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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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This is the latest installment of  my roller derby for beginners series. Go back and look, and make sure to tell me if there’s anything I’m missing. Here to serve, derby friends. So you’ve tried out and you’ve made Fresh Meat. Ta-da! You made it! Just kidding – it doesn’t necessarily feel like you’ve made […]

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We’ve talked about getting to tryouts, and then doing your best once you get there. But once you make it and it’s time to start practicing, most new skaters have no idea what to expect. Have no fear! Or, you know – have some! A healthy amount of fear may be appropriate, since you can […]

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If I had a nickel for every time I heard “I want to/my friend wants to start roller derby, but she doesn’t know how to start,” I’d have enough to buy a milkshake. Interested, but don’t know what to do? Contact a local league and find out what their first steps are There may be more […]

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Maybe I should change the name of this blog from Little Anecdote to the above. I get so emotional, baby!  Okay, I mostly wanted you to start your long weekend with that video, with a hat tip to Sagiterrorist (my former teammate and doppelgänger). I maintain that it’s better to get my derby emotions out […]

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You’ve heard all the basic advice before – drink plenty of water, don’t eat anything out of the ordinary, and don’t wear black.  You’ve planned for all this practical stuff. What else? Relax. Take some deep breaths, throughout the day and throughout the tryout. You got this. Visualize. See yourself performing the skills correctly and how […]

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In my Rose City Rollers skating career, I must’ve set some kind of record for number of times trying out for travel team without making it. Four? Five? Enough to have lost track. This time, I had very low expectations. I seriously considered taking my name off the tryout list a few times, just to […]

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Trying out for Fresh Meat?

One of my most popular posts ever is about trying out for Fresh Meat. Do you want to try out for Fresh Meat? Head on over and read it – but first, remember that tryouts are now in the evening. It can be a freaking nightmare to get to the hangar in rush hour traffic. Lots […]

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So you’re trying out for Fresh Meat on Saturday? That’s so cool! See you there. Who wants tips? I guess you’re probably worried about how you’re going to skate. Here’s the thing: don’t. The work you’ve done in the last few months is what’s going to show at tryouts, for better or worse. Not sure […]

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