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You watched roller derby this weekend, right? Between Tinseltown Showdown, Anarchy in the UK, Skate to Thrill, Rose City, Rat City and a bazillion others, you’ve probably had the opportunity by now to see 30-second penalties in action. So. Where are we landing on that, so far? For me, it makes the game seem a […]

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If you’ve played  for more than five minutes, you’ve probably gotten bad advice for roller derby. Unasked for advice is a side effect of any skilled or semi-skilled recreational activity. Try going mini-golfing with your dad (or anyone’s dad) and see if you get any sage words on your grip or lining up a shot. […]

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It’s the unofficial start of the WFTDA competitive season, and WFTDA rankings have been out in their new form for a year now. This year’s travel team schedules have been built with the rankings calculator in mind. Any older games that were scheduled before the rankings were announced have “expired” at this point, to the great […]

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You’ve read through the basics on the new WFTDA rules that will be put into place on April 1st. Maybe your league did beta testing, or has been practicing with the new rules for a while. But have you heard MY opinions on them? Not yet! Lucky for you, I’m glad to share those opinions […]

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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. Not much has happened in the last month or so, so the standings mostly stay pat, other a few changes here and there due to my whims (we’re all about the whim here) and personnel […]

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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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I got in the tiniest little Twitter fight the other day. We were talking about basketball – and I won’t bore you with the details, roller derby fans – but someone suggested that leaving the court in a neck brace was “soft” and that athletes shouldn’t give their opponents the satisfaction. To me, that’s idiotic. […]

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February 2014 Frisky Power Rankings

Welcome once again to the Frisky Power Rankings, where I rank women’s flat track roller derby according to my whims/in-depth knowledge. We skipped January because…nothing happened. And I forgot about it. So: Welcome to 2014! We’re in the doldrums of the year in weather and in roller derby. Most top-25 teams are just now starting […]

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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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