The evening kicked off with a pre bout by our amazing Cadettes! Many of our juniors, who are coached by our own SDRD players, are really stepping it up a notch this season! If you haven’t seen them play yet this season, make sure you come out to their next game and give them a shout out!
Game # 2 showcased the Coastbusters vs. our game # 1 winners, the Rollin’ Ninjas. The Ninjas showed up with masks and rubber ducks, ready to kick some booty. The Coastbusters, however, didn’t disappoint, showing up with their mascot, The Coastbuster! He helped them warm up on the track and got the crowd cheering.
The first half kicked off with a bang and the Ninjas did not let their fans down, throwing the first 4 points up on the board. The Coastbusters pushed back and managed to tie the score back up by the 5th jam. The tie didn’t last long though as the Ninjas pulled ahead and managed to stay there, ending the first half 28-47.
The second half saw the Ninjas holding there lead, the Coastbusters struggling to put some more points up. Tempers began to flare and hits grew harder as players struggled to assist their jammers. The Rollin Ninjas Mistress Doom was ejected during jam 30. It seems she forgot to leave her naughty words at home. Although the Coastbusters scored some more points, it was not enough to take the lead and the Ninjas won their second game, 61-100.
One noticeable difference in this game were the jaw jarring, bone slamming hits!
With the Rollin Ninjas holding the first place position, the next game, RRA vs. Coastbusters, will determine who the second place team is so far this season. This game is sure to be intense!
Thank you to Skateworld, the NSOs, Refs, and all others who make this league and season possible.
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.
San Diego Roller Derby’s women and men’s Aftershocks won back to back games on February 22nd in Ensenada, Mexico against the women’s Ensenada All Stars and men’s Lycans, respectively.
SDRD’s women and the Ensenada All Stars faced off first in a half hour bout to start the evening. Jammers included Shanghai Surprise, Snow Bunny, and Samwise Banshee. SDRD also welcomed special guests, Bully Julie and Pinky Pokerface. Final score of the women’s bout: 144 SDRD to 43 Ensenada.
Following the women’s bout, the men took the floor. Players Johnny Guns and Boo from OC Roller Derby’s Chorizo & Eggs team joined the Aftershocks for the evening. This was also the first bout for new Aftershocks members Max and Jorge. The bout started with some fancy footwork on the slick sport court floor by jammers Lambo R. Feeties and Bobby Light. Despite a few long official timeouts, including one that ran over six minutes, the game remained fast-paced and intense, with hard hits coming from Aftershocks blockers against the Lycans. At the end of the first half, the Aftershocks were ahead 104 to 68. The second half of the bout featured several power jams for the Lycans, but none were enough to claim the lead. Lycan jammers #404 Error and #18 Michael each wowed the crowd with some spectacular apex jumps, but it was not enough to catch the Aftershocks’ lead. The bout ended with a power jam for the Lycans, but it was not enough to change the final score: 208 SDRD to 171 Lycans. SDRD would like to thank Roller Derby Ensenada for hosting this bout.
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Photo Courtesy of Corys Creative Photography
Saturday, January 25th, was SDRD’s first home teams game of the season! This event was packed and everyone was already pumped up for what was expected to be an awesome new season. The home teams were drafted at the end of the 2013 year and they did not waste time getting started with learning to play in their new teams.
The bout kicked off with our Cadettes first bout of the year. The teams were black vs. white and white broke out as our first lead jammer of the year! The most noticeable change in our Cadettes this year is how much they have improved! Dedication and continued training, even in the off season, has shown that they have what it takes to knock your skates off. The final score of the game was 32-8, white victorious!
The main bout of the night kicked off shortly after. Our first two home teams playing were the Rollin Ninjas, coached by Bobby Light and Foxy Vicious, and the Rolling Rebel Alliance, aka RRA, coached by Angeroo and Iliac Attack! There was a lot of fan buzz for the two new home teams. Ninja masks were sighted throughout the rink and some local Jedi’s were there to keep an eye out for the dark side.
