Category: Why I Play Women’s Football

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Why I Play Football… and Why You Should Too: Adrienne Wilson

There’s a lot to learn in the world of women’s football. Why do we play? What are some of the fun things we do as football players? How is our sport evolving, and (honestly) where does it need to evolve more?

We took some time with one of our longest tenured vets, Adrienne Wilson, to find out the real answers to these questions and more. And since she’ll be returning for her 10th season at tryouts this Saturday, she’s the perfect candidate to ask.

It also doesn’t hurt that she’s earned All American and Team USA honors in the past as WR 😉

WHY DID YOU FIRST START PLAYING FOOTBALL… AND WHAT’s KEPT YOU PLAYING FOR 10 years?

“I first joined football after a teammate and friend from college said I should come watch one of her football games… I ended up trying out the next year and got hooked.

I keep playing because I love being involved in a sport where you’re constantly able to learn and get better, regardless of how many years you’ve played.”

 

Got any pre- or post-game rituals?

Pre-game rituals… Man, I think I’ve had a few over the years… I think I’ve cut them all out for the most part. Post-game ritual is a giant Negra Modelo at Azteca. That ritual works for a win or for a loss.

Adrienne-Wilson-GamedayIN YOUR opinion, what area has women’s football grown the most?

Recognition. More and more people are finding out that there are women’s leagues, even our fan page on Facebook has grown by quite a bit over the last few years.

What area does it need to grow more?

I’d say the consistency in the level of play. Too many divisions have 60 or more to 0 blowouts and that isn’t benefiting either side or women’s football in general.

What’s the hardest technique you’ve had to master as a wide receiver?

Getting in and out of breaks quickly. I thought I was pretty decent when I first started football until I really began watching my breaks on film. I wasn’t impressed, haha.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ROOKIES THINKING ABOUT TRYING OUT?

Just go for it. Joining football was one of the best decisions I ever made.

TRYOUTS INFO

Tryouts are this Saturday at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle, WA, from 10 AM to 1 PM (but make sure you show up at least 15 minutes early!). You can find all tryouts info on our web page here. Make sure you register for tryouts- if you’re a rookie, tryouts cost $10 that you can pay online or in person with cash this Saturday.

In addition, feel free to ask questions and find more info on our Facebook event. Ask a question in the event page- chances are, a player or coach will answer you within 5 minutes.

Can’t wait to see you on the field this Saturday!

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Dani DeGroot: An Australian’s Take on Playing American Women’s Football

This year we invited an Australian football player, Dani DeGroot, to come play football with us here in Seattle.

Dani (#3 if you’re watching tomorrow’s game) plays quarterback and is great at moving around in the pocket & running with the ball.

When asking our head coach, Scott McCarron, about Dani, he told us this:

“Dani’s really impressive with the mental side of the game. I don’t have to describe why we are doing something offensively or what we’re trying to do. She could tell me right away what the concept of a play was, and I haven’t had that in a player yet.”

As an organization, we are striving to give more international players the opportunity to come play football here in the US.

We’re so happy we were able to make that happen this year for Dani.

Check out our 1 on 1 interview with Dani below… talking American football, Australian beers, and more.

WHAT ARE THE CORE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FOOTBALL IN AUSTRALIA AND FOOTBALL IN THE US?

“One of the biggest differences is the experience and knowledge of all the players & coaching staff. You can really tell when you’re out there at practice or in a game.

Dani-DeGroot-and-head-coach-womens-footballFrom everyone’s reaction times being quicker in picking up plays during a rep… to the pace and confidence of what they do, everything is 10 steps above back home.

And just the amount of knowledge the coaches hold and share is incredible.”

WHAT’S IT BEEN LIKE LIVING IN SEATTLE (BOTH THE GOOD AND THE BAD)?

It’s been great! I’ve felt very welcomed as soon as I got here from the team and the amazing family that has opened their home to me. Seattle is a great city with amazing surroundings.Dani-at-football-game-with-friends

I love driving around on a clear day and seeing the mountains topped with snow, especially Mount Rainier in the distance!

If I had to say something that’s been not so great, it would only be that the rain seemed to stay longer this year.

WHY DO YOU PLAY FOOTBALL?

I play women’s football because it gives me a feeling that no other sport has. It’s such a physical and mental game that challenges me every time I step on the field in practice and games.

I love being able to say, “Yes, I’m a female that plays tackle football.”Dani-DeGroot-rushing-in-pocket-quarterback

JUST TO CLEAR IT UP, DO YOU ALL DRINK FOSTERS IN AUSTRALIA?

Not really, if you want to have a known Australia beer, you have to go with a VB (Victorian Bitter).

SEE DANI AND THE MAJESTICS AT TOMORROW’S GAME

Support Dani by watching the game tomorrow at French Field at 6 PM. You can find all the game info & buy tickets by visiting our Facebook event.

Remember, we can’t spread awareness of our team and mission without you. So invite your friends and share the event on Facebook.

And if you’re rooting for us in Australia, we’re excited to give you shoutouts from our Facebook Live tomorrow! Visit our Facebook page around 6 PM to tune in.

As always, wish us good luck! And go Majestics.

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Why I Play Women’s Tackle Football: Ashley McCray

Why do we give up to 20 hours a week in addition to our regular jobs and family lives to play a sport we don’t get paid to play?

