I apologize for not having the pictures from our Halloween Fundraiser posted yet. To hold you over, I thought I would post this funny and cute image. I came across it on The Roller Derby Disorder blog. It was originally seen by a roller girl on Post Secret.
Are you ready for our last bout of 2008? Well, if you're not, you better get ready! On November 8th, we will be playing a charity bout against, well, each other. You heard right. The Long Island Roller Rebels will be split up into two teams (Black vs. Pink) and battle it out on the track. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Schneider Children's Hospital. For just $10 in advance, $15 at the door, you can score a ticket to a great time while doing a good deed! We want you there and the children need you there. So come on down and enjoy some good old- fashioned 4 wheelin' fun with your favorite roller girls. Don't forget you can buy tickets in advance from any Roller Rebel or through Brown Paper Tickets.
Two amazing events this month, that will cost you next to nothing! First, as mentioned in my last post we are hosting a big open house. On Tuesday, October 28th from 8-10 PM, come on down to United Skates in Seaford to meet us, The Long Island Roller Rebels. See how you can get involved with the league or just learn more about roller derby. Best of all, it's free!
But before that, get your costumes and alter egos ready,because our Halloween fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, October 25th. The best part about it is, 5 DOLLARS gets you in the door!! See the flyer below for details. We can't wait to see you all there...whoever you may be that night.
I know that there are a lot of you out there who are extremely interested in roller derby. Some of you are probably saying to yourself, "I want to play." While others are simply looking for ways to get involved, yet neither of you know where to start. Well my friends, I'm here free of charge, to help advise you so that you can get to where you want to be in the world of The Long Island Roller Rebels. Below are categories I have created to help simplify the "finding what I want" process. First, choose your number and then move on to the lists of possible questions you may have and yes you guessed it, solutions. For all interested parties out there, please come and join The Long Island Roller Rebels for their open house:
3-People interested in roller derby, but don't think they have what it takes to play.
4-People who know they've got what it takes to play, but don't know how to get started.
5-People who want to participate with the league, but don't want to skate or compete.
6-People who love following the rules, love to skate, but hate contact sports.
7-Business owners who would like some more information about the league.
Ok this one's a given. If you fall into this category and you don't know what to do, we have a problem. Please see me immediately at the next practice.
I've been to a bout and I love watching! Come to more of them!! Each one is action packed, unique and provides something for everyone!! Your support is one of the most important things. Without our fans, we have no reason to bout.
I want more people to become fans like me: So do we. Help us spread the word! Bring your friends and family to our bouts. Repost all of our bulletins that you see on Myspace and Facebook. Attend our fundraisers and other events and bring people with you.
I want to help you guys advertise and I like to dress cool: Ok let's kill two birds with one stone here. Buy one of our T-shirts and wear it! Merchandise+fan= more fans!! Ummok maybe three stones. That will take care of more people becoming fans too!
I can't come to your events, but I'd like to donate some money to help you guys out: Sorry you can't be there, but we appreciate your offer!! Donations can be given to any Roller Rebel or you can send us some loot through our PayPal account. Just click here.
Required skills: Cheering, watching, spreading the word
3-People interested in playing roller derby, but don't think they've got what it takes to play.
I don't know how to roller skate: Many of the women who play roller derby couldn't even stand on skates when they started and now they are competing in bouts once a month.
I'm too skinny, too short or too big: Size is not an issue. There are different strategies (and different positions) for different sizes all of which can be learned.
I don't have any equipment: When starting out, we will lend you skates, pads and a helmet until you're able to buy some.
I'm not fast or strong enough: You might not be now, but if you continue to practice with the league, you will be!!
I don't know anyone in the league and I'm shy around new people: All the more reason to come down. Most of us are not shy, in fact, quite friendly. We are always happy to welcome new prospects and can't wait to meet you. Come on down to United Skates in Seaford, NY on Tuesday, October 28th from 8-10 PM for our open house. If you can't make it out that night, simply Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the information on where you can go to try out another time.
Required skills: Dedication and determination
4-I know I've got what it takes to play.
I know how to skate, do I still have to try out? Yes. You will need to be involved with tryouts, an interview and an assessment.
Can I start bouting right away? Unfortunately, no. As a nationally ranked league, we must follow certain criteria before we can get you started. If you are as good as you say you are, chances are you will be bouting in no time!
Required skills: trying out and coming to practice consistently
5-I want to participate with the league, but don't want to skate or compete.
How can I be a league member without skating? The Long Island Roller Rebels are always looking for volunteers. It takes a lot more than skating to run a league. We are always looking for volunteers to help with events, bouts, stats, and other various league duties. If you would like to help out and be a part of a great derby family, yes you guessed it, come on down to our open house or email us at email@example.com for more information.
6-People who love the rules, love to skate, but don't want to compete
There is another name for this category and it's called "I want to be a referee." No problem! We are always looking for new refs. Again, come on down to United Skates on October 28th or email us at Referees@longislandrollerrebels.com and someone will get back to you with all of the information you need to become a ref.
I don't know the rules of roller derby: No problem. The latest rules of flat track roller derby can easily be obtained by visiting the WFTDA website.
7-I own a business and I would like more information about your league.
I have a lot of money and I want to give it to you or I would like to advertise with you or I would like to exchange products for ad space in your bout programs. Great! We'll take it...all of it! As a self funded league, The Long Island Roller Rebels are always looking for new sponsors. Contact us to see what types of sponsorship/advertising packages we provide please email us at Cyanidekisses@longislandrollerrebels.com
I hope that I have covered all of the bases here. Let me know if I've left anything or any of you out!! Feel free to leave a comment, ask a question or provide a suggestion. See you all on the 28th!!
Does your league have a member who the rest of the teammates can always count on in times of need? How about one who willingly steps up and takes charge without question? How about one who juggles multiple tasks at once and somehow consistently has a smile on her face while doing so? Well, The Long Island Roller Rebels can answer yes to those three questions. League Vice President and sponsorship organizer are just a couple of the many jobs this skater manages to do with ease. Whether she is running a league meeting, competing in a bout or taking care of her undeniably adorable 3-year-old son William, she always manages to maintain a calm demeanor and handle it all without sinking. Watching her compete you will never be let down, because no matter what is going on, she is consistent with putting everything she's got into playing. She'll block you, hit you, jam past you and keep that pack where it needs to be. You can't help but love her sweet smile and kind way, but once she's on the track, a different person appears. When it comes to using love as a weapon, this poison princess pulls it off with lethal precision. Her friends know her as Kisses, but make no mistake opponents, she will be known to all of you as Cyanide. I'm happy to feature this lovely little mama, who would do just about anything for her teammates.......Cyanide Kisses!!
Derby Name: Cyanide Kisses
Position(s): Pivot and Blocker
Worst Derby Injury: Probably the infinite amount of rink rash I've gotten on my thighs from wearing the shortest of short shorts.
Describe derby in one word: love
If you could invite anyone to play derby with you, who would it be? My dad. He always keeps me focused and motivated. I think it would be fun to knock him around on the rink. Besides, he'd look totally badass in fishnets!
Favorite derby memory: I can't narrow it down. All of my derby memories are my favorites. Maybe Jefferee starting his halftime speech when we played Hudson Valley by screaming "We're f*cking winning ahhhhhh!!!" Our road trips haven't been too shabby either.
Tell me something about you that would surprise people: I make a mean pot of chili.
Always: Have fun
Never: Sell your soul to the devil, no matter what wheels he's offering you.
A great skater: Gives it everything she's got.
Before a bout: I turn the music in my car all the way up and sing at the top of my lungs.
When I am not playing derby: I'm running around with my 3 year old.