Miami, Fla– The Florida Youth Football League, dubbed by Football Hotbed in 2011 as the “Flo League” after their founder, pop artist Flo Rida, has announced that they will go completely unlimited in 2014. Thus, the FYFL becomes the first purely unlimited league in the South Florida area.
The news doesn’t stop there as the league has added several new teams with one team pending for the upcoming season. Lauderdale Lakes, Deerfield Beach (from the B.E.S.T. Youth Football League), Port St. Lucie Saints (coming from the Pop Warner organizations in the area), Soutwest Seminoles (part of South Florida Youth Football League in 2013), Dania Bears (Xtreme Youth Football League) and are pending the addition of the Carol City Optimist (waiting on a few more items to be public).
In total the FYFL is now up to 17 clubs and pending 18 according to league president Martin Maltsby.
In addition, the league fresh off a trip with their all-stars from California, is set to play Mid-Florida and the Southwest Florida Youth League during the season in 2014. Maltsby says his league’s attractive because of all the things they do.
“It’s the spirit of the league, everything that we do with the kids in mind. From the social media stand point, how we attack it…highlighting the kids and their achievements. The trips to California, all the things we do. We closed a bowling alley for our cheerleaders last year…we just do a lot of thing, just for the kids. Whatever we think they’ll enjoy, we do it.”
Given other shake ups locally in South Florida, the FYFL may get even bigger. The American Youth Football League (AYFL) decided to eliminate their unlimited division this upcoming season. It may just work out to benifit the FYFL that’s already growing.
“We think our registrations will pick up for our programs and our parks,” said Maltsby.
“We [eliminated] our 15U, we only go up to 14 years old,” he said describing his new weight classes. Maltsby now has the only unrestricted weight format. AYFL’s 13U division allows unlimited players at all positions but the skill positions (QB, WR, RB) but those skill position players cannot exceed 145 lbs during the season.
The FYFL will likely capitalize but it’s their marketing and promotion fueled by Flo Rida’s ‘Strong Arm’ music label that’s taking them to the top.
“Giving away the rings at the super bowl, it might be something that everybody’s doing now, but people weren’t doing that before we started (in 2012),” said Maltsby
“It’s going to be a great year this year, we’re playing in our kick off jamboree. We’re going to unveil our Youtube highlight channel,” Maltsby said of the surprises coming this season. The FYFL is also doing a reality show that will be following five-six teams throughout the entire season from start to finish.
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