An old joke: if you see a fork in the road, take it.
I said I would stop criticizing the styles of skating and I will abide by that. It got my credentials cancelled at a couple of tourneys, but I can live with it.
But so many others have taken up the cause that many interesting things are happening. And the teams and players are starting to choose the style of skating that they want.
If you have time please ready the latest windyman blog: www.windymanrd.wordpress.com. He writes about a well-known skater who just couldn’t deal with the current style of WFTDA game…..hopefully the latest rule change will alleviate some of that. What’s ironic here, is that Windy man, a great guy, was standing next to me at the WFTDA western regionals when I was asked to leave…..maybe he will join my posse. I guess now that I am writing columns in Blood and Thunder for January, as well as for Lead Jammer Magazine in the UK, that I could be credentialed, but why?
The funny thing is my favorite teams are WFTDA: Silicon Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Resurrection Roller girls – my hometown squad, Sac Rollers and Sacred City. So I guess it is about the old message, don’t shoot the messenger. Unfortunately, I am no longer sure about the Bay Area Derby girls after my experiences at the Western Regional.
So what does this all mean? Your skating life is not that long…..you can stay affiliated with Roller Derby, but you should skate the way you want. And many are now looking seriously at USARS. Yes, there are still some points in the rules that need tweaking, but as more and more of you skate it, skaters, coaches and officials will hone it. And MADE with Coed rules and Renegades with what rules, and USARS Banked track and men’s leagues give a lot of options. And wait for Donna “the hotflash” Kay, the great innovator to come forth with her Oneworld cooperative.
I know many of you out there are justifiably proud of what has come about in the last 10 years……over 1375 leagues in 41 countries and the dominant (but not the only) ruleset is WFTDA. If it is what you want and love to skate, stay with it and help it progress.
I find it interesting that the #2 team in the world, the Oly Rollers (and my Resurrection Roller Girls) will be competing in the USARS nationals in Fresno December 14th to 16th, and more players will be watching the tournament (I hope on DNN) and deciding for themselves.
The only downer is that they are not using Brown Paper Tickets because it is a Ticketmaster building, and because of the high service fees they charge, USARS is handling the ticket sales themselves. Check it out at USARS.com.
However, the championship trophy is the Seltzer Cup, named after the founder of this wonderful sport. Who says I can’t get no respect?