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Player Profile: Miff Wick

Posted: September 20, 2016 by Veruc Assault in Skater Profiles

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Miff Wick/76

Team(s)
Play for the Untouchables, coach Gang Green

How many years have you been playing roller derby? (FCRD and other leagues)
I’ve been playing derby for 7 years

How and when did you get involved in roller derby?
I helped my wife start Benton County Roller Derby in Northwest Arkansas. I started off as a ref but ended up coaching and playing for the league.

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How has roller derby changed your life?
I’ve met so many amazing people that I would’ve never met otherwise. It’s also given me another reason to stay in shape and always have a new goal or skill to work towards.

How can and have you helped other people through Derby?
I love working with new skaters and helping them learn basic skills to improve skating. I love breaking down specific skills into smaller movements and watching as a skater brings all the movements together to accomplish that skill.

10505528_10152301201218434_6810517619567092266_nWhat positions do you enjoy playing?
I love being a blocker. But every now and then I will get in there and help my team out in the jammer or pivot position.

13584912_10208172021636587_5369099006907479746_oDo you do any cross training for roller derby? If so, what do you do?
I love to train. I workout in my garage gym a lot and I’m always willing to have people over to workout. I do a lot of Cross Fit style and HIIT workouts. I try to go running 2-3 times a week as well. I’ve found these workouts have improved my endurance on the track and helped with my skills and agility

How did you come up with your derby name?
It’s a long story.  You can ask, and I’ll tell it to you sometime.

11351332_10152865154216500_6045369357779123330_nDay job?
I’m a mechanical designer. I design HVAC and plumbing systems for office, restaurant and retail spaces.

Any final thoughts?
Derby gives back what you put into it.   Work hard and you will see skills improve as well as do things you never thought you could. I’ve always said anyone can learn to play derby. Be patient; the game will open up, and you’ll become a derby rock star! Just don’t give up.

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Player Profile: Black Mamba

Posted: September 13, 2016 by Veruc Assault in Skater Profiles

11896272_10100497240049419_1346506220157403776_oDerby Name/Number
Black Mamba/20mins

Team(S)
The Shotgun Sheilas and The Untouchables

How many years have you been playing roller derby? (FCRD and other leagues)
This is my second year.

How and when did you get involved in Roller Derby?
Through some covert Facebook stalking investigations I found out about FCRD.

 

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How has roller derby changed your life?
Derby has given me something to look forward to every week. It keeps me motivated to be healthier and more active.

 

What have you learned from roller derby?
This sport has taught me so much about myself physically and mentally. I never thought I would be doing what I’m doing today…and on skates.

Favorite part of roller derby?
My favorite part is my ever growing derby family. These are people I would have never met without derby and are my strongest relationships to date.

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How can and have you helped other people through Derby?
A lot of times just letting other skater know what I had struggles with when I see they are struggling with the same thing helps. I definitely don’t mind letting people know how much I lived in the penalty box my first year. Ask my Momma, she’ll tell you all about it!

How far have you come in roller derby?
I feel like I’ve come a long way from the awkward girl that didn’t know how to skate…forward.

Do you have inspiring people you have met through roller derby?
Yes, I got to meet Val Capone at a bout we played in Chicago this year, and I got to meet some awesome skating legends at Beat Me Halfway last year

 

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Favorite Skate gear
My mouth guard!  It protects my moneymakers.

 

Pre-Derby Sports/skating background
I’ve been playing all sorts of sports since I could walk. I played basketball and track and field competitively in high school and college.

What positions do you enjoy playing?
I love to play pivot. It is the hardest position for me. I want to master it, but just when I think I’ve gotten it figured out, I find out something else that would make me a better pivot. Deep down, I hope I never figure it out completely.

 

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Do you do any cross training for roller derby?  If so, what do you do?
If I’m not horsing around with my dog, I’m trying to find something new. I get bored with doing the same thing so now I’m on the hunt for something else to kick my butt.

