Monday 14th September 2015 @ 9:47 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

cobrakaiderbycoach:

vandulocity:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

naptownchris:

sporkoftitan:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

sporkoftitan:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

bootyblock:

Anyone want to make an all-trans/non-binary derby team? I am officially fed up.

Which rule set would you use?

Given WFTDA’s shitty gender policy, I don’t think using their structure would make sense. I know you could use their rules while ignoring it, but doing so does, on a certain level, validate their ideology.

USARS is less shitty, but still requires binary genders to be defined.  

MADE is the only set of derby rules I know of that explicitly allows gender to be completely ignored if teams so choose.

There could be others, but I’m only familiar with those three.

MRDA is a gender neutral ruleset.

MRDA has an excellent non-discrimination policy, but they do not have their own rule set.

They use WFTDA’s rules. It literally says so on the bottom of every page of their rule book.

I guess you are misunderstanding me and submitter.

Submitter wants to make  an all-trans/non-binary derby team.

MRDA would allow them have such a sanctioned team with all rights therof.

Important also to note that literally the only change MRDA makes to the WFTDA rule set is to use gender-neutral pronouns throughout.

Didn’t WFTDA go to all gender-neutral pronouns in their last revision?
The text of the rules is the same.

bootyblock This post was prompted by an argument I had with a (cis female) WFTDA
skater who had erased non-binary junior skaters while discussing the
new JFTDA. She also overlooked the awful gender policy of the WFTDA.
Part of my frustration comes from the lack of acceptance from mainstream
rule sets for trans and non-binary skaters, especially from WFTDA. So I
definitely agree with all of you that the current rule sets have their
issues when it comes to gender identity, whether they be big or small.
None of them are perfect.”

People always overlook WFTDA’s shitty gender policy because they don’t want to admit the organization is deeply flawed and that they are validating that discrimination by not doing anything to fix it. Like boycotting tournaments or withholding league dues until the policy is changed.

I went back and re-read the summary of WFTDA vs USARS vs MADE I did a while back, because gender policy was one of the sections. Unless it’s changed in the last year or so, the policies are:
WFTDA: You can be asked to prove you are female based on hormone levels as certified by a doctor. No coed play allowed.
USARS: Your gender is what your driver’s license says it is. Rules allow for coed play with restrictions on how many males are allowed in each jam or alternating single gender periods. No provisions for non-binary players.
MADE: Your gender is what you think it is. Rules allow for coed play with restrictions on how many male identifying people can be in each jam. But it also explicitly says the gender restrictions may be disregarded as long as both teams agree.

Reading MRDA’s discrimination policy, it does not say anything specific about who gets to play. Only that nobody will be discriminated against in league involvement.

Are there MRDA teams with non-binary or female identifying players? Does MRDA allow cis gender female skaters in sanctioned games?

This came up in the UK derby dialogue group a while back, and yes, there are cis female skaters who have played in sanctioned MRDA games. Not many, but it has happened! Although there was also one story of a team defying the MRDAs gender policy and not allowing a female league member to skate in a sanctioned game because of her gender, so in practice it does seem to be on a league-by-league basis.

Cool. Thanks for the info.

If MRDA uses exactly the same rules as WFTDA and is (in theory) less discriminatory, why doesn’t everyone of all genders play MRDA?

I’m guessing it’s partly because many cis people are very attatched to gender segregation?
And on the trans side of things I know a few of my non-binary and transfeminine friends would be uncomfortable being part of an organisation that is called “mens”, even if their policy IS totally gender inclusive.
Roller derby that plays WFTDA/MRDA rules really needs a non-gender-specific governing body with the MRDAs gender policy.

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Monday 14th September 2015 @ 9:18 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

cobrakaiderbycoach:

naptownchris:

sporkoftitan:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

sporkoftitan:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

bootyblock:

Anyone want to make an all-trans/non-binary derby team? I am officially fed up.

Which rule set would you use?

Given WFTDA’s shitty gender policy, I don’t think using their structure would make sense. I know you could use their rules while ignoring it, but doing so does, on a certain level, validate their ideology.

USARS is less shitty, but still requires binary genders to be defined.  

MADE is the only set of derby rules I know of that explicitly allows gender to be completely ignored if teams so choose.

There could be others, but I’m only familiar with those three.

