Call people by their derby names in derby situations
Okay, every once in a while, we use each others’ real names like an embarrassing middle name that you don’t want to acknowledge. And when you introduce your derby friends at a non-derby party, you usually use both names. Or when you introduce yourself: “Hi, I’m Kelley, but she knows me as Frisky. Either one works!” But don’t call someone by their real name just because you know it from Facebook. It’s weird. If they go by their real name, they’ll tell you.
If someone goes down in a scrimmage, keep going
Once in a long while, you’ll cause someone to go down and stay down. As hard as it might be, you gotta keep skating. You can check on their well-being and apologize after the jam is over.
Apologize for illegal hits
We all hit people above the shoulders or below the mid-thigh every once in a while – it’s a part of the game. When it happens, apologize and move on. If they’re pissed, just let them be pissed. They’ll get over it. Or maybe they won’t – that’s not your problem. No one’s perfect.
Don’t apologize for hard hits
If someone hits you legally, and you fall funny and break your leg, (*knock on wood*) try to give her a high five on your way to the ambulance. We don’t want to hurt each other, but it happens. Legal hits are legal hits. However…
Don’t be a douchebag
The golden rule of roller derby! This isn’t quite an unwritten rule, since it’s all over the internet, but WFTDA doesn’t exactly have it on the books. Don’t waste new chicks in scrimmage just because you can. Don’t gloat in front of the other team if you win. Don’t bitch about a loss.
Leave it on the track
This is a contact sport, and tensions rise high. If some girl trash talks you, or plays dirty, just leave it on the track. That’s all. It shouldn’t change your relationship. Some skaters who are otherwise lovely and kind people have appalling dirty mouths when they play roller derby. The only person who’s ever sworn at me in a game in Rose City is also one of the most supportive people I’ve had behind me off the track.
Any other ones I forgot?