Tuesday, 27 October 2009
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Check out 'Derby Owned' - an free online directory of Roller Derby businesses run by Roller Derby folk.
As the site explains, 'Buying from a derby owned business is a great way to support derby girls and roller derby in general'
The promo expires this Saturday (October 31st), and you need to enter the code 'ILOVEROLLERGIRLS09' when asked for a promotion code.
Monday, 26 October 2009
Glasgow Rollergirls and Auld Reekie bathed in the post-Whip It! attention of the media on Roller Derby, and hit the headlines of the Sunday Herald this weekend.
Check out the article HERE!
Sunday, 25 October 2009
CLICK HERE to see the first video to accompany Linda Lumardy's online diary of life in the Wakey Wheeled Cats.
Here's what she has to say so far ....
Welcome to On a Roll my online diary on life in the Wakey Wheeled Cats. I joined the league in August, after being sent to write a feature on the Cats for the Express women’s magazine. From the first tentative roll I was hooked, and luckily they let me join! It took a while for me to get my skates and I’ve only been to a few practices so far, so you’ll be with me right from the beginning. Hopefully it will be a good read, but if anything it should be a laugh, as I’ve already had some spectacular bruises, and there will be many more to come. Rather than bombard you with a huge first blog, over the next few weeks I’ll keep uploading snippets about roller derby life to get you all up to date. But for the first day of On a Roll, we have something very special for Wakey Wheeled Cats fans – our first ever training blog! Luckily for those of you who don’t like car-crash-telly, it doesn’t feature me, as I’m behind the camera, but instead Cats co-founder and coach Kirsty Quinn will be taking you through the basics of a roller derby game, and fellow co-founder Stephanie Sellers will be showing you a few beginners moves.
I hope you enjoy it!
Subscribe to the blog HERE , and if you have any comments for Linda, EMAIL her HERE .
The first public display of Men's Derby will take place (ironically!) at Carnival of the Strange , a Lincolnshire Bombers event in Newark on November 21st.
Congratulations lads, if any of you fancy writing a few words about the bout for The Round-Up Bout, I'm sure our readers would love to hear how things went.
Introducing a brand new blog, penned by The Round-Up Bout's very own Jetspun May-Q Dizzy.
Dizzy will be keeping you updated on all the Lincolnshire Bombers news at 'It's a Bomber .... It's a Bomber', so sign up to follow the blog ... and while you're at it, join up to The Round-Up Bout too!!
Saturday, 24 October 2009
If RDE, UK Derby News and The Round-Up Bout aren't fulfilling your craving for online Derby fodder, then look no further than Derby Nation , another Roller Derby virtual world on Ning.
Derby Nation founder, Lizbeth Von Lush, welcomes you to the site ...
Derby Nation got its start when a few derby addicts decided it was time to have an internet community specifically for bringing all of us derby fiends together!!! Derby Nation's creators hope this site will become the place on the net where anyone interested in derby can look up events, bouts, bout results, leagues, teams and players - nationwide!
If you're not a player, coach, official or volunteer you are still very welcome! Because if you're not a fan yet, watch out! Derby is very addictive - and most who come in contact with it never are quite the same again!
So derby guys and girls, post your bout and event dates. Share pictures. Create groups for your league or team. Chat on the message boards. Blog about derby life.
Friday, 23 October 2009
The blog comes from the page of Busta Armov , the retired Head Ref for the LA Derby Dolls , and a contributor to the amazing Derby News Network
Some of my particular favourites from the glossary include ...
The Inverse Bowling Ball - Blocker does a power slide or hockey stop and takes out the pack
Vee-gina Sandwich - Two blockers hit any other skater frpm both sides simultaneously
Tittie Takeout - A sub-category of the Johnnie Crash, in which a skater jabs their shoulder hard into the chest or breasts of the skater coming up behind them
Ass to Puss - A Booty Block in which contact is made between the front skater making the block, and the rear skater who contacts her with her crotch
And so .... especially for you guys, a little incentive to get training even harder at derby practice this week!!
Special thanks to El Toupee for completing the awful job of trawling through pics for one of Estro's bum! ;)
The publishers of Skin Deep have decided to put on their first tattoo expo’ and, whilst they’re at it, have arranged a mouth-watering one-day Roller Derby tournament (featuring the Steam Rollers , the Suffra Jets , the Ultraviolent Femmes , and the Birmingham Blitz Dames) in addition to a whole host of other goodies.
The event is being held at The International Centre in Telford on January 17th, 2010, and tickets are £10. CLICK HERE for more details
So, mark the date in your diary, book the following day off work, and order your ticket as soon as…
What is the Great Britons Programme about?
