Athletic Training Calendar
Updated 2/20/17 UPDATED FOR 2017!
|We have four dedicated MVP Training tracks, and a banked track that will be used for competitive and training events. The training sessions areas (and banked track during training sessions) are ONLY open to MVP pass holders during training sessions.|
Who Can Go?
Most classes are open to all registered, insured MVP passholders. FYI – in past years, if a class wasn’t full, we allowed Skater pass holders in. THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN THIS YEAR. If you don’t have an MVP pass, you will not get into the training camp at all.
How Do You Sign Up??
- We plan to test a (very) limited online, google-form enabled pre-registration procedure this year. You must have a verifiable MVP pass to participate in testing. Look for details in early Spring of 2017, and testing to begin once the schedule is complete (probably around mid-June).
- Each class will have half the registration maximum available for pre-reg, the other half available for on site registration.
- On site signup is 2 hours in advance of each class session at the MVP Class Signup across from RollerCon Registration. *
- We register entrants 2 hours (NO EARLIER) before each class starts (until its is full).
- Classes are all labeled by skill levels. We will not register you for a class that isn’t your skill level.
- A whiteboard outside the pre-registration lists which classes are available for signup.
- MVP passholders can register for one class at a time.
- IMPORTANT: You will need your badge and your ID to enter the MVP area and to pre-register (and for practically everything else at RollerCon, so carry both with you).
*A POLITE BUT DESPERATE REQUEST
Please, no waiting inside or outside the room before 2 hours. That means no loitering, lining up, congregating, calling dibs, rochambeau-ing or any other creative attempts to devise a way to get a spot earlier than two hours before the class starts. If you do, kindly volunteers *just like you* will be forced to require that you f*ck off and they hate to make you do that, so just don’t. PLEASE.
THEN WHAT HAPPENS?
30 minutes before the class starts, pre-registered people on the upcoming class roster will be allowed to line up at the track (and gear up). When the previous class exits, the next class be welcomed in. Class attendees will be able to gear up *in the interior hall* next to the tracks, but not to skate in the hall or area outside the tracks.
Auditing a Training Class
Some coaches may allow limited numbers of people to watch and take notes.
- Only MVP passholders can get into the MVP area, so if you want to audit a class, you will need an MVP pass.
- You may not have gear with you to audit a class, period. Auditors MAY NOT bring skate bags into the class.
- Not every coach allows audits, but most do. It is their perogative.
- The coaches have microphones piped into the house sound (when they choose to use it).
- Only passholders with RollerCon Media credentials may record or video sessions, and only with the coach’s permission. You can not get permission to record or video the session during a class. You must request credentials BEFORE ROLLERCON, here. Media credentials are not a guarantee. Even if you have credentials, the coach has the option to allow it or not.
IT GETS CROWDED
Check out more info about LINES here.
We’ve scheduled kick-ass classes overlapping and many popular sessions & coaches more than once. We quadrupled our track space and limited MVP passes, and we’ve scheduled early. But – high profile classes will still fill up fast. RC has more facilities, coaches and classes – BY FAR – than any training camp, but we also have more attendees. Peak hour classes will fill first; plan accordingly. We’ve scheduled classes during big social events, and popular coaches are offering early morning / late night sessions, as well; those are likely to be less crowded.
If you do want to train during peak hours and your classes are full, consider off-skates athletic training, as well. Off skates athletic training is near the classroom seminars and can be found on the seminar schedule. And don’t forget – its not just a training camp, its a CONVENTION, so you can also go to one of the other twelve types of events, including social stuff, seminars, and more!
Coaches have the ability to limit entry or make skill level (or other relevant) requirements. Some classes are marked “INTL.” That means International, Hawaiian & Alaskan MVP Passholders will get priority entrance. If they don’t fill those classes, the coach will open it to continental US MVP passholders, as well.
Unless the class is listed otherwise, assume Intermediate and Advanced classes are co-ed. Uncomfortable with co-ed? Check out more info here.
HINT: bring water & both black & white shirts *preferably with a legible name* to ALL on-skates classes (even if it doesn’t say so in the schedule). If your name isn’t visible, how can you get feedback? Look in the class info for a description that will include anything else you need to participate.
RollerCon planners schedule only the best coaches. But it is your responsibility to make sure you don’t do anything unsafe for you. Information gathered should be modified to fit your own personal needs, business models, athletic competence, health concerns and limitations, and state requirements. All skaters should execute proper safety precautions prior to attempting any skills demonstrated or shown. All RollerCon registrants participate in conference events solely at their own risk.
The training, opinions, findings, and conclusions offered during Rollercon are those of the authors or speakers and not necessarily those of the speaker’s league, or the hosts or planners of the RollerCon conference. The materials and information presented are for informational purposes only & are not legal advice or counsel.
** THE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE **
Count on it. Our coaches are also scrimmaging, Challenging and going to each other’s classes, so the schedule is likely to change right up til it gets published in the program. Best to just be chill about it all.
If you don’t see classes, have you scrolled to the right date?
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2015 & 2016 coaches… too many awesome coaches to list. Join them! More info…
8Mean Wheeler (aka. Kim MacKenzie) has been playing roller derby since 2006. She has served as both captain and co-captain and been her team’s pivot since the All Stars inception. 8mean is a three-time Team Canada player. 2008/11/14. She has received numerous recognitions by her league and peers that include MVP, Iron Pivot award, North West Roller Derby All Stars and BC All Stars. She is an experienced coach for many sports including field hockey and currently coaches for Camp Pivotstar.
90° Johnson is a WFTDA-certified Level 3 NSO and the returning RollerCon Head NSO.
Absolutely Scabulous has been skating for five seasons with the Silicon Valley Roller Girls. She’s won awards ranging from Best Swagger to Most Likely to Turn Something Into a Google Doc. She thrives on turning what she calls “hot messes” into more streamlined, derby, operational business functions. Currently, she’s a skater on the SVRG travel team, and leader of the Training & Coaching Committee. In her off-skates life, she works at Google planning events for extremely nerdy engineers and loves it. She also plans weddings with her other side hustle “A Pacific Union”, you know, with all her spare time.
Alayna Capo, owner of Derby Medical supply, head EMT Tucson Roller Derby, former combat medic and Paramedic. Currently works as a Hyperbaric Tech in the Wound Care Dept. Of Northwest Hospital.
Allie Gator has been skating with the Mad Rollin Dolls in Madison, WI since 2007. She is a proud member of the Quad Squad (Activate!), the Dairyland Dolls (Moo, Bitch!), Team Unicorn (Magical Neigh!), captain of the Great Lakes All-Stars (Oh the Humidity!), and is AFTDA certified (announcers, yo!). She enjoys outdoor skating, meeting ridiculous animals, geekery, burlesque, sing-talking, playing ukulele and having adventures. In 2013 she had the pleasure of traveling to France and captaining Team Unicorn against the Paris Rollergirls.
Assaulty Cracker is a 5-year derby veteran, who has competed on the banked and flat track for over 4 years with the San Diego Derby Dolls. A former rink rat, Assaulty loves coaching as much as she loves skating, and has been training up-and-coming skaters for over 3 years. Assaulty specializes in coaching skill fundamentals, team dynamics and communication, and creative ways to break through plateaus and slumps. Check out Assaulty’s blog at assaulty.wordpress.com.
Awesome Sauce is a league member with the San Diego Derby Dolls, skating since 2011 and coaching since 2012. She started her roller derby career as a referee and quickly fell in love with jam refereeing on the banked track. This naturally lead into a love for developing and coaching agility, speed and of course, ENDURANCE! Prior to roller derby Saucy would never have described herself as the athletic type, but roller derby has sparked a fitness fire. Her passion now lies in becoming the best bouting skater she can be and helping those new to roller derby do the same by unlocking their inner athlete. Her coaching style is packed with lots of “unusual” and hilarious visualizations and her enthusiasm for teaching and roller derby will keep you engaged while still pushing you to your limits.
Beast of Bourbon is a Registered Nurse who currently works as a supervisor of a large mental health facility specializing in the treatment of individuals with severe mental and emotional issues. She is an active member of two leagues in the New Orleans area and is the owner/operator of Skate Beast, a mobile derby store.
Betty Ford Galaxy was a 2004 founding member of the Rat City Roller Girls, founded the Seattle Derby Brats in 2006 and has helped several other leagues start their own junior programs since. Betty coaches the Seattle Derby Brat’s SDB Galaxy Girls travel team, ranked 3rd in the world. Betty also founded N.O.W. Roller Derby mobile bootcamps with ReAnimateHer in 2010 and has traveled all over the US, Canada and UK to coach adults and juniors. In 2013, BFG began skating with the Rainier Roller Girls, and loves her new league for helping her to continue to grow and learn both as a skater and a coach.
Bode Lee Harm is the Assistant Coach for the Capital City Skull Crushers and is on the Board of Directors of the Boise Men’s Roller Derby. He has almost 30 years’ experience teaching exercise classes and has been skating for over 40 years.
Booty Quake is the founder and chief motivator at Roller Derby Athletics, providing sport specific training and advice to derby athletes around the world. A lifelong athlete in a variety of sports, Booty has been skating with Terminal City since 2007, and coaching since 2008. Booty has a special interest in off-skate strength and conditioning. She is happiest when sweating, and at after parties! She’ll kick your ass, so you can go kick someone else’s…
Butter Buns is an average normal derby girl! Not too great, Not too horrible! Derby Loves & Derby Struggles! This is her 3rd year attending RC and first RC Seminar! She has been a member of Eastside Derby Girls in Macomb County, Michigan, for 3 years, ever since she showed up one day without being able to stand on skates!
Catholic Cruel Girl began skating with the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls in March 2007. She was Co-Captain of RMRG’s all star team, the 5280 Fight Club for the 2009 & 2010 seasons, helping lead Fight Club to win Championships in November 2010. Cruelie has trained teams in both the US and Europe. In addition to creating original recipes for her column in five on five magazine, she is an herbalist and sole proprietor of Gypsy Wagon Apothecary.
Cherrie skates with the Inland Empire Derby Divas in Grand Terrace, California. She has served on Inland Empire’s Board of Directors as Head of Fundraising and Sponsorship, Vice President, and now President. Change does not come easy but as time passes and leagues evolve, it can become necessary.
Coach Spanx started coaching women’s derby in 2007. In 2010 he took to travel coaching surrounding leagues from his home. He has played with a couple MWDF teams as well as co-ed. Owner of Xtreme Roller Sports, he runs two events, Beat Me Halfway and Midwest Derbyfest as well as the new derby publication Roll Out Magazine.
Running Various clinics all over the Country he has grown popularity in his breakdown and knowledge of game play.
Dave “The Consigliere” Fagundes is a lawyer and law professor specializing in copyright and property law. He has advised numerous roller derby skaters and entities, including RollerCon and Derby News Network, about legal issues including copyright, torts, and contracts. When not suing people or boring them with lectures about copyright terminations of transfer, he writes about roller derby, including both gonzo journalism and law review articles.
Deus Ex Knockin’Ya (Dex) has been skating with Madison, WI’s recreational roller derby league, the Mad Wreckin’ Dolls, since 2011. The Mad Wreckin’ Dolls were formed under the wing of the Mad Rollin’ Dolls by skaters who hadn’t made home teams with MRD but still wanted to skate outside of tryouts season; the league is now home to more than 120 women in four skill levels. Dex is currently co-manager of training for the Mad Wreckin’ Dolls.
Dirty Deborah Harry is a 3rd generation skating instructor hailing from southern California. She began her classical training at age 4, skating every day at her family’s roller rink. Surrounded by competitive skaters of all disciplines, she grew to love the art of figure skating, the thrill of speed and the fun of endless session skating. Dirty possesses a unique ability to teach essential skills (with a strict focus on technical perfection) and translate those skills into strong derby play. When she is not traveling the world spreading her love of all things roller skating, you can find her playing both banked and flat track with the OC Roller Girls.
Dr Sting has been a sport performance specialist and injury management expert for two decades. His involvement in roller derby began after his wife BB Sting started playing roller derby. He has been announcing games, skating and coaching/training in roller derby for 7 years and has been playing roller derby competitively for 2 years. He lives in Edmonton Alberta where he consults and works with a number of sporting communities including running, road and mountain biking, triathlon, rugby, hockey, and of course roller derby. He owns WePhysio Performance and Wellness, a busy physiotherapy and sports performance assessment center.
