By Nick BeJeaux
It’s nearing the end of the season for Roller Derby in Baton Rouge, but the hometown league Red Stick Roller Derby (7-2) has found itself in an unexpected lull – their last home bout was in mid-July and their next will not be until the end of this month due to a cancelled rematch with Alamo City.
However, the RSRD isn’t known for taking breaks – even with months between bouts – and that is especially true these days since the Sept. 27 bout with the Dixie Derby Girls (2-8) from Huntsville, Ala. is the RSRD All Stars’ last of the season. The stats appear to stack the deck in the All Stars’ favor – DDG is ranked at 222 by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, while BR is at 144 – but the team isn’t taking that lightly.
“We have a lot more time than usual to implement new strategies we’ve picked up at Rollercon in Las Vegas,” said League President Jams P. Skullivan. “We’re working on streamlining and simplifying our game and all of that is clicking. We’re also adding on another practice to our schedule to up our game before the next bout.”
The RSRD’s Capital Defenders (2-4) also have a bout on the 27th, playing against the Beach Brawl Sk8r Dolls of Destin, FL. The Sk8r Dolls are not ranked by the WFTDA, but are ranked independently at 745 among all teams in the U.S. – RSRD is ranked nationally at 286. According to Team Captain Sour Patch Kid, the Defenders are taking a similar approach to that of the All Stars, even though the Sk8r Dolls have won only one bout this season.
“We’re going back to basics and honing our skills so when we get back out on the rink everything will be second nature. Working together as a team will be natural,” she said.
The Defenders have two more bouts after Sept. 27, and Patch indicated that the AS will not end just because they have no bouts.
“After our next bout we’re going to be really focusing on our last two and I think we’re going to have an edge because the All Stars will be helping with practice,” she said.
For the newest batch of Fresh Meat players, the bout with the Sk8r dolls will be their first and both team captains are excited to see how they handle themselves on the rink.
“I think they’re going to be excellent; they have really been pushing themselves and Velocireftor, our fresh meat coach, is happy with how they’ve been playing,” said Skullivan. “I’m really excited to see what they can do in an actual bout.”
Registration for the next round of Fresh Meat classes, which start Sept. 30, is open but not required to attend the classes.
“They can really just show up at Leo’s Roller rink on the 30th, and they don’t have to try out if they don’t want to. It’s open to anyone who’s curious about roller derby,” said Skullivan.
For information on the fresh meat classes, visit redstickrollerderby.com under the information tab.