Sportswriter Takes a Closer Look

Ithaca League of Women Rollers featured in a story along with the Broome County Rollers and the Black Diamond Dames.

This in depth look at the growth of roller derby in the region and the women it empowers is by Sportswriter Will Cleveland (@IJWillC) of the Ithaca Journal:

>> Area roller derby teams an athletic outlet for many

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Ithaca League of Women Rollers to Begin Season

From the Ithaca Journal
May 8, 2013

Ithaca League of Women Rollers to Begin Season

Ithaca Roller Derby Season Opener

The Ithaca League of Women Rollers scrimmages Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's season opener, which pits Ithaca's SufferJets against the RocStars, from Rochester. D.W. NUTT / STAFF PHOTO

ITHACA — Ladies, lace up those skates.

The Ithaca League of Women Rollers will kick off its sixth season Saturday when its flagship team, the Ithaca SufferJets, takes on longstanding rivals the RocStars, from Rochester, at Cass Park Rink.

“They had their first season in 2008, just as we did, and we beat them that year,” said Ithaca roller Kitty Gifford, or Chairman Meow, as she’s known on the track. “We’ve had three games since. Our last game was in the fall at the Empire Skate Showdown, and it was a two-point loss. We have a good matchup. They’re close games.”

The SufferJets’ 2008 debut came after the league spinned off from the Assault City Roller Derby League, of Syracuse. As membership increased, the league added a second team, the BlueStockings, in 2010. A junior league division, the Ithaca League of Junior Rollers, was rolled out later that year.

“Everybody thinks that we punch people or kick people or fight or that it’s fake or something. But it’s not. It’s completely real,” said Regina DeMauro-Axel, also known as Valerie Valkyrie. “Everything we do is based on athleticism and performance. We practice really hard. And there’s rules. We’re not just getting on the track and kicking each other in the face.”

Saturday’s bout begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6. General-admission tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door for adults, $5 for children 13 and older. Children under 13 are free.

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Roller Derby teams to skate for Big Brothers Big Sisters

ILWR presents Big Check to Big Brothers Big Sisters!

ILWR presents Big Check to Big Brothers Big Sisters!

Written by Rachel Stern
Originally Published in the Ithaca Journal 9/6/11

Members of the Ithaca League of Women Rollers will share some of their moves as part of a fundraiser.

On Saturday, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ithaca will hold their fourth annual Roll for Kids’ Sake fundraising event from 10 a.m. to noon at Cass Park Skating Rink. Admission is $5, including skates.

Members of the Ithaca League of Women Rollers’ SufferJets and BlueStockings teams will skate alongside other event participants.

That same night, the BlueStockings will face off against the Royal Pains at 7:30 p.m. and 10 percent of the proceeds from the game will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters, said Kitty Gifford, a member of the SufferJets and one of the founders of the league.

“We generally are selective with which organizations we work with,” she said. “We get a lot of requests from great organizations and we try and stick with ones that work with youth, sports, issues of interest to women, or community-minded stuff. So Big Brothers Big Sisters is perfect.”

This is the third year the Women Rollers’ have partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, she added. The organization establishes and nurtures friendships between adults and children in need of such friendship, according to its website.

Last year Big Brothers Big Sisters raised about $2,500 from the fundraiser, including money donated by the Ithaca League of Women Rollers, said Molly Bargar, client relations specialist. About 100 people participated in the open skate and she hopes that even more come this year.

“We would love to surpass those numbers,” she said.

The money raised is used for special opportunities for matches at Big Brothers Big Sisters, she said. One year, the organization bought gift certificates to the Ithaca Farmers Market for members of the organization to use with their match.

“We like to be able to give our matches special things to do outside of the program,” she said. “We are not sure what exactly we will do this year, but it is always great to provide special opportunities for them.”

