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Mistletoe-Stops?: Gift Ideas from Powerhouse Skates

Still looking for the perfect gift for that derby-lover in your life? It’s definitely not too late to make this Christmas the best ever! Wild Cherri and Deathskull of Powerhouse Skates have come to your rescue with these derby must-haves.

R3_Derby_ZoomKnow someone who’s considering trying out to be Fresh Meat or joining Rec League? Along with your moral support, you can help make her dreams come true with the Powerhouse Fresh Meat Package (only $215 before tax – with many upgrades available.) It includes everything needed to take her from regular girl to rollergirl.

bluestreak-boot-300x300Are her skates looking more than a little tired after a few long years? Surprise her with a pair of Riedell Blue Streak Sports ($299)! These new boots will be hers just in time to break in for 2015!

  • Hand-sorted full grain Kango-Tan leather upper
  • Innovative split quarter pattern
  • Full-grain Chinook leather lining
  • Genuine Shearling tongue lining
  • 2 Slit “Fox” tongue (to help reduce tongue rotation while skating)
  • HF-5 Heat moldable outside quarter right boot
  • Snug Tie
  • Finger loop backstay
  • Stitched and cemented leather outsoles
  • Available sizes: Black 1-13 Full and Half -BB/AA delta width

Forget awkwardly trying to figure out her clothing size or jewelry preferences this year. She wants new wheels! And these cost considerably less than the “new wheels” that you’ll find on a car lot.

Morph_84_88-850x850Green Monster Morph Wheels (Pre-order)- Sold in 4-Packs, $67.50

It’s every skater’s dream come true–a wheel that gives you the edge control and grip you need to execute your work on the track, all while not slowing you down. The responsiveness, speed, and stability of this wheel are sure to make it a favorite. Wheels come in 84/88A, 88/91A,88/93A,91/95A,93/97A.

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Atom Boom Wheels Hollow Core – Sold in 4-Packs, $50-$65

The same hollow core technology that produced tremendous speed, control and stability in the infamous JUKE wheels now powers the new BOOM HP (High-Performance) derby wheels.

The new flat face, set back hollow cap with 5mm lip, and stronger core construction, combined with Atom’s most amazing derby formula ever, makes BOOM extremely fast, lightweight, forgiving, and diverse…an entirely new kind of speed. Available in FIRM, XFIRM, and XXFIRM.

trolley-bag-2-500x500-300x300Mama’s got a brand-new bag! Or she will have after you buy her this awesome Atom Trolley Bag ($100). You could even use it as wrapping paper for all the other great stuff you just got her!

  • 2-piece set
  • Detachable mini-bag
  • Retractable handle
  • Durable wheels
  • Adjustable interior
  • Heavy-duty zippers

 

And if you’re still stymied, call or drop by Powerhouse Skates for the expert knowledge and customer service that you can’t find at any other skate shop in the area or online. Cherri and Skully will help you figure out exactly what she’d like best, and they offer gift certificates if you’d like to let her choose for herself!

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ARG Gives Back for the Holidays

In spite of the fact that we hit people for fun, the Atlanta Rollergirls are a caring and generous bunch. At this time of year, we like to take our generosity one step further. We spoke with a few of our rollergirls to see how they’re helping out the community as the holidays approach.

giving treePower couple Lez Dispenser and The Boss have partnered with the Decatur-Dekalb YMCA‘s Giving Tree program, which provides gifts and other items to needy families during the holidays. In addition to giving gifts themselves, Lez and Boss have coordinated a group of rollergirls who are all giving as well. We asked Boss what motivated them to take on this project. (more…)

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ARG’s World Cup Crew

RDWC Logo on BlackThe Atlanta Rollergirls are thrilled to be sending three skaters, one official, and one of our favorite announcers to the Blood and Thunder Roller Derby World Cup this week in Dallas, TX! Wild Cherri and Baller Shot Caller will be skating for Team USA, and Nattie Long Legs will represent her native country with Team Canada. The amazing Rage Appropriate will officiate, while Sweet Willy T-Bag lends his commanding voice to calling the action on the track. We spoke to Rage about what she expects from her first World Cup this year. (more…)

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Smashgiving and Sweetwater!

smashgiving-webWhat are we thankful for this Thanksgiving? The fact that the fun hasn’t stopped just because it’s the off-season! We have two events just in the next week for you to check out, and they’re pretty amazing. Read on and join us!

Need to trim off some of that stuffing you put on over Thanksgiving? Or maybe you just need release that tension you have after listening to Cousin Eddy tell his turkey joke for the umpteenth time. Look no further! The Atlanta Rollergirls will be hosting Smashgiving, a co-ed Scrimmage-A-Thon for all levels, this Saturday, November 29th. (more…)

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2014 ARG Awards: Come As You Were

 

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The Apocalypstix (Photo Credit: Sarah Eubanks Photography)

We all feel like winners just for being part of the Atlanta Rollergirls, but once a year we recognize the best of the best! With the lovely Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center as our backdrop, an awesome photo booth from Sarah Eubanks Photography, and a “Come As You Were” theme, we gave our 2014 award recipients a party to remember!

