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07/20/2017
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RFL DAY AT DICK'S SPORTING GOODS
07/18/2017
RFL DAY AT DICK’S SPORTING GOODS   WHEN:...
RFL EQUIPMENT FITTINGS 2017
07/16/2017
NOTE: BLESSED SACRAMENT & SANDY SPRINGS TEAMS DO NOT RECIEVE...
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10/07/2016
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WE HIT 2017
06/14/2016
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WE HIT 2017
06/01/2016
Designed to teach and reinforce the latest techniques to make football...
7 Awesome Reasons Why Kids Should Play Football
04/28/2016
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AMA STUDY ON CONCUSSIONS AND FOOTBALL.......MUST READ!!!!!!!!

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USA Football

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Dear Rockville Football League

USA Football would like to let you know of a study recently published by the medical journal JAMA Neurology, a publication of the American Medical Association.

This study focused on long-term effects of playing high school football. The results may be of interest to you, your peers and your league's parents.

The study, which may be read by clicking here, examined later-life cognitive impairment and depression among 3,904 former high school football players who graduated from high school in 1957.

The research indicates no significant differences in these areas between the former high school players and their peers who did not play high school football. In addition, the football-playing students showed no increased risk of anger, anxiety, hostility, or heavy alcohol use.

These results are similar to those of a Mayo Clinic study published in December 2016, which examined a smaller population of men who played high school football. This study found no increased risk of dementia, Parkinson's Disease or ALS compared to a non-football playing group. More information on this Mayo Clinic study resides here.

The JAMA Neurology study has significant strengths in that it includes a large sample of students and was carefully controlled for important variables.

However, while the study indicates cognitive decline is not associated with playing high school football, it did not track which players had concussions and sub-concussive injuries, to see if those players had more negative outcomes in aging. There may be a subset of football players who do experience long term negative outcomes in aging.

It is also important to note that the authors point out that many aspects of the speed and power of the sport have changed since the 1950s, though it could also be argued that rules and equipment modifications have evolved for the better as has knowledge of how to diagnose and treat concussion.

To learn how USA Football may further assist your league through our programs and resources, please contact your community's USA Football Regional Manager.

Thank you for all that you do for young athletes who love to play our sport while gaining its benefits both on and off the field.

Sincerely,

USA Football

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by posted 07/20/2017
RFL DAY AT DICK'S SPORTING GOODS

RFL DAY AT DICK’S SPORTING GOODS

 

WHEN: July 29th   

WHERE: DICK’S Sporting Goods – Gaithersburg

 

WHAT: Bring the attached flyer to Gear Up for the season with 20% off*

Can’t make it on 7/29?  Feel Free to print and use these DSG Coupons  (RFL DSG Coupons)   any time, at any store (CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH 20%*).


by posted 07/18/2017
RFL EQUIPMENT FITTINGS 2017

NOTE: BLESSED SACRAMENT & SANDY SPRINGS TEAMS DO NOT RECIEVE EQUIPMENT 

FROM THE RFL SO THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO THOSE PLAYERS.

 

           RFL EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE 2017

                                        Thursday, July 20                                                                  

                                     5:00 - 6:30pm Pee Wee Bears

                                     6:30- 8:00pm Pee Wee Raiders  

                                        Tuesday, July 25

                                     5:00 - 8:00pm  Intermediate, Pony and MSFL

                                     Bears, Raiders and Unity

                                        Wednesday, July 26

                                      5:00 - 8:00pm  Intermediate, Pony and MSFL                                                                                                                   
                                     Bears, Raiders and Unity

                                         Thursday, July 27

                                     5:00 - 8:00pm  Intermediate, Pony and MSFL                                                                                                                   
                                     Bears, Raiders and Unity

 Make-up dates will be scheduled at a later time

 for appt:email Wayne Meredith:                               

                                                                                                                                          RFL EQUIPMENT SHED LOCATION:

Glenview Mansion at

Rockville Civic Center Park

603 Edmonston Drive

Rockville, MD 20851

Directions:

The shed is in the Facilities Maintenance Yard on the grounds of the Rockville Civic Center Mansion.  Enter the main gate at Edmonston and Old Baltimore Ave.  Follow the driveway past the Mansion and down the steep hill.  You will see tennis courts on your right and a building straight ahead.  Next to the building is a chain link fence.  Go through the gate.  The RFL shed is on the backside of the low lying steel buildings on the far left.

