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Jan 172017

Most of us already doing the derby heard this saying multiple times when we first became interested in the sport and the person recruiting responded to our questions with “You’ll love this sport, it saved my soul!”

But, what does that mean?

Well, it means a lot of different things to each individual player. For me personally, I use it as my form of physical therapy. I had a major surgery 2 years ago that required some portions of my cervical spine to be removed along with a craniectomy. Yes: you read that correctly. No: this was not an injury related to playing the sport.

I worked hard to get my legs to reconnect communication to my brain, I had to relearn to feed myself, and I had to use a walker for some time until I could regain my balance on my own.

I had been skating for 1.5 years at that point and thought to myself “I will never be able to compete again”. I fell down into a dark place of anger and depression and I couldn’t even skate anymore to escape from these major life changes. Fast forward a few months to when I decided to make the move to San Diego. I felt maybe a change in scenery is all I needed, my then boyfriend (now fiance) had a great job offer here and I thought it was worth a try. But I was still in a dark place without knowing anyone here; I have no family here as I had left them all behind. So I got to thinking: if I could relearn to walk, I could try to relearn to skate! So the very next day I started looking up local leagues.

SAN DIEGO ROLLER DERBY popped up a few times, so I decided it was time to get back on 8 wheels. I worked for 8 months on my own before finally deciding to come down to drop in on a practice and start getting involved. Shy little me started to make a few friends and I started forgetting the darkness existed. I started to feel like myself again. My neck and back started to become stronger, I enjoyed getting my butt kicked from the exercise, and at this moment I realized “Why didn’t I come here sooner?”

I went from losing basic abilities and not being confident I my own footsteps to being an overall improved person with much more learning to go. I no longer feel like a failure because my spoon missed my mouth and landed on my cheek. I no longer feel that anxiety of learning to tie my own shoes again. BECAUSE OF ROLLER DERBY, I NOW KNOW I’VE HAD THIS STRENGTH IN ME TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST MY OWN BODY THIS ENTIRE TIME…..I just had to get pushed a little bit into figuring out my true self from my derby sisters; Derby sisters that continued to push me when I was giving up on myself, that continue to push me into working hard, that continue to push me completely outside of my comfort zone because my individual story is only a piece of the puzzle that helps create a team and a league.

Roller derby saved my soul from self doubt, it saved my soul from grief and loss of my old life, and it has helped create a new version of myself that I’m much happier with.

My name is Zombie Bait, I am a brain surgery survivor and Roller Derby Saved My Soul and helped me get my life back.


What will your story be?

(You can find out by joining our league! Contact us either here or on Facebook for details)




Jan 042017

First and foremost, SDRD would like to extend our gratitude to all of our supporters. So thank you all for keeping us afloat so we may start our 2017 season!

Against all odds, SDRD is persevering, growing, and recovering from our 2016 season. We unfortunately have had several extremely tough losses that we have had to endure from last season; but now more than ever, we are continuing the fight to keep our league running smoothly and effeciently.

SDRD’s vision for this season is to continue to be all inclusive. What this means is no matter what you personal or athletic background is, we would love to have anyone willing to put in the effort to learn and grow with us as we strive to remain San Diego’s “golden girls”.

With that being said, if you are interested in joining our league, please keep checking our website and Facebook for updates. We are planning our new skater recruitment in the VERY near future, and SDRD would be more than happy to answer any questions!

You stay classy, San Diego!

-Zombie Bait #224

Apr 112014
With the excitement and cheers still echoing in our ears from game # 1, SDRD had their work cut out for them to bring it for game # 2. Would we be able to match and exceed the level of excitement and attendance? Would fans come back for the next game? Of course they would! With such a season kick off, team loyalties have already started and the competition is kicking up a notch.

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.

-Erin Gassaway
Apr 112014

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.

MD: How do you feel about the new home teams?
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.
MD: What are the best and worst parts of coaching for you?
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.
MD: Is it hard constantly being surrounded by skating?
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.
MD: Is it hard on you traveling for derby so much?
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.
MD: What, exactly, is going on with the Aftershocks?
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.
MD: What do hope for, for the future of derby?
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.
MD: Thanks for your time Brett Stang! And best of luck!

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.

-Mistress Doom
Apr 112014

-Anne Canter

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.

Be sure to like Roller Derby Ensenada on Facebook to receive all their updates and see more great pictures!

Jan 312014

Home Game Jan

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!

For more info and pictures, please visit us at and SanDiegoRollerDerby


Nov 112013

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.



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