When he is not hard at work at Skateworld, Brett Stang is training hard for Team USA, coaching various San Diego Roller Derby teams, or traveling to contribute to MRDA’s number one team (Your Mom). Here, he reflects on what is going on locally, what he gets out of all this skating and what is in still in store for his derby career.
BStang: I like all the new teams, new colors, and new rules. I think it shakes things up a little bit in the league and pits players against players that you would never see otherwise. I hope that each game is close. The new rule set allows that to happen and I want every game to go down to the wire, but that’s just me being selfish.
BStang: The greatest reward is seeing players have the “I got it” moment. That’s why I love coaching new skaters. The biggest disappointments are always the frustration with refs and calls. I know you have to deal with it, but even 7 years later I haven’t seemed to learn. I am a guy that thinks the refs should be seen not heard. But, it is what it is.
BStang: Showing up to a roller rink is the best feeling in the world. I don’t ever show up like “ugh, I’m here again.” I never have that feeling. I hope that I can be around the skating world the rest of my life.
BStang: I’m not going to lie, the travel back and forth is stressful. My number one priority is the rink. So, making sure that everything is handled here is first. Flying to Des Moines is the best decision in derby I have made. I would not be on Team USA without getting my name and play out there, San Diego play can only get me so far. To play against the best of the best and win a championship in this sport, in my first year, was awesome. I cannot wait to head to London and play with the world.
BStang: The men’s league is growing and I love the new guys we have starting up. Thanks to Rowdy and Andrew they have recruited a couple of good guys. Once we go MRDA, I will not have to travel to Des Moines anymore.
BStang: Oh, the future of derby. That is a wide question. As long as people are still skating around an oval I don’t care what rules they are playing, it’s good for roller skating. I hope that if people cannot like a certain rule set, they find one they like and keep playing.
You can see Brett Stang almost any day at San Diego Skateworld…or come out for a practice or two and see his coaching in full action.