Even the tiniest of Pin dots will eventually grow into fearsome Polka dots! Meet our Rolling Rookies!
Skater Name “Rage”ing Blockoholic
Skater Number 40oz
When did you become interested in derby? I went on a roller-skating date with my husband over a year ago. There were Roller Derby flyers there,I’ve been hooked ever since!
What is the most exciting thing that you’ve done so far as a new home team skater? Playing as a TEAM, for the first time, was the most exciting.
What was your first bout like? Our first bout as a team was truly amazing. The camaraderie was intoxicating!
Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? I personally regret not doing it sooner. If you have thought about it, GO!
What’s your personal theme song and why? I don’t have a theme song. I like anything high energy to get in my special “derby place”.
What’s your spirit animal? Hawk
Do you have a favorite skater? Someone who mentored you? There’s too many! Let’s just say my team has a few of them.
Skater Name Ma Loik
Skater Number 988
When did you become interested in derby? Growing up my parents allowed us to watch roller derby on TV. I was always into the more competitive sports. I never was given the chance to play full contact sports growing up, and I felt that I needed to take this chance as soon as I saw a recruitment event pop up on BRRG’s Facebook in the fall of 2012.
What is the most exciting thing that you’ve done so far as a new home team skater? This whole trip has been extremely exciting. My favorite things so far have been skating in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, and facing a team from Canada in my first real bout.
What was your first bout like? It was so much fun. Of course I was super nervous until I got up on that jam line. Once you reach that jam line, the nerves go away and the adrenaline kicks in. You play the best that you can and leave it all out there! We lost, but it was such a great experience and I will never forget it.
Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? Do it. Take this chance. Derby has turned my life around and continues to do so every day. Don’t get frustrated because it is challenging. Be open to constructive criticism always, and enjoy every second of it.
What’s your personal theme song and why? Perfectly Flawed by Otep. It speaks for itself.
What’s your spirit animal? The tiger. Tigers represent personal strength, willpower, and courage.
Do you have a favorite skater? Someone who mentored you? Soul Eater has been there for me every step of the way, since the first day I started until today. She’s a wonderful mentor and extremely approachable. I am thankful that she was so kind and supportive from the get go. From there on out, EVERYONE on the league has been welcoming and helpful.
Skater Name Cautionary Tail
Skater Number A2Z
When did you become interested in derby? About a year ago, I randomly met a BRRG member who told me all about Roller Derby. My immediate response was to go out and buy gear and start learning how to roller skate the next
day. It was obvious I had to play derby.
What is the most exciting thing that you’ve done so far as a new home team skater? Playing in my first ever game was probably the most exciting thing I’ve done in derby so far, even though it wasn’t with my home team. I played in a B/C travel game and was given the chance to jam a lot. I was terrified but thrilled, and the shared excitement among all the other new(ish) players was really a special and memorable feeling.
What was your first bout like? My first home team bout went like this: Within the first 20 seconds of the first jam I was in, I made a totally blatant penalty and went to the box. That’s when I thought to myself, “”Oh okay, that’s as bad as it gets, I don’t have to worry about embarrassing myself!””
From then on I wasn’t afraid to mess up, I just tried my best to stay focused and work with my team. And I think I held my own! There was one really memorable jam for me, where I helped contain the other team’s jammer for nearly the whole jam – it was solid derby, and I felt like I knew what I was doing working with my teammates. Everyone on the team was so excited, and Eva hugged me when I got back to the bench. (Actually, THAT might be my “”most exciting moment in derby”” so far…) That’s the moment I felt that, with a lot of hard work, I can really be an asset to my team.
Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? Every time you think you can’t do something, whether it’s trying out or skating, just scream inside your own head, “HAVE NO FEAR!” Then just do it. It’s how you learn and progress.
What’s your personal theme song and why? Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Pt. 1, obviously), by The Flaming Lips. Because I’m small but mighty. And looking out for the good of all mankind, of course…
What’s your spirit animal? Probably a small jungle cat, like an Ocelot.
Do you have a favorite skater? Someone who mentored you? Soul Eater’s been there for me and everyone else in my Fresh Meat class since day one, and I don’t think I would have made it this far without her. Having the perk of playing on her team is surreal. I love my Pin-Ups!