An EIF Exclusive by Rob Disario

Effect Offers Player-First Football in Massachusetts

A new team platform is introduced in Arena Football. According to team owner, Doug Berry, the Mass Effect arena football team will be organized to put the player first. Berry and his team of coaches made it official when they organized in Massachusetts as a Nonprofit Corporation. “All money [made through admission and sponsorships] goes to the operation of the team.”

The Mass Effect will be participating in the 2020 EIF season. “I’ve been involved in Arena teams and it has not worked out for the players” Berry said when asked about his motivation for creating the Effect. “As coaches, we wanted to have it done to the best of our ability…the right way and focus on the players.”

Berry, who spent the 2019 season with the now defunct New England Bobcats, and his coaching staff has extensive experience in Arena, Semi-pro and High school football. “Everything we do we share…when there is a decision to be made we [the coaches] discuss and make a decision.” When asked why he decided to operate this way Berry said “To be as transparent as possible.”

Berry contends the Mass Effect is not just another arena football team. The future for the team is to constantly improve themselves and challenge themselves to become more competitive and compete with larger, more established teams. He hopes to one day, with the right financial backing and community support to compete in the NAL. Based upon what I’ve seen with their staff and organizational that aspiration will become a reality sooner than Berry realizes.

The Mass Effect coaching staff has begun the process of recruiting players who will adopt the the Effect mentality. “We’re looking for players that are talented with high character” Berry says. “Players experienced in arena and collegiate level.” The team has partnered with 4Deep Sports and Stand Up Edits to provide players with tools they can carry with them beyond their Mass Effect experience.

Berry says the Effect will hold open tryouts in several locations before the end of the year. By January, he hopes to be holding mini-camp and start the EIF season on time. Players interested are encouraged to contact the team through their website or through their Facebook page.

“To be a great organization you need trust, help in staff and to focus on the players” Berry added.

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