 

Best Roller Derby Moments on the track
So far the best moments have been skating with this year’s Zombies. Watching them getting better and faster while playing with them has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in any sport.

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How did you come up with your derby name?
One of my favorite Quentin Tarantino characters is Beatrix Kiddo from Kill Bill. Her alias is Black Mamba, and there it began. If I can be as relentless, determined, and deadly as her, then I’ve earned my name.

Day job?
I work as a bar and restaurant manager.

How do you balance between derby life and real life?
I don’t know haha! When I figure that out I’ll let you know.

Player Profile: Scary Magdalene

Posted: August 25, 2016 by Veruc Assault in Skater Profiles

13394142_758426834260748_342175700953650941_nDerby name/number
Scary Magdalene/8:2

Team(s)
Deadly Sirens, Untouchables

How many years have you been playing roller derby? (FCRD and other leagues)
3 ½ years. (2 ½ with South Jersey Roller Derby and 1 with FCRD)

How has roller derby changed your life?
Roller derby has made me so much stronger mentally, emotionally, and physically. I am more comfortable with myself than I have ever been and have made some of the best friends I have ever known.

12241794_10100776035206269_8496868125498076965_nWhat have you learned from roller derby?
I have learned to skate fast and to hit people! But aside from that, I have learned to stand up for myself, have fun, and stress a lot less about things I cannot control.

Favorite part of roller derby?
I like anything that allows me to go fast! I have a love/hate relationship with the 20 lap test. I love being able to “race” someone else without worrying about getting through the pack or calling off the jam.

How far have you come in roller derby?
When I started derby, I could not even stand up on my skates. My first night, I was given a loaner pair of skates and told to go skate a couple of laps as a warm up. After what felt like an hour, I took off my skates, only to find out that I still had two hours of practice ahead of me and had only been on the track for about 20 minutes! My endurance is a lot better now!

10322558_572429242875529_5395186194490250665_nDo you have inspiring people you have met through roller derby?
I am always inspired by people who may not be traditional athletes but who then strap skates on their feet and Bambi-leg their way into darn fine skaters.

What positions do you enjoy playing?
I enjoy playing pivot and any blocking position.

Do you do any cross training for roller derby? If so, what do you do?
I do cardio and weight training at my local gym. When the weather permits, I also love hiking and taking my dog on long walks.

12250096_10103255096168149_6104107428708989935_nBest roller derby moments on the track
I really enjoy any moment when I step out of my comfort zone and try something new. I like when someone I look up to tells me that I am getting faster or that my blocking is improving.

How did you come up with your derby name?
I kicked a couple of names around based on things that are important to me (religion and literature). Lady Disdain was too close to another skater’s name in my league, so I ended up choosing between the Virgin Scary and Scary Magdalene. My mom was the deciding vote and Scary Magdalene was born.

Player Profile: Groot

Posted: August 17, 2016 by Veruc Assault in Skater Profiles
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Derby Name/Number
Groot/Iam

Team
Usual Suspects
 
How many years have you been playing roller derby?
2 years
 
How and when did you get involved in roller derby?
I’d been a fan of roller derby for a long time. However, I hadn’t considered playing until I received an invite to come to recruitment night from Mojo and Dervish while I was skating up at Winnwood in Kansas City North one random night in late 2014.
 
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How has roller derby changed your life?
It’s given me a sport to participate in that now, and for the foreseeable future, I’m going to be passionate about participating in. I’ve met and reconnected with so many incredible people over the last couple of years who all share a passion for skating and derby, that I’m never short on people to hang out and grow with; both as a person and a skater.  Also, skating roughly 8-10 hours a week enables me to pretty much eat whatever I want and still remain healthy. 🙂

What have you learned from roller derby?
I’ve learned to really play as part of a team and also to challenge myself daily to become a better version of myself as an athlete.

