See if you have what it takes to be a Vixen!
The Minnesota Vixen are the longest continuously operating women’s tackle football team in the nation. We are currently looking for women of all shapes and sizes for the 2017 season. All women 18+ are encouraged to attend. We don’t require any prior football experience – we will teach you everything you need to know!
2018 Season Tryouts
September 30, 2017
October 7, 2017
October 21, 2017
TIME: 10 am
Depending on the weather we’ll either be outdoors on the field (west side of the school & parking lot), or indoors in the gym (enter through door 1 on the NW side of the school)
- Athletic shoes (cleats if you have them, but not required)
- Workout clothing
- Tryout fee – if you didn’t pre-register (same day registration $50 cash or check)
- Copy of your ID (license, Gov’t issued ID)
- Copy of your Health Insurance card (front & back)
$50 Same day registration.
FAQs for tryouts
Q: How old do I need to be?
A: You need to be at least 18 years old to be a Vixen player by Jan. 1st, 2017.
Q: I have never played football before, does that matter?
A: Due to the lack of a girl’s football program, almost 90% of our players have never played football before becoming a Vixen. Our coaches will train you on everything you need to know from what a first down is to tackling to learning your playbook. What we really need is dedicated women who are eager to learn!
Q: Are there many injuries?
A: Like any sport, especially a contact, physical sport such as football there will be injuries. The most common are pulled muscles and sprains. Of course you can decrease your risk by being in-shape, properly warming up and working on flexibility.
Q: I’m not really in shape, does it matter?
A: Of course being in-shape would be better, but we will get you in shape! Before the season begins, we offer an off-season free strength and conditioning program which everyone who has completed a tryout is welcome to attend. If you’re going to start on your own however, there is no such thing as too much cardio! In addition, we would advise working on core and leg strength. Remember football needs women of all shapes and sizes. An o-line player and a wide receiver do not need to have the same amount of cardio or the same strength!
Q: Do I need to attend all three tryouts?
A: The quick answer is no but after you pay and complete a tryout you are welcomed to come to the following try outs to work on your skills and conditioning, and to meet your potential players.
Q: How many people make the team?
A: Traditionally a very high percent of women who tryout for the team are accepted. The tryouts have become more competitive in the recent years. We are estimating adding approximately 30+ rookies to this year’s class.
Q: What are you looking for in a player?
A: We really want dedicated women who are eager to learn and have some type of athletic background. Many sports such as basketball and soccer translate very well onto the football field but really having any type of background in sports however small is helpful. Remember we are looking for women of ALL shapes and sizes!
Q: When do you practice?
A: Practice begins in January inside in a gymnasium. We practice every Tuesday and Thursday evening and on Saturdays generally in the morning.
Q: Where do you practice?
A: Just like the Vikings and Winter park, the Vixen have a practice home too. It is located at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington.
Q: I cannot attend all practice, can I still be on the team?
A: There is a definite correlation between teams that have good attendance and teams that win. We highly encourage attendance but we understand that players have jobs and families outside of the team. We do expect players to have at least a 66% attendance.
Q: What do you do at tryouts?
A: Tryouts are much like the NFL combine. We have a series of drills including:
- 40 yard dash
- Vertical jump
- Broad jump
- 160 yard shuttle
- Box drill
- Bench press
- Leg press
- Sled lift and drive
- other position specific drills such as quarterback and wide receiver drills.
Not every player will do great on every drill especially if you have not played football before, but it gives the coaches a look at your base athleticism and evaluate your potential for different positions.