Psycho Ward #5150

Written by Ferocious Dimples

Psycho Ward 5150

This woman rolled out of the ward and onto the track with purpose and dedication. Psycho is at every practice, and is always pushing to learn more and be better. When things in life get tough Psycho just tries harder, and this attitude has helped her to develop – amazing derby skills in a short amount of time. It’s always exciting to find skaters like Psycho who have the resolution and drive to advance their skills and to be a better player and teammate.

Because of this lady’s tenacity she is a natural when it comes to jamming. While she enjoys playing both blocker and jammer, the thrill of jamming tops nothing else in the derby world for Psycho. She can spin and turn around the blockers, then run to freedom (a move that takes most skaters years to accomplish). Psycho recently debuted in her 2nd derby game ever as a jammer, and made all of us at HRD very proud to call her our very own!

When asked why she loves derby and what keeps her coming back Psycho gave a very heartfelt answer that I think all of us at HRD can relate to….

“It is absolutely one of the best things I have ever done for myself and in turn for my kids. I love the feeling of being part of a team, the camaraderie and working together. I love feeling like I am making progress and getting better with every practice. And most importantly I love the people, my teammates. What a wonderful group of new friends I have made. Everyone is so supportive and positive of each other. I love the strong community of HRD. I love that sometimes I may have had a rough day or I’m stressed out about something but when I get to practice all that is gone and by the end of practice my head is clear and I feel great hardly remembering what was bothering me earlier.”

Being a hard working, single mother of two boys, 2 cats, a kitten, a gecko, and dog is no easy task for anybody, but Psycho excels at each of these while still finding time to play roller derby and get crafty. She is an excellent fit with Humboldt Roller Derby, and we are all so excited to have her as a teammate and a friend. Her motivation and great attitude are infectious and inspiring.

Thank you Psycho for always bringing your best and trying your hardest! Our league and team has and will continue to benefit from your diligence and perseverance.

Humboldt Roller Derby News 9/25/2014

HRD LogoBy Raven Maniac
Mark your calendars! The next game is October 18th!
HRD Widow Makers vs HRD North Jetty Betty’s game – teammate against teammate – in a fun Super Hero Vs Mega Villain themed game! The crowd is encouraged to dress up as your favorite hero or villain! Doors open at 6pm and the game starts at 7pm. This game is sponsored by the Northcoast Journal, Six Rivers Brewery and Mad River Brewery. Our non profit of the night receiving a portion of the proceeds is Redwood Pals Rescue.
This will be the last game of 2014 – so don’t miss it!
Humboldt Roller Derby has a lot going on these days! The Final Game of 2014, Training, Junior Derby, Volunteer Recruitment, Community Events and Sponsorship!!!
Competitive Derby!
In addition to the five skaters that were added to the team in the late spring, HRD welcomed seven new graduates from the training camp in late July. You can look forward to seeing these new ladies in action their first time playing for the public at our upcoming October 18th game. A whole new group of skaters in training started in late July and we will welcome new competitive skaters in late October. If you know of someone who might be interested in training to play derby our next camp will start in January– it is never too early to sign up! Email recruitement@humboldtrollerderby.com for more info.
Junior Derby!
Our Junior Derby program, the Redwood Saplings, has expanded its age range to include some Redwood Seedlings ages 9-11. Girls age 9-17 started the basic skills training camp September 9th. For junior derby athletes who pass skills assessments, the Saplings competitive season will begin in January.
Sponsorship!
The annual Sponsorship drive will be kicking off in late September! Keep an eye out for your sponsorship letter because this year we are offering an early bird special! Business and Individual Sponsors who return their forms in by October 18th will receive 10% off their Sponsorship and be eligible to win a variety of prizes including a free ad space in the Emerald Magazine, a HRD merch package, and 2 nights stay at the Benbow inn! Business Payment deferment and payment plans are allowed and Invoicing will occur in January 2015. Individual Sponsorship payments must be made at the time of purchase. We hope you choose to continue supporting Humboldt Roller Derby for the 2015 season! You can get more info by emailing sponsorship@humboldtrollerderby.com
Volunteer Recruitment!
The Skating and Non Skating Officials are always recruiting for more help. It takes a lot of officials to run a safe and accurate game! We are also seeking to build our Board of Directors and pool of Game Day Volunteers. If you or someone you know might be interested in volunteering, email info@humboldtrollerderby.com.
Out and About!
Although we haven’t had a game in a couple of months, we have been out and about in the community a lot these days. We’ve visited the Crabs, Oyster Fest, Arts Alive, Humboldt Pride, Wildberries Anniversary party, HSU and more this summer! HRD is so proud to be a part of this wonderful supportive community! If you see us at a local event, please make sure you stop us and say hello!
As always – Thanks for your support! We couldn’t do what we do without you!

