Monthly Archives: May 2013

So you’re going to a derby convention — 8 tips on how to get the most of it

I wrote a while ago abut the Northeast Derby Convention.  Now a bunch of my old leaguemates and fellow New Englanders are going. Here are some tips on how to get the most from it: 1. Make goals Write them … Continue reading

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Coming to the blog: Tiny roller skaters. Get your questions in

My teammate is the mother to two tiny roller skaters. One is a 3-year-old competitive figure skater, the other is a 7-year-old roller derby player. I plan to talk to both of these athletes soon, but thought I’d ask you … Continue reading

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7 ways to forgive yourself (for the stupid shit you do) in roller derby

One exciting thing I haven’t mentioned is that I got pulled up to the travel team. It’s a huge honor. With this change comes entirely new challenges. Oh, wait: No it doesn’t. It brings back the exact same challenges. As … Continue reading

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Team USA, meet your Grim D Mise

A new occasional series You haven’t seen Grim D Mise at nationals. You might not have seen her ever — but the people who have seen her skate remember her. Grim is a jammer for Maine Roller Derby. She’s speedy … Continue reading

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QUIZ: Should you be a roller derby referee?

I made this for the fabulous and pretty Stegoscorus and the other pretty refs here, but it sort of took off on Facebook, so I’m sharing here too. Our refs needed promo material — so the smartass I am — … Continue reading

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Real names in roller derby: A case study

Enough of you have searched “women’s pro roller derby real names” to get to my blog, that — the thinker that I am — I figure you want to know about derby skater using their real names. Interestingly enough, my … Continue reading

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5 reasons you should outdoor skate this summer

The prospect of outdoor skating can be scary, but you should do it anyway. Here’s why: 1. It will make you better at roller derby. Skating outside is the only reason I have a solid “c cut” (quick cut to … Continue reading

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