99 Problem$

Name: 99 Problem$ Nickname: 99 What’s the origin of your name? It’s the title of a song by Jay-Z. There’s a nice little play on words involved because of the fact that derby is primarily played by women   Basically, it means ‘of all the things I have going on in my life, I’m not put out by whatever drama you are trying to cause’ Number: 215 What does your number mean? It is the weight I started out at when I first came on the league. It signifies that Derby is for all body types, that we can find beauty, strength and value in ourselves whether we are 98 lbs. or 250 lbs. Team: Backwoods Betties, Hardwood Hustlas, NWA AllStars What position do you play? Blocker, Pivot How long have you been skating? The first time I remember skating, our preschool took us to Roller City on a field trip. (1985 or ’86) I remember getting freaked out when Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ was played. We would hide behind the benches until the song was over. From then on, I was that kid who wanted every to spend every birthday party and every weekend at the skating rink. (Even now, I try to persuade my kids to have parties there too.) When did you join derby? May 2010 How did you get involved in derby? I Googled “Roller Derby” a few years ago it and found NWARD. I remember there were stats and pictures of theteam members and thinking, “That girl is tiny. I could accidentally hurt her.” It turns out, weight and height mean NOTHING when it comes to derby, and those 110 pounders could pick me up off my feet if they hit me right. I promised myself that I would start going to fresh meat as soon as my twins were old enough to walk. It was time to find a hobby I enjoyed. Signature move: Rusty Guillotine and I have this SWEET sandwich crush move. Usually it’s an accident that we both moved in on the same girl at the same time, but you really don’t wanna get caught in the middle of it. What roll do you play behind the scenes? Former Recruitment Head and loudmouth on the sidelines. Pre-bout ritual: I make sure to eat light throughout the day, lots of water, and nothing to eat about 2 hours before the bout, except for a banana to get rid of the jitters. Motivational quote: “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe”- Oprah Oh and… “I ain’t never scared”- Bonecrusher Derby heroes: Miley Virus, Adderoller, JoAnnimal, Eclipse, La Bomba, Rusty Guillotine, Snicka, Sugar Whips, Wop, Cosmic etc. I find new ones EVERY DAY!!! What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? Skate fast, hit hard, fall small, get up quick! Oh, and a good attitude helps too. What do you do...

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Sugar Whips

Name: Sugar Whips Nickname: HideYoKids HideYoWife What’s the origin of your name? If you’ve ever been Sugar Whipped you understand why that’s my name! Number: 1501 What does your number mean? It’s the area code for our state capital Little Rock, AR…1(501)XXX-XXXX Team: Northwest Arkansas All Stars What position do you play Pivot, Blocker How long have you been skating? 1.5 years When did you join derby? March 2011 How did you get involved in derby? Some buddies forced me to come skate with them. I didn’t want to because I busted my front teeth out roller blading when I was 10 years old. But they put some quads on me and I loved it! I went up to La Bomba and said, “I think I have the hang of this. Where do I sign up?” Recently she told me that I, “Couldn’t skate at all when you talked to me! HA!” Signature move: Sticking my butt out and getting in your way. What role do you play behind the scenes? Announcing whenever and wherever I can! Check out the AFTDA for more info. Fresh meat coach alongside Slamerella. Pre-bout ritual: I put on this ridiculous mask, it takes forever, but it calms me down. Then I like to hit the track and shuffle around to whatever sweet tunes the DJ’s playing. Motivational quote: “OMG, It’s another beautiful day I get to play roller derby…”- Jackie Daniels Derby heroes: “Adderoller” of CoMo Derby Dames, “Val Capone” of Windy City, Tracy “Disco” Akers of Denver RollerDolls, “Amanda Jamitinya” of Rocky Mountain Rollergirls, “Tannibal Lector” of Oly Rollers, “Smarty Pants” of Texacutioners, “Rock Nasty” of Nashville…There’s soooo many more! What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? Versatility on the track, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. What do you do outside of derby? I am a college student at the University of Arkansas and I work at Starlight Skatium. Favorite derby moment so far? On Skates: Playing with, dancing with, and learning from my derby heroes at RollerCon 2011 / Off Skates: My first announcing gig was at RollerCon 2011 as well. It was the first all-female bout (skaters, officials, emt’s, coaches, announcers, etc.) to be put on at RollerCon since its inception! Val Capone handed me the mic and suddenly I was announcing for some of the biggest names in modern roller derby. it was nerve racking but it got my announcing career off on the right foot, now I can’t stop talking (obviously…) Favorite derby teams? Denver Roller Dolls, No Coast Mad Maxines, Gotham Girls Roller Derby, CoMo Derby Dames, Oly Rollers, TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls, Team PICKA, San Diego Derby Dolls, Kansas City Roller Warriors, Gold Coast Derby Grrls If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? Off the top of my head I can not think of a penalty that should be...

