Freezing, Bouting & Recruiting, Oh My!

Special Olympics was our featured charity at the Season opener in February, just hours after the Polar Plunge took place. Not only do we avidly support this wonderful charity, many skaters took the cold jump into Jackson Pool themselves! Our 50/50 raffle, to benefit our local Olympians, totaled $133. Thank you to all who bought tickets and all who packed our awesome venue! As usual, the skating did not disappoint. We strongly believe we have the best evening of entertainment available in this city for the price! Presale is only $10 and just a couple of dollars more at the door. Kids 10 and under are FREE!

Sis Q Polar Plunge 2015

We don’t just support Special Olympics once a year, one of our veteran skaters plays with Special Olympics Unified Basketball of Jackson County. Paulie Wana Smackher has played 5 seasons with the Titans as a partner player.  Most of the members of the team have played for years.  They are a combo of sponsors and athletes, some of whom can dunk the basketball! Along with 3 roller derby practices a week, and teaching new skaters the ropes with the other fresh meat coaches, she dedicates a couple of evenings a week on the court and participates in a few  weekend tournaments a season. We think she is pretty amazing!

Paulie Wana Smackher

Paulie Wana Smackher

Speaking of fresh meat, we had a great recruitment night following the bout! We gained a few new skaters,  as well as 3 transfers. One played in Japan! We accept new skaters continuously through the year, so never wait for a recruitment night! Just connect with us on our Facebook page and let us know you’d like to drop in and visit a practice. That’s how my daughter and I began our journey with Sis-Q. These women are so welcoming and warm, they practically had us at hello. We look forward to meeting you and maybe teaching you all about roller derby…or even how to skate as well!Sis Q vs Star Stompers

The bout was a blast, if you were unable to attend…you missed out on a truly great night! The incredible skating and camaraderie between Sis-Q and a young Star Stompers made me smile for days!

This Saturday, come and see what you’ve been missing if you have never attended a bout at the Meat Locker! As the name suggests, it can be chilly inside when it’s cold outside, so dressing in layers is a great idea. We hope to see you as we take on Eugene’s Emerald City Roller Girls!

Going the Distance

Mccrusher mapAs a newer skater and with my fresh(ie) perspective, I’m constantly impressed by derby girls. I don’t ever expect to not feel that way about them. I want to share the lengths they will go for their derby.

Practice is hard work and getting there consistently can be tough if you live 5 minutes away. Add a long drive, both ways, to lives full of jobs, kids, random chaos, or emergencies and it becomes nearly impossible!

Those outside of Medford have one way trips that break down like this:

20-25 Minutes:

Gin Atomic, Eager Beaver, Zulu Mutha Smutha, Bacon Bits, Bubble Buster (2o minute bike ride)  I don’t know how she can even pedal after practice!

45 Minutes:

Carmen Unglued, Tiny Baby Beezus, Elysa (Freshmeat), Pinkie Pie, Killer Taco

60-90 Minutes:

AweSome Sauce, Richter

90-120 Minutes:

McCrusher

That’s just one way…three times a week or up to 5 on a bout week.

Derby inspires some pretty intense passion and commitment. McCrusher has a team that is 50 minutes South of her and there is even a team in her hometown, but life led her here. She says, I love this team…the Sis-Q Rollerz have my heart, they are my home.” I love them, too, for more reasons than I can count. Each of these women brings something really unique and wonderful to the team. As a clueless freshie, I have, at times, been overcome with a zeal (like a hyperactive cocker spaniel) that I am fairly certain in other circles may have gotten me punched in the throat. (Thanks, for not punching me in the throat!) It’s been so incredible and I am thankful I found derby. I only wish it had been sooner.

It’s pretty amazing, too, how many years so many of the Sis-Q Rollerz have been playing roller derby. There is real commitment and countless hours that have been invested into these roller girls’ careers. Speaking of invested, there is no pay. Our coach doesn’t even get paid. (Thank you, Coach Decimator!) Our officers put in a lot of extra hours as well as our experienced fresh meat coaches. Many of those who live nearer the Meat Locker, our very cool (cold) venue, clock many extra hours, as well, to help our league run smoothly.  So what’s the payoff? Just the short list: pure joy, good therapy, exercise, camaraderie, and occasionally some blood or a few tears.

Counting just 16 of our veterans, there are over 67 combined years of derby experience represented. I hope you will come and watch our season opener this Saturday and watch this incredible team in action and see just how entertaining all this devotion can be!

Derby poster practice NO border

Sis-Q VS Tsunami

January 17th vs. Tsunami Sirens in Crescent City, California

L-R, BACK: Coach Decimator, Lil’ Sass, Frau Blocher, Jump On Jen, Killer Taco, Gore Jus, Ice Breakher, Zulu Mutha Smutha, Awesome Sauce, Line Coach Mental Kace FRONT: Ima B., Bubble Buster, Hermine E. Grinder, BreakFist of Champions, McCrusher

We made the road trip through some beautiful country on Saturday to the first bout of the year. What a gorgeous drive! Next time I will provide air sickness bags for my co-pilots. For those who may be unaware, Del Norte county provided The Return of the Jedi movie the lovely Endor scenery.

As a new skater (and balance challenged), I am in awe every time I watch my team mates skate their game. In bouts, drills, or just dancing around the track. Their grace is beautiful to behold. The balance, agility, and skill that is required to do the things they do will never cease to amaze me.

It was a very physical night, with the final score being Tsunami over 300 and Sis-Q 100-something. It’s not about the score, as a spectator, it’s about the phenomenal skating on both sides. It was. PHENOMENAL. The jammers represented, especially our very own Bubble Buster, in her debut bout. She is a skater with beautiful footwork and will add another dimension to our jamming corps. The blockers made some impressive plays out there as well.

If you still have never been to a roller derby bout, seriously, get there. You won’t be sorry! These women may make it look effortless as they battle for control of the track.  These special women below are athletes, pure and simple.

The Traditional Post Bout Group Photo ❤

 

Happy New Year, Welcome to our New Blog

2014 Bout Action

All photos, unless otherwise stated, courtesy of Greg Badger, our team photographer.

Welcome to our brand new blog! I’m a recent addition to our incredible team. I have done a lot of blogging over the years and look forward to documenting the adventure of some pretty amazing people. We are excited to bring you up close and personal with roller derby in the beautiful Rogue Valley. We have some wonderful plans for this coming year and look forward to rolling out a lot of fun and contributions within our community. Our team now has a non-profit status and will continue to find ways to give to our community and continue to make a difference in the lives of many. Along with events like the Polar Plunge and Relay for Life, we select a special charity for each bout and donate financially, along with bringing awareness to some great organizations. You are invited to jump in with us as a skater, ref, volunteer, or in our cheering section. There are some great new skaters getting ready to join our talented veteran pack in our first home bout on February 21st! Save the date and plan to attend! Our coach, skaters, and officers are working hard to bring you excitement, fun, and all the best that roller derby has to offer! For the love of derby, Roxy