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Derby Thursday

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Roller Derby | 0 comments

A few of my friends mentioned that they were looking forward to hearing about my derby experiences here on The Newbie, so I thought the best way to let everyone know how it’s going would be to have a regular feature. Thus, Derby Thursday is born.

Last Saturday we, the Faulkner County Roller Girls, had our first official bout in which we played the River Valley Roller Girls. Since I’m still a newbie and have not yet passed my MSRs (minimum skills requirement), I helped out as an NSO (non-skating official). I was assigned to be a score keeper, which was interesting because before the bout I had no clue how roller derby was scored. It was definitely a learning experience, but thanks to help from my fellow scorekeeper and the kind refs I feel like I did a good job. The biggest thing I learned is that roller derby is complicated! I still don’t understand all the ins and outs, which is why I’m not even going to attempt to explain scoring here. If you’re interested in learning more, you can read through the official rule book at WFTDA.

FCRG and RVRG after Sept 2012 bout

The bout itself was awesome! It was really cool to see some no-holds-barred derby action from our girls. There were lots of hard  hits and spectacular falls, which is what you expect at a bout. We’re still a relatively new team (started about a year ago) whereas the River Valley Roller Girls have been around since 2006, and as a result, we definitely learned what we need to work on. However, our girls did a really amazing job. I can’t wait to see how much they’ve improved by the time our next bout comes along. Click here if you need more info.

Afterwards, one of our girls, Witch Doctor, asked if I was ready to get out there now. I answered honestly that no, no I was not. It’s going to take a little bit longer for me to be comfortable enough to take hits and block like they can. I know that right now you could knock me off my skates with a feather, let alone with a hip check. I’m confident that I’ll get there, though.

One thing that I’m sure is going to help is when I get my own skates. I get to order them tomorrow! Yay! I’m sooo excited. I don’t remember the last time I was this excited to be getting something. After waffling about which skates to get, I’ve settled on the Riedell Dart.


Riedell is a very popular brand in roller derby, and these are the least expensive ones. I love that they come in a variety of colors, and I’m getting purple, like the one in the picture. I decided to get the less expensive skates (derby skates can cost more than $700) because 1) they’re my first skates 2) I haven’t even mastered all of my roller derby skills yet and 3) I don’t have $250.00 to spend on roller skates all willy nilly. I figure that I’ll have to replace them eventually regardless of the kind I get, and since I’m not a rostered derby girl yet, why spend more than is necessary? Plus they’ve got to be better than rental skates, which have zero arch support. I’ll definitely let all of you potential roller girls know how well these babies hold up.

I cannot wait until I can skate on my very own, non-rink skates. I fully expect it to be magical and glorious. I really hope I’m not sorely disappointed. I’m also looking forward to skating outside. It seems a little scary but I know it’s going to be the most convenient way to get some practice in on my own. I also want to try wearing my skates around the house (though not anywhere near Lex!). Y’all know I have a huge kitchen, so we’ll see how skating in there goes. 🙂

I’m going to try to get to the rink tonight for some free skate once Lex is in bed. I got to do some skating on Sunday night, too, even though we didn’t have an official practice. I’m getting better at my stops, but the rockstar fall keeps evading me. I feel like I’m getting just a little bit better every time I skate– muscle memory is amazing.


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