Ever wonder if there’s more to life than just working and watching TV? Well, let me assure you that there is. It’s called roller derby, and now is the time for you to get in on the action. The DuPage Derby Dames are holding open try-outs on Monday, September 10th at Coachlite Skate Center in Roselle. Come out at 7 pm to see if you’ve got what it takes to be a part of this fast growing, action packed sport.
No derby experience necessary, but basic skating skills, tons of heart, and a competitive attitude are a must. The Dames will teach you everything you need to know, from helmet panties to hip checks. It’s $5 to skate and $2 for skate rental (quads only, no in-line). Not sure you’re ready for the big hits or feeling unsteady on your skates? The Dames are also looking to recruit referees and non-skating officials. This is a great way to learn the rules and be a part of the team without having to knock anyone down!
Flat track roller derby is a fast-paced, full contact team sport that requires speed, strategy and real athleticism. The flat track version of the sport evolved in 2001 and has quickly grown to emcompass more than 1000 leagues worldwide.
Rules are governed by the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA): Each bout is made up of two 30 minute periods which are made of smaller 2 minutes jams. Five skaters from each time skate counter clockwise during each jam, while a skater designated as the jammer tries to pass opposing blockers. Jammers earn points for every blocker they pass. While hip-checking and shoulder-checking are legal, fighting, intentional tripping and illegal hits (such as to the head, using elbows or hitting from behind) are not. All players are required to wear protective padding and are trained to minimize injuries to themselves and other players.
Through the derby world, players are known for taking on tough, alter ego skater names laden with puns. DuPage's Derby Dames are no exception. The team is full of tough-cookies like: Kid Vicious, Crissy Crossbones, Phyllis Killer and Masochistic Molly.
DuPage Derby Dame workouts are intense. Skaters practice twice a week at their home rink to stay flexible, increase strength, and improve endurance.
The DuPage Derby Dames are represented by women of all ages, shapes, sizes and skill levels. Skaters come from all walks of life and are students, mothers, artists, doctors and business owners.
If you’re not quite certain if roller derby is right for you (It is. Trust me), you have one last chance before tryouts to see the Dames in action. Join them at Coachlite Skate Center on September 8th for Knocktoberfest, a double header bout against the Southland Slashers and Eastern Iowa Outlaws. Before you get too caught up in the excitement, be sure to take note that Derby Dames come in all ages, sizes, and nationalities. Roller Derby is for everyone. Make it a part of your life, too.