The Maryland Raiders is a volunteer organization that aspires to be the premier organization in Maryland for developing youth to compete at the highest level in football, cheer.
The Maryland Raiders is a non-profit, youth travel flag, tackle football,& cheer program providing instruction for athletes ages 4-14. We are a proud affiliate of the Mid Maryland, cheer and football league. We have been an integral part of the Silver Spring community for 5 years, and voted the “best run organization” every year since 2012 by new coaches and parents. We are a proud to be a member of the Mid Maryland.
Our mission is clear: We will support youth athletes by providing guidance, coaching, assistance, mentoring, uniforms, equipment & accessories that provide the utmost safety, instilling at all times a spirit of good sportsmanship and carrying out our duties with honor and integrity. We also facilitate and enrich the education and personal grown in the community. We pride ourselves in being committed to the welfare and safety of our student athletes and staff.
The goals and objectives of the organization include:
Players and families may register in several ways:
Our on-field and off-field activities are managed solely by the volunteer efforts of every family that participates in the program.
A $150 equipment deposit will be collected during equipment distribution and will be returned to you at the end of the season, if all equipment is returned in good condition.
Each player must acquire the following:
Yes, the registration fee includes the cost of one game jersey from the Maryland Raiders.
All players must have a valid MVA ID or a league-issued ID card.
Instructions for obtaining a MVA ID
Four-week MANDATORY preseason camp
Practice schedule is Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (weather permitting).
Scrimmages are usually held on Saturdays beginning in August. Some teams may hold Saturday practices in lieu of a scrimmage.
Football is a sport that requires a significant amount of practice time to understand game strategy and basic techniques and build the concept of team, therefore it is extremely important that each child attend all practices regularly. Preseason practices are a crucial time for evaluating player fundamentals and skill levels. These evaluations are important for player placement on teams and may ultimately affect the amount of playing time a player has during the regular season.
We understand that practice may begin during previously scheduled vacations and that your player may consequently miss some practice. If this occurs, let one of the registration committee members or coaches in your age group know as soon as possible.
Our practice fields are located At TBD.
Once school starts, practice will take place three times per week for a maximum of 6 hours per week.
Practice will be held on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Weekday practice is usually scheduled from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Coaches may modify the time as needed.
Should your team have a bye during a specific week, the coach may elect to have an additional practice or scrimmage that week.
Although our league has policies requiring minimum plays for all players, repeated and/or unexcused absence from practice can result in a reduction in playing time. The head coach will determine the amount of playing time the player will receive during that week's game, based on the circumstances. All players are expected to be present and on time ready to participate. This means the player has his/her helmet, shoulder pads, practice jersey, pants, cleats, cup and mouth piece on and ready start practice.
The Maryland Raiders are members of the Mid Maryland Youth Football and Cheer League (MMYFCL) and compete against teams from Howard, Carroll, Montgomery, Frederick, Prince George’s and Baltimore Counties. The MMYFCL is divided into several divisions for tackle football based on experience and skill level. Players are better served when they are placed in the appropriate competition level. This ensures maximum player development and playing time. For more information on the MMYFCL please visit the MMYFCL web site. During the season, game schedules, scores and standings, and field directions can be found on the MMYFCL site.
Regular season games will begin in late August or early September and will take place on Saturdays. Generally, our younger age teams will play earlier in the day and our older teams will play in the afternoon and early evening. Our primary home field is TDB.
The Gladiators will be fielded the following age groups: 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U and 14U. In addition, we plan to field at least one Pit-Bull (5-6) team this fall. It is recommended that you register early. In past seasons, we were forced to close registration in some age groups early.
There is an evaluation process that takes place during the first week of practice. At that time, all players will be evaluated by age group and placed on teams based on where the coaches think they will best perform and have the best opportunity for growth.
Prior to the start of the season, the Gladiators will send out notices for football camps and conditioning sessions that can help your player enhance their skills.THESE ACTIVITIES ARE NOT MANDATORY, but highly recommended to help improve player confidence and skills.
Although car-pooling and other scheduling constraints may make it easier on families to have friends or neighbors play on the same team, the organization can not make special accommodations solely for team requests. It is important for both developmental and safety reason that players are placed on teams based on experience and skill level.
The Raiders organization takes coaching very seriously. Each coach is required to interview with the Board of Directors, submit an application and background check and complete several hours of training before taking the field.
The age and weight guidelines are determined by the MMYFCL.
Age determination is as of August 1st. A player with a birthday after this date will qualify for the younger age group, assuming their weight is also in line with the given weight range. For example, a player that is 10 on 8/1/16 and has a birthday in October can play in the 10U age group.
Is my child guaranteed to play?
The MMYFCL has a mandatory play rule. Each player must participate in the game, as noted below.
19 or less players National Conference – each player must play 8 plays
20 or more players National Conference – each player must play 6 plays
19 or less players American Conference – each player must play 8 plays
20 or more players American Conference – each player must play 6 plays
11 to 20 players Federal Conference – each player must play 13 plays
21 to 25 players Federal Conference – each player must play 14 plays
26 to 30 players Federal Conference – each player must play 12 plays
31 to 35 players Federal Conference – each player must play 10 plays
ALL DEAD BALL PLAYS ARE NOT INCLUDED AS A PLAY ON THE MANDATORY PLAY COUNT.
If you or someone you know is interested in coaching, please contact Ted Daley for more details. The success of our program is based on the hard work and dedication of our coaching staff. The organization takes the selection and training of our coaches seriously and all of our head coaches and their respective staffs are required to participate in coaching clinics throughout the off-season.
If you have a second child participating, the 2nd child will receive a discount off the registration fee. There are similar discounts applied across the football and cheerleading program. If one child plays in the football program and another participates as a cheerleader, the discount will apply to the lesser registration.
This policy is strictly enforced.
NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN UNLESS TEAM IS NOT FILLED.
Please email your specific question to the registration committee. It is important that you include your child’s name, age, and weight and as much detail as you can provide in your question.
Refund policy is strictly enforced.
NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN UNLESS TEAM IS NOT FILLED.