I skate for the Nashville Rollergirls, but all opinions are my own. Expect derby and lots of it. Possible musings as well. Donno.
Each season the derby community learns something new in both pack play and jamming. It starts around playoffs and champs*, with the top 15 teams showing us what they have been working on, and the rest of derby picking it up to work on next season.
It is to early to say for sure, but to me this year has been the year of trying to figure out how not to just PUSH as jammers, and in the pack it has been the re-emergence of positional pickups, and a demonstration of effective set offensive plays against different formations.
So far. :D
*you could argue there is an ECDX wave as well.
If I were to hazard a guess, I would say that next year will be jammers using height changes for wall breaking. I would guess that blockers will be rediscovering their shoulders (for positional play) and a further focus on blocking formations that morph based on the current stage of contact with the other team.
(Just a guess, but I have been right before.)
And thus ends my third season. It started with watching from the sidelines as my team took on Ohio, and ended with my skating in the final jam of our season.
In between was a lot of good derby.
Here is to season 4
I think I need to work on my coordination before I join the roller derby team.
You say this, but I broke my foot on my stairs well after making my league’s charter
I donno how much I can say in public, but I somehow found myself in fairly regular contact with people on both sides of this, and I was shocked yesterday. There are just… Ugh.
Nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and I can’t believe how people are jumping down the WFTDA’s throat about the decision of a third party.
Running a website is hard. Covering sports is hard. Running a volunteer website with no funds, covering an amateur sport that is spread out over the world, interacting with a well meaning but new governing body…..?
That sounds heartbreaking and horrifyingly difficult.
Are there things the WFTDA might have done better? Possibly.. But for fucks sake people, it is a heavily volunteer organization who’s primary responsibility is the governance of the sport.
Are there things that DNN could have done better? Possibly, but for fucks sake people, it is a volunteer organization run by people who, by their own description, are burnt out and exhausted.
Let’s get our shit together, stop turning on ourselves, and pack the fuck up. Support DNN and the people who ran it for so many years and gave us so many good things. Support the WFTDA and all the hard work that the people involved in making sure we can play.
This shit is hard. We all know how hard running a league is. I am in constant awe of all the people at the local levels who dedicate large sections of their lives to making this wonderful thing happen. When I started doing more for the WFTDA, I became even more in awe of the scope and difficulty of the work that is completed.
I can only imagine that the same is true of DNN. That is certainly what their statement implies.
We all know growth is painful. It comes with its fair share of setbacks and things that could have been done better. It also is a process.
It has been pointed out that parts of this post create a false equivalency between the WFTDA and DNN in terms of staffing. This wasn’t my intent, and I respect the FUCK out what the much smaller DNN team accomplished.
TEAM NO FUN ISN’T SUPPOSED TO FUCKING WIN :(
Thanks guys! It was awesome while it lasted!
I donno how I feel about Framing DNN closing down as “Team no-fun winning”. Running a site is hard… running one that tries to cover an international sport with no travel budget, no real development expenses, and no $$ to pay writers sounds… Heart breaking.
this isn’t shade to anyone, but yall need to stop acting surprised when your fave celebs fuck up. they’re part of a ruling class who are thoroughly isolated from concrete global issues and catastrophes and actually rely on the disenfranchisement of others to sustain their status. their entire persona is inherently problematic as ultimate beneficiaries of capitalism. what ethics do you expect, idgi