Atom Juke 2.0- Love at first sight.

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Oh young love, ain`t it grand?

                  

             

 

   Just like my first love, I fell hard for the Atom Juke 2.0. From its slim profile to the way it gripped sport court like a dream. The atom Juke is an incredibly slim wheel. Only 59mm with a 38mm width. What that means for you, just like the name says this wheel is great for Juking across the track. Made for derby this wheel works best on polished concrete, semi maintained wood and sport court. I bought mine for around one hundred dollars and skated the hell out of them for many months. But also like that first bout of puppy love, I grew out of my Atom Jukes. I began wonder how it would be to be with other wheels. I also began to see the one flaw that I could not look past. They began to show who they really were with cracks, chips and chunks out of the edges. No matter how well I had treated them, they still did this to me. My jukes are still my fall back wheel. Whenever I am worried the floor may be hazardous for whatever set of wheels I am currently in love with this week. They still have that great grip I fell in love with. But they do have that one flaw that I have noticed whenever I date any of the Atom family. What I lovingly refer to as the chunking factor. So if you want to fall in love, go for the Atom Juke. But beware; you might get your heart broken. (Photos from Microsoft clip art and Atom wheels)

                                                                  Collision Corpse- Resident wheel whore.

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2012 Season Schedule

Posted on December 28, 2011

*Feb 11th in Sioux City vs Oskaloosa Mayhem Girls
Feb 18th Away vs Eastern Iowa Outlaws
March 3rd Away vs Fargo Moorhead Derby Girls
March 9th Away vs Omaha Roller Girls
*March 10th in Sioux City vs Sioux Falls Roller Dollz
*April 7th in Sioux City vs Old Capitol City Roller Girls
April 21st Away vs Des Moines Derby Dames
May 5th Away vs No Coast Derby Girls (Lincoln, NE)
June 22nd Greeley Tourney

The Mo Payne and PBR Show Take on the Positions

*This article was originally published in Inside Line Magazine, October 1, 2011.

Jammer

PBR: A jammer is self sufficient. They what is best for the team by staying on track and racking in the points! Built for speed and the ability to take hits, a jammer must always be on their “a” game. Making smart legal moves and using their teammates properly are key. Never hesitating and always using those holes to reach the front of the pack is what makes a Jammer a great asset to the team.

Mo: As a jammer you need to have a plan of attack before you hit that pack, it doesn’t need to be where or how you are getting through that pack but you need to be focused on where you will be THE FRONT OF THAT PACK as fast as humanly possible…no time for thinking that happens at practice and while you are training, in the game you are a machine. Make sure that as a jammer: your jammer mentality is intact! skate skate skate…second gear, jumping from a skate to run, to a side step and turn…whatever you need to do to get through the pack LEGALLY. Work on keeping things legal at all times, no worse guilt then being in the box as a jammer.

Pivot– A pivot is the captain on the track, making sure that their teammates are doing what they need to be doing even if they have to physically put them there! Weather there is a play to be executed, wrangling up the stragglers, or maintaining constant offensive/defensive brain is what needs to be happening on the pivots guard. They are what makes or breaks a pack.

PBR: What’s so special about the Pivot Panty?! My own personal journey as a pivot has been a learning experience like none other of growth because that stripe means you “MUST see all“… It was not until the 3rd year of my derby career that I fully grasped what wearing that stripe truly meant. It means: you are in charge of all your players in the pack, the overall strategy during a jam being executed properly and being the voice for your teammates to follow in the darkest & brightest times on the track. Now as well all know, everyone in derby does things different! I am completely against micromanaging someone’s style if it works because if it works then that’s all that matters.

Mo: I can only speak of how and what goes thru my brain as a pivot during any given jam. As my team takes the track, I weigh all the variables. Some of which are: Who are my strongest blockers that have no problem holding their own solo while holding back the jammer without themselves getting “goated” if a scenario should play out that way? Which blockers may need an extra shove & guidance while rolling along and who should they be paired with to make sure it happens? Do I want to start the jam off in a specific strategy or wait to see how the first couple of feet of rolling go? Is the opposing team setting up for an obvious play and how can we counteract that while still executing our own? Is my jammer going to need help getting thru or are they self sufficient? I could go on and on AND on about what goes on in my head during any given jam while I am pivoting but that is exactly what proves my point. A PIVOT MUST BE CONSTANTLY SEEING EVERY POSSIBLE SCENARIO on the track with the ability to maintain an offensive & defensive brain.

