I think I am in love…with roller derby and the awesomeness that are roller girls!
A little over two years ago I was catching up on my Netflix movie list and I received Whip It in the mail. I’d heard of roller derby before, but this movie put a whole new spin on it. Plus I ❤ me some Ellen Page (of Juno fame.) I was so intrigued!
I spent hours Googling roller derby and checking to see if there were any local teams. There were! I asked The Hubs what he thought of the idea of me as a roller derby girl were. He smiled and kind of laughed, and said, “You’d be good. What about softball?”
Hmmm. Was that a compliment or a diversion?
The idea and fascination remained just a lovely, awesome dream. We were busy living life, getting adjusted to a new place, first ministry appointment, and our rapidly growing 9 month old.
But oh how dreams cling to the soul…Every once in awhile I would come across something derby related and my heart would flutter.
Well, two years, two jobs, and one baby later, I gave that dream some wings, or skates, rather!
I was up late last Saturday (kind of a habit) and I started looking for Fort Smith area derby teams, and I found one!
The River Valley Roller Girls…*sigh* I’m already Roller Derby crushin’ because these girls kick some serious booty!
Oh, I stalked their webpage and their Facebook page. I saw that they had Fresh Meat Sessions, recruiting for new skaters, and something clicked.
I knew this was the time.
Now or never.
Either jump in or give it up.
I shot an email to see if I could join the already in progress, Fresh Meat Sessions, and was invited to show up and check things out.
Oh I did! My friend even thought I was joking until I called her on the way to practice this past Thursday.
No joke ladies and gentleman, I am head over wheels for roller derby, and after only one practice.
I didn’t even do more than gear up and get used to being on skates after 5 years.
I kept to the sides and watched these amazing girls in action.
Seeing them line up and do drills and then scrimmage felt like home to my team-sport heart. Memories of years and years of softball and basketball practices flooded over me and I wanted so badly to get in the midst of the action. I could feel my body yearning to participate, but I will have to wait.
Practices are on hold until after Thanksgiving. Probably good timing so this new idea can sink into my slow-decision making Hubs’ brain.
Me? In my mind I am geared up and ready to go.
Put me in coach!
I’ve scoured skates, equipment, rules, videos, and cannot get enough of derby.
Did I mention it burns an insane amount of calories? Seriously, speed skating can burn over 600 calories an hour for someone my size! It is a great whole-body and cardio work-out. Bonus!
The only downside so far has been the cost to get in the game. The equipment is pricey and there are monthly dues.
But all good things come at a cost, right?!
Here’s to hoping we can figure something out because my heart will be broken if I can’t become a roller girl soon.
Anyone want to sponsor me? No, seriously! I’m worth it!
Already been playing around with derby names:
Crimson & CreamHer
Everett After You
It’s hard finding a cool, original name that isn’t already registered. Any suggestions?
I am incredibly grateful to have had the courage to try something new. I’m putting myself out there and daring to dream that I can become as awesome at roller derby as the veterans I was honored to watch. Roller Derby will be a challenge but one I am ready to take on with all the passion, dedication, and enthusiasm that I can rally.
Any of you roller derby enthusiasts? Do you play? What’s your take on the sport’s come-back and re-invention?