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Pink Star Rookies!!!

Posted: April 20, 2013 by burningriverrollergirls in General, home teams, Interviews, Rookies, The Hard Knockers

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Well, one rookie so far.  More to come in the next few weeks.

Skater Name  Black Ice

Skater Number 906

When did you become interested in derby? I started playing derby up in Anchorage, Alaska, after my boss (who was the head NSO for Rage City Rollergirls) invited me to an open skate with the league around October of 2011.

What is the most exciting thing that you’ve done so far as a new home team skater? I was surprised by Mooney, Coach Mike and Pinky Teaseadaro with a whole bunch of team pink goodies while I was out to dinner one night!blackice

What was your first bout like? My first bout with BRRG was Pyros (plus) vs. the Border City Brawlers; it was a good bout for our newbies/pyromaniacs to understand how bouting works and what it’s like to be in front of a whole bunch of people. Not to mention BCB has some crazy good offense.

Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? Don’t be shy and just get yourself in skates! Once you’ve made it there, you’ve fought more than half the battle.

What’s your personal theme song and why? None of Dem by Robyn (feat. Royksopp) – it’s just the right amount of F*ck you that I like in a song.

What’s your spirit animal? Probably a river otter, they’re so sassy.

Do you have a favorite skater?  Someone who mentored you? My former coach and team captain, Salmon Ella! She’s been skating for many years with Rage City and really pushed me to be a better skater and a smarter player. She listened to my whines and gave me ice packs when I busted myself up. It’s a really lovely feeling when a veteran just listens to a newbie, even if she’s heard it a million times before, it makes you feel like you are important to the league.

 

New Polka Dots Pinning ’em Up!!

Posted: April 19, 2013 by burningriverrollergirls in General, home teams, Interviews, Rolling Pin-Ups, Rookies

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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.

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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.

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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

ctday.  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!



Hellbabies!!!

Posted: April 19, 2013 by burningriverrollergirls in General, home teams, Interviews, Rookies, The Hellbombers

hellbomberOh yes.  Even the demons of hell will often give birth and bring forth new minions!!

That was a little scary, but then again, so are the Hellbombers.  Meet their ferocious rookies!!!

Skater Name Enemylou Harris

Skater Number 74

When did you become interested in derby? This is so lame, but after I watched the movie Whip It.  I hadn’t even heard of it until I saw that.  When I found out it was real I knew I had to do it.

What is the most exciting thing that you’ve
enemyloudone so far as a new home team skater? 
It’s been exciting to be a jammer.  Breaking through the pack and getting lead jammer at a bout is a totally awesome feeling.

What was your first bout like? SO NERVOUS. I was so nervous until I started skating.  Once I was out on the track, I starting thinking about the game and not about being nervous.

Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? If you’re interested in it, go for it. If you don’t like it, no harm done. If you love it, which you will, then awesome!

Prepare for tryouts, I was really glad that I had practiced some of the things required before I went to the boot camps. It made me feel more confident and less nervous. There are a ton of videos on youtube that helped me out.

What’s your personal theme song and why? Heads Will Roll- Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It pumps me up.

What’s your spirit animal? Owls. Their prey never sees them coming.

Do you have a favorite skater?  Someone who mentored you?  People in the league are so welcoming and helpful, it’s hard to choose just one.  Everyone has their own style of teaching and skating, so it’s easy to find something that works for you.

Skater Name Colonel Kurtz

Skater Number N7

When did you become interested in derby? Too long ago to remember. It took a while, but the stars had finally aligned in the right way for me to try out in January!

kurtzWhat is the most exciting thing that you’ve done so far as a new home team skater? Participate on Kickin’ it with Kenny!

What was your first bout like? My first bout is a happy blur! It was definitely really exciting to get to skate in front of my family and friends for the first time.

Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? Do it! You’ll meet some really great people, increase your level of fitness, and have so much fun!

What’s your personal theme song and why? MMMBop! by Hanson *jokes* I like music way too much to narrow it down to one theme song; I’m a walking symphony. 😉

What’s your spirit animal? Unicorn, because… Hello! Super majestic!

 

Skater Name Bustin Stuff

Skater Number  41

When did you become interested in derby?  The second Amstel Standin started talking about it and posting pictures.  It was never the right time until last year.  Coming up with FM12 was the best experience EVER!!!  It was way bustinstuffmore than I ever expected.

