Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Yes, A Book!

After a day's consideration, I have decided to write this book!  I started last night and I've got over 3,000 words done already, and thirteen chapters outlined.  I have some people who want to contribute to the book and I'll also have a questionnaire I'll be sending out for fun and exciting answers.  There will also be pictures!

Monday, July 29, 2013

a book?

Lately I've been toying with the idea of writing a book about being a roller derby referee.  There are a lot of books out there about roller derby, but none that I've found that have been written about refs or by refs.  I figure this should change, and since I've recently been publishing my own books (see here and here) I'm more inclined to want to do this project as well.  It's getting the proper hook to entice people who aren't just refs or NSO to want to read the thing.  I don't think I'll include too much history of roller derby though, as you can find that in a plethora of other books on the market.

That and my whole 3.5 years of reffing experience, right?  The book "Down and Derby" is the only one I have in my library,and it's really quite good.  It's also pretty current, with being about three years old.  order it from Amazon, you'll enjoy it. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

I don't get it...

It's time for a rant.

I've been reffing now for over three years.  I think I do a decent job and I know I know the rules better than 90% of the players.  Having said that, I do make mistakes.  The posts here are full of those examples, as I'm not too full of myself to think they never happen.  I don't mind the players pointing out a missed call or two after the practice or bout is over.  At this point in my career, I've never been involved in a bout that came down to a bad call from any ref.    No ref ever wants that on their head.  I'm really grateful to be able to work with the talented refs I know.

And other refs and players will point them out when it does, so why hide it?  I don't mind, it makes me a better ref.  Improvement is always a goal, right?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

San Diego's First Tournament

SDRD is hosting a six team tournament over the Labor Day weekend this year. It's called The Labor Pain Invitational.

I've been involved in two other tourneys, but they were both one day affairs.  They were fun and went quite smoothly, I thought.

This one, however, will be different, since it's over three days.  I think it should be fun.  Oh, and I'm the head ref in charge of it.  Yeah, that's a little scarier to think about.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

New Rules (for the 2014 World Cup)

they added what now?
Earlier this week Blood and Thunder released new rules for the 2014 World Cup of Roller Derby.  Here's hoping they help contain the complete blowouts that usually happen.

It got updated a bit yesterday, read the whole thing here.  I think the changes aren't bad, overall.  Thirty second penalties are probably a good idea, and clearing the jammers from the box is a better idea overall.  Everyone will still foul out at their seventh penalty.  Some people are concerned about them accruing faster, but some people said that about minors being done away with, and that doesn't really seem to have impacted the bouts much at all.  (I was one of those people that voiced that concern!)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Red, White and Bruised Scrimmage 7-14-13

Sunday SDRD hosted a black and white scrimmage.  It was part fundraiser and part training (well, a ref or two) but mostly just for fun.  There were two lines, one for the rookies to intermediate and the second line was for advanced and co-ed.  It was a lot of fun.  The rookies always play with such passion, even if they don't always quite know what they are doing (i.e. not helping their jammer in a split pack ituation).  You'd think they would require more reffing skills than the pros, but it's really just a different set of penalties to watch out for.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Hidden City Double Header 7-13-13

Or How I Need to Learn to Skate Backwards While I Front Pack Ref...

As a rule, I don't skate backwards.  I can, I just choose not to.  I had a rather severe ankle sprain about two years ago doing a transition and am a little gun shy about doing that to myself again.  Ankle injuries are common in derby and I'm thankful I didn't break it.  So I tend to not even doing the drills.  Not a good example, I know, but my ankle twitches every time the coach says the word "transition".

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Boulder County Bombers vs Ovarian Cancer

I've written about the Boulder County Bombers before, but here's a nice little story about them skating for a charity.  It's good publicity for a derby league and a great thing to do.  Many leagues have a charity they donate to each bout and I heartily approve of each one.  As my mom is also a survivor, I'm glad to see the skaters in my home town doing this as well.  I'm looking forward to visiting them in the future, to both ref them and say thanks for this in person.

Monday, July 8, 2013

SFV Roller Derby shirt!

Just got this in the mail today- how cool is it?  I don't know if it glows in the dark or not, but SFV has some awesome shirts and logos.  I've reffed one SFV bout in the past, which was a lot of fun, plus the 7X7 tournament last December.  A great group of people up in North Hollywood.

Sometimes you just have to post cool images from derby, and this is one of them.  This is the coolest derby shirt I own.  So what if it's the ONLY derby shirt I own?  Thanks to Roswell Crash for sending it to me!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Iron Man should ref!

Happy Fourth of July, everyone, or Independence Day, or whatever you'd like to celebrate today!  Here in the good ol' USA there's not much derby going on today, so I'm feeling a little silly today, and this is the sort of post that happens at times like these.

I know this isn't the most serious blog, but today's will nudge it almost into the ridiculous- imagine, a superhero wearing roller skates!  Well, Iron Man has had them since he debuted almost.  He used them a LOT as well.  naturally, there was a reason to have them- they recharged his batteries.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Hidden City's Double Header 6-29-13

Saturday I reffed a double header for Hidden City.  two full bouts, even!  I was a jam ref for the first bout, the Bruisers vs Dirty City which was a good challenge for me.  it's not a position I'm completely comfortable with, but according to one source I did "better".  she didn't elaborate, but I'll take it.  she was an excellent score keeper, so I trust her judgement.