Happy Friday everyone! Casey Wyatt here.
Last holiday (2010), I received a Nook for Christmas. One of the first books I downloaded was Shauna Cross’ young adult novel – WHIP IT. I had seen the movie and loved it! And the book was just as good (so I highly recommend both). Shauna actually competed in roller derby using the name Maggie Mayhem. She also wrote the movie’s screenplay which, in my opinion, resulted in the book and movie being so good!WHIP IT re-introduced me to the sport of roller derby. Some of you may remember roller derby matches back on TV, where the skaters competed on a raised track and knocked each other into the rails. The story does a great job portraying that world – with awesome derby names like Babe Ruthless! And the teams – The Hurl Scouts or the Holy Rollers- how could you not love that??
I’d heard that roller derby had made a comeback, but it wasn’t until my friend CLTracy invited me to a roller derby match that I actually witnessed it. My husband and I had a blast watching the CT Roller Girls – Stepford Sabotage take on their opponent – Suburban Brawl.
Unlike the movie, modern roller derby uses a flat track, but it was fast paced, intense and a boat load of fun. And there was more than just skating. They had local vendors selling cupcakes, clothing, speciality sodas, raffle prizes and more.
All the skaters have their own derby names, including the officials. For more information on the rules of roller derby, check out the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
Needless to say, hubby and I were smitten with roller derby. Finally, we had discovered a sport that didn’t cost a ton of money (about the price of a movie ticket) and I could (mostly) follow the rules and understand what was happening.
Happily, we were able to attend another match in November with a larger group of friends. We brought camp chairs and sat ringside. Again, we had a blast. I even won the grand raffle prize which included an awesome Stepford Sabotage t-shirt with the big cupcake logo!
If you have a local roller derby team, check them out. Ticket prices are reasonable and it’s a family friendly sport.
In the spirit of roller derby – what would your roller derby name be? And have you ever attended roller derby? Or another fun sport?