEAKER HIGHLIGHT Mike Tomlin Named the 16th head...
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02/29/2016
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SOLDIERS TO SIDELINES

 

Soldiers 2 Sidelines 2019

DETAILS: This FREE football clinic is designed to inspire and motivate young football players to play their best by practicing football fundamentals instructed by top collegiate, high school, and military coaches. By registering for this clinic, you will not just improve your football technique, but you will also give an incredible opportunity for our US Military members to find purposeful work as a football coach in their communities. This is the perfect opportunity to simultaneously support our military and grow as a football player. Every participant receives a free T-shirt. From last years football clinic, two of our Soldiers To Sidelines Military Coaches earned college football coaching internships and 3 others received new coaching jobs!

WHO: Boys and Girls Grades 5-9

WHEN: Sunday May 5th, 2019 10AM-12noon

WHERE: HOWARD UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL FIELD
Greene Stadium 2400 6th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20059

COST: FREE however a suggested $25 donation participation helps our military get coaching jobs.

We encourage everyone to arrive at 9:30am to check in.

LINK:

If anyone has questions they can email Harrison Bernstein at:

Soldiers 2 Sidelines video: https://youtu.be/AVHDne31Dic

 


by posted 03/29/2019
WE HIT 2019

Camp Director Andy Stefanelli pictured with his brother Guy and We Hit campers and Bears, brothers Kellen and Devin Fraser.

 

Picture shared by Bethany Fraser

             “We Hit” Contact Football Camp 2019

Designed to teach and reinforce the latest techniques to make football a safer game !!!!           

 

                Now Registering at www.rfl.cc!

 

When: June 24-June 27 5:30-8:30 each evening.

             July 22-July 25 5:30-8:30 each evening. (TENTATIVE)

Where: Mattie Stepanek Park in King Farm ( Home of the RFL ) 

              1800 Piccard Dr. Rockville, Md. 20850

What: A premier contact football camp directed by Good Counsel Varsity Head

Coach Andy Stefanelli and staffed by area high school coaches. Also , featuring many of the area’s top High School and College players as camp counselors.

Program: Emphasis will be on age appropriate fundamentals, techniques and advanced skills for those with experience. Daily speakers will promote attention to school, sportsmanship, character and winning attitude.

Equipment: Camp will provide helmet, shoulder pads, mouth guards and practice jersey. Campers will provide football pants, pads and cleats.

Amenities: Snack bar will be open nightly, including grilled burgers and hotdogs. Mattie has plentiful parking and great seating for families to watch the fun.

Fees $325  - plus $40 equipment rental fee (if needed) for non RFL players. Registered RFL players do not pay to rent equipment and may keep the equipment for the upcoming season.

Team and Group discounts available !!!!

 

More Info: Email “We Hit” Camp Administrator Guy Stefanelli @ guystefanelli@comcast.net or Camp Director Andy Stefanelli @


by posted 02/10/2019
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS

 Injury Risk Lowest in History of High School Football

By Karissa Niehoff and David Jackson on February 06, 2019 football article Print

 

Football. Mention of the word elicits various responses. To many people, it is the most popular high school sport and has been the focus of Friday nights in the fall throughout their lives. To some individuals, it occupies every Sunday, Monday night and Thursday night in the fall as they follow their favorite professional teams. And to others, it is a sport with concerns about risk of injury.

Despite a drop of 20,565 participants in 11-player football from 2016 to 2017, there are more than one million (1,036,842) boys playing football. It is the No. 1 participation sport for boys by a wide margin. Although some of the decrease may be the result of concern regarding concussions, there are other factors as well. In some cases, a decline in enrollment has caused schools to discontinue 11-player football and start 8- or 9-player football, and in other cases, students may be electing to compete in other sports.

If attendance at some recent state football championships is any indication, interest in watching high school football and supporting the local team remains strong. In Texas, 48,421 fans attended the Class 6A-Division II final at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and more than 228,000 attended the 12 Texas University Interscholastic League state title games, an average of 19,000 a game. And in Alabama, the seven “Super 7” state championships games totaled 51,651 – up 30 percent from last year. In Ohio, the seven state championship games totaled 52,390 – an average of 7,480 – and in 2017 in Kentucky, an all-time record of 52,796 fans attended the six state title games in Lexington.

As has always been the case, weather and location of the schools involved in the games affects attendance; however, these were good reports during a time when the future of the sport is being questioned by some.

