Diary of a Female Football player PT II
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
O.k. so I go back the second conditioning practice before tryouts. As I said before, it was a little easier.. I didn't get out of breath within 3 minutes... I was able to do job the whole lap around the field without stopping. That made me feel really proud of myself :) Then get half way through the warm up before I couldn't breath. The warm up is really like a 20 minute calisthenics workout. LOL Then we worked on drills that we would be doing at the tryouts. We did the 40 yard dash, practiced men's pushups, full situps, vertical jump and the 20-20-20 shuttle run. Let's just say my coordination continued to show. When I went home that night, I couldn't sit down without assistance my quads hurt so bad. I had two days to recoup before tryouts, I needed every bit. I still was on the fence about tryouts though but decided to do it and see what happened.
THE BIG DAY- Tryouts
Let's see, I got there early as it was up at Sports -o -rama in Marietta and I live in Lithonia. Everyone was really friendly. Had to fill out the prerequisite waiver saying" I won't sue if I die while trying out". LOL I felt really comfortable at this point since I knew a few of the folks from going to the practice. They put us into groups by what position we wanted to play. I decided I want to hit folks so put me on the defensive line. Well, I came back from a quick rest room break before it was time to start and saw new faces in the crowd and announced" Hi y'all, glad you could come out" " Brain" one of the owners says " You are going to be on Offensive you are to nice to be on defense" LOL
We got down to business at 9:00 a.m. sharp. We did the same warm up drills I had done earlier this week. A lot of the gals were out of breath just like I had been two days before, especially the defensive line. These gals were 200+ and up. Most towards the 250+ but they kept going and didn't quit! Then we split up into or respective groups and went to work on the testing. How many situps in 15 seconds, how many pushups in 15 second. How high can you jump without squatting down, How fast on the 30 yard dash. You get two tries. And off course the 20 yard shuttle run. One of the girls runs so fast on that 30 yard dash all I felt was wind flying by and saw some hair, totally missed her face she was running so fast. What was really cool was that when the offensive/defensive line did the 30 yard dash, all the other girls were watching us and cheering us on. That felt like a million bucks. :)
We took a 10 minute break after everyone finished those drills and met back with the coaches. Afterwards, they introduced us the teams new signature drill " The Phoenix Fire Drill". This consisted of the following... you start on the ground in a pushup position at the whistle blow you pop up and run to the ladder lying on the ground and do high knees through it then at the end you drop and do 3 pushups then get up and do 5 body weight squats then backpedal to the beginning and do 3 burpees then sprint forward to the finish line on the other side of the room. Whew... I didn't think I could do it at all... as a matter of fact all of us big girls on the line were worried. The slimmer girls were excited and talking about who would beet who. Well the competition went well and everyone encouraged each other. Some of us fell but jumped back up and kept going to the cheers of our potential teammates. No Haters in this group!
My final scores were:
Push Ups Sit Ups 20 Yd Shuttle 30 Yd Dash Vertical Jump
7 8 6.23 5.43 13
The following week I got an email...saying I made the team! Yee haw! GO ATLANTA PHOENIX!