Another Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl in the Books

Another Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl in the Books

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words // Katie Rosenberg

The Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl continued Sunday. Teams of 7th and 8th grade All-Stars from the East and the West headed to the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas to play for bragging rights and a trophy.

The 7th grade All-Star teams from the East and the West hit the field first, Sunday morning. Less than one minute into game, the teams had already scored three touchdowns during three separate kickoff returns. East eventually ran away with the game, with a final score of 41 – 15.

Sunday afternoon, the 8th grade All-Stars from the East and West got the chance to leave it all out on the field. After a scoreless first quarter, West managed to run in a touchdown while keeping East to a field goal. In the second half, West scored a safety and two more touchdowns. West eventually won 22-10, taking home the hardware for the first time in five years.

Each year, a selection committee reviews thousands of athletes who are nominated for the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl, whittling the list to just dozens of players per team. Check out the guidelines if you are interested in being nominated. Football University also holds camps each year to help players learn the skills they need to become elite athletes.

Congratulations to all players who made it the 2014 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl!

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9th Grade Thriller Ends in OT

9th Grade Thriller Ends in OT

9th Grade Thriller Ends in OT (2)

words // Katie Rosenberg

Organizers are calling it one of the most exciting football games in Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl history. The 9th grade teams from the East and the West put on a show Saturday night in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

After an exciting four quarters, the teams were tied 23 -23 at the end of regulation. Heading into overtime, East took possession of the ball first and nabbed the first touchdown. East’s kicker knocked it through the uprights for the extra point to give East a 30-23 lead.

West answered right back with a touchdown of their own. But when West’s kicker wound up and booted it for the extra point, East got a hand on the ball, blocking the kick and ending the game at 30 -29 to preserve the victory for Team East.

You can watch the 7th and 8th grade Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl games on Eastbay.com/eastbayyouthallamericanbowl and ESPN3.

Earlier in the day, the nation’s most elite high school players took to the gridiron to compete in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The game provides a launching pad for college and NFL stars. Past veterans include Heisman Trophy winners, NFL MVP winners, more than 200 NFL players, and hundreds more college stars.

9th Grade Thriller Ends in OT (3)

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The Daily Grind: Eastbay Youth All-Americans Practice Twice Daily Ahead of Games

The Daily Grind: Eastbay Youth All-Americans Practice Twice Daily Ahead of Games

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words // Katie Rosenberg

“Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else.” – Vince Lombardi

Eastbay Youth All-Americans have been grinding it out on the field twice a day to prepare for the Saturday and Sunday bowl games. The 7th, 8th, and 9th grade athletes came to San Antonio with talent, athleticism, and grit, but they are also putting their minds and hearts to the test by learning a different playbook and working with a new team.

Outside the huddle, coaches from across the country are on hand helping players hone their skills by running drills and directing scrimmages. Inside the huddle, the coaching staff is motivating the players to work harder and trust the new plays they are learning.

However, it’s not all work in San Antonio. Thursday night, Eastbay Youth All-Americans had a chance to mingle with athletes from the U.S. Army All-American Teams, the FBU National Championship teams, as well as cheerleaders and band members during the Kick-Off Celebration at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Kick-Off Celebration at the Grand Hyatt Hotel

The bowl games begin Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and will all be broadcast on ESPN3 as well as Eastbay.com.

• Saturday, January 4, 8:30 p.m. – USA East vs. USA West 9th grade game

• Sunday, January 5, 10:30 a.m. – USA East vs. USA West 7th grade game

• Sunday, January 5, 1:00 p.m. – USA East vs. USA West 8th grade game

Additionally, ESPN3 will be streaming the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade FBU National Championship games from the Alamodome in San Antonio.

• Sunday, January 5 – 8:00 a.m. 6th grade game

• Sunday, January 5 – 3:30 p.m. 7th grade game

• Sunday, January 5 – 6:00 p.m. 8th grade game

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be broadcast live on NBC Saturday, January 4 at 12:00 p.m.

All of the games are taking place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

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Eastbay Youth All-Americans Converge in San Antonio for Bowl Week

Eastbay Youth All-Americans Converge in San Antonio for Bowl Week

Eastbay Youth All-Americans Converge in San Antonio for Bowl Week (1)

words // Katie Rosenberg

It takes athleticism, determination, and leadership to be an Eastbay Youth All-American. Those traits are on display this week in San Antonio, Texas where the best 7th, 8th, and 9th grade football players in the country are preparing for the annual Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl games.

150 hand-picked, elite athletes packed the Wyndham conference center for orientation, Wednesday night before heading to their first practice. For the rest of the week, players from the east and the west will challenge their bodies with two-a-days as well as their minds with strategy and leadership clinics. On Saturday and Sunday, Team East and Team West will put their preparation to the test during the bowl games.

You can follow along. The games will be broadcast on ESPN3. You can also join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by hash-tagging your post with #PrepareToWin.

Don’t forget to vote for the 2013 General Dennis D. Cavin National Player of the Year Award. Just head over to the Eastbay Youth All-American Facebook page and vote for the best player 15-and-under during the previous football season.

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Youth All-Stars Show How It’s Done

Youth All-Stars Show How It’s Done

words by_Cheryl Mathis

We saw the future of football, and it’s definitely on the right track. Not only did the athlete all-stars who played in the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl Games prove why they earned a spot on the roster, they also showed us all what happens when hard work pays off.

Eastbay Youth All-American BowlA brief recap:

7th Grade
WEST > 10
EAST > 7

8th Grade Unl
EAST > 32
WEST > 28

8th Grade Ltd
WEST > 35
EAST > 20

USA/Canada
CANADA > 42
USA > 37

All of the games had on-the-edge-of-the-bleacher action, amplified by the sheer joy and exhilaration of the national stage and the phenomenal opportunity these kids have to shine like the all-stars they are.

Nobody could walk away from the Alamodome without a story to tell about the USA/Canada. The last few minutes of that game lit up the internet with the heart-stopping, hyperventilating “how is this happening?” responses from both sides. In the end, no one could argue that Canada outplayed the U.S.

Though there’s a strict rule that the crowd is not allowed to rush the field after a game, nobody could hold Canada in the stands as the score was finalized. The noise of the screaming families and friends of the Canadian players filled the ‘Dome with the deafening thunder that only victory can inspire.

7th Grade - East and West

2011 EBYAAB, 7th Grade - East and West

8th Grade Limited

2011 EBYAAB, 8th Grade Limited

8th Grade Limited

2011 EBYAAB, 8th Grade Limited

8th Grade Unlimited

2011 EBYAAB, 8th Grade Unlimited

2011 EBYAAB, USA vs Canada

2011 EBYAAB, USA vs Canada

Canada fans

2011 EBYAAB, Canada fans

Did you miss the live stream of the games? Have no fear. You’ll soon be able to watch the games after they’re archived at Eastbay.com.

Want to know how to be an all-star? Log your stats into Eastbay’s Close the Gap tool to see where you match up against the nation’s best, and then get solid advice on how to close the performance gap.