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Blackzilla #905

Name: Blackzilla Nickname: Zilla What’s the origin of your name? I don’t even remember Number: 905 What does your number mean? I just like it Team: All Stars, formerly Heartbreakers, formerly Hardwood Harlots What position do you play? Blocker How long have you been skating? I skated when I was a kid but hadn’t worn skates in about 12 years when I joined derby When did you join derby? April 2006 How did you get involved in derby? A friend who is no longer involved Signature move: All my moves are signature What role do you play behind the scenes? Currently Interleague Liaison, formerly Secretary, formerly events committee head Pre-bout ritual: Water it up, breakfast burrito, sandwich, and a bite of banana when the doors open Motivational quote: The only thing stopping you is you Derby heroes: Annie Maul, Beyonslay What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? Their commitment to the game What do you do outside of derby?I work at the UA, read, and do crafty things Favorite derby moment so far? When my home team won the championship this year. Favorite derby teams? KCRW, TXRG, GGRG If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? I’m going go with ref discretion What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Skate it out Derby awards? I don’t remember- I think most feared or maybe blocker of the year Where are you from? Columbia, MD How long have you lived here? 18 years What keeps you here? I just love it. Animals? A Boston Terrier named Gizmo, a little black kitten named Elvira, and long term cat-sitting my mom’s cat Sula Family?...

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JoAnn Of Arc #407

Name: JoAnn Of Arc Nickname: JoAnnimal, JoJo, Glitter Bomb (mostly just for after parties) – really just an array of names because my real name is JoAnn so people feel the need to call me something different. What’s the origin of your name? The origin of my name comes from my first derby wives mom.  I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to commit to until Flyon Maiden told me her mom came up with JoAnn of Arc and said why not?  Although I’m not of French origin and am in fact Swedish, I skate like a spiritual possessed patron helping her team to victory Number: 407 What does your number mean? It doesnt mean anything in regards to my name but it means something to me, let’s just say this number brings me luck. Team: Last season I played on The Gaitlin Girls home team and the All-Star team.  Since NWA has a low population and is a College town we had to dissolve the home teams due to lack of numbers/skaters and go back to an All-Star team and a B-Team.  This season I have been elected to be the All-Star’s Captain and am SUPER excited about it and can’t wait to start working hard and having fun! What position do you play? I’ve been in the Jammer position for 4 years.  Currently we are training some up-and-comers that I am super proud of and will be fierce competitors for the upcoming season so I may have the chance to play more positions. How long have you been skating? October 30th 2007 When did you join derby? It took me about a year of a close friend (Flyon Maiden) badgering me and telling me how AWESOME derby is before I decided to go with her and started coming to fresh meat practices July/August of 2007 Signature move: Well I’ve been told it’s my ability to explode in any direction while jamming in the pack and jumping the apex. What role do you play behind the scenes?  I have been the league’s WFTDA Rep for the last two years which means turning in paperwork for ref evaluations, charters, and sanctioning so we remain a nationally ranked team.  This position also requires a seat on the council.  I also help with events, travel for Nationals and Regionals to scope out the competition, and go to bootcamps to better myself as a skater and bring back knowledge to my league. Per bout ritual:  Starts the night before with a gigantic bowl of pasta then a relaxing bath.  Day of I eat a serious breakfast which usually contains pancakes and waaaaaay too much bacon, lunch is a light salad and maybe a light jog to get everything warmed up and get the jitters out (yes, after 4 years I still get butterflies in my stomach), few hours before the game I...

