Location, as everybody knows, is key. A league in a college town has a better chance of finding interested people. Being in a large city, with close suburbs, is also an advantage. Having public transportation, a year-round population, and a local roller rink are also huge advantages when trying to create a roller derby league.
We don't really have any of those things. Our league is really trying to make something out of nothing...no rink, no true public transportation, no large population, and not a lot of year rounders who are...um...of major physical activity age. Yes, i said it...Cape Cod is full of old people and it's no secret that trying to find someone under the age of 80 is like finding a needle in a haystack. (I don't mean that to sound rude...it's just a fact.)
But somehow, we managed to pull a few out of the haystack last night!!
Last night's event was meant to give folks a better idea of what they should expect, if they decided to join roller derby on Cape Cod. A no-stress, no-commitment look at a practice. A chance to ask questions and meet the ladies who have joined and stuck around, so far. Basically, to see if it looked like it could fit into their lives.
We had about 30 people show up!! Amazing! Just promoting through facebook and some flyers at local businesses around the Cape, we found quite a few curious people.
Even better, 11 of them stayed to check out loaner gear (which could use some beefing up if anyone out there has any old roller blading/skating pads/helmets or roller skates they'd like to donate!?) A third of them!
These ladies will now begin practice with us on Friday! Yes, it happens that quickly. Friday they will get oriented with safety and basic stance and form. They are now 'Fresh Meat' and will continue to learn the basics until they are cleared for contact...and more. It's really an amazing journey. It's so different for every single skater.
I'm sure a few of them will decide it's too much...time, money, bruising...but I will continue to have respect for any person who just laces up, even for one practice, instead of letting fear get the best of them. Sure, I understand that life is hard and there are times you have to step back and say, 'you know what...I can't afford to get hurt...this is not for me.' but that's not fear...that's common sense...and a lack of common sense is my number one major pet peeve.
I'm also sure a few of them will have natural talent and move quickly into the upper levels of skating.
As I said...every skater will have a different experience.
While our original plan was to do this every month, I'm not sure we can keep up, if the turn out continues to be so impressive. So, if you missed this one, but you're still sitting on that fence, please keep up on our fan page for notification of the next event.
Guess who forgot her camera...ME! But, to be fair, Lynne didn't bring hers either. However, she did snap a couple on her phone (which also has a better camera than mine...I won't subject you to my blurry 'what is that supposed to be?' shots).
|So many guests!!|
So, here are your take-aways from this post:
*First Meat & Greet ('meat' because now those who have signed up are now called 'Fresh Meat') was such a success, we may have to skip having one as soon as next month, so keep up with our fan page for updates on that: CCRD FAN PAGE
*If you have any quad roller skates, skate pads, and/or helmets collecting dust (or if you see any) please consider donating to Cape Cod Roller Derby. We are at a serious disadvantage when it comes to getting people started. We have no rink and therefore no rental skates or place for 'non-derbys' to practice. And we have no skate local skate shop that can help with ROLLER skating needs. You can message us or post to our fan page if you have any leads.
*Emma Getcha is a wiz with the veggies!