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Favorite part of roller derby?
I really enjoy watching people bust through personal walls and the response they get from the community when they do. Whether it’s jumps and endurance on MSTs, scoring points in a jam for the first time, or making it on a house team; there’s always a community of newbies and veterans alike who are watching and waiting to cheer you on when you find those moments of personal success.  It’s pretty amazing when it happens.

How can and have you helped other people through Derby?
I like to think I’ve had a positive impact on the derby community overall. I’ve been given a lot of instruction and help getting up to speed learning to play derby over the last couple of years.  In the spirit of paying it forward, I’ve started to give back by running some practices, demonstrating skills during other’s practices, and I will be a trainer during fresh meat training over the next couple of months.

 

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How far have you come in roller derby?
I feel I’ve come a long way in a short time. The first year I concentrated on learning MADE style derby with FCRD and getting into better physical shape to play at a competitive level.  This year I’ve branched out into USARS play with FCRD’s travel team, been doing some WFTDA/MRDA coed scrimmage events locally and abroad, and have (not so) secretly been traveling to Des Moines, Iowa to practice MRDA style men’s roller derby with Your Mom.

 

Do you have inspiring people you have met through roller derby?
There are literally too many to name, and I don’t want to omit anyone. To varying extents, I’ve been able to learn something positive from everyone I’ve come into contact with playing derby.

FGroot8avorite skate gear
My watermelon patterned S-One helmet. I love it and I hope that sucker never breaks on me.

Pre-Derby Sports/skating background
I grew up roller skating at Skate Corral in Springfield, Missouri. I was a bit of a rink rat as a kid and went to session skates any time I could convince my mom or dad to take me.  As a teenager, I worked there as a floor guard and DJ for 3 1/2 years and participated in quad and inline speed training as well.  I got into outdoor inline skating and outdoor hockey during college and generally skated for fun for several years after college when time allowed.

What positions do you enjoy playing?
I like playing Pivot and outside (Pivot helper) the most.

Groot3Do you do any cross training for roller derby? If so, what do you do?
I do basic calisthenics for strength and go on night time walk and jog sessions pretty regularly for endurance.  My personal philosophy about the best way to get better at roller derby is to practice on skates as much as possible.  I do a lot of outdoor and rink skating on quads outside of scheduled practice times.

Best roller derby moments on the track
My personal best moment was the last jam of our first Usual Suspects 2016 coed game against the Public Enemies. That was the most grueling, crazy, and disorienting 90 seconds of my derby career, but it was a moment where I felt like all my personal training came together to do something awesome.

Groot6How did you come up with your derby name?
Mel Breakdown said she liked Groot for my name and would be disappointed if I didn’t use it. I decided I liked it as well and added the number “IAm” for fun.

Day job?
I’m the manager of a research and development analytical chemistry group.

How do you balance between derby life and real life?
Derby has become part of my real life, and I’ve tried my best to integrate it into my regular life routines. Also, I’ve learned to love morning (and sometimes afternoon) coffee because I do a lot of late night practices and rink skating sessions now.

Groot1Any final thoughts?
Everyone has different skill levels. Instead of trying to compete with anyone else and potentially getting frustrated, focus instead on being better than you were yesterday, every day.  Progress against yourself constantly and success will come naturally.  If you do get frustrated while working on a particular skill in derby, remember you’re definitely ahead of the person who’s not trying to progress on that skill.  More generally, the only way to ensure failure at anything is to not try.

FCRD Travel Team

Posted: August 1, 2016 by dgdrecruiting in League Info
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Fountain City Roller Derby (FCRD) is a 7 year old league based in Kansas City, Missouri. You may have heard of the city for its famous fountains, delicious BBQ, or maybe even our World Series-winning Royals baseball team. What you probably didn’t know, is that there is a roller derby league who is about to defend their National title in November.

