As 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:
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!
Carmen Unglued, Tiny Baby Beezus, Elysa (Freshmeat), Pinkie Pie, Killer Taco
AweSome Sauce, Richter
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!