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Youth standout Tim Irvin in the spotlight

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The nationally-syndicated Sports Stars of Tomorrow (SSOT) will feature Miami area youth football standout running back Tim Irvin this weekend in its program about the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl from January at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Irvin was the offensive MVP for the winning East team in the 8th-Grade, unlimited weight limit game, which will be featured along with a unique personal profile spotlight. SSOT airs Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on FOX-affiliate WSVN in the local market. He was joined by fellow Richmond Giants’ teammate Jaquan Johnson who played linebacker in the Bowl. Irvin is a two-time Pop Warner National Champion and one of the country’s best youth players.

Sports Stars of Tomorrow is hosted by legendary broadcaster Pat Summerall and features the brightest young stars in sports and is the only high-school sports program in national syndication. Started in 2005, SSOT airs in over 90 percent of home in the United States and has featured such future stars as LeBron James, Sam Bradford and John Wall, as well as U.S. Army All-Americans Chris Wells, Tim Tebow and Matt Barkley. The show is partners with the website PrepTicket.com, which features clips of the show in its national section.

SSOT will portray the exciting All-American Bowl week experience of the Eastbay Youth Bowl and Combine athletes. It shows viewers the Eastbay Youth Bowl experience through the athletes from 8th-Grade, unlimited weight limit game. This year’s 7th-Grade game and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the U.S. Army Combine are also spotlighted, as well as running back Sony Michel’s breakout game in the 2010 7th-Grade game. The Eastbay Youth All-Americans are also shown being recognized on the sidelines of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and working hard in practice while bonding with teammates and getting first-class training and performance gear. The segment features the youth athletes getting a chance to meet with the U.S. Army All-Americans, including former U.S. Army All-American C.J. Spiller, who also addressed the All-Americans.

The 3rd annual Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl, presented by Football University (FBU) and Eastbay, had four exciting games at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, featuring the top 7th and 8th-Grade talent from across North America. The Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl consists of three East vs. West all-star games, one for the top 40 7th graders with a 175-pound limit, one for the top 40 8th graders with a 185-pound limit and a third game featuring the top 40 8th graders with no weight limit. New this year was a fourth game—the USA-Canada Youth Bowl. All of the games aired live on www.eastbay.com and www.allamericangames.tv.

Last year, many of the top players in the bowl received college interest and national attention from media outlets such as USA Today, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times. The 2010 game was also the unveiling of YouTube sensation Sony Michel who ran away with MVP honors after a four-touchdown, 275-yard performance.

Several thousand youth all-stars were nominated for the elite honor of competing in one of the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl games. Athletes had to fill out a nomination form and submit a highlight tape.  The selection committee, which consists of Football University’s regional directors and scouts, work year round with hundreds of local youth football coaches and commissioners who help identify top athletes.

For more information on the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl and its related events, visit: www.footballuniversity.org.  National sponsors of the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl include the U.S. Army, adidas, Eastbay, EFX Performance, Gatorade, NCSA, Schutt, TapouT, and the Youth Football Coaches Association.

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MiamiSouthPaw

I have mixed feelings about youth players getting this type of national exposure. It's nice that they're being recognized for their talent. But these kids are just in the 7th and 8th grades. It's way too early in their football development for college recruiters to start looking at these boys.

At what point are we going to hype children for All American games? Are we going to have a 5-year-old national all star game? Sounds ridiculous. But we're heading in that direction.

Kids that age should just enjoy playing the game and learning the basics. There's enough pressure on high school kids from recruiters. It's unecessary for 11 and 12-year-olds to have to face that pressure.

Dad for Football

First and most importantly their 13 and 14 year olds. Secondly I don't see any difference in a National Football game when I have watched the Little League Baseball world series for years. This game seems that it allows exceptionally gifted athletes to compete on the National level. If I am not mistaking isn't this the same game that launched play ground legend Sony Michel onto the national scene.

c gunnell

Both comments have merit. We will see if either ever make it. They are too small right now, so hopefully they will continue to grow. If they don't, hopefully they can channel the spotlight to academics. It is so true about the baseball. I'd much rather watch an 80 yd. scamper, than (yawn) someone picking grass in the outfield.

Daddy Yankee 305

@Larry Bluestein - have you done your homework on Timmy Irvin? He has an advantage as a 15+ year old eight grader playing against 'true' rising 9th graders. Timmy should be in the 9th grade right?

Also @Dad for Football we understand what baseball has been doing but the core point is - is it good for youth to be given all this exposure so early in their careers when we know that the higher they go the smaller the funnel? Just because little league baseball has done it for years does not make it right.

