TOWSON, Md. -- It was a busy day Saturday, filled with strength and conditioning, group sessions, on-field drills, equipment review and study sessions. The four hour early morning practice was not for the football team but for female fans of Tiger Football.
Coaches' wives, players' mothers and sisters, staff members and other female fans descended upon Unitas Stadium to learn more about the game of football and take that knowledge into the games this Fall.
The day started with check-in and breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The group of over 30 women then sat through various meetings, learning official signals, offensive and defensive terminology and schemes. They then proceeded to the locker room to get a first hand look at the equipment and review what the players wear and why they wear it.
Donna Wilcox of the USA Women's Football team also spoke to the group about women's football and its future here in the States. The USA Women's team is just coming off a gold medal performance at the 2010 IFAF World Championship held in Stockholm, Sweden.
Around 10:45, they moved out to Minnegan Field at Unitas Stadium to put what they learned in the classroom to the actual test. A brief conditioning drill started their on-field work and then they moved on to the different stations.
Coaches worked on passing and catching, tackling and even a look at how the linemen block and rush. Head coach Rob Ambrose ran the practice just like he would with the players, making everyone run from station to station.
The day concluded with an on-field discussion with coach Ambrose and then lunch. Everyone also received a Rowdy Women of Towson Football t-shirt.