I’m a pregnant roller derby athlete

I’m a pregnant roller derby athlete Photo credit Marko Niemela (https://www.facebook.com/punkmarkophotos/)

Part One: Holy shit this is happening

I want to start out by saying; this is me being honest. This is what I went through. It might not be popular, or what other people went through… but this is what happened, and how it made me feel, and how I handled it. I’m here to share my experience so others don’t feel judged by expectation, so please don’t jump down my throat for my choices.

Pregnancy has a million expectations on women, and that’s part of what makes it difficult… because it’s not just the craziness of hormones and body changes you’re handling, but also the set of parameters of how you should feel because of that expectation of “OH THIS IS ALL WORTH IT, ‘CAUSE: BABY”.

That makes me furious. It ignores my struggles and frustrations like I should be some happy robot housewife from the ’50s.

So without further ado, here’s my story of learning about my pregnancy…

2017 Big O Results

2017 Big O Results Photo credit: Benma Photo. facebook.com/benmaphoto

The Big O Tournament has been a platform for WFTDA, MRDA, and Junior roller derby teams to hit the track since 2011. In 2017 there are 16 WFTDA teams, 9 MRDA, and 4 junior teams in Eugene, Oregon from four different continents.

Check out our WFTDA preview of the weekend, Muckety Muck’s MRDA overview, and Sean Hale’s tournament tips for fans. Below are the results from the weekend with each team’s current ranking. Green are WFTDA sanctioned games, purple are WFTDA B teams, blue is MRDA games, and yellow are the junior games. Each game is linked with its archived video.

2017 Big O WFTDA Briefing

2017 Big O WFTDA Briefing Photo credit: Benma Photo. facebook.com/benmaphoto/

Coming up this weekend: the annual Big O Invitational in Eugene, Oregon (USA). While there have already been a few high-level tournaments already this season, this has become one of the most highly anticipated WFTDA Recognized Tournaments since it’s the first time we see many of the top-ranked teams back on the track each year.

There will be a few exciting rematches from last year, some new teams to watch, and plenty of roller derby on three tracks for three days. Are you ready?

Keep on reading for a quick briefing on the WFTDA and Junior teams in attendance. You can also check out our coverage of the MRDA briefing by Muckety Muck, as well as some tournament survival tips for fans by Sean Hale. Streaming of all three tracks will be done through WFTDA.tv and all WFTDA rankings are from today’s April 30th release.

2017 Big O MRDA Matchups

2017 Big O MRDA Matchups Photo credit: Andrew Keyes Photography. facebook.com/pg/KeyesDerbyPhotos/

Alongside the women’s action that will be showcased at the seventh annual “Big O” invitational that launches this Friday in Eugene, Oregon, a baker’s dozen duels sanctioned by the Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) will be featured. Within the mix of the nine leagues appearing are five factions that competed at last year’s MRDA finale, “Lone Star Showdown,” including the current two-time defending title-holder.

Six Tips for Surviving a Roller Derby Tournament

Six Tips for Surviving a Roller Derby Tournament Photo credit: Sean Hale Photography. facebook.com/haleyeahphotography/

When people within the roller derby community talk about surviving a tournament, we are often referring to skaters or officials, the ones who are most active during these weekend-long events. But with tournament season starting earlier and earlier, we thought it best to provide a survival guide to roller derby fans. So, before you head to the Big O, ECDX, Mayhem, or any of the other looming derby events, let’s make sure your best plan is in place!