Powder puff players power through practices
In a world of mainly male-dominated sports, women have always taken every opportunity to prove that their are just as good, if not better, than their male counterparts. The ladies here at Carlsbad High are no exception. On April 22, junior and senior girls will be facing off in their very own powder puff football game.
Powder puff football is a flag or touch football game traditionally played by the junior and senior girls from the same high school or from a rivaling school. The name comes from the brush that women use to apply face makeup. CHS does not offer or sponsor powder puff football, but the girls thought it would be a fun activity and organized a team by themselves.
“I found out that other schools were doing it, so I decided to help organize a team of our own,” Senior Chloe Lazarus said. “It’s harder than I thought it would be.”
These Lancer Ladies have been meeting regularly to prepare for their game. Coached by volunteer junior and senior football players, the girls have been working hard and running drills similar to those that they run during football practice.
“The guys are very patient with us and sometimes impressed,” Senior Lazarus said.
Junior Mckenna Tollack had a slightly different opinion about the junior coaches.
“A lot of the girls trip or mess up during practice and the guys will laugh at us, “ Junior Tollack said. “But they know what they’re doing and they are really helping us.”
As far as skill goes, the girls involved in powder puff football game range from star athletes to first-time players. Practices allow the girls to get a feel for the game and see which position they excel at.
“Personally, I’m uncoordinated,” Lazarus said. “But we have a lot of athletic girls on the team who are doing well. Practice has been a lot of fun.”
Although it doesn’t seem like the girls have gotten excessive heckling or discouragement from people, they still feel like they have something to prove to not only their peers, but men and women everywhere.
“We’re just doing our best and showing everyone that girls are just as athletic and capable as men are,” Tollack said. “Plus, you get the chance to take on the girls you don’t like.”