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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!

Q’s Tips: Things Every New Skater Should Know

Q’s Tips: Things Every New Skater Should Know Photo credit: Deadwards

The things every new skater (and vet) need to hear. Each year people try out for derby leagues all over the world, and some people jump right into the derby culture without really knowing what they’re getting into. Here are some tips I’ve discovered over my eight years in derby.

Concussions and Roller Derby

Concussions and Roller Derby Photo credit: Deadwards

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and the Brain Injury Association of America‘s campaign for 2015-2017 is “Not Alone.” Brain injuries can be hard to diagnose, treat, and recover from, often leading the affected person to feel isolated and depressed.

Since Roller Derby is a contact sport, concussions are unfortunately a common injury but show themselves in many different ways. Today we will focus on some concussion education and highlight the importance of knowing the symptoms and how they might affect you and your recovery.

The New Internationalisms in Roller Derby

The New Internationalisms in Roller Derby Photo credit: Quick'N'Derby.

Unless you’ve been hiding your face in the stinky gear bag you keep swearing to your significant other or roommate you’ll get round to cleaning one of these days, you’ll have noticed that recent tournament announcements have revealed locations that have kept the derby world abuzz. Whether you like to travel or loathe it, the fact of the matter is that the future of roller derby is truly international, and this year is just a taste of what’s likely to come.

Q’s Tips: New Year, New Goals

I’m officially retired and it’s been an interesting transition. My goal was to taper myself off of practices (just like the junkie I am) and slowly switch over to reffing. Honestly, it hasn’t been the easiest thing to do; I’m basically walking away from eight years of one of the most exciting hobbies I’ve ever had, but life without change becomes boring and stale. Even though I’m shifting my focus to a different part of derby, I still have goals in derby.