- Teams & Staff
- Derby 101
- Jr. Derby
The Texas Rollergirls Junior League practices are developed, planned, and led by a team of trainers. In addition to our core trainers, listed below, we are supported by several parents who share their on-skates skills: Chile Con Cussion, Cursed and Slade, Tinkerhell, and Zombie Lee.
We’re also fortunate to have many Texas Rollergirls as guest trainers this session, including Debella Deball, Polly Gone, Bonnie Blitzkrieg, Sinnerfold, Sandy Ravage, Brown Buttah, Rosie, Barbara Ambush, and La Dolce Beatah.
Bexcalibur is a new trainer for junior league in 2013. In her non-derby life, Bex is a mom to a lovely–and wild– 6 year old girl (who can’t wait to turn 8 and join the junior league). While Texas Rollergirls considers Bex a specialist in teaching new skater basics, Bex herself counts herself an expert in “snuggling cats and taking naps.”
Bex loves training juniors because “This sport of roller derby is truly an empowerment to females and an asset to women worldwide, and having the ability to play this starting as young as 8 is awesome. It’s one sport where you don’t have to worry about “fitting in” or “not fitting in,” everyone is welcome in derby no matter her size, height, weight, skin color– it’s a beautiful thing!
Bloody Mary has been playing roller derby in Austin since 2002. Over the course of that time, Bloody has played for the Texecutioners, the Hotrod Honeys, and the Hell Marys (as well as skating with the Hustlers in London and the Honkytonk Heartbreakers in Las Vegas). In her professional life, Bloody works for the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, and has a special dedication for developing women’s flat track derby internationally. She is on the Board of Directors for local Austin non-profit Women. Design. Build., which is dedicated to empowering women and girls through creatively fostering design and building experiences.
Bloody is currently the Texas Rollergirls’s head of training, and is the interim lead for TXRG Junior League training. “I love training these kids because they’re straight up brilliant,” Bloody says. “They show me ways to improve my skating every time we’re together. In return, it’s my job to make sure they’re challenged and make sure someone is telling them how unusual and incredible they are. We’re watching the next generation of revolutionaries, rockstars, and thinkers mature– we’ll all be lucky when these cool, brilliant, talented young women start to have a visible impact in our world.”
Curvette has been training Texas Rollergirls Junior League since early 2013, and also coaches the Texecutioners, the competitive All-Star team of the Texas Rollergirls. In her professional life, she is a law office manager. She loves training juniors because they have open minds, and learn extremely quickly.
Prior to coaching, Curvette played roller derby for nine years, and played competitive soccer through college. She credits roller derby with giving her an outlet for her competitive nature, and fostering a strong and supportive extended family and community.
Maso Kiss is new to training the Junior League this fall, but has been skating with the Texas Rollergirls Hotrod Honeys since 2010. Maso works with children in her day job, as a full-time nanny. She also has a background in coaching youth gymnastics and swimming.
A blocker when she is skating for the Hotrods, Maso brings a special talent for blocking and hitting to her training with the Junior League and Rec Program. She says, “I love training juniors because of the eagerness and dedication these girls have. It’s amazing to watch how quickly they pick up new skills. Roller derby has changed my life because it’s the one sport that has a spot for every single body type and style of athlete.”
Molotov M Pale has been training juniors since 2011, and has also trained the Texas Rollergirls premier league. In 2006, she founded Nashville Rollergirls, and guided them to WFTDA membership in 2008. She came to Texas Rollergirls in 2009, and now skates for the Hustlers and the Texecutioners.
About junior derby, Tov says “I would have given anything to have this when I was 13 years old. It’s incredibly rewarding to see something you’re so passionate about and positively influenced by, reflected back at you through young people. I love being part of creating a space for young people to feel good about themselves– not just through athletic development, but through being a part of creating their own community, and safe slace, and creative outlets.”
Punkin began training the juniors in Fall 2013, and has been skating roller derby with the Texas Rollergirls Hotrod Honeys since 2011. In her non-derby life, Punkin loves animals and grooms dogs at a local pet shop. She loves training the juniors because it’s a fun and truly inspiring experience.
PV started playing roller derby in 2002 with the Texas Rollergirls Hustlers. She has been training Texas Rollergirls Junior League since 2008. About training Texas Rollergirls’ Junior League, PV says, “I love training juniors because they are an amazing group of young women. It gives me the opportunity to pass down derby knowledge and share experiences with the next generation of roller derby.”
Smarty Pants has been training Texas Rollergirls Junior League since 2012. She also coaches and trains the Texas Rollergirls Primer League, the Texas Rollergirls Rec League, The Hell Marys, Team Free Radicals. In her “real job,” Smarty is a professional roller derby coach! She offers private and group lessons to any age, any level.
Smarty has been playing derby for over 10 years. She started playing derby in 2003 with TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls, and transferred in 2011 to Texas Rollergirls. She now plays for the Texecutioners and the Hell Marys, who agree that she is an expert at many things…including being a smartypants.
Smarty loves coaching juniors because she has fun working with kids, and especially determined girls who want to play this sport the best that they can. She says, “Roller derby has changed my life because it has given me something to chase, train for, think about, have friends in, and be passionate about.”
Sprawkett has been playing roller derby for Texas Rollergirls since 2011, and various teams in the New England area since 2008. When she is not derby-ing, Sprawkett is a middle school English teacher at Fulmore Middle School, and volunteers with Austin’s Tree-folks and Keep Austin Beautiful.
Sprawkett enjoys working with the Junior League in particular because “….We are training the future of derby. Seeing these young ladies have the passion for roller derby so early in their lives is an inspiration. Roller derby has changed my life because it has given me an outlet for competitiveness, camaraderie, and community service all with one group of awesome group of skaters and volunteers– with the bonus of improved self- esteem and athleticism.”