Tryouts for Rockford’s pro women’s football

Staff Report

The Rockford Riveters — Rockford’s full-contact professional women’s football team — will hold tryouts from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at Churchill Park, 2002 Seventh Ave., Rockford.

Women interested in participating in tryouts should bring a photo ID, insurance card (if applicable), workout clothes and a $25 tryout fee.

No experience is necessary. The coaching staff will train and teach the sport of football. Participants must be 18 years old by April 1 and live within 50 miles of Rockford.

It doesn’t matter what size a woman is, what her knowledge of football is or even what her fitness or skill levels are. All women are welcome to try out for the team and discover the camaraderie that is created on the football field.

The Rockford Riveters is a full-contact tackle football team for women based in Rockford. The Riveters will play an eight-game regular season next spring 2013 featuring matchups against teams from Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.

2013 will be the Riveters’ second season. They play in the Midwest Division of the Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL).

Founded in 2000, the IWFL is an international women’s tackle football organization. The IWFL provides women’s tackle football teams the opportunity to play at the top competition tier of their sport, while fostering an environment of goodwill and sportsmanship.

Offering participation levels appropriate for all markets, the IWFL has taken the lead in the development of women’s football for future generations. For more information, visit

The Riveters’ mission is to provide women in northwestern Illinois the opportunity to learn and play the sport of tackle football while developing a sports entertainment option that will be family friendly and support the surrounding community.

Riveters founding member Kelley Richardt explained: “Building the team in Rockford, we hope to honor the pioneers of women’s history. This includes the women represented by Rosie the Riveter who worked in the defense industry and the women who played for the Rockford Peaches in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during World War II. These women forged the way that allows today’s women and our future generations to experience equalities on the gridiron and playing field of life. Because of their efforts, we hope we are able to build the Rockford Riveters to continue this legacy and create our own.”

From the Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2012, issue

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