Dr Rick Fox is the founder and former Director of Medical Services Los Angeles Derby Dolls 2006-2013, and serves on the medical staff of the Angel City Derby Dolls 2013 to present. He’s a contributing columnist to Blood and Thunder Magazine (“Back on Track with Dr. Rick), Medical Staff for Team USA Roller Derby World Cup Toronto Canada and Dallas, Texas, Medical Staff Association of Volleyball Professionals (1989-2006), and the Founder/CEO/Designer Second Knee Brace. Dr Rick is also an Associate Faculty Member Southern California University of Health Sciences. His office focuses on athletic injuries mostly working with professional, world-class, elite and Olympic athletes.
Elle Beaux has been with the Atlanta Rollergirls since its inception in 2005. She took a break from skating from 2009-2012, when she became the official announcer for ARG. In 2013, she just couldn’t stay away from the intensity of the track, so she came out of retirement. She continues to announce at home at and tournaments, in the house and on broadcast. She has been an improv comedian for almost 10 years, performing regularly with Dad’s Garage Theatre in Atlanta, and an improv teacher for 2 years.
Erica Jordan (Miss E.vil) is a licensed athletic trainer who has been skating derby since 2006. She participated in Rose City’s fresh meat program and has been playing ever since. Jordan retired from active playing to pursue her athletic training career. Jordan has coached various teams in Utah: the O-town Derby Dames, Salt City Bank Track, and many individual skaters. Jordan now loves caring for skater’s injuries through her athletic training clinic New Dawn Sports and Wellness.
Flash Fury competed as a Beach Sprinter at a National and International level for 15 years, and represented Australia at the 2006 World Championships. Just months prior to this she became part of the Australian Women’s Bobsleigh Olympic Shadow team for the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. In 2011, she started her adventure into roller derby with Victorian Roller Derby League, Australia and then in 2012 began skating with Avalanche City Roller Girls (ACRG) from Fernie, British Columbia, Canada. In 2.5 years ACRG jumped from 85th to the 12th ranked team in Canada, and are still on the rise. When she is not playing roller derby, you will find Abby helping her clientele achieve optimal health and freedom with her ‘Energized Life’ coaching business.
Hazed and Contused (Hazer) has been coaching and playing derby for 5 seasons. She’s traveled around the world with her derby classes, including Ireland, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Arizona, and all over the Midwest. She’s skated with AZRD and the Mad Rollin Dolls, captaining teams of all levels.
Holly Gohardly has played and coached derby since 2006, captained the Charm City Roller Girls All Stars and team Maryland Roller Derby and is the head trainer of the Charm City Roller Girls. Holly has coached for Atom Skate Academy, at Low Down Derby Throwdown in New Zealand and for leagues all over including the Royal Windsor Roller Girls. She is an Atom All Star, member of Team Wolfpack and Flying Sparkle Object Posse and will be rostered for the Roller Derby All star game at Rollercon. If there’s a derby event happening, she’s likely there absorbing all the knowledge.
Hot Wheels has been playing derby in West Australia for 7 years and decided early in her derby career to travel the world to attend coaching clinics to further her derby knowledge, a necessity she found when living in Perth, the most isolated city in the world. Hot Wheels is a four times state body building Champion, state inline hockey player, martial arts instructor and currently skates on her leagues A travel team, the Wards of the Skate. and the Perth Men’s Derby Co-Stars teams. Hot Wheels says at 46 , fitness, sports nutrition and living the athletes life style is her passion. She also has the dream job of working for the CRAZY SKATE COMPANY.
Hurricane Heather has been jam skating since she was a teenager. She’s played derby in Pittsburgh for 8 years. Love it, live it, turn left!
Liquor Possi has played derby since 2006, as a founding member of the Blue Ridge Rollergirls and transferring to Tampa Roller Derby in 2011. She retired at the end of the 2013 season and found that derby had taken quite the toll on her body. Shortly after, she began working with In Light Wellness Systems, successfully using LED light therapy to get rid of the aches, pains, and inflammation from playing derby.
Iron Panda is a conditioning and endurance trainer for San Fernando Valley Roller Derby as well as Assistant Coach for San Fernando Valley Junior RD Fast Times. He’s also the Coach/Trainer for SFV’s Topanga Maul Rats, which is neat. Aside from Roller Derby, Iron Panda is a mixed martial artist, fitness trainer, and a 20 year veteran of the Los Angeles underground breakdance scene. Iron Panda likes video games and beer.
Isaac Oltmans is a former National Champion Speed Skater and a Pro Aggressive Skater who has performed at Amusement Parks across the US. He has worked at Rollerbones for the past 21 years.
Jan Akervall, M.D., Ph.D is the Chief Executive Officer and inventor of SISU Mouth guard. Jan was born in Sweden, and graduated from Lund University Medical School in 1990. He finished his residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, was board certified and defended his Ph.D thesis in 1998. Dr. Akervall completed a two year fellowship at Department of Otolaryngology, University of Michigan, in Oncologic Surgery and microvascular reconstructions 2000-2002. He became Associate Professor at Lund University in 2003 and served as Director of the Head and Neck Division at Lund University, 2003 – 2004, before moving to Michigan. He is currently Partner in the Rontal-Akervall Clinic, Farmington Hills, and is Medical Director for Translational Research and Clinical Director, BioBank, at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan.
Jens Hötger started coaching Roller Derby for the Ruhrpott Roller Girls (Germany) in 2009 and helped make them one of the best teams in Germany. Since 2011 he is coaching Team Germany and will be one of the coaches that will lead the Team to the 2014 B&T-Cup in Dallas. With an instructor’s license for general sports and a background in competitive rowing he learns something new every day and likes to spread his knowledge. After debuting as a coach at RollerCon 2013 he is back in the US and brings lots of new stuff.
Jerry Seltzer is the son of founder of Roller Derby. He operated International Roller Derby League from 1960 to 1973, promoted over 3000 games, created a 110-station network, and filled arenas and stadiums from Madison Square Garden to White Sox Park. Jerry was the Executive VP of Marketing at Ticketmaster for 10 years, created all sales and marketing for Ticketmaster, and currently does sales outreach for Brown Paper Tickets, writes columns for Blood & Thunder Magazine and Lead Jammer Magazine. Jerry blogs at www.rollerderbyderbyjesus.com and on facebook @Jerry Seltzer.
Jess Bandit started playing roller derby with Montreal Roller Derby in 2006. This is her 8th season with the New Skids on the Block. She is a Team Antik skater, and also plays for Team Canada (World Cup 2011 & 2014). Jess Bandit is the Head Coach for the Mont Royals, the first MRDA Travel Team in Canada. She is also a Coach for the National Canadian Men’s Team; the team placed 3rd in the Men’s Roller Derby World Cup this past March. When time is available she hits the road with DerbySCool to train other leagues with The Rev. Outside of Roller Derby, Jess Bandit has a Bachelor degree in Physical and Heath Education, and she’ll be beginning her Masters of Human Kinetics in Consultation and Intervention this fall.
Jonathan R (Jonathan Rockey) is #6 for the New York Shock Exchange and Team USA Men’s Roller Derby. Jonathan was a childhood competitive artistic roller figure skater, and he began coaching for Gotham Girls Roller Derby in 2005. He founded the New York Shock Exchange (NYSE) so he could play roller derby. Jonathan skated in NYSE’s first game in 2007 through wins at the Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) Championships, Mohawk Valley Cup, and Shock the UK Tour – and he’s still having too much fun to stop. He helped found the Men’s Derby Coalition and currently serves on the MRDA Board of Directors. Thanks to profound support from his teammates, he was votedJammer of the Year in 2012 and 2013 by Derby News Network readers and, while representing the United States of America, won tournament MVP of the 2014 Men’s Roller Derby World Cup. He loves roller-skating.
Juke Boxx is a recent transfer to the London Rollergirls. Starting out her career with the Mad Rollin Dolls in 2008, she has also skated with Team USA since it’s inception and doesn’t plan on stopping roller derby any time soon. She’s a lifelong rink rat and shameless jam skater. She takes this out of the box knowledge and applies it to every part of training she does. Over all things, she has a passion for skating, the team, and the complexity of the game we call roller derby. “I also love Val Capone, jumping the apex, and not wearing tights.” – Juke Boxx
Kiki UrHaz is a skater for Denver’s Mile High Club and many other all star teams, she has moved around and gathered skills from all different aspects of derby and has a passion to teach it. Kiki’s coaching style highlights everything from a slow and disciplined style of play, to controlling the space around you, to pulling off more efficient and effective strategy while not necessarily having to work any harder. Kiki firmly believes that controlling your walls, staying together, and nonverbal communication are the fundamentals in derby that need to emphasized and re-emphasize often. Kiki brings along with her a refreshing way to re-examine the fundamentals that leagues typically teach to their skaters and will also assist you in evaluating how stable the foundation is that your league is being built upon.
Krissy Krash has been kicking ass and taking names in banked and flat track roller derby since 2006. She specializes in blocking, smashing, nutrition for roller derby athletes, and turning skaters into beasts mentally and physically. Krissy is the founder of Derbalife, nutrition for skaters by skaters, and she is currently in her 3rd season with the amazing Angel City Derby Girls.
When Lemony Kickit (Kat Selvocki) retired from Gotham Girls Roller Derby, yoga was the last thing she expected to find on the other side. That is, until she discovered a class called Yoga Fight Club, where she learned that she could do yoga AND hit people–in the same room. Sold! Since then, Kickit has completed 200+ hours of training and taught in her adventurous, mindful, unpretentious style around the globe. Based in Seattle, she specializes in teaching athletes and is the queen bee at Flat Mat Roller Derby: Yoga for Skaters.
Lex Talionis is the Content Director and Fugitive Vice President of Derby News Network.
10 years ago LuluDemon was in hospital in South Africa with a broken neck and a shattered pelvis. Since then she has won League MVP, became Captain of the All Star team and started her derby clothing line Pivotstar, a proud sponsor of RollerCon. Her motto in life and derby is “It’s not how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can BE hit and keep moving forward.” A self confessed “jammer junkie,” her goal is to help every skater, regardless of skill or position, to have fun and be successful while wearing the star. She loves visualizations, playing smarter not harder and crumpets. Have Lulu visit your league! Get more information at camppivotstar.com.
Mack the Mouth has been a fixture in Canadian Roller Derby since 2006 when he began announcing for Vancouver’s Terminal City Roller Girls. In the last five years he has coached at every level; house teams, fresh meat, travel teams, boot-camps, men’s, juniors, sanctioned bouts, Div 1 playoffs, a member of the Team Canada coaching staff for WC 2011 and 2014. Mack is also a member of the coaching staff for Camp Pivotstar. Mack currently coaches the Div 1 Terminal City Allstar’s out of Vancouver, BC Canada.
Melanie Pfister loves sports, mostly outdoor sports like mountain biking, trail running, flying paragliders and skiing Utah powder. Looking for a way to work out indoors in the winter, she googled “roller derby.” The next day, she laced up skates and joined Wasatch Roller Derby. That year, she was voted WRD “Rookie of the Year.” In her second season, she was voted “League Badass” – and in her third season, she was selected to be a member of Team USA. Melanie believes sports are actually 100% mental and credits an early exposure to sports psychology techniques as a main contributor to her quick success in roller derby and the other sports in which she competes. Mental toughness played a primary role in her success as a repeat national champion and representative of the USA at the World Championships in the extreme sport of paragliding. Melanie will share mental techniques and tools that will help you truly keep your head in the game.
Mercy Shammah started roller derby with the Dallas Derby Devils in 2006-2008, then Pacific Roller Derby 2009-2010. Shammah currently skates Rose City Rollers’ Wheels of Justice and has been since 2011. Currently she is captain of the Wheels of Justice and Team Vagine. As a coach she believes her job is to challenge you, pushing you beyond your self-imposed limitations and to help you play at your highest level of intensity and skill. Her dynamic coaching style echoes the ever changing sport or roller derby. She has been coaching since 2009.
