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PLAYER PROFILE: TANK

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Tank is a tremendous asset as a player and as a league member. A fierce competitor and a “roll” model athlete, Tank makes people want to be better. To support Tank’s journey as a Dolly Roger, please visit the Dolly Rogers’ gofundme page or keep an eye on the team’s schedule this season. Coming out to games is the best support we could ask for!

Name and number: Tank, 7

Why: During fresh meat and my first few Dolly Roger’s practices I wore this

ridiculous Boeri ski helmet from the 80s. Whips and Chaynes said I looked like Tank

Girl and it stuck. I loved the idea of being given a name rather than choosing one.

Likes: hummus, proving that size doesn’t matter, post game beer, anything agility

Dislikes: going slow, Chinese food

Why did you join roller derby: I grew up playing competitive soccer and hockey

from an early age and was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to boarding

school in Connecticut to finish high school and play sports. I really knew little else

but team life, camaraderie, training, and hard work until I said goodbye to team

sports after a year of lacrosse in college. Ten years and many miles travelled later, I

found myself back in Ottawa itching to be part of a team again and wanting a new

challenge. My wife encouraged me to give it a try and I can still remember grinning

like crazy at that Open House four years ago when I was skating around. I had found

just what I was looking for. It felt amazingly familiar yet new and exciting and

everyone was ridiculously welcoming.

How do you train: I don’t love traditional gyms. I’m a huge fan of plyometrics, HIIT

(high intensity interval training), tabata, interval running and yoga. I train fast and

hard focusing on speed, agility, and bursts of power. Small but mighty!

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Why do you keep playing: I absolutely love team sports and the idea of different

people coming together to achieve a common goal. The camaraderie is great. This

sport allows me to embrace my competitiveness and also pushes me physically and

mentally to be the best athlete I can be. It’s inclusive and revolutionary and amazing

to be a part of.

Favorite derby moment: Beating the Montreal Sexpos this season because it was

great to see our hard work as Dolly Rogers pay off, and playing in the Team Canada

tryout scrimmage because it was a great learning opportunity and I felt honoured to

be on the track with Canada’s finest.

When I’m not playing derby: I love my team and this game but think balance is

important for my mental game. When I’m not practicing, playing, coaching the

Bacon Pirates or training, I’m hiking in the woods with my wife and crazy boxer,

eating delicious food, spending time with my nieces, planning my next adventure,

and studying/training to become a firefighter.

Pre-game ritual: I like to sleep in a bit and then go on a nice long walk with my dog

and wife. It gets my legs going and clears my mind. I do some yoga and stretching

and take my time packing my gear bag (I have to have the right socks). I drink coffee,

lots of water, and usually eat a sandwich. I can get worked up quickly so I try to stay

calm and mellow at the rink. And I always put my jersey on at the last second – game

time!

What about gear: I’ve gone through a number of different skates. I have small feet

and tiny ankles and found it hard to find the perfect boot that wasn’t a hockey skate.

I skate on Antiks right now and I like them, but am still looking for that perfect boot.

I use Prodesigned kneepads,a Bauer hockey helmet, and the rest is Atom gear. As

Dawn Cherry knows, I’m still looking for the tiniest slimmest kneepad!

How has derby affected the way you live your life: At 31 I didn’t think I would be in

better shape than my 19 year old self. This game makes me want to be healthier and

stronger. I’m also learning how to curb my performance anger, something I never

addressed as a younger athlete, so I can be the best teammate I can be.

 

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Player Profile: Lady Mayhem

My derby name is Lady Mayhem, or to my children Mommy Mayhem, and my husband helped me pick out my derby number, which is 53 (since I’m a super tall 5’3). I am currently sitting track-side with my foot elevated while I recover from an ankle injury..but soon will be back playing for the Beauty School Dropouts, Dollinquents and training with the Dolly Rogers.