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FCRD started with barely enough women to field 2 teams. We wore t-shirts with iron on letters and no one quite knew what to do on the track. In the 7 years since that first game, our league has grown to over 100 skaters, expanding to co-ed teams, and leveling up our skill and game strategy. We have bounced around from a couple of different rulesets, starting with Old School Derby Association. We currently skate MADE – Modern Athletic Derby Endeavour. The MADE ruleset is hosting the 3rd annual national championship competition in Texas in November. FCRD women’s and coed teams are the ranking champions from 2015 and are currently in training for retaining the title and trophies for 2016.

Player Profile: Tilted Halo

Posted: September 22, 2015 by Veruc Assault in Skater Profiles
Photo Courtesy of Kate Raclin

Photo Courtesy of Kate Raclin

Derby Name / Number:
Tilted Halo / 811

Team
Shotgun Sheilas

How many years have you been playing roller derby?
This is my 3rd season of derby, my first season with FCRD

How and when did you get involved in Roller Derby?
I started to learn derby in the Fall of 2011 thanks to my good friend, Cold Gin!

What have you learned from roller derby?
Derby has taught me to face my fears, push my limits, be a good team player on and off the track, be confident, think smart, recover quickly, and have fun!

Photo Courtesy of Kate Raclin

Photo Courtesy of Kate Raclin

Favorite part of roller derby?
My favorite part of derby is scrimmage night! We get to play a lot of derby with a little less pressure than bout day!

How far have you come in roller derby?
When I first started derby, I had not roller skated in almost 20 years! I had only seen one bout, I didn’t know the rules, and I wasn’t real sure how the game was even played. Today I would say that I’m a decent skater, I know and understand the rules of the game, and I am understanding and getting better at executing the strategy of the game!

Do you have inspiring people you have met through roller derby?
I would say everybody I have met in derby has been inspiring at some level, but the most inspiring to me are my coaches and teammates!

Photo Courtesy of Kate Raclin

Photo Courtesy of Kate Raclin

Favorite skate gear
My favorite skate gear would be my jersey! I feel proud and accomplished every time I put it on.

Pre-derby sports/skating background
I always played soccer growing up, and I remember going to the roller rink every Friday night with my friends.

What positions do you enjoy playing?
I enjoy playing blocker the most because I believe I play that position the best. I will play whatever position my coach wants me to play, though.

How did you come up with your derby name?
My family and I made a list of derby names. Then we narrowed it down to 3 and took a vote. Tilted Halo won!

Day job?
A server at a local restaurant

12022969_10100508301043099_595107931_nHow do you balance between derby life and real life?
I work during the day and skate at night! Sometimes it’s exhausting, but it’s always worth it!

Any final thoughts?
Derby is for everybody!  It gives you the opportunity to see what you are capable of accomplishing!  It makes you want to be a better you! You don’t worry about who’s better or who’s not; you worry about bettering yourself! You strengthen yourself to be the strongest link you can be in the team chain. I am still learning something new at every practice, and that excites me! Everybody encourages everybody, and nobody looks down at you because of your skill level. Everybody plays the game when they hit the track. Then it’s hugs and high fives off the track! It’s a great and rewarding experience!!!

If you’d like to get started training with Fountain City Roller Derby, we are currently looking for our newest male and female skaters, refs, and volunteers. Please fill out the contact form to get all the information

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Photo courtesy of Kate Raclin

Derby Name / Number
Lili St. Slayer / 17

Team(s)
Deadly Sirens and Usual Suspects

How many years have you been playing roller derby?
This is my third season on a House team and first on a co-ed.

How and when did you get involved in Roller Derby?
I met these awesome dames (and some guys) handing out fliers at a car show, and it seemed wreckless and athletic.  I reeeaaaally needed a hobby, so I threw caution to the wind and here we are 😉

CCREHow has roller derby changed your life?
It has encouraged me to try things and accomplish things I might not have done otherwise. Essentially, it gave me balls. And I have extra wonderful people in my life that I didn’t have before. Also my butt looks fantastic…

What have you learned from roller derby?
How to skate!

