The Dolls Of Destruction roller derby team found a new home in Joycrest skating rink and new-comers are welcome.
Roller derby athletes train long and hard hours, wearing their bruises with pride.
“People compare this to NASCAR and football but on skates.”
The team moved practices to Joycrest on Monday and Wednesday nights, after four years with Troy Skateland in Alparon Park. The team is currently recruiting skaters, referees and volunteers for the 2016 season.
All positions are fully trainable and require zero experience skating. The only requirement is that those interested must be 18 years or older.
Co-Founder and Marketing Chair for the Black Diamond Rollers, Meredith Farr said beyond the competition, the team hopes to unite women from all walks of life.
“Our mission in general is just to empower women of any age any size, any race, any background just to give them confidence,” said Farr.
Sara Kepner has been a team player for four years. She likes the physical challenge derby provides, but said it’s so much more than the hard hits and falls.
“I really enjoy the companionship it’s like a big family so we’re all pretty close,” said Kepner.
Anna Whales is considered the “fresh meat” on the team with just one month of experience under her belt.
“I put the skates on,” said Whales. “And I was like who this is just really fun.”
But even the most inexperienced of skaters can learn, with training and the right mentality.
New skaters are advised to lace up, gear up with the right protective padding, always wearing a protective helmet and stay low to help with balance.
“There’s nothing to be nervous about, we’re all very much about cheering each other on even when we fall and everything,” said Kepner.
Even if you’re skeptical at first like Whales was when she first joined, the sisterhood said the group is supportive and cares about each player’s success.
“I’m type B personality,” said Whales. “Like super laid-back, I’m an artist, I’ve never played in organize sport in my life, what does this have to offer for me?”
Farr said The Dolls have one take-away they hope new skaters learn about the sport of roller derby.
“You don’t have to be a certain mold to fit in the sport.”
Recruitment dates will be held at Joycrest skating rink on Lake Street in Elmira. Dates are the following:
January 18, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
January 20, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
January 25, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
January 27, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
For more information about the team, click here.