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After having my two kids I needed an outlet-something that let me exercise, meet people and get out a bit. A friend mentioned she was going to see a game so I tagged along and FELL in love…it was love at first site… I kept saying, “Yep, I need to do this.” I may have messaged my husband 15 or so times with things like, ‘must do this’ and ‘found out you start with a fresh meat training course’ and ‘one just started..Damnit… But wait maybe I can join late.’ I completed fresh meat and found that my skating background with ringette helped a bit and I slowly got the hang of derby.

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I love this sport because…it’s awesome! So much to learn…so much to try…so much personal growth space…and that moment when you have something click and/or work out better than you ever pictured…it’s just amazing!

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I am entering my third season of derby but I still don’t have a favourite personal moment. I had some fun jamming for my previous home team and some good times on the road with my old travel team. I made a switch to CCDD this year and have been blown away with the coaching help I’ve received. I am super bummed to not be skating at the moment, as I am missing valuable learning opportunities. In summary…I play because‎…it’s awesome!

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My Derby Story: Dawn Cherry

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. I think that the mother of discovery is…boredom. I would describe myself as an active person and someone who’s done a lot of different sports in her lifetime. That’s because I am a serial monosportist. I fall in love with something (“Oh my god Taebo is amazing!”) thinking, “This is the sport that I’m going to love and do until the end of time.”  What actually happens is I lose interest once I get reasonably good at it and start feeling like a bad person for not seeing it through (yes thank you Wii fit, I’m quite aware that it’s been 381 days since I last signed in).

My derby story starts much in the same way. I had just quit softball because—ironically—I was getting too many bruises and black eyes. So I was looking for something new. I really like team sports, for the social aspect as well as the individual skill development. The problem I have is that I’m intimidated by sports that adults play that they’ve been playing their whole lives like soccer or hockey. The timing could not have been more perfect when I saw my first derby game at the Ottawa Ex and was instantly enamoured. The deal was sealed when I saw on the website that they were accepting fresh meat and no experience was required. A level playing field and something challenging enough to keep me coming back for more. AMAZING!

Skating has never been my strength.  I was a bumble bee in a production of Alice in Wonderland on ice when I was little and the only thing I remember from that experience was getting my sparkly antennae head band knocked off during our routine and seeing 10 other 6-year olds skate over it until it was a pile of glitter. Needless to say, I was scarred and never quite took to skating after that but I would admit that I was  proficient enough to qualify me as an acceptable Canadian. Learning the skate skills required for derby took me a while but once I had muscles in places that normal human beings don’t, things just clicked. What’s even cooler is that my endless repertoire of sport skills have in some way helped me be a better derby player. All my water sports (sailing, canoeing, rowing) gave me my amazing balance and it takes a lot to knock me down. Swimming gave me the strong arms it takes me to pop right back up when someone does manage to knock me over. I haven’t quite figured out what ice climbing and golf have contributed but I’m excited to find out.

What I find interesting to think about isn’t so much why I joined derby, but why I stayed with it. Derby has tested me at times, through league splits and injuries, but my interest in the sport has continued to grow. I think there are two reasons for me.  For one, the sport is evolving as fast as its members are so there is so much room to grow with it. There’s no room for boredom because there’s so much opportunity to improve, so many skills to master, so many strategies to dream up. Secondly, derby needs me as much as I need it. This sport and the wonderful organization that we’ve built to play it are exactly what we make of it: it’s ALL volunteer run. We don’t have a governing body that recruits players, makes our teams, schedules games, trains our referees…we do that, and we do it because it’s worth every minute. I can play an amazing game, go home and feel pretty proud of myself and that’s awesome. What’s even more fulfilling though is knowing that I had something to do with 60 other people getting that same chance.

So, I’m 4 years in and there’s no sign of boredom here!

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My Derby Story: Deanna Destroi

The first time my sister saw me coach roller derby – rolling around bellowing instructions, joking with the skaters and giving encouragement – her immediate reaction was a resounding, “WHO ARE YOU?!”
 
As far back as I can remember, I’ve been the shyest person alive. Approaching a salesperson for help was an ordeal; asking for directions was even worse. And telling someone what to do? Forget about it.
 
