Austin Texas Roller Derby | Texas Rollergirls » blog http://www.texasrollergirls.org News, training tips, events, and other information from the Texas Rollergirls Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:43:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Texas Rollergirls at the World Cup! http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2014/12/texas-rollergirls-at-the-world-cup/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2014/12/texas-rollergirls-at-the-world-cup/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:38:01 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=10040

The Roller Derby World Cup takes place in Dallas from December 4-7, and Texas Rollergirls is proud to say that 8 of our own will be competing (including 2 of our 2015 season rookies)!

Smarty Pants – Team USA
Polly Gone – Team USA
Fifi Nomenon – Team USA
Trauma – Team USA
Sarah Hipel – Team Canada
Booty Queen – Team ZA (South Africa)
Bullet Sucker – Team Greece
Sideshow Ho – Team Greece
Molotov M. Pale – Team Greece
Kategory 5 – Team Norway

If you find yourself in Dallas this weekend, be sure to stop by the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to cheer on your Texas Rollergirls as they skate with and against women from all over the world. The full schedule of games can be found here. The first game starts Thursday, Dec. 4, at 9 am, and the championship bout will be played the evening of Sunday, Dec. 7. You can also watch all of the games live online at RollerDerbyWorldCup.com.

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From Girl Scout to Derby Girl http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2013/04/from-girl-scout-to-derby-girl/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2013/04/from-girl-scout-to-derby-girl/#comments Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:26:42 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=7376 At our upcoming bout this Saturday, April 13, Texas Rollergirls will shine the spotlight on one of our favorite girl-empowerment nonprofit organizations: Girl Scouts.  There will be more than 300 Girl Scouts and their families joining us for the double header!  Here’s what our heavy hitter – Headless Highness –  has to say about her experience as a Girl Scout.


I love Girl Scouts, and was a member all the way until I graduated from high school. While I certainly did a lot of the “stereotypical” scouting activities (like crafts and of course, selling cookies), I also learned a lot of valuable life skills – how to work with others in difficult situations, how to work as a team, and how to be a leader. What I learned from scouting benefits me to this day!

Derby Girl Scout, Headless Highness. Photo by Bill Delp Photography, Savannah, IL.

I started Girl Scouts with a lot of my friends as a Brownie in third grade. We’d meet in our school gym, sit in a circle, have snacks, and do badge projects in the cafeteria. One of the best parts was getting together with the other troops in town at the local community center. When I became a Junior, my troop morphed to include girls from other elementary schools in town, which was great because I got to know people outside of my 20-person class. We started to work with the Brownies, and helped plan and put on a haunted house every year for our Service Unit. Badge activities got more challenging and required us to meet people in the community and think more critically. One of the most fun things my troop did as a Junior was taking a trip to Chicago (from eastern Iowa) to visit Shedd Aquarium and the Museum of Science and Industry. I was in sixth grade, I think, and it was THE BEST. In my Junior and Cadette years, I started going to Girl Scout camp, which allowed me to go backpacking on Isle Royale in Lake Superior and through the Porcupine Mountains on the upper peninsula of Michigan. We practiced responsible camping, and saw moose and bears in the wild. It was incredible. The songs we sang were totally silly, but I still remember probably 90% of them.

The meat and potatoes of my Girl Scout experience was in high school, as a Cadette and Senior Girl Scout. By high school, most people think scouting is no longer cool. You get really busy. People start talking to you about driving and college, among other things. It’s too bad, because this was the time scouting taught me the most. My troop was a group of 5-6 girls, led by a mom and my high school French teacher. We learned critical skills, like budgeting and how to write a resume, things that would help us with life in general and help us with college applications. Our group was incredibly service-oriented, making meals for families at the Ronald McDonald House and planning and holding a three-day day camp for the younger girls in our Service Unit. Each of us earned our Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. The achievement took A LOT of work. To celebrate, we took the cookie money we’d been saving up and flew to New York City, where we saw 42nd Street on Broadway.

I’m incredibly proud of my time as a Girl Scout, and proud of the organization as a whole. Girls today face a challenging world, but my experience as a Girl Scout has helped me navigate it. I’m thrilled that we’ll have so many local scouts with us on Saturday night!

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Texecutioners pummel Omaha at Regional Playoffs http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/10/texecutioners-pummel-omaha/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/10/texecutioners-pummel-omaha/#comments Sat, 06 Oct 2012 01:07:16 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=6134 SC Quarterfinal: 1SC Texas Pummels 8SC Omaha, 375-72
By Lex Talionis

Republished with permission from Derby News Network

 

LINCOLN, NE — Texas steamrollered their way past Omaha, putting up a 300-point win in the process to book their traditional place in the South Central semifinals, 375-72.

