Derby Name: Kaio-kensi
Derby Name: Kaio-kensi
On Sunday, August 25th, CCDD had the privilege of skating with Bruce House in the Capital Pride Parade. 2013 marked our third year supporting Bruce House at the parade and this year we had the honour of helping them celebrate their 25th anniversary.
Bruce House offers both independent living assistance and 24-hour care to people living with HIV/AIDS in Ottawa. By supporting activities of daily living and offering personal care, counseling, and advocacy to and for those living with HIV/AIDS, Bruce House has made and continues to make a difference in Ottawa. Pride and inclusiveness are two of the many values that Bruce House embodies.
Roller derby has always been associated with inclusiveness. From its beginnings as a fringe sport, roller derby often appealed to those who didn’t feel that they fit in elsewhere. As we move towards the mainstream, CCDD, as part of the larger roller derby community, is proud to continue to value and foster inclusiveness.
Thank you to Bruce House for inviting us to celebrate your silver anniversary with you. If you’d like to get them a gift to celebrate this milestone, please visit them online at http://www.brucehouse.org/donations_howto.htm to learn more.
To learn more about us, and to find out how to become a skater, a ref, or a coach, please visit www.capitalcityderbydolls.com
Proud member of CCDD, and proud supporter of Bruce House
We started to see it last year. But this year…this year is pretty awesome.
Our crowd used to be full of supportive friends and family. Now, when we look at pictures of events, we see mostly strangers in the crowd. Sure, our parents and siblings and partners are still out there, but the strangers means that the appreciation for derby is starting to spread. We’ve been dying for this day…and here it is.
On the horizon of something so spectacular, we’ve been working really hard to provide quality events. We partnered with some pretty extraordinary sponsors this year, which gave us some much needed street cred. We were able to put on a roller derby extravaganza downtown that made national headlines. Altogether, this year’s been pretty amazing, which is why we feel pretty lousy about the bump in the road that was our August 10th bout.
First of all, to Port City: thank you so much for coming to Ottawa, for playing a game that truly exposed our amazing fans to such an elite level of roller derby. You helped highlight the tremendous growth the Dolly Rogers have undergone in the past few years and we can’t thank you enough. You were a class act on and off the track and we can’t wait to face you again in a month’s time. We look forward to many more games in years to come.
We would however like to apologize to all the great people who came to the game and patiently waited in the stands for the second game to start. This year, we wanted to give our newest team the opportunity to play a game under the bright arena lights. Most of the women who play on the Dollinquents are new to the sport and have come such a long way since last October when many of them couldn’t even skate. To do what they did on Saturday night was an accomplishment worth celebrating. It was just such a shame that Peterborough Roller Derby double-booked themselves for the evening and didn’t share that information with us, resulting in them being an hour late to our event. Thanks to those who stuck it out and supported the Dollinquents. To those of you who left: we’re sorry and we’d like to make it up to you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you attended the game. (We’ll take you at your word.) We’ll give you a free ticket to our next game in Rockland, or a free ticket to our home opener next season. We’ve worked really hard to earn you and we’d hate to lose you over this.
Double headers are a lot of work, but when something goes wrong, it tends to be pretty epic. Our last double header unfolded beautifully; maybe our beginner’s luck ran out. For those of you who came to our event on August 10th but weren’t over-the-moon about the way things went, we’d like the chance to make up for it next time, if you’ll let us.
We appreciate feedback. If you have any comments, suggestions, ideas or general thoughts, please write us. Thanks for your support this season. We’d be nowhere without the people who come see us play.
Delicate Plower, on behalf of the Capital City Derby Dolls
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:
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.
See you there!
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-
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.
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.
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.
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.
I can’t believe that summer’s wrapping up. Cooler nights have snuck in and the A/C barely runs. ALL OF WHICH IS AWESOME FOR DERBY. Seriously, arenas are not air conditioned in the summer so the fans get hot and smelly, which kind of makes the players feel a little less self-conscious. So, even though our last home game is this SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 at 7:00 P.M. at the JEAN-MARC LALONDE ARENA in Rockland on 1450 DU PARC AVE, we’re excited to be playing in slightly more tolerable conditions.
CCDD’s Dolly Rogers will be taking on the Oz Roller Girls. It’ll be a first meeting for these teams, but they have similar records so it’ll be a tight bout…and that’s exactly what the people wanna see. So. COME ON OUT. Watch some awesome derby before we pack it in for the winter and start training new players.
Suicide seating available: bring a chair if you wanna get comfy.
We are sponsored by Beau’s Beer. Bring ID for access to the Beer Garden.
See you there!