May 30th: HRD Widow Makers Vs Viva Roller Derby

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On May 30th,   Humboldt Roller Derby will be hosting the fifth game of 2015 at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka.  Viva Roller Derby from Chico CA will be traveling from over the mountains and behind the Redwood Curtain. Viva and Humboldt Roller Derby have a long rivalry and the last game played in Eureka was taken by the Humboldt.

Humboldt Roller Derby events are truly a sporting spectacle like none you have ever seen before.  The strength, agility and athletic prowess of these ladies is sure to knock your socks off.  This is the 5th game of Humboldt Roller Derby’s 8th season and they are ready to tear up the track.  Come on out and cheer them on!

If you have never been to a roller derby game before – you should make a point not to miss this one!  If you remember the watching the Bay Area Bombers or the roller derby of the past, you should certainly come on out and be amazed at how tough our hometown girls are.   They are Humboldt and they are Redwood Strong!

The doors open at 5p.m. and the first whistle is at 6p.m.  Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.  Buy your tickets online at humboldtrollerderby.com or locally at Wildberries Marketplace, People’s Records, S.T.I.L., and The Works.   This is a family friendly event, and children under 10 are always free.

Did you hear we were always sold out?  Don’t worry, we will hold some tickets for all y’all last minute planners at the gate.  And Come hungry because we are serving up pizza from Paul’s Live from New York, burritos from Carmela’s and tasty microbrews generously provided by Six Rivers Brewery and Mad River Brewing Company.

Humboldt Roller Derby is committed to promoting Athletics, Empowerment, and Community here in Humboldt County.  As part of our dedication to the community, a portion of the proceeds of this game will be donated to Planned Parenthood Spare Change Program.  We are thankful for all the work this organization does in our community to educate our young people about healthy relationships & sexuality!

If you would like to learn more about Humboldt Roller Derby and our athletic programs, please visit humboldtrollerderby.com.

Volunteer Spotlight: Medics!

BIG Thanks to our medics!

Brooke Haskell, Volunteer, medicThey are a crucial part of keeping HRD safe and sound during game day. Brooke, CJ, Bill & Meredith ~ HRD appreciates all the time you dedicate to keeping us safe on and off the track. They’re at every game, properly equipped  and poised to spring into action to help with messy falls, hits to the face and whatever mishap may arise.

Brooke Haskell has been at every HRD game since 2009.  Brooke is an EMT, ready to help us off the track and patch us up.  Meredith BakuMeredith Baku is a nurse.  She’s not only helps out during our games and scrimmages, but she has been training to be a skater as well.  Meredith just passed level 2 training camp and will now be skating with the team!  Congrats Meredith!  Thank You also to CJ Janice! Their dedication to volunteer so much of their time with us outside of work is so appreciated!

Billy ReynoldsAlso thank you to Bill Reynolds!  The Reynolds have certainly made Derby a family affair.   Bill is the dad of Pedatori and Hail Storm of the Saplings and husband of Saplings Coach Tiff.  When he’s not watching over the Saplings, he is the Battalion Chief for Humboldt Bay Fire District.  Bill is always there for the Saplings team to make sure they get patched/iced up and back out on the track!

Thank you all for being there to check us for concussions and ice our bruises and strains!

Though we are never happy to have to go to the Medic tent, we appreciate you and are glad you are there to take care of us!

We couldn’t do it without you!


If you are interested in becoming a part of HRD’s volunteer family, we would love to have you!

Email info@humboldtrollerderby.com for more information and to sign up.

Skater of the Month: Drone Maiden, #13

Drone Maiden, 13This pint size package of a woman has more personality, tenacity, and strength than most. Whoever said size doesn’t matter must have been watching Drone Maiden play roller derby. Her ability to move a skater that is three times her size and weight, and make it look easy is almost unbelievable. The only thing that’s truly small about Drone is her body. Her power, heart and soul, and her brain are incredibly large. She’s so good, it hurts!

After passing through training camp, Drone shined as a very skillful jammer, and was quickly put on the A team roster. Most skaters spend at least one full season on a B team before moving up, but not Drone! It’s not just her small size allowing her to squeak through holes that makes her a good jammer, it’s also her strength and ability to push big blockers out of her way, as well as her agility which allows her to be elusive on the track. This season Drone has put the jammer panty down and is showing off her skills as a blocker. She can easily move any blocker or jammer half way across the track, and she can do it by herself with no help. When a jammer see’s Drone waiting to catch them, they should be afraid, very afraid! When a blocker see’s Drone coming to play offense they should also be afraid, because she will hit them and it will be very hard!