Favorite part of roller derby?
All of it: The friends you make. The people you skate for. The tough-as-nails attitudes next to the sweethearts. The nasty bruises and scrapes and blisters. The sweaty workout. Jeff McKee. The camaraderie. The strategies and the competition. I don’t so much care for the penalty box…

WorkmatesHow can and have you helped other people through derby?
Well, it’s my fault Mimi and Freddie are playing now, so you’re welcome.

How far have you come in roller derby?
I’m still a work in progress, so we’ll see. I’ve come further than freshman year. My first two years I missed a lot due to illness and injury, so I’m playing catch up.

Do you have inspiring people you have met through roller derby?
Everybody inspires me, I try to mimic pretty much everyone. That’s probably why I’m so spastic 😉

Pre-derby sports/skating background
soccer, track, swimming, boxing

What positions do you enjoy playing?
Pivot, outside blocker

RuggedManiacDo you do any cross training for roller derby? If so, what do you do?
Oh, I do all sorts of things. I like to do those obstacle races, so I ‘train’ for those by running and doing whatever workouts they suggest. I just pulled my bike out of the basement and ride it whenever I get the chance. I’ll do any workout with anyone. I was on a P90x kick with a buddy when he was prepping for his wedding, and I did pilates for a stint with Pippi. I’m trying to either get back into Krav Maga or start Muay Thai. I might even start running stairs with Yoshi if I can keep up 😉

jobHow did you come up with your derby name?
I really wanted Betty Rage, but it wouldn’t work. I’m really into pin ups, so I talked to my sister and we came up with a list of names that could be tweaked, and ta daaa!

Day job?
Forensic Autopsy Technician and Tissue Procurement Technician

How do you balance between derby life and real life?
Well, they overlap, so that works out. Also, I’ve given up sleeping…

Any final thoughts?
For so many reasons, this was one of the best last minute, do or die, just-go-in-there-and-give-it-a-shot-and-do-something-for-yourself-for-a-change decisions I’ve ever made. So if you’re on the fence, well, first get off of it because it can’t be comfortable. And second, at least give it a chance. It can’t hurt anything, I mean, besides your entire body, but you’ll feel good about yourself. And that’s the point.

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House Teams Highlight

Posted: September 12, 2015 by sissyfacecheck in League Info
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by Sissy Facecheck

As Fountain City Roller Derby prepares to roll into their 7th season, it’s clear they have room for skaters of all levels and backgrounds. From Zombie and Co-Ed teams to the increasingly more competitive house teams, FCRD is a national leader among other MADE leagues.

The four FCRD House Teams came to fruition at the start of season two and have grown up in front of their fans as the years have progressed. The Royal Pains, Shotgun Sheilas (originally the Fearleaders), Lovely Lethals, and Deadly Sirens are each unique forces cultivated by hard work, determination and a love of fun and competition. In addition to cultivating talent, each team has developed its own personality and style, which makes watching these ladies even more fun as they battle it out on the rink.  

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The Shotgun Sheilas have been a tough team to beat from the get-go.  Sheila skater Dir-T Diana credits their toughness with Coach Wyatt’s demand for discipline, often telling her skaters, “I need 110% out of you from whistle to whistle.” As Dir-T notes, “A lot is expected of the Sheilas from our coaches, and in return, they are each really good at giving back positive feedback. We are a very tight knit team, that really strives to work hard and play hard.” That work ethic has paid off for this persevering group of gals. You’ll find them giving that 110% not just to their team, but their league and league-mates as well.  
 

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The Lovely Lethals have a reputation as a fun-loving bunch, but don’t let that fool you. As veteran skater Lil Red Wrecking Hood has noted, “The Lethals have a pretty amazing dynamic of camaraderie, friendship, support, and hard work. We work and play hard as a team on and off the track.” Often the first to volunteer at bouts and recruitment events, these hard-hitting ladies stick together like glue, routinely have high attendance at practices and often come together in their off-time to run stairs or take part in other cross-training endeavors. Their cross-training has given them a leg up on the competition as their strength and endurance increases with each bout.

