"Loose Women" Wanted
Years ago, we started getting calls
from women looking for teams who needed extra players in our tournaments.
It got to a point, that we had so many "loose players",
when we decided to create it's own team which we called the: "Loose
Women's Team". It was very successful and since, we continue
to offer any individual the opportunity to play in our tournaments.
If you or someone you know would like to play as a "loose
woman" Contact our office email@example.com
For all IWFFA tournaments, we offer individual players (who don't
have a team of their own), the opportunity to compete in the event
under the name "Loose Women's Team". Most times these
players meet for the first time, just before the tournaments during
the 'Meet & Greet' registration. Some players are elite or
moderate in their skill level. But many times, women have never
played before and are willing to "jump in the fire"
and play their very first flag football game in the tournament.
The Loose Women's team usually plays in the recreational or beginner's
divisions and it doesn't matter if we win or loose (well we at
least want get momentum on the ball and get a couple of first
downs), but most important is that everyone gets to play. Because
the only way to learn how to play, is to get out there on the
field. It doesn't matter how much training, or practices one has
until you are pitted against an opposing team, blocking, running
your plays with a full team of defense upon you, you will never
know just how good your offensive team really is, or how good
you are. And the same goes for the other teams: defense, kicking
and receiving teams.
The beauty of the "Loose Women's" team is that since
no one really knows anyone else, there is never animosity on the
team, and everyone is there to play flag football and that common
bond strengthens each team player. We are all friends out there.
If anyone drops the ball, runs a wrong pattern, misses a flag,
drops the ball... "Nice try" is what you will hear in
the huddle accompanied with a "high five".
Sometimes, the loose women's team starts a nucleus of players
in the local city of where the tournament is to be played. Usually
this nucleus is small in number and many times each of us has
to go out and recruit additional players. Where do we go to recruit
players? Anywhere and everywhere: other sporting events, social
clubs, parades, on the street, adds in local papers, radio announcements,
schools, etc. We will ask any female.
We use a simple play book which uses numbers to call plays, and
direct each player for every play . By using this number system,
the QB can call her play quickly, and new plays can be created
during the tournament which everyone can understand. For example,
we may use only 6 pass patterns. A "Down and Out / or Square
out (you see how confusing words can be, because all over the
country, different regions use different terminology to call these
patterns. So we eliminate that confusion by using a standard number
system) back to this "down and out"..
We give it a number "one". Our right end/or right receiver
is number "7" (all players have numbers for their positions).
Using a double digit number, the first number tells us who is
the player, the second number tells her where to go. So in the
huddle, instead of hearing "right end / down and out"
all the QB will say is" 71". And when you learn the
pass patterns and their numbers, it is really fun putting all
the pieces together (easier than solving a puzzle). Click on our
link for Drills/Agenda to get the
basic package of information which describes the positions, responsibilities,
pass patterns and even offers a 2 hour practice routine for the
beginner player / team.
Kelly McGillis (top,
center) Poses with rest of her teamates in the 10th annual Kelly
McGillis Classic Loose Women's Team
Redefining the term: Loose Women
For the Loose Women's team, we wear special
team shirts which bears the text: "Loose Woman". These
shirts cannot be bought, they are only for actual players of our
Loose Women's teams. And when they wear these shirts off the field
and in public places, they are redefining the term 'loose woman',
with a much more powerful and positive definition. Because when
you think of the athlete who is willing to join a team, unpracticed,
newly formed which joins the night before a tournament, then play
our flag football with it's blocks, bumps, drives, passes and
kicks... you must realize and admire their guts and courage it
takes to be a "Loose Woman".
"Once a Loose
Woman.......... Always a Loose Woman"
Here is a list of our Loose Women
since 1997 (their first names are in alphabetical order
These Loose Women are from all over
the world: US/Canada/Norway/Sweden/Denmark/Scotland/Iceland/Finland/Mexico/Belgium/Germany/South
There is much more to putting a "Loose Women's" team
together. You have to add the heart and soul. The love of being
there, of accepting everyone's talents and wanting to make it
happen. And everyone shares that. There has never been a "Loose
Women's" team thus far, which we did not share a wonderful,
fun, and very special experience. We leave the tournament as experienced
flag football players and as friends.
Agnethe S Hansen
Anne Marie Jansen
Beate L Jordening
Cindy De Rocher
Ilse Maria SernaBeamonte
Ine Elisabeth Skimmeland
Kim Taylor Wilson
Laura J. Carpenter
Laura K Grandy
Liz Mc Clure
Margo A Bowerman
Maria Dale Andersen
Raquel Ferranc - Jankowski
Ruth Ann Watter
Siri Ekeberg Bodin
Stine Marie Rom
Talia Rosales Gomez
TJ Mc Call