Bout stats via Rinxter.

A combination of wrecking-ball offense from Daisy Mayhem and a sweetly-timed apex jump from Ima Firestarter let Omaha put their first points on the board in jam two, but in the next jam things started to go badly wrong. Killbox put up a 25-0 when Midlife Crashes was boxed–she could have had more but botched the call-off just after Crashes was released from the box with time still to run on the jam clock.

Texas’ scoring run continued; Vicious Van Go Go made it 56-0 on a powerjam despite making a mess of an apex jump before Killbox made it 60-0. Omaha picked up two with their first lead call of the evening with ten minutes gone as Mikillya, Molly Massacre and Axl Rogue played pinball with Smarty Pants.

It was 89-4 when Vicious was boxed on a major low block; she attempted a spin approaching the back of the pack but slipped, and took an Omaha blocker out with a two-footed sliding tackle from behind for which she was lucky to avoid immediate expulsion. That let Eblastagirl put up five, with her scoring cut down mostly courtesy of some persistent blocking from Luce Bandit.

The next Omaha points went up with eight minutes left in the first period when Ima Firestarter made the most of a strung-out start to grab a quick lead and 4-0 to make it 132-13. Anna Maniac got lead after a 20-0 from Smarty Pants and added two to her team’s total, and two jams later Firestarter again got points on the board as she shared a 13-4 with Killbox, which turned out to be the final points on the board for either team that half and made it 169-19.

After a run of single-digit Texas jams where their scoring was limited by some simple but effective dis-engagement offense from Omaha, Omaha got points in two consecutive jams. OSJ and Ima Firestarter shared a 13-4 as the Texas jammer tried to run some penalty time, and then Anna Maniac got a quick lead and an even quicker 4-0 in the very next jam to make it 197-27.

It was 266-32 when Killbox passed the star off the start to Luce Bandit–but Anna Maniac got out first regardless, and picked up a scoring pass while Luce Bandit was on her way to the box on a major backblock.

Desi Cration was the only Texas skater on the track at the start of the next jam, letting Ima Firestater through for a very easy lead jam call and 20 easy points to make it 266-52 in a little under a minute. That left Anna Maniac starting the next jam unopposed with a 2:2 pack in front of her–she got lead and called it at 4-0 after Luce Bandit was released and slipped through the pack unnoticed. OSJ pushed Texas over 300 with a natural 30-0 over Rady Ruck with seven minutes to go as Omaha’s jammers’ fatigue started to show.

Vicious Van Go Go then gave Eblastagirl some points as she tried to clear the Texas penalty box when they shared a 17-8, before Anna Maniac and OSJ also shared 17-8 as Texas ran the clock. A big powerjam for Killbox ended the bout; Texas finished 375-72 winners.

Texas go into the semifinals tomorrow against Tampa at 2pm tomorrow; Omaha head into the consolation bracket at 8pm tomorrow.

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Teaching English Using Science (AND roller derby!) http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/09/teaching-english-using-science-and-roller-derby/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/09/teaching-english-using-science-and-roller-derby/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:11:47 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=6086 One of our rec league skaters, Culture Shock Her, has created a template for teaching English to students while using science. Perfect for high school and college students, she has put together a lesson plan using roller derby as the topic!

Interested in bringing this to your school? There is a general teacher’s guide, lesson plan, and a learner worksheet here.

Are you a teacher interested in this lesson plan and have questions? You can contact Culture via email: english@science-niblets.org!

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Volunteer of the Month: MYTILENE http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/07/volunteer-of-the-month-mytilene/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/07/volunteer-of-the-month-mytilene/#comments Wed, 25 Jul 2012 16:54:56 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=5415 Texas Rollergirls could not function without the hard work, dedication and generosity of our beloved volunteer crew — and we want you to love them as much as we do! Many of them operate behind the scenes and some go out of their way to fade into the background, so you may not be familiar with them, but we’ll be publicly recognizing the awesomeness of one of the valued members of the Texas Rollergirls team each month. Please join us in thanking our Volunteer of the Month for July 2012: Mytilene!

Mytilene first volunteered with Texas Rollergirls five years ago during the Texas Shootout, the WFTDA Championship Tournament held here in Austin in 2007. ‘I traveled all the way from Detroit, MI, where I’d been involved in the Detroit Derby Girls’ sports statistics crew,’ she says. ‘I fell in love with Austin! And I enjoyed volunteering with Texas Rollergirls so much during that trip, that I just couldn’t resist relocating to the birthplace of flat track roller derby!’