MRDA is a gender neutral ruleset.

MRDA has an excellent non-discrimination policy, but they do not have their own rule set.

They use WFTDA’s rules. It literally says so on the bottom of every page of their rule book.

I guess you are misunderstanding me and submitter.

Submitter wants to make  an all-trans/non-binary derby team.

MRDA would allow them have such a sanctioned team with all rights therof.

Important also to note that literally the only change MRDA makes to the WFTDA rule set is to use gender-neutral pronouns throughout.

Didn’t WFTDA go to all gender-neutral pronouns in their last revision?
The text of the rules is the same.

bootyblock This post was prompted by an argument I had with a (cis female) WFTDA
skater who had erased non-binary junior skaters while discussing the
new JFTDA. She also overlooked the awful gender policy of the WFTDA.
Part of my frustration comes from the lack of acceptance from mainstream
rule sets for trans and non-binary skaters, especially from WFTDA. So I
definitely agree with all of you that the current rule sets have their
issues when it comes to gender identity, whether they be big or small.
None of them are perfect.”

People always overlook WFTDA’s shitty gender policy because they don’t want to admit the organization is deeply flawed and that they are validating that discrimination by not doing anything to fix it. Like boycotting tournaments or withholding league dues until the policy is changed.

I went back and re-read the summary of WFTDA vs USARS vs MADE I did a while back, because gender policy was one of the sections. Unless it’s changed in the last year or so, the policies are:
WFTDA: You can be asked to prove you are female based on hormone levels as certified by a doctor. No coed play allowed.
USARS: Your gender is what your driver’s license says it is. Rules allow for coed play with restrictions on how many males are allowed in each jam or alternating single gender periods. No provisions for non-binary players.
MADE: Your gender is what you think it is. Rules allow for coed play with restrictions on how many male identifying people can be in each jam. But it also explicitly says the gender restrictions may be disregarded as long as both teams agree.

Reading MRDA’s discrimination policy, it does not say anything specific about who gets to play. Only that nobody will be discriminated against in league involvement.

Are there MRDA teams with non-binary or female identifying players? Does MRDA allow cis gender female skaters in sanctioned games?

This came up in the UK derby dialogue group a while back, and yes, there are cis female skaters who have played in sanctioned MRDA games. Not many, but it has happened! Although there was also one story of a team defying the MRDAs gender policy and not allowing a female league member to skate in a sanctioned game because of her gender, so in practice it does seem to be on a league-by-league basis.

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Monday 14th September 2015 @ 6:26 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

cobrakaiderbycoach:

sporkoftitan:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

bootyblock:

Anyone want to make an all-trans/non-binary derby team? I am officially fed up.

Which rule set would you use?

Given WFTDA’s shitty gender policy, I don’t think using their structure would make sense. I know you could use their rules while ignoring it, but doing so does, on a certain level, validate their ideology.

USARS is less shitty, but still requires binary genders to be defined.  

MADE is the only set of derby rules I know of that explicitly allows gender to be completely ignored if teams so choose.

There could be others, but I’m only familiar with those three.

MRDA is a gender neutral ruleset.

MRDA has an excellent non-discrimination policy, but they do not have their own rule set.

They use WFTDA’s rules. It literally says so on the bottom of every page of their rule book.

My team (B-Town Brawlers in Brighton, UK) are gender inclusive (aka we don’t discriminate based on gender or lack thereof). We currently are training to MRDA /WFTDA rules simply because otherwise we would never be able to play anyone, and our skaters who are comfortable with playing in gender segregated scrims wouldn’t be able to do so. Technically the rules ARE gender neutral, it’s just a shame that the governing body is shit when it comes to gender discrimination (Er, among other things).

Personally I love MADE rules and would like us to play by them once we have enough people for interleague teams.

I have this beautiful dream where one day soon we have enough trans & gender inclusive roller derby leagues for us to have our own governin body & ruleset…

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Thursday 29th January 2015 @ 2:55 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

GUESS WHO SAT ON A WHEEL. Oh Roller derby. You’re so bad for me. Why can’t I quit you?
(thats days 1 & 2)

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Boom goes the dynamite

Friday 14th November 2014 @ 8:59 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Boom goes the dynamite

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Friday 7th November 2014 @ 4:48 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

bkspidey:

Gotham vs Rose City WFTDA Championship game in its entirety.

