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Mind Games

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Belmont Bruisers

Mental toughness is key to performing well in a bout | Photo courtesy of Dan “Jugglenaut” Purdy

Roller Derby is a sport that requires focus, adrenaline, and a keen eye. To step onto the track with all three of these, players often need to take the proper steps. It’s easier when we’re at home on our own turf. With our fans cheering in the background, we automatically hone in on the proper skills. When we’re going to an away bout, however, it can be trickier. Every player needs to focus differently.

Personally, I prepare for a bout by taking the day to prepare myself. After I wake up, I drink my coffee in front of the mirror, armed with bright eyeshadow and lipstick, hand gripping my glitter eyeliner. I read a quote once that called eyeliner the “warpaint of roller derby.” I loved it, and it comes to mind every time I put on my bout-day face.

Before I get in the car for the journey, I watch a the “Under Armour Women: I Will” commercial on YouTube. Something about it just gets my blood pumping. I’ve often found myself looking at my jammer and thinking “I will protect this house.”

Running high school Cross Country and Track races trained me that game day meant a peanut butter and jelly for lunch. When I’m heading to an away bout, I pack my sandwich in a lunchbox and eat it on the way. I spend the next hours with my team, laughing off my nerves and discussing strategy. By the time I line up for my first jam, my nerves are gone, my heart is pumping, and I am ready. If I am chosen as jammer, our bench manager, Maid Carrion, knows what to do. She looks me in the eye and says, “Though you be but little…” and I shout back, “I AM FIERCE!” Shakespeare would be proud.

Others take a less nerdy approach. River Styx Phoenix also has a full-day routine. She says:

“I wake up. I have my coffee – no cream, no sugar; just black, please.

I meditate on what’s to come. I predict my potential challenges, while also keeping in mind that there are so many more things that I cannot anticipate.

Unicorn Roar

The “Unicorns” challenge bout team gets pumped by doing a “Unicorn Roar” cheer at Virginia is for Shovers 2013 | Photo courtesy of Dan “Jugglenaut” Purdy

I focus on a few things that I want to do during the bout:

First and foremost, I want to have fun with my team. Secondly, I want to do my best, and push myself harder. I want to test the limits. ‘What are my weaknesses, and how can I fix them?’ This question frequently runs through my mind; however, I’m not scared to ask myself this question, because it lets me ruminate on things that I need to work on, and I become excited by the challenge.

The song, ‘300 Violin Orchestra,’ by Jorge Quintero, runs through my mind. It’s actually quite dramatic, but it boosts my motivation. Similar to Slam’s methods, I practice fierce faces in my mirror, and imagine how terrifying I could possibly look to the other team’s players. I hope they are at least mildly intimidated.

I put on my lucky underwear, and the rest of my attire. And let my mind go blank until an hour before the bout. I repeat my meditation, and remind myself of my personal goals.”

For Nacho Baby, preparation involves one simple thing: staying calm. “I basically focus more on quelling anxiety and calming down as opposed to trying to get amped up. I meditate, and visualize being an agile, solid blocker.”

Crashiopeia uses a similar positive visualization method. She say that she watches videos of the other team online, and then visualizes herself knocking them down on bout day. She adds that checking in with her teammates helps to get her amped up to play.

Five40 vs BB

Come out and support the Belmont Bruisers as they take on the Five40 Roller Girls this Saturday!

Whatever our methods, we all agree that nothing gets the blood pumping like some live roller derby action! If you want to help us get pumped up to play, or if you’re just looking to get your own pulse up, you can come out and watch the Belmont Bruisers play the Five40 roller girls this weekend! The bout is only an hour away, and we’d love to see some friendly faces in the crowd.

 

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Advice for Fresh Meat

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Nacho Baby

Nacho Baby takes the track by storm in a challenge bout at this year’s Virginia is for Shovers tournament

Throughout life, one consistently faces decisions.  These decisions range from not-so-important (tea, or coffee?), to momentous (a career change, moving to a new city, getting married, etc.).  A momentous decision made in my  life is the palm-sweating, heart-thumping moment in mid-2010  when I decided to try out for roller derby.  A nervous, tingle of anticipation coursed through me for a torturous 6 weeks (during which I mostly spent brainstorming derby names), until open enrollment for the Charlottesville Derby Dames arrived .  Since joining in 2010, I have become a Level 2 skater, competed in numerous bouts, been a Committee Chair (Community Relations), and a Fresh Meat trainer.  From my personal experiences, I have composed the following advice for anyone facing the decision to try out for roller derby:

  • Pay attention to the trainers regarding proper form.  Maybe you skated a lot when you were a kid, and feel as confident as seasoned circus bear riding a bicycle.  That’s awesome!  Just remember that you don’t have to impress anyone by going “all out” the first time.  Personal lesson learned: the human body is not invincible, and laws of physics do, indeed, apply.

