Austin Texas Roller Derby | Texas Rollergirls » Volunteers http://www.texasrollergirls.org News, training tips, events, and other information from the Texas Rollergirls Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:59:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Meet our new Crowd Wranglers! http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2014/01/meet-our-new-crowd-wranglers/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2014/01/meet-our-new-crowd-wranglers/#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:52:21 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=8727 At the start of every season, we get excited about the new skaters who will be representing the Texas Rollergirls on our home teams, and maybe even on our all-star teams, but let’s not forget the other newbies: crowd wranglers! These awesome volunteers help make our bouts exciting and keep our audience thoroughly entertained throughout ALL of the night — even through official time outs!

When you’re at the Convention Center for our first bout, be sure to say hi to our new wranglers:

Bee Stinger

Bee Stinger

black jax

Black Jax

cowboy

Cowboy

muffin tumble

Muffin Tumble

spidey

Spidey

t-rexx

T-Rexx

trixie

Trixie

 

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2012 Whammy Awards http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2013/01/2012-whammy-awards/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2013/01/2012-whammy-awards/#comments Sat, 05 Jan 2013 17:24:54 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=6561 “The Rad Hatter Tea Party”
It was another great night of celebrating our accomplishments on and off the track at our annual Whammy Awards, where we honor our skaters, our officials, and our non-skating volunteers. It takes an army of dedicated and passionate folks to run our league, our non-profit business and our rec and junior programs, and to put on our bouts. In a night of costumes and speeches, food and drink, and of course dancing we let loose and celebrate this incredible organization and the people who make it all happen.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO: Electra Blu for organizing such a great event, Pink Avocado Catering for the fabulous food, Premier Party Central for the event supplies, Bexcalibur and Cheap Trixie for the decorations, our 2013 ROOKIES for the set-up and clean-up, Steve Dement for the set-up and Jennifer M. Ramos for shooting the photo booth, Thin Mint for the highlight reel, Sadie Mae Care and Me Shove You Long Time for the cupcakes, AngelO for the design of the programs and awards, Ed Zeppelin for the tunes, and the legendary Scarlot Harlot and Bettie Rage for being our wonderful MCs.

League Awards:
Jammer of the Year: Killbox
Blocker of the Year: Polly Gone
Pivot of the Year: Luce Bandit
League MVP: Killbox
Rookie of the Year: Flash Gorgeous
Most Improved: Sinnerfold
Ms. Texas Rollergirl: Sinnerfold


Texas Rollergirls Awards:
Best Assets: Ruby Wring
Most True to Name: Booty Queen
Camera Hog: Muffin Tumble
Best Team Intro: (TIE)
Hustlers’ “Price Is Right”
Heartbreakers “Flags and Dancers”
Best Volunteer: (TIE)
Big Tom
Electra Blu
Killer Crouton
Official You Love to Hate and Hate to Love: Quicksilver
Unsung Hero: Sinnerfold
Best Afterparty Costume: Acute Angel
Life of the Afterparty: Baby Face Assassin
Best Take Out: Me Shove You Long Time


Fan Favorite Awards:
Favorite Texas Rollergirl (on or off the track):
Smarty Pants
Fiercest on the track:
Polly Gone
Favorite DJ:
DJ Ed
Favorite Halftime Show:
Austin Derby Brats
Golden Mic – Favorite announcer:
Chip Queso
Shutterbug Award – Favorite photographer:
Jennifer Ramos


Hell Marys:
Best Jammer: Smarty Pants
Best Pivot: Luce Bandit
Best Blocker: Polly Gone
Most Valuable Player: Smarty Pants
Most Valuable Spirit: Muffin Tumble
Captain’s Choice: Babyface Assassin


Honky Tonk Heartbreakers:
Best Jammer: KillBox
Best Pivot: Ruby Wring
Best Blocker: Desi Cration
Most Valuable Player: KillBox
Most Valuable Spirit: Yellow Die
Captain’s Choice: Yellow Die


Hotrod Honeys:
Best Jammer: Hauss The Boss
Best Pivot: Lucille Brawl
Best Blocker: Olympia
Most Valuable Player: Vicious Van GoGo
Most Valuable Spirit: RadioActive
Captain’s Choice: RadioActive


Hustlers:
Best Jammer: The Killa Sal Monella
Best Pivot: Babe Ruthless
Best Blocker: Belle Starr
Most Valuable Player: The Killa Sal Monella
Most Valuable Spirit: Me Shove You Long Time
Captain’s Choice: Sprawkett


Texecutioners:
Best Jammer: Killbox
Best Pivot: Barbara Ambush
Best Blocker: Polly Gone
Most Valuable Player: Killbox
Most Valuable Spirit: Ruby Wring
Captain’s Choice: Bloody Mary


DerbyLove Awards
DerbyLove Skater of the Year:
Sinnerfold
DerbyLove Special Award:
Judge Knot

THANK YOU Jennifer M Ramos for the awesome photography and and Steve Dement for the photo booth set-up!

[See image gallery at www.texasrollergirls.org]

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Volunteers of the Month: THE DERBY BROTHERS http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/08/volunteers-of-the-month-the-derby-brothers/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/08/volunteers-of-the-month-the-derby-brothers/#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:51:34 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=5893 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 Volunteers of the Month for August 2012: The Derby Brothers!

The Derby Brothers are a tireless group of derby widows and fans who support flat track derby leagues all over our local region by laying out tiled sports court floors and painstakingly taping down perfect tracks: in other words, they lay the foundation that lets us skate! Every bout day, the team converges on Austin bright and early to start work, then stick around til the final whistle to cheer us all on — and then start work all over again to pull up the tape and clean the floor.