As the official airline partner of the London 2012 Games, British Airways has launched a programme called Great Britons, which will help and inspire people in the UK to be the best they can be. This scheme will look for individuals who demonstrate the values associated with Olympic and Paralympic Games and who strive to be the best, whether their passion is in sport, music, fashion, performing arts, art and design, innovation, or community.
BA are giving 180 flights away this year to talented individuals and groups.
For many, this once in a lifetime chance gives them the boost they need for their careers to take off to the next exciting level.
What Kamikaze Kitten has to say about the competition ....
Winning would mean being able to push myself to a new level as a sportswoman, and help the fledgling women's sport of Roller Derby grow and be recognised throughout the UK. The London Rollergirls are working hard in order to raise enough funds to fly our All Stars team, of which I am captain, over to the US and take up the invitation to train with Gotham Girls Roller Derby in New York – the top ranked US Roller Derby team.
In July we hosted and won the inaugural European Roller Derby tournament in Earls Court, London. We brought together over 12 European teams for this weekend event which culminated in the London Rollergirls comfortably winning the title of European Champions. Training with the Gotham Girls will let us take UK roller derby to the next level. We are hoping to take full advantage of our trip across the pond and play at least four US teams along the East Coast of the US to maximise our learning. We are fundraising hard to raise cash for this trip – winning this competition would take us a big step towards achieving our goal.
This is more than just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and my team to play at the very top of our game; it's an opportunity for the sport of Roller Derby as a whole. Along with other members of London Rollergirls, I have been active in travelling around the UK and Europe, coaching other teams as far afield as Glasgow and Berlin. The skills we will learn taking on the titans of the sport will be passed on to benefit the entire UK Roller Derby community and this opportunity would mean really putting UK Roller Derby on the map. It’s not just one skater this would make a difference to, it’s over 400 roller derby players in the existing 23 leagues in the UK, and the hundreds that are waiting for a team to appear in their city or town.
So ... show some Derby solidarity, and CLICK ON THIS LINK to vote for the girls to get free flights to New York. It only takes a couple of minutes, and you can even link the site to your Facebook to make voting even easier.
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Regulars to The Round-Up Bout will remember me posting a link to a new Derby-zine. One of the Zine's columnists, Hula Gunn of the London Rollergirls , has specially requested the help of Round-Up Bout readers.
Hulz wants your questions and queries for a column on derby boutfits and bout make-up. If you or your league have any questions you want answered, then email Hula Gunn HERE
Jet Stepper xx
The Second City Roller Bullies have raged their way into town!
The Birmingham leg of the Tri-County Rollers are hoping to bring Roller Derby to the masses and spread that Derby love across the West Midlands with sister league the Redditch Rebel Rollers !
Birmingham's newest team has started recruiting to start training in November...please contact Bitter Sweet if you're interested in joining
WEBSITE MYSPACE FACEBOOK
After all the hype and Derby-fuelled anticipation, this event could have easily disappointed, but I am pleased to say that Grange Hell actually managed to exceed all my expectations!
Upon entering the foyer of Cocks Moor Woods Leisure Centre the atmosphere was electric, with the clang of skate cases knocking together and excited Roller Girls darting about like toddlers in a playground.
Lessons started in earnest at 11am. These included perfecting the basics, tactical drills, endurance, Jammmer skills, and technique. Not to forget the mandatory sit ups and press ups, and optional instruction in Bonnie D. Stroir classics such as “the waitress” and the “power slide/ hockey stop”.
Those attending were split into two groups, and then these groups were continually rotated between the two coaches. Both Estro Jen and Bonnie D. Stroir were exceptionally knowledgeable, and happy to pass on any and all pearls of wisdom. Their passion for the sport was evident in everything they did. Plus the coaches' physique was second to none. Most students left the Bootcamp with the new mantra ……. “I WILL have a butt like Estro Jen's!”
Throughout the weekend everyone involved was highly motivated to ensure we all gained as much as possible from their experience. With their encouraging and helpful demeanours the Central City Roller girls and guys made this a weekend never to forget.
The after party was a collection of like minds, where everyone reviewed the days events, with a little or a lot of alcohol thrown in for good measure. There was lively dancing, karaoke was sung with varying levels of success and drunken Roller Girl antics went on late into the night.
This was a must-attend spectacle and for those who couldn't make it, do not fear ... Central City Roller girls will be hosting t he Blood and Thunder Bootcamp on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd of May 2010.
Make sure you get a ticket as this event is guaranteed to be just as amazing.
Thanks and Good Luck to all at CCR.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Wakey Wheeled Cats have a bit of exciting news we’d like to share with you!
Linda LuMardy, a new skater to our league, is using her journalistic wonderfulness to write an online weekly blog about becoming a roller derby girl. This will be accompanied by a monthly, three-minute video blog of The Wakey Wheeled Cats' training sessions.
