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If you’ve played roller derby, or expressed more than a passing interest in it at any point, it tends to come up in conversation. Something about playing this kind of subversive, contact sport is interesting to people. Go figure. Your co-workers want chat about it, and your friends, and family, and that’s all fine. Then, […]

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Welcome once again to the Frisky Power Rankings, where I rank women’s flat track roller derby according to my whims/in-depth knowledge. Once again, we’re just doing top 12, as there haven’t been many (if any) (should I look) (nah, too lazy) sanctioned games. (Okay, I felt bad and looked it up. There was the European […]

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Hi internet. You guys know that I wrote a book called Roller Derby for Beginners, right? I hope so. I wrote it because when people start roller derby, they get very overwhelmed. With information. With lack of information. With the decisions that go along with buying gear. With injuries. With emotion. With excitement. It’s an […]

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A while ago, I wrote a post about roller derby drama that was pretty popular. The basic idea (oh go read it) was that most of the time, when people are complaining about “roller derby” creating drama, they really meant the people within roller derby. There’s plenty of drama and problems in any other given […]

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Feeling cashy lately? Want to waste money on roller derby? It’s super easy to do! Follow these tips, and you’ll be clearing out your checking account in no time. Buy skates without getting fitted or consulting a professional Who orders $200+ items from the internet without knowing for sure if they’ll work right? Roller derby […]

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As we discussed last time, I needed to clean by bearings. In fact, my skates need a total makeover, but we’ll start with clean bearings and go from there. EW GROSS LOOKIT. Yuck yuck yuck if dust is really human skin JUST THINK ABOUT THAT. If you’ve never cleaned your bearings, come along with me. […]

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New skaters and fresh meat often have a fear of being embarrassed or looking stupid. I tend to give advice that’s only somewhat helpful — get used to it. Playing roller derby means falling down in front of people. It’s going to happen, and it’s FINE. In fact, falling down in front of people over […]

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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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Somewhere right now, a derby skater is sighing in her cubicle, idly wishing or posting to Facebook, “I wish I could get paid to play roller derby.” I get that. Working 40+ hours a week is a) not super fun all the time and b) takes up time that you could be skating or training. […]

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Who doesn’t love practice in January? For me, it makes me think of walking through an icy parking lot and trying not to get injured before even getting to practice. Or huddling next to the heater and squealing while taking off layers to gear up. Or putting all of your layers back on while still warm and sweaty, […]

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