Monthly Archives: August 2011

Derby…Confusing…

What the what?
Capital City Derby Dolls came into existence almost one year ago and it’s been a hell of a year. Two waves of fresh meat, a competitive season that took the derby world by surprise, a series of unbelievable personal and team accomplishments, a coaching staff that goes above and beyond, a first-class ref crew and possibly the best non-skating officials (NSO) a league could possibly ask for.

We’re in the throes of our third fresh meat event. So many new faces to get to know and so many questions to answer. And it suddenly occurred to me that derby tends to be a bit mysterious and there’s no reason for that. So here’s the picture of derby in Ottawa:

Who are we?
We are the Capital City Derby Dolls (CCDD). We are one of three derby leagues in Ottawa. Each league offers something different, operates in its own unique way and offers potential skaters the opportunity to play derby in some capacity.

CCDD derby
We offer skaters the opportunity to pursue derby in a competitive manner while also recognizing that many people would like to play the sport without competing for a mythical Olympic team. Skaters wishing to skate competitively are held to a different standard than those wishing to skate in our house league.

Competitive derby
CCDD has one competitive team, the Dolly Rogers. The Dolly Rogers represent CCDD’s strongest skaters, who are also able to commit to more practice time, spend time outside of practice working on strength and endurance, who commit to attending 75% of practices and all home and away games. CCDD’s goal is to improve training for all skaters by bringing in coaches to work on skating skills and sharpen skaters’ knowledge of the game.

This season was full of unexpected success. The Dolly Rogers lost just one game in Syracuse as part of their regular season. They beat more seasoned and experienced teams and came back from a tournament in Eastern Canada undefeated. The Dolly Rogers are going to hit the ground rolling and are reaching higher for next season, with plans to challenge other leagues’ A teams.

For those wanting to join CCDD, a spot on the travel team is a definite possibility. With the rules allowing for a roster of 20 skaters, there is always room for committed, hard-working skaters.

knockabitchdown

Dolly Rogers in Watertown

House league
For those seeking the excitement of derby but who don’t want to spend hours and hours scrimmaging and training, there’s a house league option. All skaters skate on a house league team. We don’t just run random scrimmages: house league members belong to a team, have a team name and play once a month, April-August, during a regular practice slot, with refs and NSOs. These bouts will be open to the public and friends and family are encouraged to come and cheer. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to play this sport.

You
Regardless of your background, CCDD works with you to ensure your goals are met. Whether you want to get in shape, play some derby and have a great time, or train hardcore, travel, and knockabitchdown, CCDD will give you the chance to play this amazing sport. Click here for details on joining.

SO?
Give us a shot. Be a part of something special and unique. Make new friends. Laugh, cry, show off your bruises and help make derby extraordinary.

xoxo
Delicate Plow’her

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Roller Derby Changed my Life

As we are well into our Fresh Meat recruitment and have begun holding open houses, my mind has wandered back to my first few months of roller derby.
I remember worrying about making friends, appeasing my coaches, and not looking like a loser. I didn’t come from a sports background, and while I was athletic, I was not the shape and size of the average athlete. For me, this meant that I was always worrying about how I looked in the eyes of others. I would fret about what to wear to practice. Did my socks match my shorts? Was my shirt cute enough to impress others?
Roller derby changed my life.

It began in small ways. I stopped wearing makeup to practice (I was going to sweat it off anyways). When we would go for lunch after Saturday practice, I stopped nervously attempting to bathe in the sink in the washroom, and I abandoned lugging around a change of clothes. I learned that size can be an advantage (so long as you have the strength to back it up), and you don’t notice that you stink if everyone around you smells just as bad.

I used to think I was a relatively handy person. I could tackle most household repairs with a quick google search and my trusty cordless drill. I now carry a derby tool box with me to all practices, know how to take my skates apart from top to bottom, and stare with envy at our coach’s skates, which he Frankensteined himself.

1 year in, and I have a new wardrobe full of derby team shirts and short shorts (another nod to derby…I no longer feel comfortable wearing shorts without tights underneath for fear of rink rash). I brag about bruises. I plan the rest of my life around my derby schedule. I’ve got a whole group of derby friends, and I know that if I need extra hands to build a shed (or kill a leftover keg of beer) that I’ve got a whole team of people to call upon.
I no longer worry that people are judging me based upon my appearance. Our first bout had me fretting that my jersey made me look fat. Our last bout left me wondering if the crowd really did groan sympathetically when I laid a shoulder check so hard that it knocked 2 girls out of bounds at once.
I used to exercise for my waistline. I now think about what I need to do to have faster feet. I watch others skate and try to emulate their footwork. I cheer for a well timed hit. I never leave my jammer behind (which means that occasionally taking an unnecessary trip to the bathroom at a bar just so that she’s not alone).
Living in a hockey town, it’s not uncommon to me to see large, well-built men traveling in packs of 5 into popular downtown bars. I now similarly travel in a pack, but we hip check one another the whole way down the road.

Think you might want to give roller derby a try? Come out to one of our open houses, rent a pair of skates, buy a knockabitchdown shirt, and start thinking about your derby name:
Belltown Dome
6-8 p.m.
Friday August 19th and Friday August 26th

Already play roller derby? Are you a roller derby fan? Tell me how derby has changed your life.

Bust’er Up
#25 (and holding)

Derby is awesome.

Reminder – you desperately want to come to our bout…

The Dolly Rogers are undefeated at home.
They’ve dropped one, tiny away game.
They went to a tournament in Atlantic Canada and skated away undefeated.

This weekend, they defend their honour one last time at home before next season.
This is real derby: hard hits with a thirst for victory.
There’s no giving up.
There’s no surrendering.

There’s just…YARRRRRRRRRRRR. (And beer.)