She brings a wealth of experience to Texas Rollergirls: she’s been a fan of derby for eight years, a derby statistician and non-skating official for six, and a valued member of the Texas Rollergirls Stat Pack for three. Her most recent challenge is on wheels — Mytilene describes herself as a Rec League Padawan, currently working towards tearing up the flat track in our Primer program. She made up the rank herself, to show off her geeky side.

That wealth of experience has made Mytilene and invaluable member of the Texas Rollergirls officiating team. Chief Operations Officer DeBella DeBall, who nominated Mytie as Volunteer of the Month, says, ‘Mytilene has dedicated countless hours to honing her skills as a non-skating official and is a great asset to our Texas Rollergirls family. She works tirelessly to ensure our crew has everything they need to be successful. She’s given a huge amount of heart and soul to our league over the years, which is why I nominated her as Volunteer of the Month.’

This assessment is backed up by our Officials Coordinator, Chasing Amy. ‘Mytie is always willing to try and help the league in any way, shape or form. She’s at every game, and every team’s functions and fundraisers to support Texas Rollergirls,’ Amy says. ‘She’s someone I can always count on to help out the officials team and lineup tracking wouldn’t be the same without her. Mytie is AWESOME!’

Mytilene has witnessed a seismic shift in roller derby over the years she’s been involved. ‘I’ve seen this sport evolve into a great movement led by amazing women,’ she tells us, ‘doing great things for the community and empowering young people.’

It’s this side of derby that keeps her coming back — and why you should consider joining her on the NSO crew (we swear we didn’t ask her to say this!). ‘There are a million ways to volunteer your time, and Texas Rollergirls and roller derby is how I choose to spend mine!’ she exclaims. ‘Texas Rollergirls has many programs and teams which need officials — both skating referees and non-skating officials — and trainers. We officials are always looking for new blood!’

And any closing thoughts from this statistical super-star? Of course! With the Star of Texas Bowl on the horizon, what else is there to say but ‘Texas Texas Kill Kill Kill!’ Thanks, Mytilene, for all you’ve done for the league over the years and we hope to keep your geekery around for many more!

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Un Conversación con un Toro http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/07/un-conversacion-con-un-toro/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/07/un-conversacion-con-un-toro/#comments Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:38:22 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=5305 Starting tomorrow, rollergirls from all over the country will be on roadtrips, getting on planes, and otherwise getting ready for the greatly looked forward to event, the NOLA Bulls Encierro.

I had the chance to speak with TXRG Rec League skater, Chile Con Concussion about the event. She kindly answered my questions, and this is what she had to say…

 

1. How did you first hear about NOLA Bulls?

I want to say that someone posted a video of the event on our yahoo group and from there I was instantly intrigued. What really caught my attention was that I recognized one of our own rec girls at the time. Vargas Grrl was in it. I talked to her about it and knew I must go. There was talk about bringing the event to Austin, but after going and being in the event it was pretty clear that this was something you could not replicate and could only be experienced in New Orleans.

 

2. What year was your first Encenierro?

2010

4. How do you feel it has changed over the years?

It’s gotten bigger and better every year.

5. What is your favorite part of NOLA Bulls?

This is a really tough one for me. Everything from the preparation of costume and horns the months before, to the road trip with amazing women, to the actual run itself. If I had to pick just one thing, it would be the run. It starts at the time we leave the hotel in our costumes to the time we take off our skates after. I’ve never experienced a high like this in my life. First, you’re excited, you’re anxious, you’re nervous. The horn blows, and you’re off. Slow at first, trying to be nice. Baby taps on the bum. Then you pick up speed and really get the hang of it. Next thing you know, people are screaming with joy (mostly) after you wail on them. Men try to jump like gazelles into the air to avoid your swing, but seriously, there’s no escape. At the end you’re hot and sweaty, you’re still excited, you’re thirsty, you’re victorious. It’s like being a rock star, people are thanking you for beating their ass. They are asking you for more on the streets afterwards, they want a picture with you, “The Bull”. Then they buy you brunch. Best day EVER.

Photos generously shared by Chile!

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The 12 Days of Derby http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2011/12/the-12-days-of-derby/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2011/12/the-12-days-of-derby/#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2011 20:25:06 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=3469

On the first day of Christmas, my derby-wife gave to me:
A Smack Pack made for a VIP!

On the second day of Christmas, my derby-wife gave to me:
Two jammers jamming
A Smack Pack made for a VIP!

On the third day of Christmas, my derby-wife gave to me:
Three jammer take-outs
Two jammers jamming
A Smack Pack made for a VIP!

