by Undead Miss Red
This Thanksgiving finds your Chicago Outfit Family preparing to go back into practice mode next week, excited for next season and feeling truly grateful for all things Outfit. Here are a few words of appreciation some of our skaters wanted to share with all of you….
“On this Thanksgivingest of days, I’d like to give thanks to Danyel Read, our ATI sports training/physical therapist… The torn ligament in my knee owes you one and I’m so grateful that we have you!!
Some families are large, some families are small but I love The Outfit most of all — skaters, refs, NSOs, medical support, and everyone in between.”
“As a rookie skater who often feels, well…, like a rookie, I feel very grateful for all the more experienced skaters who take the time, during practices and bouts, to offer me and other rookie skaters encouragement, coaching and advice. While I can mention many skaters who have helped me, I wanted give special thanks to Jenergizer Bunny, who has been particularly great with helping and encouraging me.”
“Last night, I was walking down the street, admiring the snowfall, when all of the sudden my right foot slipped out from underneath me on a patch of ice. After the ‘oh sh!t’ moment subsided, my brain immediately flashed back to our off-skates Monday workouts. As I went into a sliding knee drop, I thought to myself, ‘Keep that standing leg strong, core tight and DONT LET YOUR KNEE HIT THE GROUND.’ Well, it worked! I smiled and thought, thank you, Tommy Gunz, for teaching us proper form. Without strength training, I would have smacked my knee right onto city pavement and I would have most likely been on Team Injured a week before the season kicked up again. Yikes! Today I am thankful for Tommy Gunz’ off-skates workouts preparing me with survival skills for Chicago’s slippery streets.”
“I am grateful to Lola Blow and Casey Mace’Em and Phranque Wright for taking me to the ER last year when I messed up my ankle. Turns out it was actually broken and not just sprained, but it sure felt magical to have my family there giggling with me and sharing snacks. That is the beautiful thing about this league: they drive an hour to practice, play for two; and not one, but THREE of them are willing to drive to Evanston after all that, just so that you won’t be alone. That’s love. Thanks guys, happy to be home again.”
– SheBiscuit #409
“This holiday season, I would like to take a moment to thank our wonderful medical staff for their passion and hard work. I had an injury this season and their constant help, support and guidance led me down the path to a healthy recovery. I thank you for your emails, text messages and the encouragement that you provided me to regain my strength. Your diligent care helped to restore not just my body, but also my mind and confidence in myself. I look forward to working with you all for many seasons to come.
Thank you for being part of our family and watching over us. Best wishes to all this holiday season.”
And since I’m putting this post together, I get the last few words of gratitude. Here goes.
I’m grateful for the O.G.s and the other longtime Syndicate skaters, for their (near-)infinite patience with rookies. You ladies have no idea how accomplished we feel when you tell us we did something RIGHT.
I’m grateful for J. Birks, our licensed massage therapist. He is magical. We can barely finish a sentence describing what hurts, and he has it under control.
Along the same lines, thanks to Danyel, our team’s athletic trainer, for helping me ease my way back from injury this season.
I’m grateful for my derby wife, Mimi Furst, who has seen me through thick and thin, on-skates and off.
I’m grateful for bout day face paint.
I’m grateful for Dennis Sevilla, of 9 Muses Photo, who was there to catch all our antics, from the home opener to the end-of-season bash. You make us look exceptionally good, Dennis.
I’m grateful to the bench coaches who made me jam this season.
I’m grateful to Scream Printer. She’s not just a great teammate and Captain; she’s responsible for every stylish Chicago Outfit t-shirt, hoodie and jersey you see us running around in — including the ridiculous ideas for shirts that come out of away bout road trips. (Steak & Shakedown!)
And last, but certainly not least, I’m grateful to the Family who made it all feel like family.
Chicago Outfit Roller Derby is currently in our “off-season,” meaning we take a couple months to rest, rejuvenate, and take a breather from our strenuous practices and allow our bodies to heal. However, last month, we held one last extra-special regulation scrimmage for the 2013 season. Why?
Because we had been invited to be guests on The Queen Latifah Show for a special segment on roller derby, female empowerment, and mothers who do more than just “mom.” A film crew came to Chicago to tape our scrimmage. It was fantastic and they interviewed many of the skaters on the team, watched us play roller derby, and let our friends and family cheer us on from the sidelines. One week later, four skaters were flown to Los Angeles to meet Queen Latifah herself, and even teach her a few moves! Queefer Sutherland, Hero Shima, Pippi Longsmackings, and Busty Broke’her represented our league with sass, class, and dignity.
by Undead Miss Red
Below, you will find all the information you need in order to attend our Recruitment Boot Camp and, at the end of the sessions, try out for the Outfit!
But first, some editorial: do it!
We want you to join the Family. We want to meet more tough, funny, determined, amazing women — like ourselves — and we want to play some roller derby with you. You can do this. Speaking as a league member who decided exactly one year ago to attend the boot camps, hoping I’d maybe skate well enough to make the team — it’s one of the best things I ever did. I’ve learned so much and come so far in only a year, and I’m not the only one. We have skaters who tentatively showed up at boot camp who just returned from skating with the Syndicate at playoffs in Oregon last weekend. I started my first season hoping to get rostered somewhere at some point, and I ended my rookie season with a big win in my ninth bout, alongside women I can’t imagine not knowing.
by Killer Zee
Derby can forge some intense relationships, more so than any other sport or club I have been part of. No one else but your teammates knows what it’s like to get wailed on three times a week, endure grueling drills, and run practices. While we have people outside of derby that support us — why else would they come to see us?! — no one really understands except the people that are right beside us on the line. For example, a recent conversation with my soon-to-be husband sounded something like this: