Monday, January 20, 2014


It’s a new year and new season with not only new babies, but new captains, new skaters and a
new logo too!

By Christina Hancock for Greensboro Roller Derby

At the end of last year we held a competition for a new logo for GSORD. Christina Hancock of Winston-Salem was the winner and creator of our new awesome logo which will be used to promote the team and be put on our official merchandise. Great job Christina!

However, that is not all that is new this season. Beyond the three mini-GSORD members we celebrated in our last post, we also welcomed ten full-sized ones!

Betty Switch herself!

There are two ways new skaters can join our league. The first is through transferring from another league, which is what Betty Switch did early fall of last year. She is already an accomplished derby player with wicked skills!

The other way we get new skaters is through our Fresh Meat program, which we usually hold twice every year (if you are interested in joining, please email for more information). We welcome skaters of all levels to our tryouts and once they pass, they move into the Fresh Meat training. After a period of time, we hold assessments to determine which of the skaters are ready to join our three home teams. Ten fierce ladies were drafted in December and are now ready to bout!

Johnny Applespeed, GRace Galore, Moonfight Sonata and Wrecking Belle
The Battleground Betties and their new captains Ka$h Honey and Glitt-R-Done (all captain are to be featured more in-depth in future posts) welcomes:
GRace Galore - She'll leave you lost and blind with her amazing GRace!
Johnny Applespeed - She came, she saw, she kicked your ass!
Moonfight Sonata - Go up against Moonfight and you'll need a dirge, not a sonata!
Wrecking Belle - This belle just wants to break your walls!

Dawn Quixote, C. Oswin and Suture Fancy

The Mad Dollies and their new captains Alexandroid and A-ha Gabor welcomes:
C. Oswin- She is the impossibly fast girl!
Dawn Quixote - Get in her way and expect to become collateral damage!
Suture Fancy - She'll slice and dice and sew you up nice!

Thoreau HerDown and Shrop Dead

The Elm Street Nightmares and their new captains Emma Ture and Whip-O Snapher welcomes:
Queen LaCheetah - She will leave you seeing spots!
Shrop Dead  - Get on her bad side, and you might just shrop dead
Thoreau HerDown - She's only civil when shaking hands after beating you down!

 Be sure to cheer a little extra loudly for all of our new skaters at their bouts on March 22 and 23!

 Our season opener with the brilliant Gate City Roller Girls All-Stars will be February 16th at the
Greensboro Sportsplex. They will be playing skaters from the Motley Brew. The doors open at 12 and the bout starts at 1! Be sure to be there! To make sure to get tickets to this and future bouts,
buy our season pass. It is only $50 and can be found at all of our bouts as well as at Seven Sagas Tattoos and Cycles de Oro. Not only will you not have to buy individual tickets and save a bunch of money, but you will also have special access to our new Sunday bouts. You will not be able to buy individual tickets to these events, and they will only be available to our season pass holders! Regular tickets will be able to be purchased at the same locations, as usual.

Coming up in our next post on Feb 3: Book review of Down and Derby!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Triple Baby Shower!

Our baby decor fit in so well at McCoul's.
They should probably have left it up for other customers to enjoy.
The GSORD family will growing by six tiny feet this year, as three (3!) of our players are expecting their first babies within the next few months.  The league held a baby shower for the moms- and dads-to-be this weekend at McCoul's Public House.  (Pssssst!  McCoul's is one of our sponsors!  You should drop for a tasty meal and/or drink!)

Admiral Packbar and Miss Shugganah, Alkilloids and Pinky la Pain, and Snarl Jung and Oscar.  

Aren't they the cutest?  Most of us had to find roller derby for ourselves.  These lucky babies are about to be born into the awesomeness.  Next time you see ladies at a bout, take a second to say congratulations and good luck!
The lovely Mamas (photo by Ellie Mae Crammit)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

First practice of 2014

Suture Fancy, Wrecking Belle, Hitter Miss, and LeChuck
Happy New Year from Greensboro Roller Derby!

We held our first practice of the year a couple of nights ago, despite sub-freezing temperatures in our unheated warehouse.  It was a great practice!  Highlights included a slogging (slow jogging) warmup, a bunch of footwork drills on and off skates, and a quad-burning performance of 100 squats.  At the end of the night, we practiced weaving around cones and did a quick 27-in-Five.

27-in-Five (also written 27/5) means skating 27 laps around the flat track in five minutes.  It's on the list of WFTDA's minimum skills requirements, which, if you're interested, you can peruse here.  Each year, all our skaters have to (get to?) demonstrate their ability to perform these skills, and we're preparing to do just that later this month.  For most of us, maintaining the endurance required for 27/5 is the Everest of minimum skills, so wish us luck and speed as we keep practicing over the next couple of weeks!

Schoolya Childs and Frosty Snowmean

C. Oswin and Johnny Applespeed 

Home sweet warehome!