5 seasons, 3 leagues and a few meniscus tears into her career, Merry Khaos has no intention of slowing down anytime soon. She has been a member of Harrisburg Area & Dutchland (WFTDA) as well as Team Rogue and the East Coast Outlaws (bank track). She currently skates for Charm City and is a member of the Maryland All-Stars. She has coached over 20 leagues on the East Coast and runs the Khaos Theory and Derby America blog online. This is her 3rd year teaching at Rollercon.
Mic Wicked has been rollerskating for 44 years and has been involved in roller derby for the last 8 years. She currently skates, coaches, and on some occasions refs in northern Minnesota. She founded Twin Ports Junior Derby 3 years ago and puts most of her effort into teaching the kids.
Midgimoto has been a volunteer manager for more than 30 years, 10 of those years professionally. She has been in derby since 2006 as a competitive skater and coach. She now coaches and co-manages Taku RollerSports Club, a recreational skating club in Juneau, Alaska. Midgi has spoken on volunteer management at local, regional and national conferences. When not skating, she works as a volunteer director for Travel Juneau, and manages 150 volunteers at four visitor centers. She also writes a food blog and cooking column, www.mealswithmidgi.com
Nadia Keen aka Smarty Pants lives and skates in Austin, Texas where she is part of the Texas Rollergirls, the Texecutioners and Team USA. She’s been coaching for ages and enjoys sharing her knowledge of the sport. She’s constantly looking for ways to improve and strengthen her own skill set and in turn, her classes tend to be based on the hot topics she has been focusing on in preparation for games. Smarty believes she has done her job right if you leave her class still thinking about the topics that were covered. She’s not interested in skaters memorizing her concepts; she’d prefer that they take the information they learn and play around with it until they have made it work for them. Smarty Pants has never missed a Rollercon and attributes the convention as a major factor in kicking off her coaching career. She believes that experiencing Rollercon is essential for every skater’s true derby experience.
Ohh U. One has been playing roller derby for nearly 4 years now. She currently skates with Beach Cities Roller Derby in the South Bay/Long Beach area of Southern California. She discovered the sport after being a stay-at-home mom and in the midst of a divorce. She credits roller derby as the one thing that keeps her from doing felony jail time in the women’s correctional system. Ohh U. One has coached junior roller derby and adult fresh meat. Ohh U. One is a firm believer that off-skates training is essential to achieving success as a derby skater and often teaches derby-centric fitness courses aimed at building better skaters.
Peter Pan is an 18-time World Champion Inline and Quad speed skater. He’s also a 2 time MRDA champion (2012, 2013) with Your Mom Men’s Derby. Peter is a captain for the 2014 World Cup champions Team USA and the 2013 DNN Male Skater of the Year. He is also a designer and athlete with Roller Derby Elite. Get more information about Peter Pan’s Magical Derby Camps at tonymuse.com or find out about Roller Derby Elite skates by following https://www.facebook.com/RollerDerbyElite.
Pigeon started in Santa Cruz California in 2007 with the Santa Cruz Derby Girls. She became coach and captain of the Long Beach Roller Derby banked track team in 2011, and in 2012 she founded her current league, Beach Cities Roller Derby in Southern Los Angeles County. Pigeon is General Manager and Head Coach for Beach Cities Roller Derby, captain of their AllStar team the Riptide Rollers, the new owner of the Moxi Roller Skate Shop, part of the Moxi Skate Team (vert/ramps/skateparks), an avid hill/street skater and a 7th year RollerCon attendee.
Pinball has been playing roller derby since 2006 and reffing, coaching and captaining teams since 2010. She currently skates for Central Coast Roller Derby, Team Rudechix and Team Rex and does travel coaching all over California, specializing in Fresh Meat training. Pinball also does motivational speaking on women empowerment and standing up against violence against women which she shares with the derby community. She is committed to spreading derby love and knowledge to all and believes that there is a place in derby for everyone. Pinball is dedicated to using derby as a tool to empower women all over world.
Quadzilla’s self-written bio just said something dumb like, “I’m black and I skate,” so here are just a few of the legends about him. Quadzilla LK started skating in diapers and joined his first derby team roughly sometime before puberty (which was way earlier than most of you people think), in the dark ages when the sport was played on inline skates by people with enormous hair and you were probably still teething. He was a featured skater in a bunch of TV commercials, loves to jump rows of skaters laying on the ground, can skate with his skate on his ass better than most of you can skate with ’em on your feet, and has a new pair of flashy shoes every single time you lay eyes on him. He guest coaches all over and has been seen rocking both flat and banked tracks on several continents. He plays mens derby for the Puget Sound Outcasts, and developed Antik Skates, Heartless and B’Zerk Wheels and Gumball Stops. We heard he was once a pro snowboarder. He doesn’t have anything at all to do with Derby News Network and has never been a ref, though he’s not above wearing a dress if the situation calls for it. He likes the kind of sushi that has fried things and cream cheese in it. We don’t think he’s a super hero, but he does actually have a sidekick named Boy (something). For real. Little known fact: the “LK” stands for “likes kumquats.”
Barbara “Queen B” Dolan was one of the original members of The Windy City Rollers in 2004, founded Derby Lite, LLC in 2007, and is now creating the new market category, Fitness Skating. With over 25 weekly classes nationwide, Queen B is bringing the Fun & Fitness of roller derby to women with or without skating experience, who are looking for a new way to exercise or a place to learn minimum skills before trying out for their local competitive league.
*Razorslut* has been skating, managing and coaching roller derby for over ten years on both banked and flat tracks. Don’t let her name fool you! She plays well with others. Razor currently skates and coaches San Fernando Valley Roller Derby , but she got her start with the LA Derby Dolls in lovely Hollywood, CA, so she’s been seen playing derby on such fabulous television programs as Gene Simmons Family Jewels and the Oprah Winfrey Show . She’s skated and managed championship bouts for both flat and banked track teams, and regularly guest-manages teams all over California. Razor has great communication skills on and off the track and is super fun to work with!
Rip Kurl has played and coached roller derby since 2010. She currently plays for the Belles of the Brawl of the Eves of Destruction in Victoria, Canada. In her spare time she hits up the skatepark on her quads, which help perfect her apex jumping skills. Rip Kurl has her Master’s in Sport Psychology, so she’s always looking at ways to incorporate mental training into roller derby. She just did a 6-month trip to Australia where she studied “mindfulness” with a sport psychologist and did some mental training work with a local derby league in Melbourne.
Sandrine “Francey Pants” Rangeon skates for the Windy City Rollers and previously skated for Denver and Montreal. She won MVP jammer at the 2012 WFTDA championships and scored a historic 44-point jam in the bronze medal game against Texas. She now lives in Milwaukee, where she is training for short track speedskating and hoping to qualify for the 2018 Olympics. Prior to roller derby and speed skating, Sandrine played on the French national teams for ice hockey and roller hockey. She also holds a bachelor’s in kinesiology and a master’s in sport psychology.
Sarasassin‘s love for derby was born with the Maui Roller Girls six years ago, and she has been practicing yoga for over a decade. Having tried a variety of styles, she fell in love with the intelligent alignments and freedom of expression of Wisdom Flow Yoga. The practical application of yoga for derby worn bodies was her inspiration to become a certified instructor. She believes that self maintenance is as important to performance as tuning one’s gear. You can’t buy a new body at Sin City Skates, so take care of the one you’ve got.
Shaina Serelson has spent most of her life in skates. She competed nationally in speed skating and hockey, but now spends her time tearing up the roller derby track. After competing for a season with the Cheyenne Capidolls, Serelson moved to Denver and joined the Denver Roller Dolls. With her devastating defensive blocking and impressive work ethic she quickly earned a top spot in the rotation of DRD’s nationally ranked all-star team: the Denver Mile High Club. Serelson capped a standout season by helping to advance the Mile High Club to a third place finish at the WFTDA championship tournament where she was voted the tournament MVP Blocker. Her performance also earned her a nomination for Derby News Network’s Rookie of the Year Award. Serelson’s star continues to rise as she will add red and white to her Mile High Club blue as a member of the 2014 Team USA squad.
Tracy “Disco” Akers is a roller derby skater. Her background in skating includes, roller derby. She started her career in 2005 with the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls (RMRG). Soon after the start of her Derby career, she, as well as quite a few others, split from RMRG. Later to found the Denver Roller Dolls (DRD). Disco now skates for the Denver Roller Dolls’ Mile High Club (MHC), which is DRD’s all star team. Disco also skates for Team USA (go USA!!), Team Bionic, a banked track all star team, and is a Bont Quadstar. Disco skates under her last name, Akers, for every team she skates for except for her home team, which she skates under her middle name, Disco.
Shananaguns – been playing for the Mad Rollin’ Dolls in Madison, WI since Sept of 2009. I began with the Dairyland Dolls (Allstars) in 2010 and play with them now as well. I have captained both the home team and travel team. I LOVE leading practices, giving feedback to all levels of derby skaters from the all stars to the recreational league. Anyways, I just love Roller Derby, don’t you? It’s the best.
Shock ‘n Roll has been a skater and derby coach since 2008. In 2013, her league, Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby (Bloomington, IN), made it to WFTDA playoffs for the first time, despite hailing from far and away the smallest city to send a team. After playoffs, she moved to Massachusetts and she and her wife (also a rollergirl) opened a gym. Shock is now a practice coach for Mass Attack Roller Derby (WFTDA apprentice) and a travel coach for hire as a part of Derby Training Academy.
Shockira is currently skating in her sixth season with the Fabulous Sin City Rollergirls. She has taken her passion for roller derby and self improvement off the track and is certified personal trainer and health coach in “real life”. She is a diverse player and coach but especially loves teaching intermediate skills like awareness, agility and metal strength that take skaters to a whole new level of game play. On or off skates Shock will teach you to transform derby brain and your derby body into a lethal pair.
Sidney Vicious has been skating Roller Derby for 7 years. With the help of her sponsor by Rollerfair.com she has played both flat and banked track and with many California teams. She currently is a coach for the Sintral Valley Derby Girls.
In May this year while coaching a outdoor skate for her team, she was attacked by invisible ninjas and suffered a devastating fall and broke her foot and ankle.. Now she wants to talk to other who may have been attacked by ninjas… or just suffered Roller Derby injuries, offer advice, get advice and just make more friends.
Stefanie Mainey has made a name for herself as one of the most versatile players in roller derby – she is a terrifyingly accurate blocker, a swift jammer and an all-out force to be reckoned with on the track. Stef is the assistant coach of Team England, coach for the London Rollergirls, an Atom All Star and sponsored by the Dynamic Sport Academy. Stef was voted MVP at the 2011 Eastern Regional Tournament – London’s first showing at the event. Stefanie was also awarded MVP when her team London Brawling faced up against World Champions Team USA, and was named MVP blocker for the Vagine Regime at Rollercon 2013. Most recently Stefanie was voted Double Threat of 2013 in the DNN readers poll and has placed in the top three for three years in a row.
Stormy Trooper starting skating derby in April of 2005 with the Kansas City Roller Warriors (2007 WFTDA National Champions), before founding her own league, Dead Girl Derby KC, then going banked track with Kansas City Banked Beauties. She has reffed both men and women for the past 4 years and is now Head of Officiating for Your Mom Men’s Roller Derby (two time MRDA National Champions) and Team United Women’s Roller Derby in Des Moines Iowa.
Suzy Hotrod joined Gotham Girls Roller Derby in New York City in 2004 because she was a poor self motivator who hadn’t exercised since high school and a lot has changed since then!
She has been a home team captain as well as a member of the Gotham’s All Star team during their 4 time WTFDA Championship seasons. She is a member of Team USA Roller Derby.
Suzy has traveled all over the world coaching derby from Canada, Europe, South America, and all over the US. Her coaching style is fun and energetic sprinkled with a few choice F bombs. We’re all friends here, right?
Suzy Snakeyes is the owner of Power Jam Fitness (www.powerjamfitness.com), which provides strength and conditioning training and consulting for roller derby athletes and teams. Suzy is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a bootcamp instructor with Camp Gladiator and a 11 year veteran skater with the LA Derby Dolls. A founding member and first captain for her home team, the Tough Cookies, she also served as Assistant Coach of the LA Ri-ettes all-star team during their 2012-2013 season. Suzy has been a trainer with the Dolls since 2006, was head of her league’s training team for five years and is also currently an instructor for LADD’s Derby Por Vida roller derby fitness program. When it comes to skating, Suzy’s motto continues to be: I’LL RETIRE WHEN I DIE.