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The Royal Pains love to take competition to the next level. These ladies are known for their fast jammers and strong positional blocking. Although Mel Breakdown argues that, “it would be naive to say the Pains are particularly unique as a team,” she loves the fact that “we work hard, have fun, and treat each other as family…. I love how, despite the fact that we’ve all met within the last few years, we’re like old best friends.” Their strong bond and fierce personalities on and off the track have given them an edge over the years and they refuse to back down to any opponent.  

 

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The Deadly Sirens have spent the last year rebuilding a strong team after losing several players to retirement. That said, the upcoming season is looking particularly bright for them. Players, coaches and captains routinely brainstorm new ways to bring alternative strategies to the game. As veteran Siren and co-captain Ally Cap-One notes, “Our ‘think tank’ approach is why other teams adopt strategies and concepts we come up with and introduce, even though we aren’t the winningest team.” As the Sirens continue to rebuild for Season 7, you’ll also find several players and coaches out on the floor, training new skaters in innovative ways.

As the seasons have progressed, so have veteran skaters and our training model. At the end of season 6, skating for a house team means having a good grasp on not only basic skills but on strategy as well. Hitting people is good but hitting the right person at the right time is even better. Track awareness has become a much sought-after skill that often only comes with patience and practice. As the FCRD training committee continues to grow and improve the recruitment program, skaters come out at a higher skill level than ever before. Improvements in recruitment and player retention have increased the competition among the four FCRD house teams. Ally Cap-One sums up the connection between training and competition: “Every single year vets improve their skills, newbies have increasingly better training, and the Zombie League allows a place to develop skills and experience as well. All of this adds up to House teams being able to continually build year after year, instead of having to start over or take steps backwards at the start of each season; making things not only more competitive but exciting and engaging for both players and (hopefully) fans.” Exciting, it is!  FCRD veterans can’t wait to impart their knowledge of skills and the game to incoming skaters in hopes of continuing to build stronger teams for the foreseeable future.

For one last chance to see the Season 6 House teams in action, come to Rink Ratz in Blue Springs on Sunday, September 13th! More information on Facebook!

 


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Nikki Nikrosis / #6ft (down arrow)

Team(s)
Royal Pains and Public Enemies

How many years have you been playing roller derby?
5 years

How and when did you get involved in roller derby?
This is really cheesy, but….I saw the movie “Whip It” with some friends. We found out there was roller derby in Kansas City, went to a game, and I’ve been in love ever since. I decided to become involved with Dead Girl Derby 6 years ago, volunteered as a penalty mistress, and then went thru recruitment as a skater in 2011.

How has roller derby changed your life?
I’m a lot busier but in a good way. My social life will never be the same. I’m stronger (physically and mentally) and more confident than I was four years ago. I also have a second family of 100+ people that will have my back whenever, wherever.

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Julian

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Julian

Favorite part of roller derby?
So many favorite things!! I’ll narrow it down to three 1) That I’m constantly being challenged and learning new things, 2) I love being part of a team, and 3) The adrenaline rush during/after scrimmages and bouts.

How can and have you helped other people through derby?
I’m excited to be a part of recruitment this Fall! I love interacting with the new skaters and sharing what knowledge I have. Another favorite thing about derby is seeing the progress new skaters make in such a short time. It’s so amazing and fun!!!

Photo Courtesy ofPhil Peterson

Photo Courtesy ofPhil Peterson

How far have you come in roller derby?
Leaps and bounds…and I need to remind myself of that sometimes. It probably took me an entire season just to figure out what I was supposed to do on the track. Now, I love figuring out new strategies with my teams.

Favorite skate gear
My helmet because it protects my brain, and it’s fun to see how everyone personalizes their own.

Pre-derby sports/skating background
I’ve always enjoyed playing sports but have never been that great at any of them. I was on the swim team in high school until the coach kicked me off my Junior year. I’m still a little bitter. Maybe he’d like to try co-ed derby…hehehe.