Evel #247

Evel #247
Written by Ferocious Dimples
This 5’9” Humboldt raised woman is a wonderful new addition to the Humboldt Roller Derby family. Her long legs and dedication to the sport give her an edge that is helping her to advance quickly. Evel is a thinker, and really gets the strategic side of derby–something that is harder to do than one might think while on wheels with others trying to knock you down. She debuted in her first game in May, and is rapidly progressing. You can come watch Evel this October the 18th at Redwood Acres in the second game of her career!
Choosing an exciting alternate path has always been a part of Evel’s life. After leaving Humboldt at 18 for UC Santa Cruz, she did the college thing for a couple years, then realized her path was leading her in another direction. She found her crafty self in Oakland where she worked in a swanky fabric store, and even showcased her own work at a studio alongside other artists. Evel loves creating beautiful things, and is extremely talented at it! While Oakland was a fun place to be, Evel’s path led her back to Humboldt where she is currently in the nursing program at CR.
As if being a mother of 3 children, 1 cat, 1 chinchilla, 3 guinea pigs, 1 parakeet, and a beta while going to nursing school wasn’t enough, Evel finds the time to play the demanding sport of roller derby! One day while driving through Eureka Evel saw a Humboldt Roller Derby ad on a bus, and was still on the waiting list for school, so decided to try it out. It was instant true love for her! “A mosh pit on wheels…”, is how Evel described her first site of the sport, a very good description!
“I love it with every cell in my body! It pushes me, exhilarates me, causes a lot of self reflection, makes me want to strive for more. Plus I am in love love love with my team!!!! There is no feeling like it!! The sound of the wheels on the floor, screeching stops, shouting, reaching out and knowing she’s got you! OK Ima cry…….” -Evel’s thoughts on HRD.
I could not possibly put it any better myself, and it totally made me cry. We obviously share a special bond with each other as teammates and friends, and Evel is a very special teammate and an exceptional friend. HRD looks forward to many more mosh pit moments on wheels with this Evel lady!

Humboldt Pride Day, Sept 13 2014

HRD participated in the annual Pride Day parade. Thanks go out to everyone who supported it and us, either as participants or as onlookers. Here’s a picture of some of our skaters preparing to skate for pride.

Photo by Richard Evans

Photo by Richard Evans

Atreyu #26

Atreyu (or Trey for short) may look small but her skills, determination, personality, presence, and dancin’ moves are largerAtreyu than life! She is a go getter on the track and in every area of life. She is down to earth with a very complex way of thinking, and this explains her unique grasp on this thing called life.

Trey first moved from SoCal to Humboldt to attend HSU where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in film. She then trecked all the way to Saas-Fee, Switzerland to study philosophy at the European Graduate School and obtain a PhD in media and communications. She stayed at EGS for a while as an instructor. Her numerous academic feats include publishing her book The Media Poet, in 2012.

She left Europe and returned to Humboldt to be, as one of her colleagues says, a “media poet and community activist”. She is an associate faculty member at both College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University where she teaches film and cinema studies. Most notable is the academic and community outreach that she does for the youth in Southern Humboldt. Working with TRiO Talent Search and the Mateel Community Center’s Youth Alive! program, she primarily serves low income and at risk high school students by connecting them to opportunities of higher education and community leadership. Trey is also co-founder of an organization called Dj Gleaner y Los Media Poets, which is a local artist collective and creative mentorship project based in Arcata.

Her love of film led Trey to our wild and crazy world of roller derby. Her camera ups our game. Being able to watch ourselves play roller derby is a huge mind opening experience! We feel like we’re rolling like Michael Jordan plays basketball, but when we watch the video of ourselves then reality sets in. These videos really help us to see what we need to work on, so we can better ourselves as players. She started by filming our home and away games for a few years before derby bit her and she decided to strap on some skates. Now she finds herself on the other side of the camera on game day.

Like most of us Trey started out terribly awkward, but determined. Her positive attitude and ability to work well with others was evident from the beginning. Her peers still find this apparent as she was voted Best Team Player for the 2014 season. I’ve never seen anyone use transform awkwardness to finesse. Watching Trey jam is like riding a really exciting roller coaster–, just as you think she‘s going out of bounds and down, her half bent body which is only inches from hitting the ground squeezes only a few inches between the defender and out of bounds then pops back up and skates away unscathed leaving the defenders to stare where she’d been and wondering how the heck she got by.

After a hard work out at practice or after tough game Trey knows how to party. She doesn’t get out much, and is usually busy tearing up the dance floor, so when she does get a chance, she makes it count!