SwingHer has been coaching at RollerCon and volunteering for the past two consecutive years, she cannot wait to bring in year three with all of you! In the past she’s taught on subjects including bullying in Roller Derby, basic skills, putting the “fun” in fundamental, whips, and the groundwork for epic plays. Aside from playing derby for the past 8 years; SwingHer is also a referee, fulltime student, wife, and mother. This year at RollerCon SwingHer is looking forward a full week of derby; all the opportunities to learn new skills, chances to bout in front of her friends & peers, passing on the knowledge she’s learned, and just meeting some amazing people that are newer to her beloved sport.
The 4closer, with the Sacred City Derby Girls, has been on skates since the 80’s when she competed in artistic figure and freestyle skating in Roseville, CA. After life changing events in 2006, she realized she missed the wind in her hair and speed of her skates when she became addicted to derby, and finally joining Sacred in 2009. With an athletic background in basketball and volleyball she incorporates ball sports skills, movement and strategy in all of her coaching techniques when breaking down drills and use of strategy in derby game play – as well as promoting the belief in the use of mind over body and muscle memory. She is a member of Team Cruz and the Sacrificer’s team captain and jammer coach for the Sacred City Sacrificer’s over the last 3 seasons.
The Hot Flash began skating at age 48 with the Rat City Rollergirls, joined the fabulous Tilted Thunder Rail Birds at age 52 then started OneWorld Roller Derby at age 54…. Here we are four years later. Let’s not do the math. Flash now proudly represents the sport of Roller Derby as a member on the Board of Directors with USA Roller Sports. She is working with the City of Seattle to pave the way for others to mainstream the sport of derby. With OneWorld Roller Derby she is able to share resources she has accumulated along the way to help other leagues and cities do the same.
The Rev began roller skating when he was 7. 30+ years later he discovered roller derby and has never stopped since. In his 8 seasons as a skater and coach he has travelled all over the world training and competitively skating. He has trained teams and brought them to Championships as well competing and placing 3rd in the first ever Mens World Cup. He and his partner Jess Bandit travel all over now as part of Derbyscool, a collaboration of some of the best skating and training through on skates and off skates training sessions. He currently skates in Montreal for the Mont Royals as their Captain.
Umpire Strikes Back has been a RollerCon volunteer since 2009, and Event Head Referee (HBIC) since 2011 or thereabouts. He is a WFTDA Level 5 Certified Official from the MN Rollergirls and an elected member of the WFTDA Rules Theory Committee. You really have to see this man’s beard to believe it.
Val Capone just celebrated her 10 year anniversary of destroying her body to appease the Derby Skating with the Windy City Rollers(WFTDA) since day one and most recently the Chicago Red Hots(USARS). She then accidentally took to announcing after a minor injury kept her off the track about 81/2 years ago, which has resulted in the best job she never knew she’d have. Over the past few years, Val has announced for multiple league in the US as well as Canada. Ohio Roller Girls, Mad Rollin’ Dolls, Detroit Derby Girls, Brew CIty Bruisers, Gran Raggity Roller Girls, Ft. Wayne Derby Girls, Boston Massacre, Quad City Rollers, Killamazoo Derby Darlins and, of course, the Windy City Rollers All-Stars. Valphonse was the first female announcer to be televised calling Flat Track Derby for MavTv in 2007 and Co-MC’d the world premiere of Whip It! at the Toronto International Film Festival in September of 2009. In addition to this, Capone served on the founding Board of Directors of the Association of Flat Track Derby Announcers as the Chair, as well as was the recipient of DNN’s 2009 Announcer of the Year award as voted upon by the viewers. Just in case that’s not enough to keep Valphonse all up in the Derby, she has been coaching the Chicago Bruise Brothers since January 2013, was part of the coaching staff for Team USA Men’s Roller Derby at the 2014 Mens Roller Derby World Cup and is one of the two Bench Coaches for Puget Sound Outcasts.
Vicki Handyside is a RollerBones rep and a USARS Certified Roller Skating Instructor that has taught and coached for over 40 years. She has earned National and World Champion titles in art skating, and has coached athletes that competed at Regional, National and World Championships, along with college students, the Girl Scouts, Special Olympians and many Derby Leagues. Teaching skaters the correct way to skate and seeing them excited about what they’ve learned is Vicki’s passion.
WRECKING BILL HAS PLAYED ROLLER DERBY FOR THE ST. LOUIS GATEKEEPERS TRAVEL TEAM SINCE THERE INCEPTION, TEAM SEXY, TEAM BERZERKER, AND TEAM MISSOURI MEMBER. VANILLA SKATES SPONSORED SKATER. A VETERAN ROLLERCON PARTICIPANT AND TEACHER.
8Mean Wheeler is a two-time Team Canada player. She has been playing roller derby since she joined TCRG in 2006, serving two consecutive terms as League President and playing for the Terminal City All Stars since it’s inception. During her derby career, she has been recognized as league and team MVP, Iron Pivot Canada and she has been voted as a two time Pacific North West Roller Derby All Star. Currently coaching for Camp Pivotstar, 8mean is also an experienced coach and player in many sports including field hockey. Having played with skaters from Alaska to San Diego to Belgium and points in between, when she is not attending or coaching boot camps, 8mean is always looking for every opportunity to improve her game and gain, learn and share her knowledge with others.
Allie Gator has been skating with the Mad Rollin Dolls (Madison, WI) since 2007. She is a proud member of The Quad Squad (Activate!), The Dairyland Dolls (Moo, Bitch!), Team Unicorn (Magical Neigh!), captain of the Great Lakes All-Stars (Humidity!) and is AFTDA certified (Announcers, yo!). She enjoys skating, blocking, meeting ridiculous animals, geekery, playing ukulele, adventures and outdoor skating.
Assaulty Cracker picked her name a few months prior to finding out what a salty cracker meant on Urban Dictionary (Of course we had to look it up. We wish we hadn’t). She is affectionately known as the Ass Crack of the San Diego Derby Dolls, with whom she’s skated since 2008. Having tons of flat track interleague and banked track experience, she is best known for her on-track communication skills and her passion for coaching newer skaters, especially those who are new athletes.
B. Stang has been involved in roller derby since 2005. He currently skates for MRDA in Your Moms Men’s Roller Derby and his home team, the San Diego Aftershocks, as well as Team SeXY and high level pick up teams. He is the coach for San Diego Roller Derby, which involves 3 ladies teams.
Barbara “Queen B” Dolan was one of the original members of the Windy City Rollers in 2004, founded Derby Lite, LLC in 2007, and is pumped to introduce the new market category of Fitness Skating to the world. With over 25 classes nationwide already, Queen B is bringing the Fun & Fitness of roller derby to women 18-75, with or without skating experience, who are looking for a new way to exercise or a place to learn their minimum skills before trying out for derby regular.
Booty Quake is the founder and chief motivator at Roller Derby Athletics, providing sport specific training and advice to derby athletes around the world. She has also been working her booty off for the Terminal City Rollergirls since 2007. In addition to serving as League President, she has been coaching and training skaters in her area since 2008, and is currently the training committee head. Booty has a special interest in off-skate strength and conditioning and is a lifelong athlete. She is happiest when sweating, and at after parties! She’ll kick your ass, so you can go kick someone else’s.
Carmen Getsome is a 7 year Rat City Allstar member that has been voted by her leaguemates as MVP for the past five years in a row. Carmen is a hardworking athlete that has proven her skill and leadership by not only skating for a top ten in the world team but by starting a banked track team, Team Legit. Carmen believes versatility is an important component to success, so while you work with her at camp you will experience drills that resemble other sports and types of workouts that come together to not only improve your derby skills but your athleticism. Carmen also has a HUGE sweet tooth, so you can catch her eating M&M’s before during and after every game she plays in…she believes they give her super powers.
Catholic Cruel Girl began skating with the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls in March 2007. She was Co-Captain of RMRG’s all star team, the 5280 Fight Club for the 2009/2010 season, helping lead the team to win Championships in November 2010. Cruelie has trained in various cities in the US and Europe. In addition to creating original recipes for her column in fiveonfive magazine, she is formulating her own line of bath products and tea blends. Cruel Pants is studying herbal medicine and wants to rid the world of disease using the medicine Mother Nature has provided. She is missing two teeth and has a fak-ey that she doesn’t often wear cuz it’s uncomfortable and she is too old to give a f%!k.
Jens aka ChefXecutioner started coaching Derby for the Ruhrpott Roller Girls (Germany) in 2009 and helped make them one of the best teams in Germany. With a background in competitive rowing and a general interest in sports, he learned skating as an autodidact and guest-coached several leagues and bootcamps in Germany and the BENELUX. Since 2011 he has coached Team Germany and is the last remaining of the original World Cup coaches. This year he was voted into office for another 2 years by “Roller Derby Deutschland”, the National Governing Body for Roller Derby in Germany. Another favorite pastime of his is playing Rugby.
Coach Spanx was the Head coach of a women’s league for 4 years, where he emphasized defense and team work to win championships. He brought his team to victory in an 8-team tournament and celebrated 36 wins and 8 losses in those 4 years coaching. He resigned to start a men’s team and to coach midwestern leagues with team work and blocking skills. Coach Spanx is a chartered MRDA skater with Cowtown Butchers, and he co-founded Beat Me Halfway Co-Ed Derby Extravaganza, a derby camp in Missouri. He owns Xtreme Roller Sports LLC, manages the Team Xtreme Co-Ed Allstars and owns Roll Out Magazine.
Demanda Riot is real fucking scary. She cannot MAKE you be real fucking scary (that’s up to you), but she will show you how to do some of the real fucking scary things that she does. You’ve likely had nightmares about her before the big bout, where you wake up screaming but can’t quite remember why. B.A.D to the bone & bleeding gold since 2007, Demanda Riot also skates with a myriad of ad hock and scrimmage teams such as Chupacabras Peligrosas (redepantsipated Team Awesome), Team Legit, The Vagine Regiem, The CoEd Cripplers, Team Cruz, The Rejects …
Dirty Deborah Harry comes from a well-known roller skating family (think “circus family”…teachers, performers, rink owners, wheel makers and more.) She began her classical training at age 4, literally growing up in the rink loving both the “art” of skating and the endless round & round of session. She blends the teaching styles of both her mother and father resulting in the desire for technical perfection and an understanding of the role of the mind in performance. She has just completed 7 seasons of travel team play for the OC Roller Girls, skating both banked and flat track derby. She has trained skaters at RollerCon both here in the US and in Australia. She is the owner of OC Roller Skates and is generally obsessed with all things roller skating.
This is the third consecutive Rollercon that Donna Skatrix will dazzle skaters with her epic on-skates classes! A true “bi-skatual,” she was a competitive figure skater, both on ice and in quad roller skating. Although “magic happens” when she puts her skates on, Skatrix has worked HARD for her skating chops and YOU should too! She has been active in derby since 2009 and has played, coached, trained and guest coached for many leagues in California. On a hiatus from playing competitive derby, Skatrix still enjoys teaching skating and coaching. She attends some derby practices as a guest but prefers to work on advanced tricks, both on flat and vert.
Down Under Thunder is the off skates trainer for the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls, a qualified personal trainer and a National Figure Competitor. Having been involved in roller derby since 2010 and after seeing so many skater injuries, “Thunda” as she is affectionately known, decided it was time she put some of her knowledge to work on her own league. Skaters that participate in her off skates sessions are finding themselves stronger, faster, leaner and less prone to injuries. Skaters also say that Thunda always smiles during off skates workouts – see if you can work out why!
Hazed and Contused has traveled and coached all around the world, including Ireland, Arizona, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Roller Con 2012. She has been skating for 4 seasons, and has been coaching & captaining for 3 of those years. Currently the captain of Madsion’s Allstar team (the Dairyland Dolls), Hazer commits all of her extra time and energy to spreading the derby love and knowledge around the world.
Hockey Honey has been competitively wielding a hockey stick for the last 14 years, a member of the Women’s Rink Hockey World Team for six, and teaching others how to roller skate and play hockey for eight. She has been playing Roller Derby since 2008 though she didn’t make her initial appearance in WFTDA until 2012 with the Jet City Roller Girls. She has played in two WFTDA Championships as member of The Oly Rollers, placing 2nd both years. She currently has one foot in retirement but keeps finding reasons to stay, like playing with her home league San Diego Roller Derby-Starlettes, and all star teams Team Bionic and Team Extreme.
