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Belvoir Bulldogs coaches demonstrate the three-point stance during a preseason training camp session ahead of the youth football league season, July 23 at Pullen Field. 

Athletes playing in this year’s installment of Fort Belvoir’s Bulldogs youth football program, coordinated through Child and Youth Services, spent last week at the annual training camp at Pullen Field as they prepare for the 2019 Fairfax County Youth Football League season. Players in every weight division engaged in nightly practice sessions, developing plays; refining their skills in passing, ball-carrying, kicking, punting and applying defense; and building the camaraderie, sportsmanship and esprit de corps that carries the teams to winning performances year in, year out. 

According to Jerry Arrington, CYS youth sports and fitness director, the squads practice five evenings a week and scale back to three, once school begins. The Bulldogs will play a series of scrimmages against various FCYFL clubs during which players will put their work to a final test, before scores and stats start to count in the regular season. 

CYS usually fields two Anklebiter teams for the youngest athletes; two 80-pound teams (one will be designated the Central division and the other the National division); one 90-pound team; two 100-pound teams; one 115-pound team and one 130-pound team. 

The regular season runs from late August through November. 

For information about the league, including game schedules, call Arrington, 703-805-9139 or visit http://fcyfl.org. 

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Belvoir Bulldogs players, Elijah Taylor, left, and Emmitt Anderson, both 11, build lower-body strength with parachute sprints during a preseason training camp session as they prepare for the 2019 FCYFL season, July 23 at Pullen Field. 

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Belvoir Bulldogs player, Luke Moser, 13, pulls in a pass during a preseason training camp session as they prepare for the 2019 FCYFL season, July 23 at Pullen Field.