Nashville Women’s Football Team Ready To Make Title Run

NASHVILLE, TN- The Music City Mizfits are preparing for their 3rd season of play, beginning April 7th with an away game against division rival Cincinnati Sizzle in Ohio. The Mizfits compete in the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA), the largest women’s football league in the world with over 60 teams. Led by a talented core of veterans, headlined by Donita Hines, Heidi McGuire and Cie Cie Harris, the ladies are coming of a 5-3 record in their first season of WFA play.

Head coach Don Ragsdale spent the off-season evaluating last year’s team, and came to the conclusion that the missing ingredient was toughness. “Things happen really fast during a game, and that can make it hard sometimes. We need to be tough enough to get through those hard times and win every game on our schedule.” Ragsdale is looking at several second-year players to step up and fill critical roles on the team. “We need people like Glorena Pugh, LeShay Shute and Jaime Lock to be leaders this year. They all had strong first seasons, they just need to build on that.”

Speaking of first seasons, Music City used the off-season to add more than a dozen women who will be playing their first year of football. As owner Donita Hines puts it, “I am extremely excited to see what these rookies will do. They have worked hard, been very coachable, just willing to do whatever needs to be done.” The Mizfits have had no shortage of rookie star power in the past, sending Karissa Burnett and Stacey Dykstra to the All American game this past summer. It will be interesting to see if this year’s rookie class, spearheaded by Rachel Calar, Gwen Shelton, Meria Jackson, Brennan Crabtree and Jennika Watts, can come close to reaching those lofty goals.

The Mizfits were fortunate enough to pick up some players from other teams as well. Tasha Mitchell brings lots of experience from the Portland Fighting Shockwave. Charity Jackson and Ashley Crawford come from another team in the area that couldn’t quite get off the ground, and both are excited to get their shot on the football field.

Music City has a demanding 8 game schedule this spring. Home games include tilts against the Huntsville Tigers on April 14th at Maplewood High School, a rematch with Cincinnati on May 5th, an interstate rivalry against the Derby City (KY) Dynamite on May 12th and versus the Carolina Phoenix May 19th. Those home games will be played at Lighthouse Christian School, and kick off for all games is at 7 p.m. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased HERE.

Mizfits Featured on Gridiron Beauties Blitz Radio

NASHVILLE, TN- Music City Mizfits Owner Donita Hines was interviewed by Gridiron Beauties Blitz Radio last night, speaking on her incentive plan for the team, her career and the state of women’s football in general. You can catch that interview HERE. Special thanks to host Oscar Lopez and panelists, former legendary QB Louise Mathews Beans , and WFA All Star Holly Custis, as well as Troy Wilson!

Gridiron Beauties is a social media fan site showcasing the best women’s tackle football athletes in the world. The best athletes in the world interviewed. They are a social media fan site that created the #nojokefootball project to bring awareness that women play American football.

Advertise With The Music City Mizfits

The Music City Mizfits, Middle Tennessee’s only women’s tackle football team, have several advertising slots to fill! The Mizfits are members of the Women’s Football Alliance(WFA), the largest women’s football league in the world with 65 teams. That means advertising with the team will give your business or organization a presence in other parts of the country, as well as locally.

The Music City Mizfts have several opportunities to advertise your organization.  Flyers featuring your advertisement will be distributed to fans at our games and events, and to other local businesses. Your ad may also appear on our website, on a banner during our games or in social media posts. Join other local businesses such as Threads by Dreads, JF Government Strategies, and the Bella Project, in supporting women’s football in Middle Tennessee. Interested parties should call Don at 615-818-2839 or email us TODAY!

Mizfits Form Partnership With Nashville Elite

NASHVILLE, TN- The Music City Mizfits and the Nashville Elite Amateur Football teams have agreed to become partners for the 2018 season, owners from both teams announced this morning. This unique partnership will see both sides benefit, both on the field and off. “I’m excited,” said Mizfits owner Donita Hines, “The Nashville Elite shares a lot of the same visions and goals that we do, so it’s going to be great for both teams.” This partnership will allow both teams to share strategic ideas for marketing, internet presence, and community awareness. In addition, both teams have agreed to make appearances at the others events, such as games and neighborhood outreach events. Nashville Elite owner Tahnesia Richmond says, “I’m looking forward to working with the Mizfits!”

The Nashville Elite is a community-based, football organization designed to provide a platform to showcase young, exceptional football talent in the Nashville area. Men, aged 18 years or older, will be able to take full advantage of the program’s resources and networks in order to propel their careers to the next level, whether it be on the collegiate or professional level. Unlike other organizations, Nashville Elite is unique in that it takes great pride in giving back to our communities. In addition to providing an opportunity to play full-contact football, our organization also allows our athletes to be mentored by seasoned football veterans and also provide mentoring to younger athletes. We believe that this collaborative interaction will not only help strengthen our community but also offer hope to those young men who are seriously considering a career in football, but may not have had the grades or guidance beyond the high school level. “We Strive to be SUPERIOR!”