Every month you can follow us from our humble beginnings, as we’re currently a very new league, through our beginners training and beyond, eventually up to playing bouts.
We would especially love for other leagues to get involved too!
Each month we’d like to have a guest skater or coach from a different league to hold a small training session, which will be filmed and shared for all to see. We hope for this to be built up from the very basics, past minimum skills assessments and into training drills. Hopefully this can promote not just our league, but other UK leagues and UK Roller Derby as a whole.
Whilst Whip It! isn't due out in the UK until early next year, I'm fortunate enough to currently be in the States, where the movie premiered some weeks ago.
Those of you who are regulars of my blog will have already read Psychology Today 's Jeremy Clyman's rather dubious interpretation of the film and its lesbian fantasy elements (!) but I'll leave talking about his analysis for a later blog ... for now this is just about the movie.
Whip It! is a story about small town girl Bliss Cavendar. Bliss's mum, or should I say 'mom', Brooke, is a former pageant queen, and pushes her daughter to follow in her footsteps, however Bliss is an indie-loving alternative teenager more at home in her DMs than in a ball gown. On a shopping trip to the state capital Austin, Bliss bumps into some members of the Texas Roller Derby league TXRD and picks up a flier for their upcoming display bout. At the bout, she gushes to one of the skaters, Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig), that the members of the league have just become her new heroes. Maggie replies with the message of the film, 'Put some skates on. Be your own hero!'
And so Bliss removes her Barbie skates from a box in the attic and teaches herself to skate, speeding first around her neighbourhood streets, and then around the banked track in record time during the try-outs, earning herself a place on the track as a 'Hurl Scout', alongside the likes of Drew Barrymore (Smashley Simpson), Eve (Rosa Sparks) and LA Derby Dolls' Kristen Adolfi and Rachel Piplica (The Manson Sisters).
Whilst the initial shots of the bout weren't particularly impressive or illustrative of roller derby, and I could imagine someone who had never seen the sport before might wonder from the brief snippets shown why Bliss becomes suddenly obsessed with derby quite literally overnight, the later scenes do make up for this. The skating in the film is fast-paced, well shot and on the whole realistic, though I felt Drew Barrymore's character Smashley, clearly put in the film for humour value, only really served to degrade the view of Derby presented by the film. Smashley Simpson was constantly drunk and extremely violent, breaking basic derby rules in almost every scene, and seeming to get away virtually scot-free. There are a couple of awesome moves in the film, notably a two-man leg whip in the final jam of the championship final, and Xena stunt double Zoe Bell skates admirably in her role as Bloody Holly.
I absolutely loved the Hurl Scout uniforms, and thought the names for the five teams in the TXRD league were all brilliant, especially the 'Fight Attendants'. All of the skaters had awesome Derby names - Babe Ruthless, Princess Slayer, Jabba the Slut, Kame Kaze, Eva Destruction ... but before you try and pinch any of them, they are all taken from active Derby girls! In fact the real Babe Ruthless (Bliss's skater name) has actually just moved from Arizona to skate with TXRD!
But now for the rest of the film ....
I said I wouldn't mention Jeremy Clyman's article, but can I just say ... he claimed Whip It! could have been about any sport, and that Roller Derby was in no way essential to the film. I completely disagree. Frankly, if it weren't for the Roller Derby, there would be very little to the film. Various issues are explored, but all rather half-heartedly. The relationship between Bliss and her boyfriend Olly (singer Landon Pigg) is developed wonderfully, with a montage of really cute, yet not cliched scenes ... only for him to cheat on her whilst away on tour. This could have been used really well, to show Bliss using the anger to skate faster and harder, but she basically just shrugs off his infidelity, and the good thirty minutes of the film used to develop the relationship, and that's the end of that! There is also a sub-plot of Maggie Mayhem's single parenthood ... but again this is done somewhat half-heartedly, and you come away wondering why they bothered casting the little ginger boy as her child! The film is funny in parts, but there are also numerous cringey moments, where you can see that humour is being attempted, but in my opinion falls flat. Similarly some of the acting is rather hammy, and not just from the many real derby girls enlisted in from US leagues for the film.
Page is convincing in her role as Bliss, though I couldn't help feeling the character wasn't a big departure from her defining role in Juno. The relationship with her parents was interesting, and the contrast between Bliss and her pageant loving younger sister Shania highly amusing. Bliss's best friend Pash (Arrested Development's Alia Shawkat) makes a brilliant sidekick, and Iron Maven (Juliette Lewis) is a formidable and wonderfully detestable arch-rival! Whilst Drew Barrymore's character is little more than a slap-stick add-on to the film, her directing is nearly flawless, and you really wouldn't know it was her debut behind the camera.
