Roller Derby

Derby Thursday

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Roller Derby | 0 comments

Hey everyone! Sorry that I’ve been slacking off a bit on my blog this week. I was in a bit of a slump, but I think I’m snapping out of it now.

You’ll never guess what I learned to do at practice last week– jumps! Yes, I mean skating along and then jumping up with both feet in the air and then landing. Maybe that’s not such a big deal to you, but for me, it was pretty cool. I busted my ass on my first attempt (just as I was sure I would) but that was the only time I fell during that drill. Most people jumped over the little cone things but I did not get that brave. I jumped over the line painted on the track. Baby steps.

We worked on our crossovers again, and I can almost do them without fear of falling down. I also tried to give an outside assist for the first time and immediately fell on knees and ass and elbows. I really had to laugh at myself with that one. My T-stops are getting better and so are my plow stops. Slowly but surely I’m getting closer to those Minimum Skills Requirements.

We did a drill where we practiced our falls, and it was the most tiring of the night. We would be skating and suddenly hear which fall to do followed by a whistle. Falling down and getting back up over and over will wear. you. out! BUT, I was able to do a freakin’ rock star fall! And not just once, but several times. It seems that the more unexpected it is, the easier it is for me to do, which proves that my problem is over thinking. I have noticed the same thing with pretty much everything in roller derby. I have to stop plotting how to do the thing and just let my body do it. It’s really weird.

We also worked on a little bit of edging, which I am terribly awkward at. I was told that I need to focus more on staying low so that’s what I will do. I need to do more leg strengthening exercises so that it will be easier to keep that low derby stance.

On Monday and especially Tuesday I was very sore. I fell awkwardly on my skate at one point and hurt my left ankle and butt at the same time. Left a nice little bruise on my rump. Then there were the other few times I fell flat on my butt. This is why we learn how to fall correctly. When we were learning baseball slides, I bruised my left upper thigh/lower hip area. As I’ve said before, I have just resigned myself to being sore the day after roller derby practice. Ok, I’m done whining now.

Mark your calendars, everyone! GRITS is having Mash-up on November 17th. A Mash-up means that skaters from local teams will combine and form 2 teams, in this case black and yellow, and play each other. It’s at the UALR Fieldhouse. Doors open at 4:30 and the bout starts at 5:00. I’m going to make every effort to be there. Most likely that means Lex will be with me, which means I’ll probably be doing more toddler chasing than derby watching. Oh, well. Come out and support your local roller derby girls!

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Derby Thursday: Introducing Trixie Mayhem

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Roller Derby | 0 comments

The results are in, and the winner is…Trixie Mayhem! I’m really excited that this one won because it’s  actually the first name I came up with. I like it. I like the idea of having a tough and sexy alter-ego, and Trixie Mayhem works great for that. Yay! Now I just have to settle on a number.

Last Sunday’s practice was really great. I got to carpool with one of my teammates, Slameron Diaz, which was awesome. We had a lot of fresh meat in attendance so the coach decided to make it a fresh meat focused practice. This was my first practice with the coach, Dilliverence, (she wasn’t at the first one I went to), and I like her a lot. She’s very engaging, encouraging and funny. That’s one thing that I love about roller derby: everyone is super supportive and helpful. They tell you what you’re doing wrong but in a helpful kind of way.

We worked on basic skills like one knee falls and proper skating form. We also worked on rock star falls (where you fall on both knees and slide forward like a rock star) which always kick my butt. I don’t know what it is but I have a lot of trouble getting the form correct. More often than not I fall on both knees simultaneously, which is quite painful even through knee pads. You’re supposed to fall on one knee and then the other but it happens so quickly that it looks like both at the same time. I can’t quite get the timing down. So, yeah, I got a nice bruise at the top of my left shin. It’s healing quite nicely, though.

We also worked on our T-stops, which I’ve had trouble with in the past. We figured out that I was not getting down low enough and once I started getting in proper derby stance, my T-stop improved significantly. It could still use some work but it’s much better than it was.

