Roxy Rockett

“What does WFTDA have to do to forward the sport of roller derby?” -Rockerboy

To be honest, I’m not sure what WFTDA is doing right now. That’s not my committee (hahaha!!! get it.).

However, I think all skaters are to be held responsible for their image and mission in accordance to WFTDA. If we have any chance at keeping this sport alive and in good taste, it has to be represented as a true sport. I know when Texas started this up, their intention wasn’t to revamp roller derby to make it become the fastest growing sport for women in the history of ever, it was to get out there and have fun, pass the time and keep in shape.
What it has evolved to is a sisterhood, a 2nd (though to some, their 1st) family, a sport that has the making to change the way traditional structure in “man” sports is built.

Their old way: big money sponsors, highly payed players, highly payed coaches and rules that don’t cover safety but strategy.

Our new way: local sponsors, we PAY to play, we are our own coaches, and our rules are being formed around safety.

My issue: newer league that start up and present themselves to their community with the tag of “roller derby”, do not understand what harm they are causing. Forming a league and holding a first bout within 6 months isn’t logical. Though they may have cute, fancy costumes, professional photos and pretty faces, their skills will not be defined, the ref’s will have no clues as to what to look for(= injuries galore), and they leave a bad taste in the mouths of their community about roller derby.

I understand the way i tend to view and do things may be extreme sometimes, but in the end, it’s to protect derby as a sport, and not as a fashion show.

Seriously, roller derby needs to be around in 20 years so my little girl can come in and kick your little girls’ asses.



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6 Comments

  1. Amen. We’re a “new” team as of this March (ish) and our first bout isn’t until January 14 of next year. We’ve been working our butts off both skaitng wise as well as community service wise… we were the highest non-corporate fund-raising group for the town’s AIDS walk, and we make sure that ‘community care’ takes a front seat.

  2. Amen as well. We are a newly formed league and so many of us girls are continually reminding ourselves, our fans, and each other that this is a real, aggressive, and athletic sport. It’s NOT all about the cute outfits and carrying the title of “rollergirl.” I’m really excited and inspired at how much this sport has been embraced by women all across the world. I agree with all of what you had to say in the post and the others.

  3. It was to hear someone put my thoughts into words.

    I watch these “new” leauges on YouTube and my stomach turns. It’s not that I don’t support start up leagues, but it’s the fact that they are not promoting the sport in a very positive manner.

    I PLAY A REAL SPORT.

    I would hate for a fan in any city do some Google searches and find these startup leagues representing our sport. They often are more show than sport because they don’t have the skills yet. So, they use fighting and unsafe takedown techniques as the show. I have confidence that they’ll get there, but will those unsafe practices remain?

    Damnit I play a sport. I train hard. I don’t want you to ruin my league’s hard work, by representing our sport as a wrestling on skates. Show me your skating ability, show me your agility, show me your hard earned bumps and bruises…..That’s what I want to see.

    carmen geddit

  4. Scarracuda says:

    I really admire all the ladies that take this so seriously. I am in a newer league. I started at the end of May and we just had our first bout December 3rd. I feel like I’m sometimes being torn between what my league decides and what I think is right. We have a big problem with girls finding the time to dedicate to this. And lots of girls want to do it because it is fun. We all have lives and of course it should be fun but the league let girls bout on the 3rd that had no business bouting. I feel like we rushed things although the dedicated ones were anxious to move forward. We want to start our season in March. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can convey that while we should be having fun it is a serious sport and if not taken seriously can be dangerous? I was chosen as a team captian but am always being put down for taking it so seriously or being too intense. We are only in Richmond Roxy if you ever want to visit. I met you at a Dominion bout briefly. You are awesome for this sport. Thank you!

  5. Hooah!Girl says:

    The DC Rollergirls started up in Jan ’06. After a year of getting it together – forming our board – committees – filling our rosters – and getting great advice from visiting rollergirls – Thanks Carmen Geddit, Jayne Reaction, and everyone else who came to see us – we are finally stepping onto the track “officially” in our EXPO bout this Saturday. Our season begins April 21st.
    We can’t begin to thank everyone who came to visit who told us to wait – make sure – be patient. That advice has certainly paid off for us. We are a dedicated – and established- league that aims to bring the best of roller derby sportwomanship to the DC area.
    It was hard to wait to bout – but looking back – I’m glad we waited. We were able to fill our rosters with dedicated women who want nothing more than to see all their hard work pay off for them come April-Sept and step into our Championship bout in Oct.
    Thanks to all who support this SPORT and want to see it floursih in years to come!
    Hooah!

  6. Phil Arnold says:

    How tough it must be for skaters who have been out there three or four months to think it’s time to bout and not to! I have only been skating for a few months and I wonder if I could ever throw a block yet alone take one.

    But the fact is sloppiness is the bain of roller derby, or at least it is for me as a fan who loves seeing skilled skating. It just drives me crazy to see fore arms, and hands pushing from the side or behind blockers and wiping them out. And while even skilled skaters do this occasionally, most often it occurs because either skaters aren’t skilled enough, or for some reason those penalty type moments aren’t discouraged in practice.

    Do you selves and your potential fans a favor. Get the work in, the balance down, the skills refined, so that when you get out there and skate you can pretty well follow the rules and not make a mockery of the sport.