Why do we risk injury, give up hours of sleep, give up our lives, to dig our hands into the dirt and play tackle football?

WR & DB Ashley McCray, 2-year veteran of the Majestics and a registered nurse at Seattle Children’s Hospital in the Emergency Department, articulates it better than just about anyone.

ASHLEY, WHY DO YOU PLAY TACKLE FOOTBALL?

3 things: drive, passion and a sense of belonging. Football not only challenges me physically, but mentally and emotionally.

It continuously pushes me to be positive and to take care of my body and mind.

I am inspired and driven to become more than just a better athlete, but also a better teammate, friend, and family member.WR-Ashley-McCray-and-Majestics-at-Pride-Parade

Being a football player, has given me a passion that is set apart from other things I have done in life. It provides a constant rush and lights a fire within me to push harder and be better each time I step on the field.

“The field feels like home. The team is my family and I really feel like this is where I belong.”

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO BE THE BEST YOU?

Aside from football, I would say just my own personal progress in life inspires me to do better and better every day.

WR-Ashley-McCray-receiver-catchI’ve become healthier. I have established amazing relationships and even strengthened existing ones.

Also, just seeing how the women’s football league has progressed and made waves is motivating.

When I tell younger athletes or even adults that I play, most of the reactions I receive are incredible. They admire the fact that women suit up and hit and play like the men do.

Also, knowing we are role models for the younger girls who aspire to play, is moving and inspiring in itself.

OUT OF ALL THE POSITIONS YOU PLAY, WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?

I would say it’s a tie between Safety and Special teams. Both can be huge in changing a game and shifting the momentum. It keeps everyone fired up when these things happen and it feels amazing.

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE?

Troy Polamalu. On and off the field, he is classy and a great role model. Unfortunately he is retired, but he was so much fun to watch on the field.

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He was fast, hard hitting, and all over the place making crazy, big plays! There’s a funny saying I saw on the internet about him that explains it perfectly “They say 70% of Earth is covered by water and the other 30% is covered by Polamalu.

SUPPORT ASHLEY & HER FOOTBALL FAMILY

Come out to our last regular season home game against the Everett Reign on May 27 at 6 PM! You can get tickets at the gate or online right here.

As a women’s football team, we rely on fans like you to invite as many of your friends as you can to come out and support our team. We need you, Seattle!

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Can’t wait to see you on 5/27!

Until next time, Majestics fans.

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Why I Play Women’s Football: McKenzie Tolliver

WHY I PLAY Women’s tackle football: #80 MCKENZIE TOLLIVER [TE, SS] 

We sat down with McKenzie Tolliver, who had 5 interceptions last year, 1 of which was a pick-six. McKenzie is also an asset manager/developer for GMD Development in Seattle, and a happily married mother of 2 kids. After talking with her and hearing what drives her to play football, we’re guessing she’s gotta be one of the coolest moms out there.

WHY DO YOU PLAY FOOTBALL?

I play football because I have longed to play football since I was a little girl. I also love the fulfillment of playing a sport predominately and notoriously played by men and being able to not only break gender stereotypes, but show that women can play football at a high level too. Whether its football or any other sport they want to play, I want to pave the way for young athletes by showing them that all they need to do is set their mind to WHATEVER they want to do in life not just athletically but in other facets of life, as well.

“The most important thing for me is being a role model to young girls in America and paving the way for young athletes by showing them that they can do WHATEVER they put their mind to…anything is possible.”

What is your favorite part about playing for the Majestics?

My favorite part about playing for the Majestics is being around a group of women who are all fierce competitors in their own way. I love being around a group of athletes who value character, dedication, and determination. In order to play women’s tackle football, you have to be fierce, competitive, and willing to step out of your comfort zone each and every day.

 

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McKenzie running after catching 1 of her 5 interceptions last season

 

What has football done for you?

Football has helped me achieve a great balance in my life while competing at a high level. It has helped me balance competitiveness, fitness, work, and being a mom, wife, and friend. The need to compete runs deep for me, and not having competition in my life makes me off-centered. It has also given me the opportunity to (again) compete in an area that many girls feel is impossible to compete in.

If you could speak in front of a group of middle school athletes, what would you say?

I would tell them that inner strength and growth really come from life’s struggles. Most people who have been given everything don’t understand true work ethic and aren’t incentivized to understand the real values of life. Remember that the ever so striving and hardworking excel in many ways. Character lays the foundation in the people we are destined to become. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Never give up and never give in. Success is not measured simply by what you’ve accomplished, but what you’ve encountered and had the courage to overcome.

One of my favorite quotes is “whether you believe you can, or believe you can’t, you are right.” The power of the mind is an incredible power. Stay positive and stay focused. Don’t let obstacles get in the way of your dream. Use them as a resource on your path to achieving your dreams. And never give up because you will fail over and over again before you succeed.

Want to Support McKenzie and the Majestics this season?

2016 Season Tickets Are Now On Sale! Click the button below. You can also go to McKenzie’s page and pay for season tickets under her name, which will go directly to her player’s fees that cover field costs, refs, and the like. One thing’s for sure, you won’t want to miss McKenzie playing in the season opener on April 2 vs. the Everett Reign! Get your tickets now.

2016 Majestics Schedule
All games are played at French Field at Kent-Meridian High School: 10020 SE 256th St, Kent, WA 98030

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