Powderpuff girls take football field by storm

Natalia Gevara, Entertainment Editor

Girls have demonstrated outstanding physical capabilities in the pool, on the track, and on the courts. Although it’s not too often females are given the opportunity to go head to head on the football field, when they are, it’s surprisingly aggressive and ironically known as Powderpuff.

Every year, Bear Creek hosts a junior versus senior Powderpuff game, in November. Although it is only one game, the junior and senior girls spend weeks preparing to huddle, tackle, and run for the anticipated event.

Many Powderpuff players have the advantage of utilizing the skills acquired from their respective sports — such as track, soccer, wrestling, and softball.

“I’m a kicker for the Powderpuff team, so I have a definite spot,” senior soccer player Sabrina Searls said. “What also helps is that I have the physical capability for it.”

Some girls go into Powderpuff without any type of athletic background, but that doesn’t stop them from seizing the opportunity.

“If people aren’t used to running a lot or they get tired really easily, they’re going to be at a great disadvantage,” junior Krystle Ortega said.

Regardless if the Powderpuff players regularly participate in sports, all participants have to master the technical aspects of football. Because girls do not typically participate in football the way boys do, it can prove somewhat difficult to understand the gist of the game.

“It’s kind of hard for us to understand the football lingo,” senior Hannah Fay said. “It would help if they (the coaches) would explain it a little better.”

Some of the jargon include knowing the receiver’s position of x, y, and z in different formations. Additionally, players must be able to understand the names of routes, labeled 1-9.

Conjointly, the coaches can struggle with training non-athletic Powderpuff players.

“Teaching girls who are uncoordinated is a struggle,” senior Powderpuff coach Mark Gaoat said. “Just keeping up with them in their conditioning is different than girls who are athletic and know what they’re doing.”

Participants say the most difficult aspect of powderpuff to master is the complex rules that come with it.

“Memorizing plays with football is different, because you have offense and defense,” senior softball and powderpuff player Champane Flores said. “Throwing the ball or trying to come up with secret plays can be hard for players to memorize.”

Powderpuff players also have to know forward, backward, and lateral passes, interceptions, the rules of kicking, tackling and blocking, and the different penalties that go with breaking these rules.

“Some of the girls don’t really know the fundamentals of football,” junior powderpuff coach Robert Whitefield said. “We try to teach them, but it’s kind of difficult.”

“It (being athletic) really helps you with running, hands, and feet work,” Flores said. “But not a lot of people have that if they’re not an athlete.”

Learning the ropes of football might be tricky at first, but in the end, the  Powderpuff players put on an impressive and rousing game for the school, with the boys on the sidelines cheering them on.