Technically this thing to do was accomplished back in 2008 when I attended my first Roller Derby game. But I had so much fun that when a LivingSocial deal came up a couple of weeks ago, I grabbed it ($10 for 2 tix when it’s usually $28? Hell yeah.)
It’s fun way to spend a Saturday night. The first time I attended, I didn’t know the rules and if you don’t know the rules, then you can get really lost. But, once you figure out the (easy) rules, it’s pretty enjoyable. The fans that get really into are almost as fun to see as the derby girls as they get all dressed up in outrageous outfits, replete with wigs, boas, neon stockings, etc. All in all, a chill evening to grab a couple of beers and watch women knock each other around.
The local team, the Carolina Rollergirls, are part of a flat track league, which I was disappointed by. In the movies, roller derby is always on a banked track and honestly, I mostly really want to attend a banked track derby bout now. So if anyone knows of one in the Southeast, point me in that direction.
I mentioned my personal (and not so positive) encounter with a Carolina Rollergirl in my “Full Contact Easter Egg Hunt” post. But truly, the local team is VERY involved in the community. They even usually have a few girls do the Over the Edge event.
Each year they have a “bootcamp” for girls that are interested in trying out for the team. While I’m not interested in actually being on the team (it’s a crazy time commitment that I just don’t have), I AM interested in just getting out there and seeing what its like, first hand. I thought about going to this past year’s bootcamp, but that’s the kind of thing you do with someone else and I couldn’t convince any of my girlfriends to go. I wonder why?
So have you attended a roller derby bout? Should I be super jealous of you seeing a banked track bout?