Hot Wheels of the West Australian Roller Derby has been playing derby for 6 years and traveling the world visiting many leagues to further her derby knowledge, a necessity when living in the most isolated city in the world. A four times State Body Building Champion, State inline hockey player, martial arts instructor and a seasoned player on her states’ travel team, The Wards of the Skate, Hot Wheels says at 45 years of age, fitness and living the athlete’s life is her passion. She has also has a dream job working for Crazy Skates International, testing their derby products and visiting and coaching leagues all over Australia to share Crazy Skates love. Hot Wheels also works for a sport nutrition company and studies as a personal trainer in her spare time. Her RollerCon classes will teach you how to get the best out of your body on and off the track.
Prior to Roller derby, Hurricane Heather was a full time jam skater. She joined in 2006 with Pittsburgh’s Steel Hurtin’, and still skates with her jam skate team the “Steel City Jammers”. Aside from being a roller derby and jam skater, she also makes a hobby out of roller skating in unusual places. Some of these places include The Glass floor on the CN Tower, Canada; On an airplane flying 30,000 feet above; the Brooklyn Bridge, NY; the New York subway system; climbing a palm tree, Hawaii; national landmark statues, IN; Caesars palace foundation statues, Vegas; and on a tour boat under the Golden Gate Bridge/ Alcatraz Island, CA.
Jackie Daniels is entering her 7th season of good times on rollerskates. Always working in leadership on or off skates, Jackie spent her first 5 seasons with Grand Raggidy Roller Girls prior to her move to Chicago where she currently skates for the Windy City Rollers All Stars. In several seasons with the Windy City Rollers, Jackie has nabbed her home teams best pivot award, the All Stars MVP, the league’s best pivot and the league MVP. Jackie is easily found around the derby scene and loves to love derby. Jackie has coached many leagues and camps from Toronto to Hawaii, including several RollerCons.You’ve seen her skating as herself in Whip It, as March 2010’s WFTDA featured skater, a Riedell Superstar, maybe you skated her “Living Legend” track at RollerCon 2011 or helped her earn her the reputation that put her on Hellarad’s Cream Team?! America’s Girlfriend skates flat and banked track with Chupacabras Peligrosas, Team Legit, Vagine Regime and whoever else asks! Born to party, skate or play with JD!
Juke Boxx began her roller derby career with the Mad Rollin Dolls, is a skater for the Minnesota Rollergirls All Star Team, and skates for Team USA. Juke grew up working at the roller rink and has attempted just about every rollersport, including jam skating. She can even carry 4 pizzas while dodging children on skates! Her gift as a coach is her ability to apply her talent to every part of training. Okay, she probably won’t bring pizzas, but her goal IS to get you to do things on your skates you didn’t think you were capable of doing! She has a true passion for skating, the team, and the complexity of the game we call roller derby. She also loves Val Capone, jumping the apex, not wearing tights, and cheesy jokes.
Kat A Killzem has skated for 22 years including time as a rink rat, speed skater (both quad and inline) and roller derby since 2005. She has been a trainer for all of her derby career using her love of skating and her scientific love to break hard skills down into their basic components to train all levels of skaters. She currently is the Head Trainer for the Texas Rollergirls Rec league which has approximately 200 skaters year long. She is also a Level 2 WFTDA Certified Referee and trains the drills from not only a skater perspective but also keeping in mind the way that refs will be observing the skill as well.
Kiki UrHaz has been skating for over five years but when you see her you would think it has been for a lifetime. Kiki began her skating career in Kalamazoo Michigan as a member of the Killamazoo Derby Darlins. In 2010 Kiki decided to move to Arizona, then on to Denver Roller Dolls, Team Bionic (a national bank track team), and the Wild West Outlaws (an all-female, South Western All-Star team). Kiki is the proud founder and Captain of Hellazona (Arizona’s All-Star co-ed team) and also shares her passion and extensive knowledge of the sport by coaching the Phoenix Rattleskates (the Phoenix men’s All-Star Team). Kiki brings along with her a refreshing way to re-examine the fundamentals that leagues typically teach to their skaters and will also assist you in evaluating how stable the foundation is that your league is being built upon.
Krissy Krash has been kicking ass and taking names in roller derby for the last 5 years and has been skating banked and flat track since 2006. She is also known for her role as one of the Manson sisters in Whip It and her Derby Nutrition company Derbalife. Her skills on the track are versatile and she has experience teaching everything from basic skills to advanced blocking and jamming strategy, as well as performance nutrition, and goal setting.
When Seattle-based yoga instructor Lemony Kickit (Kat Selvocki) retired from Gotham Girls Roller Derby, yoga was the last thing she expected to find on the other side. That is, until a new class called Yoga Fight Club – a mix of yoga, kickboxing, and rad music – changed her mind. Once she learned that she could do yoga AND hit people – in the same room, even – she was sold. After completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Om Factory School of Yoga in New York, she brought her rock-and-roll style to Sydney, Australia, where she spent a year teaching playful classes with awesome soundtracks. Doing yoga with Kickit will kick your ass, up your game, and show you a more rockin’ side to this ancient practice.
10 years ago Luludemon was in hospital in South Africa with a broken neck and a shattered pelvis. Last year she won League MVP, became Captain of the All Star team and started her derby clothing line Pivotstar. Her motto in life and derby is “It’s not how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can BE hit and keep moving forward.” A self confessed “jammer junkie,” her goal is to help every skater, regardless of skill or position, to have fun and be successful while wearing the star. She loves visualizations, playing smarter not harder and crumpets.
Longing to be a part of team sports again, Mercy got her first taste of roller derby with the Dallas Derby Devils in 2006 – 2008. On their All-Stars team she competed with them at Regionals (when WFTDA had 2 regions) before moving to Hawaii and skating with Pacific Roller Derby 2009-2010. At Pacific Mercy had the opportunity to be a part of this new league’s growth and was the Head of Training, captained and coached. She ended her sunny days to skate with the Rose City Rollers. In 2011, she joined the Wheels of Justice at nationals and was named RCR’s Blocker of the Year. She is currently on the Rose’s All-Star team, the Wheels of Justice; and also skates for Team Awesome and Team Vagine. As a coach she believes that a coach’s job is to challenge you harder than you have ever been challenged and to help you play at your highest level of intensity and skill. Her dynamic coaching style echoes the ever changing sport or roller derby.
Merry Khaos is a starter for the Dutchland Derby Rollers and has been on skates for four years. She has trained with the top teams and skaters in the world, and writes about them all just as often. With experience on the flat and banked track, in co-ed and women’s derby, there is no challenge (or scrimmage opportunity) that Khaos won’t take on. She is a leader in Derbalife and has created the structure and execution for the East Coast boot camps. She has contributed to Derbylife and Five on Five Magazine when not writing her own blogs and articles as her alter ego, Kristie Grey.
Nekromancer has been officiating roller derby for 4 seasons, officiating more than 300 WFTDA bouts and 10 tournaments. He was the crew HR at Wild West Showdown and Dust Devil several years in a row. Necromancer has been WFTDA certified since 2010 and was the elected league HR for Pikes Peak Derby Dames. He currently serves as the HR for Castle Rock n’ Rollers and Team Bionic. He has been the referee instructor for Certifiable Derby Training and has traveled all over the nation and Puerto Rico teaching new and upcoming officials. Nekromancer has zebra in his blood.
Tony Muse aka Peter Pan has been playing roller derby for three years as a founding member of the 2012 MRDA Champion Your Mom Men’s Roller Derby team out of Iowa. He is both a blocker and jammer during games and the practice coach back in Des Moines. Before taking up derby, Tony was a 18 time world champion speed skater with numerous other speed skating awards under his belt. He was part of the famed Muse brothers who dominated the sport of roller and inline speed skating for over a decade. He is still a active speed skater on the professional curcuit. Tony brings years of skating and coaching experience to the sport of roller skating.
Playing derby since 2007, Pigeon started in Santa Cruz with the Santa Cruz Derby Girls. She was captain of the Long Beach Roller Derby banked track team in 2011, and in 2012 she founded Beach Cities Roller Derby in Southern Los Angeles county, which has co-ed and all female teams. Pigeon is part of the Moxi Skate Team (vert/ramps/skateparks), an avid hill skater and street skater, general manager and head coach for Beach Cities Roller Derby and a 6th year RollerCon attendee.
Pinky Pokerface has been skating since she was a toddler and playing roller derby since 2008. She currently skates for the Orange County Roller Girls and is team Captain of “Blockwork Orange.” She has been coaching for Orange County and Hidden City Derby Girls for over 2 years. Its rare that you will ever see this girl off her skates….rumor has it she sleeps in them.
Pushy Tushy plays and co-captains Arizona Roller Derby’s travel team Tent City Terrors and skates for the co-ed flat track team, Hellazona. She serves on her league’s training committee and has an extensive athletic and fitness background including an ironman finisher, 10 years as a personal trainer/fitness director, and is the “go to derby girl” for fitness and nutrition in the Phoenix area. Tushy is known for her power and strength both on and off the track. She might be the most positive person you will ever meet!
Quad Almighty coaches derby for the Cincinnati Rollergirls and plays derby for the Race City Rebels. He founded and captains the Cincinnati Battering Rams and is a member of Team SeXY. When he’s not coaching derby or playing derby, he’s practicing derby or studying derby or recovering from derby. Occasionally, he also blogs about derby.
Quadzilla LK started skating in diapers and joined his first derby team roughly sometime before puberty (which was way earlier than most of you people think), in the dark ages when the sport was played on inline skates by people with enormous hair and you were probably still in diapers. He was a featured skater in a bunch of TV commercials, loves to jump rows of skaters laying on the ground, can skate with his skate on his ass better than most of you can skate with ’em on your feet, and has a new pair of flashy shoes every single time you lay eyes on him. He guest coaches all over and has been seen rocking both flat and banked tracks on several continents. He plays mens derby for the Puget Sound Outcasts, and has developed Antik Skates, Heartless and B’Zerk Wheels and Gumball Stops. We heard he was once a pro snowboarder. He doesn’t have anything at all to do with Derby News Network and has never been a ref, though he’s not above wearing a dress if the situation calls for it. He likes the kind of sushi that has fried things and cream cheese in it. We don’t think he’s a super hero, but he does actually have a sidekick named Boy (Something). For real. Little known fact: the “LK” stands for “likes kumquats.”
Sarassassin has been skating with the Maui Roller Girls for 5 years, while practicing yoga for over 10. She is most interested in yoga as a training enhancer for athletes, and has been on the Kumu staff for Wanderlust festival Hawaii. She believes that yoga can give every skater the extra performance edge we all seek, as well as assisting in injury prevention and rehab. She insists that the yoga practice should be fun and educational, while sharpening one’s focus and expanding range of motion.
Hatched among the craggy reaches of her back-woods high-mountain village, Scald Eagle spent the majority of her fledgling years cutting her talons on the frigid ice hockey rinks of Western Colorado. She also did a bajillion squats as a catcher during her extensive softball career, and she’s done about every athletic or outdoorsy thing a bird can do in the wilds of Colorado. Including, but not limited to, archery hunting, mountain biking, rifle Hhunting, skiing, muzzleloader hunting, rafting, and did I mention hunting? In 2010 she was ready to do the metropolitan thang for a while and so migrated to Portland, Oregon where she immediately discovered the existence of roller derby, the Rose City Rollers, and as it happens, fishing! Due to her athletic background and all the competitive bones in her body, Scald made it onto Fresh Meat and quickly ascended the ranks of RCR. She also found, during this time, that she had developed the knack for snatching up the tasty but elusive Greater Pinkfin Land Tuna. By March of 2011 she was honored to fly for the Wheels of Justice and the Vagine Regime. She has been a proud member of both for three seasons now, and has hated erry minute of it.
Shaina Serelson has been on skates her entire life. She grew up speed skating and playing hockey at the national level until joining roller derby in 2010. Currently skating with The Denver Roller Dolls Mile High Club, Serelson was honored with the MVP Blocker award at the 2012 WFTDA Championships.
