Friday, February 28, 2014

It's a Long Way to the Top (if You Want to Rock and Roll)

By NSO Ninja

There's a lot of work behind being a HR and HNSO. Most people are NOT given this position lightly. Most people do not (get to) volunteer for this job. This job is GIVEN to them as an honor. Senor refs and NSOs who have held the position before you and deem you ready to perform those positions competently are the ones who will hunt you down and ask you to hold this position. Not everyone wants these positions. HRs often have 6+ weeks of prep prior to ONE bout, and HNSO 5+ weeks. We each spend HOURS of our free time fulfilling the requirements of those jobs. We do a LOT behind the scenes. What's required? You MUST know ALL of the rules and be able to interpret them correctly. As HR, you MUST know how to do EVERY position, skating positions and non-skating positions. You MUST be able to train others to do each position. This is a position for people who are personable and have interests in others. The time it takes to be a COMPETENT Head Ref or Head NSO is really a lot more than some new people may realize. Lots of skaters do not realize this, as well. It really is the most thankless job out there. But also the most important. Safety is always our number #1 priority, followed by having as LITTLE impact on the game as possible. We are there to call the rules, not to get upset with others. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pink Shirt Day 2-26

Tomorrow is Pink Shirt Day.  It's a day to be aware of bullying of all kinds, and since I write this roller derby blog, I'm going to discuss some of my experiences with bullying.  You can find out more about the Pink Shirt stuff here, which is where I learned about it.  It's definitely a worth cause, that's for sure.  Fits right in with with the idea for a National Ref/NSO day as well.

Actually, I'm really fortunate.  None of the leagues I've been closely associated with have ever had this problem.  Sure, there have been annoying fans who always know more than the coaches and see more than the refs, but they've never been as hostile as some of what other refs have had to put up with.  When I'm reffing a bout I tend to tune out all the communication that's not ref oriented.  I rarely hear the crowd or the players.  Now this isn't to say I haven't been yelled at or anything.  Lord knows I've sent my share of players to the box for insubordination before.  Pretty sure most of them deserved it.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

"I was humiligrated!"

the picture really has nothing to do with the post
So during scrimmage today I was jam reffing.  I don't think I'm the best jam ref in the world, really, but I'm decent.  I've also enough experience to know that refs are only human and make mistakes like anyone else.  Sometimes we luck out and there are no consequences with ours, but sometimes...

(Ya see where this is going, don'tcha?  They say confession is good for the soul.  I'm putting that to the test here.)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Annifest Destiny profile

Real Name: 
Anne Canter

What is the origin of your derby name and number? 

Annifest Destiny. I like derby names that incorporate a player's real name, so I knew that I wanted my name in there somewhere. I'm also a really big nerd, so I thought a play on the term manifest destiny would be funny (because the United States swept across North America like I'm going to sweep across the track...) I don't think most people like or get my name. It's fine. I get it. My number is 88 for three reasons: 1. 99 was taken when I passed skills, 2. I was born in '88, 3. I really enjoy the scene in Kill Bill with the Crazy 88s.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Exene Cerveza profile

Real Name: 
Andrea Chapman

What is the origin of your derby name and number? 
Exene Cerveza 77. I was named by a fellow Official because he figured out that I was a pretty big fan of the band X. Exene Cervenka is one of the lead singers of the band X and she used to sing at The Doll Factory occasionally, where I was an official. I like the band, I like beer, I guess it just worked. When I was with a banked track league my number was actually a letter "X" in flat track it's 77, the year that X was formed.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Justin Bibe profile

Real Name: 
Dan Cote

What is the origin of your derby name and number? 
I am a adult beverage salesman by day, so I want everyone to Just Imbibe. My number comes from Douglas Adams’ Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.

What did you do athletically before you got into derby?
I was a competitive runner in High School and Collage, studied Aikido, and raced sailboats

How did you get into derby?
EstroJen asked if I could use a stopwatch and blow a whistle while I was watching my wife practice at Long Beach Roller Derby

How long have you been playing? 
I’m into the 5th season

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Rollin' Ninjaz promo video

Just a little something I put together for the Ninjaz. The name appeals to me my inner martial artist as well, so I picked some pictures (think I got everyone credited) and a fun song and here it is. Oddly enough I've amassed several Ninja bios in the past, so it certainly does appear like I have a favorite team.  No one should worry though, because...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Siri L Kilher profile

Real Name: 
Siri L Jellen. Uh...well, that's what I've gone by for 26 years, it's not currently my "legal" (last) name right now...

What is the origin of your derby name and number?
419 - those are my favorite numbers (4 & 19), AND my birthday. They're also as close to "lucky" numbers as I have. If you know me well, I'm EXTREMELY unlucky.  My derby name (Siri L Kilher)- well, I wanted to use my legal name a bit, because it's cool and different, and I have enough people screwing it up, that I went for it.  ...and my brother called me a "serial killer" once when I was four. It was very upsetting to me. I knew it was bad, because he called me it to taunt me, but I couldn't understand why I was given Cheerio's if I wasn't supposed to eat them, (I obviously thought he called me a "cereal killer".)  I wanted to keep my name looking as normal as possible, like a real name, so people wouldn't get it until they read it.  Plus, I'm the "charming" girl-next-door. No one would suspect me...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Rollin' Ninjaz vs Rebel Rollers

Here is an exciting clip of KGB and Hard Candy jamming against each other in SDRD's first home bout of the season. There are several more clips on SDRD's youtube site, so just click on the link and you'll find them.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Ace Spade profile

Real Name: 
it's a secret!!

What is the origin of your derby name and number? 

Ace Spade 18-  I'm a gambler & strategist... was trying to think of something that was easy to say, and encompassed my other passion.  I have a spade tat on my wrist- so it was fitting :)

What did you do athletically before you got into derby?

I was a dancer and a gymnast

How did you get into derby?  
By accident--- if I told you I'd have to kill ya ;)

How long have you been playing? 
Since April 2010

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Honey Boom Boom profile

Real Name: 
Catherine Weekly (Cat Weekly, CW, kitten,  kitty cat,  Cub)

What is the origin of your derby name and number? 
Honey Boom Boom allows me to tap into my fun hillbilly roots. Michael Gonzalez must get a  mention for my name, Thank you!

My Derby number is my grandmother's (aka Gma's) birthday.  She is my biggest fan so if you'd like to get involved with the honey boom boom fan club take it up with her