What is the most exciting thing that you’ve done so far as a new home team skater?  Being able to learn skills and focus on what I need to be for my team from the absolute best.

What do you think your first bout will be like? It will be amazing!!  If it is anything like our practices it will end up being one hell of a game!!

Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? Get some skates and get on them!!  Only speaking from personal experience but I am mad I didn’t do this sooner.  Words cannot express how awesome this really is.

What’s your personal theme song and why? Move Bitch (Get out the way) – Ludacris Have you seen my size??? That’s how I come through lol and I mean “”Bitch”” in the nicest way possible 🙂

What’s your spirit animal? A Whale – big, beautiful but lethal if I need to be!!!

Do you have a favorite skater?  Someone who mentored you? Amstel Standin 🙂 if it wasn’t for her I probably would have never found this.

 

Those are some STEAMY Rookies!

Posted: April 17, 2013 by burningriverrollergirls in BRRG News, Cleveland Steamers, General, Rookies

Cleveland_steamersFor our next bout on Saturday, April 20 we have a whole new crop of rookies skating for us!  Get to know them better!  Let’s start with the Cleveland Steamers!!!  Make sure to get your tickets now so you can come on out and cheer for these awesome new skaters!!!

Name: Dr. Rush

Number: 360

When did you become interested in derby? It must be already 3 years since I have my eyes set on roller derby.

What is the most exciting thing that you’ve done so far as a new home team rushskater?  Jump the Apex.  Get in some good hits. Hopefully more like that to come!

What was your first bout like?  Of course it was SCARY. 1) Panic at first as every body is very serious and throws nasty looks and hits at you. 2) What if I f*** up and end up in the box, I would let down my team.

Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? Shut up and skate. Push yourself beyond your comfort zone.

Do you have a favorite skater?  Someone who mentored you? I have many favorite skaters. You all know who you are ladies!!!

Skater Name Missy Misdemeanor

Skater Number 216

When did you become interested in derby? The very first time I attended a bout.

What is the most exciting thing that you’ve done so far as a new home team skater? I got drafted by the Steamers and now i am sTeammates with the women who inspired me to give derby a go in the first place : )


missyWhat was your first bout like?
 Excitement mixed with a bit of nausea, ha!  I always say derby is helping me hone nerves of steel. once the whistle blows though, it’s all good…

Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? DO IT!!!!!!  you will end up challenging yourself in ways you never thought you could.

What’s your personal theme song and why? hmmm, never thought about this – I will just say I like to get pumped up to skate with some Zombie or Black Keys?

What’s your spirit animal? Wolf

Do you have a favorite skater?  Someone who mentored you? How much space do I have to answer this question? So many BRRG are special to me and inspire me.  I do have to give a shout out to wRECk leadership who encouraged me and put me on the right path,  and also to Soul Eater for being such a recruiter extraordinaire!

Skater Name Midnight Smack

Skater Number 12AM

When did you become interested in derby? About 2 years ago.

What is the most exciting thing that you’ve done so far as a new home team skater? 

Signing lots of autographs! I even signed someone’s child one time; that was awesome. I’m always surprised when people recognize me off-skates.
Being able to skate with the people I’ve looked up to for so many years has also been surreal.

What was your first bout like? Really loud! My first (real official) bout was actually a TT bout, so I actually skated with Hazmat before the Steamers. Coming from playing rugby in college, I wasn’t prepared for how loud the music and announcers and fans would be. I could hardly hear myself think, but it was really exciting!smack

Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? The more time you spend on skates, the better off you will be. I started skating at least a full year before I tried out for BRRG. Also spend some time watching derby (online or in person!) and ask a lot of questions. Learning the game is really important!

What’s your personal theme song and why? 

“Because I’m Awesome”” by The Dollyrots
…because I’m awesome.

I’m also really into this song about sandwiches http://youtu.be/OLL1Mc8tHp0
because I really like sandwiches.

What’s your spirit animal?  I HAVE SO MANY

Narwhal- they are the unicorns of the marine world
Rhinoceros – also my college rugby team’s mascot
I also heavily identify with giant pandas.

Do you have a favorite skater?  Someone who mentored you? I feel like I have a new favorite skater every week.