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Learning to Pivot in Roller Derby

Published on April 22nd, 2016 | by Em Dash

While every position in roller derby is important, the position of pivot is especially critical—and also unusually challenging. She’s the one who calls the shots, helps her teammates execute strategy, and has to change course instantly ... Read More


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Between Jams: Babymatrix

Published on December 28th, 2015 | by Andy Frye

The first weekend of November I was at the 2015 WFTDA Championships in lovely St. Paul, Minnesota. Like most people, between bouts I made the rounds downstairs to catch up with friends, check out the vendors, ... Read More

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Between Jams: Roe DeLeon

Published on December 17th, 2015 | by Andy Frye

If you’ve ever seen roller derby at the top flight, you’ve probably seen Roe DeLeon at work. As a certified athletic trainer, Roe has been an invaluable asset to both Team USA Roller Derby, and her ... Read More

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Between Jams: Bonnie Thunders

Published on December 14th, 2015 | by Andy Frye

Champion. Trailblazer. New Yorker. Animal Lover. World Cup winner. Sports ambassador. Captain. Junior derby coach. Entrepreneur. Bonnie Thunders is all these things, and much more. Joining up for roller derby after an early sports life made up of ... Read More

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Between Jams: Gnar Gnar Jinx

Published on November 19th, 2015 | by Andy Frye

Last Sunday, I met another champion thanks to my own carelessness. I was supposed to skate in the second morning scrimmage, along side some derby legends like Carmen Getsome and Quadzilla, but forgot my mouth guard. So I ... Read More

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Between Jams: Whitney Griffin

Published on November 17th, 2015 | by Andy Frye

Anyone at the sideline during the WFTDA Championship final, in St. Paul, Minnesota, saw an offensive battle, but much more. As Rose City huddled down against five-time champs Gotham, it was Rose’s gritty blockers who made much of the ... Read More

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Tyler Shaw and Manish Gosalia yuk it up at the sideline.  (Photo by Sean Hale.)

Between Jams: Photographers Speak

Published on November 3rd, 2015 | by Andy Frye

They’re everywhere, and you should thank the derby gods for that. Whether you play at the elite level of derby or are just getting started, you know that roller derby’s shutterbugs not only provide photographic highlights ... Read More

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Between Jams: Wrecking Bill

Published on September 23rd, 2015 | by Andy Frye

Wrecking Bill is one of derby’s more vocal stars, to say the least. He joined the powerhouse St. Louis GateKeepers in 2009, and played a pivotal role for his team in a few MRDA championship finals. ... Read More

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