Enter roller derby. I stumbled into the arena for the first time the day after a night of Halloween partying, having no idea what to expect. Instead of terrifying eight-wheeled beasts bent on knocking me down, I met a group of the funniest, bravest, most supportive women I’ve ever met (who also want to knock me down – but with love!). And among them, I found my voice, my motivation and my YARRRRR.
 
The process of learning to play roller derby involves a lot of milestones: your first successful crossover, the first time you knockabitchdown, the day you finally pass the dreaded 25 laps in 5 minutes test. Reaching those milestones with your teammates cheering you on every step of the way instills a confidence like nothing else I know. With that confidence came the ability to speak in a pack, and then in front of the whole group. Before I knew it, I was leading drills and yelling at the top of my lungs.
 
Along with the mental confidence came a physical confidence. One of the (many, many) reasons I love roller derby is that it not only does it accept all bodies, it actually needs all bodies to form well-rounded teams. I used to go to the gym to lose weight, to make my clothes fit better, to make myself look the way I “should.” Today? I go to fine-tune my body to skate faster laps, make harder hits, stay on my feet when someone hip-checks me. I’m so proud of the muscular thighs that can’t fit into skinny jeans. I’m amazed at what my body can do, and what it can take.
 
So, in response to my sister’s question: who am I? I’m a person who is not afraid to speak up, and also to lean on my teammates for support. I’m a person who looks at a challenge not as an insurmountable wall, but as a dare. I’m a person who loves her strengths and her scars. I’m a pirate.
 
I’m Deanna Destroi, #1701.
 
Engage.
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My Derby Story: Adrienne “Sugar & Spite” Sass

I moved to Ottawa in July of 2011 and knew absolutely no one. I needed to make some friends and fast. I contacted the Capital City Derby Dolls to inquire about their Fresh Meat Program, figuring it would be a good way to meet some like-minded people.

Quite honestly I was pretty freaked out about my first practice. I didn’t know anyone who was going—it’s not like I knew someone who knew someone whose cousin was going to be there. But I buried my nerves, packed up my gear and headed to the arena.

My fears melted as soon as I walked in.  Everyone was really nice and seemed truly excited to have new recruits there. There were skaters of every skill level: some who’d played hockey and were very steady on their skates and some who had literally never been on skates before. The girls who were coaching were so encouraging. You could tell that they actually enjoyed teaching.

I started attending practices weekly and then twice a week. The faces became familiar, I was slowly making friends and it was nice to feel like I had “somewhere to go” where people knew my name and were happy to see me.

Let me make sure that you understand something about me: I have never been a natural athlete. I have never successfully played a sport. I was not that girl in high school who was athletic, popular and perfect. The idea of joining a sports team was terrifying. I had seen video clips and a few derby games but until I started to play, I had no idea how difficult it was. I was comforted by the fact that no one starts playing derby knowing everything and the cold hard truth is that derby is crazy hard. It may have been a staged sport in the 1950s but today, there is nothing fake about it. It’s football, hockey, soccer and track all rolled into one tight little ball on eight wheels. You have to have the endurance of a long distance runner the strength and speed of a sprinter and the skill of a skater all while getting the crap knocked out of you.

What the heck was I thinking?!

I tried not to dwell on the difficulty of the sport and kept telling myself: “You will get knocked down. The question is, will you get back up?” and get up I did. Over and over and over again. I pushed myself. Go to practice. Learn the basics. Have fun doing it. And what fun it was. In July of last year, I played my first game.

A group of us who came through the Fresh Meat Program were given the opportunity to attend the Fresh and the Furious tournament in Toronto. It was a road trip, it was derby, it was a girls weekend, it was the most fun I’d had in really long time. I remember laughing so hard I cried on several occasions. We were all crazy excited and super terrified but most importantly we were all in this whirlwind derby experience together.

Somewhere along the way—and I can’t exactly pinpoint where or when—derby started to creep into all aspects of my life.  I was invited to join the scrimmage committee and started planning the league’s black and white scrimmages. I was asked to help coach the next round of Fresh Meat, I was elected to the league’s Executive Board, and I kept skating and training and falling and getting back up.