The Music City Mizfits were founded by a husband and wife in order to empower women through fitness and teamwork. The Mizfits play entertaining, high quality tackle football in the Women’s Football Alliance. They give women an opportunity to break down barriers by playing a game normally reserved for men. The team gives an opportunity to share their love of the game with different demographics, especially the next generation of young ladies who may want to play football. They are Middle Tennessee’s only women’s tackle football team. Just completing their second season of play, they are proud to represent Nashville in the Women’s Football Alliance, the largest women’s league in the world. They play full pads, full contact football and travel the country to promote women playing what is traditionally a “man’s” game. They want to show people they can play high level football too! They want to give women another platform to get physically fit and to display their talents.

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Mizfits Unveil Initiative Designed To Pay Players

NASHVILLE, TN- Women’s football is very much like men’s football; big hits, exciting touchdowns, lots of emotion. One thing that has traditionally been different has been the pay. While male professional footballers typically draw large checks from the teams they play for, and many semi-pro men’s teams have some sort of pay scale, women players usually have played only for the love of the game. Music City Mizfits owner Donita Hines is looking to change that. “I’ve been playing this game for over 10 years and have never gotten paid. It’s time for us to do better,” she said.

Hines wanted a way to pay the players that perform on the field, as well as helping the team bring in fans, so she came up with 2 different ways each player on the roster can get paid. The first way, Most Valuable Player, is probably the more traditional route,  performance on the field. “We always do team awards at the end of the season. I thought it would be nice to get a check as well as an award. So this year’s offensive and defensive players of the year will get $250”. Player stats, leadership and hustle factor in to who wins these awards, and while Hines herself will not be eligible to win MVP, she is excited to see who will. “Girls like Jamie Lock, Ja’Shara Burns, Heidi McGuire, and Jessica Phelps, they’ve played ball before without getting paid. So it should be interesting to see how they perform with some money on the table”.

The other way Mizfit players can get paid is by having the Most Valuable Fans. The player who sells the most tickets to individual games will get matched, dollar for dollar, to how much money they sold in tickets. “I just thought that if you had girls out on the field fighting for a paycheck, why wouldn’t they fight just as hard to help sell the team off the field?”, Hines said. “Over the years, we’ve had some players who were able to get fans to come to the games and some who haven’t. I feel like if there was some sort of incentive to go with it, more players will get involved with helping the team out in this area”.

Music City opens their 2018 season April 7th in Ohio, against the Cincinnati Sizzle. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased HERE. For more information on the team, please call Don at 615-818-2839 or email

Final Tryouts for 2018 Season

Due to increased interest since the New Year began, we are holding a final tryout for the 2018 season. We are looking for serious, committed and talented women ages 18 and up to fill the final few spots on our roster. Interested ladies will be put through a series of drills to test their speed, strength and endurance. Athletic apparel and tennis shoes are suggested and football cleats would be preferred. For more information contact Don at 615-818-2839.

2016 LAFL National Champions!

“In the Ladies American Football League Championship Game, the Music City Mizfits hit all the right notes when it mattered the most, weathering The TN Thunder Womens Tackle Football Team 40-6 to claim Nashville’s very first women’s tackle football championship!

What a long history the Music City has had in the women’s football game…from NWFA founding members the Nashville Dream to the Nashville Smashers finally to the Mizfits, it’s been a LONG time coming for Tennessee’s capital! Whether the Mizfits stay at 8’s or get enough players to move to an 11’s league for 2017, these ladies and their coaches will ALWAYS have the memory of standing tall as CHAMPIONS…something no Nashvillians have done before, and something NOBODY can take away from them!

As for the Thunder, no doubt this is a REALLY tough one to swallow…from beginning the year in the WFA through numerous injuries all the way to this point, the Thunder kept their heart and were set to weather ANY storm that came there way. Now they can get some well-deserved rest…whether they return as an 11’s team for 2017 or stay 8’s, the Thunder have a LOT to build on, and they are going to capitalize on every brick!” – Michael Burmy

Young Ladies Football Camp – July 30th

Tennis shoes, shorts and tshirt for apparel, lots of energy and focus for attitude. For young women ages 5-14, this camp is FREE. The ladies will be learning basic football skills, drills and concepts from coaches and players from the Music City Mizfits and Cape Fear Thunder women’s tackle football teams. Water and snacks will be provided. All campers will receive a free Mizfits tshirt. Call Don at 615-818-2839 to reserve your child’s spot.