No, I don't watch TV while I skate. After all the drama that has been happening in the derby world here in good old Salt Lake City, I finally got a chance to skate seriously. Not just "go to the rink and hope you're doing it right," but skate on the track with other ladies and play roller derby.
Through a friend, I gained an invitation to skate for an evening with our local recreational league the Red Rockettes. It was the most fun I have had in a very long time. The girls were welcoming and helpful. I did pace lines, scissors, and one legged glides (well, I TRIED one legged glides). I was allowed to actually skate in a scrimmage! Nobody hit me, as I am not nearly stable enough to take a hit just yet. I almost managed to keep up with the pack. I was able to receive a whip from one of the ladies who has been skating for years. I had so much fun, my faith in the sport has been renewed. I remember why I wanted to do this in the first place. I have made the decision that I will not be trying out for any of the competitive leagues for at least a full season, I am going to skate with the recreational league where there is less pressure to learn fast and more help to learn it right. It does help that this will be less of a time commitment and less expensive than skating in a competitive league. It does help that these people went out of their way to treat my friend nicely after she was thrown out of SCDG with no explanation. It does help that the warehouse they skate in is about six minutes from my house.
I'm back baby! I am still in love with the sport and actually get to play the freaking game! I will figure out what my next step is at the end of the season. I want to see how all the SCDG drama plays out, how WRD handles it, and if it is at all feasible for me to go to Ogden (the next closest league) three to four times a week.
All I know is that I love derby and I will play the game. Screw anyone who tries to stop me! Muahahahaha!