Soon it was time to tryout for teams. I wasn’t sure I’d make it. I wasn’t sure I was good enough. I wasn’t sure I was ready for the rejection. Truth be told, the fear of rejection was the biggest thing holding me back but I’d come this far and I wasn’t about to give up now. I worked my ass off for the next two months. I skated three days a week, I pushed myself to the point of puking, I embraced being a sweaty mess, I proudly displayed the multitude of bruises and battle scars, and for the first time in my life I stopped wanting to lose weight and was proud to have hips and thighs and a butt that could knock a girl off her skates (my greatest “ASSets”, as Coach Whips would say) and then… I made the team.

I didn’t think life could get better than that, but it did. I was voted team captain. I was in total shock. For the next three days, I kept pinching myself and asking if that had really just happened. I had spent so much of my life feeling like an outcast, like I didn’t belong, and being totally scarred by my high school years that I just couldn’t believe this was really happening. I was that kid who got knocked down on the playground, I was the girl who was always picked last in gym class. As much as we try to separate ourselves from those childhood experiences, we carry them with us as adults, something I was unaware of until faced with the possibility of reliving some of those experiences. I learned quickly that derby is different. Derby is a place where everyone belongs. Tall, short, skinny, fat, athletic, klutzy, smooth talking, socially awkward: you name it we’ve got it. When you’re here, the only person you have to be is yourself.

Today, I skate three times a week, I run three times a week, I talk to my derby team mates everyday, there’s always a derby girl just a text away, and I know that when I have a bad day or breakdown in sheer frustration with myself over learning a new skill or not “getting something” fast enough, I will have AT LEAST 15 amazing, encouraging, sweating, helmet-clad girls hugging me, supporting me, pushing to be the very best version of myself. I joined this league to find a friend. What I got was a family and a chance to be the person I’ve always wanted to be.

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CCDD’s First Double Header

CCDD’s been steadily expanding in the last three years, but this past year represents our most intense spike in membership of well…ever. For us. As such, we have not just one, but two new teams. The thing about teams is that they like to play so the rest of our events this season will be double headers.  So, double the fun.

So first of all, let me introduce you to the:

Dollinquents

and

Slaughter Squad

If you clicked on the links, you probably noticed that Slaughter Squad has a bunch of dudes on it. There’s a simple explanation for that: they’re dudes.  CCDD is helping these guys out until there are enough of them to be fully independent. Frankly, given what they do for us, it’s the least we can do. A lot of these guys coach, ref, volunteer at our games, or have lost a significant other to the sport and they’re coping by playing.

The Dollinquents had one game last year and are starting this season with an away game in Cornwall against the Seaway Roller Derby Girls’ Power Dames. You’ll be able to catch the Dollinquents in Ottawa on August 10 and September 7.

But don’t worry about waiting until August for derby action. CCDD’s first double header take place Saturday, July 6, 2013. The fun kicks off at 6:30 at Barbara Ann Scott Arena, featuring the Dolly Rogers against Kingston’s Disloyalists. Following a super quick intermission (a quick staff swap…players becoming refs, refs becoming players), the Slaughter Squad will be taking on Montreal’s Mont Royals. Tickets for this awesome, amazing, super fun event are $12 in advance. You can buy tickets online here because Shopify, our awesome sponsor, made this possible. If you wait to get them at the door, they’ll cost you $15. As usual, under 12ers get in free.

Some nitty gritty: bring ID. We’re sponsored by Beau’s.  There will be food. There will be awesome merch. If you wanna sit by the track, bring a camping chair and hang out. Make signs. Be prepared to be loud. You will have so much fun, it’ll hurt your face. In a good way.

Four teams, two games, so much derby, your face will hurt!

Four teams, two games, so much derby, your face will hurt!

See you there!

Plower

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Double C to the double D…we be rollin’ in the 613

CCDD is getting their third bouting season under way. We’ve grown so much over the past few years, and we’re incredibly excited about the future.

