My Day at the 2013 Ohio State Football Women's Clinic

By ArTbkward on June 8, 2013 at 6:01p
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[Ed. Eleven Warriors reader, Tricia (ArTbkward), was kind enough to provide this summary of her experience at the 2013 Ohio State Football Women's Clinic, complete with photos.]

Women ruled the day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center at the 2nd Annual Ohio State Women's Clinic on Saturday.  Coach Meyer introduced this particular football camp to the fairer sex of Ohio State last year and it's only become more popular after the first go around.  Guys, to be perfectly honest, you should be jealous because this is a fantastic event.  If you are lucky enough to have a girlfriend/fiancée/wife/mother who even remotes likes football and is in need of a birthday or anniversary gift, then your problems are solved.  Sign her (and a friend!) up for this next year and you will win serious points. 

O-H-I-O, including Mike Vrabel and Kerry CoombsO-H-I-O, with me at H and my friend Ashley at I.

Hosted by the entertaining and charismatic, Stan Drayton, the day began with an introduction of each of the assistant coaches with the exception of Tim Hinton, who was absent.  The coaches from defense, offense and special teams each had a short presentation on their side of the ball.  The offensive and defensive presentations each used enthusiastic volunteers from the audience to represent each position. 

During Luke Fickell's portion of the defensive presentation, he asked one of his “players” what play they were running and her reply was, “You're so hot, I can't even talk right now,” which brought laughs all around.  Kerry Coombs lead the special teams presentation and, as you would expect, there was a lot of yelling.  He took a more hands on approach and had a large number of women doing long snaps and punt returns with mixed results.

Next up was a new portion to the Women's Clinic which was an open Q&A with six current players which included Chase Farris, Curtis Grant, Warren Ball, Bradley Roby, Drew Basil and Jamie Wood.  These guys were good sports because the questions certainly ran the gamut.  They were asked everything from if they would show of their six-pack (Roby complied) to what their moms mean to them, which was touching especially for Ball whose mom was in the audience.  Farris danced to Stan Drayton beat boxing, we learned that outside of football Basil really likes bowling and after a game you're likely to find Grant at Raising Canes.

Shelley Meyer gave a short speech promoting the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer.  She did a good job because later they auctioned off an ocean front room for two and the winning bid brought in a whopping $4000 with the proceeds going to The James and cancer research. 

The graduate assistants hosted – or were forced into – a dance off.  Either way, the results were entertaining.  One graduate assistant recruited backup dancers to do the electric slide with him, which saw one lady dance right off the back of the stage and thankfully she was okay. We also saw the cupid shuffle with a back flip, swing dance and a solo hip-hop dance. Anthony Schlegel presented a short session on weight lifting, which mostly consisted of him using the word “sassy” and having his shirt removed.   Lunch followed along with more opportunities to get photos with the coaches and players.

The afternoon brought around the main event: Coach Meyer's presentation followed by football drills and the WHAC tour.  He praised his 2012 senior class for not only their 12-0 record, but also their love of Ohio State and for each other.  They all could have left to play in a bowl game elsewhere, and without really knowing the coaching staff, chose to stay anyway, which Meyer reiterated several times.  In the unlikely event that anyone was feeling drowsy after lunch, Meyer coached us on the correct football position.  After a few minutes of squatting while pulling back the shoulders, he had the quads burning of just about every lady in attendance.

The 2012 team wall

We were then broken in to smaller groups which rotated between pictures with Meyer, WHAC tours and the outside football drills.  If you've never been inside, the Woody Hayes Athletic Center has a museum like quality about it.  The walls are covered with photos and memorabilia of great moments and players at Ohio State the pinnacle of which is the “championship wall”.  Along with the training facilities, it houses trophies including Heismans and a crystal football along with many others.  It's hard to imagine a recruit walking through those hallways and not being impressed.

On the practice fields outside, all the ladies got to practice their football drills.  After stretching with Schlegel, the assistant coaches and graduate assistants ran different stations that had everyone tackling, running tight end routes, throwing, and most importantly, practicing touchdown dances.  There was a wide range of ages and athletic abilities present and the (almost) summer sun was beating down but that didn't stop anyone from catching passes and picking up interceptions.

Kerry Coombs brought the juice.Kerry Coombs was all-juice, all the time.

The day ended with Mickey Marotti leading his famous quick cals and smokehouse drills.  The smokehouse involves a lot of yelling, “smoke” and responding, “house” but then come the sprints and pushups. 

Everyone was broken into age groups to run a sprint down the practice field and then the winners came back to see who was fastest.  No one was exempt, even the 65+ group had a handful of participants. 

After the sprints came the pushup contest.  Quite a few women chose to sit this one out but the winners tied at 113 (113!) pushups each and these weren't your run-of-the-mill variety. 

You only did one when Marotti blew his whistle which he did at varying increments and although there were a few short breaks, the ladies left at the end were impressive.

There were a lot of pushups to be done.

This is the second year I've attended the Women's Clinic and I think it's a fantastic event I would recommend it to any gal who even kinda likes Ohio State football.  After all, what could be more fun than playing football at Ohio State on a Saturday afternoon?

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Baroclinicity's picture

Awesome write up!  I'd love to see my wife do this... she's big into working out, so I figure she would really like this.  I have to get her to a game first, however...
Also, and I can't explain this at all, but I really want Coach Coombs to yell at me.  Am I the only one? 

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Buckeye1996's picture

I am still laughing about your wanting Combs to yell at you. That is is exactly how I feel. Thanks for the laugh.

Young_Turk's picture

lol, I think that may be one reason we signed our new punter from down under.  He'll probably get a drink of water during his first stretching drills.

What do you need water for, Sunshine?  We're stretching and you're a kicker!

DJRoss926's picture

Just ask him for a water break.