 

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The Denim Demons (Photo Credit: Sarah Eubanks Photography)

 

InSINerator, our resident Iron Woman, gave a heartfelt thanks to ARG’s favorite speed coach, Jim Blair. Rebel Yellow then turned the tables on Sin, reading a haiku written especially for her. Just as everyone was dabbing at their eyes, Evil Olive tossed packs of Gushers fruit snacks into the crowd, sparred with some ravers who looked suspiciously like Nora Gretz and DJ Jazzy Reff, and began to announce the evening’s winners.

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The Sake Tuyas (Photo Credit: Sarah Eubanks Photography)

 

We had the chance to recognize our awesome officials as they were given their awards by Head Referee and Favorite Official winner, Morgue N. Donor. The awards wrapped up with another bittersweet moment as retiring longtime rollergirls, InSINerator and Belle of the Brawl tied for the title of Ms. Atlanta Rollergirl.

 

After closing out our 2014 season with a bang, we can’t wait to see what 2015 holds!

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The Toxic Shocks (Photo Credit: Sarah Eubanks Photography)

2014 Atlanta Rollergirls Awards Recipients:

Apocalypstix MVP: The Boss

Denim Demons MVP: Queen Loseyateefa

Sake Tuyas MVP: The Merchant of Menace

Toxic Shocks MVP: Nattie Long Legs (more…)

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Derby 101: Cutting the Track

Are you new to derby or just looking to brush up on your rulebook skills? Wayne Mooney is your man!  This week he explains the cut-track penalty like no one else can…

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Photo: Tim Stoklas

Ever since John Travolta invented the concept of standing in line, there have been rules governing how it is done, and chief among them has always been that you never, ever cut in line. Roller derby has a similar rule, but because rollergirls aren’t really the kind to stand around in an orderly fashion waiting for things to happen, they’ve come up with the brilliant addition that you can take someone else’s place by hip-checking them out of the line. Whenever a rollergirl goes out of bounds, she has to return in bounds behind anyone she was originally behind (including teammates) as well as the girl who forced her off the track in the first place. If she cuts ahead of two or more people in line, she goes to the box for “cutting a rug”. Wait, no. Excuse me. She goes to the box for “cutting the track”. That makes a lot more sense, actually. While it’s typically reserved for the thirty seconds between jams, dancing is perfectly legal at any time during a bout. (more…)

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Heroes On and Off the Track: ARG’s Veterans

Though sometimes rollergirls are likened to heroes, The Atlanta Rollergirls are honored to have true heroes among our ranks–those that have served our country in the military. As Veterans Day approaches next week, we spoke with them about their service. 

RosieDerivator_2014Rosie Derivator is not just an amazing skater, she is also one smart lady. She held one of the hardest jobs in the military. And we find it pretty reassuring to be in a wall with someone who knows the ins and outs of nuclear propulsion. 

What branch of the service were you in? Navy

How did you choose which branch you wanted to be in? This is actually one of a couple of really pig-headed stories that involve me and the service.  My main decision was made partly because only the Army and Navy recruiters were in their offices that day, the Army recruiter had a severe dislike for women and the Navy recruiter treated me like I was an idiot, so I felt like I had something to prove.  In hindsight, the job I was offered was boasted as one of the hardest in the military, and I wanted something that would challenge me and give me the most training possible.

What made you decide to enlist?  I have a family history of military service and was unsure about what I wanted to do with my life, so I used it as a means of training and discipline, as well as education and travel, until I decided on my future.

What was your job/assignment? Nuclear Trained Machinest Mate, occasionally referred to as an MMN.

How long were you in the service? 9 years

NavyWhat were some of the interesting places you were stationed? I was only ever stationed in Charlestion, SC, Norfolk, VA and Kings Bay, GA, but during deployments I’ve been all over the world: Dubai, Cannes, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Pusan, Hong Kong

What were some of your most memorable experiences? Besides just amazing port calls, one of which included a giant arcade where we rode an indoor roller coaster, I had my first snowboarding lesson on a man-made mountain inside a mall in Dubai, and jumped off the side of the aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf… as well as just the day to day operation of a nuclear powered aircraft carrier!

How does your military service help you as a rollergirl?  Besides bringing me to the city that started my roller derby career and giving me my first little bit of athletic training and discipline, one of the biggest things that I think the Navy gave me was respect for authority.  I find myself naturally giving that respect to my referees and coaches.

Brick_2014We know her as Brick now, but not long ago she was Sgt. Walls! Brick holds the military close to her heart. This is not just because her husband is still serving, but also because they have lost friends who served among them. 