If you like roller derby, think you might like roller derby, or have no idea what roller derby is: WATCH THIS GAME. It was probably the best game of roller derby ever played in 13 years of the sport.

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Wednesday 3rd September 2014 @ 5:45 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Having just paid £34 for my virtual ticket to the 2014 WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs, I have some thoughts.

1) £34 is not a lot of money when you consider that this it covers 5 full weekends of roller derby (even I’ll only be watching about 30% of those games).

2) If I had not been able to compete and get paid for a website in the last week, I would not have been able to afford to watch the Playoffs and Championships of my sport. That sucks.

3) The WFTDA claims to be constantly striving to further the interests of roller derby as a sport, but I fail to see how putting the highest level of play behind a fucking paywall helps further the sport and bring in new fans. I’ve seen people make comments that the UFC does it, but roller derby is not the UFC. I have friends and family who are what I would call ‘casual’ fans of roller derby, people who would love to watch it on TV or online, but can’t because they can’t afford it, because they care but not enough to shell out $12 for a weekend of games that are (for many people) inconveniently timed (bloody time zones). And what about the friends I have who see me talking about the Playoffs on facebook or Twitter? They might be future fans themselves, if I could point them to a video feed and talk them through the first fewslightly bewildering minutes. But I can’t, so they go off and forget about it’l, and that pisses me off.

The WFTDA seems to care so much more about money and “professionalism” than they do about genuinely growing the sport, to the point that they are ruining relationships with businesses like Derby News Network, along with a lot of non-member leagues and skaters. Take their livestreams- DNN did better, for free. DNN made sure to keep fans updated when there were problems with feeds or sound or when a server blew up. In the UK Derby Duck Productions is new but is already head and shoulders above wftda.tv in terms of quality and customer service.

Basically, I’ve been getting sick of the way that the WFTDA does things for a while now, but I don’t have any solutions (obviously). I’m just ill, and grumpy, and fancy having a rant/discussion about roller derby governing bodies 🙂

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Saturday 13th April 2013 @ 1:53 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

“I could see somebody coming and playing [briefly],” Nill said. “But to do it over a career, it would be awful hard. Just I guess because of size. I think skill-wise, they’re getting up there. Speed, they’re getting up there. But you’re talking men that are 220 pounds, that’s all I worry about.”

People who think like this need to watch co-ed roller derby. Like, Gotham Girls vs New York Shock Exchange, or London Rockin’ Rollers vs Southern Discomfort.

(Fun fact: the ladies won both of those bouts. By a lot.)

Women’s roller derby is different to men’s roller derby. It’s hard to describe, but if you watch a men’s bout and then straight away watch a women’s bout, you’ll see what I mean. 

There’s a photo somewhere of Lady Lazarus taking on (I think) Noise Tank. Lady is, what, 5’2" and looks like a (wonderfully terrifying) stick insect. Noise is about 5’11" and is built like, you guessed it, a very compact tank. I mean, I’ve played him. Boy can hit. And yet he’s the one who ate track. 

NHL is brutal in ways that roller derby isn’t, but I think that a man and a woman trained to the same standard can absolutely play hockey together. But that’s often the problem, isn’t it? Men receive so much more incentive, encouragement and support for sports than women do – it’s incredibly difficult for a lot of female athletes to get trained to the same level as there male counterparts.

Yet again another reason why I love roller derby. 

(But hockey’s fun too)

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We all know I’m a nerd…

Wednesday 5th September 2012 @ 9:39 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

OKAY, so, I got to see Team USA play London Brawling and Team England on Monday. It was something approaching mind-blowing (I had to have a little lie down in the gap between bouts, it’s true). 

BUT, when Brawling actually scored more points against the USA than England did, it got me thinking, and I came to a conclusion that many people have probably already come to before me:

Final scores don’t actually mean anything. It’s the points differential that actually matters.

So I googled stuff like “TEAM USA POINTS DIFFERENTIALS” and “B&T WORLD CUP SCORES”, gave up because there was NOTHING, and the hit DNN to gather some stats because I WANTED TO KNOW, GODDAMNIT (this could be a bit of an overreaction to some fairly obvious stats, but I WANTED THE SPREADSHEET, and if you didn’t know, here’s your heads-up: I am a massive nerd for rules, stats, wheels – If it’s to do with derby and it has numbers, I will be all over that shit).