DroneDrone is the nicest, friendliest, most encouraging teammate and friend. Her empathic personality shows on and off the derby track. Graduating from HSU with a degree in environmental sciences and ecological restoration shows her compassion for nature, and her drive to make a difference. For the moment, Drone is putting her caring energy towards the lucky animals at Happy Dog Daycare, one of HRDs valued sponsors. If you bring your animal there, you can feel good knowing that this woman cares for your loved one like it were her own. You can hear the admiration and love in Drones voice when she speaks to animals. When her teammates do good she pats them on the head and speaks to them like they’re animals. It feels good and is extremely encouraging!

It is with a heavy heart and saddened soul that I must announce the nearing departure of our dearly loved and coveted Drone Maiden. Unfortunately for Humboldt, there is not enough opportunity to keep this motivated lady busy and thriving. It was not an easy decision for Drone, but she has decided to move back to her home state of Washington to be near friends and family, and to take advantage of a great job opportunity. Drone has officially skated her last game in Humboldt with this team, and went out with a bang. After blocking the entire game, Drone took the star for the very last jam of the bout. She helped to secure the win by scoring an amazing 34 points in one jam, which was the highest scoring jam of the night!!

drone shastaWords cannot express how much you are loved and will be missed by your Humboldt friends and teammates. We are a family that is losing a member, but are eternally grateful for the time we have spent together, and for having the opportunity to get to know such an awesome person. We know you will shine wherever you go because your personality and soul are bright shining stars that can be seen from the sky. Even when you’re not with us we will think of and be able to feel your warm spirit and hope that one day if we are lucky, you will make your way back to Humboldt and skate with us again. Thank you Drone Maiden for being our friend, family, and amazing teammate. You will always have a special place in our hearts!

 


 

Wanna be a part of our team?  Skater Training Camp starts in June!  

Email recruitment@humboldtrollerderby.com for more information and to sign up.


Next Game:  May 30th

HRD Widow Makers Vs Viva Roller Derby

Redwood Acres Fairgrounds

First Whistle at 6pm


 

 

Volunteer Spotlight: The Humboldt Officials Posse

Officials group at practice scrimmageThis month’s Volunteer Spotlight is shining on the Humboldt Posse, Humboldt Roller Derby’s official safety enforcers!

HRD is so lucky to have so many dedicated skating and non skating officials to help our games run smoothly, maintaining safety of the players.  Officials work hard both and off on the track; spending hours learning the complex rules and paperwork and then attending practices to learn how to put that knowledge to practice in the fast paced, action packed games.

Delia, Ray funny face, stephSkating Officials Delia Damage, Ray Charles, Raven Maniac, Stef Leppard, Connie Bon Bons, Eldorado, and Madd Dog rule the track in their stripes!  And we couldn’t run a game without the Non Skating Officials; Handsome Miles, Famous Amos, Terra Torial, Sue Nami, Anita Smile, Mother Nature, Bambi, Oh Hey, Meowlatov, Roller Satyr & Bear Knuckles who help keep track of penalty and jam timing, scores and line ups!

HRD has several Skating Officials who have been with us from (nearly) the beginning of the league.  Delia Damage, Ray Charles and Raven Maniac lead up our referee training committee and help keep the crew organized and up to speed with rules changes.  Delia our Head Ref has been skating with us since 2007and Ray Charles and Raven joined soon after.   Delia is a super smarty pants and has spent countless hours ensuring HRD has a solid officiating crew to oversee the games.  Ray is a super skater and you can often see his fancy moves on the sidelines.  Raven also volunteers as a Board member and PR and sponsorship coordinator.

Step And ConnieStef Leppard began officiating in 2010 when she was inspired by the organization as her daughter participated in the Saplings.  Connie Bons Bon is our wonderful saplings coach, one of our founding skaters of HRD and started skating as an official last year.

Eldorado and Mad Dogg May are our newest skating officials. You can also see Eldorado skating with Ukiah’s Men’s Derby team, the Deep Valley Belligerents! Mad Dogg came to HRD with a background as a skater and ref with Tahoe Derby Dames and around eastern/central CA.

