Feb 2014 05

BLOG: What I wish I’d known as a Freshie
By Laur’n DisOrder

With the new intake I have been thinking about what I wish I’d known when I joined. I didn’t want to write about things like technique, exercise regimes etc. here because there are people way more qualified to comment in the league. What this blog is about is my personal experience and what I wish past DisOrder had known.

So in no particular order:

You are not wasting anyone’s time.
This is a thought that I have to hold on to even now. I was really worried when I started that I was somehow wasting people’s time when I needed help, that if I just kept repeating the drill it would somehow make sense without me having to ask for help. It’s true that practise is key to learning new skillz but there’s no shame in asking for help and in our league usually the person you ask really, really wants to help.
No matter what skill level you are at, no matter how hard you are finding something that everyone else seems to get instantly, asking for help when you need it is a good thing. I still feel like an uncoordinated toddler when I go to another skater and say “This isn’t working for me, can you help?” but everyone has been totally supportive. No matter how amazing you get as a skater (I’ve been assured by some really amazing skaters) there will always be stuff you don’t get. It’s always good to get an outside perspective when there is something that is not working. If you need help, ask. You are not wasting anyone’s time I promise.


Jan 2014 16

 By Hammer Montana  (Dec 2013)


Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative… 

Roller derby is something I grew very quickly to love. Not just the sport, but everything which surrounds it – the people, the community, the way that it becomes a way of life. Having said that, this year of derby has been a challenging one for me and squashing that negative voice in my head has been difficult at times.

 I’ve been struggling this year with my progress – there have been times where I haven’t been happy with the speed at which I’ve been progressing and this has frustrated me immensely. Whoever said there was no crying in derby is, in my opinion, wrong! I’ve certainly shed some tears this year – when testing has happened and I haven’t moved up to the next grade, when I’ve had a particularly difficult training session when I haven’t seemed to be able to do anything at all, and so on and so on. This is when the negative voices in my head start up. They tell me I’m never going to make it to that next grade, that I’ll never crack that 27-in-5, that maybe I should just give it all up. And it’s hard not to listen to them.

Hammer Montana Jamming like a boss at the Purple and Teal Scrimmage late 2013.

Hammer Montana Jamming like a boss at the Purple and Teal Scrimmage late 2013.


Jan 2014 07

By: Glam Torino

The family I rave to my family about:

Part 1: Support through loss

In September 2012 I broke my ankle during a bout. With the new S2D2 website being prettied up, there was a call out to write blogs, and lots of people suggested I write one about my healing, recovery and comeback phases. Of course, I needed to wait until I had really made a comeback, so I figured I’d write it after my first training session back, with a focus on the support I received from my derby brothers and sisters near and far. February rolled around – not ready. Then maybe after I’d begun scrimmaging with my new teammates. Still not ready. Once I’d survived my first bout back, six months after the break. Something wasn’t urging me to write, so I threw myself into the training regime for the rest of the 5×5 Roller Derby tournament, working my arse off to catch up to my teammates who hadn’t just had four months off skates…


Then my dog died.


Dec 2013 18

By Strawbr’y SlaughterCake.

There’s nothing quite like falling in love. 13 years ago I fell in love with my Mr Right and, three years ago I fell in love with roller derby.  Not in the same way, of course, but it was still a pivotal moment in my life. That kind of creepy obsessive love that only happens when you realise you want something with all your being and you’ll make sacrifices to have it. Then followed my love of fitness, healthy food, my derby brothers and sisters, my skates, my new skates and the list goes on. I do however, have a new love, the strangest most amazing kind of love yet. The love for my baby girl.

This is my story. A story of my quest to be a fit, strong, successful derby Mumma. But was this even possible?

The Journey.

I was completely happy with my life. Fantastic husband. A good job. A close and supportive family. And, I was a derby girl. Fit. Motivated. Determined. Strong. But there was still something missing. I wanted to have a baby.

The decision to have a baby wasn’t easy. There are so many questions that you simply cannot answer. But once hubby and I were both in agreement, the thought was so unbelievably exciting.

After 8 months of trying and finding out in the process that I had polycycstic ovaries syndrome, we decided to see a fertility doctor. The news was good. I was so relieved as so many of my friends had not been so lucky.

Of course, all through this I was still training and playing derby. A new season had just started and I was fitter and faster than ever. I was close to achieving a long time goal of 30 laps in 5 minutes. Just half a lap to go.


On our way out of the doctors office, hubby and I discussed and absorbed what the doctor had told us. Now was the time, this is our chance. That’s when I realised, I had to give up derby. Well, contact at least. As I pushed the button to the elevator, I said it aloud to hubby and I almost burst into tears. All of my goals and dreams will be put on hold. I was devastated. Now to any non-derby going person, this may seem a tad selfish. Ok, very selfish. But, to a derby girl, the decision to have a baby is both heart warming and breaking at the same time. I didn’t want to loose everything i had worked for over the past three years, I was scared I would loose everything, even my ‘derby family’. Little did I know, not much more than a week later, I would fall pregnant. [..]

Dec 2013 16

By Sintax

Derby can get hard,  particularly around the end of the season.  You’ve been working your butt off all year,  training,  committeeing, promoting,  derbying, and it can get very overwhelming.  If you’re an official,  like me,  chances are that you’ve worked games at least half of the previous 50 weekends and the idea of an off season can be as exhausting as, well, planning for xmas.  All you want to do is fall in a heap on the lounge and watch WFTDA Champs games on YouTube.

If you’re like me,  you might get a slump at the end of the season,  feel down,  worn out,  like finding motivation to get through to the next game (BRING ON JAN 4!) is impossible. This is,  according to peeps with brains,  not just a derby phenomena.  The end of the year brings thoughts of endings, beginnings and a butt tonne of rumination on the goals we set in January – Did I hit that PB best for laps? Did I get that HR/HNSO/crew head role I was striving for?  Did I finally nail those wrong side transitions/360 turns/freaking tomohawks? Was I patient and understanding?  Did I do enough?  Be enough?  Act enough?

sintaxAwesome photo by Roaringstorm Photography

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, PhD, professor of psychology at Yale University has researched depression and the habit of rumination – going over and over your problems and feelings without taking any action to overcome or solve them – and she says that the end of the year is like a trap for those prone to excessive rumination.  Everywhere we turn are reminders that another year had passed, another year where we could have been better, faster,  stronger.  The media is flooding us with yearly countdowns and wrap ups, our friends are plotting out NY’s resolutions and we’re looking for the perfect wheels/skates/plates/eating plans to make MONSTER DERBY in 2014. Everything bodes change and renewal and our (ever alert) psyches read this as a sign to dive headfirst into bean counting our successes and not-so-successes. [..]

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