This still will not be a long post, but it is something I want to write before the feeling drifts off.
Judi Flowers was at her first Rollercon. And I know that it changed her life. I did not know Judi when I was promoting the game, and she has kind of picked it up by osmosis. And she has seen some of the games in this area. But at Rollercon the aura just overwhelmed her as it does everyone who attends…..and now she is busy starting to design and participate in the culture. On the drive home she told me that she is just trying to digest this “invasion of her senses.”
Ivanna and her crew have created what to me is something that grabs the whole essence of Roller Derby: I don’t care what league or ruling body you belong to, we are packing into a very few days something that will stay with you, whether you skate, referee, or participate in any way in the game we all love. You will get instructions, guidance, seminars, and dance your ass off partying.
I feel a sense of redundancy when I say I love you all, I love what Roller Derby has become to you and what you have brought to it, and the way you honor me and my family.
What has truly bothered me is the different ruling bodies who have brought sense and order to the crazy way this has all evolved since 2002 have probably unwittingly created restrictions that keep you all from participating and competing with each other the way you do at Rollercon.
As Reagan said to Gorbachov, “tear down the wall”. goddamnit, it is Roller Derby. Leagues or teams of equal ability should play others of the same level without worrying about if it is sanctioned or not. The more you play those closest to you geographically and skill level, the more you will improve. And you might learn something about the others’ rules that you feel should be incorporated in your game.
California has more leagues than anyone. There should be a California championship tourney, and the teams do not have to be of the present makeup, but maybe by county or city. I know that this is a concept that Donna Hot Flash is working on, and it could certainly apply to other states and regions.
Why do you all get to skate with and against each other at Rollercon but not elsewhere.
If you really want to honor me, Loretta, Frankie, Ann, Joan,Judy Sowinsky, and all of the great skaters of the past, figure out a way to make this happen without damaging your present alliance.
Keep watching here for more of Rollercon from the Commissioner’s point of view.
And Ivanna and crew, you are amazing…..thanks to all the wonderful volunteers it went off without a hitch; it was the most complex, complete “convention” I have ever attended. If you did not learn to skate better, ref better, learn at seminars, become a better announcer or any other category that is necessary for your league, it certainly wasn’t Rollercon’s fault…..the parties and functions were amazing.
If I can, I will be back next year. And please post those photos.