Miles and AmosNon Skating Officials (NSO’s) are essential for game management and it takes a bunch of super smart and dedicated folks to keep HRD games running smoothly.  Huge thanks to our NSO coordinators, Terra Torial, Sue Nami  (Meowlatov’s mom) and Anita Smile! They take care of all the paperwork, make sure it’s organized, train and coordinate all of the NSO’s.  It is a lot to keep track of! Miles and Amos are our faithful penalty box timers who have been with the league since the very first game. Oh HeyThe game doesn’t start until Oh Hey, our Jam timer extraordinaire, blows his whistle! Mother Nature, mother of one of our very own saplings Natural Disaster, helps out with scorekeeping and Roller Sayter, dad of Sapling B-Crazy, is there to help out too.  Bear Knuckles just joined us and has been expertly operating the scoreboard the last few games.  Skaters Bambi and Meowlotov help out often too!

Score keepers - Kbone, TerraWe also want to give a shout out to the past HRD officials who gave so much to help shape the HRD official posse.  Thank you all!  Special thanks to former Head NSO and HRD Board member, Ruby Red Delicious is now with officiating with Rat City Roller Girls up in Seattle. And also to KBone, our dedicated scoreboard operator since the beginning of the league until retiring this season– We miss you guys!

We couldn’t do it without all of you guys! Thank you for working hard and dedicating your time to HRD making sure we play safely!

If you are interested in joining our Official’s Posse, email referee@humboldtrollerderby.com.

April 25th: Humboldt Roller Derby Vs SVRG Killabytes

hrd-poster-APRIL2015-posterOn April 25th, Humboldt Roller Derby will be hosting the fourth game of 2015 at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka.  The Silicon Valley Roller Girls Killabytes team will be traveling from San Jose to behind the Redwood Curtain. SVRG and Humboldt Roller Derby have a long rivalry and the last game played in San Jose was taken by the opponent.

Humboldt Roller Derby events are truly a sporting spectacle like none you have ever seen before.  The strength, agility and athletic prowess of these ladies are sure to knock your socks off.  This is the 4th game of Humboldt Roller Derby’s 8th season and they are ready to tear up the track.  Come on out and cheer them on!

If you have never been to a roller derby game before – you should make a point not to miss this one!  If you remember the watching the Bay Area Bombers or the roller derby of the past, you should certainly come on out and be amazed at how tough our hometown girls are.  They are Humboldt and they are Redwood Strong!

The doors open at 5p.m. and the first whistle is at 6p.m.  Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.  Buy your tickets online at humboldtrollerderby.com or locally at Wildberries Marketplace, People’s Records, S.T.I.L., and The Works.   This is a family friendly event, and children under 10 are always free.

 Humboldt Roller Derby is committed to promoting Athletics, Empowerment, and Community here in Humboldt County.  As part of our dedication to the community and in honor of Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Month, a portion of the proceeds of this game will be donated to North Coast Rape Crisis Team. We are thankful for all the work this organization does in our community.  Come on out to the game and help us stand up for #NoMore domestic violence and sexual assault.

Did you hear we were always sold out?  Don’t worry, we will hold some tickets for all y’all last minute planners at the gate.  And Come hungry because we are serving up pizza from Paul’s Live from New York, burritos from Carmela’s and tasty microbrews generously provided by Lost Coast Brewery.

See ya at the game!

Sapling Skater of the Month ~ Insania!

Insania #203

Something to be proud of and to work for, with the fantastic result of liking herself so much more – this is Insania’s derby reality. The power of derby has changed not only her but also the people around her, including a supportive group of friends that come to watch her play and have become derby fans.  Her parents are involved with HRD volunteer work, including her dad whom is now a board member.  Sharing derby has made her family relationships stronger, giving them another aspect of life they have in common.  This positive and energetic gal plans to stay with HRD for a very long time.

Her passion for the organization and the sport is evident when discussing how long in the future she would love to be the president of HRD, helping to lead an organization that has changed her life for the better.  For her it comes down to the fact that “roller derby has changed my life so much. I am so happy.”

 

Your derby name, what was the inspiration/story behind the name?

There isn’t really a story behind my name.  When trying to decide I went through a ton of different options but none of them were great or felt special.  One week before we had to turn our names into the league I was asking everyone for ideas.

