Bayside Raiders on NY1

New York 1 News reporter came to Raider Weekend and interviewed Coach Tony, Coach James and Patty about the role that our organization plays in helping provide great opportunities for our players in education and socially. 

It was great to see the local news program take an interest in the importance of the sport of football and all the great things it can help young men accomplish! Hopefully more positive conversations about football will emerge.

Click here to see the report.

RAFFLE WINNERS!

Today's raffle winners are 

TICKET 180189 - MOVIE BASKET

TICKET 180083 - MODELL'S BASKET

If you have the corresponding ticket number please come to the field to claim your prize. You have until the end of practice Tuesday Aug 26 to do so. Otherwise, we will re-raffle you prize. If you cannot arrange to pick up your prize please contact your Team Mom, Coach or email admin@baysideraiders.com.

Upcoming Raider Events

RAIDER WEEKEND

Saturday, August 23 - Sunday August 24
Saturday - Bantam and Intermediate Teams Scrimmage
Sunday - Peanut, Jr. Pee Wee's and Pee Wee's Teams Scrimmage

FOOTBALL CAMP

Friday August 29
Teams depart for Football Camp
Monday September 1
Teams return from Football Camp

LEAGUE CERTIFICATION

Saturday, September 6
League certification for all Raider Teams beginning at 9:00 AM
ADDITIONAL DETAILS TO COME

Kory Godfrey - Student Athlete

My name is Kory Godfrey. I played for the Bayside Raiders for 8 years - from a Peanut all the way to the Intermediates. I have been part of the Raider Organization since that beautiful turf field you see now was nothing but mud and grass.
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I couldn't ask for a better organization to play youth football for. I learned the basic fundamentals of the game from great coaches who themselves have playing experience.
This August I will be furthering my education and football career at Buffalo State. I am proud to say the Raiders have prepared me to be the best Student Athlete I could be.
I will never forget my time playing for the Bayside Raiders, they helped me become the young man I am today.

Intermediates' Eye on the Championship

The 2013 Bayside Raider Intermediates opened up their season on the road with a 12-0 win in the Bronx in September and continued to march through the season in pursuit of their first championship since 2007. Although a tough playoff loss ended their season in December, it was truly a remarkable season filled with many exciting moments and outstanding individual performances for many of the players.

Led by returning team captain and starting quarterback Javon Abraham, the Bayside offense took shape and led the division in points scored during the 2013 season. Javon's exciting play both in throwing and running the football were complemented tremendously by contributions from Jonathan (JJ) Mercado at Running Back and Wide Receiver, and the play of Sammy Jules at Fullback.

Defensively, the Raiders were anchored by strong performances from Kory Godfrey at Defensive End, Christopher Smith at Tackle, and a quick to the ball group of Linebackers that included Sammy Jules and Donald Britton.

With an improving Secondary led by Joshua Vergara and returning players Smith and Britton, the Bayside Raider Intermediates are poised for another run at the playoffs for the upcoming 2014 season!

by: Coach Donald LaSala

 

Successful First Day of Practice

It was great to have such an amazing turn out for our first day of practice last week, Saturday. There were many new faces and old friends came together again. 

Welcome to the new members of the Raider Family and welcome back to all Raiders!
Here are some pictures from Saturday's Practice.

2013 AWARDS CEREMONY

After a successful 2013 season, the Bayside Raiders Organization recognized its players for their hard work and effort during the Awards Ceremony on March 22nd hosted at St. Francis Prep High School.

Special guest speakers included: New York State Senator Tony Avella, Head Coach of St. Francis Prep Football Team Rich Carroll, Assistant Director of Admissions at St. Francis Prep High School Lisa Schafer, Head Football Coach of Holly Cross High School Tom Pugh, Assistant Football Coach of Chaminade High School Ed Roesler, Associate Director of Educations Services at the Boys Club of New York Bill Mittchell and the New York City Youth Football League Commissioner Garvin Dublin.

The guest speakers were inspirational to both players and parents alike. They spoke about the importance of education and the emphasis of being a student athlete. The speakers provided useful information regarding High School expectations and helped players visualize their goals in football and education. NYCYFL Commissioner Dublin expressed his hope that all NYCYFL players grow up to be exceptional students, professionals and citizens of their community. 