Eddie Alford

Tim just turned 15 years old I am his youth coach for the last 4 years he has a late birthday (dec) if you know the school board system if you Bday is after sept they dont let you start school. Example if you bday is in oct and you turn 5 at that time they make you wait until the next year to enroll in kindergarden so you are 6 turning 7 during the school year check it out with dade county school board so he does not have an advantage he is a special kid we shall see what happens I think it will a site to see.

Barbara wilson

I think it is special that if your kid has exceptional talent that it is recognized. my son for example almost 14 is being recognized. if this is what they want, let them have the spot light.

AW

I think at a minimum since these games have unrestricted weight limits, there s/b a limit on the ages and not just go by the current grade. I think this will make the playing field more level for all.

As for the exposure these young athletes are given, I think it is great. The exposure encourages them to work on the development of their skill sets earlier which also sets them ahead by the time they reach high school. It's a win win for both the schools they attend and the athletes.

Daddy Yankee 305

@Alford, I don't disagree about the late birthdays. Your actually helping to make my point about Timmy Irving. No doubt he is a talent; however, because he has a late birth date AND he is in the 8th grade at 15 he has an undeniable advantage playing against true 8th graders.

Why are youth players grouped by age and weight? Kids absorb at a much higher rate than adults and so their can be a huge gap in ability between 13 year olds and 15+ year olds. If you don't believe me try playing your 125' against a high school JV team and let me know if there is a difference.

I've watched Tim play and know that he is a stand out athlete.

As for the exposure - to each his own.

coachmike

No matter what, people would always find the negative in someone. Tim could be an 15 year old kid in the herald local news section sticking someone up or shooting someone down, then most of you would not care what grade he is in, but instead football have given him a chance to make something of himself and because the school board have it where you must be 5 yrs old before Oct. you want to hold it against him. Tim was not the only kid in FBU all-star game who line up at the age of 15yr. I have seen this kid playing from the 90lbs at Doral up to his later days with Richmond and the kid just produce.

Jim

Coach mike I can see what you are saying but in this day and age whether you are someone who benefits from a late birthday, or someone who is held back intentionally by some insane sport parent, or even if you have failed and are held back, it all becomes a huge advantage for a child at this level. I have a 7th grade boy and he is the product of a early birthday which makes him always the youngest and I can see a big difference of what effectively is a year advantage to the other boys. There is no doubt that Tim has great talent for a boy of any age but its still unfair to compare apples to oranges. At this early of a developmental stage 6 months makes a big difference. We have all seen kids super hyped up and to only see the masses catch up by junior year or so in high school. As they get older the age difference will diminish and skill levels flatten out. How many times have we seen college superstars move to the next level and then never hear from them again. Is it because they aren't great athletes? No! Its because they are surrounded by equal if not better talent. I am always looking for talent since its my job to do so and I only am talking about high school but I have parents that will send me videos of 10-11 year olds! That's absurd. What these boys do at that age is non relevant. Its great for parents to watch and gives a dinner time discussion but in reality you can't judge these children by club team merit. I understand that your 7th and 8th grade years are important when it comes to high school nowadays because of open enrollment. And yes I do know that they are offering financial aid to boys now going into that level and I'm also aware of the cost of some private schools tuition. But with all of that, can't we agree that something is being lost in the way our kids get to experience the game? When I was a kid I loved it and had fun. I never had my father telling me to focus, or yelling at the top of his lungs, or the worry that if I mess up, my high school career may be in jeopardy. The economy has made money a very main focus on all families and that pressure is being passed on to these kids. I see it myself. I'm not the perfect parent either. I want to make that clear as well. I've yelled, I've looked at the big schools and told my son, "you don't want to mess this up buddy!". But when you sit and look at it, its huge amounts of stress to put on kids that really is unnecessary. So after all this babble, yes tim is a great talent. Does he have unnecessary stress, yes he probably does. Will he or any other talented boy make it to the next level? Well none of us can answer that. There are hundreds of factors that will play in that decision and most believe it or not will not come down to his talent level. I have two friends that have recently retired from the NFL, one was a good player as a youth player, became a better high school player and a decent college talent. He went undrafted but managed to get a workout with a team. Did not make it his first two years and was minutes from being cut and was picked up by another team. It ended up being the best thing that could happen because he had 14 years in the NFL as a starting player and now lives a very nice life where money is not a factor. The second was a standout at every level until he reached the NFL. He was the kid the whole neighborhood wanted to be. Played every sat for a big name college and you could watch him on TV. Went drafted in the 2nd round and played in the NFL. Never broke into the starting line up and is now a member of a police force as a patrol officer. We all still meet and we all still argue who the best athlete is. But in the end its not who was the best athlete, it came down to who received the most breaks and who was in the right place at the right time. That's my two cents.