On the fourth day of Christmas, my derby-wife gave to me:
Four hometeam tees
Three jammer take-outs
Two jammers jamming
A Smack Pack made for a VIP!

On the fifth day of Christmas, my derby-wife gave to me:
Five WFTDA medals!
Four hometeam tees
Three jammer take-outs
Two jammers jamming
A Smack Pack made for a VIP!

On the sixth day of Christmas, my derby-wife gave to me:
Six VooDoo ab muscles
Five WFTDA medals!
Four hometeam tees
Three jammer take-outs
Two jammers jamming
A Smack Pack made for a VIP!

On the seventh day of Christmas, my derby-wife gave to me:
Seven refs a-whistlin’
Six VooDoo ab muscles
Five WFTDA medals!
Four hometeam tees
Three jammer take-outs
Two jammers jamming
A Smack Pack made for a VIP!

On the eighth day of Christmas, my derby-wife gave to me:
Eight blockers blocking
Seven refs a-whistlin’
Six VooDoo ab muscles
Five WFTDA medals!
Four hometeam tees
Three jammer take-outs
Two jammers jamming
A Smack Pack made for a VIP!

On the ninth day of Christmas, my derby-wife gave to me:
Nine derby brats
Eight blockers blocking
Seven refs a-whistlin’
Six VooDoo ab muscles
Five WFTDA medals!
Four hometeam tees
Three jammer take-outs
Two jammers jamming
A Smack Pack made for a VIP!

On the tenth day of Christmas, my derby-wife gave to me:
Ten corporate group sales
Nine derby brats
Eight blockers blocking
Seven refs a-whistlin’
Six VooDoo ab muscles
Five WFTDA medals!
Four hometeam tees
Three jammer take-outs
Two jammers jamming
A Smack Pack made for a VIP!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my derby-wife gave to me:
Eleven brand new bruises
Ten corporate group sales
Nine derby brats
Eight blockers blocking
Seven refs a-whistlin’
Six VooDoo ab muscles
Five WFTDA medals!
Four hometeam tees
Three jammer take-outs
Two jammers jamming
A Smack Pack made for a VIP!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my derby-wife gave to me:
Twelve Texie skaters
Eleven brand new bruises
Ten corporate group sales
Nine derby brats
Eight blockers blocking
Seven refs a-whistlin’
Six VooDoo ab muscles
Five WFTDA medals!
Four hometeam tees
Three jammer take-outs
Two jammers jamming
A Smack Pack made for a VIP!

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Interview with Belle Starr http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2011/02/interview-with-belle-starr-2/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2011/02/interview-with-belle-starr-2/#comments Thu, 10 Feb 2011 00:38:32 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=1703 I got the chance to sit down with veteran Texas Rollergirls skater Belle Starr and ask her some questions about this awesome sport of roller derby. Enjoy!

Keep an eye out here for more video interviews as our 2011 season progresses!

-bexcalibur

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Enrollment is now open for the Austin Derby Brats! http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2011/02/enrollment-is-now-open-for-the-austin-derby-brats/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2011/02/enrollment-is-now-open-for-the-austin-derby-brats/#comments Mon, 07 Feb 2011 20:24:00 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=1671 Enrollment is now open for the Austin Derby Brats, Texas Rollergirls junior roller derby league. The Austin Derby Brats invite girls of all skill-levels between the ages of 8 and 17 to join. Practices are on Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 pm and Sundays from 9:30 to 11 am at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex from February 17 to May 29, 2011. Registration deadline is February 27, 2011.

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Jam City Rollergirls for Wii starring the TEXAS ROLLERGIRLS!! http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2011/01/jam-city-rollergirls-for-wii-starring-the-texas-rollergirls/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2011/01/jam-city-rollergirls-for-wii-starring-the-texas-rollergirls/#comments Fri, 28 Jan 2011 19:58:26 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=1218

Texas Rollergirls’ all-star travel team, the Texecutioners, is one of five teams featured in the new Wii Ware video game Jam City Rollergirls. Come celebrate this amazing occasion with all your favorite rollergirls for a heart-pounding, Wii-shaking Texecutioners fundraiser!

Saturday, February 5th at Mister Tramps Sports Pub, 8565 Research Blvd.
From 3pm until our fingers fall off! – or 8pm (whichever comes first).

Play the game alongside real-life Wii icons Bloody Mary, Crackerjack, Lucille Brawl, and Rice Rocket! We will have tickets on sale for our first bout of the 2011 season on February 20th, along with Texecutioners and Texas Rollergirls merchandise for sale!
Whether you love video games, roller derby games or both- you’re gonna have a great time playing with the Texecutioners!”

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