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3rd Annual Wheel-a-Thon 6/11

SufferJets Wheelathon June 113rd Annual Wheel-a-Thon: Community Ride—Tailgate Party—Roller Derby

Grab your bicycle, tricycle, scooter, skates or stroller and join up with The Ithaca League of Women Rollers and Foodnet Meals on Wheels for their 3rd annual Wheel-a-Thon: 5-7pm on Saturday, June 11th at scenic Cass Park

Don’t be fooled by the name, this event is a leisurely ride along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail on the wheels of your choice, followed by a tailgate party spiced up by the foot-tapping live music of Jorge T. Cuevas and the Caribe Jazz Allstars.   The wheels don’t stop turning just yet—stay on for more roller derby action as the Ithaca SufferJets bout Pittsburgh’s Blitzburgh Bombers starting at 7pm.   


Got any burning derby questions that need answering?  Meet ‘n greet with Ithaca’s newest derby team, the BlueStockings who will be serving up a delicious chicken BBQ at the Meals On Wheels tailgate party.  Cost for the Tailgate BBQ is $10 and proceeds benefit Foodnet Meals on Wheels whose nationwide programs provide well over one million meals to seniors who need them each day. 
Saturday, June 11th at Cass Park Rink—701 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, N.Y.

Roller Derby doors at 7pm, Whistle at 7:30
Tickets $8 PRESALE at BrownpaperTickets.com 

$10 AT THE DOOR
 $5 Children 12 and under
Afterparty with us at Delilah’s on Cayuga Lounge—112 S. Cayuga St. in downtown Ithaca, N.Y.  Bring your dancing shoes.

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Junior Derby in the News!

New crowd rolls into derby scene
By: Tamara Lindstrom
YNN.com

It’s a sport that’s gaining momentum worldwide and now there’s a new group looking to get in on the roller derby action. Our Tamara Lindstrom has more on the latest skaters to roll in. Read the full story and watch the video…

Ithaca League of Junior Rollers

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Roller Derby Returns to Ithaca 5/21

Nothing says summer more than roller derby at Cass Park Rink—so get ready for a double dose on May 21st when the SufferJets take on New York City’s Wall Street Traitors in one of the most competitive match-ups of the year, including a Junior Derby half-time exposition bout. Ithaca’s Junior Roller Derby league—girls ages 8 through 17—is the first junior league to form in New York State, so don’t miss your chance to come watch these feisty dudettes duke it out at their first expo of the year!

Want to know what’s behind all this derby hype? Head on down to Cass Park Rink this month to be part of the fastest growing women’s sport on the planet! Pre-game entertainment including Cornell’s own a cappela group “The Class Notes”, Guest Anthem Singer: Bobby Narco, jeerleaders, Spencer/Van Etten pep band, DJs, derby merchandise, and your favorite local skaters.

Saturday, May 21st at Cass Park Rink—701 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, N.Y.

Doors at 6pm, whistle at 6:30.

ADMISSION AT THE DOOR- $10 suggested donation, $5 children 12 and under

Come by The Westy at 516 West MLK/State Street in downtown Ithaca to celebrate derby-style after the bout.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the 4-H Outreach Program out of Cornell Cooperative Extension, dedicated to empowering youth and adults by creating opportunities that build academic and life skills through experiential learning.

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Ithaca Times – ILWR in the News

Ithaca league of women rollers jams into new season
Ithaca Times – April 25, 2011
By Steve Lawrence

On Saturday, April 23, sports and spectacle tangled up like skaters in a roller derby pile-up, as the SufferJets rolled out their 2011 season with a bout against the Montreal Sexpos. Read More

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We’re ready to roll, get ready to rock! 4/23

April 23 BoutThe 2011 season of the Ithaca League of Women Rollers kicks off on April 23rd as the Ithaca SufferJets prepare to take on our neighbors to the north, Les Sexpos out of Montreal. Voted Ithaca’s Favorite Local Sports Team in 2010 by the readers of The Ithaca Times, the SufferJets are starting this year with a mix of new and returning skaters who have been working hard all winter to bring you the best season of roller derby yet!

Bring the whole family for a night of fast-paced action, music provided by DJs Bob and Luke, the talents of our jeerleader squad and Zumba lessons at halftime.

