|I love the expression. This young Outlaw is throwing all she |
has into the practice. She is going up against a bigger
and probably stronger "opponent" and she isn't giving in.
I've collected a lot of collision photos in recent Outlaws tryouts and practices. In the January 14 tryouts Coach Narlen picked up the hand-held blocking target and invited prospective Outlaws to practice blocking him.
I've commented before about my love of the intensity athletes bring to sport. It is difficult to convey that in still photos.
Facial expressions may give a clue.
But not always.
Another clue is in the lead-in to the hit. You can see intensity in the way the blocker takes a bead on the blocking pad and charges.
|Intensity, focus. She's aiming at the opponent and getting |
ready to drive into his middle - well, his blocking pad.
|You can't hear the force of the hit in a photo but she's making |
good solid contact.
|Another blocker taking aim at the blocking pad, setting her shoulder|
low for a good solid hit in the middle of the tackler.
|And driving her shoulder into the target.|
|The blocker looks to be about seventy pounds lighter than the |
tackler. But she's laying a good hit on him and her runner
looks quick enough that the block should be enough.
|This blocker is big enough to keep the coach|
occupied as long as necessary for the runner
to get past and down the field. Bein' big can
be an asset in football.
|Is she practicing her right jab? Is that tear in the blocking pad a result of her punch?|
|She's not really going to throw a right hook at the coach. Or is she?|