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Roller derby drills are hard … all of them … always

Oh hey. I’ve had a lot of big changes in my life, but thanks for the encouraging comments and emails asking me to blog more/again. I want to. I plan to. As a way to ease back in, here’s what … Continue reading

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Embrace winter, roller derby skater: You already know how to downhill ski

I want every roller derby skater to know this: You can ski. Down-a-mountain ski. I took a snowboarding lesson once. It was a miserable experience that left my face, bum and ego bruised. It was extraordinarily similar to climbing up … Continue reading

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Which state has the most roller derby?

Congratulations, Alaska. You rock. Your tiny, tiny population (less than a million people) sustains four WFTDA leagues. Recently I spent some quiet time with a spreadsheet, a glass of wine and some census data to figure out which states have … Continue reading

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How to bench coach: A clinic from Rose City Rollers’ Mike Chexx

This summer I helped coach Rose City’s Derby Daze — an intense weekend of skate clinics — and Rose’s travel team coaches, Rob Lobster and Mike Chexx led a lunchtime talk on coaching. What Mike Chexx said blew my mind. … Continue reading

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One year in, what’s coming to HardDash.com

I launched HardDash.com a year ago. To celebrate blog-a-versary, here are the five most-read entries of all time (some topping 20,000 views): Journalists miss the real ($50M) roller derby story. Every time. Distracted by the glitter, wheels, hitting and names … Continue reading

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Our changing bodies: How roller derby made me smaller, bigger, bigger and why that was hard

Roller derby has changed and changed and re-changed my body. I got skinny, I got bigger in some areas (welcome back, awkward teenage years), I got skinny and worried about myself, I got some nice abs for a minute, my … Continue reading

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Grim D Mise talks about not making the Team USA roster … this time

This is the last installment of the Grim D Mise series. I’ve followed the Maine Roller Derby player through her Team USA tryouts since May. A preliminary roster of candidates was published on the team’s Facebook page and Grim wasn’t … Continue reading

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