At the end of practice we started learning how to skate backwards. Let me tell you, I was dreading this. I mean, I just got used to skating forwards and now they want me to skate backwards? Some girls seemed to take to it pretty naturally. I was not one of them. I could not do it without someone holding my hands in the front for stability. As much as I hate doing things that I’m not very good at, there was nothing to do but try it and then try it again. I know it’s just something I’ll have to work on and will get it eventually. The only good thing about learning how to skate backwards is that when I fall, I’m more likely to fall forward on my pads rather than backwards on my butt. Although I did manage to fall on my butt once while doing it.

Last Friday I ordered some outdoor wheels for my skates. I was so excited to be able to go outside and practice! Then, they arrived and I discovered, much to my dismay, that the wheels came in a 4-pack, not an 8-pack. Grrr. In my defense, the product description did not say how many wheels came in an order. I assumed it would be 8 because the price was very similar to that on another site which advertised an 8-pack. I sent them back immediately and will be ordering from the other site tomorrow.

In other news, GRITS will now be holding regular Tuesday practices in Conway. I’m not sure that I’ll be able to go to all of them because of Mr. Lex, but I’m happy to have the option of a local practice, too. I’m going to try to get some practice in this weekend before official practice, even if it’s just in the kitchen or on the driveway, which is fairly smooth.

As always, we need more skaters, refs and NSOs. If you think you might like it, come check out a practice. I promise that no one will make fun of you and you can’t be a worse skater than I was starting out. Hit me up if you want to carpool to Cabot on Sundays.

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Derby Thursday

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Roller Derby | 4 comments

I have been looking forward to this post all week. I’m so excited to tell you all about my first practice with GRITS! I was a little reluctant to drive all the way to Cabot to go to practice, but I’m really glad that I did. The GRITS girls were just as welcoming as the FCRG were when I first joined. The floor of their rink is smoother/more uniform than the one at the Conway Roller Rink, so it seemed a bit easier to skate on. The team captain, Daisy Fever, asked me if I’d messed around with the trucks on my skates. I told her no and she asked if she could loosen them a little. I agreed and wow, what a difference! It made it much easier to turn and do crossovers. I think I’ll have her loosen them a little more next time.

GRITS does their roster and fresh meat practice at the same time, which I think is really good. When I went with the other fresh meat girls, I was amazed to see that they were already practicing tomahawk stops! Tomahawk stops are when you quickly spin around, briefly glide backward and then stop using your toe stops. I was under the impression that that was a pretty advanced thing to learn but it seems standard for GRITS. The roster skaters were doing drills where they would sprint and then do tomahawk stops, squealing their toe stops and burning rubber. If you watch WFTDA bouts, you do see it frequently so I know it’s a good move to have in your repertoire.

Seeing how much their fresh meat could do made me feel a bit behind and realize how much harder I need to practice. I mean, at the FCRG practices I feel like most of the time we were taking it pretty easy. The GRITS girls get right down to brass tacks and really challenge you to learn something new. Don’t get me wrong, the FCRGs did teach me A LOT. I just feel like the practices were a little more casual.

So, yeah, I was a bit out of my comfort zone during the whole practice, but that’s good. That’s how you learn. I’ve become more inspired, more motivated to learn those tricky moves. I want to pass my MSTs! I want to be a real roller girl!

Speaking of which, on the GRITS team, you can have a derby name before you pass your MSTs, so I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want mine to be. I’m the most indecisive person EVER when it comes to picking out names. I hate having to find a name for a video game character or email address. So I’m going to let you help me decide! I’ve come up with a few different names, and I want to see what y’all think. So, I created this little poll so you can vote! Whichever name gets the most votes is the one I’ll go with. Please, share with anyone you want; the more input, the better!

 Thanks for voting! And if you want more derby, GRITS’s Breakneck Brawlers are facing off with the Tulsa Derby Brigade this Saturday at the UALR Fieldhouse starting at 5:00 pm. It’s only $8.00 to get in or $6.00 with a military or student discount.

