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Why I Coach Women’s Tackle Football: LJ Jennings

We get questions all the time about our coaching staff. Who are they? How do they get involved? Why do they coach women’s football? Do they get paid?

All of our coaches are volunteers. They dedicate anywhere from 10 to 25 hours a week helping players grow, coaching them, watching film, organizing depth charts, and in many cases, volunteering at team events as well.

We took the time to sit down with one of our coaches in particular, LJ Jennings. LJ is the defensive coordinator and primary defensive backs coach. He also acts as our running backs coach as well.

Here’s what LJ has to say about his experience with the Majestics.

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WHY DO YOU COACH WOMEN’S TACKLE FOOTBALL?

“I love the idea of coaching people who may be brand new to the sport and watching them grow. It’s so refreshing to meet players that are so hungry too learn about the game.

They’re always looking for ways to get better and improve. With men, a lot of times it become monotonous and the passion isn’t there. Here they wanna play- it’s a lot of fun.”

What makes a good football player?

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“Someone who is coachable (humble), pushes themselves, and demands the players around them to do the same.

You want players who self-motivate. If you have players like that with a motor to play, you’ll always have a chance.”

What inspires you to do better and better every day?

“The players inspire me to do better. I wanna be able to help them where I can and watch them succeed. When you have players that really want to learn, it’s infectious and gives you energy.”

Interested in coaching or volunteering with the Majestics?

Fill out our contact form or send an email to our head coach, Scott McCarron, at scott@theseattlemajestics.com.
Come out to the game this Saturday, May 27, 2017 and watch us in action! After the game, you can talk to the players and coaches more about playing or coaching for the Majestics.
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Single Mom Dominates At Life… And At Women’s Tackle Football

SINGLE MOM ASHLEY JOHNSON TALKS FOOTBALL, PARENTING, HER STRUGGLES, AND MORE

One of our hardest working players on the field is Ashley Johnson.Ashley-Johnson-supermom-and-womens-tackle-football

Ashley is a single mom of a 12-year-old daughter, a sales rep full-time at Comcast, and a running back for the WFA here on your Seattle Majestics.

If that’s not a superhuman, we don’t know what is.

We sat down with Ashley to find out why she plays, what struggles she’s been through, and how she balances all of her obligations while still striving for excellence on the field.

This is her story.

ASHLEY, WHY DO YOU PLAY FOOTBALL?

I play football because there’s always room for improvement internally and externally.

This is my first sport as an athlete, so I want to go over and beyond and be limitless in my abilities.

I’m always learning, I’m always growing, and I love that aspect. That’s why I stay on the team, that’s why I keep doing what I do.

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO DO YOUR BEST ON THE FIELD?

Definitely my daughter. She watches everything I do.

I’m a single mom, so I try to do my best to show my daughter that she can do anything she wants to do.

Ashley-Johnson-womens-football-player-with-daughterShe always talks about how happy and proud she is of me, so I get to say it back to her and it’s amazing.

I have a great support system, she’s the biggest one… & that’s all I need.

WHO’S YOUR BIGGEST ROLE MODEL?

Adrian Peterson, hands down. I wanna run like him someday, that’s why I wear the number 28.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST STRUGGLE YOU’VE OVERCOME?

I would definitely say football, in general. I feel like there’s a lot of things in my life I’ve struggled with… Even being a mom, just working so much and trying to do this… and just having a stable financial life for me and my daughter.

When it comes down to football though, just mentally programming my mind to be confident has been key.

Ashley-Johnson-Breaking-Tackle-RunningYou can get out here and make mistakes, but if you have high standards for yourself, that can really take a toll on you.

And mental obstacles are way harder than the physical ones.

But I just try to work at it and really think about the words I’m saying to myself and reprogramming my mind.

I think that’s really helped me to overcome a lot of obstacles and improve as a player.

I still haven’t met my limit… There’s still something new that I’ll have to overcome… but I’m just motivated every time that I get to go through that and become better.

SUPPORT ASHLEY AND THE MAJESTICS

Watch Ashley dominate on the field at any of our home games this season: Saturday 4/22, Saturday 4/28, or Saturday 5/27.

You can buy tickets here and can also find more game info for our 4/22 game on the Facebook event page. Help us spread the word and invite your friends & family.

INSPIRED BY ASHLEY?

Share this story on Facebook and Twitter! We’re trying to help the world learn & be motivated by the amazing individuals that play women’s tackle football.

Get in contact with Colleen Thom at colleen@theseattlemajestics.com to request Ashley for an interview.

Signup for our monthly newsletter for stories, player highlights, videos, game recaps, and more. 

HEAR WHAT OUR TEAM HAS TO SAY ABOUT ASHLEY:

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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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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!

 

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Why I Play Women’s Pro Football: Edwina Brown

WHY I Play WOMEN’S PRO FOOTBALL: #29 RT Edwina Brown

Edwina Brown. She’s 31 years old. She plays on our O-Line as Right Tackle. She works as an Associate Producer at Microsoft. And on the side, she’s a runway model.

But what most don’t know, is Edwina’s background story. This… this is the type of story you want to make sure you read.

So let’s hear it from (and for) Edwina.

Why do you play football?

Football has always been a sport that I have truly loved. Every aspect of it excites me, from the brutality of the sport to how graceful a player has to be to truly execute their job with exact precision. I wanted to be a part of that, but I didn’t know how I could be. This was before I even knew the WFA existed and that there was a team in my own backyard.

