Why I Play Women’s Tackle Football: DE Elisha Edlen

We took a few moments to talk with an incredible athlete on our team, Elisha Edlen. Elisha has been with the Majestics for 6 years now, and plays defensive end & running back.

If you ever join us for practice, you’ll spot her from afar doing ladder & footwork drills in a ninja turtle themed tee almost an hour before practice even begins. She’s a natural talent on our team, and incredibly passionate about the game of football.

We wanted you to hear directly from Elisha on why she loves the game.

Elisha, why do you play women’s tackle football?

I play football to show that women can play a male-dominated sport and play it at the highest level with the same intensity.

I play because when I was younger I was told I couldn’t play because I was girl.

I play because suiting up and stepping onto the football field makes me feel alive and is the biggest adrenaline rush I’ve ever felt.

And most of all, I play because I love this game!

The competitiveness, the aggression, the physicality, the camaraderie, the passion, the drive, the commitment, the constant grind — this game has shown me discipline and keeps me grounded.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANYONE WATCH YOU PLAY, WHO WOULD IT BE?

If I could have anyone come watch me play it would be my grandpa. I lost my grandpa very suddenly a little over a year ago and would give anything for him to be at one more game.DE-Elisha-Edlen-female-with-grandpa

The games he was at he said he loved watching the running backs. Running back is my secondary position, but he was never able to see me run the ball.

Why did you pick your number?

Well, I grew up repping number 10, but during my rookie year, three or four other people wanted the number “10” also. The number “4” was my second choice, but because of my position I wasn’t able to have “4,” so I added another “4” and landed on “44”.

Do you prefer offense or defense?

I like playing running back and there’s definitely certain finesse to it, but my passion is in playing defensive end. Defense is all about reading and reacting, it’s all instincts.

You have seconds to read the formation and then calculate the odds of what play they’re gonna run out of said formation.

Then you have a fraction of a second to read how the offensive lineman in front of you is blocking and react accordingly. Plus… I get to hit people.

SUPPORT ELISHA AND THE MAJESTICS

We’re sure you can see the heart and passion that Elisha brings to the team, and we hope you’ll come out to see her and the Majestics play at our first home opener on April 8 at French Field in Kent, WA.

You can buy season tickets here (4 tickets for $40) or single game tickets ($12 each) here.

Can’t make it to the first game but still want to help? We are actively accepting sponsors and donations at any time online.

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McKenzie Tolliver Makes USA Football Women’s National Team

Majestics fans, we have some exciting news! One of our defensive backs, McKenzie Tolliver, made the USA Football Women’s National Team.

The team consists of 45 players nationwide that will compete against teams of countries around the world in the Women’s World Championship.

The championship takes place in Canada this year, and we couldn’t be more honored to have one of our own make the team.

So let’s talk to McKenzie, a receiver, safety, and mom of 2, that is coming up on her 3rd year playing for the WFA and your Majestics.

Why did you want to try out for Team USA?

I wanted to challenge myself and see if I was capable of playing at the national level. I love to compete and love being around elite athletes.

What have you done over the years to prepare for tryouts for team USA?

Since I am only starting my third season, I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect and prepare for. I tried to compare training and competing in my other sports over the years as a guide.
I was very diligent about working out and getting in shape off season by doing cardio, strength, field and agility work.

 

The most important thing I focused on was knowledge of the game so I could be prepared mentally for whatever defense strategy, schemes and ideas were thrown at me. My coaches and teammates helped me significantly in preparation and have always been very knowledgeable and supportive.

Were you nervous during tryouts?

I definitely had good nervous energy at tryouts. I have been able to teach myself through competing several years at the national level in other sports to use my adrenaline and nervous energy to my advantage.

 

It’s also very important to understand that when you walk onto the field for tryouts, you can only control the here and now. All the work is done at that point, so you have to trust yourself and the work you have put in, let go and just play ball.

You were a D1 athlete in college for swimming. Why football?

I have always wanted to play football.. It has always been my “true love” in sports.

 

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I started swimming when I was 8 years old and happened to be good at it, so that was the sport that I pursued. The difficulty with swimming is that you don’t have much time for other sports, as we train morning and night 5-6 days a week, all year long.

 

Once I graduated from WSU and had my children, I realized that it was time to start competing again and it worked out perfectly that there was a high level women’s football league. I enjoyed swimming and playing soccer, but have never loved those sports the way I do football.

 

What other athletic goals do you have for the future?

My goal with football was to make team USA. I would also like to win a championship title with the Majestics. Once I am done playing football in the next few years, I would like to do cross fit and work my way up to compete on a high level as well.

