"This is actually our first season," Zipporah Chase, Lady Panthers general manager and team captain, said.
According to team organizers, the Lady Panthers will play a 12-game season with the first battle taking place in April.
"These ladies are going to be out here hitting. We're gonna be full contact," said Chase. "The ladies are going to be sexy."
And very athletic from what the Fix saw at Houston's recent tryout.
"A lot of these girls can probably take down most of the men out there," Jaime Bender, a Lady Panthers tight end, said.
"They can expect a great show, a great performance from all these girls," Angela Ellison, a former Texas A&M cheerleader and Lady Panthers hopeful, said. "These are all incredible athletes."
"The key thing is seeing what the ladies have to offer, and finding out what positions [they can play]; who's good at [what] and evaluating the talent," Shantee Orr, Lady Panthers head coach and former Houston Texans player, said.
George R. Brown Convention center is the Lady Panthers' home field, and yes, the blitzin' babes are getting paid
"And they'll be taken care of with insurance also," said Chase. "I was a [arena football] player, where we didn't get paid and we didn't have insurance, and that's the reason why we have this platform now where ladies are able to be respected and appreciated for what they do."
It's pretty cool for the Lady Panthers to get their chance to sparkle on the football field.
We arrived at Kicks Indoor Soccer Arena not knowing what to expect when we showed up at the Lady Houston Panthers last tryout on this past Saturday February 11, 2012. The doors opened at 9am and it was time for us to walk into the gym. I accompanied my sister LaNetta and my right hand, Lady Carter in their quest to gain a professional contract playing for this newly formed Womens Football Team. At first glance it seemed like tryouts would be simple and quick because there were only a handful of girls to compete against. There was a lot of nervous energy in the air as the participants set on the bleachers waiting with anticipation of being registered to participate in the picking of the newest members of the Lady Panther Family.
As about twenty girls stood in line awaiting instructions I begin to eye a beautiful caramel-toned fit female with long flowing hair dressed in black athletic attire. Seconds later she began to instruct the women on the process of registering and I could tell she was not only a Lady Panther player but a major leader in this organization. I learned her name was Zipporah Chase the Spokesperson and Captain for this Lady Arena Football League.