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Monday, October 26th, 2009 at 11:05 am  |  10 responses

Flintstone TV: WMU Women’s Basketball Practice

Practice makes perfect.

by Eric Woodyard

The secret to success in the game of basketball is plain and simple: Practice!

The women’s basketball program at Western Michigan University is well aware of this. To get better, the school’s athletic department hires male practice players to help push the females in the many intense practice drills.

“Most schools, including us, want their players to compete against players that are bigger, faster [and] stronger, and often times there aren’t too many females in the normal population that are usually bigger, faster [and] stronger than your scholarship players,” Western Michigan head coach Tasha McDowell said. “So it’s great to have males that know the game and are willing to be a part of a practice squad to benefit the team. It helps us to react quicker, to defend harder and to be able to go against an elite level of athletes.”

This has become an integral piece to the organization, and it is not often recognized. In my spare time, I like to help the team and it is a joy to see them implement the skills that we have worked on in practice into a game. In a sense it’s like coaching… but not quite.

With the help of WMU senior Marcus Voelz behind the camera and the genius of Chyn Wey Lee on the editing, I was able to put together this piece.

Sincerely,
Eric Woodyard-The Flintstone

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Nice work, Eric. Weak-azz pushups though.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Nice piece, Eric, Marcus and Chyn. I cracked up after the slow-motion ankle breaker. Most males think they could hold their own with DI women. But they’re just thinkin’….

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    I’ve had friends who practiced with D1 women regularly. Most are D3 type players. They actually offer scholarships to become a practice player. Not a bad gig.

  • Kadavour

    Those push-ups were WEAK.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Man … I can’t even finish watching this video after those push-ups!!!

  • SchW

    at 2:00 mark… Isn´t that a crab driblle…? ;)

  • http://slamonline.com snasty10

    Fire up chips

  • bone

    Are the WMU girls any good as far as women’s bball is concerned?

  • zachsmart

    Damn Tim that girl made you eat your words after she carved up the teeth of the d…This looks like fun, but no question you can’t come soft against these chicks. THey got next.

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