 

In the next 10 years, by the time I am 40, I would like to complete an ironman, a marathon and compete in Master’s Nationals as a swimmer.

 

What do you do in your free time?

For hobbies, I like to play and watch sports. I also like to travel, read, and spend time with my kids, family & friends. I love doing art and DIY projects (especially during the holidays) too.

 

OTHER Fun Facts about McKenzie:

  • Born and Raised in Billings, MT
  • Works as a regional property manager specializing in low income & affordable housing
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    McKenzie with husband and 2 children
  • Married with two kids, Asher (4 yrs old) and Aaliyah (5 yrs old)
  • How she gives back: volunteers with several non-profit agencies to house homeless families
  • Sports played: swimming, soccer, and dance for 10 years (tap & hip-hop)
  • Started swimming on the national level at 12; won various regional gold medals in various events as an age group swimmer (ages 10-18).
  • Holds several state records in Montana for swimming in multiple age groups
  • On all-time top 10 list at Washington State University for several swimming events

 

Want to support McKenzie and the Majestics?

You can purchase season tickets today right here. In addition, please share this feature on McKenzie to support both her and her teammates. To have a player on Team USA is an incredible honor, and we want the world to know about it.
Until next time, Go Majestics!
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Welcome Our New Voice of the Majestics: Alan LaPine!

We’d like to introduce you this year to our new announcer and the Voice of the Majestics, Alan LaPine! Alan brings a wealth of experience as a professional voice actor and coach for both baseball and football locally. He was also the announcer for the Renton Rangers Jr. football program.

So Alan, why the Majestics?football-announcer-studio-pic

For the love of the game. Listening to Dave Niehaus (Ms), Bob Rondo (Dawgs), or Pete Gross (Hawks) as a kid growing up, those were my idols as much as the players of the time. They expressed the passion and the comradery the players had for their sport but more importantly, one another. A team is a family and I’m honored to be a part of the Majestics family. Together, one voice is hard to be overheard, and I’m thankful the Majestics will let me be theirs. And I will continue to shout from mountain tops about this fantastic organization, this wonderful team and, this amazing league.

What are you most looking forward to this season?football-announcer-studio-pic

If I had to select one thing I would say it’s watching these players fly around the field. I have been out to a couple of practices so far and this team is really quick. From interior line to skill positions; this teams speed is amazing. Aside from that, I most look forward to getting to know everyone. Players, staff, friends and family alike.

Want to get in touch with Alan?

You can reach Alan at AlanLaPine@MasterfulVoices.com or by visiting his website.

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2016 Seattle Majestics All-Americans

Recently the Women’s Football Alliance published the 2016 All-Americans for the league, and sure enough, we have 10 (you heard that right, ten!) players that were honored on First and Second Teams.

Players on First Team include: RB Kiki Williams, TE McKenzie Tolliver, DE Elisha Edlen, DT Kase Tukutau, and LB Kaihla Koroshes.

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Kiki Williams was one of 10 Majestics players named a 2016 WFA All-American

On the Second Team, the players include: OT Emi Kanetaka, OT Jessie Brown, LB April Arnold, SS Mike Fortson, and K Melissa Castor.

We are so proud of our players, and of all of the WFA All-American players in the league that have been recognized. Congrats to all!

Wanna see our WFA All-Americans in action?

Come to the biggest game of the season this Saturday against the Portland Fighting Shockwave. The game is at 6 PM at Kent-Meridian High School. Buy tickets here, or pay at the gate the day of the game when you walk in ($12).

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Seattle Majestics Help Girl Scouts Earn Play Fair Badge

A week and a half ago, your Seattle Majestics Women’s Pro Tackle Football Team helped Girl Scouts Brownie Troop #44234 in earning their Play Fair Badge.

The team spent an hour with 9-year-old Brownies going through drills and plays to teach the girls what “playing fair” entails and the components of being respected in sports.

“The practice not only tested their athletic ability but also showed them how you rely on your teammates to achieve your ultimate goal,” said the Brownie Troop Leader, Cheryl Clayton. “It’s definitely an experience that these girls will remember and talk about for many, many years.” 

Here’s a quick video snippet of the girls doing a few drills, as well as some pictures:

Interested in doing community outreach with the majestics?

Send us an email, and we’ll be in touch! You can also message us on Facebook, or come to our next home game on June 4th and talk to one of our staff there.

 

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LeCharles Bentley Offensive Line Performance: Coaches Seminar

Over the weekend, Right Tackle Edwina Brown went to the L. Bentley Offensive Line Performance Seminar in Phoenix, AZ, held by retired NFL player, LeCharles Bentley. The seminar was focused on giving offensive linemen extra tips, and our Director of Marketing and Defensive End, Rebecca Samuelson, helped Edwina swing a spot!

