…also known as Regulation Scrimmage
(by Undead Miss Red)
Once a week, our practice time isn’t about drills and scenarios. We don’t focus on agility or endurance or speed. Once a week, we show up and just play roller derby together. Technically, it’s called Regulation Scrimmage; but since joining the Outfit in January 2013, I’ve always thought of it as Family Night. And here’s what it looks like….
We walk into our practice space at Fleetwood Roller Rink, wearing either black or white as our practice jersey — and all of us, to one extent or another, sometimes more intently than others, start looking around to see which Outfit skaters wore the same color as we did that night. (Full disclosure: Mimi Furst and I have been known to text each other in advance and agree on a color so we can play on the same side.) This is also when we wear some of our more ridiculous Outfit swag — Hero Shima, one of our PhD’ed skaters, wears her ‘Stoopid Shima’ jersey; Nikita wears one with her signature cheer for Matza across the back (‘Yeah, wife!’); and ask any 2013 Shakedown skater about our infamous Steak & Shakedown alter ego jerseys, because those are out in full effect at scrimmage, too. We get into our gear, warm up, and then get in line for an equipment check from our refs, just like you see before the start of a bout. The bench coaches and NSOs are there, too (along with penalty boxes). We split off into sides for a quick strategy talk, and then the first of two 30-minute halves gets underway.
by Suzie Crotchrot
Earlier last week, some members of the Chicago Outfit teamed up with our yoga sponsor, Indigo Studios, and joined Girls in the Game for some afternoon yoga in the park.
Established in 1995, Girls in the Game is a nonprofit youth organization that provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education, and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well-being of young women. The Chicago Outfit supports Girls in the Game as one of our chosen bout charities, to whom a portion of our proceeds from a home bout is donated. This is our second season working with Girls in the Game.
We arrived to a picture perfect day at Union Park, where the sun and wind were in balanced harmony, setting an appropriate tone for our exercise. After introducing ourselves, we all sat and began our session. I was pleasantly surprised by how attentive and polite all of the participants were, because I have personally found that trying to lead a group of teens is comparable to herding kittens in a yarn factory. Not the case here — everyone happily participated and challenged themselves with no complaints, getting the most out of our workout.
The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby league needs your help! We have the greatest fans in the world and we are hoping you can help us get to Canada to do what we do best: PLAY ROLLER DERBY!
We have been invited to play at the WFTDA division 2 playoffs in Ontario Canada on August 23rd! We aim to win but there’s just one problem. We have to get there first! Funds donated will help finance our travel expenses on our way to compete. Each skater pays monthly dues to be a part of this non-profit league in addition to spending hundreds of dollars to travel and compete with teams all over the country! Your donation will help our charter skaters get to playoffs to compete in this expensive and exciting sport, while representing our fans with class, sass, and dignity.
If we reach our goal, it will cover the plane tickets of our dedicated 20 charter skaters.
Donate online here! http://www.gofundme.com/chicago-outfit-travel
Any amount means a lot to us! Thank you!
Those who have come to know and love Derby know that a relationship with her comes with many “feels.” If it were Facebook official, it would be “Complicated.” Thankfully, Derby is pretty forgiving, and wants to get back together with you as much as you want to get back together with her.
[Psst! Down here. Speaking of getting back together, The Outfit has been killing it lately, and the new June WFTDA rankings prove it. "They came out of the funk they have been in since late 2013 with some really important wins and jumped 20 places to 45, securing a 2014 playoff berth..." says Alex 'Lex Talionis' Sassoon Coby, of Derby News Network. That means you should really come see this Saturday night's home game. The Syndicate takes on Milwaukee, and the Shade Brigade faces So Ill. Get your tickets here!]
Do you know what day it is? It’s BOUT DAY.
The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby, member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), takes to the track for their second home bout of the season today, Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Doors open at 6:00pm at the Windy City Fieldhouse (2367 W. Logan Boulevard) in Chicago. The double-header kicks off with The Outfit’s Shakedown vs. the Southland Slashers (Channahon, IL) at 7:00pm, and the excitement keeps rolling with The Outfit’s Syndicate vs. Bleeding Heartland (Bloomington, IN). Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20.
In case you’ve missed the big news, The Chicago Outfit took home three out of three spectacular wins at Spring Roll 2014 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, May 16 – 18.
Last weekend, The Syndicate prevailed against Cincinatti (208-103), Connecticut (225-85) and Tri-City (161-131). Alex ‘Lex Talionis’ Sassoon Coby of Derby News Network calls The Outfit “the big rankings winners” of Spring Roll. With those three victories secured, Flat Track Stats estimated that The Outfit jumped 15 slots in its rankings, hopefully securing a slot in the D2 playoffs.