Nadia Kean, known to many as Smarty Pants, started skating bank track in her hometown of Austin, Texas for TXRD from 2003 until 2011 when she started skating flat track with the Texas Rollergirls. Kean is a member of the Texecutioners and is also a Co-Captain for Team USA, and skates with the Vagine Regime and Team SASS. Kean is Sponsored by Antik skates, Pro-Designed and Pivot Star. With over a decade of coaching under her belt, Kean is sensitive to the needs of athletes and well aware of the process of learning. Kean offers an extensive background in both bank track and flat track derby and enjoys the opportunity to learn more about each sport every time she steps on a track. This pursuit of knowledge keeps Kean flexible in what she has taught others in the sport and is reflected in the innovative sessions she creates. Kean is the owner of Get Smarty Coaching, her derby training and consulting firm.
Stefanie Mainey has made a name for herself as one of the most versatile players in roller derby. Since joining London Rollergirls in January 2007 she has become a terrifyingly accurate blocker, a swift jammer and an all-out force to be reckoned with on the track. Captain of team England, Atom All Star and Dynamic Sport Academy Sponsor. Stef was the first European skater to named WFTDA skater of the month (Oct 2011) and also first to be voted MVP at the 2011 Eastern Regional Play Offs. Stefanie was also awarded MVP awards for both games when her team London Brawling faced up against world champions Team USA and second place team Canada. Voted 2nd in 2011 and 3rd in 2012 in the ‘DNN best of poll’ in the Double threat category.
Streak #19 has been playing and coaching roller derby since 2009. He was twice nominated for “Best Double Threat of the Year MRDA” and was voted MVP jammer 2012 MRDA Championships. He currently skates for the Magic City Misfits out of Jacksonville Florida, Team SeXY, Team Extreme, and the upcoming Men’s Team USA. Streak has been skating for over 20 years and coaching for over 10, starting with Artistic skating, Speed Quad, Roller Hockey, Ice Hockey Inline Speed, Jam Skating and now Roller Derby. He is President of Backspin Wheels a sponsored skater for Vanilla Skates.
Suzy Hotrod has played for Gotham Girls Roller Derby since its beginnings in 2004. She is a member of the Team USA World Cup Roller Derby Team. Off skates, she is a columnist for Five on Five Magazine. Suzy has coached all over the world and loves to encourage you to tap in to your killer instincts and teeter on the edge of just before out of control to make every game yours.
Suzy Snakeyes is now in her tenth (!!) year as a skater with the LA Derby Dolls. In addition to playing for the home team she helped found, the Tough Cookies, Suzy is the current assistant coach for the LA Ri-Ettes all-star team, as well as a league trainer and instructor for LADD’s Derby Por Vida fitness program. Suzy’s love for training derby athletes led her to pursue a career in fitness instruction, and she now is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In 2012, Suzy founded Power Jam Fitness (www.powerjamfitness.com), providing derby-centric training programs for skaters worldwide. Her derby motto? “I’LL RETIRE WHEN I DIE!”
SwingHer is a skater with 5 years in Roller Derby and many more as a rink rat. She skates anytime there is time and studies psychology in her free time, consuming books on sports psychology. It is her personal belief that inside every skater is an epic player just waiting to get out and she desires to help you see your epic side. After all her time in derby one thing has become apparently clear to her; that she’s being a selfish player by not teaching others what is locked up inside her own head. As a co founder of Blockers Not Bullies she made an off skates training debut last year at RollerCon US and has come back for more.
The 4closer, with the Sacred City Derby Girls, has been on skates since the 80’s when she competed in artistic figure and freestyle skating in Roseville, CA. After life changing events in 2006, she realized she missed the wind in her hair and speed of her skates when she became addicted to derby, and finally joining Sacred in 2009. With an athletic background in basketball and volleyball she incorporates ball sports skills, movement and strategy in her coaching techniques when breaking down drills and use of strategy in derby game play – as well as promoting the belief in the use of mind over body and muscle memory. She lives for TEAM CRUZ and is the Sacred Sacrificer’s captain and Sacred’s jammer captain and coach.
The Hot Flash is founder, coach and skater with OneWorld Roller Derby; previously skated with Rat City Roller Girls and Tilted Thunder Rail Birds. This is the third year coaching at Rollercon and since the last 2012 RC has had two mastectomies and has turned 57. Despite the setbacks she is stronger than ever and on a mission to continue to become stronger and to SHARE THE FREAKIN’ LOVE!
The Rev has skated with many Mens teams all over the world. He began playing Derby in 2006 with The Dirty Dozen. Since then he has skated on the Harm City Homicide, Mont Royals and Team SeXY. He began coaching and training derby in 2008 at Rollercon and has traveled all over the world training leagues. He coached the New Skids on the Block from 2009-2012, taking them to 3 regional playoffs. Currently he and Jess Bandit train leagues under Derbyscool.
Trish the Dish started played derby in 2004 when most of today’s players were kicking ass in high school soccer and hockey teams. A jock her whole life, she played soccer, volleyball and went to college on a softball scholarship before she discovered Arizona Roller Derby and applied her unique talents to our track. Dish saw one Arizona Roller Derby bout and knew it was for her. She put together a team of college friends and debuted as a captain in her first season, was a founding rep for the WFTDA, then pioneered interleague flat track by co-founding the Sin City Rollergirls, this generation of derby’s very first interleague-only single-team league. She later captained the San Diego Derby Dolls All Stars to #1 in the banked track world, and now leads SoCal Derby, San Diego’s only WFTDA team, in their climb up the ladder. Dish has set the bar high for the word “scary,” regularly launching unsuspecting jammers into the arms of the audience since the earliest years, and has skated with Team Awesome, Team Vagine, the Tomboys and Chupacabras Peligrosas from their inception. She’s coached around the world, and owns and manages Sin City Skates, the FIRST and BEST roller derby skate shop.
Vicki Handysides has been coaching skating for 40 years. She has been a competitor herself, winning the World Championship in pairs Art skating in 1973. She has taught all levels of skating but has a real passion for teaching the basics. Vicki loves the excitement derby brings out in women all over the world and wants everyone to have a good foundation of skating skills to make playing more fun and safe.
WRECKING BILL IS AN ORIGINAL PLAYER FOR THE ST. LOUIS GATEKEEPERS AND PACK MEMBER ON THE NATIONALLY TOP 2 RANKED TRAVEL TEAM. HE ALSO BRINGS A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE PLAYING TEAM SPORTS, INCLUDING HOCKEY AND FOOTBALL. HE HAS PLAYED IN A LOT OF BOUTS AT ROLLERCON, IS A MEMBER OF TEAM SEXY, TEAM REIDELL AND TEAM VANILLA, HIS SPONSOR. HE ALSO REALLY LIKES CAPSLOCK.
8Mean Wheeler has been playing roller derby since she joined TCRG in 2006. Her involvement in her league includes having served two consecutive terms as League President. She has been a pivot since the All Stars inception, was voted All Star MVP last season and has even captained the team. 8mean is a two-time Team Canada player. In 2008 she captained the team that traveled to the UK and in 2010 helped her team bring home the silver medal at the Derby World Cup. In 2010, 8mean was the Iron Pivot award recipient and most recently was voted onto the 2011 North West Roller Derby All Star team. An experienced coach and player in many sports including field hockey, which she currently plays when she’s not on skates. Having played with skaters from Alaska to San Diego to Hawaii and points in between, when she is not attending or coaching boot-camps 8mean is always looking for every opportunity to improve her game and to learn and share with others.
Adam Collider began his skating career back in 2001. He has been a recreational inline skater for 10+ years and began Derby in 2011 as the Head Fresh Meat Coach for the Ventura County Derby Darlins. He advanced through the ranks quickly and is now on the Training Committee for the league and holds one of the main Coaching positions within the league while still overseeing the Fresh Meat Program. He has experience teaching Skate and Derby Skills as well as line and bench coaching. He is also a skating member of the Drive-By City Rollers.
Addy Rawl will begin her 3rd season in the derby after starting her career in 2009 with the Queen City Roller Girls in Buffalo, NY. In her first season, Addy was voted Top Newcomer and Top League Jammer, and by her second season was voted League MVP and snagged Top Jammer title for the second year in a row. She has served as Co-Captain and on her leagues training committee, whipping all the fresh meat into derby shape. In two years Addy has taken her derby career from beginner to being selected as a member of the first ever Team USA. Addy is a former Division I collegiate softball athlete and in addition to learning new tricks on the track, takes great interest in fitness and off skates conditioning. She loves to focus on the mental aspect of sport and knows exactly what hard work and attention to detail can bring. Derby is ever evolving and she is always thinking up new and fun ways to improve her gam
Atomatrix is a 17 time inline world champion and also quad Speed National Champion. She’s been on skates for 22 years competing at the highest level. She won the DNN- MVP jammer of the year in 2009 and was a member of National champion Oly Rollers in 2009 and runner up in 2010 and now skates with Arizona Roller Derby’s Tent City Terrors.
Attractive Nuisance is the founder and skater with the Green Bay Smackers and coach of the Paper Valley Roller Girls. Nuisance shows great passion for derby and brings a new light to the sport as his strategies often will leave opponents wondering what just happened. He shares his training techniques throughout the U.S as both a player and a coach as derby has become part of his everyday life.
Beretta Lynch is the co-founder of two successful leagues, E-ville Roller Derby (Est. 2007, Edmonton AB Canada) and the West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League (Est. 2010, West Kootenays, Canada), and has been a training director since 2007. She has served as the captain for the Kootenay Kannibelles, the WKWRDL’s travel team for two years, and is a proud member of Team Canada. Most recently, she has become a Pivotstar coach. As a personal trainer and sports nutritionist, her mandate is to raise the profile of athleticism in roller derby. Lynch provides skaters with a plethora of ideas, both painful and exciting, to increase their machine-like potential. PLEASE NOTE: when you finish reading this, you’re required to skate 75 laps and do 50 burpees. And that’s the warm up.
Booty Quake has been working her booty off for the Terminal City Rollergirls since 2007. In addition to serving as League President, she has been coaching and training skaters in her area since 2008. Booty was recently Head Coach for the TCRG’s four month long Fresh Meat program, and has been a head coach and AC at Rookie rEvolution. Her house team, the Bad Reputations, won the TCRG Championships three years in a row, and she now skates exclusively with the Terminal City All-Stars. Booty has a special interest in off-skate strength and conditioning and is a lifelong athlete. She has helped to introduce mandatory off-skate conditioning, league-wide fitness testing, and nutrition and injury prevention workshops in her league. She is happiest when sweating, and at after parties!
Bustin Morenose got his first taste for skating as a young junior hockey player, and that passion has only intensified through roller derby. Now a third-time League “Pivot of the Year” and home team captain of the Minnesota Men’s Roller Derby, Bustin has helped build, train, and coach numerous derby leagues across the Midwest including Sioux City Roller Dames, North Star Roller Girls and Fargo Moorhead Derby Girls. Bustin is extremely dedicated to helping build and maintain the skills of others. As his main focus is to help develop the game of derby as a sport by helping skaters become better athletes, he incorporates important off-skates training based in muscle memory drills, plyometrics and conditioning.
Chronic Speed joined the roller derby world in February 2009 as a Ventura County Derby Darlin. She is an active member and former captain of the home team, Brass Knuckle Bettie’s, and captain/co-captain of VCDD’s Allstar team, the Vendolls! With an athletic and coaching background it’s no surprise she is a current member of VCDD’s training committee and coaching staff. She is all about building strength, not excuses.
Demanda Riot is real f-ing scary. She can’t make you be real f-ing scary (that’s up to you), but she can show you how she does some of the real f-ing scary things that she does. You’ve likely had nightmares about her the night before the big bout, where you wake up screaming but can’t quite remember why. B.A.D to the bone since 2007, Demanda Riot also skates with Chupacabras Peligrosas, Team Awesome, Team Legit, Team Vagine, the CoEd Cripplers, Team Cruz, the Rejects . . .
Dirty Deborah Harry skates for the OC Roller Girls and is the owner of OC Roller Skates. She is a former figure skater / rink rat (turned derby “lifer”) who grew up in her family’s roller rink. She learned everything she knows about teaching skating from parents who were both art and speed skaters. Her belief in the priceless value of solid fundamentals has her teaching skating skills from rank beginner to the advanced player.
