The Importance of Developing Mental Toughness to Survive and Thrive in Roller Derby

by: Kozmic Krusher Mental toughness in roller derby has been described as “the ability to persevere through difficult situations, block out what’s not important, and stay focused, calm, and in control when under pressure. Your mental toughness (or lack thereof)...

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Learning to Play For My Dad – by Free Bird

I began learning to play roller derby by attending a boot camp put on by our league last year. It was hard and I was not the best at it, but it was very exciting at the same time. After that,...

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Women’s History Month – 5 Legends of Roller Derby

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are 5 legends who paved the way for rollergirls everywhere. Ivy King Derby Name: Poison Ivy • Ivy got her start playing in Chicago in 1935 as one of the first competitors of the transcontinental...

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Skates

Welcome back to skates, scrimmages, bouts, and the Blue Ridge Blog! This season, the blog will feature pieces from new skaters, vets, and maybe even some coaches or refs. Our first blog is brought to us by Princess Suck...

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We Are…Survivors

Scrimmage night finishes, and my blood sugar is a whopping 563. This is about five times higher than my blood sugar should be. I’ve been a Type One diabetic for 26 years, and I start to feel badly if my...

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We Are…Athletes

We Are…Athletes: The Importance of Cross-Training in Derby (An Interview with Little MerMadness) The off-season is over, and the Blue Ridge Rollergirls are back at practice and ready to bout in February! Though the off-season was short, many of us...

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The Road to Champs

The Road to Champs by: One Hit WoundHer Hello, faithful Blue Ridge fans! We may be in the off-season, but the blog is still going. I love this entry by One Hit WoundHer; her take on the road to champs is refreshingly...

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The Evolution of a Derby Name

The Evolution of a Derby Name by: 9 lb Hammer (also known as Hammy, Dr. Hammer, Hammer, Hamster, or Hampster) Dedicated: to Shadow of Beth (also known as Shady, Shadow, S.O.B., or Just Beth) People love to discuss derby names. Whether they...

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Recap of WFTDA Division 1 Tournament: Asheville Edition

  We even found time to have some fun! Photo by Bill Rhodes for WFTDA   Recap of WFTDA Division 1 Tournament: Asheville Edition As many people know, The Blue Ridge Rollergirls recently hosted a Division 1 WFTDA tournament in Asheville. Ten teams...

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