Archive for January, 2010


Silent Auction: Get discounted tickets for Key West

January 30, 2010

*Silent Auction Ends THIS Sunday*

Players and teams ( and supporters) who are attending the Kelly McGillis Classic can bid. E-mail your bid to you will then receive an e-mail if another bid comes in higher than your bid. You will have an opportunity to bid again. All proceeds will go to the IWFFA, to help keep registration costs low. The auction closes January 31st, 12 noon.

Bid on these items:

Cape Air Airlines Tickets – 2 airline tickets – $400 value – Bid starts at $200

Sebago Water Sports (snorkel or sunset sail) – Each trip is worth $32 – Bidding starts at $16

Lazy Dog Kayaking – Each certificate is good for two persons – value $40 – Bidding starts at $20

Rooftop Café (Exclusive Restaurant) – $100 gift certificate – Bidding starts at $50

Two Friends Patio Restaurant – Breakfast or Lunch for Two – $40 value. Bidding starts at $20

Island Dog Bar – $25 gift certificate – Bidding starting at $12.50

Dog Thirty (pet shop with special key west items for your dog) $25 gift certificate – Bidding starting at $12.50

Denny’s Restaurant – $50 gift certificate – Bidding starting at $25

Outback Steakhouse – $45 gift certificates – Bidding starting at $22.50

Half Shell Raw Bar Restaurant – $50 gift certificate- Bidding starting at $25

Camille’s Restaurant – $25 gift certificates – Bidding starting at $12.50

The Kelly McGillis Classic players and team events auction closes January 31st, 12 noon. E-mail your bid at All certificats are good from February 6-16, 2010

Happy Bidding!


Clay County is the next in Florida to add Girl’s Flag Football

January 24, 2010

A growing number of girls in Clay County are participating in football, thanks in part to a newly formed flag football league.

Christopher White, a teacher at Green Cove Springs Junior High School, is among several educators who helped get the girls’ league started in Clay County this year as a junior high sport, according to a news release.

“I truly enjoyed coaching girls’ flag football this year. The season went really well,” he said in the release.

The teams just wrapped up their inaugural season and the program is expected to grow in the future.

“We had 20 girls on the team and they really had a lot of fun,” said Joey Williams, a Lakeside Junior High School basketball coach and exceptional-student education assistant. “I had a great time coaching them.”

Flag football is a sanctioned sport in only about four states, including Florida, according to the release.

Read full story here


Kick It In Iran

January 22, 2010

A Documentary of the first women of Iran to qualify for the Olympics. Her family, her spiritual leader, and the world surrounding her cannot understand her dreams. I cannot wait for the full feature to come out.


Contact Flag Football in Key West

January 18, 2010

2009 Kelly McGillis Classic in key West, FL.


A Message From The President

January 14, 2010

Things you should know before you go.
Before you arrive to Key West for the Kelly McGillis Classic, I thought you should know…..

Your Action Photos

Tournament Photographer for team and action photos will be Dan at Southernmost Photographers. Contact Dan to arrange your personal or team action photos taken during the tournament. To contact him to ask for more information or to make arrangements – His email is :

There are two modifications to women’s rules

IWFFA rules are up on our website :

Each team will be allowed 2 time outs per half
For a total of 4 per game.( It use to be teams could take their four time outs anytime during the game).

Conversion – Scoring team will have a choice to either:
Run / Pass / Kick from 10-yd line for 2 points
Run / Pass / Kick from 3-yard line for 1 point

Tournament Auction

We will offer everyone a chance to purchase tickets for half price to attarctions of The Keys using our Tournament Auction.
You and your team can get HALF price
sunset sails

The Tournament Auction will start two weeks before the tournament. A link to the auction will appear here.

If you are on the mailing list, we’ll send you notice just before the auction begins. January 24th we post. You will then have one week to place your bid for any item. Auction closes on January 31st.

Media You Should Know About

IWFFA Pay-Per-View Event
Will be hosted on Women’s Streaming Talk Radio on Demand website which is:

Listen FREE online
Broadcasting this year’s 19th annual Kelly Mc Gillis Classic event. Airing live on the audio side via: Women’s Sports Talk Show. Games will be filmed and is sponsored by: The Women’s Sports Talk Show which will stream through:

Tell your friends and teammates who could not come this year to watch it in real time, online.

Women’s Sports Talk Show will be on the internet airing live all week long.

During the tournament, teams and players will be interviewed, along with games filmed and up to date tournament results will be archived. Live raw footage of the tournament games and interviews at our awards for girls and women at Grim’s Grill.

The Women’s Sports Talk Show (WSTS) is a live online talk & pod cast show centered around women’s sports.
Our host during the tournament will be: Jay.

Our 19th Kelly Mc Gillis Classic International Women’s & Girls Flag Football Championship and World Challenge Game can be found at: The Women’s Streaming Radio Network (WSTR)

The name of the show is: The Women’s Sports Talk Show
Web Site:

Filming for ELLEN! “IWFFA Flag Football Dance” for Ellen DeGeneres

Key Moments Production – and Videographer Mary Angelini
will film players and teams throughout the tournament to edit a final piece to present to Ellen DeGeneres to use as invitation for next year’s tournament. Brilliant? Wait till you see the final piece.
One dance, one song and all our players in this year’s tournament. We will post on our website, You Tube and ask Ellen to play on her T.V. show. You will be notified in your IWFFA monthly update.

Opening Ceremonies – Wed, Feb 10 3 – 4:45pm
We ask all the teams to join us at the Opening Ceremonies which includes team and individual costume contest!
Cheerleading and arm wrestle contest! We will sing national anthems, listen to guest speakers – we invited Dolly Parton this year!

