There’s nothing quite like the rush of new love! This last post in our Outfit Love series features new Outfit skaters sharing their feels for the team and each other.
As skaters, we’re plagued with all sorts of issues, especially with (wait for it….) FEET!
Up until recently, I’ve taken the simple pleasure of being able to walk, let alone skate, for granted.
To those with toe/feet/ankle problems, pains, surgeries, etc. - THIS ONE GOES OUT TO YOU!
Dear Chicago Outfit,
I love you!
Lately, I have been doing a lot of introspective thinking about my time on The Outfit, and this has helped me realize exactly why I am in love with my league. When I joined The Outfit, I had no idea what I was getting into, and soon, my time was consumed by working to help make this league great. In so doing, I have formed bonds and friendships that will last much longer than my time as a skater. When you go through struggle with others, you are automatically bound in some way with those people.
Love is in the air! The Chicago Outfit will be revealing their derby crushes, dishing about derby wives and spilling what they love most about the Family. It’s Valentine’s Day all month long! Our first derby crush reveal is Fox Force #5, a second-season Shakedown skater.
by Strong Female Character
“Wait, what do you mean you won’t be skating?”
My name is Strong Female Character, and I am an official for The Chicago Outfit. More specifically, I divide my time as a referee and as an NSO, a non-skating official. While I love donning the stripes of a ref, my journey over the past year and a half as an NSO has been incredible.
“So, wait, if I came to a game, would I see YOU”
“But I thought you’d be on skates?!”
Here’s the thing about being an NSO: It’s not a flashy job. We keep score, track penalties, and record who’s on the track. We’re perfectionists. There are very few NSO positions where non-officials notice you, unless something goes wrong. NSOs make sure that the bout clock is accurate, that penalties are served, and that post-game stats are accurate and useful. It’s harder than it looks, but it’s exciting and fun and totally fulfilling. Without NSOs, the game would not function as you know it.
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.”