  • Skates and protective gear are provided, but know this: there’s a 99.99% chance that the borrowed skates are working against you, not with you.  In short, don’t take it personally if you’re struggling.  If you decide to stick with it and buy your own gear, you’ll most likely notice an improvement right away.

  • Wear sneakers.  Practice starts with an off-skates warm-up, typically consisting of jumping jacks, lunges, etc.

  • Wear leggings or tights under those short-shorts.  Skin against hardwood floor hurts!

  • Bring water!! You will sweat, and you will be thirsty.

  • Be in the moment.  Roller derby is one of the most zen-like activities (almost akin to meditation) that I have experienced.  The moment you are not in the moment, it’s likely you’ll be reminded you are wearing skates when you fall flat on your booty.

  • Don’t pick a derby name right away.  I changed my mind 3 times until one day it came out of thin air.  Wait for the “lightbulb moment.”  You’ll know when it’s right.

Belmont Bruisers

Nacho Baby (bottom row, second from the left) takes a moment to pose with the Belmont Bruisers at this season’s first game, an away bout vs. Southern Delaware (Photo credit: Dan “Jugglenaut” Purdy)

Joining a roller derby team is an investment of time, money, and body.  It’s a decision not to be made lightly, but should choose to join, you will gain a derby family and have experiences that will enrich your life in ways that you cannot imagine.

 

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Derby Strong

Draconian Angel's promotion

Pepe le Pew Pew Pew, Venom Assassin, Crashiopeia, and Ella Whirled support Draconian Angel at her recent Navy promotion

  In derby, we play hard, we hit hard, and we work hard. It makes sense that this intensity would bring a crop of strong women. Some of the women on the team are more than just derby strong; they’re army strong, too! The derby team plays host to women who have varying degrees of involvement with our armed services.

Draconian Angel says that she is proud of both her Derby and Navy uniforms. She is currently active, working at the National Geo-spatial Intelligence Agency. She has been active for six years, and has been deployed three times. She says that she is proud of her service because, “I am the first female in my family ever to serve. I have a father who is previous Navy and a brother who is a prior Marine. I am proud to be in the one percent of the population who continuously makes sacrifices so others don’t have to. The military is asked to spend months away from the people they love and we often miss birthdays, holidays, births, and deaths of loved ones and we do it without blinking. Being a part of the military means being a part of something greater than you, it’s a family that stretches across oceans and builds lifetime relationships built on pride of service, pride of country, and pride of self.”

It may seem that derby and the Navy have very little to do with one another. Draconian Angel says that while the two aren’t closely linked, derby is a great way of maintaining Navy physical fitness standards. “What better way to stay a lean, mean, fighting machine than by throwing down on the track?”

Boots and Skates

Crashiopeia and her husband pose for a photo shortly after his return from his deployment. Photo courtesy of Dan “Jugglenaut” Purdy

Crashiopeia’s husband is a member of the Army Reserves. During 2012, he was deployed to Afghanistan. She says that Derby served as a precious support system for her during that time. “Being part of the Army Reserve, when units are deployed, families at home form a Family Readiness Group (FRG), which is basically part phone tree, part social group.  Since my husband and I were so far from his unit’s home base (Nashville, TN), I was unable to participate in many of the social parts of the FRG.  I decided that the Dames were going to be my local FRG and I tried to make it clear to everyone that I was going to need help (something that is hard for me to ask for) and support through a very difficult year.”

Through the support of her team and by staying busy as Productions Chair on management, she was able to make it through the year. “My team helped me more than I could ever have imagined. I had teammates checking on me everyday, making sure I was alright, having lunch, coffee, work breaks with me, encouraging me to come to practice, even when I just wanted to curl up in bed, pushing me to be a better skater and helping me put together care packages for my husband. When I had meltdowns, there were a few, my teammates listened, supported, and sometimes just got me a margarita. I had a teammate that had also been through a deployment and her support and understanding was invaluable; just having someone close that had also been through this ordeal made it a little easier.”

