Time to BLOG and HEY….. USARS!

I am personally thankful for the WFTDA organization for resurrecting roller derby. I love and respect all of the wonderful and dedicated people I’ve met or seen who continue to work and make it grow.

The majority of derby  ( fact – On April 1st 2013, out of 1451 known leagues, 176 were WFTDA),  is a fractured derby community. Now as it is beginning to come together using USARS (USA Roller Sports) rules as a common link there is a ton of buzz.  This  makes me a very happy camper since I’ve been shouting that there has to be more initiative to have random leagues come together for over three years now. But it is not all a dream world; Choices must be made that will make or break it.

USARS is the current rule set of (my) choice mainly because not just the no stopping on the track part, or pivot breaking, but because  it is the most likely one to take hold and bring random leagues together for competition. For many leagues there’s NO chance of ever being in any type of regional tournament and together we can change this.

USARS is a fast and defensive game.  A drawback is that it seems to be the opposite of a stopped pack; it is pretty much only a race of speed and endurance. This is THE best option in my opinion but there must be a middle ground found here soon in order for the majority of leagues to be willing to support it.  That is thing number 1.

Thing number two: As of today, USARS must seriously work very quickly to create a presence in this sport and need all of the help they can get.   Time will tell if it will continue to emerge and those of us with big mouths have to take it from here, we need it to happen.  We need to do it regardless of the tweaking that needs to, and will take place.

A critical aspect in favor of USARS rules is that in the eyes of the world, USARS is mainstream, it isn’t about a roller derby stereotype, and using it can help break that stereotype for the people who we need to have see it in a different light. Not that I think that there is anything wrong with the stereotypical derby, it is ALL good.  All skaters are equally important regardless of why they skate, but we need for some of the world to see the light.

Here is who I’d like to see viewing roller derby as a mainstream sport:

  • Schools
  • City parks departments
  • Community centers
  • Sport enthusiasts
  • Mainstream media.

Let’s use it anyway and support this forward movement.

Let’s get loud and vocal. Let’s share resources and get this going, everyone should have an option to play in a system that means something to more than a select few.



About thehotflashseattle

I'm a person who found derby at JUST the right time in my life to give me hope, make me stronger and experience something that had been waiting for me all these years! My mightiest goal is to mainstream the sport of roller derby. My selfish goal is to help other people find ways to skate,connect and inspire each other to get back on track when they begin to slip off and help them up when they fall. Doing this helps me believe that there are others ready to do the same for me. In 2012 I had four surgeries, two of which were mastectomies and now at 57 I'm cancer free and back on track. Three years ago on this profile I claimed not to be a "great" coach but wanted to share what I knew. I am revising that statement at this time because I have figured out that I'm a survivor, a warrior and a damn good coach! I am the founder of OneWorld Roller Derby in the Greater Seattle area. We are sharing our resources to help other leagues form and we're creating a circuit that is coming together utilizing USA Roller Sports as a common link. We are bring roller derby to schools, colleges, parks departments and community centers across the US. Helping each other through the pack is what makes life work for me. In the world we get knocked down, get back up, reset and help each other through the pack. We look ahead for the holes to jump through. We gain momentum to find the endurance we need to be able to make it around the track one more time even when we don't think we can. Derby = life = Derby; It's all the same game to me.
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