Donna Skatrix turned heads with her revolutionary approach to training skaters in her on-skates classes, Sk8topia and Sk8ercise at Rollercon 2011 and she is back with even more awesome material this year! A true “bi-skatual,” she was a competitive figure skater, both on ice and in quad roller skating. Although “magic happens” when she puts her skates on, Donna has worked HARD for her skating chops and YOU should too! Passionate about skating and derby, Donna is a jammer known for her speed, agility and fancy footwork. She was also selected out of millions of entries, to be featured in an Adidas commercial that she WILL make you watch if you meet her! Donna currently skates for NOtown Roller Derby (Fresno, CA) All Stars and is a trainer/coach for the league, leading the popular “Scrimminar Sundays” practice that she created. She is also a trainer for Tulare-Kings Roller Derby. Donna specializes in coaching skating skills for derby, advanced agility, training jammers and conditioning/endurance.
Duchess Von Damn has been skating with Angel City Derby Girls for 6 seasons and has been on their all-star Travel Team since March 2007. She served as Captain of the all-star travel team for 3 seasons 2008-2010 as well as Captain of the defunct but eternally amazing home team Block Steady Crew. She was named league MVP 2008, Blocker of the Year 2010 & 2011 and has been 2x awarded “Most Likely To Knock The Wind Out of You” and “Best Karaoke.” (Note, there were no league awards in 2009 but she’s pretty sure she would have gotten “Best Karaoke.” She was a trainer of the 2010 undefeated Rocket Queens and loves to teach sternum blocking to new skaters. Founder of the secret society of “Pint-Sized Powerhouses,” she loves to show that even the smallest girls can be “Ferosh!” and knock anyone down. She’s been told when coaching she often uses bizarre sound effects that somehow summarize a strategy and provide new clarity to skaters but she’s doesn’t know what they’re talking about.
el VISIOUS has been playing roller derby for over five years and is currently the coach and captain if the Nottingham Hellfire Harlots Roller Derby Team after relocating from the London Roller Girls in 2010. In the time that I have coached the Hellfire harlots; we remain an undefeated team and have developed a reputation for professionalism and tactical knowledge. I have represented England in the first Roller Derby World Cup where we came 3rd. I have been invited to train various Roller Derby Leagues across the UK and have run a series of training bootcamps and masterclasses. I was invited to coach with other internationally renowned roller Derby Coaches at the first UK Roller Derby Residential boot camp in 2011. My most popular classes focus on strategy, core strength and nutrition. I work as a teacher by trade and the skills and passion translate directly to my roller derby coaching, where I uphold a reputation for providing structured, well developed and tactically challenging training sessions.
Frida Beater has been the Head of Training and skated with the 5280 Fight Club All-Stars for the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls for the last five years. She was a co-captain of the 5280 Fight Club from 2008-2010, when she helped lead her team to the WFTDA Championships both years. In 2010, Frida scored the winning points in the Championship game, securing Rocky Mountain’s first Championship title. Frida was the first roller derby skater to be featured in Sports Illustrated Magazine in 2010. In 2011, Frida was chosen to be the co-captain of Team USA. Frida has shared her love for the sport across the world where she has coached skaters from the United States, New Zealand, and Europe.
Georgia W Tush is the founder of Montreal Roller Derby and has been playing since 2006. She just finished her 5th season on MTLRD’s travel team the New Skids on the Block, and was a member of Team Canada for B&T’s 2011 World Cup. Her league was the 1st non-US member of WFTDA, and has competed at WFTDA Eastern playoffs the last two years. When she is not playing derby, she is running her skate shop in Montreal called Neon Skates, often that involves talking about derby. She has also been coaching leagues in Canada over the years and recently branched out into the international derby world with coaching trips to Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Europe.
Hazed and Contused will complete her third year skating in November 2013 with the Mad Rollin Dolls, having transferred from Arizona in 2011. She has previously captained the first ever AZ state championship team, the Bad News Beater of AZRD. While at AZRD, she led the training committee, and has carried on training the Mad Rollin Dolls. Currently, she captains the Quad Squad of MRD and coaches and skates with the Dairyland Dolls (MRD travel team). She’s known for her fun, enthusiastic practices, and her special attention to strategy. Derby is her life and heart, and she tries to project that to other skaters at every practice. If there’s fun to be had, she’ll find it for you.
Hockey Honey has been competitively wielding a hockey stick for the last 13 years and teaching others how to roller skate and play hockey for seven. She has been playing Roller Derby since 2008 where she made her initial appearance with the Dallas Derby Devils, making the All Star Team upon joining the league. She played briefly with the Jet City Roller Girls making her first appearance in WFTDA sanctioned bouts. She is currently a member of the Cosa Nostra Donnas as part of the Oly Rollers. She is also a member of Team Bionic and a 2012 guest skater for Team Awesome.
Holly Ween founded Northern Arizona Roller Derby in 2008. She has been playing roller derby for 3 years and skated regularly as a child. Holly has an extensive history in team sports and coaching including Division 2 College Softball and co-ed flat track roller derby with Hellazona.
Isabelle Ringer has been a member of the San Diego Derby Dolls since January 2006 and has played and coached on both flat and banked tracks worldwide for the past 6 seasons. Having spent many games, pivoting, blocking and jamming, Ringer has a diverse background of experience and loves the sport of roller derby on any surface. Off the track, Ringer has held leadership roles as trainer, captain, committee head, interleague liaison, rules rep, tournament coordinator, among others, and has many experiences and lessons learned to share in these departments. Recently retired from competitive play, Ringer is the full time General Manager of the San Diego Derby Dolls and spends the majority of her time working to grow and promote the sport of banked track roller derby.
Ivanna S. Pankin didn’t actually let us schedule her any classes, but when someone cancels, she’ll be the one that fills in. Ivanna has played roller derby since 2003, founding Arizona Roller Derby, Sin City Rollergirls, and skating with San Diego Derby Dolls until the WFTDA-jones drew her back to flat track, co-founding SoCal Derby with Trish the Dish. She also captains Team Awesome and Chupacabras Peligrosas, and plays for Team Vagine, the Rejects and just about anyone else that asks. She organizes Camp Awesomes all over the world, has coached on several continents and is working hard to lead her current team, SoCal Derby to Western Regionals and beyond. She also does a crazy lot of off-skates derby stuff that you probably already heard about, like founding RollerCon, creating the first derby store with Sin City Skates, and being on the first elected board of the WFTDA.
Jackie Daniels is entering her 7th season of good times on rollerskates. Always working in leadership on or off skates, Jackie spent her first 5 seasons with Grand Raggidy Roller Girls prior to her move to Chicago were she currently skates for the Windy City Rollers and Co-Captains the All Stars. In both of her seasons with the Windy City Rollers, Jackie has nabbed her home teams best pivot award, the All Stars MVP, the league’s best pivot and the league MVP. Jackie is easily found around the derby scene and loves to love derby. Jackie has coached many leagues and camps from Toronto to Hawaii, including several RollerCons.You’ve seen her skating as herself in Whip It, as March 2010’s WFTDA featured skater, a Riedell Superstar, maybe you skated her “Living Legend” track at RollerCon 2011 or helped her earn her that reputation that put her on Hellarad’s Cream Team?! America’s Girlfriend skates flat and/or banked track with Team Awesome, Team Legit, Vagine Regime and whoever else asks! Born to party, skate or play with JD!
Juke Boxx is a long time rink rat and is going on her 4th travel season. She is a co-captain for the Minnesota RollerGirls All Star team and also skates for Team USA. She loves to get people trying things they never thought they could on wheels, and generally has wayyy to much fun.
Juwana Hurt began speed skating in 1973 and started her derby career with the Cincinnati Rollergirls in Dec 2006. She has also skated with Black & Bluegrass Rollergirls & The Gem City Rollergirls. She assisted with coaching & skating skills with each league. Juwana has also done Bootcamps & guest coaching for different leagues such as, Naptown, Detroit, Hardknox, Roller Girls of Southern Indiana, Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls, Rollergirls of Central Kentucky, Radioactive city, etc. Juwana holds 11 National titles in quad speed skating and also was 1 of 16 female skaters chosen to compete in the 1979 National Sports Festival. She is very good at teaching style from basic to experienced. If it can be done on skates, she can show the easiest way to do it! She’s retired from derby now but still very much involved! She is the assistant coach for the Cincinnati mens derby league, The Battering Rams! She skated 5 seasons of derby and has skated with some of the best! She thinks getting your balance right is the most important thing in derby!
Kiki UrHaz started playing roller derby in January of 2008 in Michigan. She has been traveling the US for two years, learning, competing and challenging herself. The past two years has consisted of skating with the Tent City Terrors of AZRD and the banked track Arizona Derby Dames. She is currently skating with AZRD and Team Bionic as well as the founder and Captain of the co-ed flat track team, Hellazona, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Levee BreaksHer began her derby life in 2009 with the Blue Ridge Rollergirls in Asheville, NC. Finding herself unexpectedly pregnant in the 2010, she spent the rest of the year studying athletic training and personal improvements needed for derby. After the birth of her 2nd child in 2011 she tried to return to her former team but was not able to. Instead, she began to train derby hopefuls and successfully passed most of her “noobs” on to join the local team. She was asked to begin coaching a new team, Balsam Mountain Rollergirls, and was honored to accept the challenge. Emphasizing fitness and health both on and off skates has helped to take a group of eager women in the earliest stages of a derby career to their next levels of success. While it has been fabulous to watch others advance with their own particular talents and skills, Levee has been pushing herself hard in order to continue to recover from two c-sections and stay one step ahead of some very aggressive, quickly advancing skaters. When not completely absorbed in roller derby, Levee is a freelance writer and composes obituaries. Seriously. That isn’t a derby metaphor.
Lulu Lockjaw: Well known and respected in the national derby community, Lulu lives and breathes derby. She is a founding member of Santa Cruz Derby Girls, and currently skates for the Bay Area Derby Girls in addition to coaching and mentoring skaters all over California. Her hard work and devotion in the last 5 years has paid off as she’s grown to be one of the most versatile skaters on the track as a quick and agile jammer and clean and solid blocker. As a regular voice on the Derby Deeds podcast, Lulu’s knowledge of the game is second to none. She has skated with Team Awesome and Team Legit, and continues to fine tune her after party dance skills. Look for this quintessential derby girl on a track near you!
Luludemon: 10 years ago Lulu was in hospital in South Africa with a broken neck and a shattered pelvis. Last year she won League MVP, became Captain of the All Star team and started her derby clothing line Pivotstar. Her motto in life and derby is “It’s not how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can BE hit and keep moving forward” (Rocky). Lulu has been skating with the Terminal City Rollergirls (Vancouver, Canada) since inception in 2006 and has traveled widely across North America playing with the TCRG All Stars. A member of Team Canada, she also skated at the first roller derby World Cup in December 2011. Lulu has coached all skill levels within her league and with new startup leagues and is a Coaching Association of Canada Level 2 Certified Coach. She’s coached at Blood & Thunder Training Camps, TCRG All Stars Rookie Revolution and RollerCon 2011. She loves visualizations, playing smarter not harder and her pet hamster Discount.
Mercy got her first taste of roller derby with the Dallas Derby Devils from 2006 – 2008. She skated on their All-Stars team and competed with them at Regionals before moving to Hawaii and skating with Pacific Roller Derby. At Pacific she had the opportunity to be a part of this new league’s growth in addition, She was the Head of Training, captained and coached. After the completing her 2nd full season, she ended my sunny days to skate with the Rose City Rollers in 2010. She currently skates for Rose’s all-star team, the Wheels of Justice, Team Awesome and a captain of Team Vagine.
Pigeon has been playing derby for 4+ years. She started with the Santa Cruz Roller Girls LLC in 2007 which quickly turned into the Santa Cruz Derby Girls (non-profit). In the wonderful town of Santa Cruz, Pigeon was Manager of the Recruiting Committee and assisted in training the new girls. At the end of her 3rd season (right when SCDG became WFTDA), Pigeon left Santa Cruz to attend graduate school in her home town of Los Angeles. There she joined Long Beach Roller Derby and was appointed to Coach and Captain of the newest home team, The Belmont Hot Broads. Long Beach Roller Derby’s home teams plays on a modified banked track inside the Queen Mary Dome in the Los Angeles Harbor, while LBRD’s All Star team (The Gals) plays flat track. Playing ‘bitracktually’ is one of Pigeon’s favorite thing about skating in her home town.