In addition to the Dolly Rogers and their plot for world domination, we’re announcing our newest team, the Dollinquents, who will be hitting the track in June for a few away games in the neighbourhood. They’ll be bouting at home in August and September, so make sure to check out our schedule.  You do not want to miss any of it.

CCDD's newest team! Welcome to the family!

CCDD’s newest team! Welcome to the family!

Shopify

We’ve also got a whole bunch of amazing new sponsors. Have you been to our website www.capitalcityderbydolls.com or our facebook page lately? Did you notice that you can now buy merch and bout tickets? That’s all because of Shopify. Have you seen the Dolly Rogers’ new S-One Lifer helmets? We’re taking our sponsor with us wherever we go!

Burbs Pub & Eatery

When we’re in Kanata, our favourite place to hang out is The Burbs on Hazeldean.  You can often find us hanging out there after practice, having a pint of local Beau’s Beer and some yummy snacks.  They’re also super at catering to the vegans in our league. If you want a salad wrap with guacamole, with a side salad, also with guacamole, they will do it for you. Because they’re just that awesome. You should give them a visit.  Tell ‘em we sent you!

FATBOYS

We’ve also just found a new hangout in the market. Fatboys Southern Smokehouse on Murray Street has great bbq and live music on Saturday nights. We’ll be bringing our after bout parties there in June and July, if you need a ringing endorsement.

Capital City Derby Dolls are still dedicated to developing new skaters and keeping an active house league program. We’ve got in-house scrimmages planned for June, August, and September. Keep an eye on our facebook page for an invitation to come and watch your favourite new skaters KABD.

We couldn’t have done it without our fans, our friends, our skaters and our sponsors. Sponsors like Michael Lewicki, Hedges Sutherland Law Firm, Boxall Heating (boxallheating.com), Bigger Beards for Brighter Tomorrows, and Neon Skates have been there for us since day 1 and we can’t find enough ways to say thank you to them.

We hope to see you at our home opener on Saturday at Jack Charron Arena in Kanata. You can buy tickets online at capitalcityderbydolls.com!

Carpe Beardem

Hedges and Sutherland

Michael Lewicki S-ONE

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End of Year PARTY!

On Saturday night the Capital City Derby Dolls got together to celebrate the end of our 2012 season. We dined, we drank, and we gave out some very important awards. Here’s what went down.

Hairy White was awarded the best trophy maker award.  If you haven’t seen his work, it truly is incredible. He made all of our trophies this year, and we thanked him with this piece of crap art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coach Red got a mushy letter and a cheque as thanks for EVERYTHING he does for the league. The Dolly Rogers are currently ranked 14th in Canada, and it’s all because of his hard work and dedication to the league. While he’s lucky to have such great talent to work with (*cough*), he has one of the hardest jobs this league begs anyone to do. Speaking of which, if you want to coach, we’ll be looking to fill some openings for our next season. Be prepared to be yelled at while also being loved to death.

We said thank you to our top volunteers (Alpha Blocker’s daughters), the lovely Hannah and and the equally lovely Sarah. We can’t find enough ways to show our appreciation for these incredible young women for everything they do for us. If you see them manning our merch table next year, please say thank you…and then buy a t-shirt or 2.

As has become a tradition, given we did it for a second year in a row, here’s the list of CCDD awards!

LOUDMOUTH of the year: Ruby Wreckage

Heaviest Hitter: Whips N. Chaynes (sLamb!)

Most Versatile Player: Violently Jill

Exceptional Jammer: The Hamburgler (Sneaky Dekey)

Most Improved: Nina Nails (bLamb!)

Most Sportsmanlike: sMel

Most Underrated: sMel

Quen of the Afterparty: LOB

Most Bionic: Bust’er Up

Best Derby Kiss: Bust’er Up

Rookie of the Year: Elizabeth Berserkly

Best in Stripes: Hairy White

Best Attendance: Ruby Wreckage

Our final award was Best Knockabitchdown Face, which wound up in a tie after league votes. After a KABD face-off between Deanna Destroi and Whips N. Chaynes, the crowd was wowed by Deanna’s KABD face.

