September 27, 2009

Black & Blue Ball - Oct 10th

You Are Cordially Invited to Attend

FoCo Girls Gone Derby’s Black and Blue Ball

Roller Derby Bout on Saturday, October 10

at Rollerland Skate Center, 324 S. Link Lane, Fort Collins

Doors open at 6 p.m., bout begins at 7

Fort Collins’ two home teams, the Death Row Dolls and Chanel Cartel, will face off for the first time since June on Saturday, Oct. 10, at our annual formal. Skaters will be gussied up in evening gowns, and the ruffles and sequins are going to fly. Just because FoCo’s skaters clean up pretty, doesn’t mean they will play nice.

The league has spent the past several months training new recruits who will be our featured debutantes at the ball. These girls are ready to dance. However, there’s no choreographing in derby. All the hip checks, whips, hits and pushes are real.

“Whip It!”, starring Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page as rollergirls, is set to open in theaters Oct. 2. The movie, based on a book written by a real derby girl, is an example of the resurgence of the sport. Experience the real thing firsthand with local players who may be your friends, neighbors or co-workers.

This will be the prom you wish you’d attended. Fans are encouraged to wear formal attire and participate in FoCo Girls’ fundraiser by having their photos taken with a derby girl. Halftime entertainment will be provided by a belly dancing troupe, and beer will be for sale for those 21 and older. An afterparty location will be announced at the bout.

Entry is $10 for presale tickets and $15 for tickets purchased at the door. Students receive a reduced rate of $7 with a current student ID. Ages 10 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased through the Rollerland Skate Center ticket booth, The Bean Cycle coffee shop, any FoCo derby girl or online at Purchases also can be processed via phone at 1-800-838-3006.

September 20, 2009

On Spillin'

My thoughts go out to one of the newer ladies on the team this past weekend, who suffered a skate-to-the-back at practice and subsequently needed some medical treatment. I know that injuries within the sport happen all of the time, but when it hits home, it sort of put things into perspective. Roller derby is a real sport; we all work just as hard as any other team of athletes when we're out skating on the rink. We risk injuries every night, and we keep coming back for more because we love it!

September 18, 2009

Out Of Play Penalty (Bridging) 20 Feet Rules 4.3 and 6.5

Ok I think I see now what's up, not really called bridging to me just moving the engagement zone up 10 feet . But if you have one skater within 10 feet(hips) of the pack in front, then 20 feet from her for out of play penalties. If she is pass 10 feet in front of the pack, then she is not part of the pack but still in play and there is no bridging here. So then the skater that was 10 feet in front of the bridging skater now becomes pass the 20 feet and can receive out of play penalties. Cool I think I am clear on this now and will remember to look for this on the next practice.

In rules 4.0 section 4.3 shows a diagram of the out of play, 6.5 explains the out of play penalties.

September 7, 2009

Of Work and Soy Sauce

Today, instead of cheering my team on, at what I am sure was an awesome Labor Day bout, I was at work. Nothing is worse than spending a day doing lame tasks, when I know I could be screaming for my teammates with a bunch of bikers. Instead I was doing laundry, grading papers, and cleaning spilled soy sauce out of my fridge. Oh well it is my lame life that pays my dues so I can skate. At least tomorrow I can look forward to pulling up knee socks, lacing up my skates, and slamming my body into other women. Just seeing my skate bag puts a smile on my face. :)

Sunny D. Capitate

P.S. Check out a totally cheesy but fun roller derby song "Roller Derby Saved My Soul" by Uncle Leon and the Alibis