Another Derby year gone?


Not quite, you have the USARS championship for the Seltzer Cup coming up December 14th and 15th (on DNN?) in Fresno…..hope if you are nearby you will come……makes no difference what game you play, it is Derby and deserves all of our support.  And Oly will be there in the field.

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Image by pawel_231 from stock.xchng.com.

I will be watching DNN and WFTDA.tv during the month and see what is going on around the Bay Area.  And then we have 2013 and the whole process starts again.

Not that it is important, but as a promoter, I ask the following of all of you:

1.  Train as hard and as often as you can. I know the difficulty of just being able to skate with all that is going on in your life, but those who were able to see the Championships in person or on WFTDA.tv realize what a giant step it is to get to the top twenty, and that is what you should strive for even if it can’t happen.

2.  Make your league more skilled in the game itself.  So many times in games I have watched players seemingly out of position and not prepared to block to help or stop jammers, and when the jammers just fly by it certainly looks like a lack of skill…..hoped you watched the pack play of  the Gotham Girls in the finals.  If you can get the archive tape, do so.

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Image by datarec from stock.xchng.com.

3.  Avoid injuries at all costs.  Broken legs, huge bruises, damaged coccyx’s are not badges of honor.  Most are avoidable.  Should you wear tights, have a butt pad, whatever?  And the better your skill, the less likely you are to hurt someone else or yourself.  And don’t allow an underskilled player to participate in a game.

4.  Try and figure a way to get more games so that everyone in your league who pays and practices gets a chance to participate in real game action…..whether they are scrimmages, or private, or unsanctioned, everyone is in it to play Roller Derby!  Remember, they even do that in Little League.  It is more important to compete than to win!

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Image by johnnyberg from stock.xchng.com.

5.  Make each game meaningful…..can you establish a local “conference” of at least six teams so that there is a reason for fans to come back or to get new fans.

There is a lot more, but stop with the preaching already.

Any of the many training camps that are offered will be great for you.  And for god’s skate, come to Rollercon.  There is so much for you besides just hugging the Commissioner.  Ask those who just attended the first one in Australia.

All of the above will help get the game worldwide up to a universal standard of excellence.  Then just watch what happens.

Now in 2013 I am entering a new decade for me that might be terrifying for most people, but I am so excited and you all are largely responsible.

One comment on “Another Derby year gone?

  1. Yet another Derby-Righteous blog entry Mr. Commish!! I hope all individuals and leagues take these simple steps to heart. I do whole-heartedly agree with you about Fast Derby–The big girls at the championship bouts didn’t go in for a “passive offense” or “slow-derby” strategy and neither should your league!!

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