We couldn’t end the awards ceremony without thanking our refs, NSOs, volunteers, friends and family and the Board. Our refs put up with a lot. We had a lot of games, we had a lot of scrimmages, and we demanded they be there for everything. The great things about CCDD refs is that they seem to love setting us straight, so they came to everything and worked their asses off. We are eternally grateful for all they do, even though we thank them by squinting at them and making Voodoo dolls. Special thanks to Josh, who is both a player and a fine head ref.

NSOs, friends of derby and derby family: we can’t do what we do without you. You sell our merch, you track our stats, you work our games, and you buy beer. You ask for nothing but a good time and if people in the world were as uncomplicated as our amazing entourage, there’d be far fewer problems out there.

To the members of the Board: you work quietly and diligently, while maintaining full time jobs and remain committed to all practices. Thanks for finding practice space, keeping our ducks in a row, minding the members and the membership, getting programs off the ground, getting people interested in derby, keeping in touch with the world, keeping in touch with players…the list goes on. You know it, you do it. Yay.

With our Learn 2 Skate program well under way, we are super psyched for the upcoming year. We get such joy out of sharing the derby love in Ottawa and around the world, and we are so thankful to everyone who’s come through our doors. If you came to one of our bouts, tried on a pair of skates at one of our open houses or Learn 2 Skate programs, liked us on Facebook, followed us on Twitter, checked out our website (capitalcityderbydolls.com) or read our blog (capitalcityderbydolls.wordpress.com) we’d like to say thank you. The new season will be upon us before we even know it. The one thing you can say about derby: it takes up such real estate that you fail to notice how long winter drags. One minute the season is winding down, the next minute, it’s starting back up again and you’re freaking out because you’re not ready.

Derby love to all.

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Mounting New Plates

After skating on nylon plates since I first took up derby in 2009 I decided it was time for a change. Finally. Now, deciding it was time for a change and making the change are too different things. The world of derby and derby skates and all that go with them is a pretty specific market. It’s definitely challenging to try gear before you buy it, especially when it comes to skate plates.

So, of course I turned to the Internet to get some kind of definitive answer about plates… And discovered this is a bit like turning to “Doctor” Google when you have a headache and then become convinced that you are clearly about to die from an aneurysm. There is a whole whack of information out there about skate plates. So, the research began…. And then at derby events this past season I spent much downtime between games talking to different vendors and skate techs to get some input. This of course just showed me that if you ask three different people then you’re still getting three different opinions. Not much consensus on the whole and still not leaving me with any kind of clear decision or even a clear direction.

I had figured having skated for a couple years now on the nylon plates that I’d have a pretty good idea of what I wanted in a plate- and on one hand I do, but on the other hand before making the investment into plates I wanted to be able to try them. At the end of September I got that very opportunity.

I went to the Sugarbush Showdown in Essex Junction VT- WFTDA’s East Region Playoffs with U Kent Do That to enjoy a weekend of good derby. Pretty much watching the pros of the sport. Between games we wandered the vendors, and I started up with questions about plates. And what we found was that one of the booths, Crazy Skates (http://www.skatesus.com/store/index.php?cPath=91), actually came equipped. They had Crazy skates in all sizes with the Crazy Venus plate mounted (http://www.skatesus.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=91_107&products_id=351). Excitement to no end. The rep, Malice B. Stopless (http://www.facebook.com/people/Malice-B-Stopless/100001748125994), was awesome. U Kent Do That and I visited that booth repeatedly. We tried on the same skates over and over. Asked endless questions. And even brought in our own skates–because who leaves home without their skates?–and so I would wear one of my skates and one of the Crazy skates and do a direct comparison. Trying out transitions, turns, even the eagle. Malice answered all our questions and was more than patient with both of us every time we came over.

The funny thing to me about the Crazy Skates booth was that they were set up as a part of the Bruised Boutique (http://www.bruisedboutique.com/) store which is where I actually originally purchased my current derby skates a couple summers ago.