All players were awarded participation trophies.
All Star and Honorable Mention League Award Winners Include:

Alexander Coyoc
Taylor Smallwood
Kamari Smith
David Diaz
Nicholas Matos
Randy Nicoletti
Malek Parrish
Sebastian Sanchez
Gal Svartz
Christian Wright
Omari Beaumont
Elijah Gaines
Tirek Murphy

Dante Skoros
Kyle Ormsby
Andrew Henao
Justin Bellido
Tyler Russaw-Paul
Antonio Gerbino
Nazareth Mcfarlane
Uriel Leshore
Aston Glashow
Josh Wallace
Jahrell Billies
Salim Turner
Sergio Portoblanco

D'Avian Clayton
Mark Gibbs
Anthony Jackson
Xavier Spencer
Jeremy Diaz
Jose Enriquez
Dante Thomas
Chris Auricchio
Javon Abraham
Christopher Smith
Korey Godfrey
Jonathan Mercado
Donald Britton

Samuel Jules
Joshua Vergara
Halliston Fergilus
Brandon Glasgow
Thomas Kurs
Nicolas Arizmendi

Special thank you to Utopia Bagels for providing breakfast for all guests who attended the Awards Ceremony.

From Player to Head Coach

The new Head Coach of the Bantams for the 2014 Season, James Medina is more than just a Coach - he is a former player with a lot of history in the Raider Organization.

PLAYING FOR THE RAIDERS

Coach James played for the Raiders in 1996 - 1997. He began is Raider Career as Quarterback for the Bantams and then continued the next year as Quarterback for the Intermediates. In 1996 Coach James led the League in total touchdowns, scoring 11 times. He made it to the Championship and played in the All-Star Game in 1997.

"Playing for the Raiders was one of the best experiences of my life. Having lost to the Falcons in 1996 motivated me and my team to make it to the Championships in 1997. Our win in the 1997 Playoffs against the Rosedale Jets was the beginning of a decade of dominance for our Organization. Playing for the Raiders not only taught me about football but also taught me many life lessons I still hold true to, even today." - Coach James

COACHING FOR THE RAIDERS

Coach James began coaching in 2003 as an Assistant Offensive Coach for the Bantams. From 2006 - 2008 Coach James was the Offensive Coordinator for the Intermediates reaching back-to-back Championships in 2006 and 2007. Working side by side with Head Coach Don LaSala and Assistant Head Coach K., the Intermediates succeeded in winning against the undefeated Brooklyn Skyhawks at the 2007 Championship game at Hofstra University. In 2013, Coach James continued coaching for the Intermediates alongside Coach Don and the Intermediate coaching staff as Offensive Coordinator and helped coached his team to back to the Playoffs and lead the league in offense.

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HEAD COACH - BANTAM DIVISION

The Bayside Raiders Organization appointed Coach James as the new Head Coach for the Bantams.

"I am honored and incredibly motivated to lead the Bantams back to the top and help restore past glory to the Organization. There is no greater feeling than to be able to give back to an Organization that has given so much to me." - Coach James

2014 President's Message

Welcome to the Raider Youth Football program. We are only a few short weeks away from kicking off the 2014 Season. Once again, I would like to thank the parents, community, sponsors, coaches and the RYF board for their efforts in making 2013 the success it was.

The 2013 season was memorable in many ways. A respectable showing Raider football once again took three teams to the playoffs with one reaching the championship game. Raider pride was evident as they did so with the poise and character we have all come to expect.

We never want to forget that this is only possible due to the many great leaders dedicated to our youth football players . Along the sidelines are also great volunteers, coaches, team parents, concession workers, parents who drive their sons and daughters to practice, prepare late dinners, and give their sons and daughters emotional support. Our goal is to give your child the opportunity to learn life social skills, a solid work ethic and love for the game of football in a safe and supportive environment.

The RYF board strives in its mission to make our program about the kids. We want to cultivate an environment that everyone believes is very special, something people want to be part of as players, volunteers, sponsors and fans. We are committed to providing an exceptional and rewarding experience for your sons and daughters. I challenge our student athletes to be strong role models by setting and achieving their goals in the classroom and in the community as well as on and off the field. Furthermore, I encourage our parents and community to get involved in our program for the 2014 season to continue to make this a successful program we can all enjoy and be proud of.

We continue to update our website as new information becomes available. Please use this valuable resource to answer any questions you may have regarding the upcoming season. Calendared activities leading up to practices and continuing through the post season are listed on our "Calendar of Events" page on our web site. If you are new to Raider Youth Football, please see the Registration page for additional information. On behalf of the RYF Football board, we thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Anthony Griffin

President, Raider Youth Football