ABGC Football and Cheer Meetings Soon

It’s beginning to feel like summer and that means ABGC summer programs are beginning. Annandale Cheer will be holding an interest meeting soon. Please join us to learn more about participating in our popular Cheer program.

ABGC Cheer Interest Meeting

Thursday, June 7th

5:30pm – 7:00pm

George Mason Library

ABGC is also excited to host our annual Free Summer Football Camp. Registration is open now at abgc.org. Camp will be July 24-26 & July 31st from 6:00p-7:30p at Braddock Elementary School.   Go to abgc.org to register.

ABGC Football Registration is OPEN

Online Registration for the popular Annandale Boys and Girls Club Football program is now open.  You can sign-up online or in person at the ABGC office at 4216 Annandale Road.

Practice begins August 7th 6:00-8:00 pm on fields at Braddock Road Elementary and Ossian Hall Park.

Get a head-start by attending our free football camp July 31-August 4th.

Please share this flyer with your friends and neighbors and we look forward to seeing you on the football field this fall!  Contact ABGC Football Commissioner Robert Meadows (contact info on the flyer below) if you have any questions.


ABGC Football Playoff Action Begins!

Calling the play

ABGC football teams are certainly no strangers to end-of-season play as this year’s 2015 season marks the 21st year in a row ABGC football teams will be competing in the Fairfax County Youth Football League (FCYFL) playoffs.

This year ABGC has two teams facing playoff action: the Anklebiters Team led by Thaddeus Hush and the 115lb Team led by Brian Ecton.

The 115lb team will begin its quarter-final Wednesday, November 4th vs Dulles South at Sandburg Intermediate School beginning at 7:30pm.  The Anklebiters will compete in their semi-final game on Saturday, November 7th vs BRYC at Waters Field in Vienna beginning at 12:00 noon.

Please come out and support our ABGC teams as they compete to become Champions.

Ready for Some Football? ABGC is!!

It’s time to start gearing up for ABGC football.  Registration for the fall season has begun plus our Football Summer camp still has some openings, so don’t delay.

Fall 2015 Football

What:              Fall Football

Who:                Individual Players: (ages 7 – 16)

When:              Registration:      May 11, 2015 to August 28, 2015

Where:            Online Registration at www.abgc.org

or at ABGC Office:
4216 Annandale Rd.
Annandale, VA 22003

Monday – Friday:        Time: 3:30pm – 7:00pm
Saturday:                     Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

ABGC Football Camp: 

Where:            Braddock Elementary School

Date:               July 27, 2015 – August 1, 2015

Time:               6:00pm – 7:30pm

Fee:                 Free

Practice Begins:

When:              Monday, August 3, 2015

Where:            Braddock Elementary School

Time:               6:00pm – 8:00pm

For more information contact:

Robert Meadows, ABGC Football Commissioner @ lm1955man@yahoo.com or 703-298-5498.

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ABGC Football Star Named Youth Player of the Year

ABGC Football LogoABGC youth football standout, Dakwandre (Dre) Marshall has been named a youth Player of the Year by the Northern Virginia Football Hall of Fame. Dre played Running back and Linebacker for ABGC’s 115lb football team this season. His coaches had this to say about Marshall’s skills:

Dakwandre Marshall (Dre) is an outstanding athlete who uses his ability and potential to strive as hard as he can to accomplish a win in every game played. He is an experienced player who natural athletic ability which helps him to improve and grow. He led his team to the County semi-finals and was selected as Captain of the Team. His character on the field as a leader is what any coach would love to have in their players, he hustles, plays hard and competitively all the time, giving 100 percent plus effort in practice and games. Dre is always the player to say, “I can make it happen coach.” He’s also a great teammate and if player(s) loose confidence in themselves, he was always there to provide encourage during practice and games.