Some changes to note immediately was the fact that blockers are starting in diagonal walls aligned two and two. Also, the jammers start on the other side of the track and blockers must cross the pivot line before ANY interactions with the jammer can occur. Finally, jammers score one point each time they make it through the pack and an extra point for lead jammer, the status which could change during the jam. So jammers better kick into high gear or risk losing their lead jammer status!
The first whistle blew and it wasn’t long before the Ninjas pulled ahead. RRA threw some points up on the board but the gap just kept getting wider with Ninjas gaining a 20 point lead. With the first half close to over, RRA threw a little back and managed to close the gap and end the half with the score 30-31, RRA! The Ninjas started the second half with a clear game plan, put RRA back in their place. As the gap started to grow again, the crowd tensed waiting to see if RRA could pull another come back or if the Ninjas would emerge victorious. The point spread slowly narrowed and with a few minutes left in the game, RRA gained a power jam, throwing points up as fast as the jammer could move. It would not be enough though and the Ninjas won the first home game of the season 90-85!
The crowd erupted, feet and skates alike, stomped, and the fans lined the track to cheer on the players! It was really amazing and many professed their love of derby renewed on this night. Don’t miss the next home teams game when the Ninjas take on the Coastbusters, February 15th, at Skateworld.
SDRD and the home teams thank Skateworld, the refs, NSO’s and everyone involved who made this event such a success!
On October 30th, Skateworld and San Diego Roller Derby hosted their 2nd Annual Monster Smash.
Teams were drafted from SDRD’s own league onto two sides. White Zombies and Black Monsters. Every skill level, including juniors, were divided up and the rivalry began!
The evening began with our own Samwise Banshee singing the National Anthem and what an amazing voice she has. The whistle blew for the first jam and both jammers made it to the penalty box! The Monsters quickly picked up momentum, and lead jammer, and took the lead. Both teams continued to battle it out with adults playing two jams followed by a round of juniors. Both teams battled through to the first half but the Monsters led by 45 points with a score of 154 – 109.
The halftime show was not something to missed as Angeroo and B Stang executed jumps that left the crowd cheering and gasping at the same time. The final attempt, made by B Stang, of 10 bodies was nearly a fail with his first attempt ending with a crash but he lapped back around, picked up speed and nailed it! The 50/50 raffle winner was announced and did I mention that the proceeds are going to this month charity, The Polinsky’s Childrens Center.
The second half picked up speed as the Zombies attempted to close the 45 point gap. They battled hard and managed to close the points gap to only 5 points! The game was definitely on but the junior Monsters, playing the final jam, pulled off a 25 point jam and the game was over, 297-249, Monsters win!
Thank you to those who came out and supported the league. A special thanks to Skateworld, our refs, announcers, and all the other volunteers who make this possible.
Chovy Frohlich, is not only a phenomenal skater; she’s a businesswoman, mother, artist, and Vice President on the San Diego Roller Derby Board of Directors. But where did this derby girl come from and how did she find her way to SDRD? Let’s rewind a little ways and explore the uprising of Boogiewoman aka Boogie!
As a spectator, Boogie became a fan while watching the Windy City Rollers in 2007. With fancy venues, crazy announcers, mascots and wild costumes, how could she not fall in love with the sport! She even tried out for the team but not being able to skate, she was cut during the first round. That did not stop her love or drive to learn this sport. Walking down the street in Ocean Beach one day, she spotted a girl wearing a Windy City Rollers Shirt and said “Hey! I know them – that’s roller derby.” The girl, known by the name of Stella Sabotage, a transfer skater from Chicago, quickly recruited Boogie to try out for the San Diego Derby Dolls. And so her derby life began.
