2019 Spring Recap

Hi derby fans!

It’s been a little while since the last post. We are still active, but very busy. Here’s the latest news!


Recruitment

In January, we had a very successful recruitment drive, and we brought even more folks in for our March recruitment. We had such a great time meeting you all and skating together. Our next recruitment is August 4th so please RSVP and spread the word! We are having outdoor practices too, so there is plenty of opportunity to skate out in the fresh air.

Our January Recruitment Crew!

Our January Recruitment Crew!

Since then, several of our rookies have made it all the way through the program and passed their first assessments! Congratulations to Jakkers, Match Breaker and Trail Spice for passing their first assessments and to Cyanide for passing her second assessments. We have also welcomed Detoxikate back to the team after some time away. We are working hard to build a team to compete against other teams in the fall season so if there are any other alumni out there who would like to come back to skate or mentor us, please get in touch! We have come up with a special role for you, so it may be easier than you think to get back in the swing of things.

For a while, we had a dedicated practice for folks who had never skated before. It was a low-key time for super beginners to gain confidence in a smaller group. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t popular enough to keep it going, but if this sounds interesting to you let us know! We could always bring it back!

Scrimmages

We have traveled to some good scrimmages and events this year! Here’s a list:

  • New Year’s Resolutions vs. Bad Habits, hosted by the Bay State Brawlers, skaters: Rad Rover

  • I Hate Valentine’s Day Scrimmage, hosted by Monadnock Roller Derby, skaters: BurnYoulli’s Evasion, Executie

  • Western Mass Furies vs. The World, hosted by Western Mass Roller Derby, skaters: Thunder Baby, Sergeant Cyanide, Executie, Rad Rover, BurnYoulli’s Evasion

  • United Front vs. The World, hosted by Pioneer Valley Roller Derby, skaters: Backbreaker Bane, Thunder Baby, Rad Rover, Executie, BurnYoulli’s Evasion

  • Pink the Rink Benefit for Breast Cancer Research, hosted by New Hampshire Roller Derby, skaters: Thunder Baby, Rad Rover, Executie

  • Not scrimmages exactly, but Rad attended the New Skills on the Block Bootcamp in Montreal and Rad and Baby attended ECDX. Many of our skaters also attended a training workshop with the amazing Rogue Runner of Montreal Roller Derby.

  • Several of our skaters competed as part of Green Mountain Roller Derby’s Grade A Fancies during the spring season and participated in the Siege of Central New York tournament!

    Here are some pictures from our year so far!

Team World gathered for a group photo after facing off against the United Front at PVRD.

Team World gathered for a group photo after facing off against the United Front at PVRD.

Here, Baby and Rad make a tripod with Cryptic Kablam from Green Mountain Roller Derby at PVRD.

Here, Baby and Rad make a tripod with Cryptic Kablam from Green Mountain Roller Derby at PVRD.

Look at these cuties! This is the Western Mass Furies and The World team posting together.

Look at these cuties! This is the Western Mass Furies and The World team posting together.