Saturday, April 23- at the JM McDonald Sports Complex, 4292 Fairgrounds Dr, Cortland, NY 13045

Doors at 6pm, whistle at 6:30

ADMISSION AT THE DOOR- $10 general admission, $5 children 12 and under
Tickets can also be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets or at the Ticket Center on The Commons.

Come buy your favorite skaters, referees and volunteers a drink at the after-Bout party:
Chanti – Loft. Upstairs from the Chanticleer.
101 West State Street – Ithaca, NY

DJs Luke & Bob will make you dance.
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A portion of the proceeds will go to Wonderful Wheelchairs, dedicated to refurbishing used wheelchairs for those in need.

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BlueStockings vs Royal Pains 4/16

April16 bout posterSaturday, April 16 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm

JM McDonald Sports Complex
4292 Fairgrounds Drive
Cortland, NY

Tickets for adults are $10.00, available at the door, and admission for kids under 12 years old is FREE!

On April 16, ILWR’s BlueStockings start their 2011 roller derby season in the season opener bout of Crown City Rollerz Royal Pains of Cortland. Come out to support our women in Blue!

More info:

There will be stadium (bleacher) and rink side seating (bring your own seats)!

Cortland Beer Company’s locally crafted beer will be available during the bout in the rinkside “lounge” area. GRAIN ELEVATOR plays at half time. DJ Dale will be spinning tunes during the bout!!!

PURPLE REIGN –
A portion of the bout proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society Relay for Life for Cortland County! Wear your purple in honor of both the Royal Pains and also Relay for Life, for their upcoming Paint the Town Purple Events April 26 – May 1.

Wear your purple Relay for Life Survivor shirt for a $5 admission discount at the door!

After-Bout party being held and sponsored by BRIX Pubaria located at 60 Main Street, Cortland, NY. Don’t miss the after bout fun!

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Recreational Derby – Starts Mar 9

wReck Derby

What is wReck Derby?

wReck Derby is a chance to learn the basic skills of flat-track roller derby. This is a perfect way to learn the game if you are considering trying out for our league next year, or just for some great exercise. We’ll cover the basics and skip the bone-crushing hits! You learn the game with some modified blocking rules. Come skate, and meet some amazing women!!

Please see the details below and register here>>

If you would like to borrow skates and/or gear please make sure to provide that info on the registration form.

Dates: Every Wednesday – starting March 9

Time: 7-830 PM for practice – please arrive by 6:45pm to gear up.

Location: East Ithaca, near Airport.

Fee: $5 per session + $3 rental gear

Insurance: $55 – If you plan to skate more than one time with us this is required. WFTDA Insurance provides Accidental Medical Coverage for $25k maximum, $1k deductible with primary insurance, $3k deductible if uninsured.

Submit your fees by PayPal here:


Practice Fees




Who can join?: Women 18 and up!

Your trainers will be members of the Ithaca League of Women Rollers.

Please bring:

*QUAD ROLLER SKATES
*HELMET
*WRIST GUARDS
*ELBOW & KNEE PADS
WATER BOTTLE
MOUTH GUARD

*If you don’t have these items we can rent them to you. We’ll do our best to locate a pair of rental skates for you until you get your own. If we don’t have your size available, or you drop in and we didn’t know you were coming, you can also do your first night on rollerblades, if you already skate.

Knee and Elbow pads, (see below for details on recommended styles), wrist guards, a mouth guard and a skate helmet are required items. You can find starter items at any skateboard, or sports store, but remember to look for good padding! We have very limited spare items of safety gear, but it is first come, first serve, and size is limited. We recommend you buy your gear in advance, or borrow some. Rollerblading pads will work for your first night out, and a bike helmet will suffice too. Don’t be shy, come on out and try it!

1) Skates
Quad roller skates or quad speed skates are required.
Artistic boots or speed boots are your choices. Artistic boots are higher and offer more ankle support if you have weak ankles, but provide less ankle mobility for roller derby skating. It’s a personal choice, and trust us, your starter skates may last a very long time, but will not be your last pair if you like roller derby! Speed boots are the derby skate boot, of course, so it’s your best bet. We will strengthen those ankles in no time! If you do not have skates today, we have limited loaners available, but we will need to know when you plan to attend and what shoe size/skate size you need.