By the end of the weekend my decision regarding plates was made. Now, this wasn’t solely on just having been able to try them, there was a little more to it than that- hence all the questions and why I repeatedly tried the skates on. It’s much harder part to describe exactly why I went with these plates. It comes down to a few things like skating style, the positions you play in derby, what you want out of your skates etc., plus the nuances of how I skate and then in a sense the more abstract pieces, like the way that I walk, so the way that I balance myself. I have for most of my life walked on my tippy toes so that was a factor in picking plates and then what size of plate and then placement of plate. Just when you think you’ve got one piece of the plate puzzle figured out, up comes another…

A little DIY surgery, and a lot of patience

This Thanksgiving Monday I gave thanks by buying my Crazy Venus plates from the lovely Georgia W. Tush of Neon Skates (www.skateneon.com). Neon was also a vendor at Sugarbush Showdown and Georgia let me and U Kent Do That know that her store would be carrying Crazy Skates stock. And on Monday she found herself in Ottawa working on the soon to open in Ottawa Neon Skates.

For the actual drilling and physical mounting of the plates, I really have to give the full credit to U Kent Do That. The placement and positioning was certainly a team effort and for that I knew what wanted but the actual mounting was a whole other story indeed….

Of course I went back to the Internet to find out more about positioning and mounting. My best resources for mounting were this derby girl’s 2 blog entries on the topic- http://diaryofarollergirl.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/diy-big-kid-customization-part-i-selecting-roller-skate-plates/ and http://diaryofarollergirl.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/diy-big-kid-customization-part-ii-installing-roller-skate-plates/ plus Sin City DIY plate mounting http://www.sincityskates.com/images/downloads/sincity_diy_plate_mounting.pdf. These resources really gave me good handle on what needed to be done, and so I decided to also document this experiment.

So, the before pictures… skates sans wheels, all ready for surgery…. And clean wheels and clean bearings for afterwards…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My set of supplies

Pencil to mark where the position of the nylon plate

Rules to measure and find the new centre line

Polish to shine up my skates

Polyfilla for the holes

The next step was to trace the position of the original plate.

Then the removal of the old plates.

Four bolts on each skate holding in the plate. A screwdriver and a wrench as tools for plate removal. Plate off the first skate, no problem. Last bolt holding in the plate of the other skate would just not come off. Stripped the nut and the bolt in this struggle, before getting a Dremmel to just cut the bolt off. If you wind up with this problem- safety glasses are a must!!

Finally, the old plates were off and the skates actually cleaned up. Polyfilla in to fill the existing holes and give us a ‘blank’ canvas to work on.

Now came the time for the placement of the new plates. First was determining the centerline for my boots. Best resources for that- http://quadskating.com/skates/centering-plates.htm. Basically, it comes down to where the space between your second and third toe are. So, out came the ruler and the markings. We fine tuned my centerline by measuring between two points of where the old plates were and then joining up those two points with a centerline offset by the centerline between my second and third toe.

Next, the position of the mount. After much talking and reading I had come to the conclusion that I might (would?) benefit from a forward mount.

I’d’ve chosen a short forward mount- essentially getting a plate that’s smaller than what you would normally skate on and then mounting them more towards the front of your boot to force you to stay on the balls of your feet. However, since I was already on the smallest plate this wasn’t something I could do. In effect there wasn’t all that much space to play with.

So, in that respect I had it a little easy, I have little feet, therefore little skates, and therefore the smallest plate available so less agonizing about whether of not I should do a forward mount or a short forward mount. Even with a forward mount, it’s not too dramatic and there isn’t that much empty space at my heel ultimately.

A little information on where to mount plates-

http://quadskating.com/skates/mounting-plates.htm

http://www.derbylife.com/articles/2011/11/ask_expert_plate_mounting_shortforward_vs_standard_mounting 

We taped my new plates in place- trucks, wheels, stopper, and all. And I stood up and pranced around trying to get as best a feel as I could. Up on my toes and all the rest. So far, so good.

I honestly thought that at this point the hard part was over and that drilling the holes and fitting the plate was going to be a quick job. Hahahahaha, goes to show what I know!

