The Junior Football League fields in Sioux Falls are full of activity Tuesday, but not for a game. Hundreds of area mothers are learning more about football.
"A group of moms and I got together and we started talking a little bit. We felt like we were the moms out on the sidelines that kept jabbing people next to us saying ' Hey, what was that call? What play did they just run? What's going on here?'" organizer Sara Zacharias said.
The class is Moms 101 and the classroom is the football field, and the skills the parents are learning can be directly applied when their sons are on the fields Saturday mornings.
It's the first event of its kind for these moms as they try to soak up as much knowledge about offense, defense, kicking and player safety as they can.
"I did know a little bit about football being in high school and my husband is a real big football fan, so I knew some of the stuff, but I just wanted to learn a little bit more," Lori Kock said.
"Just to learn the plays, that's what I wanted to know. I want to know the plays and know what my son is talking about when he comes home and says he's a 3-back. I want to know the positions and the plays," Julie Brummels said.
Besides getting their hands on a football and running plays themselves, the Junior Football League staff gave plenty of re-assurance that the kids are safe out on the field.
"The concussions were a little concerning to me, but the more I learned about South Dakota football, the more I knew how the rules are and how well they're engaged with Sanford with the concussions, so I was excited for him to start this year," Kock said.
Now, these moms are ready to share in the sport their kids love to play.
"My husband and my two sons talk a lot about football and they know what the rules are and everything that goes down, so now I'll be able to talk with them," Kock said.