Koala Claws' father

Koala Claws’ father was a member of the Navy during World War II

Others were more distant from the service of their loved ones, but are still proud of the role that their relations served. Koala Claws, a fresh meat skater, told me a little bit about her father’s service. “My dad was in the Navy during World War II.  At that point, he felt like it was his patriotic duty to serve the United States.  He loved the water and the Navy seemed like a natural choice for him.  While I was growing up, my dad did not discuss his service much, although as an adult I found out more.  He served on the Kephart DE, mostly in the Pacific.  He was a Gunner’s Mate II and he ‘adopted’ a dog while on the ship.  The dog was [named] Hashmark and became a part of the crew and then went home with my dad when he was discharged.”

 
Whether their involvement is direct or distant, the Charlottesville Derby Dames are proud of our military affiliates. Many thanks to our troops at home and overseas!

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The Power of Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat, Holiday Season 2012

Skaters at Fresh Meat take a break to pose with some festive decorations at the Key Center, December 2012

As I glance around at the faces of the women sitting in the circle on the wood floor, I notice that expressions range from confident to apprehensive, but there is no doubt that everyone is excited.  Today is the first day of Fresh Meat open recruitment.

As a fresh meat trainer, I am excited every time we have a new open recruitment.  I get to meet new people (freshies) and teach them the basics of skating and roller derby.  I get to work with women with a wide range of skill levels, from those who don’t know how to skate to some who were previous figure skaters.  Fresh Meat recruitment is open for a month at a time so there are at least 4 Sundays of potential new faces.  After the first month, we have a pretty solid group of freshies who will continue on through the 8 week minimum fresh meat practices to solidify their skills for Level 1 testing.  Trainers work with small groups and individuals to help each and every new person develop the skills they need to succeed in skating and roller derby.  Over the next several weeks, freshies will improve dramatically in their skating skills.  Each practice is filled with high levels of energy and excitement as everyone learns and succeeds at something new.  Although each individual progresses at their own pace, by the end of the 8 weeks everyone will have learned the basics for Level 1 testing and also some roller derby basics.  Some will have started pack work and other fun and challenging skills.  Its always so exciting to see freshies pass their Level 1 test, I am just as excited as they are. Although I will also miss seeing them in fresh meat practice, I know that they are moving on to bigger adventures.  To me, the best part of being a fresh meat trainer is seeing the women that I have trained in fresh meat go on to be bouting skaters.  It is such a rewarding feeling to watch their progression and see the benefits of their hard work and determination pay off.

Fresh Meat gather at Guad after practice

A large group of friends gathers at Guadelajara for post-practice dinner, February 2013

So as I continue glancing around at the faces of the women sitting in the circle on the wood floor, I smile.  I smile because I know how happy they will be as they learn and improve.  I smile because I know some of them will move on to become amazing bouters.  I smile because I have so many new people to add to my group of friends.

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What Makes Us Dames?

Roller derby is hard. And not just for the reasons that you think it is. Sure it’s physically and mentally demanding to hit the track for practices and bouts, but it’s also pretty time-consuming off the track. Our organization is entirely skater-run (“by the skaters, for the skaters” is one of the mottos of our parent organization, the WFTDA), which means in addition to our daily jobs as scientists, programmers, nurses, teachers, business-owners, doctors, social workers and a slew of other professions, not to mention additional time spent as parents, volunteers, students, etc., our Dames have to run the league: insurance and paperwork, fundraising, marketing, outreach, finding venues to skate (and you can help!), coaching new recruits, spreading the derby love. One thing all of them would agree on is that being a Derby Dame is next to impossible without the support of family, friends, and co-workers.

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Apple Clobber and husband Bill, whom she credits with encouraging her to start derby.

Give a Dame an opportunity to tell you how she does it and she’ll be quick to point out that her hard work on the track should also be credited to her support network. I asked my teammates to share with me their thoughts about how they do it. Many mentioned their significant others. Apple Clobber remembers how her husband, Bill, made it possible for her to join and encouraged her along the way:

When I was first thinking about trying derby, fresh meat practice was on a night that my husband, Bill, played softball. Since we have kids, one of us would need to stay home. He took a break from softball, so that I could try out derby. Then, for a few weeks in a row, he would gently remind me that I should go to practice. Finally, I tried it and I don’t think I would have ever followed through if it weren’t for Bill. Since then, he has been very patient with how much time derby can take up. He is often the person telling me that I should go to practice and not give up, when I am feeling tired or frustrated about derby. I couldn’t do it without him!

Vixen DeBrawl, half of our one of our derby “power couples” with husband Rex Knightly, loves that derby is something the two of them can share:

Vixen and Rex at Five Stride Skate Shop, owned by Bonnie Thunders, in Brooklyn holding the trophy Gotham won in Nationals (called The Hydra).