Mo: All this “thinking” you may be doing as a pivot is pointless if your team does not listen to you or trust that you know what you are talking about on the track. You must demand as a pivot that what you say goes and proving yourself time and time again on how you will lead your pack on the track to a successful jam! As Pivot, you are your teammates commander at the front of the pack (not always at the front, sometimes you got to wrangle the kittens or shove a straggler) guiding them in the correct direction during battle! If they do not trust you and your judgment, then the whole pack is not a whole which we all know does no good. Thus take wearing the panty with PRIDE that you will lead your fellow teammates to exactly what needs to be happening!

PBR: Many become fearful of being a pivot because they see it as a HUGE responsibility. Well, it kind of is a HUGE responsibility that should be taken seriously however not to the point of fearing it! Those who do take it for what it is become the most well rounded sk8rs and their teams succeed time and time again. It’s just that simple. Every player should strive to be well rounded in every position on the track is my thoughts; it allows your personal journey of being a triple threat to continually gain! We all want to be the best we can be and must never stop growing as players otherwise what’s the point?! Having the ability to play all positions allows you to gain on every aspect.

DRILLS: The most effective “pivot” drill I believe is forming a pack and having your pivot bark out orders while maintaining the well being of the pack and having your team repeat what you are saying. “T-stop! Pack it up…Faster, Faster, 100%. STOP! Reverse! Inside line… Mo Payne, to the back of the pack…OUTSIDE LINE… Pack it up!… Dubbs to the Front of the pack… Tuck IT IN (on corners)… Wide on the Stretch ladies, Etc.” During this drill, it allows whomever the pivot is to DEMAND everyone to be following their movement and the pack itself is a swarm! It also allows the pivot to learn to be constantly on their toes, watching the pack, adjusting what need be and much more.

PBR: A pivot must keep their cool because losing your head does no one any good and should be encouraging even at the worst of times (positive reinforcement it key)! Being a successful pivot fills ones’ self with pride, at least it does for me. You know that your team trusts you, that you can make a decision in a split second and your team will follow you with no questions about it. Now there is always that gray area of what could have been done or should have been done aka micromanaging. If it works, don’t fix it… however always be open to suggestions as a pivot but bottom line follow your gut and use that butt!

Mo: Pivot is the boss, if they tell you to dance on that line you damn well better dance on that line, you will have practiced the play that starts by dancing anyways so you will know what’s up, but you get what I mean they call the shots. You should be talking about what you are going to do in the next jam while you are sitting and waiting to go out. If that is not possible then you have 30 seconds USE IT! You’re a fancy pivot, turn around and watch your blockers, you can skate backwards and verbalize what’s happening and direct them accordingly.

1st blocker

PBR: This blocker goes with the Pivot, usually covering that inside line is where I like them to be. Their objective is to help hold a solid front on a wall while having the option to chase down a jammer or build a bridge if need be. Offensive/defensive switch needs to be ready!

Mo: some people call this shadow pivot, I think that is pretty self explanatory there. Make sure you are on that inside line or a step over next to the pivot. This position is where I would put my newer players.

2nd blocker

PBR: Either the second blocker is part of the Pivot & 1st blocker group as forming a 3 person wall of doom or they may be teamed up with the 3rd blocker on a 2×2 strategy . Regardless the 2nd blocker is in charge of filling in the wholes from the front to the back of the pack. Always ready to lend a hand and communicating with all teammates about pack status.

Mo: This spot depends on the strategy you are going to use. 3 wall you are in the front. 2 and 2 you are in the back with the last blocker. Again this would be a spot I would fill with a newer player if I needed to.

3rd blocker

PBR: The third blocker is used as usually either a pinball on the opposing jammer, filler on a waterfall or a helping hand to get their jammer thru! Being that they are more in the back of the pack, the 3rd blocker must be on their toes as to not get goateed, communicate well if the pack is getting stretched out and use those vocal chords to pass on what’s going on in front of them in the pack.

Mo: This position has a ton of names: sweeper, wrecker, cannon ball, I call it 3rd blocker (creative, eh?) This person needs to be alert and know the game plan whether she is working alone or with a partner and her objective is to be a jammer kill (also another name for this position.) If the jammer gets by this blocker needs to be telling her teammates, good communication is important for all positions but this is really important here.

