Noah Tall

Name: Noah Tall

Nickname: Noah

What’s the origin of your name? I’m a big Know-it-all

Number: 1134

What does your number mean? When I fall on my head it spells out h-e-double hockey sticks

Team: Team Zebra!

What position do you play? Head Ref

How long have you been skating? 6 years

When did you join derby? 6 years ago

How did you get involved in derby? I heard about a meet and greet picnic they were having on NPR and I stopped by. I’m pretty anti-social, so that was a big deal. I came and watched the next practice, and attended the one after that!

Signature move: Tripping over the rope boundary

What role do you play behind the scenes? Resident Rules Guru and WFTDA Referee Rep

Pre-bout ritual: Put on uniform, buy zebra cakes

Motivational quote: “Don’t dream it, be it”

Derby heroes: Judge Knot, Major Wood, Tootie TinWhistle, Corbin Cajones

What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? Rules knowledge and stick-to-it-iveness

What do you do outside of derby? I have a great family and I work for the post office

Favorite derby moment so far? Every time I finish a bout intact!

Favorite derby teams? I love all the teams equally and without bias

If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? 6.13.19 Wherein a jammer receives a major penalty when the ref mucks it up.

What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Don’t judge yourself based on other’s progress, see how far you’ve come from where you started

Derby awards? I have my own fan club, The Noah Tall Jam Timer Appreciation Squad

Where are you from? Here

How long have you lived here? Forever

What keeps you here? Work and family. I love to travel

Animals? 2 dogs, 2 cats

Family? Two kids, Nick and Raven, and my husband Dustin, who lovingly tolerates my addiction