Vixen and Rex at Five Stride Skate Shop, owned by Bonnie Thunders, in Brooklyn holding the trophy Gotham won in Nationals (called The Hydra).

I started playing roller derby with the Charlottesville Derby Dames in May of 2008.  For two years, my husband put up with the seemingly endless practices and meetings.  He could never understand what would make it necessary to have so many meetings!  Once our head ref moved, he decided to give reffing a try and he, too, became a Derby Dame.  Reffing didn’t work for him and, with the expansion of our team, he moved onto coaching.  Now he understands why we need so many meetings, and he has even called a few himself!  It has been such a boost to our marriage for both of us to be involved in this activity that has become an all-consuming part of our lives.  I don’t think I could do it without him.  Honestly, you can’t fully understand what derby is about unless you are in it and I am grateful that we are in it together.

Newest member of the All-Stars The Big Bangarang also recruited her boyfriend to the team:

My boyfriend, Christian (Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang’s Bang), has been very supportive in me joining roller derby.  We are both very athletic and competitive people, and he completely understands my commitment to roller derby and the contact-sport side. He can’t really complain as he plays rugby, which involves plenty of time and contact.

He also decided to try fresh meat a few months ago and really liked it. Now he is the All Stars bench manager and is having a great time being involved with the team. It has been wonderful having him so involved with the Dames and allows for us to spend more time with each other especially on away bouts. 

Slam Gamgee and parents at the Debutante Brawl.

Slam Gamgee’s parents were there for her at the Debutante Brawl.

It makes sense that your off-the-track partner would be key to success in such a demanding sport, but they aren’t the only ones our Dames appreciate. Slam Gamgee points to her family as the reason she keeps derby-ing on:

My family has been incredibly supportive of my crazy decision to join derby. My Mom drove something like five hours to see my first bout. When she hasn’t been able to come to my bouts, she texts me before, during, and after the bout to tell me how proud she is of me. My Dad, upon seeing the Blocktoberfest poster on which I was featured, told me that all he wanted for his birthday was an autographed copy of that poster. It now hangs on the wall of his office (he is a Baptist minister), and he proudly tells everyone who asks about his derby-playing daughter. They have even financially invested in my derby career, purchasing workout gear and derby swag for me for all occasions. My sister even got me a custom necklace with a tiny roller skate and “Slam Gamgee” engraved on it! It is always nice to know that I have such a strong support group.

Last but not least, being a Dame sometimes takes the support of those not related to you: Co-workers and friends learn support our crazy schedules too. Bruta Liza made sure to give credit to hers:

This week I was very touched that a coworker of mine changed her schedule to allow me to work different days.  I’m doing 3 derby travel weekends this month and it was seriously impacting my pocketbook and leave bank.  She’s always been so kind, positive and excited about my participation in roller derby, but this month she went above and beyond.  It really helps to have coworkers who enjoy your dedication to the sport instead of seeing it as something that negatively impacts work. Thank you, Caroline!

I also want to acknowledge the love and support I get from my derby wife, MatilDa molish and best friends Alice and Morgan. Alice always reminds me that what I’m doing is incredible–and that she’s proud of me and tells her fancy L.A friends that she knows a derby player.  Morgan will listen to my boring stories and tell me I’m not crazy for caring so much.  MatilDa traveled to our first away game, encumbered by twins and life stuff and cheered me on.  They all put up with me being even worse at calling and keeping in touch than I was before.  They are there for me when I need to get outside of the derby bubble. Thank you.

Dames without you guys, would be Dames at all! (photo by Dan "Jugglenaut" Purdy)

Dames without their friends, families and fans wouldn’t be Dames at all! (photo by Dan “Jugglenaut” Purdy)

And of course, Dames support each other. Bruta went on to note “I know this is an article on how outside people help us do our magic on the track… but I also want to thank my teammates for inspiring and pushing me to be better. And want to thank SparKills in particular for her support.”

Finally, all the Dames want to thank you: our fans, volunteers, sponsors, supporters, and community. You allow us to do something we love that has given us so much: confidence, friendship, strength, creativity, passion. Derby love to all!

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(and her cat Zooey vön Metäl!))

Introducing the Belmont Bruisers

Belmont Bruisers

The Belmont Bruisers at their first bout in Milford, Delaware. (photo by Dan Purdy)

This is my first bouting season with the Charlottesville Derby Dames, so when schedule cards came out, I grabbed a huge stack of them and started passing them out to all of my friends. Some friends were already familiar with the team while others only heard of roller derby through me, but everyone was asking the same question: “Why don’t I see the Charlottesville Derby Dames on here?”