2) Safety equipment
a) Knees
Although we will let you skate with any pads of your choice, we recommend a skateboard/skating knee pad with at least 1 ½ inches of padding. This is so that you can learn to fall safely, and to perform exercises on your skates more comfortably. Recommended brands are Triple 8, 187 and Fatboy for skaters over 150 lbs, and Pro-Tec Street. These pads work for skateboarding and aggressive skating and offer the best protection for you.
b) Elbows
Same as above. Some falls we teach require elbow pads to connect with the floor, and we want you to be protected.
c) Wrists
A wrist guard protects the weak wrist joint from injury when you use your hands to prevent a fall, which is common for beginners when they fall backwards.
d) Mouth guard
You can pick a boil-and-bite mouth guard up at any sports/hockey equipment type store. We recommend you pay the little bit extra for a SHOCK DOCTOR mouth guard, as it comes with insurance. In case you fall and face-plant, you want your smile to stay pretty! Plus, it helps prevent concussions from biting down hard and suddenly during a fall.
e) Helmet
We recommend a skate or skateboard helmet, but any helmet certified for skating or cycling is acceptable for beginners.

For first timers:

Rollerblade starter pads, bike helmets, and low-level mouth guards are accepted for first-timers that are just trying it out.

We have very limited, first-come, first-serve extra pieces of gear, and loaner skates, but we don’t recommend that you depend on it! Please obtain your own safety equipment, even if you are borrowing it, or getting loaner skates from ILWR.

Otherwise, your first night can include some off-skate training and off-skate advice on what to work on until you have skates, and you can observe the practice to see if you are excited by it and want to come back. Please don’t be shy and don’t be scared. We start you off very slow and protected and teach you how to safely skate, stop, and even fall without injury.

Sample Skate Session

15 minutes free skate for warm-up
05 minutes stretch and introduction
30 minutes: Beginner instructions and Advanced Drills to work on new and improve existing skills. May include endurance training, or strength training drills.
30 minutes: Combined skating and practice time, or drills, that will range from pack work, to speed and endurance training, from agility to balance or strength training, derby scenario drills, or games for fun.
05 minutes free skate cool-down
05 minutes stretching
Total: 90 minutes (1.5 hours)

Here’s a quick introduction to the basics of Flat-track Roller Derby:

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Warm up at the Chili Cook-off

This weekend ILWR will be out in force on the Ithaca Commons helping to raise money for the healthy snacks for kids program. Members will be selling delicious cornbread prepared by Chef Leslie Muhlhahn of Just Desserts (along with the help of two of our league members!) using Cayuga Pure Organics cornmeal to benefit Ithaca Community Harvest.

Get warm and entertained! With 40 different chili recipes, hot wing tasting, delicious cornbread, Chili Idol Karaoke Contest, Guitar Hero competitions, plus lots of live music and live performers throughout the day.

This is a great cause for the Ithaca Community Harvest which connects students, staff and families from Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, Greater Ithaca Activities Center and Southside Community Center with locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.

More info on the Chili Cook-off – Postponed to Sunday, February 20th, 2011 from 11:30 – 4:00 pm Saturday, February 19th, 2011 from 11:30 – 4:00pm.

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Support the ILWR Tile Drive!

More Play, Less Pain!

Support the Tile Drive here>>ILWR Tile Drive

The Ithaca League of Women Rollers have embarked on a 2011 season campaign to cover our loan for a portable floor that will provide a safer skating environment.

This winter ILWR has found a very lightly used floor and have decided to take on a small loan to purchase it. The goal is to raise $15,000 to cover the 10,000 tile-area needed for a regulation roller derby track. Donations $20 or more and your name/business recognized on this website and a sponsor banner listing all donors.

We hope that we can count on our most dedicated fans, family, and friends to meet this goal.

SkateCourt floor tiles are specifically designed for roller skating. The tiles connect very tightly, forming a monolithic slab, which has a cushioning effect during a fall—reducing impact, injuries and pain. The SkateCourt surface has a tiny relief profile, which actually reduces the wheel friction while skating fast, but creates a serious wheel grip during acceleration, such as during cornering.