 What is your derby number?

203 – Its is the police code for Mayhem

 When did you start skating?

Before derby I went skating every now and then at the skating rinks, attending birthday parties and that sort of thing.  When I was really young I had rollerblades – such a different type of skating. I recently went to the rink and tried skating on rollerblades; it was so difficult after so much time on my quad skates.

 How did you get involved in derby?

Before derby I played softball for four years.  In 2013 I had been on a softball team with B-CRAZY (another Sapling) for a few years.  Our dad’s are good friends and her dad talked with my dad about B-CRAZY participating in derby.  At the time I had never heard of roller derby.  Three month before the skates skills class in 2013 B-CRAZY started encouraging me to check the Saplings team out.  It was just the right amount of time for me to contemplate the idea and decided to go for it.

 What is your favorite part about derby?

There are so many favorite parts it is difficult to pick. I would say the community is big for me. It is a big family and it is wonderful. It’s a contact sport for women, that makes me really happy.

 When talking about derby, how do you describe the Saplings?

If it comes up in conversation that I am on the Saplings team people usually have tons of questions. Most folks just don’t know the sport or don’t know it well.  Often after we talk about derby they express the desire to watch me play. People get really interested in the concept.

 What are you most looking forward to in the 2015 Season?

Improving my abilities and myself.  Helping to grow our team.  Playing in games. And just working at being amazing at derby.  When I think where I was when I started and where I am now, I never could have never imagined the positive changes.  Self-improvement is the best thing in the world, and there is so much of that in derby.

 What do you think about when you are lacing up your skates?

What I am going to focus on that particular skate. Usually 2-3 things I want to improve upon.

 Do you have a pregame ritual?

I basically am lazy the whole day.  About an hour or two before it is time to leave the house I start getting pumped up, jumping around.  I listen to upbeat music all day.  I will also wear my hip pads and some of my gear all day, getting in the mindset.

 Has your involvement in derby affected the way you live the rest of your life?

I have learned about being able to push myself as far as I can.  The self-confidence building and empowerment is indescribable.  The accomplishments in derby make you feel so wonderful.  The courage of believing you are able to do something and going for it. Before I started derby I was a completely different person; a much quitter and more shut down person.  Now I am more expressive and happier.  With derby my mindset changed, my body changed. Now I feel strong.

 Any advice for those who are thinking about skating?

Go for it! You will never know if you don’t.  Yah, it’s scary. Yah it’s tough. Just give it a try. It will be one of the best things you have ever decided to do!

Are you interested in joining the Saplings? Check out humboldtrollerderby.com/redwood-saplings  & Email saplings@humboldtrollerderby.com for information about the next training camp!

Skater of the Month: Sugar Rush #365

Sugar Rush, 365As her name suggest, Sugar Rush has a sweet tooth like no other. Whatever kind of rush she needs to get her skating like she does is a benefit to her team. Don’t let her sweet smile and soft personality fool you! Sugar is tough as rocks, quick, and determined. This lady spends her time off of derby training in Aikido. That’s right, she can take a person down on and off skates! She may look harmless, but you don’t want to run into Sugar when she hasn’t had her rush for the day.

When Sugar is not busy knocking people down, she is helping them to heal. Being so sweet and understanding has lead her down the path of psychology, where she spends her days helping others to heal. At night Sugar forgets about the healing and focuses on handing out a good dose of pain!

Sugar is the definition of hard work paying off. She really grasps that you only get better with hard work and dedication, and is always focused and ready for more action. Sugar is a trainer in our boot camp, and is always motivating others to try harder. She is the grounded one in the league, unless she hasn’t had her sugar rush for the day. HRD has benefited tremendously from this woman’s power to heal and hurt, she’s really great at both!

“I started because it looked fun. My inspiration was my friend who played women’s semi-pro football. I figured that if she could do that, I could play roller derby. Also, I was right about it being fun! It is a fun game. It has also been cool to be able to see improvements in myself over a fairly short period of time. The teamwork aspect of derby is great. I know my teammates count on me and that motivates me to show up when I am tired or unmotivated. I know that I am always better for going.”  -Sugar Rush

Your teammates do count on you, and love you every minute for being there for them! HRD counts on your knowledge and understanding to help guide us along this cold concrete track. Your sweet self is so loved and adored!

 

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