You probably noticed it, too. This year, rather than the usual CDD listings, there are bouts scheduled for the All-Stars or the Belmont Bruisers. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to help!

As the team has gained momentum, it has also grown in size. The Dames found themselves with the best problem a derby team could ask for; there were too many players for a standard roster. So what do to? We wanted everyone who was interested in participating in bouts to be able to do so, and to do so often. After some deliberation, it was determined that the best way to make this happen was to form two teams, the All-Stars and a B-team (the Belmont Bruisers).

The Bruisers are excited to continue the Charlottesville Derby Dames’ tradition of competitive and entertaining games. We have been working hard to prepare for the 2013 bouting season, and we can’t wait to show all of our amazing fans how far we’ve come! In anticipation of our first home bout on March 16th, I asked a few of the Bruisers some questions:

What makes the Belmont Bruisers a formidable team?

Debutante Brawl 2013

Come one, come all, to the Debutante Brawl!

“We may be new, but we have determination and moxie in spades. We don’t give up!” —Bashin’ Robbin

What is your favorite thing about the Belmont Bruisers?

“No matter what, we have fun! Derby is something that we all love and have worked our butts off for, and I think that shows on the track.” —Draconian Angel

If you could say one thing to our fans, what would it be?

“It means a lot to us that people bring their families to come and see us play. Win or lose, we get a lot of energy from the crowd.” –Gadgetjamz

So come one, come all to meet the Belmont Bruisers and see them tearin’ up the track in their first home bout! Tickets are now available at Blue Moon Diner, Rivanna Gear and Apparel, or from your favorite Dame. You can even purchase tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/346925. We can’t wait to meet you!

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What is a Derby Wife?

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True Derby Love

Slam Gamgee and The Big Bangarang pose prom-style at the 2012 CDD End-of-Year party

As I left practice one night, my car started to feel a little bit off. I turned off the radio and heard the telltale thudthudthudthud that means you have something stuck in your tire. Sighing in dread, I pulled into a gas station parking lot and found that what I feared was true; one of my back tires had a large valve stuck in it, and it was already nearly drained of air. It should have seemed obvious to call AAA, or maybe a tow truck. Instead, I called The Big Bangarang, my derby wife. She and her boyfriend, Tough Schist, left a dinner with friends to come to my rescue. Within minutes, Bang was shining a flashlight on Schist, who had adeptly jacked up the car and was removing the flat tire. Both assured me that it was “absolutely no trouble,” although I know that leaving a warm restaurant to change a tire in a chilly parking lot was not on their list of preferred activities for the evening.

This moment is just one of many that make up one of the greatest friendships I have ever had: my derby marriage. A derby marriage is a declaration of close friendship, but more than that, it is a commitment to support one another both in and out of derby. A wife is a person who always has your back. She will never insult you by taking it easy on you at practice. She will notice your improvements and make sure that you notice them, too. She will work with you to help you excel in areas that you previously felt were weaknesses. When/If you get injured, she’s the one who takes care of you and worries about you. She’ll even back you up at the afterparty.

Bang has been all of those things for me. She always gives 100% at practice, even when we’re opponents. I’ve given her high-fives in between scrimmage jams to celebrate particularly hard hits that she dealt me. She texts me after practices when I feel discouraged and names areas in which she saw improvement. When I bring up things I’m not good at, she helps me work on them. She lends me her shoulder during heartbreak and laughs with me during moments of joy. When I pull out my signature dance move, the running man, during derby parties, she does her best to make me look cool anyway.

Yes, they did buy those tutus together.

Slam Gamgee and The Big Bangarang before the Downtown Holiday Parade, December 2012

In late September I cracked my ribs, but continued to attend practice and participate in low- and no-impact skating exercises. During a drill, I tripped over Bang’s skate and took a dive. As I was falling, I felt her grab me around the waist and I started to twist around mid-air. She was throwing herself underneath of me to protect my ribs from further injury. I had a soft landing, although I can’t say the same for Bang. Landing on a concrete floor with another human on top of you is far from comfortable, but she took it all in stride and insisted that she was fine. Then the two of us rejoined the pace line and continued participating in the drill.

