By: Nettiesha Scott
Powderpuff, a women’s flag football game, is a new tradition that kicks-off homecoming week at DSU.
Jomah Watson, a recent DSU graduate, is the Intramural and Club Sports coordinator and assistant director of the Wellness Center. He organizes the Powderpuff event. One of his goals this year was to have more ladies participate.
The rules for the game were developed by National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). Student workers from the Wellness Center serve as referees because they are know the NIRSA rules.
No one has been hurt in the past but the medical staff is prepared if there are injuries. There were a total of three teams with about twenty players on each team who played in the game.
There is also a championship game. Coach Eli, of the Pretty Crushers who are also the three time champs, said he was “Pleased with his group of girls this year.”
The tournament to determine who would be playing in the championship game was held on Sunday, October 7th. Even though it was the tournament game, the turnout was good.
Second year player, Amber Boyce recalls that the tournament was “One of her favorite memories this year.” Boyce also said, “Players need to remember it’s all fun and games, in the end win or lose, it is just to kick off homecoming.”
Since Powder Puff is growing Watson is working to have an intramural league in the spring. He also considering a powder-puff volleyball league.
With this year’s successful powder puff games, more teams may be added next year. Coach Eli explains, “If you are interested in playing do not be afraid, you’re going to enjoy the game and make new friends or associates when you come out.”
Registration will be three weeks prior to the game next year so for all those interested, make sure you come out and sign up early. Following the powder puff game was the students vs. staff football game, which is played every year, featuring students and staff.
Right now it’s usually the men who play, but with more female participation there will hopefully be a men and women’s students vs. staff game in the future. Everyone is encouraged to come out and play. It’s a fun way to stay fit.