CT Rollergirls
I am looking to start participating in roller derby.. I have no experience. How can I sign up for classes or take part in a beginners practice? I am near Southington ct
Anonymous

Oh hi!  If you’re still looking to start skating, there are lots of options in CT. Most rinks host open skates, check their schedules.  CTRG occasionally has beginners skills bootcamps - we don’t have any scheduled now, but when we do, all that info will be on our facebook page.  The next round of tryouts will likely be this winter (November-Decemberish) and all that info will be on our fb page once it’s scheduled.

Otherwise, there are some derby-ish skating classes around the state - Derby Lite is in Waterbury and RollerDurance rotates around the state (at least they used to, their fb page looks like they might just be in Vernon for the time being.).

Good luck!!

Stepford Sabotage Gearing Up for Spring Roll

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This week, the CT RollerGirls’ All-Star Stepford Sabotage is hitting the road for their first tournament of the year. Spring Roll, held annually in Fort Wayne, IN, is hosted by the Fort Wayne Derby Girls, and includes over 22 teams from WFTDA and MRDA bouting the weekend of May 16-18. Last year Sabotage came out of this tournament with a 2-1 record, losing their first game to the Fargo-Moorehead Derby Girls, but rallying to beat the Tri-City Roller Girls in a rankings upset and win their final game against the Hammer City Roller GIrls’ Eh! Team. This year Sabotage (ranked 93) is playing sanctioned bouts against Glasgow Roller Derby’s Irn Bruisers (104), The Chicago Outfit (66), and the Twin City Derby Girls (70).

Sabotage’s Spring Roll roster boasts a number of skaters new to sanctioned tournament play with CTRG: Lady Trampler, NDuce N Agony, Mama Hotep, Kill-Ty, Stick up Kid, and Monkey Brains will be traveling to compete with a WFTDA charter team for the first time in an invitational tournament. For some, it will also be their first-time bouting an international team who are traveling all the way from Scotland! Sabotage will be coached and managed by our friends Cirkle Jerk and Fro Serious from the Connecticut Death Quads, and look forward to seeing them take the track for MRDA standings against the Race City Rebels, the Carolina Wreckingballs, and the UK’s Southern Discomfort.

Cars and minivans are being rented and loaded with snacks, protein powders, water, and what-not for the journey to Fort Wayne. Krazy Legz Nikki and Parker Poison are bringing a pancake maker to turn their hotel room into a diner. Your Mom is making sure her bout underwear is clean! Monkey Brains, C Mya Rage, Doomcake, and Assistant Captain Black Cherry are attempting to compile a fourteen hour pump-up play list. NDuce N Agony has been trail hiking with her kids on her back and eating actual spring rolls for good kharma! Inspirational videos are downloaded and ready to play on repeat in the team’s hotel rooms (while they – of course – eat pancakes, sporting clean bout day underwear).

After weeks of cross training, scrimmaging, and practice, Sabotage is prepared for road trip and battle! Deep InCider came to visit from Mass Maelstrom to help tighten the team’s walls of death, and Sabotage picked up a last minute closed-bout with New York’s Bad Apples. This week, new shiny jerseys have just been delivered, and the team is mentally preparing. They are watching footage, hitting the gym, and maybe even getting some rest. Sabotage’s focus, team work, positive attitude, and work ethic looks stronger than ever!

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Lately at CTRG we have been talking a lot about how and why to destroy a bridge.
This is how you destroy a bridge (and conveniently fail to become the bridge yourself).
Learning!

Lately at CTRG we have been talking a lot about how and why to destroy a bridge.

This is how you destroy a bridge (and conveniently fail to become the bridge yourself).

Learning!

CTRG’s favorite photog, Jeffrey Kerekes, came to our junior derby bootcamp and took a bunch of sweet portraits.  These girls are so rad, we can’t wait to have another!!

CTRG’s favorite photog, Jeffrey Kerekes, came to our junior derby bootcamp and took a bunch of sweet portraits.  These girls are so rad, we can’t wait to have another!!

I MEAN COME ON.
(Photo by Jeffrey Kerekes)

I MEAN COME ON.

(Photo by Jeffrey Kerekes)

Check out these rad photos of CTRG’s junior derby bootcamp by Jeffrey Kerekes!

Check out these rad photos of CTRG’s junior derby bootcamp by Jeffrey Kerekes!

Hi there! So I live in bethel and I went to a junior derby boot camp that was in Waterbury. I know all the stops and the falls and stuff like that but I don't have anywhere to practice. I was considering going to an open skate somewhere but I figured that stopping in the middle of a bunch of people skating would cause problems for other skaters. Do you think I should practice outdoors on pavement? Or should I just go for it at an open skate?
Anonymous

Hi!  Yay!  We’re so so excited that you came to bootcamp!  We often practice skills at open skates - the most important thing is to be aware of your surroundings and what’s SAFE and appropriate for the situation you’re in.  If the open skate is crowded, stick to practicing your stride and stance and don’t practice stops or falls.  Use your good judgment, be sure that you’re not disturbing other skaters, and have fun!  (And wear all your safety equipment!)

If you’re going to skate outside, cement is easier to skate on than asphalt - try an empty basketball court or something like that.  And we hope to see you back at our next bootcamp, August 20!

xoxo,

Your Mom

I am 14, can I do it? Or do you have any other suggested places that take 14 year olds?
Anonymous

If you’re between 5 and 17, you’re eligible to attend CTRG’s junior derby bootcamps.  Location, cost, and requirements can be found on the CTRG event pages for the bootcamps, which are happening August 8 and August 20!  Come learn to skate from your favorite rollergirls!