We Are Excited About Joining a New League

Southern Maryland Youth Athletic Conference (SMYAC) here we come!

This upcoming football season (2014) will contain major changes to our football program that you should be aware of. Many of you may or may not know that Charles County is no longer running the "Charles County Youth Football League" (CCYFL). The presidents from Westlake Bulldogs, Waldorf Wildcats, St. Charles Bears, Southern MD Hawks and Western Charles have all elected to go independent. What does that mean? The organizations (listed above) have all decided to leave Charles County Youth Football and form their own independent (nonprofit) football league called "Charles County Youth Independent Football League" (CCYIFL). The county will no longer be regulating/managing Charles County Youth Football. All rules and regulations will be created and managed by the football organizations listed above.

After careful consideration and weighing all options, LaPlata Blue Knights Football & Cheer has decided to join Southern Maryland Youth Athletic Conference (SMYAC), which also means we have decided not to join the independent league. We wish CCYIFL the best in their new league. We are very excited to be a part of SMYAC tri-county which consists of 10 teams (Beach Buccaneers, Dunkirk Warriors, Huntingtown Canes, Leonardtown Wildcats, Mechanicsville Braves, Owings Outlaws, Pax River Raiders, Prince Frederick Eagles, Solomon's Steelers and now LaPlata Blue Knights). By joining the SMYAC we have gained so many benefits which consists of, but not limited to:

* League stability
* Not playing the same team multiple times in a season
* Quality football fields
* A weight chart that's fair, promotes safety.
* Joining a Tri County league that consists of Charles County, Calvert County & St. Mary's County
* Quality referees

The LaPlata Blue Knights Board of Directors has spoken with Charles County Parks and Recreations and they have assured us that our "home field" will still be at Milton Somers Middle School. We still will have our 5 home games and one preseason game. Our practice locations will still remain the same (Milton Somers Middle, Mitchell Elementary, Matula Elementary School and Laurel Springs Park).

We will also be transitioning our Championship Winning Cheerleading Program to the SMYAC as well. We will continue to cheer in support of our football teams on a weekly basis at both home and away games, and practice locations will remain the same utilizing outdoor spaces at the La Plata area schools while the weather and day light allows, and then transitioning into several indoor facilities. In addition to preparing our girls to cheer at weekly games we will prepare them to compete in a SMYAC cheerleading competition to be held at the end of the season. Details and the location of that competition are still in the planning stages, however with 10 organizations involved it should be a much larger and more competitive competition for our girls to showcase their skills.

LPBK will continue to strive to do what's in the best interest of our kids, parents and organization. If you have any questions or concerns you may email Robert Bowman (coachrbowman@verion.net) or Kojo Achampong (kdog1122@verizon.net).

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