I am single so take what I say with a grain of salt. I don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about with relationships. But I know a thing or 2 about roller derby. Been playing with the LA derby dolls for about a year and a half now.
Banked track roller derby league in LA 5 teams, a bout every 3-4 weeks during our season. Almost 2k ppl each bout Live bands, vendors DIY all volunteer PR, website, amazing production team
Mickispeedia on the Varsity Brawlers Primarily a jammer but I play as a blocker as well, usually pivot (that’s the person who leads the pack, tells the blockers what to do) I’ve also been on the B team all star for banked track and flat track So let me tell you how to play roller derby
Each team has 4 blockers and one jammer on the track. The jammer is the one with the star helmet. She’s the only one who can score points. Blockers go first Then jammers
Jammers have to catch up to the pack and make their way thru. The yellow blockers are trying to help the jammer through while blocking the pink jammer Jammers go through the pack the first time and the first one out is the lead jammer. They go around again and on the 2 nd pass, they can score points.
Here they are on the second pass One point for each opposing blocker you pass. Here the pink jammer has passed all 4 yellow blockers so she has earned 4 points. The yellow blocker is about to catch up to the pack and score points as well Since the pink jammer is in the lead, she is the lead jammer.
This means she can call off the jam by putting her hands on her hips. She needs to pay attention to the yellow jammer to make sure she calls off the jam before the yellow jammer earns any points.
Roller derby is a full contact sport Contrary to popular belief, you can’t use your hands, arms or elbows. And if you ask me if roller derby is fake, those rules are off the table and I can hit y0u with whatever I want. So let’s talk about how roller derby is like love. I’m gonna go through a list of 10 items.
You just gotta dive in. When I first started roller derby, it was pretty intimidating. Krissy Krash is 6’1” off skates. Turns out everyone was really nice and supportive. Our trainers are all skaters in the league. It’s the most supportive community. To fall in love, you gotta be willing to take a risk.
Roller derby is a very mental sport. It’s one of the only sports where you’re playing offense and defense at the same time. You gotta have a plan before you get on the track. Of course, once you get up there, everyting changes so you have to be able to go with the flow. But you need to have a goal, a sense of where you’re heading overall and make sure your team is on the same path.
Sure we wear cute outfits (we call them boutfits) and we get our makeup done professionally But it’s not always pretty. Have to be willing to show your ugly side in order to get the job done
There’s always a risk that you’ll get hurt. If you’re gonna play roller derby, if you’re gonna fall in love, you gotta be willing to take the risk. You have to be willing to deal with pain on occasion. Sometimes Eirie Vengence will hit you over and over and over again until you end up on the infield taking oxygen. I’m glad she’s on my team.
The jammer can’t score alone. Every player needs to be in tune with the others. Once you skate with a team for a while, you get this unspoken language. You can read each other without speaking React before anyone tells you. Gotta work together.
Important not to drag your feet. Can’t stagnate. You’ve got to keep moving forward to get anywhere. Can’t make it through obstacles if you don’t pick your feet up.
Everything isn’t always going to go your way. Need to remember the reason you’re together, doing what you’re doing is because it’s fun! Laugh at each other and especially yourselves
You gotta know when to call off the jam. Sometimes it just isn’t gonna work out. You’re not going to be able to score as many points as you might like because guess what? That other jammer is right on your tail. Sometimes you gotta save face and just call it off.
Most importantly, it takes a lot of work. A successful game isn’t just going to fall into your lap. We practice 4-5 times a week for 2 hours each practice, sometimes 3. Success in roller derby and in love takes practice practice practice. So you can see there are a lot of things you can learn about love from roller derby. Which is good since it’s part of the reason why I’m now single.
But still we keep trying. We keep playing. We keep practicing. Because you win some, you lose some. But the important thing is you win some.
Micki Krimmel on roller derby lessons for Ignite Bay Area
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