What positions do you enjoy playing?
I’ve been sort of groomed as a pivot/jammer, but I’ve really been enjoying blocking lately. So, I guess all three!

Do you do any cross training for roller derby?  If so, what do you do?
I try to get to the gym 2 or 3 times a week to work on my cardio. I also do some weight lifting. I don’t do it as often, but I enjoy outdoor skating when I can. That really helps with endurance!

imageBest roller derby moments on the track
I had so much fun skating co-ed last year for the first time. My boyfriend was on the opposing team which made for some funny moments on the track.

How did you come up with your derby name?
I’m a wound care nurse, and I deal with a lot of necrotic (dead) tissue. All my medical peeps love my name!

Day job?
see above 😉

imageHow do you balance between derby life and real life?
I’ve done a much better job with this lately. In the beginning, I tried to do EVERYTHING. That’s just not possible for me if I want to keep my sanity. Also, being exhausted all the time leaves you more prone to injury. So this season I’ve tried to listen to my body more and take short breaks from derby when I need to. Balance is important!

FCRD Co-ed Roller Derby

Posted: August 29, 2015 by gingerninja357 in League Info
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by Ginger Ninja

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FCRD brought co-ed roller derby to Kansas City in its 5th season by forming two co-ed teams: The Public Enemies and The Untouchables. Season 6’s recruitment brought in more men and more interest from the women of FCRD, so a third co-ed team, The Usual Suspects, was formed.  In season 7, a fourth team – the Original Outlaws – came into play from the Blacksnake Roller Girls of St. Joseph, Missouri.

Co-ed roller derby can seem intimidating at first. For some women, the thought of going up against men twice their size can be unnerving.  Cuppa Crazy, who has been a Public Enemy since the first co-ed season, faced a common mental challenge at first, saying, “It was hard to get used to the idea of being hit by the guys. It doesn’t really bother me anymore and I enjoy playing derby with them.”

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The men face challenges in co-ed as well. Hellbilly Delux has also been a Public Enemy since the first co-ed season and played for the Cowtown Butchers (MRDA) in the past. Hellbilly says his biggest challenge has been “that girls play differently than guys. They use different parts of their bodies and hit you differently. In turn, you have to hit them differently, especially me being tall going against a much shorter opponent.” He has had to adjust his normal playing style to accommodate this difference saying, “you just have to be in more control. You don’t go for big hits; you have to bump and control them.”

Many female skaters, including Texas Outlaw of The Usual Suspects, find there is a different atmosphere in co-ed derby, one that pushes skaters out of their comfort zones. She says, “It’s definitely different than women’s [derby],and you kind of let it seep into your skating a bit. I find that I’m more aggressive skating with my co-ed team than with house.” Cuppa Crazy enjoys co-ed derby because she gets the chance to play with her husband Bruise Payne, who is also a Public Enemy. No matter your reason for considering co-ed roller derby, you are guaranteed to find many challenges and opportunities to grow as a person and a skater.

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Some words of advice from experienced co-ed skaters:

“Don’t be afraid! Just try it, even if it’s just a little scrimmage. I promise you’ll get hooked.” -Texas Outlaw

“For girls, yeah, it might seem scary that you’re going against guys. That’s understandable, but don’t be. Guys, don’t think you have an advantage just because you’re bigger. You will still get knocked down by a 5’2″ skater. Co-ed is a lot of fun; come try it.” -Yoshi Denali of The Untouchables

“Don’t be afraid, it is very competitive, and a whole lot of fun.” -Hellbilly Delux

“Don’t be afraid to try it. It seems intimidating at first, but it really is fun. I find that I am more relaxed during co-ed games than I am on the women’s teams and not as concerned about winning or losing, just playing fun derby.” -Cuppa Crazy

You can see co-ed roller derby in action Saturday, August 27th at B&D Skate Center!  Don’t forget to stop by our recruitment table to learn more about joining FCRD for Season 8!