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05/14/2016
RFL INTRODUCING NFL FLAG FOOTBALL FALL 2016 DIVISIONS: 5-6,...
7 Awesome Reasons Why Kids Should Play Football
04/28/2016
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RFL SPRING 7ON7 SEASON
03/02/2016
  Spring Football Program 2016 Spring Football General...
USA FOOTBALL
02/29/2016
  RFL & USA FOOTBALL - WHAT IS HEADS UP FOOTBALL? Heads...
WE HIT CAMP
10/22/2015
Designed to teach and reinforce the latest techniques to make football...
Not Playing Sports More Harmful Than A Concussion
06/26/2015
Not playing sports may be “more harmful to kids long-term than...
FIND US ON FACEBOOK
04/27/2015
Find the RFL on Facebook at “Rockville Football League-RFL”...
Football Matters by John Harbaugh
04/27/2015
RFL FAMILIES - THIS IS A "MUST READ" ARTICLE. Our mission...
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05/15/2014
RFL INCLEMENT WEATHER HOTLINE 240-314-5055
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Registration Central REGISTRATION Opens May 15 for Returning...
 
NFL FLAG FOOTBALL

NFL FLAG FOOTBALL

RFL INTRODUCING NFL FLAG FOOTBALL FALL 2016

DIVISIONS: 5-6, 7-8 and 9-11 YEAR OLDS. TEAMS WILL WEAR NFL SUPPLIED OFFICIAL JERSEYS.

 

REGISTER NOW!!!!!!!!!!!
 

NFL Flag Players


by posted 05/14/2016
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
RFL SPRING 7ON7 SEASON

 

Spring Football Program

2016 Spring Football General Information & Registration

7on7 Divisions: 8U, 11U, 13U (and under)   7on7 passing leagues are the fastest growing trend in youth and High School football. Real football format but without the contact or pads.  Register today to play with your friends or teammates. Find out who the next Cam Newton, Dez Bryant or Darrelle Revis will be or just play to enjoy the fun!!!!!!

Flag Division: 6U (6&under) Play traditional flag football. The players will practice for the 1st half hour and then have a game/scrimmage with parents as QB's for the 2nd half hour.


by posted 03/02/2016
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
WE HIT CAMP

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

"We Hit" Camp 2016 - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

JUNE SESSION - 6/27 TO 7/1 5:30 - 8:30 PM

JULY SESSION - 7/18 - 7/22 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 10/22/2015
Not Playing Sports More Harmful Than A Concussion

Not playing sports may be “more harmful to kids long-term than a concussion”

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Participation numbers in football across the country, at all levels, was down more than 5% based on data in 2012, according to a CBS report from October of last year. The report also states that participation in soccer (7%), baseball (7%) and basketball (8%) is down even more than football, and experts are attributing the decline to the concussion panic caused by the media.

It’s an epidemic we’ve all witnessed first hand as coaches, but after a conversation earlier today with a colleague, some interesting information was brought to my attention based on that CBS report.

According to doctors, pulling kids out of sports based on concussion fears can actually be “more harmful to kids long-term than a concussion,” (notice that says “a concussion” and not “concussions”). The report states that the risk for inactive kids is greater than the danger of harm for concussions. One doctor (Marc Difazio, a child neurologist at the Children’s National Medical Center in Rockville, MD) even went as far as to point out that there is no definitive evidence that a single concussion causes any long-term damage.

“There’s really no good evidence to suggest that a child, after a single concussion, is at any significant risk for long term effects,” New York University Langone Medical Center’s Director of Neurophysiology Dr. William Barr told CBS.

“If somebody says ‘I like playing soccer, but my mother and father are worried that I am going to get a concussion so therefore I’m going to chose not to play soccer,’ that is a tragedy” Difazio went on to add.

While everyone agrees that kids should be pulled from play immediately after suffering a concussion, or concussion like symptoms, the doctors in the study point to exercise benefits like lowering the risk of obesity and heart disease and benefits of exercise on brain development and learning as the driving force behind their findings.

The CBS report, picked up by USA Football – which partners with safety conscious Heads Up Football, can be read in it’s entirety here.


by posted 06/26/2015
FIND US ON FACEBOOK

Find the RFL on Facebook at “Rockville Football League-RFL”

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
RFL INCLEMENT WEATHER HOTLINE

RFL INCLEMENT WEATHER HOTLINE 240-314-5055

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by posted 05/15/2014
REGISTRATION CENTRAL

Registration Central

REGISTRATION Opens May 15 for Returning & New Players 

Returning player 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 2013 or Fall 2014 and siblings.  First time RFL Spring Flag or 7on7 players in 2015 are not Returning Players for registration purposes and must wait until June 1 to register.  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: http://files.LeagueAthletics.com/Images/Club/18284/RFL Medical Waiver Form 2015.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.


  •  http://files.LeagueAthletics.com/Images/Club/18284/RFL New Waiver Form 2014.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 2015.

OR Exceed the maximum weight restrictions of the Intermediate Division of the Rockville Football League. (currently 155 lbs.)

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


First Time Registering Online?


Make sure that when you enter the Registration System you create a new account if it is your first time using the process. If you played in the RFL anytime since 2012 you will be a "Returning Player" 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.


  • 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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