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Re: All things roller derby

Postby Clem Snide » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:58 am

FormicaLinoleum wrote:
It's kind of weird to me that you see porny subtext, as we most certainly are not trying to create any. Is it because we're not wearing standard sports uniforms? I don't see it at all, but maybe that's because I know all these people and know that that's the furthest thing from anyone's mind.


For instance, the team in my area have posters all over the place with a heavy contingent of cartoon cleavage and short skirts, and similar imagery crops up elsewhere, at least in my limited experience. Also their website says: "Hot pants, short skirts, tights and stripey socks are encouraged"

Not that I'm criticising this necessarily, just wondering why it is so, since I can't see the link between roller skates and sexiness (possibly due to failure to get lucky at the roller discos of my youth.)

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Re: All things roller derby

Postby FormicaLinoleum » Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:35 pm

Ah, I thought you meant in the video I posted.

There are some leagues who take the "sex sells" approach to trying to promote a sport that's new and largely unheard of. This was somewhat common in the very beginning of the revival (as slodki said, in the early 2000s) and is sometimes adopted by newer leagues, but is relatively uncommon among more established leagues.

However, hot pants, short skirts, and tights being encouraged for training isn't necessarily a 'sexiness' thing. Because we wear knee pads, it's impractical to wear any kind of trousers, including track pants or other things people might think to wear for other sports, so tights or leggings are pretty much standard for derby. Long skirts would be too restricting, so if you're going to wear a skirt over your tights/leggings, it should be short. Those who don't wear skirts usually wear skorts or shorts. Most people also wear knee socks to cover the lower parts of their legs. (Having any part of your legs bare means you're somewhat likely to get a burn if you fall.)
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Re: All things roller derby

Postby 8ball » Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:25 pm

I have post-traumatic coccyx area tissue pain from some falls over 8 months ago and can't sit for very long without it hurting. I'm currently waiting for physio on that although I have no idea what they're going to advise.

We're scrimmaging with Dolly Rockitt Rollers tonight. They're a bit more advanced than us so we will just have to see how it goes - El Viscious is on the case with lineups etc so it should be good!
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Re: All things roller derby

Postby FormicaLinoleum » Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:35 pm

Cool--good luck! I'm sure El will have some good ideas for you.

I'm very happy that my knee held up through the Tattoo Freeze tournament (with help from lots of ibuprofen), and we won all our games and the overall trophy!

This weekend I'm off to Berlin to rep LRG at the European Rollerderby Organsational Conference, and to eat lots of yummy vegan food!
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Re: All things roller derby

Postby Darcy » Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:22 pm

FormicaLinoleum... was I in a jacuzzi/pool with you on the Saturday night!?
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Re: All things roller derby

Postby FormicaLinoleum » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:13 pm

Haha! Probably so--I was in one! Who are you (what's your league and skate name)?
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Re: All things roller derby

Postby Darcy » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:41 pm

ARRG (Edinburgh)/Bruise Leigh. I wasn't skating though I was doing line-ups.
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Re: All things roller derby

Postby FormicaLinoleum » Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:40 pm

My league has a big-deal tournament coming up this weekend: http://www.londonrollergirls.com/anarchy-preview

I'm so excited about it! These will be the first WFTDA-sanctioned bouts outside of North America. I'm on the travel team squad of 20, but as each game has only 14 players, I don't know yet whether I'll be skating. We have been training really hard in preparation for this, and regardless of whether I get on the track, I've really enjoyed that.
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Re: All things roller derby

Postby FormicaLinoleum » Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:06 pm

Exciting times for our league and me! We have been ranked number 10 in our region (East Region) of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, which means we are going to the East Region Playoffs in September. And I'm on the roster for the tournament! We, and I, are training extra hard for this. Top three teams from the playoffs go to the Championships. Going in as #10 we have very little chance of emerging top 3, but playoff will be amazing anyway.

We also recently played the reigning champions, Rocky Mountain Rollergirls. We lost 229 - 49, but against such a tough team, we were quite pleased by that result. Here's video of the last three jams of the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7x36T8E ... e=youtu.be. I'm in the first jam on the video (#410).
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Re: All things roller derby

Postby soniczip » Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:23 pm

welldone and good luck with the playoffs! :D
i'm focusing on some kind of stuff
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Re: All things roller derby

Postby loveliberate » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:58 pm

My daughter gotten into doing junior derby here in Portland. I have been encouraging her to join VeganFitness and will be sure to point out this thread to her! :D
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Re: All things roller derby

Postby Heinrich » Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:23 pm

Congratz.
I hope the rest of Europe gets bigger in Derby, too. I love watching the Bombshells.

But get rid of the minor fouls. No one in the audience can follow them and they require so much attention referee wise. Rather focus on correct point giving. Because thats annoying when the referee points dont match what the audience saw.
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Re: All things roller derby

Postby FormicaLinoleum » Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:40 pm

It's definitely growing really quickly in Europe. It will just take a little while for all the leagues that are popping up to get to the point of having public bouts.

I'll be over in October to play the Bombshells. I'm looking forward to it--I love Berlin!

The minors thing is under discussion. There have recently been some games testing a no-minors ruleset. We'll see where that goes. http://wftda.com/news/wftda-no-minors-beta-testing
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Re: All things roller derby

Postby FormicaLinoleum » Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:17 pm

Our team did really well in the tournament. We went in seeded 10th, but won 3 out of 4 of our games (beat 7th, 6th, and 5th seeds and lost against the 2nd seed) and came out of the tournament #5. Considering it was very controversial among derby fans/nerds that we were even raked #10 and invited to the tournament, we are really pleased with the outcome.

I didn't get to play, though. I'm one of the weaker players on the team, so warmed the bench.

Here are writeups of our three wins.
http://derbynewsnetwork.com/2011/09/east_playoffs_10e_london_upsets_7e_carolina_160_67
http://derbynewsnetwork.com/2011/09/east_consolation_10e_london_drops_6e_boston_142_95
http://derbynewsnetwork.com/2011/09/east_5th_place_10e_london_holds_5e_montreal_137_135
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Re: All things roller derby

Postby loveliberate » Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:58 pm

I made it out for my first bouts yesterday: http://www.rosecityrollers.com/events/u ... le-header/ as it was also my daughters first bout. The Good: The derby itself was fun & it was great to see my daughter out there. Not so Good: Being surrounded by lots people in close quarters, sitting on uncomfortable bleachers & dealing with overzealous security staff...

Chances are I will go out again - anyone want to join me next time? :D
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