ORONO- Ladies from the area gathering tonight at the University of Maine to show what they’re made of…
“Well, ya know, it’s an opportunity for ladies I think to ask some of those questions that they probably don’t want to ask sometimes that they might pretend to know about the game that might make it a little bit easier for them to understand the game,” said Umaine Head Coach Jack Cosgrove.
It’s called “Football 101”, and it’s put on by the University of Maine every year. It begins with a classroom session to help give a fundamental understanding of the game.
“It’s great to see the behind the scenes.”
“What I’m trying to learn is the positions.”
After taking the time to learn the game and the ins and outs of how it works in the classroom, we finally came to the field to put those skills to the test.
“Right now we’re learning how to throw a football. So it’s interesting to see how Danny Collins learned to throw a football by buckling a seat belt. That’s how the proper follow through was,” said Brittany Harasymiak.
Other skills taught- how to wrap up on defense, how to kick, and how to punt. While kicking a field goal wasn’t my forte, punting came fairly easily.
Coach Cos says that football is America’s sport, and he wants the ladies to enjoy it just as much as the guys do.
“Things that they might- oh okay that’s why that happened and that’s why they’re doing this and that’s why they threw that flag. You know, hopefully just some of those moments or situations that would help them as they watch the game,” said Cos.
In fact, he thinks the ladies may pick up the game even better than the guys do…
“They’ll listen better, they’ll probably take coaching better. They won’t pretend to know it all like guys tend to do sometimes.”