Volunteer Spotlight! Front Gate Volunteers!

We’d like to give a huge shout out of Thanks to our Front Gate and Front End volunteers!!

Feline, APRIL, Grungie and Vena all pose before taking off for the Kinetic Sculpture Race

Feline, APRIL, Grungie and Vena all pose before taking off for the Kinetic Sculpture Race 

One of the masterminds behind making sure every game runs smoothly is April Gay.  April began as a skater with HRD, and stuck with us as a volunteer even after she broke her ankle. She has been our front gate and volunteer coordinator for many years and gets all of our volunteer positions covered & everything ready for game day. If there’s any questions about what do when looking to volunteer, she’s always there with a smile on her face ready to help direct! She keeps things running properly in the midst of the game day chaos. Thank you April for all of your hard work & dedication!

Julie Booker Michelle Krieger

Volunteer Check In with Michelle & Julie

Michelle Krieger is the lady in charge of the volunteer check in table for the last few seasons and makes sure everyone is there for the right job. She participated in our training camp, and has and has volunteered for the merchandise position in the past as well. Julie Booker, Stephanie Knowles, and Maridee Farmer & a host of skaters have all spent a good amount of time volunteering in the check in area as well.  Thanks for sticking with HRD & helping out with this essential task!

Danimal

Danimal the animal

If you’ve come to a game and purchased tickets at the gate, you’ve likely met Danimal.  Danimal is a Board member & our ticket master who took over for Lew’d Conduct this season.  He makes sure we have enough tickets at all the local outlets and also at the gate for everybody who wants to come cheer us on each game. Thank you Dan!! We couldn’t fill the house with such an amazing crowd without you!

Once you’ve made it into the gates, there are a bunch of happy faced volunteers to greet you, give you season programs, check ID’s for the beer booth and welcome you to our events.  Sweet Dee, Dana Maher, Jake Martin and many other volunteers have been great hosts this year!

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Front of the house hosts, Dana, Jake & Sweet Dee

Thank you all for your hard work, time & dedication to making Humboldt Roller Derby so awesome!

We appreciate you!

 

 

 

Humboldt Roller Derby Double Header! July 11th, 2015

HRD-JulyHandbill-2015On July 11th, Humboldt Roller Derby will be hosting the sixth event of the 2015 season at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka.  The Newest HRD skaters will face off in an exhibition game with the HRD widow Makers taking on the HRD North Jetty Bettys.  Next, HRD’s Redwood Rollers will be taking on the Central Coast SK805 in a game sanctioned by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.  The visiting team will be traveling from Paso Robles to behind the Redwood Curtain to see just how strong the Redwood Rollers can be.

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 6th game of Humboldt Roller Derby’s 8th season and the skaters are ready to tear up the track.  Come on out and cheer them on! They are Humboldt and they are Redwood Strong!

The doors open at 5p.m. and the first whistle is at 6p.m.  The second game will begin around 7:30.  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 CASA of Humboldt.  We are thankful for all the work this organization does in our community to support our community’s most vulnerable children!

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

McNasty #34B

 

McNasty, 34BUnder the definition of amazing in the dictionary is a picture of this woman! And that doesn’t even begin to describe her awesomeness. McNasty has been a core part of HRD since it’s very first year in 2007. She has been a trainer to new skaters since HRD has had a training program. Every skater in our league has at one time been taught and inspired by the amazing and wonderful McNasty.

It’s hard to believe that such a small person could have such a big personality. While on the track McNasty commands your attention. There’s something about her crazy black smeared eye makeup, her bright red lips, and her outrageous outfits that grabs your attention, but it’s her skating style and her vibrant personality that makes it impossible to turn away. She bounces side to side, front to back, so hard for the blockers to keep a hold of. Her flying leaps and fearless determination make her feared by her opponents and loved by all fans.

hip block Nasty rusteWhen sitting on the sidelines McNasty is officially the loudest fan in all of roller derby! While skating on the track with over 750 fans in Redwood Acres cheering us on, her voice is the only one we can hear when she’s in the audience. There’s something so distinctive, different, and so intoxicating about her voice. Her voice commands attention!

This wife and proud mother is a San Diego Native and an HSU alumni. To shorten and simplify her job description, she helps make super cool custom bar tops that are sold all over the world! On her free time she loves to garden, be crafty, and spend time with her family. McNasty works hard, plays hard, and still finds time to be an awesome wife and mother.

At the after party you will find McNasty showing everyone how the dance floor works, with a Lagunitas IPA in hand! There have been many after parties in many towns and states, after lots of skating that HRD has tackled. McNasty has outskated then outdanced most skaters, and has a big infectious smile the whole time she does both.

McNasty’s love for HRD and her team is so strong and apparent, that she was voted in by her teammates as our 2015 captain. Thank you McNasty for teaching us all how to skate, and showing us how to be more passionate! Your leadership skills, and your compassion for others have benefited HRD since it’s very beginning. We are so lucky to still have your love and enthusiasm as strong as it was the day you started. Don’t ever stop being you, the world and HRD is a better place with you in it!

Mcnasty jamming sonoma

 

 

 

 

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.

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