So I placed that dream on the shelf and started practicing Muai Thai. It was contact, it was intense and it was what I enjoyed. But not what I absolutely loved.

Any chance I got, I would join Turkey Bowl games with the boys and always be the only girl that was there.

It always seemed like a strange concept to me that women would rather be on the sidelines watching the boys, than jumping in and playing the game.

While I was training in Muai Thai, I was modeling in the Seattle area with Chedwina-runway-model-footballance Fashion/Active Entertainment. My modeling was starting to take off and I was booking shows and shoots on a consistent basis.

While I loved what I did, something was still lacking. Some years had passed and I was no longer studying Martial Arts and had moved from the runway of modeling into the backstage area of production. I felt a void in my life.

I was on Twitter one day and saw someone had retweeted a post about the Seattle Majestics and their invite for open tryouts. I had never heard of this team and upon doing my research, I saw it was real football, full
pads, full field, and women playing!

After falling into the YouTube rabbit hole of highlights of the team, it was a no brainer to go and try out. The rest is history.

What has football done for you?

Football has made me realize, I am home on the field. Leaving the field and thinking, “This is EXACTLY where I belong at this point in time of my life.”

Football has given me a sense of family. My childhood was different than most. Moving from Holland to The States and then back again, a strained relationship with my mother, homelessness while I was young. I have gone through and survived some very tough times. They have made me who I am. I have a few family members that are sprinkled in the US, but the majority of my family is still in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

I came to this team as a just a player and feel that it has truly turned into a family.  We hangout outside of the field. We spend time together, we cheer each other on in our personal lives, as well as on the field. This is more than just a bond you have as a team. These women are more than just my teammates or my friends. They are a part of my life and will continue to be. They are my family.

What is your pregame meal?

During the week, I am drinking 3 liters of water a day. Then Saturday morning, I wake up and cook a big breakfast for myself. Eggs, hash browns (topped with mustard. It’s my thing!), toast, sausage, fresh fruit, and Orange Juice.

Then for lunch, I either go to Qdoba and get one of their burritos in a bowl. Or I go to Panera and get their Mac n Cheese with Bacon and a Chicken Caesar salad. Come game time, I hydrate with water and a refreshing sports drink. Eat some oranges and play my heart out!

what’s your Favorite Quote?

“He who exercises no forethought but makes light of his opponent is sure to be captured by them.”

Who’s your biggest role model?

Want to see EDWINA play in real time?

If you thought Edwina was awesome, support her by coming to our game this Saturday against the Tacoma Trauma. It’s at 6 PM at Kent-Meridian High School. Last week we had over 600 fans in attendance, and this week we’re expecting even more as we take on a tough team at Home.

If you can’t make it to the game, fill out this form below to get the live streaming link on YouTube emailed to you on Saturday.



Last but not least, if you want to directly support the Majestics, share this video and donate here to the team. We want to get the word out about our Majestics to all Seattle sports fans – and we want to be able to represent Seattle in the playoffs as it deserves to be represented.

Until next time, Majestics fans. 

To connect with the Majestics, like the Official Team Facebook Page and follow them on Twitter @seattlemajestic

 

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HIIT Training: What it is, and why you should be doing it

Why you should do hiit training

Here’s a post by our very own LB, K, and WR Melissa Castor, who is also a personal trainer & the general manager of Inner Athlete Fitness Studio.

So what is HIIT anyway? HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. If your first thought was “No way I can’t do that”…then keep reading!

The word HIIT can sound intimidating but really describes any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even resting all together. It can be as simple as jogging for 1 minute followed by walking for 2-3 minutes. I recommend starting simple and then picking up the intensity as you start to feel more comfortable.

So what makes HIIT so beneficial to your health, fitness, and weight loss? Here are our top 3 reasons why we recommend it as a supplement to old fashion cardio on the elliptical.

  1. castor HIIT-training-footballSuper-efficient: Research shows you can achieve more progress in a mere 15 minutes of interval training (done three times a week) than jogging on the treadmill for an hour. This is one of the main reasons why I use HIIT training for most of my workouts. Football is all about intense bursts of exercise paired with short rests in between plays..sound familiar!? HIIT training is a great way for us to prepare our body for the demands that the game places on our bodies and maximizes our training time.
  2. You lose fat, not muscle: Not only do you burn more calories during a HIIT workout, but the effect of all those intense bursts of activity puts your body’s repair cycle into hyperdrive. This means you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout than you do after a run or other form of cardio. While steady state cardio helps people lose weight, it doesn’t target fat specifically unless you are pairing it with strength training to maintain or increase your lean body mass.
  3. No equipment necessary: Whether you are traveling or working out at home, having a workout that you can perform anytime and anyplace decreases your excuse options for ditching your workout. Some of my favorite go to exercises for a HIIT workout are sprints, jumping rope, high knees, jump squats, burpees, and side shuffles. All of these exercises can be performed with no equipment and minimal space. So ditch the excuses, not your workout!

HIIT is a great way to mix up your fitness routine and kick your metabolism into overdrive. If you have never performed a HIIT workout before, start slow with 15-20 minutes and 3-4 days per week!

This post was written by WR / LB / K Melissa Castor. To receive more updates from the Majestics, sign up for our monthly newsletter.