Luce Bandit, who coordinates the bout-day setup, is adamant that it would be near-impossible to put on a bout without their assistance. “The Derby Brothers are fantastic,” she says. “They set up, maintain and tear down the track every single game, and some of them drive up from Houston to volunteer with our bouts.” The Derby Brothers are a big team, but Big Tom — you may also know him as the Texecutioners’ blood-splattered mascot — has stood out this year as the local point-man. “He, in particular, has been a huge asset this year, helping to coordinate the Derby Brothers, and stepped up in a big way to help with the Star of Texas Bowl,” Luce explains. “But really, we have to offer endless thank yous to all of the Derby Brothers for all of the help that they give.”

We caught up with Derby Brother Mr. Booty — husband of Houston Roller Derby skater Becky Booty — who told us all about the history of the team.

How did the Derby Brothers get started?

We got started in early 2006 after Houston Roller Derby (HRD) purchased a sport court and needed someone to figure out how to lay it and, basically, manage it. In the early days of the league, Mike Maize (aka Mr Floorplay) and I were at a lot of the meetings, so we were asked if we’d like to take it on. We were reluctant at first, but decided it was a real need and it would help the girls out, so we agreed. Our basic take on it was that the girls needed to concentrate on skating a great bout and didn’t need to worry about laying floor and track. We also wanted to create a stable methodology so that the leagues we laid track for could count on things being set up the same way every bout.

How did you come to start laying track here in Austin? When and why did you decide to volunteer with the league?

In 2005 we started going to Austin for Texas Rollergirls bouts and after a year or so, we realized that derby girls were laying the track and so forth before the bouts that they had to skate. This went against everything we stood for as Derby Brothers! So after that bout we spoke to a few of the girls and asked who the people were in the program that were tasked with laying the track. We were basically told that sometimes they show up, sometimes they don’t — so we asked if they’d like the Derby Brothers to handle it for them. They joyously agreed and it’s been one big happy family ever since!

How would you describe your role within the league?

We are very involved with both Houston Roller Derby and Texas Rollergirls, where we major in floor and track, and minor in beer and whiskey disposal.

You guys volunteer with a bunch of leagues in the area. How do you balance that much derby?

It hasn’t always been easy — two weekends of derby every month for the last 6 years has been both taxing and one of the best things I’ve personally ever done! My brothers are the best, these guys kick some serious A$$! Traveling with them and doing derby with them makes the entire thing much more like fun than work! We’ve laid floor in Houston, Austin, Beaumont, Dallas and New Orleans.

What do you find most rewarding about volunteering for the league? What’s most challenging?

I stand on the floor at these roller derby bouts and events that we do and every time they play the National Anthem, I remember how blessed I am to have so many Derby Brothers and derby friends and family out there and how cool it is that we get to do these awesome events — and how I should never take any of this for granted!

The most challenging thing is getting all the scheduling and travel organized and planned. It’s a lot like herding cats — if you are OCD this is not your group of people to try and organize!

Are there are any particular stand-out moments for you in your derby career? What was special about them?

2007 WFTDA Nationals in Austin was the most amazing because it was ground-breaking, and the people I met and worked with on that tournament are still good friends to this day! Not to mention, the Texas Rollergirls took very good care of us all weekend!

2008 Western Regionals was three weeks after Hurricane Ike and one of the more challenging tournaments that we’ve ever put on. The entire thing went great but the last minute planning and getting everything to come together was one of the harder tournaments we’ve been involved with. All in all, I think anyone that was there will remember the Derby Brothers BBQ set up and party tent — it was amazing!

The 2009 East Coast Extravaganza — even though we did not have any duties for this tournament in Philly, we had a golf tournament to raise money for Tequila Mockingbird (a Windy City Rollers skater who suffered a spinal injury during a bout in 2007). Having Chip Queso commentate it during halftime of a Windy City bout as I handed Kola Loca the check was a pretty cool moment!

And of course the recent Star of Texas Bowl! It was another great moment for Texas Rollergirls and the Derby Brothers. We love doing what we do for these girls!!

Do you have any special shout-outs to make?

Big huge props for Big Tom, taking the reins this year due to Houston Roller Derby and Texas Rollergirls bout scheduling conflicts — he’s really stepped up and done a great job. Lefty is the man he can always be counted on for help in Austin.

Also, Mike Maize and  Raul Rivera in Houston for covering when I’ve been in Austin — these guys can do this in their sleep. They git er dun!!!

And without these people below none of this would have ever happened:

  • William Ford (Mr Freight Train)
  • Cary Porter (Trailmix)
  • Christopher Moreno (B.S. Meatball)
  • Connelly Wirth (Conn)
  • Eric G. Wells (Mr Pixie)
  • Marc Declerq (The Hot Rink Sweeper)
  • Jack Camacho (All Man Joy)
  • Joseph Frybert (Mr Stick)
  • Johnny Diablo
  • John Davis (Chappy)
  • Kim and Derek Lundquist (The Super Fans)
  • Kane Lawless (My Ninja)
  • Kris Rosenko (Puke-a-hontas)
  • Scott Sutherland (Sir Loin)
  • Poppa Morphine
  • Earl Ball
  • Ozzy Zion

Thanks again, Mr Booty, for talking to us and for all you and the rest of the Derby Brothers do for the league. Texas Rollergirls would not be what it is today without your help!

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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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