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Be patient with yourself. Are you frustrated with yourself because you can’t pirouette like Bonnie Thunders? Girl, she was a figure skater for years and years. Of course she can do a pirouette. Check out the roster for the 2008 Gotham Girls All-Stars at WFTDA Nationals (back when it was still called Nationals and I […]

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Roller derby is not full of jerks. Life is.   Roller derby isn’t a refuge from the rest of the world, and it isn’t a source of concentration for any of the world’s ills, either. It’s just a sport that throws together lots of different kinds of people to work toward a common goal. Lots of […]

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I’ve said it many times: Roller derby is hard. Yes, it looks hard, but it’s even harder than it looks. Roller skating is tough enough without run away from people who are trying to knock you over. And all that starting and stopping? There’s a reason why people bang into the wall at the rink. […]

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You learned how to roller skate. You tried out. You made the training squad. You got drafted to a team. You thought the heartbreak part of your roller derby career was over – and then you didn’t get rostered for a game. I asked some coaches and captains what they look for when they’re making […]

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Happy Halloween! Welcome once again to the Frisky Power Rankings, where I rank women’s flat track roller derby according to my whims/in-depth knowledge. There haven’t been many games with the teams on this list since October 1st, but there has been some activity. Urrk’n Jerk’n joined Denver Roller Dolls, and Sandrine Rangeon joined Windy City. As […]

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It’s here! It’s a real thing! Okay, the interior of the book itself still needs to be laid out, but the outside is all prettied up. I’m really excited about it, and also glad that both the graphic designer and the model were Fresh Meat when I was a coach. The oval of derby, my […]

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Hey ya’ll! Just for Friday funsies, I’m giving away a copy of my upcoming book, Roller Derby for Beginners, to one of you kids who is NOT at Rollercon right now. If you’re at Rollercon, please get off the internet and go jump in a pool or do some pantless dancing or something. All you […]

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As you might know, I wrote a book for roller derby newbies. Yay! It’s coming out in approximately one month! Holy crap! This weekend, I’ll be finishing up the final draft and getting it ready for editing. Get ready newbs. I’ve had some volunteer readers go through an early draft, and they had some ideas […]

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The WFTDA just released a new set of minimum skills requirements. Notable changes: The 25 laps in 5 minutes requirement is now 27 laps in 5 minutes. (Hey, didn’t we just talk about this?) Skaters now must be able to skate one lap in 13 seconds, starting from a standstill. The falling section is now […]

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A couple of weeks ago, I watched a college town home team take on my former Rose City team. After we beat them by about 200 points, I started to think about how internal competitiveness effects the overall skill level and game play of everyone in the league. Is Rose City just that much better? […]

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