I'm pretty sure that is Minion Dave. It's unusual to see him without the rocket launcher, but this works well enough for me. Who doesn't think that a bout with two teams of minions would be one of the most fun things to watch ever? It's not like Stuart doesn't already have ref experience.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
This weekend the BCB All-Stars traveled to Arizona to take part in the Dust Devil Tournament. They did really well, winning all three games. I sure hope I don't have to include a spoiler warning for that, since it's over now. I'm happy they did so well. I can say that since I wasn't reffing, right? Thanks to Tucson Roller Derby for making this bout available.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Last Sunday Mandamonium, Butters and I went down to Denver to help officiate the All Stars as they took on DRD's Bruising Altitude in an early scrimmage. The All- Stars are heading out to a tournament this week and wanted to get some more high level scrimmaging in before they left.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
So naturally there is confusion about the new gear check protocol, since it's just over a week old now. That I could have predicted was going to happen. I've now heard back from skaters on this new way of doing things, both pro and con. Most of them have been glad that the they, the players are now in charge of their own safety, but some of them miss us saying hi and making sure that all their gear is on correctly. I have to admit I miss the part about getting to know the skaters just a tiny bit before the bout starts. Or making them laugh, since it humanizes the refs a bit more.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Remember this here post? Well, here's some live footage of one of those bouts from just over two years ago. It's two jams from the second bout of the morning, the SDRD's Bandettes vs HCDG's Bullies (I think, I forget which name they had, sorry ladies). It was these two bouts that made me love 40 minute time periods. I know it's tradition to have full hour bouts, but those last 10-15 minutes of said bouts is usually when the skaters are tired and then injuries occur, I think 40 minute bouts would do much to alleviate that particular issue. I am definitely in the minority here, since no one else I've mentioned this to thinks it's any kind of good idea, until I tell them about the less injuries sort of things. Then sometimes they'll admit that it might not be a bad idea.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
What is the origin of your derby name and number?
When I was a player, my name was Sadie Godiva, which is a parody of Lady Godiva and a nickname for Sara blended together. When my original league, the Jackson Hole Juggernauts in Jackson Hole, Wyoming was forming, there were two Saras. I quickly chose the name Sadie Godiva to make it easier to distinguish between the two. I don't think many of my former teammates have ever actually called me by my real name. Then one day my aunt commented on a derby photo, Marquis de Sadie and I thought that was absolutely amazing for a name. When I switched to officiating, I wanted to distinguish my two different personas and I finally had a legitimate reason to use the moniker Marquis de Sadie. Of course, everyone still calls me Sadie for short.
Monday, March 16, 2015
On this past Sunday BCB hosted the Pikes Peak Derby Dames for a double header- the A teams and the B teams both played a full bout. It was a lot of fun. I OPR'd the whole time, which was a lot of good exercise keeping up with the pack, especially on the occasions they did sprint. We also tried out a new rotation of staying with the pack, unless it got away and then the back ref would turn around and catch up with the front of the pack. This didn't actually happen, but it does have a lot more eyes on the outside lane than the previous rotations.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
As of yesterday, per WFTDA, referees will no longer have to perform gear checks on the players. It's now on the skaters and coaches to make sure everything is in it's place before the bout begins. "WFTDA has replaced the Official Pre-Bout Protocol document with the WFTDA Pre-Game Equipment Protocol" which is pretty standard for all bouts. It doesn't mean refs can't do gear checks any more, as some leagues may still want that done, but it's not necessary for WFTDA bouts.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
BCB's A team asked the refs to show up to their practices to help them with various penalties. I was perplexed because I thought they knew how to cause their own penalties just fine! Yes, I do crack myself up with my own jokes. Someone has to, right? Be that as it may, last night three of us braved the now much warmer weather (a whole 50 degrees) and went to the Y to help out the players with their penalties. It's warm in there and I'm happy to skate and get some exercise as well as help out the skaters.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
So yesterday a few members of the BCB Bombsquad got their headshots taken for the website. This was a lot of fun. I have been around photographers, even dated one, two, no three of them, so I was slightly aware of what was going on and what was needed. Still, it was more than my scant knowledge could ever have accomplished, so thanks go out to AquiriCrush and Duchess for doing all the hard work. We just had to stand there are look good. And even if I didn't look good, it could be fixed in post. Not that I was really worried, but one never knows what the camera will do. So here are a couple pictures chronicling the shoot. I was trying to figure out how to get myself in there, but alas, not even I am that talented. So you get pictures of Burt Zerker and Mandamonium as well as Crush and Duchess.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Last night's scrimmage was at a new place here in Longmont, the local YMCA. I'm going to apologize in advance because I know that stupid song will now be running through people's heads. OK, that's out of the way. So this was the first time BCB had a scrimmage here. The "track" had to be laid, which was just the tape being put down. No rope crutch for the players tonight! So the refs decided who was doing what while the track was being set up, as well as the penalty box. That's CatastroPhoebe helping out in her own inimitable way there.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
There are a lot of reasons people play roller derby- it's competitive, it's active, it's great exercise, it's a team sport but most of all, it's fun. At least, it's supposed to be fun. For most of the time, it is. Sure, there's always tedious stuff to do to in order to have fun, like setting up or taking down a track, and all the administrative things that have to happen to make a league work. Then there's the occasional interpersonal squabbles and such. But this post isn't about those, it's about the fun. All the fun.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
The one question every player in roller derby is asked is "How did you get into it?" Even officials are asked this question. I've documented how I heard about roller derby here, but back in 2010 the answer was occasionally Whip It (2009), since it had just been released the year before. What's funny is I had never even heard of the movie at that time. The only movie I knew about was Kansas City Bomber, and it's not that good.