After training for 7 months, Boogie made the team and played in 5 games before taking a break for the arrival of her handsome son. During this time, she continued to learn refereeing and helped coach the newbies. She met several SDRD skaters here before they made the switch. Sensing that the league was no longer a good fit, Boogie almost quit before being recruited to SDRD and has called it her home ever since. Boogie has played on every level team that SDRD has to offer and is currently a member of the Starlettes, SDRD’s “A” team. She has recently discovered her love for Co-Ed bouts and hitting boys with everything she’s got!
In her everyday life, Boogie is currently a super organized Office Manager/Bookkeeper for a small architecture and construction firm. This background has worked really well for her in her league job, Vice President of Board of Directors. Her job is wide and varied and includes anything from checking in on all the various aspects/jobs within the league to helping resolve conflict/issues with the skaters. Her skills do not stop there! She has also been a full time stay at home mom, a psychotherapist for trauma and abuse, and a self-employed oil painter – specializing in people and pet portraits.
The name Boogiewoman was created while she was trying to pick something scary but fun at the same time. Showing her unique sense of humor, Boogiewoman B00 was created, a spoof on Boogeyman with a feminine twist. WFTDA eventually made her drop the B in her number and fellow skaters started calling her Boogie for short. But don’t let her fun attitude fool you, she’s as serious about training off the track as she is on. Boogie runs 3 miles and swims 1600 meters twice a week! She also gets a monthly pedicure to keep her feet in top shape……
Asking what her favorite thing about derby is, Boogie could only supply a list showing how deep her dedication and love is.
1. The way it connects me to my body and pushes me to be stronger, skate better, and be faster.
2. Hitting because nothing feels better than doing it legally.
3. Strategy – the game is so complex and rich, I never get tired of thinking about it.
4. It’s democratic – every female (and male) body is welcomed and an asset to the team.
5. The support from your team!
Boogie’s advice – “The only way to learn is by trying, so don’t just watch from the sidelines. If you are new,
someone (Splint Her, now skating with Gotham) once told me “all you have to do to succeed in derby is show up to practice and to stick around for a few years – most people just give up before they get really good”.
Visit Boogiewoman’s FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boogiewoman/400579156634050?ref=hl
Zito # 28 aka Sarah Newbom Zito, had no idea that the joke e-mail her friend sent her 3 ½ years ago would have such an impact on her life. Who knew something like roller derby even existed? Eight wheels and one week later found Zito, an ex rink rat/figure skater, learning that little thing known as derby love!
Zito has always been a one league kinda girl and started her career with San Diego Roller Derby, first playing with the Rockettes (currently known as the Bandettes) and now with the Starlettes, SDRD’s travel “A” team. Her involvement doesn’t stop there! Zito, wanting to share her love for derby with anyone interested, is one of the leagues “Newbie” coordinators, welcoming new faces and helping them get where they need to be. She also started the Cadettes program, a junior division for kids aged 8-17, where SDRD’s future derby players are born.
Outside of derby, you can find Zito working her magic as a hairstylist or working with a non profit to help place high school exchange students in the US. She can also be found in the gym a few times a week taking the circuit, yoga, kettlebell, or boot camp classes, and if your lucky, you can catch her in Zumba!
Originally going by the name Split Endz (because of her day job), she eventually changed to her much loved nickname of Zito, since that’s what everyone calls her anyways. The # 28 is the age she has been happily celebrating for the last 13 years and for many years to come! Always friendly and willing to help out, Zito has become a smiling face that is always ready to roll and pitch in where needed.
Personal Note from Zito:
My favorite thing about derby is “the feeling of accomplishing something that I didn’t think I could. I never ever leave the rink wishing I’d stayed home. I love the people I have met in derby. SDRD feels like my long lost family!” My personal advice – “Show up! Especially when you don’t feel like it! It makes you a better person.”
If you would like to read more about Zito, check her out at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ZITO-28-Split-Endz/145570985513383
Derby ain’t cheap! Help send Zito to Nationals: http://www.gofundme.com/zito28