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Sin #7

Name: Sin Nickname: Ah Ha! See…smart I am. Knew to shorten it from the get go. Sin. What’s the origin of your name? I wanted it to be short and sweet. Number: 7 What does your number mean? Seven deadly sins. Team: NWA Roller Derby All Stars What position do you play? Blocker How long have you been skating? Since 2006 When did you join derby? Spring 2006 How did you get involved in derby? Some friends of mine had seen the fliers and said they wanted to join. I came with them and fell in love the first day. I didn’t know how to skate at all, but Coach Jay & Dis Missle led the way. I’ll always be grateful to them for that! What role do you play behind the scenes? I’m the creative director for our league. There are a LOT of people that make the magic happen, but I’m here to make things pretty. I also do all the artwork and IT administrative duties. It really comes down to my “no puffy paint” rule. Pre-bout ritual:Vega Sport Prepare and lots of water. Good lunch. No phone calls or texts to make me wanna kill people. Serenity. Motivational quote: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, or the most intelligent; it is the one most capable of change”. -Charles Darwin Derby heroes: Annie Maul! Unskinny Wop, Bella Fire, Quadzilla, Tannibal Lector, DeRanged, Psycho Babble, Kellie Young, Xcelerator, D-Bomb, Jen A Tease, and Joy Collision. What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? Their skating ability strikes me first. Then their obvious love of the sport. Down to earth and friendliness goes a long way. What do you do outside of derby? Lots of traveling with my husband for derby…oh wait, that’s still derby. I work as Design Coordinator for Walton Arts Center, a performing arts organization. Favorite derby moment so far? As a skater, it was our first bout against KC. Although we were beat pretty badly, it was such an honor to share a floor with my derby heroes. Favorite derby teams? KCRW! OKVD, Oly, Denver, Magic City Misfits If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? A jammer who is not lead jammer successfully calling off the jam. Really? Shouldn’t that be a penalty on the ref who didn’t realize she’s not lead? Who made up that rule? What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Skate, skate, skate. Watch lots of derby OUTSIDE of your own league. Go to tournaments, watch bouts online. Derby awards? MVP blocker: Burnin’ Love (home bout), Pirate of the year, 2009. And another one that I can’t say in public. Where are you from? Fort Smith, AR How long have you lived here? About 15 years? What keeps you here? My love for this tiny...

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Jett #G6

Name: Jett Nickname: Jett is short enough lol What’s the origin of your name? Well Coach Jay actually came up with my name because my last name is Jetton and I’m pretty fast so it’s fitting. Number: G6 What does your number mean? It’s a song lyric: “I’m so fly like a G6” Team: All-Stars What position do you play? Mainly Jamming but I love to block as well How long have you been skating? Since I could remember; I started off in elementary school going to the rink every Friday night, I was a real rink rat. One day I was approached about being on the speed skating team. I competed for 7 years and eventually coached for a year. When did you join derby? As soon as I possibly could, I took my MST two days after my 18th birthday in 2011 How did you get involved in derby? When I 16 I worked at the Springdale skating rink with Coach Jay. He and Sin spurred my interest in Roller Derby. The more games I watched and the more I found out about the women that played the more I realized how much I wanted to play. I waited for two years counting the days till I could play. Signature move: Anything on one foot. What role do you play behind the scenes? I am on the coaching committee. Pre-bout ritual: I prepare like an athlete, I clean all my gear and uniform, have a little food, some water, and lots of focus. Motivational quote: “Believe in yourself and all that you are, know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” Derby heroes: Atomatrix: Former speed skater, turned business woman in the skating world, and an awesome derby player? That’s something to look up to. What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? Hard work, dedication, and confidence without cockiness. What do you do outside of derby? I work at Starlight Skatium and I’m enrolled at the University of Arkansas as and Interior Design major and Business Management minor Favorite derby moment so far? When I achieved my first derby goal: I wanted to get a grand slam in the first jam I played in a bout. My first bout was against C.A.R.D. and I did it, when I heard the announcer say it I had the biggest smile on my face. I knew in that moment that derby was the sport for me. Favorite derby teams? Gotham, Oly Rollers If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? Most all of the rules are really important for our safety on the track, I can’t think of one that I would remove. What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Be patient, be diligent, learn as much as you can and...

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