741's picture

That "undefeated" wall is incredibly cool.

nmaxwell's picture

speaking as a michigan fan....yeah.  dammit that is really cool [sigh]

tdible2132's picture

This is just another reason to love OSU football and the direction it is headed!  Whether it's student appreciation day, the women's clinic, or something else, this staff really knows how to connect with its fans and make people feel connected to their football program.  Go Bucks!

OSUnathen's picture

My wife did it and had a ton of fun. She like Drayton the best.

KBonay's picture

As an alum, this is probably on the coolest things I have seen at OSU. Hats of to current staff for their time & efforts. It's the little things that mean the most. Sure, we all want the 12-0. The BCS. The Crystal Ball. But man, to let our ladies experience this is, hands-down, priceless. 

BuckeyePride's picture

Great write up, Tricia! I had no idea the staff had this event. Very cool!

How Firm Thy Friendship....

gumtape's picture

Would it be appropriate for me to comment that all of the women in the photos appear to be in excellent physical condition?
 

just another psycho, irrational, delusional Ohio St fan

Buckeye1996's picture

Very nicely put and appropriate. :-)

BlueBayou's picture

It is always great to see these types of activities where the coaches and their program give back.  It wasn't mentioned in the article, but I believe all the money made goes to charity (Spielman's cancer charity I believe).  When I was in college, my girlfriend went to Michigan's inaugural Women's Clinic in 1999 for charity and loved it.  She did it again the next year as well.  I know Cam Cameron from Indiana started one in 1998, but it was free, so I'm not sure if they used it to raise money for charity.  I'm ashamed to admit this, but at the time Michigan did their first one, my friends and I thought it wouldn't last.  I'm glad we were wrong.  It is awesome to see so many different programs doing this now.
Also, that undefeated wall is pretty cool, which is another thing that pains me to admit.

nickma71's picture

Great picture of Boren over Gardner. I have that one saved from AP or whomever as well.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Very cool!  I loved the undefeated wall.  Wow, the pushup contest was very cool as well.  113 pushups is amazing!  This sounds like an outstanding event and it's all for a great cause - cancer research.   Great write-up ARTBKWARD!  It's always great to have a lady Buckeye's perspective on things.  I hope that you might write some more articles for 11W in the future.
Go Lady Buckeyes!!

Young_Turk's picture

 

Guys, to be perfectly honest, you should be jealous because this is a fantastic event.

 
Yep, I'm green with envy.

Thanks for sharing your day, it looks like a great time.  Except the part about 113 pushups.

Doon12's picture

My Mom was so happy to meet Coach Meyer, Coach Coombs and the rest of the staff. 

MN Buckeye's picture

Glad to see she is wearing 'the ring'.

ArTbkward's picture

Thanks for the kind words everyone. There are so many awesome things in the WHAC that I wish I could have published more photos. When Urban was talking he had Coombs come on stage and yell at all us during our football stance which was pretty cool.

Doon, I have a picture very similar to your moms. I was all about the Meyer picture last year but since they charge for those I figured I didn't need a second one. I was pretty pumped about the one with Vrabel and Coombs.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

dubjayfootball90's picture

Is there a place for guys to go, like to sit in a bleacher or stands to watch? I was thinking of surprising my gf next year, possibly fiancee, and I was wondering if only she would be allowed there, just so I can figure out the travel arrangements and what would need to be done. 
Everytime we go to Columbus for games, I am the one driving. Not sure if she would like driving there by herself, but I would push her to go based on all the positive feedback.

ArTbkward's picture

Not really, they might have let spectators on the field outside in the afternoon but the morning stuff is all closed.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

cajunbuckeye's picture

That's a great write up. It sounds like a fantastic way to spend a day.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

americanpilot1's picture

When and where do you sign up for this camp.  Sounds awesome.
 
David

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body!!! USMC

CoachST's picture

Congratulations to all the women who attended and supported this important event.  Thanks for the great write-up Trisha. 
After a day of this learning about football some women may even be interested in playing football and wanting to know where she could possibly play.
So if any attendees want to give football a chance tryout in fall 2013 for the Columbus Comets Women's Professional Football Team. 
The Comets travel this weekend on June 15 to New York City for the first playoff game of the 2013 season.  The team was in D.C. on the day of Coach Meyer's event for the last regular season football game (and helped the DC team host their Breast Cancer Game -- the Comets had a Breast Cancer Game earlier in the season).
The Comets website can be found via Google, Yahoo by entering Columbus Comets.   It is full contact football and the Comets are one of the premier teams in the Womens Football Alliance League.  No experience needed -- this is the chance to put a dream to a reality and to a players uniform.
 
 

CoachST's picture

As a follow-up for the women who attended this clinic (and the recent workshop by the NFL

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Commissioner and Coach Meyer)  here are the Columbus Comets Womens Professional Football
Team tryout for the 2014 season -- all women are welcome to tryout.  If  you enjoyed the
camps and recent workshop you should be in attendance at the tryout:

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Columbus Comets 2014 Tryout Dates (as of 8-5-13)
Tryout Dates:  October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9. 
Tryout Time:  10:00 a.m. until Noon (you should be at the tryout location at about 9:30 to 9:45 a.m. to complete paperwork, meet the head coach and his staff and stretch) 
Tryout Location:  Whetstone High School  4405 Scenic Drive  Columbus, OH  43214     43214
(the field is locate to the north of the high school and tryouts may be north of the football stadium)        
Tryout field Surface is natural grass 
Tryout Attire:  T-shirt, shorts, cleats and/or cross trainers. 
Note:  Dress according to weather, bring water to drink.  Comet tryouts have been held in various conditions so do not assume the tryout is not being held.
Tryout questions should be emailed to Hank Patterson, Head Coach/CEO at [email protected]