New Season, New Logo

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February 21, 2014

Red Stick Roller Derby kicks off sixth season with new logo!

Red Stick Roller Derby (“RSRD”), Baton Rouge’s premier Women’s Flat-Track Derby Association league, is excited to start the 2014 season with a brand new look. The new logo will debut this weekend when the RSRD All Stars hit the road to take on Memphis Roller Derby. You can also catch RSRD rolling closer to home this Saturday in the Krewe Mystique de la Capitale parade.

Get ready for RSRD’s most exciting, action-filled season so far, including bouts against competitive teams from all over the southern region. The RSRD home season will open March 15, 2014 with a double-header at Leo’s Rollerland. The All Stars will take on the Mississippi Rollergirls followed by a scrimmage showcasing RSRD’s Capital Defenders, along with new skaters from different leagues around the area.

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Roller Derby: A Sport For Everyone

Roller Derby.
It sounds interesting. It is interesting. But is it for you?

The answer is simple: Of course it is.
Roller derby is for everyone. Roller derby is incredibly unique because it does not require you to be the “right” type of person for the sport. Roller derby does not care about your age, your race, your sexual orientation, your body type, your education, or your profession. Roller derby only cares that you show up with the right attitude and the drive and determination to learn, improve, and grow. Currently, the youngest skater in our league is 19 and the oldest is 44. In addition to the 25 year age span, our league members come from all walks of life. Some of us are students, ranging from undergrad to Ph.D. Some of us are parents. Our league also includes a large array of professions, such as care-givers, college instructors, engineers, food service industry workers, nurses, and scientists.

Still, you might think that you’re not quite cut out for roller derby. The bottom line is that you are absolutely cut out for roller derby, even if you don’t know how to skate. Believe it or not, most of the Red Stick Roller Derby league did not know how to skate when they started. We have a very dedicated fresh meat coach who will teach you everything you need to know about skating and an excellent group of trainers who will help you continue to learn after the fresh meat program has ended. “Fresh Meat” is a 3-month program where you will learn how to skate, stop, fall, and hit. You will also learn rules and strategy. At the end of the program, you will be tested on the skills you’ve learned to make sure you are safe to become a rostered skater.

There has never been a better time to join the world of roller derby. Not only is roller derby the fast growing sport in the world, but Red Stick Roller Derby is also constantly growing and becoming a greater force in the derby world.

If you’re nervous about joining us, that’s understandable. Most of us were terrified the day we showed up for fresh meat try outs. Don’t worry though. The nervousness will subside and you will be happy you showed up. We’re looking for female skaters age 18 or older and female or male referees age 18 or older. We will teach you everything you need to know. Try outs are tonight (September 3rd) at 7:00 PM at Leo’s Rollerland (1717 N Airway Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70815).

Roller derby really is for everyone. We’d love the opportunity to prove that to you. So come as you are. We can’t wait to meet you tonight.

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August’s Referee of the Month: Just David!

Name: Just David

What’s the story behind your name?
Nicknames are terms of endearment. Mine was given to me and I wear it proudly.

What positions do you play?
I am a referee.

What is your favorite thing about derby?
I enjoy the friendly community between everybody. It’s kind of like a family.

What first attracted you to the sport?
I am friends with Jewels Burn. One day she asked me to be a NSO (Non-Skating Official) at one of the bouts because they were short on volunteers. One game turned into two, and two to three. At the after party she joked that I should just go ahead and be a ref. So I did.
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August’s Capital Defender of the Month: Lap Lacian!

Name:  Lap Lacian
Number:  985

What’s the story behind your name?
My boss used to call me “Laplacian” because I was from LaPlace. When brainstorming for a derby name, I mentioned it to a fellow skater in a conversation and she suggested I use it as my derby name. My number “985” is the area code of my hometown.

What position do you play?
I usually block, but I have been jamming a lot lately.

What is your favorite thing about derby?
Probably that there is so much to learn. I’ve always enjoyed a challenge, and the challenges seem never-ending in derby. Every week at practice there is something new to learn, whether it’s strategy or just basic footwork. I’m always eager to see what I will learn next!
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July’s All-Star of the Month: Captain Twitch!

Name:  Captain Twitch
Number:  J18

What’s the story behind your name and number?
My name and the J in my number is the combination of nicknames from three of the most important people that were in my life so why not play in memory of them and let them continue to be a part of what I love. My number 18 is the number I’ve had all my life playing sports and is my favorite.

What positions do you play?
I am a blocker.

What is your favorite thing about derby?
I love how it is constantly evolving and is very strategic. I love having a challenge from day to day and that is what derby is, it seems like if you miss a practice you have missed so much. Also the hitting part is pretty fun too.

What first attracted you to the sport?
I knew absolutely nothing about roller derby when I started but once Jams P. Skullivan and Little Miss Maggot talked me into joining the fresh meat class I was instantly hooked!
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