What branch of the service were you in? Army

How did you choose which branch you wanted to be in? I had more job options to choose from enlisting into the Army.

What made you decide to enlist? I was seventeen years old when I enlisted into the Army; I wanted to serve my country because of the Gulf War, to travel the world and help pay for college education.

What were your jobs? 55B/Ammo Specialist switched to 91E/Dental Assistant

How long were you in the service? 13 years

IMG_0982What were some of the interesting places you were stationed? Kirchgoens, Germany,  Ft. Lewis, Washington, Schweinfurt, Germany and Ft. Benning, GA.

What were some of your most memorable experiences? Training soldiers and helping soldiers reach personal and physical fitness goals.  Meeting other people from all parts of the world, and seeing places I would have never thought I would see.

IMG_0968How does your military service help you as a rollergirl? The military always pushed me mentally and physically. When I was out of the military I didn’t know how badly I missed it until I found roller derby. In the military, we take care of each other, watch each other’s back, help and support each other. I found this to be true in roller derby.  I broke it down to this, Battalion= ARG as a whole, Company=ARG home teams, Platoon= Roster Players, and Squad= your wall . Just like in the Army, these are the women I will fight with and I will protect. HOOAH!!

rollermonkeyRollermonkey (who is also Scout SnipeHer‘s husband) has been a huge asset to the Atlanta Rollergirls, volunteering in so many aspects. Even more impressive is that he is a Marine, and he’s still serving in the Army Reserve. 

What branch of the service were you in?  Active Duty USMC and US Army Reserve (currently still in the Army Reserve).

How did you choose which branch you wanted to be in?  I chose the USMC because they have the reputation of being the best.

What made you decide to enlist? I wanted to do something different in my life, and I am a very patriotic person.

jason_usmcWhat was your job/assignment? In the USMC, I was with a Light Armored Reconnaissance unit, then was an Instructor at the School of Infantry.  In the Army Reserve, I am in a Psychological Operations unit.

How long were you in the service? 8 years in the USMC, and now 6 years in the Army Reserve.

What were some of the interesting places you were stationed? I was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA, but have been to many locations around the globe.  The list includes: Hawaii, Okinawa, Singapore, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Kenya, Somalia, and Australia.

jason_laura_trainingWhat were some of your most memorable experiences? The places that will stick with me the most are Somalia (1st time I was ever involved in combat) and Australia (The people are super nice there and very welcoming).

Do you see similarities in the atmosphere of ARG and the military? I think the biggest similarity is the camaraderie and team focus that is developed because of spending so much time training together.

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Find ARG at WFTDA Champs!

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ARG President, Axtual Malice

Are you headed to WFTDA Championships in Nashville this weekend? We are too, and we want to see you there! But here’s the catch–you’ll have to find us first.

A few Atlanta Rollergirls will be sporting nifty Waldo stripes and sock hats. Find our Waldos in the crowd, take a picture with them, and share on the interwebs with the hashtag #ISpyARG. We’ll choose from the entries on Friday and announce the lucky winner on Saturday. Then, voila! A fancy ARG prize pack will be hand-delivered to you by the lovely Rebel Yellow. So, get out those binoculars and look for us between jams!

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ARG Teams Up Against Breast Cancer This Weekend

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Photo: Kevin Borke

We’re everywhere this October! In the past few weeks, you’ve spotted us roller disco-ing at the Atlanta Pride Parade and doing crazy tricks in scary makeup at the Little Five Points Halloween Parade. Are we content to stop there? No way! This weekend we take it up a notch with not one but two events — the Making Strides of Atlanta Breast Cancer Walk and the Atlanta Track Club’s Atlanta 10 Miler and 5K.

The Atlanta Rollergirls are honored to participate in the Making Strides of Atlanta Walk this Saturday, 10.25, to support the fight against breast cancer. We have about 12 members participating in the race and the support of the entire league and Atlanta derby family to raise money and awareness for the much needed research to combat this deadly disease. (more…)

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Be-Twitched!: ARG’s Favorite Videographer Speaks

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Photo: Basil Gravanis

Kevin Borke, aka Twitch, has been documenting our every bout on video for the last four years. During that time, he’s become an Emmy-winner and such an integral part of our league that he’s not allowed to leave. No really, we won’t let him…

OK, first things first. Can you confirm or deny the rumors of your retirement? It seems that I’m not allowed to quit…last time I even suggested it a skater yelled at me, told me I’m never allowed to leave. But I have a plan…I’m going to have to fake my own death and then move to the mountains of Montana and live off the land for the rest of my life where no derby girl can find me. Seriously though, having just ended my fourth season…I think five sounds like a nice round number to go out on. But that could of course change, and I could be threatened with enough bodily injury to keep me for a sixth season. (more…)

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