Donors will be recognized during a tile signing ceremony prior to the first 2011 home bout. At this time all tile donors will be invited to go on the track and “tag” their tile(s). This will be a great way for all of ILWR’s biggest fans to meet together on the track for this momentous event.

Roller Derby in Ithaca is here to stay. The longevity of the league is dependent on us having a safe and portable floor. Help give a floor that gives! Get a piece of the action and support your local derby girls!

For more information on SkateCourt floors visit: http://www.icecourt.com/portable_skating_surface.html

Protecting our ASSets. Yeah.

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Volunteer Info Sesh-Feb 13

Volunteer Info Session Feb 13Info session on ILWR volunteer opportunities

Bored with the same old day-to-day routine? Wanting to get involved with some exciting and amazing people? Has your inner cheerleader been itching to get out?

If you answered yes to any of these, come to the Beverly J Martin Elementary school gym* on Sunday, February 13th at 5pm and learn about where you can fit in the Ithaca League of Women Rollers family.

We are looking for all sorts of people to participate in a number of positions:

Non Skating Officials (NSOs) – NSOs are an integral part of our bouts, they help the skating refs keep everything straight from penalty tracking to time keeping, it’s a great way to be close to the action and learn the sport. If you are also interested in working with game stats we need to talk!

Jeerleaders – If you are looking for some crowd pleasing fun & excitement, jeerleading could be your thing. Cheer on our rollers, jeer the other team and most importanly – get the fans on their feet and cheering!

Track Crew – We have a new tile sport court this year and we will need a solid track crew to help set up on bout day so we can roll fast and safely.

Event Volunteers – From door greeters to videographers it takes a village to pull off an event that can bring 1000 attendees. We need lots of help here!

Information Tech & Website Stuff – Have a special talent in writing code? Want to help us improve our website? Let us know.

Graphic Designers – We put together a variety of printed & online materials throughout the year, including a multi-page event program. If you have some talents in this arena to share we’d be ever so grateful.

If you have ANY kind of special talent or expertise, we want you! And for ladies looking to brush up on their skating skills or get some extra exercise, we’ll have some information on our wReck-reational league starting up in late spring! Volunteering is a great way to stay involved until then.

There is a roll for everyone in roller derby.

Drop us an email if you can’t make our volunteer recruitment event or just have questions:
volunteer@ithacarollerderby.com

*Bevery J Martin Gymnasium
(use the Albany St. entrance)
302 W Buffalo St.
Ithaca, NY

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Ithaca Roller Derby joins WFTDA

The Ithaca League of Women Rollers (ILWR) has been accepted as an apprentice affiliate of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby.

“The Ithaca League of Women Rollers is excited to become a part of this revolutionary athletic organization,” said Momo-A-Gogo, ILWR’s WFTDA liaison. “Joining the WFTDA apprentice program gives our league the opportunity to grow into an even stronger competitive organization, while we continue to provide empowering athletic opportunities for women and girls in the Ithaca area,” she continued. WFTDA apprenticeship is a first step toward competing at the national level.

As an apprentice affiliate of the WFTDA, ILWR joins the ranks of more than 100 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues nationwide that have united to lead the growing sport of women’s flat track roller derby.

An apprentice league is matched with a veteran member league that guides it in the processes and requirements necessary to become a fullmember of WFTDA and offers advice about managing and developing as a growingleague. WFTDA apprentice leagues are considered pre-members of the WFTDA, with many of the resources and benefits of full WFTDA membership.

The Ithaca league is already planning its 2011 season, which will include match-ups between the league’s flagship team, the SufferJets, and several WFTDA teams—preparing the SufferJets to compete at the WFTDA level. Spectators in 2011 will see the SufferJets take on WFTDA leagues from Utica, Buffalo, and Montreal, as well as rival and fellow WFTDA apprentice league Roc City Roller Derby of Rochester.

