Just like the boys: D.C. divas take to the gridiron

Diva hopefuls stretch it out before tryouts. (WTOP/Jamie Forzato)

WASHINGTON – D.C. Diva wannabes hit the gridiron Saturday morning to prove that they have what it takes to be a pro-women’s football player.

D.C. Divas is a women’s tackle football team led by head coach Alison Fischer. Since it was founded in 2001, Fischer says they’ve won 10 division titles and a NWFA Championship in 2006.

“We’re always looking for fresh, new talent,” she says.

About 40 women tried out for the 2014 season, hoping to secure their place on the team roster.

It’s full-contact football and they follow NCAA rules. Fischer says even the football pads are just like the men’s.

“There is a certain pad made for women that is a little more protective in the chest area, but other than that it’s standard men equipment,” Fischer says.

“It’s rough because you have a lot of equipment to put on and it’s heavy compared to just ordinary clothes every day,” says first-timer Shanterry Johnson.

Fischer says in order to make the cut, the women must have agility, speed and aggressiveness.

Konnie Kordish, of Sterling, Va., says she tried out three times before and hopes this is the year she gets picked.

“I love the game of football. I’ve actually coached youth football,” Kordish says. “I love the contact. I’m an aggressive person so I need some place to get it out.”

Kordish says she hopes to be chosen as a linebacker.

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