From Rec League to Rollergirl

Ever wonder about the humble beginnings of an Atlanta Rollergirl?  Perhaps you hear the derby siren call that draws you to the track but you aren’t quite ready for that hip check.  You could have that pep in your step to add a pair of skates to those feet but have no idea how to skate.  Whatever the reason, Atlanta has a place just for you!  Our Atlanta Rec League!  Whether you want to compete, learn how to skate or are just looking for something different to do our Rec League offers a fun learning environment for you!  Check out what some of our skaters have to say about their experience with the Atlanta Rec League!

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Name: Bea Right Back

Home Team: Apocalypstix

IL: Jukes of Hazzard

How long have you been skating?

Rec League March 2014 to August 2015 – Drafted December 2015

What was your favorite thing about the Rec league?

Rec League was fun at all levels.  It allows everyone to challenge themselves at their own rate and find their place if that means staying in Rec League or trying out for the Fresh Meat. It is a safe environment full of encouragement which allowed me to thrive.

Who was your favorite coach?

My favorite coach was Maul E. Cule.  She had a way of explaining and demonstrating skills so that they made sense to me which helped put all the puzzle pieces together so that I could apply skills to a scrimmage type scenario.  She was always able to push me to the next level with my skills even when I didn’t think it was possible.  She is the voice in my head now telling me to hit harder or get up and do it again faster this time.

What made you decide to try out?

I wanted to try out from the time I started Rec League.  I didn’t have the confidence for the longest time.  I also felt that I didn’t have the time to commit to be a good team mate until my oldest child was out of High School and my youngest was driving herself around.  Boom – mommy has free time!  The timing was perfect.  I had enough practice in Rec to develop skills and become more confident as well.

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Name: Paige Notfound
Home Team: SHOX
IL: Jukes of Hazzard
How long have you been skating?

This is my second season with ARG. I was in rec league for ~6 months before I became fresh meat.
What was your favorite thing about the Rec league?

They taught me how to skate in a low-pressure environment. I was so awful when I started- I remember that at one point during a recruitment workshop right before I started rec league, Queen had to take me aside and hold me up so that I could try to pick up my feet and do crossovers. But practice makes perfect, and having someone to teach you is invaluable.
Who was your favorite coach?

I was thankful for all my coaches! Everyone has a different way of doing various skills, and having lots of different perspectives lets you figure out what works for you.
What made you decide to try out?

I was originally going to wait an entire additional year so I could improve my skills, but Ida pushed me to try out when she saw my plow stop. I didn’t think I would even pass tryouts, but I did, and then I got drafted!
What advice do you have for anyone thinking about joining Rec?

Doooooo it! No time like the present!

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Name: Luna Critz
Home Team: Denim Demons
IL: Rumble Bs
How long have you been skating?

This is my 3rd season as an Atlanta Rollergirl, but I started in the very first Rec League session back in, I think, 2012. I also used to skate at the roller rink as a kid.
What was your favorite thing about the Rec league?

Learning derby skills from actual Rollergirls. Some of my very first trainers were ARG OGs like Tanya Hyde and Demi Gore. You go to bouts and see these ladies do amazing things on the track; then you come to practice and they teach you those things.
What made you decide to try out?

I came into Rec League with the intentions of trying out for Fresh Meat. When I didn’t pass my first go round, I went back into Rec League to continue developing my skills.
What advice do you have for anyone thinking about joining Rec?

Go for it! How many other opportunities will you have to be active, have fun, and have interesting stories for family get-togethers? Plus, I’ve found it to be a great stress reliever, mainly because it gives me something else to concentrate on. I’m not worrying about work or life stuff; it’s just me, eight wheels and what’s happening on the track.

In addition, I want to thank all of the Rollergirls who put in the hard work to create Atlanta Rollergirls Rec League and who continue to make it an awesome program. Without Rec League, I don’t know if I could have made it through Fresh Meat and on to be the Rollergirl I am today.

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Julyn Farrington

 

Current Atlanta Rec League Member

How long have you been skating?

3 years

What was your favorite thing about the Rec league?

The camaraderie.  The Rec League ladies are some of my best friends!

Who was your favorite coach?

So many to choose from … we love Lux and Dam and Maul and Kill and !!!

What made you decide to Rec League?

I was looking for something interesting to do for exercise … and I found an amazing new world with incredible people!

What advice do you have for anyone thinking about joining Rec?

Just try it.  You’ll be hooked!!

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Hannah Cowart

Current Atlanta Rec Member

How long have you been skating?
I’m guessing my hot pink skates from the 90’s don’t count!  I started skating with the Rec League on January 3, 2016.

What was your favorite thing about the Rec league?
The way ARG has organized the Rec & Training program–I think all of us in Rec realize how lucky we are to have top notch trainers and a structured program to work through.  A huge thanks to ARG for all the effort that goes into it!

I also LOVE the Rec peeps, especially the ones that wear good smelling perfume–after a gross, sweaty practice it’s great when enough of it rubs off on me to cover up my funk.  Even if we don’t all smell good, we have a great time at practice. We spend a lot of time exchanging “You want us to do WHAT?!” looks, falling, laughing and making ever so slight improvements each week.

Who was your favorite coach?
I love every trainer we have had because they have mad skate skills and each approach/explain the sport differently. There’s a special place in my heart though for Olive, because she’s Evil, and Brick, because she laughs at my jokes sometimes.  Maybe it was just that once.

What made you decide to Rec League?
A good friend married a former roller derby player and their wedding was full of derby folks. They helped me understand the sport and I decided to give it a shot.  I played rugby in college and was looking for another team sport that’s full of tough love. Found it!

What advice do you have for anyone thinking about joining Rec?
Stop thinking, just do it!!  Once you get here–be ready to learn, ready to work hard, ready to bust your tail and ready to get back up. The bruises on your rear will eventually go away.  Ask for advice, but be sure to use it.  If you need a pep talk, ask for that too. Practice everything you learn every week. Don’t be surprised if some days you completely forget how to skate–it will come back to you. Find someone faster than you on Tuesdays and try to catch them during every drill.  Realize everyone is in spandex and embrace it.  Most importantly–smile and spread the love any chance you get.

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