Jim

Coach mike I can see what you are saying but in this day and age whether you are someone who benefits from a late birthday, or someone who is held back intentionally by some insane sport parent, or even if you have failed and are held back, it all becomes a huge advantage for a child at this level. I have a 7th grade boy and he is the product of a early birthday which makes him always the youngest and I can see a big difference of what effectively is a year advantage to the other boys. There is no doubt that Tim has great talent for a boy of any age but its still unfair to compare apples to oranges. At this early of a developmental stage 6 months makes a big difference. We have all seen kids super hyped up and to only see the masses catch up by junior year or so in high school. As they get older the age difference will diminish and skill levels flatten out. How many times have we seen college superstars move to the next level and then never hear from them again. Is it because they aren't great athletes? No! Its because they are surrounded by equal if not better talent. I am always looking for talent since its my job to do so and I only am talking about high school but I have parents that will send me videos of 10-11 year olds! That's absurd. What these boys do at that age is non relevant. Its great for parents to watch and gives a dinner time discussion but in reality you can't judge these children by club team merit. I understand that your 7th and 8th grade years are important when it comes to high school nowadays because of open enrollment. And yes I do know that they are offering financial aid to boys now going into that level and I'm also aware of the cost of some private schools tuition. But with all of that, can't we agree that something is being lost in the way our kids get to experience the game? When I was a kid I loved it and had fun. I never had my father telling me to focus, or yelling at the top of his lungs, or the worry that if I mess up, my high school career may be in jeopardy. The economy has made money a very main focus on all families and that pressure is being passed on to these kids. I see it myself. I'm not the perfect parent either. I want to make that clear as well. I've yelled, I've looked at the big schools and told my son, "you don't want to mess this up buddy!". But when you sit and look at it, its huge amounts of stress to put on kids that really is unnecessary. So after all this babble, yes tim is a great talent. Does he have unnecessary stress, yes he probably does. Will he or any other talented boy make it to the next level? Well none of us can answer that. There are hundreds of factors that will play in that decision and most believe it or not will not come down to his talent level. I have two friends that have recently retired from the NFL, one was a good player as a youth player, became a better high school player and a decent college talent. He went undrafted but managed to get a workout with a team. Did not make it his first two years and was minutes from being cut and was picked up by another team. It ended up being the best thing that could happen because he had 14 years in the NFL as a starting player and now lives a very nice life where money is not a factor. The second was a standout at every level until he reached the NFL. He was the kid the whole neighborhood wanted to be. Played every sat for a big name college and you could watch him on TV. Went drafted in the 2nd round and played in the NFL. Never broke into the starting line up and is now a member of a police force as a patrol officer. We all still meet and we all still argue who the best athlete is. But in the end its not who was the best athlete, it came down to who received the most breaks and who was in the right place at the right time. That's my two cents.

eddie alford

@jim tim plays with older kids in our league they have older lighter witch means you got kids a year older than him and he is a true 8th grader never was held back in school so dont blame him blame the school system which he will graduate at 18 when I have seen many people grad at 19 so dont take away from this kids performance. I know you dont have any bad intentions but he is special him and jaquan johnson expect great things from them both.

JOJO

BS Eddie . He failed one year.

D Articulate

I know as a parent of one of the kids on that show that if the Irvin kid has a late birthday we could have used him Vs. Canada. That team was all 15yrs old and we had 14 and 13 yrs old kids playing. All in all it was a great experience that I would never take away from any of those kids. I beleive it may give some of these kids a mental advantage when facing their peers wherever they are from because they have seen and touched what football can give them if they work hard. A shot to be an all American. No doubt in 4 years the majority of HS seniors that will be play will not be from the Jr all american game but, the kids that were there promised they will all get back. They may not but the first part of success is a goal and then a plan. Good luck to all.

cudapride

@D Articulate tim did play he was #22 if i remeber correctly

Ward

Long as he comes to Southridge baby!!!!!!!

Crash Hamilton

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cudapride

@ward the word is SR is not going to land MR. IRVIN mom loves academics so CR may be his destination SORRY TO BUST UR BUBBLE maybe even GULLIVER LOL

coach

eddy alford is a black urban meyer

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