Ultimately, it just comes down to the mounting hardware and probably not ever having done it before. U Kent Do that and I dove right into this. I held the skate steady while he drilled and then it came to trying to fit (aka shove) all the bolts through the new holes and fitting. The one good thing was that all the holes in the skate boot were properly aligned with the holes in the plate (yay!).

More difficult was getting the hole just wide enough to get everything all the way through so the plate could actually bolted to the skate. Out came the Dremmel again to widen the tops of the holes.

Now, the mounting hardware that came with the Venus plates included shorter bolts than what typically come with mounting hardware for other plates. Crazy had wanted make life easier for people who would mount plates and so had cut down the bolts already thus hopefully saving people from having to saw off the extra bit of bolt with a Dremmel or other bolt saw. And I’m sure the bolts are a perfect size for a Crazy boot, but I have a Riedell 265 boot. So, unfortunately, this meant that the bolts had to be just so if we wanted to fit the washer and the bolt on and actually finish the mounting. And this is where U Kent Do That very patiently went about the small adjustments to make the bolts fit just right.

With one skate pretty much done and mounted we called it a night for mounting. My suggestion on this was before going at my other skate the next day that a trip to the hardware store could save us (and by ‘us’ I meant my skate tech…) a little frustration. But a longer bolt that’d still fit the plate and then use the Dremmel to trim off the extra at the end…

And the next day U Kent Do That was back at it. A little under the gun by me since we had practice in Rockland that night… eeek! No luck on getting a longer bolt so right back at the skate the same way as the day before. But with yesterday’s knowledge the assembly went better. Both skates all ready for practice.

Eastern Block’her

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Volunteering is Dirty Work

Bust’er (Beauty) and Plow’her (The Beast)

You may have seen (or heard) some of CCDD’s finest at Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill on Saturday, September 29th.  We were the ones in green, soaking wet from head to toe, and randomly yelling “inside line” for no apparent reason.

We ended up in that field, under a tent, an hour from home because our sponsors, Beau’s Beer, asked us to.  They have stood behind us for 2 years now and when they asked for 10 willing and able bodies for 6 hours on Saturday, of course we said yes!

We showed up having no idea what we were in for.  When we checked in at the “volunbeer” desk (how amazing is that!), we were told that we’d all be working the Eco Wash station.  I’m sure that everyone could see our faces fall when we learned that our fate was 6 hours of washing dishes. BUT, we reminded ourselves that at least we’d all be together.

It turned into the most fun you could have in a field, under a tent, elbow deep in sudsy water (or even worse if you were on the pre-wash station).  Our Beau’s co-ordinator, Lyndell, was amazing.  She assured us that we would be well cared for, that the beer would flow like dishwater, and that we would be well fed by the food vendors.

The things we’ll do for one another…

She was true to her word.   Flats of Lug Tread, Weis o’Lantern, and a delicious cider were delivered and devoured with incredible frequency.  Pretzels and tacos and chilli kept us warm and full.  We had fun.  The kind of fun you can only have when doing dirty work in the great outdoors with your friends and teammates.

We yelled and danced for no reason.  Occasionally, we might have been louder than the band.  Random strangers rolled up their sleeves and worked alongside us, not because we were short-handed, but because we looked like such incredible fun to be around.

I’d like to show you a whole bunch of pictures of our silly foolish dish washing madness, but our hands were too wet and dirty to take the photos.  Here are a few that we did manage to take before plunging back into the brackish depths.

 

Being awesome is hard work

My back is sore, my shins are bruised from tripping over buckets of dishes, and I have a welt on my backside where someone whacked me with a wet towel, but if Beau’s Beer asks us to come back next year, I’ll answer with a resounding YES!

Special thanks to Delicate Plow’her, Nina Nails, Hairy White, Numerat’er, Mel, Ha Lou Ween, Rick, Wry and Ginger, Elizabeth Berzerkley, and Ruby Wreckage for rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty at Oktoberfest with me.

They even had food for those crazy…vegans.

Taking a silly break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bust’er Up

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