Pigeon is also a skatepark skater (vert) and loves bombing hills with a passion!
Punk N. Da’Trunk: What can I say about Punk N. Da’Trunk? Loud, Short, Loud, Skates fast, Loud, Roller Derby Workout, Loud and loves the shit out of derby! Coming on to her 7th year playing derby she has coached for 3 leagues, Captained teams and has always been a driver to helping skaters get better!
Quadzilla L.K. didn’t give the schedulers his bio, so here are just a few of the legends about him. Quad started skating in diapers and joined his first derby team roughly sometime before puberty (which was way earlier than most of you people think), in the dark ages when the sport was played on inline skates by people with enormous hair and you were probably still in diapers. He was a featured skater in a bunch of TV commercials, loves to jump rows of skaters laying on the ground, can skate with his skate on his ass better than most of you can skate with ’em on your feet, and has a new pair of flashy shoes every single time you lay eyes on him. He guest coaches all over and has been seen rocking both flat and banked tracks on several continents. He plays men’s derby for the Puget Sound Outcasts, and has developed Antik Skates, Heartless and B’Zerk Wheels and Gumball Stops. We heard he was once a pro snowboarder. He doesn’t have anything at all to do with Derby News Network and has never been a ref, though he’s not above wearing a dress if the situation calls for it. He likes the kind of sushi that has fried things and cream cheese in it. We don’t think he’s a super hero, but he does actually have a sidekick named Boy (something). For real. Little known fact: the “LK” stands for “likes kumquats.”
Riedell Stuck In Motion Skate Crew (SIMS)
Ashley Ellis grew up as a rink rat and has skated for over ten years in Texas, constantly competing in local skating competitions called Social Skate. Ashley has placed every year at WSA Nationals from 2008 to 2011, winning the Elite womens category in 2010 and then going on to win Pro womens category this past year in 2011. Ashley has also spent over two years teaching skating lessons to kids and young adults. Her love for the sport shines in jam skating but, Ashley supports all skating between art, ice, derby, and speed.
Oscar Maldonado is going on 10 years as a jam skater and has also been sponsored by Riedell Skates since 2003. This will be his 2nd year together with the “Stuck In Motion Skate Crew.” He has been traveling and sharing his love for this art since 2002. Oscar has many accomplishments, including 14 championships at national and regional competitions between 2005 and 2011, performing at the 2006 NBA All Star game, and much more. He enjoys teaching classes for up and coming jam skaters and people who are interested in learning the sport. Oscar respects all forms of dance and all forms of skating.
Patrick Ballentine was born from two skaters who grew up skating together after school, so he’s always been around all types of roller skating. While his mother worked a local rink, Patrick skated and started to notice and take a liking to jam skating around the age of 13. By 15, he and his partner Zach had swept the doubles category for their age group in 2 national competitions. Then in January 2005, Patrick won his first of two back to back regional solo events in Georgia. Shortly after graduating high school, as a member of the ATLSK8Crew, he was participating in halftime shows for the Atlanta Hawks in front of massive crowds at Philips Arena.
Scotty Williams, 24, from Orlando, Florida has been skating since the age of 6 and has been a competitive jam skater since 2008 where he won his first event. He since has won back to back Nationals in 2010 and 2011. Scotty has performed at shows including last year’s Rollercon Riedell party and he skates for Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
Risquée Biznatch has been skating competitively for four years with the Terminal City Rollergirls, and currently skates for the All-Star team. Her house team, The Bad Reputations won the championships two years in a row while she skated with them in 2009-2010. In looking for a new challenge, she founded, coached, and captained a brand new rookie team, Public Frenemy, who competed in the championships in their first year of existence. Public Frenemy also won Derby Spotlight’s “Fresh Meat Cup Award” in 2011, beating out numerous veteran-ranked teams. She has coached the TCRG’s Fresh Meat program three years in a row, coached at various boot camps, including Malice Borealis and Rookie rEvolution, and was ranked #2 on Derby Deeds “20 Roller Derby Girls That Will Turn You On To The Sport”. She was also the leagues Vice-President from 2009-2010. When she’s not talking about strategy, she’s winning the dance-off at the after party in her tiny booty shorts.
Sarassassin has been skating for four years, while practicing yoga for ten. She believes that yoga is the most power form of cross-training available, and that through yoga we can all gain better control of our bodies, minds, and breath. She strives to reach the yoga skeptics by creating classes based on the challenges and rewards of derby. Her goal is to tune your body like a pair of skates, and give you weapons to battle the silent killer of optimal performance: CROTCH WEIGHT.
Shenita Stretcher began skating with the Philly Roller Girls in the fall of 2006. Shenita has skated with Philly’s All-Star travel team, The Liberty Belles, since the very first Eastern Regionals in Columbus, Ohio. Her skill, strength, and style is not missed on the track. Jammer or Blocker, this double threat has earned the title as a recognized athlete in the derby community. As a skater on Team USA, she took home first place at the first ever roller derby world cup in Toronto, Canada in December 2011. This eager athlete loves to share her knowledge and is excited to help the derby community grow to their highest potential. Shenita, as a coach, understands the dynamics involved with all facets of the game. She never stops learning from the community, no matter the level. She is excited to be involved with the evolution of roller derby.
Sic Shooter has been skating with the Texas Rollergirls since 2004. She has helped train and coordinate both home and traveling bootcamps for several years. 2012 is her eighth season skating on the home team Honky Tonk Heartbreakers for and also skated for the Texecutioners in 2006, 2010, 2011 & 2012. She has also served on the Texas Rollergirls board of directors and helped the business grow and a non-profit. As a trainer at RollerCon she hopes to help teach the sport of roller derby and help it grow for generations to come.
Smarty Pants aka Nadia Kean started skating in her hometown of Austin, Texas for the bank track league TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls in 2003. In 2011 Kean started skating with the flat track league Texas Rollergirls. In 2011 Kean skated with the Texecutioners when they took 3rd Place at WFTDA Championships and Team USA when they took 1st Place at the World Cup. A veteran in the sport of derby, Kean takes a unique approach to coaching, considered by some to be unorthodox and by others to be brilliant. She prefers to focus on the intricacy of each league or skater’s unique style. As a trainer she is sensitive to the needs of the athlete and well aware of the process of learning. Although Kean offers an extensive background in both bank track and flat track derby, she enjoys the continued process of learning as much as she can about each unique sport. This pursuit of knowledge keeps Kean flexible in what she has taught others in the sport and is reflected in the innovative sessions she creates. Kean takes the sport of derby very seriously, yet she creates a relaxed and humorous learning environment for skaters. She believes that derby is serious, seriously fun.
Speed Dealer started skating at age seven, and hasn’t stopped since. From inline roller hockey, to national speed skating competitions, to vertical stunt skating, he has chased his love of high speeds and competition all over the country. For the past two and a half years, he has focused primarily on men’s and women’s roller derby and has played for some of the best teams in the country, including Team SeXY, The Co-Ed Cripplers and The Puget Sound Outcasts.
Suzy Hotrod joined Gotham Girls Roller Derby in New York, NY in May 2004 with just “Brown Skate” birthday party skating experience. She has risen to become a world recognized roller derby athlete. She is also member of Team USA and Team Bionic. She has taught roller derby all over the world for many years. She has been twice awarded Gotham league MVP and DNN’s Reader’s Choice Award for Double Threat, and was recently featured in ESPN Magazine’s The Body Issue. Her teaching style is honest and approachable with a taste of humor and sarcasm. In addition to skating she enjoys bike riding, hot yoga, rock and roll, and eating spinach.
Suzy Snakeyes is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, as well as an 8+ year veteran skater with the LA Derby Dolls. A founding member and first captain for her home team, the Tough Cookies, she also captained her league’s all-star B-team, The Aftershockers, during its undefeated run in 2009. Suzy has been a trainer with the Dolls since 2006, was head of her league’s training team for five years and is also currently an instructor for LADD’s Derby Por Vida roller derby fitness program. Suzy specializes in sport-specific training and conditioning methods for roller derby, as well as educating people about the science behind derby-specific training. Get her talking and she really will geek out over this stuff!
Teflon Donna began skating with the Carolina Rollergirls in 2004, except for the fact that she could barely skate! After only a few short months of persistent training and determination, she joined CRG in its first expo bout and continued improving and excelling within CRG until 2007. At this time, Teflon moved to Philadelphia and joined the Philly Rollergirls. Skating and captaining (on and off) as a Heavy Metal Hooker and a Philly Liberty Belle for the past six seasons, she has become one of the most well-known athletes in the derby community. She has done individual training sessions for Montreal, Providence, Boston, Key City and enjoys coaching at Blood & Thunder Training Camps. Teflon’s passion for learning every aspect of skating and the sport of derby itself is contagious, and she loves helping other derby athletes achieve their highest potential.
The Hot Flash is the founder of One World Roller Derby, Seattle Roller Derby, Bellevue Roller Derby, Tacoma Roller Derby and veteran skater with Rat City Roller Girls and Tilted Thunder Rail Birds. She is on a mission to help people get stronger through the sport of Roller Derby and teaches derby through the Seattle Parks Department and North Seattle Community College. Holding the belief that a team is only as strong as it’s weakest skater,The Hot Flash is an advocate of figuring out and letting go of whatever it is that stops us from getting the most out of our experience in life. She accepted the title of President of Old School Roller Derby Association and is working hard to earn it.
The Rev began coaching Derby in 2007 with a small coed league in Western Mass called Pioneer Valley Roller Derby. In 2008 he came to Rollercon to teach and has travelled all over the world to coach since then. He is currently one of the coaches for Montreal Roller Derby and is the Manager of their all star team, The New Skids on the Block and the smash squad.
T. Cat has been coaching the San Angelo Roller Girls for 2 years where we are working on becoming part of the WFTDA. I love derby and coaching.
Trish the Dish has been playing Roller Derby since 2004. Dish played Flat-track derby for 4 years, before polishing her skills on the Banked Track for 3 years. Now, she is back in a WFTDA league working with players of all skill levels, shooting to play at Western Regionals and Champs by 2013. Dish is co-owner of Sin City Skates, and always Gives a F#CK!!
Vexine is a founding member of the Emerald City Roller Girls of Eugene, Oregon. She captained her home team, the Flat Track Furies, until injury placed her firmly in the role of head trainer, where she developed her inventive training style. A high school teacher by profession, Vexine has a knack for breaking things down, motivating skaters, and building on success. Back on the track after bionic knee surgery, she lives to deconstruct the game of derby and find new ways of putting the pieces back together. She has trained all levels of skaters and has been part of the ECRG training committee for four years, as well as helped to train other trainers in the league.
Vicki Handysides has been coaching skating for 40 years. She has been a competitor herself winning the World Championship in pairs skating in 1973. She has taught all levels of skating but has a real passion for teaching the basics. Vicki loves the excitement derby brings out in women all over the World and wants everyone to have a good foundation of skating skills to make playing more fun and safe.
Most of the 2011 Coaches (in alphabetical order)
2009 COACH INFO
These high-demand classes filled up first and had the most pre-registrants in the lottery, in order of popularity (based on the number of registrants divided by the number of classes each coach offered):
1. Ivanna S. Pankin & Goodie 2 Skates “Crazy Jamming”
2. Jackie Daniels “Use Your ASSets”
3. Medusa “Ninja Blocking”
4. Coach Pauly “Int / Adv Blocking”
5. Razorslut & Iron Maiven “Drop a Bitch”
6. Miss Fortune “Make Your Own Holes Adv Jamming”
7. Annie Maul “Int / Adv Blocking I & II”
8. Bonnie D. Stroir “Beginner Jamming”
9. Janice Choplin “JUMP!”
10. The Rev “Hitting & Falling 101 & 102”
11. Sadistic Sadie “Confident Jamming”
12. Atomatrix and Robb Dunn “Int / Adv Speed & Stride”
13. Smack Ya Sideways “Single Skater Blocking”
14. Smarty (no) Pants “Use What Yer Momma Gave You (Beginning Blocking)”
15. Tara Armov “Howdy, Partner! (Int Blocking)”