If you don’t know Edwina personally, check out our spotlight on her, one that Earl Thomas himself tweeted about and posted on Facebook.

We chatted with Edwina to talk about her biggest moments over the weekend and what she learned.

What was the most fulfilling part of the weekend?

I was the ONLY woman at this event. The first female player within the US to attend and the first woman to attend this Seminar.

I was NOT treated as a woman. I was NOT treated as “she might be dainty, weak, or not know the game.” I was treated as a player. As an athlete. And that was the best part for me.

I ate lunch with coaches who have been doing this for as long as I have been alive, and we talked about football. The NFL. The WFA. Dreams, goals, aspirations. Anything the men did, I did… which included moving around a 350 lb. sled.

What did you learn throughout the weekend?

I learned SO SO much! This is my second year playing, and I have learned a lot from Coach Matt and Head Coach Scott, but my knowledge was taken to a new level here. And I am so excited to start applying it to the field.

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What was your favorite moment of the weekend?

The second day as we went to lunch, Coach Bentley pulled me aside and offered me some one-on-one coaching.

He taught me basic movements to improve my stance, like opening my hips better when I have to pull and how to really move with intent and violence.

Then when we came back from lunch, we demonstrated my new stance to the rest of the Coaches, along with his patented “Handbar”.

Here he put his full weight and force against me, which I was able to hold… while I had Free Agent CJ Davis making sure my stance was correct from the ground up. Feet were proper, knee was proper, muscles engaged and firing off.

Never in my life would I expect to have a moment like this in my life, but to be working with a former NFL player and an active NFL Guard in the League, was truly a beautiful moment for me.

What other takeaways did you get from the weekend and from LeCharles Bentley?

As a player, this game is my life. Football is who I am. Inside and out. There was an amazing moment when my heart was pumping a little bit faster when I walked into his facilities.

I consider this the Mecca of the Linemen world. One side is turf to bring out what you learn to the field. The other side is all weights. He has cold tubs, a chiropractor office, and best of all, a living room. A place where players get comfortable and hang out. He truly incorporates the family vibe into his training.

This was an experience that will stay with me forever. It was a chance for me to truly get out of my normal comfort zone and get my hands dirty. To really understand the game and learn it from the professionals. As a woman in this game, it was worth pure gold.

If you are not following LeCharles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, you are missing out on a plethora of information that is out there to be learned. As LeCharles states himself, this information, “It’s FREE.99!”

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From our organization to you, LeCharles, a sincere thanks for having Edwina and teaching her so much that she has already brought to practice!

We are absolutely thrilled to be seeing the immediate effects already, and we 100% believe every offensive lineman and coach should try to attend!

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Why I Coach Women’s Pro Tackle Football: Head Coach Scott McCarron

You’ve already heard from our players and why they play the game, from us, from our partners at espnW, The Nation, and now Crosscut (who recently created one of the best articles the sport of women’s football has seen).

But what about our coaches? What motivates them to coach women’s football?

Here’s our behind-the-scenes interview with Head Coach Scott McCarron.

WHY DO YOU COACH WOMEN’S PRO FOOTBALL? 

For me, it’s because I love the game of football so much. I want the women to see the passion and love I have for it, get energized about it the same way I do, and hopefully have that translate in their play on the field.

I love coaching and teaching the game to players that are so excited to soak up every little bit of info they can. Sometimes, it can be a balancing act between giving too much information or giving too little, but the hunger these women show to learn the game is what motivates me to continue coaching them.

What do you enjoy most about coaching?  

In terms of what I love the most about coaching, it’s the chess match of the game itself. Being able to show players the nuances about the game that make it so great. But, it’s also the relationships you build with those players and the family-type relationships I have with the coaching staff that are the coolest part about it.

Seeing players develop so quickly over a short period of time and seeing our young coaches grow into leaders of their own is another great part about the job. It’s really special to be a part of this.

Seeing players develop so quickly…and seeing our young coaches grow into leaders… It’s really special to be a part of this.

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What do you see for the future of women’s football?

What’s great about the development of the game is that people around the local area are starting to take notice of us as an organization. We’re seeing it more nationally as well with the Women’s World Football Games having taken place down in New Orleans at the Saints facility this year. 

We aren’t far from these players being paid and games being broadcast regularly. It’s going to take people motivated to do it for the right reasons, but we are at a very powerful moment in this sport, and the needle is pointing up.

How have you evolved as a coach?

