Saturday, November 30, 2013

Battle of the Bulge 2013

So my first bout with the Bombers is over.  It was a mashup type of deal, with skaters from all over the area showing up, and many different skill levels.  It was the Cranberry Crushers vs the Emerald Elves (red vs green) and it was a lot of fun.

This was the first bout in a long time where I was not actively involved in any of the planning- I didn't have to find people to staff it or anything.  I never minded doing that, I signed up for it.  But I gotta say it's pretty nice having a full ref crew ready to go.

Friday, November 29, 2013

first bout jitters

So tomorrow is my first bout with the Boulder County Bombers.  I'm a little nervous, which is an unusual feeling for me, as I was never really nervous at all reffing for the last four years.  I think it has to do with the fact I've been off skates more these last two months than I have for the last four years AND that I'm new to the team.  I don't feel quite comfortable there yet, mostly because I don't really know anyone. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ref Training

Every other Friday the Bomb Squad has a Ref Training practice from 6:30 to 8:30.  It's for their refs and NSO to come and learn and work out (well, the refs do,anyway) and ask questions about situations.

It was pretty fun.  Conner, the Head Ref started us with 100 laps around the track.  These took the form of different sets, the first being 25 in five minutes.  I was very happy to be able to get my 25 done in 4:43, and I wasn't even going all out.  The last time I tried it was 25 in five minutes even.  And I almost died.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Penalty Box synonyms

I'm looking for the other various terms used for the penalty box.  All I can remember right now is "sin bin" but I'm sure I've heard more than that, right?  As soon as I started trying to think of those other names I drew a complete blank.  So I'm asking for a little help here, as I'd like to include them in the book.  Did I mention it's funny?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

oh yes, a book is still being written

(I really need some new pictures for this blog, preferably of me...)

Here's a quick update on the book:  I am nearly done with it.  The move back to Colorado has slowed me down, but the planned finish date is by the end of the year, with it being available January 2014.  I think that's quite doable now, even if I am still adding bits and pieces to the various chapters and still have to add all the great pictures I've been saving to use in this tome.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

the Science of Penalties

I've been to two scrimmages now and I will be writing about it soon enough, but this time I'll do a little something for fun, which can be applied to other leagues as well.  It's a fun little chart based on the Elemental Periodic Table but done for refs and roller derby.  pretty cool, huh?  It's really quite easy to read and understand, which is one of the best things about it. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


I know, there's been a lot about the new league I'll be reffing for in this blog, and this particular post will be no different, aside from a small look at the actual "Bomb Shelter" where the magic happens.  I went to practice tonight again, and just kind of reffed slightly for a few of the drills.  It was fun.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

First two days at BCB

So Monday evening I went to my first practice.  It was what they called Phase 1, which is for rookies.  It was fun to go to, get back on my skates.  The people there were really nice and friendly and I did meet the head ref Conner.  We talked about all the stuff he expects of his refs.  Some of those include skills I'm going to actually have to practice (damn that skating backwards) again.  I've kind of been spoiled by being in charge at SDRD.  I just made the rosters and showed up when they said the bouts were supposed to be played.

Monday, November 4, 2013


... pation.  Tonight is my first practice with the Boulder County Bombers.  I'm really looking forward to going, 6:30 can't get here soon enough.  Of course, not skating for three weeks now might also have a little to do with this feeling, but I think it's mostly the excitement of meeting new people and actually not having to be taught how to ref this time.