A Champion’s Saga

Friday morning. August 19th. Wichita, Kansas. We had decided to change our defensive strategy to prepare for playoffs. With the help of our visiting buddy, Skull Candi, from Wasatch, we started to learn the basics of what we now...

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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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Blue Ridge’s Purrfect Pets

Honey, hive you heard the buzz? Hurry and her pet bees would like to announce that the Blue Ridge Rollergirls have a bout on August 8! It sure would sting to bumble around and miss the fun. Wait, did you...

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Five Lessons I’ve Learned from Roller Derby

Hi there! My name is Towanda. I started skating with Blue Ridge just over a year ago in their Skater Tots program. When I started skating, I knew that it was going to take dedication, hard work, and a...

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A Cure for the Derby Blues

Photo by Kit Ruff, ShutHerUp Photography When derby becomes a little too competitive and stressful, there is always one thing that will get me through: More derby! What do I mean? Well, the glory of roller derby is that there...

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Karaoke at The Odditorium

"Take me out and we'll karaoke. Tonight we feel famous, don't we? Pick me up and we'll make a movie. I'm acting like the world can't hold me down, down, down. They'll never hold me down, down, down. We'll...

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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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