In the end, whether it is a parent of a youth or high school football player, leaders of the sport at all levels, insurance companies or the participants themselves, the question is the same: What is the risk associated with playing the sport? And with regard to the answer to that question at the high school level of football, we would say that the risk of injury is less today than at any point in the history of the sport.

The NFHS has been writing and publishing its own rules in football since 1932, and the organization has had an unwavering focus on risk minimization. However, by the late 1960s and early 1970s, the number of deaths in high school football had accelerated, with a high of 35 in 1970. In 1975, spearing was outlawed and several other equipment and safety-related changes were put in place and the number of fatalities dropped significantly.

In 2016 and 2017, there were only two direct deaths each year compared to an average of 20 annually in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Moreover, as opposed to 50 years ago, today playing rules are in place at the high school level to manage a student who exhibits signs and symptoms of a concussion. Thanks to these guidelines and state laws in place, the incidence of high school players incurring a repeat concussion has been greatly reduced. In addition, practice restrictions and contact limits have been adopted by all member state associations.

The NFHS and its 51-member associations have never been more committed to the health and safety of the almost eight million participants in high school sports. Early last year, the NFHS provided more than 400 AEDs to schools and state associations through a grant from the NFHS Foundation. Last month, more than 600 additional units were shipped to schools and states. The goal is to have one AED in every high school in the United States, and we will not stop short of that goal. The free “Concussion in Sports” online education course through the NFHS Learning Center (www.NFHSLearn.com) was updated last year and has been taken by an amazing four million people since 2010.

While football is a contact sport and injuries do occur, the risk of serious or catastrophic injuries has never been lower in the history of high school football. In addition, rules are in place to lower the risk of concussion, and the ability to detect and manage concussions has never been higher. Football continues to bring communities together on Friday nights in the fall across this country, and we expect those lights to burn bright for years and years to come.


by posted 02/10/2019
USA FOOTBALL NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2019

 

SPEAKER HIGHLIGHT

Mike Tomlin

Named the 16th head coach in Pittsburgh Steelers history in 2007, Mike Tomlin has since accomplished many things never done in the team’s history. This includes being the youngest head coach in NFL history to both coach in and win a Super Bowl. Make sure to stop by and hear from this expert on Saturday, February 23 at noon!

RFL VP & USA FOOTBALL (PSC) Player Safety Coordinator

Good Counsel HS - RB Coach

Guy Stefanelli - will be representing the RFL in Orlando February 22-24

at the 2019 USA Football National Conference

Here is a smaple of some of the tpoics that will be discussed during the 3 day event. The sessions all start out in a classroom setting and then transition to an indoor field to participate in group and one-on-one demonstrations.


10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Advanced Tackling Clinic

Presenter: Richie Gray & Andy Ryland

This four-hour clinic will feature instructors Richie Gray and Andy Ryland taking a deep dive into the entirety of the USA Football Advanced Tackling System. Time will be spent in the classroom addressing: Philosophy and Mythology, Defining and Understanding The 5 Fights and KPIs, plus grading and evaluation. The session will then transition to the field to explore a few drills from each of the 5 core areas.

 


12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Orange County Convention Center

Heads Up Football High School Blocking, Tackling and Equipment Fitting

Presenter: USA Football

Limited to the first 150 people who register, this class will cover the football components of Heads Up Football for high school coaches. The session will be credited to your dashboard, and in combination with the completion of health and safety online courses at NFHSLearn.com, it will serve as your 2019 tackle football coach certification.

 


3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Youth Football Participation

Presenter: Gary Del Vecchio & USA Football Regional Managers

Player participation is one of the most prominent challenges facing youth football today. Join us for an open discussion on the state of youth football participation across the country as the latest trends and data will be presented. Please come prepared to share your organization’s participation rates along with potential ideas and solutions to increase player participation and retention. The session will be led by USA Football Senior Director of Membership Gary Del Vecchio and the USA Football Regional Managers.

 

 

 


by posted 02/10/2018
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Owner, Photographer

240-839-1462

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by posted 08/30/2017
USA FOOTBALL

 

RFL & USA FOOTBALL - WHAT IS HEADS UP FOOTBALL?

Heads Up Football® is a comprehensive program developed by USA Football to advance player safety in the game of football.

All RFL Coaches are USA Football Heads Up Certified

Education Components

  • Concussion Recognition & Response
  • Heat Preparedness & Hydration
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest
  • Proper Equipment Fitting
  • Heads Up Tackling®
  • Heads Up Blocking

Watch the YouTube video below to learn more about USA Football and your RFL Coaches

USA FOOTBALL VIDEO

Guy Stefanelli - RFL - USA Football Player Safety Coach (PSC)

 


by posted 02/29/2016
FIND US ON FACEBOOK

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by posted 04/27/2015
Football Matters by John Harbaugh

RFL FAMILIES - THIS IS A "MUST READ" ARTICLE.

