Roller derby combines punk-rock aesthetics, pin-up pulchritude, and athletic ability into one showy existence. We've spent hours stretching, running drills, even holding our still bodies in positions designed only for cruel and unusual punishments (Really Coach, I love squats!) Occasionally we may cry, hyperventilate, even pass out but when we're done with all that, we skate! There are several reasons we put so much into the athletics part of the equation:
- It's fun to win and bouts are tough. We need to be in the best shape possible to last the two 30-minute periods during which the game is played.
- Roller derby can be a dangerous sport but the better shape you're in, the better chance you have of making it out safely.
- We respect roller derby for what it is-a sport. Derby is hard; it's physical; it's demanding!
Considering the practices, additional trips to the rink for more practice, membership dues, event coordination, public and charity events as well as the possible injuries we face, this is serious business. Hell, it's damn near a full-time job that you can't help but love!