When I first started coaching football I really didn’t know much about the game. I thought I did, but it involved more screaming and yelling versus actually coaching. Ha ha ha!

Now, I’ve become a student of the game and understand that my role is as a teacher to our players and staff. I allow our players to not be afraid to make mistakes because they know I will stick by them and use those moments as teaching moments.

I’ve also had to learn how to teach in different ways. Some players want me to yell at them, some need me to pull them aside and explain the why’s, and some are visual learners.

It’s finding ways to do all 3 things at one time so that we create the best learning environment for our players.

WHEN’S OUR NEXT GAME?

Our next game is this Saturday, May 7, away against the Everett Reign at Everett Memorial Stadium (7621 Beverly Ln, Everett, WA). The next home game is our final regular season game on June 4 against the Portland Fighting Shockwave.

Want to support the majestics?

There’s loads of ways to support our players and our organization.

  1. Donate to our crowdfunding campaign on Tilt.
  2. Buy tickets to our last regular season home game. You can buy tickets online here! 
  3. Become a sponsor. We’ll promote you on all of our social media pages, website, and more.
  4. Spread the word! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and share our content. Most of all, we’re looking to grow awareness and enthusiasm for our sport.

That’s it for now, Majestics fans. In the meantime, go check out our latest YouTube highlights from last Saturday’s big win against the Southern Oregon Lady Renegades.

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What’s in your Gameday Bag?

It’s Gameday: What’s in your bag?

One thing that stands out that’s in every player’s gameday bag this season is this: the Clarisonic MiaFit.

Anyone who’s ever worn a helmet and chinstrap knows that it does terrible things to your skin. The trapped heat, sweat, and dirt can cause negative impacts on your skin, often in the form of acne. The Clarisonic MiaFit is the perfect solution, as it’s lightweight, super small, waterproof, and most importantly, soft!

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Kiki Williams washes her face with the Clarisonic MiaFit as a part of her gameday routine

We’d be lying if we didn’t admit that we love Clarisonic for another reason too: being a Seattle Majestics’ sponsor.

Why do we need sponsors?

Crosscut released a feature on the Seattle Majestics and Women’s Football this week and it dives into the sacrifices our players make, as well as what our players gain from playing women’s pro football.

“We win a lot and we do a good job. We have a fan base that really loves us. But there are challenges, like we play in Kent, and it’s women’s athletics, so it’s hard to get press. People don’t quite get it.” -Rebecca Samuelson, DE – Seattle Majestics

People don’t quite get it. But Clarisonic does.

So here’s a shoutout and sincere thanks to Clarisonic, who’s impacted our team in a big way this season.

Interested in sponsoring the majestics?

Input your email and we will contact you with more information.

For more info on our sponsorship packages, check out our sponsorship page. 

Not a small business but still interested in supporting the Majestics?

Donate to our Crowdfunding Campaign on Tilt! It’s an easy way to donate any amount of money (as little as $1 to as much as you’d like to give).

And of course, come to our games! We have 2 home games left in the regular season on April 30 and June 4. You can find our season schedule here. At games you’ll generally find food trucks like Seattle Dogs, Tilt Ice Cream, and Galaxy Donuts, as well as our enthusiastic (often dancing) mascot: Kitty.

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Football Training Circuit by Personal Trainer & WR / LB Melissa Castor

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If you didn’t know this fun fact, we have a certified personal trainer on our team who is the General Manager of Inner Athlete Fitness Studio: Melissa Castor.

Melissa Castor has a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in Health and Fitness Promotion. She is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer with an NFHS NCAA Eligibility Certification.

In less fancy words, she knows what she’s doing. 

Here’s a quick video where Melissa takes you step-by-step in how to get a great, football-style workout, so you can know what our Majestics do in the gym in addition to practice.

Interested in other workouts? Check out our earlier post by Melissa Castor on HIIT workouts and her knowledge on the subject.

Want to support the Majestics?

We recently released a campaign to raise money for our squad to be able to travel to the playoffs. Last year, we won our division in the Pacific Northwest and went to the playoffs, but were unable to send the whole team due to a lack of funding. We can’t let that happen again this year. So check out our crowdfunding page, donate (even $5 helps!), and share it with your family and friends.

When’s the next game?

Our next game is away in Portland vs. the Fighting Shockwave on Saturday, April 16 at 6 PM. Check out our game schedule to buy tickets online ahead of time for both our away and home games.

Our next home game will be on Saturday, April 30 vs. Southern Oregon’s Lady Renegades at Kent-Meridian High School in Kent, WA at 6 PM.

Want to connect on social media? Tweet and follow us @seattlemajestic and send us a message on Facebook!