 

 

 


by posted 07/16/2017
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by posted 10/07/2016
WE HIT 2017

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

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

 

                Now Registering at www.rfl.cc!

 

When: June 26— June 30; 5:30-8:30 each evening.

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 06/14/2016
WE HIT 2017

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

"We Hit" Camp 2017 - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

JUNE SESSION - 6/26 TO 6/30 5:30 - 8:30 PM

JULY SESSION - 7/24 - 7/28 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Check out the videos from the 2014 "We Hit" Camps

THE BEST FULL CONTACT YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMPS......PERIOD!!!!!

June 2014 Video

July 2014 Video

Referral

"I very much appreciate all you are doing with the kids.  As I was telling many of the parents I met on the sideline, the passion and care you and the We Hit staff demonstrated with the kids was unbelievable.  It wasn’t just “pay me $300, take a t-shirt and have a nice summer”…it was as if you were preparing for a game on Friday and truly trying to make each and every kid better!  Awesome."
 

Dr. Andrew Fields

 

Camp Director Andy Stefanelli - Good Counsel Freshman Head Coach

 


by posted 06/01/2016
7 Awesome Reasons Why Kids Should Play Football

7 Awesome Reasons Why Kids Should Play Football

Here are 7 Awesome Reasons Why Kids Should Play Football

Here’s a summary of  7 awesome reasons why kids should play football. Take these benefits as a way to recruit kids in your community and educate parents on the benefits that come from participating in youth football.

7 Awesome Reasons Why Kids Should Play Football

Here is why kids should play youth football:

1> It’s Fun. Having fun is what youth football is all about. Yes, it is possible to have fun even if you are having a losing season. It always starts at practice. Coaches should focus on making practices fun. Throw in a fun activity or two during the practice week to change things up. This will allow kids to enjoy themselves and it will keep them interested in the sport. Competitive, up-tempo, organized, and enthusiastic practices will keep kids interested.

2> Develop New Skills. Playing youth football requires children to communicate with both teammates and their coaches.  Teamwork is probably the most important skill that is learned by playing football. Teamwork is a trait that these kids will need to carry into teen and adulthoodYouth football will also assist in the development of social skills, which is necessary to be successful in not just football, but in life as well.

3> Making Friends.  Playing youth football will allow kids to make new friends.  Playing football will help develop team chemistry and a sense of brotherhood. These friendships can last for a lifetime. Also, for the most part, they will be making friends that are also on the right path.

4> Develop Competitiveness. Life is about competition- whether it is playing a team sport or applying for a job. Nothing is given to you in life so it is important that kids learn how to work hard and compete for everything.  Set goals and work competitively towards them is what youth football should be all about. Kids need to learn to always compete and set high goals for themselves. When I say “competitiveness”, I do not mean “winning at all costs”. It’s all about effort.

5> Become Physically Fit. Football will require kids to take part in physical fitness. Our country’s obesity rate is at alarming levels. This is primarily because of poor nutrition (fast foods) and the growing interests and developments of video games.  Kids play video games, but the kids that are addicted to them are the ones that rather stay inside on a nice day and play games. If it is a nice day, kids should be outside playing.  Kids need to stay active and participate in sports and recreation. Football is a physically demanding sport that will have the kids exorcising every practice and game. There is no other sport that teaches physical fitness better than football. 

6> Keep Children Busy (and out of trouble). Playing sports will help keep kids busy after school.  Participating in youth sports and recreational activities will help keep the kids busy and out of trouble. It will keep kids in a controlled, structured, and positive environment.  It will also get the kids in good physical condition and it will keep them away from those unproductive 6 hour long video game sessions. Keeping kids busy and out of trouble is one of the best reasons why kids should play youth football. No other sport will require more commitment and DISCIPLINE.

7> Safer Game. The game of football has never been safer. Coaches are now required to take various safety classes on proper tackling and blocking techniques. Many leagues also implemented rules that don’t allow teams to do live tackling for more than 1/3 of the practice. There are also certain stupid ‘old school’ football drills that are now banned. The evolution of equipment also makes the game much safer. Equipment is getting better. Coaches are becoming more educated.  The perception of concussions in football is exaggerated. Many times people compare the NFL to youth football, which is absolutely ridiculous. The ‘old school’ win and hit at all costs is dying out. The younger more educated coaches are beginning to take over.


by posted 04/28/2016
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
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https://www.facebook.com/RockvilleFootballRFL

 


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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