This may be an extreme case of derby wives caring for one another, but it perfectly   represents the union of Derby Marriage. Your derby wife protects you from harm, cares about you, and worries about your injuries. She does not, however, coddle you. She did not insist that I sit out of the drill, lest I trip over another skate. She brushed me off, made sure that I was okay, and then had me finish the drill. She was my protector, my friend, and my coach.

So Bang, if you’re reading this, thank you for being my wife, and Happy Valentine’s Day (or should I say Galentine’s Day?)! You’re the best derby wife a girl could ask for.

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Roller Derby Changed My Life

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Slam Gamgee at Season's Beatings

Slam Gamgee achieves Lead Jammer status at Season’s Beatings, December 2012

Just one year ago, my life was pretty mediocre. I followed the typical educational path, achieved the typical accomplishments, and found a typical job in a typical cubicle. I wore basic business-casual outfits, I avoided conflict at all costs, and if I did go to parties (to be honest, I rarely did), I didn’t talk to anyone new. I was a woman of my routine, and my range of activities was getting progressively more limited. In terms of my actual accomplishments, I didn’t feel like I had anything significant to brag about; that is, of course, until I attended my first Fresh Meat practice on May 6, 2012. That day changed my life.

Joining roller derby is the boldest thing I’ve ever done. It was a huge leap for me to join, and it is delightfully freeing, wildly rewarding, and deeply satisfying. Derby has taught me:

1. … to get out of my comfort zone. It took a year of thought and B-One Bomber’s persistent urging for me to decide to join the team. I had a lot of excuses; my sister was getting married, and I needed to help my family with the planning. I had adopted a dog and she needed too much time and attention. I was too weak. The truth was that Derby scared me, and I was allowing that fear to outweigh the possibility that I would find something that I loved. I am so glad that B-One didn’t give up on asking. It was time to break free from what I considered “comfortable.”

2. … to enjoy progress, however small. There’s something peaceful about skating, which feels ironic considering that derby is a contact sport. Skating gives me a time to stop thinking about my problems and start focusing on my successes. At practice, I forget about all of the things in my day-to-day life that feel overwhelming. I start to celebrate the tiny achievements that come my way instead. That break is an oasis.

3. … to have a little gumption and believe in myself. Suddenly, I feel strong, beautiful, and self-assured. When I look in the mirror, I love the person I see. I’m not sure that I could have said that about myself before I joined the team, and it is empowering to be able to say it now. This change isn’t just a result of my new derby muscles; it’s an inner change that came from plucking up courage, confidence, and determination at each practice.

4. … to broaden my social horizons. Derby has brought me together with people that I never would have met if I had stayed inside my routine. The women and men with the Charlottesville Derby Dames are some of the nicest, warmest, and most genuine people I’ve ever met. I’m amazed daily by their care for not only derby, but for each other. It is truly an honor to consider them friends, and I am constantly grateful that I have them in my life.

So, as we approach next month’s open recruitment, I have to ask you something. Have you considered joining the Charlottesville Derby Dames? If you have, what’s stopping you from joining? You’ll have the backing of dedicated trainers and supportive teammates, and you may even get to shock a few of your friends. What’s there to lose? This could be the greatest adventure that you’ve ever embarked on, and we would love to be on the journey with you.

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Thanks from the Dames!

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The Charlottesville Derby Dames want to thank all of our sponsors, supporters, volunteers, and fans for a fantastic 2012 season We can’t wait to see you all for a bigger and better season in 2013!

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Grapes and Skates, August 11 @ Cardinal Point Winery

Please come out and support the Dames with an afternoon full of wine and music.

Grapes and Skates

Cardinal Point is hosting Grapes and Skates from 4pm to 9pm outdoors at the Vineyard.
$10 bucks at the door helps the Dames keep rollin’.

Bands include:
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Cannibals (Zombie themed Rockabilly)
http://www.reverbnation.com/rocknrollcannibals

Girl Choir (Totally sweet Pop-Punk)

Luchadora (Appalachian Surf-Rock)
http://www.reverbnation.com/luchadora

Chamomile & Whiskey (Indie folk for all you banjo and fiddle lovers)
http://www.reverbnation.com/chamomileandwhiskey

Directions to Cardinal Point from Charlottesville:
I-64 west, exit 107. Left on Rt. 250 west for 4.7 miles. Left onto Rt. 151 south for 2.4 miles. Left onto Rt. 638 (Avon Road) for .9 miles. Left onto Rt. 636 (Batesville Road) for .7 miles. Cardinal Point Winery is on your right.

Picnics are encouraged!
*****NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL*****

For more information visit charlottesvillederbydames.com or cardinalpointwinery.com