Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Litl Rampage: The Rampage Resurgence

for those that came in late... here's part two of Litl Rampage's return to roller derby.  she jammed and blocked for her return, and her first bout with the Bandettes.  she gets the green color today in honor of that!  the photographs come from David Costa Photography.  great stuff, check it out!

what did you do to prepare/warm up your ankle for your first bout back?
McSteamy massaged my ankle a couple of days before the bout and I did ankle rotations in the car on the way to Visalia.

how did your ankle feel?
My ankle felt normal. There was no pain or discomfort at all. Of course, my ankle brace helped a lot.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Litl Rampage: The Bandette Implementation part 1

for those that came in late... Litl Rampage broke her ankle before Christmas.  she's been rehabbing it now and has gotten back on her skates.  today will be her return to a bout for the first time!  she will also be a Bandette for the first time as well.
so, it's the day before your first bout after the accident- how do you feel?
I feel nervous and excited! This my first bout after my accident in December. My goals are to play my hardest, score a bunch of points, and win MVP Jammer (holla!!). Two out of three goals will be satisfactory to me :)

Friday, April 26, 2013

faux penalties... for no reason at all!

As a ref, I see a lot of strange things happen on the track.  sometimes things that look like they should be penalties, but aren't, and vice versa.  usually it's all happening very quickly as well.

then there are those humorous moments when you just have to laugh.  like when a seasoned vet does something that the greenest rookie wouldn't do, such as coming out of the penalty box in front of the pack.  I've seen that happen more than once.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Starlettes vs Sac City, April 16, 2011

yet another blast from the past.  I'm not sure who actually wrote this, but I put the pictures together and posted it.  this was one of the most intense bouts I've ever been involved in, and you could feel it in the air that evening.

On Saturday April 16th, Skateworld opened its doors to its beloved San Diego Roller Derby fans for the 3rd game of the 2011 season. This time around, the SDRD Starlettes had their eyes on Sac City Roller Girls; both teams had played against each other 3 weeks earlier in the 2nd Annual Dustbowl Invitational: How the West Was Won hosted by Derby Revolution of Bakersfield. You must have read about our loss against Sac City at the tournament which landed us in 4th place. So, if you know the Starlettes, you probably know that they were more than ready for sweet revenge. Would you like to know how this game ended? Keep reading!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Renegades, a long long time ago

I wrote this for the now defunct SDRD blog (though one could still read it if one wanted to) way back on May 8th of 2011.  I'll update this post a little bit as well.  I actually took all these pictures.

Last night I went down to National City with several compadres from SDRD to watch a "Renegade Roller Derby" bout. The promise of "no holds barred" bout was something to think about.  Skate San Diego has now relocated to El Cajon.  so far it's hosting roller hockey.  rumor has it that roller derby will be returning as well.

It certainly was something else.  As the program says, there are no penalties.  There are rules of some kind,  but what's the point?  Anyway,  there are three 15 minute periods, no timeout (except for injuries) and no refs.  The jams last one minute and can't be called off.  The jammer makes it through the pack and then she scores three points for every time she laps the other teams skaters. The place had a nice track for the bout and they certainly had a fair share of vocal fans.

Monday, April 22, 2013

whither now, roller derby?

while I was watching the DNN coverage of "Battle for the Coast" tournament I started wondering where roller derby was actually headed.  I've posed this question to some friends of mine and have gotten some interesting answers.  I have no idea where it's headed, nor even where I would like it to go.  I love the sport and want to be associated with it for as long as possible.  the shelf life of a ref is a bit longer than that of a player, I'd guess, what without all the contact.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

skills, now new and improved!

honestly, I had no idea WFTDA was issuing a new skills set. why?  I guess it's not really something that I needed to know, what with being a ref and all.  it doesn't excuse me for not knowing, I know.

having read through them, and read one blog about it (and will read Q's after I get done with this, as I don't want to have too many influences on my initial impressions) and talked to a few people about them, I think they will be fine, and actually help get better skaters onto the track and ready to play.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

pure Malice

so last night was an inter-league bout at the rink.  it was very... interesting to be involved in, for several reasons.  the theme was based on "Alice in Wonderland".  the two teams playing each other were the Mad Hatters and the Royal Flush Gang, no, the Royal Hearts.  there were some awesome costumes on display- surprisingly, the girls were able to skate in them.  sadly, my planned costume did not quite work out, due to a lack of makeup artist and safety pins.  but that can be remedied for the next time we do something like this.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

"you are going to ref!"

As I've mentioned in the past, there was while where I wasn't sure I ever wanted to be an on skates official.  I was happy being a jam timer and rolling around with the girls here and there.  it was easy and I got to skate and be in the middle of the rink.  there was no pressure and I could improve my skating skills slowly.  back then there was only one team, the Starlettes, and a B team was being discussed but wouldn't happen for a few more months.  my skating life was going along well.

it was fun!

Monday, April 8, 2013

what's in a name?

I read this article today, and I think she's mostly right, but...

there's a lot of talk about using nick names in roller derby.  some folks love them, some folks would rather use their real names.  one of the arguments is that the sport will never be taken seriously unless we are using our real names.  because no other sports of people using nick names, like "The Splendid Splinter" or "The Greatest" or "The Refrigerator".

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Flat track roller derby referee hand signals

this is from 2011, so there are a few differences with the new rule set, but overall, this is a very nice little video that will help any rookies and most referees in general with hand signals for bouts. they are missing the new "delay of game" signal and the fourth minor signal is now moot. the rest are all current. except maybe the misconduct one. that one has been changed.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

some of why I ref...

Look, I didn't ask for this.  I just innocently clicked "like" on the SDRD facebook page and a day later the notification for refs and other officials popped up.  I remember thinking it might be something fun to check out.  I had always enjoyed skating growing up, but was never that good at it.  no one ever mentioned that it could be a sport.  I also never paid that much attention to roller derby back then either, since it was just something to wait out when the monster movie was on next.  I saw a lot of the final minutes of shows.

so I went, became an NSO and started learning the rules.  it's odd to say, but derby in 2010 was a lot different than it is now.  my career as an NSO (non-skating official) was mostly of a jam timer for the first 7 bouts.  I wasn't even sure I wanted to be a referee, as it seemed like there were SO many rules to learn about penalties.  I wasn't sure I could ever learn all of them well enough to call a bout properly, much less ever be in charge of more than myself.  besides, being a jam timer meant I was out on the track anyway.