Add the digits in 2012 and you get 5……..as in 1935 when the game was invented.
There are currently at least 4 different groups who are preparing for professional Roller Derby. One has had men and women skaters in very intensive training getting ready to videotape games; another has been training for a long time and has affiliated with another group in a different part of the country. And one group is working with several existing leagues.
And they will all be banked track.
Should this make any difference to the leagues currently operating? Probably it should.
Because of your revival of the game and the many thousands who are currently skating around the world and would like this as a career, this game is a direct outgrowth of your efforts. Apparently all will be legitimate and skating close to the original and/or the USARS rules.
It is unlikely that all will succeed unless somehow they work together. The training for paid skaters will be much more intensive that what most leagues are doing. Conditioning is such an important part of the game, and those of you are interested can be part of it. All are planning to be men and women competing, although not on the same teams, but that could change.
I repeat, if it does come to pass, there must be some kind of acknowledgment to the amateur leagues who have pioneered the game with sweat and blood the past ten years. We never had existing skating leagues to choose from when I ran Roller Derby, and what you have done is remarkable.
It does not have to be harmful; the greatly increasing exposure will bring more people who want to skate, and not necessarily professional. There must be some ways of doing tie ins that will help everyone.
Although I have been approached, I am not currently part of any of them. And ironically, yesteerday I had a request for advice and aid from a person in Australia who wants to start a professional banked track league.
It will happen……how can it work to everyone’s benefit?