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Derby Thursday

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Feature, Roller Derby | 0 comments

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As you may know, last weekend the hubs and I went on a much needed get-away to Eureka Springs. While we were there, we stumbled upon an awesome little shop called The Curious Crow. What drew me in was the street sign advertising steampunk jewelry. Inside we found some quirky collage artwork, creepy sculptures and vintage knick-knacks. Whilst perusing the shelves, I found this glorious roller skate perfume bottle for only $3.00. I just had to get it! It’s now sitting on my desk with my other pretties. I think I should fill it with something…maybe a glittery liquid of some kind.

I wasn’t able to go to practice this week because of my trip, but from what was discussed at our last practice, I’ve gathered that many of the skaters on the Faulkner County Roller Girls team are going to move over to our sister team, Girls Rollin’ in the South (GRITS). They are based in Cabot which is about 30 minutes away, so that means that I would only be able to go to practice once a week. Trying to get home and then haul ass over to Cabot on Wednesdays would just be too much. However, I’ll still be able to skate at the Conway Roller Rink on Thursdays since it’s only $0.99 to get in. I’m sad to be leaving the FCRG but most of the girls I’ve been practicing with will be there, too. Every team is different so I’m a bit anxious to see what their practice is like. I’ll be going to my first GRITS practice on Sunday, so wish me luck!

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Derby Thursday

Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Roller Derby | 2 comments

It’s been a fairly eventful week for me in roller derby. On Friday I did get to pose for the Get Lit event at the Conway Arts Fest. I had to wait until Lex was in bed so I only did it twice, but it was still fun. Here’s the only picture of me striking a pose:

Striking my best derby pose

I’m so glad that I held onto those crazy fishnets I’ve had since high school now. I feel like my high school wardrobe is perfect for roller derby and am glad that I held onto the stuff I really loved, especially now that I can actually fit into it again. I got an awesome handmade pin for participating, and the whole atmosphere of the night event was very cool. There were handmade paper lanterns and a fire dancer along with a band performing. I’ll definitely have to go again next year and take the kids. If you want to see some really good pics, check out the ones our local paper took. The other roller girl you see in the pictures is Winona Rydjerass, one of our refs.

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Derby Thursday

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Roller Derby | 0 comments

I’m a little bit bummed this week because I have not gotten to skate for more than a week! Last Sunday evening I went to see my dad since it was his birthday. I’m his only daughter still living in the state and the mother of his only grandchild, so I felt like I ought to go visit him. It was good to spend time with him and he was happy to see me and Lex, too. Since I didn’t get to skate Sunday, I planned on going to practice Tuesday but then this happened, and it took us TWO HOURS to get home from work. By the time we got home I was exhausted and Lex was super cranky so I decided to stay home. I was planning to go skating tonight, but oh wait, it’s my husband’s birthday! Happy Birthday, sweetie! I love you! So, yeah, looks like I’ll have to wait until Sunday.

I wore my skates a little around the house last night while doing some chores. I practiced walking on my toe stops. It felt like wearing platform shoes for the first time– really awkward at first but I think I’ll get the hang of it. Being able to walk on your toe stops can help you be more agile on the track. I’ve seen jammers transition to their toe stops when they’re forced to the inside and get around a blocker. I’ve also seen blockers use their toe stops to turn and go backward quickly for a couple of steps. You can also start quickly from a dead stop by running a few steps on your toe stops before taking off on your wheels. It’s really neat, and I’d love to be able to do it. Check out how well this chick can use her toe stops!

 

Source: yt.cl.nr via Ashley on Pinterest

 

Tomorrow evening at Conway’s Annual Arts Fest, there’s going to be a station where people can sketch us derby girls and then we get to judge which is best. I’m not 100% sure that I’ll be able to do it because I’ve got a birthday party to prepare for BUT if you want to see some Faulkner County Roller Girls in all of their derby glory, go check it out. And as always, we have Fresh Meat Practice on Sundays at 6:30 at the Conway Roller Rink and we need more skaters! If you’re not sure but think you might want to be a roller girl, come check it out. You can just watch or you can put on a pair of rental skates and try it out. And do not be afraid of looking dumb. I can assure you that no one will laugh at you or make fun of you. We have all been there. Seriously. If I can do it, you can, too. Hope to see you there!

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