Dre played Running back and Linebacker, he had 968 yards rushing, 28 rushing TD’s, 20 solo tackles, 28 assist tackles

Dre attends Luther Jackson Middle School, he’s an 8th grader and maintains a “B” average, Dakwandre is an outstanding student and young man. His teachers say he works hard and makes sure his education comes first. He understands that academics is important to be successful in life so he not only looks at football as his livelihood, he knows without good grades and behavior he would not be successful in life. Dre consistently demonstrates respect for his teachers, classmates and school property. Because of Dakwandre Marshall’s leadership, dedication and character, he was selected as a Youth “Player of the Year” at Northern Virginia Football Hall of Fame Banquet this week.

Think athletic scholarships are a ‘holy grail’? Think again

NBC_Sports_logo_2012For many young athletes and their families, the dream of playing college sports is very different from the reality

NBC Sports has this terrific look at what it’s really like to be a Division I collegiate athlete. We highly recommend you read the whole article but here are a few excerpts:

“The NCAA tells high school athletes the chances of getting a scholarship in many sports are around 2 percent.

But does the reality of athletic scholarships match the fantasy? Hardly.

While tens of thousands of athletes will head off to visit colleges this fall hoping to be recruited, only a small fraction will make the cut. Even fewer will get scholarships. And for those who do end up playing in college, whether on scholarship or not, the experience may be very different from what they imagined.

In a survey of college athletes by the NCAA asking what students wished they could have changed about their college sports experience, the most common responses were about time. Another NCAA survey found that a typical NCAA athlete in-season spends 39 hours a week on academics—and 33 hours a week on sports.

There are more opportunities every year for elite competition in youth sports, said Lisa Delpy Neirotti, an associate professor of sports management at George Washington University. “People are feeling the need to go because now they’ve got these college showcases and coaches show up, and if you want to get your kid seen, you’d better be there.”

When parents add up how much money they’ve spent each year, it’s almost equal to a scholarship in some cases, she said. Still, Neirotti has felt the pressure herself. She’s done her share of writing checks and traveling for her own children’s sports involvement.

Don Schumacher, executive director of the National Association of Sports Commissions, agrees that parents who expect youth sports involvement to generate a positive financial return in the form of scholarships are off the mark. “You could spend $5,000 to $10,000 a year for three or four years chasing all these tournaments all year long, where if you saved that money and paid the tuition, you’d be ahead,” he said.

“Athletics in many ways is about helping individuals achieve their dreams, and it is about learning how you can push yourself to become better,” said Perko, who was a star basketball player for Wake Forest. “It’s the question of at what point does it become too much.”

Elissa Cordrey, a Summit, N.J., mother of four lacrosse players who has been through the recruiting process with several of her own children, thinks often about that question. She has seen other young athletes have difficulty filtering offers from different schools, and said players and parents can often be blinded by a program’s success or prestige and fail to think about whether that college is right for them.

Luckily for Cordrey, her children have so far had positive experiences at their Division 1 and Division 3 schools. But she is under no illusions about what high-level athletics involve.

“My kids love it and we are thrilled they are making the commitment,” she said. But if the child is playing for the sake of a scholarship, and not for love of the game, be careful, she warned. “Keep your eyes wide open. It’s not high school athletics. In some ways, it’s really exciting. But if your child’s not passionate, you are going to have a lot of teary phone calls.”

ABGC Football Slideshow Highlights Terrific Fall Season

Did you know? The Annandale Boys & Girls Club football serves over 150 registered players annually and is the oldest ABGC program.  Our 2011 teams, ages 7-16, had a great 2011 Fall season and have these terrific photos to prove it!

Registration begins in May for the Fall Season with football practices starting in early August at Braddock Elementary School. Games are at Mason District Park and Annandale High School.

We’re always interested in new coaches joining our program. Anyone interested in becoming a coach with our youth football program, age will have to be 21 or older, please contact Robert Meadows at 703-750-3895 or by email at lm1955man@yahoo.com.

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