I went to Frank Beamer’s Women’s Football Clinic on Saturday with my mom and some friends. My friend, Cindy, had been before and had raved about it. So, we decided to go and were not disappointed.
The coaches and players were all super cool, when considering that they were being bombarded by requests from 500 women. (Yikes!) It was really cool to see and learn the behind-the-scenes stuff. For example, did you know…
- That Tech employs 10 full-time coaches for football, not to mention the assistants and GA’s
- VT employs a TON of full-time staff just for the athletes – no surprise there, but the numbers were surprising. There are several doctors, a sports nutritionist, several sports medicine trainers, 6 strength trainers, a chiropractor, an orthopedist, a sports psychologist, etc. on staff (I know I’m forgetting a bunch, but you get the idea)
- The weight room/speed and agility room is 17,000 square feet!
- The coaches work all day every day during season. It is hard core. No days off. A fairly typical day starts at 6:30 am and goes until 10 pm.
- They use a productivity chart for games and their scores help determine who plays so that it’s not so subjective. They get points for tackles, sacks, causing fumbles and interceptions, etc and get points taken away for penalties, loafing (haha), missed tackles, mental errors, etc.
- There is a lot of positive reinforcement and many contests to push them.
- Going through the tunnel and touching the stone.
- Learning about how to identify offensive personnel to determine what formation to use from Coach Gray
- Being the first to see the new uniforms (which they showed on and off the players – haha) Poor guys!
- Seeing the recruiting video in the training room. A very obvious omission was Michael Vick from the highlight reel ;). Love him, hate him – but what he achieved was GREAT.
- Photo with Beamer
- Meeting / talking to the players, though some were pretty shy, which was surprising. We got pictures with Tyrod, Greg Boone, Ed Wang, Zach Luckett, Sergio Render, etc.
For all the girls out there that are: a) Hokie fans and b) interested in football – it’s a great time, you should check it out, but they only do it every other year, so you’ll have to wait for 2010. (Which, by the way, is being predicted to be a hell of a year for Hokie football!)