Derby in a Number, Whats Your Number?

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Your life is a series of numbers -- your age, your cholesterol level, your annual income... the list never ends.

Your involvement in the derby community can also be converted into a number.  Here's how.

Step 1.  Count the number of your expected derby-related activities for a given month. 

Events that take multiple days (such as a multi-day tournament) count as one activity per day.  Events that have multiple parts (such as a double-header bout) count as one activity.  Your involvement in an activity can be playing, officiating, coaching, announcing--whatever.  Even watching bouts is acceptable provided you're doing it in-person and not online.

Valid activities include:
derby practices (on or off-skates)
derby-related clinics, training sessions, etc.
league activities (meetings, fundraisers, community service, etc.)

Activities that don't count:
exercising (jogging, swimming, working out, etc.)
traveling to a derby event
shopping for derby equipment (apparel, gear, etc.)
watching derby bouts online
surfing derby websites

Not sure if an activity counts or not?  Use your best judgement.

Step 2.  Divide the number of derby-related activities by the number of days in that month.

The result will be a number usually between 0 and 1.  Zero means you have no derby activities that month.  One means you have an average of one derby activity per day for the entire month -- an extraordinarily busy derby schedule.

By way of example, here's my index for April.  I'm an active referee, so I have a lot of derby-related activities.

6 practices
5 bouts
9 scrimmages
20 activities divided by 30 days = a Derby Index of .667 for April.  That's rather high as far as these things go.

So now that you've got a number, what does this mean?

First, it's only an estimate.  You'll have to re-compute it again at the end of the month to determine the actual number of derby activities in which you participated. 

Second, your monthly Derby Index is a fun way to keep track of your involvement in the sport.  I plotted a few months of mine on Google Docs.  You can see the result here:

Third, it's fun to share your Derby Index with your friends on Facebook.  Ask them to compute their own number and post the results.  Just remember that it's a friendly comparison and not a contest.

Finally, remember that higher doesn't mean better.  There is more to life than roller derby (really!) and everyone has other obligations -- family, work, church, school, etc.  A number that is healthy for one person may not work for someone else.

Now go post your Derby Index on Facebook, and link back to this article so your friends can create their own number.

About The Author

DOB: 3/29/1971
Leagues: Bio:

Nut referee who spends way too much time on roller derby.  WFTDA level 1 certified referee.  Author of The Zen of Reffing Roller Derby training program.  Writer for Roller Derby Rule of the Day on Facebook.

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