There is a great facebook page: Derby over 40….so the other day some idiot (male) all of a sudden blasts me for every crime known to man except pedophilia with the Grand Canyon.
His point (I thnk) was stay the F… out of our Roller Derby today, you old jerk, has been, etc (pick your own word). I of course responded twice as violently, which I later removed from the site and apologized for this non-appropriate comment there.
I guess some people do not like that I pretty much express my opinion, and if they think I hate modern derby they are so wrong; it is just I will always say what I feel that I think (note: my opinion) makes the game better, and certainly more appealing to the fans and skaters.
Someone I really respect posted on one of the well-read sites that his league (he is an NSO) was told by a sponsor that they may pull out next season if the games are as boring as the one last Saturday. OK, that is a matter of choice.
And yesterday there was posted the new changes of the WFTDA rules (by the skaters, for the skaters,by the 5-person rules committee). On cursory reading I do not think they made the game any more fan friendly or encourage actual skating by the players who pay to skate and mostly want to play a more participatory game. And unless I am wrong, clockwise skating is legal.
Look, I don’t get credentialed by WFTDA any more (actually, that wouldn’t make any difference), so this might just increase my unpopularity with some, but for crissakes, can I say you are destroying the game I love right before my eyes.
When I say I love what LA Derby Dolls have done to simplify the game or that Donna at One World is doing, or that USARS and MADE are providing a game that is far simpler than the 70 or so pages of rules that have fans and skaters confused (I have no idea what most of the penalties are called for, which would not be meaningful except it can cost teams victories). And they seem to be presenting an attraction that has skaters standing around while a jammer speeds around the track unimpeded.
And the rules encourage teams to pile on meaningless points so that the “rankings” can be higher; what kind of sportsmanship is that?
Hey, USARS does not have that many leagues. If I were a league that knew they weren’t going to make it to the championships for years, I would quickly contact USARS now to get in their tournament this year, skate what I think is a more-engaging game, and be on a major TV live stream, and maybe skate against the Number 2 team in the world, The Oly Rolllers in a fast paced game!
Wake up, WFTDA, I became a big fan of modern Derby because of Val and the Windy City Rollers in 2005 and today I go to the Resurrection, Sonoma County, BAD and Sacramento games whenever I can – you can verify that with the leagues if you want -but hate to see the fans decreasing in so many areas because of the “loopholes”, penalties, whatever.
You are not skating to please me or anyone else except yourself. If you feel there is any truth in the above, then think about it. Maybe I will see you in Tulsa for the USARS championship; you will see me at Rollercon and also in Milwaukee.
Dammit, I love Roller Derby, it is in my DNA. Please get an anti-rule committee and make the game fun to watch. And if you think I am wrong, that is fine too…..we can all express what we feel.
I am sure others as I did watched Roller Derby streamed on our internet devices this past weekend.
The banked track action as Battle of the Bank VI was uneven because of the disparity in the leagues,as there were the very talented LA Derby Dolls, San Diego, Arizona, Tilted Thunder, and the others, although Sugartown showed great progress. The continuous action on the banked track and the rules modifications by those leagues definitely sped up the games and kept the large audience involved. The best game was the semi-final between San Diego and Arizona, only to be decided by what I consider the largest deficiency in the rules, that a jam can start without a jammer on each team (penalize the skater, not the helmet).
Maybe the only reason for that happening is to have the power jam which goes against the spirit of the game, learning to play offense and defense at the same time. Unfortunately Arizona was pretty tired after their semi-final just an hour before the championship game against LA. The Derby Dolls would have won anyway, but I feel Arizona could have put up a better showing.
I was fortunate enough to see the telecast of Seattle and London, and the game was definitely a faster and almost non-slow game than others I have seen recently. And Elwood Bruise and others said that the Oly-London game was an absolutely barn burner of great conditioned players, excellent position skaters who knew their function, and balls-out(?) action. Congratulations to the Brits for a great showing against 3 of the top teams in the world.
You can get as upset with me as you want, but slow derby, for all the great strategy ramifications that might be talked about, is not good Roller Derby from the fans perspective, which may or not be your concern.
If your object is to increase your fan base, sell more merchandise and keep the league functioning, it is my opinion that you better have your blockers blocking regardless of the passive offense or whatever you call it, or just have private games.
It may be your version of Roller Derby, but it certainly isn’t of most, and it isn’t just the opinion of the pain-in-the-ass commissioner. I love Roller Derby – not cobweb Derby.