Roller Derby: Mrs. Claws vs Slay Belles
When: Sunday, December 8, 2013 - Doors open at 4:30PM - Bout starts at 5:00PM
Where: Semoran Skateway - 2670 Cassel Creek Boulevard, Casselberry, Florida 32707
Charity: Toys for Tots
This Sunday is our holiday bout!
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Photo Credit: Canonball
OPCDG - Head NSO: Germaine of Thrones
How long have you been the Head NSO for the Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls?
11 Months actually. It was kinda thrown to me when my predecessor left, and at the time, I was the only dedicated NSO for the league, and the rest is history.”
How did you get into roller derby?
A friend of mine kept bugging me to go with her to one of the games during the summer of 2012. I caved in and went (Straight Jackettes vs. The World I think), and actually enjoyed the sport, and I hate sports in general. Been hooked ever since.
Why did you choose to be a NSO, instead of a Ref?
Let’s not beat around the bush, I can’t skate to save me life or my loved ones (so if it comes to that, there better be a plan . It’s something I’m working on, but that’s a story for another day. If that weren’t the case, NSOing still allows me to be involved with the league without having to skate. Also, it’s a job that someone’s gotta do, might as well be someone that’s good at it and likes it. I still get a cool name to have, and I get to sport around 2 awesome clipboards.
For anyone that isn’t familiar, what do NSO’s (Non-Skating Officials) do?
Funny, someone just asked me this question earlier this week on tumblr, so I’m gonna copy most of it verbatim.
We are the unsung heroes of the derby world. Or well, to the outsiders at least. They do the jobs that allow a bout to take place. Positions go from
Score Tracker- tracks the score of a team
Penalty Tracker- tracks the penalties committed by members of a team
Big Board Penalty Tracker- tracks all penalties by both team members
Jam Timer- keeps time for each jam
Lineup Tracker- keeps track of a team’s skaters, their positions, number of passes made, and if they served a penalty or not during a jam
Score Board- presents the score of each team after each jam
Penalty Wrangler- relays skater penalties from referees to penalty trackers
Penalty Box Timer- times players penalties served in the penalty box
How is your role as the Head NSO different than being an NSO on the league?
As Head NSO, it’s my job to assign NSO positions I listed to the list of NSO’s I have. I tend to assign based on the NSO’s ability to do the job vs. the difficulty of that particular position. After the bout, I fill out a statistics sheet that displays information on the skater’s performance during that particular bout. Apart from that, I do other tasks that are not required but allow my job to be easier and keeps me from stressing out (We dont get much for this, A stressed HNSO is the last thing you want). Those tasks include: reading the rules repeatedly, going to other bouts, fostering relationships with the refs and other dedicated NSO’s, talking to other HNSO’s to see how they run their bouts, teaching others about the NSO position they are about to do for the game, I’m an active reader on the Zebra Huddle forum, so I get a lot of ideas from there as well.
Skater of the Month: December 2013
Photo Credit: Phantom Photographics
Name: Ruby Ruff-n-Tumble
1. Can you fill us in on the meaning behind your name and number?
I loved the name Ruby from the get-go. I was originally Ruby Rough-House, but someone from a league in Canada already had that name registered and would not share. I was chatting about it with my teammate, Go-Go Uscari, and she suggested Ruby Ruff-n-Tumble. I went with it. As for my number, I am the 5th child of 7 children. I have a crazy large family and they are really important to me. So it’s really a shout out to them and all of their support.
2. You started out as a ref for the league, do you think this helped you become a better derby player?
I think knowing how to ref is invaluable. It is a tough job and during games, skaters can get feisty. I didn’t understand why skaters got so worked up until I became a skater. Being a ref is like being in a big awesome family. I have great respect for our referees. I do believe it has made me a better skater because I have that understanding of what it is like on the other side. I would recommend learning how to ref to anyone.
3. Would you recommend that to any new girls looking into being part of the league?
Absolutely! It helps you be a better player. If you miss recruitment, or need additional time to learn your skills, being a ref only makes you a stronger, more competitive player. I was a referee for 6 months prior to going through recruitment. I had a great opportunity to learn a lot of great skills during that time.
4. You’ve been skating with this league for 2 1/2 years, what was one of your best skating memories?
My best skating memory is when I won my first MVP Blocker award. It was my first travel game and we were playing in Gainesville. It was epic. I literally jumped up and down! I couldn’t stop smiling. During the 2 hour car ride home I kept saying to my husband, “Hey guess what? I won an MVP!”
5. Who can we see cheering you on from in the stands?
You will almost always see my husband and son. They have been such an incredible support for me. I really could not do this without their love and support.
6. Derby can become very time consuming. How do you balance work, family, and friends with all of the other requirements?
It is tough, but achievable. It really is about time management. I work as a Social Worker in a very demanding field. Sometimes I am on call and it is a toss up as to whether I will make it to practice. I’m also very involved with my church. I do not attend anything on Sunday mornings, so I have to plan my participation carefully. My husband and I adopted a 15 year old last year, and we had to make adjustments as a family. We are looking to adopt again, and hopefully they will like derby as much as my son! It is a balancing act, and sometimes derby does not always come first, but I do my best.
7. As a newly announced captain, what do you see as some of the positives and negatives associated with the role?
This is a tough question! One of the positives is that I get to work with an incredible group of women. I really enjoy skating with them. I also get to work with our great leadership team who has allowed us to make some changes to better accommodate the schedules of individuals who would be an asset to the travel team. It’s tough to think of negatives as I have just started in the role. I suppose as a new captain, there will be a learning curve. I hope that I can support and be there for the women on our team. Fortunately, I am not afraid to make mistakes or apologize when I am wrong, which I believe is are good qualities to have.