All this to say, I made a spreadsheet. 

Here are the scores for bouts that have been played against Team USA from the start of the World Cup, sorted from Highest to Lowest by Opposing Score:

As you can see, Brawling beat out England, ans Scotland come last with their hard-fought point.

Re-order it by Points Diff, though:

England jump up ahead of London, which if you saw both of those bouts, is exactly how it should be.

Interestingly Scotland actually move up of Australia, even though Australia finished 4th and Scotland came 11th. Obviously, we can’t judge final rankings from just one bout, but it does beg the question of where Scotland (and Australia) might have come had Australia been the team to take on USA in their Group round (Australia beat Scotland by a wide margin, so this shouldn’t be taken to mean that I think Scotland would have finished better than Australia, I think that the Top 4 were exactly right).

So. Long post. And boring to most people, I’m sure, but if you aren’t one of those people I’d be really interested in hearing your thoughts on final scores vs points diff for grading the quality of roller derby.

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When I’m Penalty Box Timing and a skater tries to tell me how it really happened.

Wednesday 22nd August 2012 @ 4:25 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

fuckyeahrollerderbynso:

Reader Submitted

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Friday 8th June 2012 @ 3:15 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

lettersfromtitan:

curtismega:

Birthday shenanigans! w/ @Kimberly_Whalen @chriscolfer @titusmakin (Taken with instagram)

I feel like of Colfer weren’t famous he’d be cosplaying at all the cons but usually something obscure/made up/crossed over/ confusing – “I’m Ianto Jones who works for S.H.I.E.L.D. And is a half-cat mutant who travels back to the Victorian era on weekends.”

Chris Colfer is wearing an LA derby dolls t-shirt. Okay, okay. What do I do with this information? HOW DOES MY BRAIN PROCESS THIS?

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Thursday 7th June 2012 @ 9:25 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

So, that is my face. On an entire page of Inside Line magazine. 

What.

(Thanks to Cake or Death? for the photo, since I am still at my mum’s recovering from the knee op.)

Necklace by the brilliant Miss Cake. Photograph by the awesome Mistress.

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Wednesday 6th June 2012 @ 8:34 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

fuckyeahrollerderbyzebra:

It’s like a lesson in futility. 

Put the cone down.

Watch it fly.

Try to re-place it.

Watch it fly.

Meh.

Cones. Fuck cones.
Oh god, we’re going to have to go back to cones. Crying. I miss our track already. 

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Tuesday 24th April 2012 @ 10:55 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :


Dean Bradshaw photography for Star Trac Equipment 2012 campaign

Sooooo good!

Fuck. Yes.

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Wednesday 7th March 2012 @ 8:14 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Bash: “Target acquired. Impact in 3.. 2.. 1..”

Brighton Rockers vs London Rollergirls Batter-C-Power

Photo by Richard Hanson

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Monday 5th March 2012 @ 3:13 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

derby-days:

You’ve probably seen it before. I don’t care. I love it!

This is still the greatest hit I’ve ever seen, and not only that, it’s brilliant to watch Beyonslay just skating in a pack – anyone who says big girls can’t juke and jump with the rest of them can watch this, and then bite me 😀

I also enjoy the fact that the video is titled: 

“Rice Rocket takes a ride on Beyonslay”

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Monday 27th February 2012 @ 12:28 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

yogarunloverepeat:

make it important. 

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Monday 27th February 2012 @ 12:27 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

yogarunloverepeat:

go beyond what you think your body can do. 

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Sunday 29th January 2012 @ 11:06 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Guess who Croydon Roller Derby voted their Most Feared Blocker of the Brighton Bruisers?

Oh, that’s right, ME! And I did it with the cartilage in my left knee torn! 

Gaaaah, I am both shocked and pleased! I’ve said ever since I started that I wanted to get MFB, but I never thought I actually WOULD. Just because MFB tends to go to the blockers who do the big, flashy hits and my style is more “extreme booty blocking” 😀

So, thank you Croydon. You’ve made my year so far 🙂

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Thursday 26th January 2012 @ 3:21 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

How cool is this? It’s a documentary about the Brighton Rockers Roller Derby! 

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