Derby City Dynamite | Kentucky's Only Women's Tackle Football Team
03/07/2017 05:24 PM
“I watch football all the time. But watching football and playing football? Two totally, totally different things,” said LaMyra McGee, a rookie for the Derby City Dynamite football team.
The Derby City Dynamite is Kentucky’s only women’s tackle football team.
“Some practices we’ll be in the classroom watching film, going over things on the board. Some practices we out here knocking each other around a little bit and sometimes we in the gym sprinting depending on weather,” McGee added, who was a sprinter in college.
“My brother played offensive guard for the University of Cincinnati. I play center for Derby City, so yea, I would give him a run for his money,” Added Thelma Banks, a center for the team.
They play in a 68 team league called the Women’s Football Alliance. They follow NCAA rules and play a spring season. Just by spectating, you’d never know the practice going on was all females- and that’s exactly how they want it to be.
“The pace is a little bit slower. The women are more about finesse and technique than the guys. The guys are about brute strength, but there are a lot of girls in here that are college athletes, former college athletes and we’re very, very competitive,” Banks told Spectrum News.
Their defensive coordinator, Thomas Jackson, agrees.
“You never want to underestimate these girls, they exceed your expectations every time you step on the field and then on top of that they’re juggling things that most people just do on a daily basis, being mothers or grandparents, homework, kids, college, work and I just- it never ceases to amaze me the dedication they have to come out here every day.”
That’s right, grandparents.
“Our team is comprised of about 20 girls right now. We have everything from housewives, to soldiers, to- I do HR for a living,” Banks explained
“Some of them are grandmothers, you know, to think that your grandmother is playing football is a shock. Tackle football! Full equipment! Yeah, you try it,” Jackson joked.
So I got out and tried it, it was as hard as it sounds.
The women are always looking for new players and fans alike.
“If you have never come out and seen the women play, come out and I promise you, you will be pleasantly surprised,” Banks said.
“It’s one of those things you wouldn’t believe it until you’ve seen it, so definitely want to step on the field with them or at least see them play,” Jackson added.
As the old saying goes, those who can’t do it, report on it (or something like that).
You can learn more about the team at their website: https://www.derbycitydynamite.com/
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