Despite its short-comings, I would still recommend going and seeing the film. It IS a historic moment in Roller Derby, as suddenly the sport is being thrust into the headlines and onto magazine covers. Whilst the way it is being publicised (something I will discuss in the 'Lesbianism and Whip It' blog later this month) is perhaps questionable, the film has already dramatically increased coverage and awareness of roller derby, and can only serve to encourage hordes more girls worldwide to try the sport.
So, grab the rest of your Derby girls, and head down to your nearest cinema the moment the flick finally hits UK screens. And when it does, let me know what you think!
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
In-Depth Photos have just released the official photos from Central City Rollergirls' Roller Derby Acadamy last weekend - Grange Hell.
The weekend was a great success, with coaching from Angel City Derby Girls' founder Estro Jen, and San Diego Derby Dolls' founder Bonnie D.Stroir . A full write-up of the bootcamp is still to come, but for now, feast your eyes on the official pics
David James Coxsell is the author of RD:UK If you'd like him to take pictures at your Roller Derby event, contact him HERE .
How much? - Tickets £7 or £4 concessions
The Round-Up Bout is celebrating its first month as the UK's most up-to-date and far-reaching Roller Derby blog ... but Jet Stepper needs your help to make it bigger and better!
Last weekend saw the Royal Windsor Rollergirls celebrating their 2nd birthday with a closed bout against the Bedfordshire Roller Girls
The bout was a first for many of the girls skating, and despite a convincing win by RWRG, it sounds like everyone involved enjoyed themselves immensely.
Monday, 19 October 2009
As we all know, the world of UK Roller Derby is growing super-fast, and it's sometimes hard to keep track (boom boom!)
Jet Stepper is off to see Whip It! this week, and a review will follow shortly ... including just how much closeted lesbian fantasy there really is in the film!
Introducing AMAZING SKATES the brainchild of Leeds Roller Dolls' ref The Enforcer. Amazing Skates is a shop for Derby folk by Derby folk. The site will be complete very soon, but for now, email the Enforcer HERE to find out what he has in stock.
Sunday, 18 October 2009
When we at Doll and Action Man HQ heard that our derby sisters, the wonderful Rainy City Rollergirls were celebrating their first birthday with a pickup scrimmage and a purple, black and silver themed party we uttered a collective “Heck Yeah” and set off westwards to join in.
In the end five Dolls and our lovely head ref, Matt the Knife, landed on the amusingly tilted ‘Fit City’ sports centre ("not FAT city, FIT city” Anna Tomic, RCRG travel team skater, emphasised as we took the first of many wrong turnings en route).
Strapping on skates and messing about on the track we were heard chirruping “Coo when does the scrimmage start?” and “Eeek the famous C-Rex of London Rollergirls is here! Hope we don’t get smushed by her!”
We all split into teams of black t-shirts versus white t-shirts, and then the scrimmage was ON!
Skating with people whose names you do not even know, never mind their skill level or on-track foibles, really shakes you out of any complacency you might have grown when only scrimmaging with your own team mates. Hearing skaters from other leagues comment on how good your team mates are garners two thumbs up. And, inevitably getting smushed by C-Rex and Hooligal (London Rocking Rollers) can only add to your determination to improve your getting out of the way/ counter blocking skills!!
The wonderful Rainy City league had plenty more treats in store for us other than pick up scrimmaging – pass the parcel pace-lines, queen of the track, stuck in the mud and ‘refs versus rollergirls’ scrimmaging all preceded the afterparty. And yep, Rainy City do know how to party!
Thanks to Rainy City for such a lovely day of derby love… now we Dolls *really* cannot wait to boutyou in November! Please keep checking our website, twitter and blog for further announcements about Leeds Roller Dolls versus Rainy City Rollergirls.
Next up for the Leeds Roller Dolls will be our birthday trip to Carrie on Skating… aha! Another chance to party with the Rainy City ladies!
The Clyde City Rockers are the official Jeerleading squad for the Glasgow Rollergirls.
We're currently recruting so we can expand our team of pom pom shakers!!!
If you think you've got what it takes to keep the crowd going, love Roller Derby, don't mind having no
voice the following day cause you've jeered sooooooooooooo loud then WE NEED YOU NOW!!!!!
All shapes & sizes welcome, guy's too!!!
***you just need to be 18yrs old or over***
*WARNING* This is NOT your preppy girl next door squeaky clean squad.
For further details please contact us HERE, or on MYSPACE, or BEBO.
you can also keep up to date with the Jeerleaders by joining our FORUM.
luv Clyde City Rockers..........xXx
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Here at the Round-Up Bout we've noticed a fair bit of uproar following an article on Psychology Today by Jeremy Clyman, about his hypothesis that Whip It, and thus Roller Derby, is a closeted source of lesbian fantasy.