For The Love of Derby: Live Fast, Skate Faster. By Collision Corpse

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Well, put some skates on and be your own hero. — Maggie Mayhem
New York’s Gotham Girls Roller Derby All-Stars were the big winners at the 2011 Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Championships at the 1st Bank Center this weekend, beating out West Region champs the Oly Rollers Cosa Nostra Donnas, 140-97. Gotham Girls also trounced the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls 5280 Fight Club — local favorites and defending champs — and Austin’s Texecutioners on the way to winning the coveted Hydra Trophy. Watching this bout last weekend was very exciting for me. As an actual derby girl, I can only hope to make it to championships. After watching the championships, I found myself searching for anything to do with derby. I spent hours watching ancient Roller Derby footage. Watching women punch, hit and skate fast, turn left. Roller Derby has changed a lot since it was conceived in the 1930s as a marathon race and later in the 1940s when it became popular with more than 5 million spectators. However in the ensuing decades it became more of a form of sports entertainment, with fake hits and staged fights.                                                                                             Even now the rules of derby are ever changing. Each year there are more rules or rule changes. It is always evolving as we try to make it better. At one point in Derby it was anything goes. There was tripping, punching and hair pulling. Nowadays if you attempted any of those tactics you would be thrown out.  Still there is always the danger of serious injury.                                                                                                       When you go to a derby bout today one thing you will notice is the hitting. Some people think these are staged, but I have the bruises to prove that they are indeed real. Roller girls spend hours upon hours learning how to hit effectively and correctly. One wrong hit can send you to the penalty box. Derby did not start out as an aggressive sport. Sports promoter, Leo Seltzer, looking for attractions to fill the Chicago Coliseum, created the Transcontinental Roller Derby, an endurance race featuring a team of one man and one woman, roller skating on a banked track in a legendary race. The game was modeled after dance marathons and bike races, popular in the thirty’s. Seltzer’s sport debuted at the Coliseum on August 13, 1935. Using women in his game was a double-edged sword for Seltzer since he knew the presence of women athletes would sell tickets, although the mainstream press would not consider his sport legitimate or worthy of their coverage. In the late thirty’s after seeing a match and realizing how exciting the massive collisions and crashes that occurred as skaters tried lap those ahead of them, a sportswriter encouraged Seltzer  to tweak the game to maximize physical contact between skaters.
Roller Derby has taken a turn as a professional sport with interest waning in the nineties after a series of syndicated Derby inspired television programs that show cased the sport with fake WWE like hits and dreadful plots. Players today are considered amateur but everything we do is real. We are not paid for playing; we buy our own equipment and spent our own money getting to bouts. But we are hoping to change that. We want Derby in the Olympics. In early derby skaters were paid to play and were shipped around on buses touring just like any other popular show. We still travel, but now it is in between work and family.  On an average week I spend at least 6 hours at practice and 12 hours skating outside of practice to the great disdain to my husband. Derby girls really do work hard and play harder.       Derby has come a long way since the early days. In 2000, women were recruited in Austin Texas to skate in what Daniel Eduard “Devil Dan” Policarpo envisioned would be a raucous, rockabilly circus-like roller derby spectacle. The version of roller derby that Devil Dan envisioned, as he described it in “Hell on Wheels,” a 2007 documentary released on DVD in September, would have involved “a crazy circus with these clowns unfortunately stabbing each other, these bears on fire on these unicycles.” Of course, those things did not come to pass. Even in Texas, a license to ignite bears can be hard to come by. And so, under disputed circumstances, the man known as Devil Dan eventually sneaked out of Austin, or was chased out, leaving his peculiar brainchild to the women he had recruited as team captains. Widely acknowledged, perhaps reluctantly, as the originator of the modern roller derby, Daniel Eduardo Policarpo, now 39, settled here in Tulsa to watch the sport spread across the country, though not exactly in the form he had envisioned. The women who built the first modern league on their own hard labor called their company Bad Girl Good Woman Productions. Their brand of roller derby found its audience by trading the unintentional kitsch of earlier incarnations for an appeal to the do-it-yourself generation. Modern skaters dress in costumes sometimes including fishnets and tutu skirts, adopting imaginative stage names, but they also deliver real hits, mind the business end of their leagues and disassemble their skate tracks by hand at the end of each competition. In the half-decade since the women from Austin started a nationwide rebirth of the sport, the online archive Derby Roster has counted hundreds upon hundreds of amateur leagues as far-flung as Fairbanks, Alaska; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Finland.  The newest transformation has included teams of men and even a children’s league. There is no denying it; Roller Derby is a fast growing sport. It is back with a vengeance and we aren’t going anywhere.
 

 
 
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