Atreyu has been a part of the HRD family for many years before skating, and will hopefully continue to be a skating member for years to come. She’s loved by her friends and teammates and Falcor, and puts that much love back into HRD.

Sister, stay awesome ‘cause you’re fantastic just the way you are!

by Ferocious Dimples

Skater of the Month: Mad Max Swagger

Written by Ferocious Dimples

Number: Fresh 2 DeathMad Max Swagger, SoM

Swagger, Swag, Swaggy, Shwaggy, Mad, Maximus, Swagimus, B, and Crazy Cat Lady are all appropriate titles that our wonderful Mad Max Swagger will answer to. She wears many masks which require many nicknames!

Swag became a part of the HRD family back in 2009. After passing level one in our training camp, she had a slight hold back in level two with an unfortunate ankle break. It didn’t keep her away for long, and after 5 months of healing Swag was back on skates, attacking level 2 with a vengeance. She has been such a positive addition to the team, and a driving force to our organization.

An injury has kept Swag from her skates this season, but has not kept her away from the track. She has stepped up as a level 2 trainer, and as a coach. While she hasn’t officially been voted in as a league coach, she has proven to be an extremely successful bench coach for the Redwood Rollers, and has helped to make our practices run smoothly. Her soft spokeness has dwindled and her loud, hear me roar coaching voice can be heard from across the building! She is a confident coach who has our backs.

This superhero of a woman came to us all the way from the big island of Hawaii. Back in 2004 she put her cape on and flew to Boston to see what a city was like. Not feeling the city life Swagger and her cape found themselves back in Hawaii only three months later. After a few adjustments, Swag had made herself a super cape which brought her to the beautiful Humboldt County in 2005. She has found herself at home in her new land with such wonderful friends, family, and kitties. Some of these details may not be actual real facts, but I’m pretty sure Swag really does have a cape she crafted herself that makes her fly.

Swagger is such a crafty lady that she started her own business, and has been successfully running it by herself since 2008. She does some stylish printing to give your clothes a little extra swagger. If you see a Humboldt derby skater walking around with their shirt or sweatshirt personalized, chances are Swag did it. The skaters also got some flashy new uniforms this season which Swag printed up, and the talk of all the tournaments this year was how awesome they looked. Thanks Swaggy, for keeping your teammates in style!

In her off time Swag enjoys spending hot days at the river with her friends, and is always down for a good float or rafting trip. On cold days she likes to cuddle up with her kitties, Bitten and Chiller aka Dangercat, put on a good movie like Beyond Thunderdome or Gladiator, and watch it rain fuzzy little kittens outside. Swag is a walking dictionary for strange slang and terms that no one else knows about, and will be the first to come up with a sarcastic, witty remark to your comment. She knows how to keep you laughing.

This Hawaiian girl was a natural fit with our community and our organization. Anyone who’s so sweet, mellow, and crafty is always welcome in our league. She has grown as a skater and a leader, and has given her teammates the confidence to follow her into battle. She will lead us in the right direction!

Humboldt Roller Derby loves and appreciates your time, love, and your amazingly wonderful self.

Volunteer of the Month: Raven Maniac

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If you want something done, ask Raven. She seems to be everywhere. Because she is. Raven is a powerhouse worker for HRD. Her work ethic has the strength of steel and she’s been known to stay up half the night doing derby work. She comes to us from Mississippi and has carried those genteel manners and with her. She works at Northcoast Children’s Services as a case worker, proving that her heart is not only in the right place but powerful as well.

Raven started with HRD in 2009. She disliked the physical rough and tumble of being a skater, and so took her talents right to officiating.

Once Raven started reffing, she really gave it her all.  She helps run ref practice, always stays current on the latest rules and has gone to the WFTDA officiating clinic three times.  She is on the Ref Training committee and is a WFTDA official ref for Humboldt.   She is very versatile and can do any position; head ref, inside pack ref, jam ref and outside pack ref.  She particularly excels at jam reffing because she is a fast skater and is able to assess impact and initiation with amazing accuracy.

But wearing the stripes isn’t the only thing she does for us. She started working on the Fundraising and Public Relations work groups in 2011. It is no exaggeration that she is The Bomb when it comes to fundraising. No sponsor is too big or too small for her. HRD has experienced high water years since she began this critical task. She has also taken Public Relations by storm, getting the work group right on line with the five year plan we have.

In 2014 she even went a step farther by joining the HRD board of directors. Her dedication and keen mind for details has sharpened the board. She is never too busy to take a look at the latest paperwork, listen to the latest problem, and come up with solutions.

Her sweet southern attitude has brought her to the front of HRD, whether on the track or off. Indeed, she IS everywhere, and we couldn’t get along without her. Thanks Raven!

 

 

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