Our mission is to promote the advantages of playing youth football!!!!!!!!!

 

JohnHarbaugh

 

http://footballscoop.com/news/john-harbaugh-pens-powerful-article-on-why-football-matters/


by posted 04/27/2015
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by posted 05/15/2014
REGISTRATION CENTRAL

Registration Central

REGISTRATION Opened May 15 for Returning & New Players

Returning players priority placement ends June 1st

Financial Aid is available to those that qualify.  Please click on, read and print the documents below for more information and to apply.


The  NAVY and ARMY (Pony, PW and INT) tiered system does not impact Registration.

You will still register for the appropriate Division and if you are a Returning Player the right team.


Middle School Football League (MSFL) players should select Fall 2016 Middle School Sign-Up. 

We will place you on the appropriate team.


  • About Practice & Registration

  • New families to the RFL often ask about location and dates of practice.  This is a team specific issue.  All teams practice within the Rockville/Potomac/Bethesda area.  Please see Franchises for more information.  Schedules and game days are also outlined in this area.

  •  Returning Players are those that played in the RFL in the Fall of 2014 or Fall 2015 and siblings. Priority for Returning Players ends on June 1.

  • If you are a Returning Player and the team you played for last year or the team you are supposed to move up to is full there is now a Waiting List Option.  This also applies to New Players who request a team that is full.  We will place New Player on the Waiting List if they request a full team.

     If you choose to register and be placed on the Waiting List you will be notified by July 15 if there is room or another team has been established.  If there is still not room on your desired team you can
    1.   Request a refund (less the $25 processing fee),
    2.   Be placed on another team or
    3.   Stay on the Waiting List to see if a spot opens up (no refund with this option). 
    There is still a good chance you will make the roster if you are registering before June 1.


  • Medical Waivers

  • Waivers for medical reasons must be initiated by a letter from a physician stating the medical condition that requires the request.  Size and/or age in of itself will not qualify for a Waiver:  RFL MEDICAL WAIVER FORM 2016.pdf

  • Team Waivers

    RFL Waiver Forms must be submitted to apply for a player transfer from one team to another. Players must register for the team that they have played for in past years before applying for a waiver. All waiver forms must be submitted before June 15th.

    Waivers to move to a different team will only be approved if the General Managers of both organizations and the Commissioner agree or if a player was assigned to a team other than the one requested because it was full or merged into the previous season due to roster space. The waiver will then be submitted to the RFL Executive Committee for final approval. To have a Waiver considered you must first register for the team you are supposed to play on and then follow the instructions for submitting Waiver Requests.

    Instructions - Fill out the form below and email to the commissioner of the division you will be playing in for this season.  RFL TEAM WAIVER FORM 2016.pdf


  • Spring Flag teams and coaches have no bearing on Fall team assignments. 


Middle School Unlimited League Players 

You will be placed based on  Montgomery County High School Clusters.  Private school students will be placed on a Montgomery County team that serves the cluster they live in. You must meet the following criteria to play in the Middle School League:

You must be entering the 8th grade in the fall of 2014.

OR Exceed the maximum weight restrictions of the Intermediate Division of the Rockville Football League. (currently 195 lbs.)

OR Any 7th Grader that has a minimum of two (2) years of tackle football experience.


First Time Registering Online?


"New Players" - when you enter the Registration System you will be create a new account if it is your first time using the system.

"Returning Players" - If you played in the RFL anytime since 2013 you will be a and always use the initial account you created, in fact all of your information will be there and the process will take about 2 minutes.  If you want to register another family member that has not played before you will access the account you created for the first family member and almost all of your information will already be entered.

If you see box next to your child's name that says "INELIGIBLE" , either the information in the system is incomplete or the child does not meet the qualifications required to play in that division.

Click on the box, make sure all required areas are completed and accurate and then retry.

  • The Registration Fee Refunds and Discounts.

  • Refunds: The League Fee, City Cost Recovery Fee, Registration Process Fee and Credit Card or eCheck Fee is in one lump sum.  100% refunds less the Processing Fee and Credit Card or eCheck fee ($25.00) will only be issued until July 15.  There will be no refunds after July 15. 


by posted 05/12/2014
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