We then line up for our “Girls Night Out Players Parade” – line up is 4:45 and we take off at PAM! Bring your country or team flags, banners, players and good cheer! Last year was our largest parade, lets outdo ourselves.

Most of our parties each night, are offering a shot or free drink to the women’s team who gets there first. This means, your full team ! If you are a party team, get your team ready to travel as a whole.

We have parties every night starting with:

Super bowl Sunday! At Irish Kevins
Monday Rum Barrel – Burgers and Beer
Tuesday – In Kahoots – Texas Hold’em and Dart Tournament
Wednesday – Guy Harveys, Double Tree / Grand Key Meet and Greet Registration $1.00 bottle Coorslight
Thursday – Cowboy Bills – ride the bull contest
Friday – Fat Tuesday – Wet Tee Shirt Contest and fund raiser for Relay for Life / American Cancer
Saturday – Dance at Pearls Women’s Guest House – open to ALL
Sunday – Awards Ceremonies for girls& juniors – Grim’s Grill / Later in the evening – women’s awards Grims Grill

We hope you’ll attend all our parties. These are businesses who have sponsored us, and helped to financially support this tournament. We have one party a night. Every venue has something special and more details can be found on our website:

Any Volunteers?
We love you… just let us know who you are! There is still time to volunteer. Email our office

World Challenge – International All Stars vs U.S. All Stars

We will have lot’s of games, at the field what will be new, is we ask teams to choose all stars from opposing team for the World Challenge game which will be Sunday following the last championship game. We took a vote and the majority of players and coaches chose Sunday for games.

Tournament schedules will not be known until the captains meeting at the meet and greet
Each team will play a minimum of 4 games
Loose Women can still sign up to play e-mail the office:
Who is Jean Balukas? (tell me and you get an IWFFA hat)

See ya real soon!



Diane Beruldsen
International Women’s Flag Football Association (IWFFA)


Community Flag Football Game to Support those with Disabilities

January 10, 2010

Local educators, health care workers and public safety officials faced off in friendly games of flag football Saturday to benefit those with disabilities.

The Tackling Disabilities El Centro Regional Medical Center Football Challenge fundraiser welcomed scores of people to the Central Union High School football field for the games.

Marty Dineley, executive director of the El Centro Regional Medical Center Foundation, said the event is a great way to benefit those with disabilities in the Valley.

“The El Centro Regional Medical Center is here for the entire community — it’s a community hospital,” she said. “We like to give back to the community in every way we possibly can.”

The $5 entrance fee, as well as proceeds from purchases of event brochures and refreshments, benefited the Imperial Valley Center for Exceptional Children and the El Centro Regional Medical Center Foundation. The proceeds will help purchase special equipment for both organizations.

Men’s and women’s teams representing IVCEC, Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, El Centro Fire Department and El Centro Regional Medical Center played flag football on the field. Members of the community cheered the teams on.

IVCEC behavioral assistant Monica Buford played for the IVCEC Dirty Divas powder puff flag football team. She said the event was enjoyable.

“It’s fun,” she said. “I think it’s a good idea.”

Grace Verduzco of Pioneers Memorial Hospital played for the PMH powder puff team. She said it’s important to raise money through the fundraiser to benefit those with disabilities.

“I’m proud I’m helping children in need,” she said.

>> Staff Writer David Steffen can be reached at 760-337-3452 or


Sorority Flag Football Challenge

January 5, 2010

I ran across this video today. “The Girls of Old Florida”
A unique action photo series documenting sorority flag football teams from the University of Florida, including interviews by sorority players and their coaches. The sound bites were powerful, and to be honest, stereotypical, while the action shots were of genuine competitive athletes. The first soundbite:

“It’s your chance to kinda like, be aggressive without, like, being aggressive.”

Some saying that they take the opportunity to play with their sisters and a break away from their studies. Others defending that the game is very competitive.

“You get your share of bruises… and scratches, girls tend to keep their nails nice and long too…

The composition of the video did not allow for the sound bits to match up to the player, however, one player got my attention.

“I feel like if we played tackle football it would be ok, like, we would rock it, but considering its socially unacceptable at the moment, (“It shouldn’t be”, adds another teammate in the back ground) because we could tackle, But… our teammates fall down, hurt their knees…”

This girl in particular addresses the society’s restraints on female athletes. Because I have no idea how to find this women, I will broadcast this message: I challenge you, and your team… to join us for some IWFFA contact flag football. It would be an honor to play with you.


Moms, daughters play ball for cancer research

January 4, 2010

Pink will be plentiful at this week’s third annual Susan G. Komen Girls Flag Football Tournament.

The three-day event, which includes two days of competition and a Bigger and Better Family Fun Night, is a fund-raiser for Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

More than 30 flag football teams from Palm Beach County and a handful of teams in the “moms division” are expected to participate in the event, which will be held Jan. 6 and Jan. 9-10 at Acreage Community Park and Okeeheelee Park.

“What’s a better way to have a tournament mean something?” tournament director Chris Mathews said of the fund-raiser. “Everybody can win a trophy, but to have it mean something means more.

“You see the girls put their hearts and souls into it, because they dye their hair pink, they do the wristbands pink. It just seemed like a natural combination that the girls would play for something that will probably help benefit them one day.” –read full article here

The tournament is free and open to the public. For information, visit

Acreage Girls Flag Football League is one of the strongest girls leagues in the country. Year after year they bring high competition to the Kelly McGillis Classic in Key West. They have a great thing going, we are so proud of you girls!!