About the WFTDA
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the governing body for women’s flat-track roller derby and a membership organization for the leagues. The organization created and maintains the first standardized rule set for the flat-track game, now in its fourth edition. The WFTDA also serves as the sanctioning body for games, hosts tournaments, sets safety standards, and provides insurance to athletes and leagues. There are currently 78 WFTDA member leagues and more than 35 apprentice leagues in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

About the Ithaca League of Women Rollers
The Ithaca League of Women Rollers’ flagship team, the SufferJets, hosted the first home game in Ithaca in May 2008. Since then, the league has continued to grow, fostering the formation of a second team, the BlueStockings, in 2010.During the 2010 season, the SufferJets began competing against WFTDA teams,with games against Long Island Roller Rebels and Maine’s Port Authorities. The league is embarking on its fourth season over forty skaters strong. In addition, the league launched the Ithaca League of Junior Rollers (ILJR) in July 2010.

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Doing Good While Having Fun!

This article was featured in this month’s MOWAA national newsletter:

Ithaca Bakery Hosts Roller Derby and Meals on Wheels for Derby Day

November 6, 2010, was Derby Day in Ithaca, New York, and Foodnet Meals on Wheels was beneficiary of the community’s energy and generosity. A local merchant, Ithaca Bakery, enlisted members of the Ithaca League of Women Rollers to grab the public’s attention. They served samples of local cuisine and gave away roller derby souvenirs to passersby. Representatives of Foodnet Meals on Wheels, like MOWAA Member Steve Griffin (pictured here), were also on hand during the fundraiser to answer questions and share information about the services they provide seniors in the community. An opportunity to raise public awareness was not all Foodnet received. Ithaca Bakery donated $1 to Meals on Wheels for every $10 of local food products purchased during Derby Day.

“We’ve been excited to have a chance to support Ithaca’s growing enthusiasm for roller derby,” Ithaca Bakery co-owner Ramsey Brous said. “It’s a refreshing, energetic, positive activity that reaches many people in the community. Likewise, we’re happy to connect with Meals on Wheels and put our customers in touch with that organization. It’s a chance to do some good while having fun.”

Bluestockings AKT-47 (sponsored by Ithaca Bakery!) and Felonious Fox say cheese with Steve Griffin, exec director of Meals on Wheels/Foodnet.

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ILWR – Now Recruiting!

Former Freshmeat of 2009-10 by Lauren Comly

When when when?!!! November – on the following Thursday & Sunday Evenings:

11/4/2010 Thu 6:00-7:30 PM
11/7/2010 Su 7:00-9:00 PM
11/11/2010 Thu 6:00-7:30 PM
11/14/2010 Su 7:00-9:00 PM
11/18/2010 Thu 6:00-7:30 PM
11/21/2010 Su 7:00-9:00 PM
11/25/2010 NO PRACTICE!!! Gobble Gobble!
11/28/2010 Su 7:00-9:00 PM

What time, I can’t wait! Thursday practices will be held from 6:00–7:30, and Sunday practices will be 7:00–9:00, with skaters gearing up 15 minutes before practice starts.

Nice! Where do I go? Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, 302 W. Buffalo Street. Use the Albany Street entrance stairs that lead directly to the gym facility.

Does it cost? The first practice is free of charge, but subsequent participation is $5 per session.

Should I dress up? Nah. Comfy clothes, but know you have to put knee and elbow pads on, so if you’re going for long pants or sleeves, make them tighter fitting such as leggings.

Ok, What about gear? Bring it, if you’ve got it. Natch. Knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, quad roller skates, a helmet (skateboarding or bicycle will work), and a mouthguard. We have these available for lending (free your first night, $3/rental after) on a first come, first served basis. You can purchase a mouthguard from us on day 1 for $1, but its better to come prepared with one for better fit. To give us a better idea of how much gear we may need available for new recruits, please fill out our SURVEY.

Do I have to know how to roll? Any level of skating is OK! We welcome you if you’ve never skated before or if you’ve been a rink rat your whole life, whether you’re a born athlete or a born couch potato. Come with a positive attitude and we’ll teach you everything else you need to know.

What should you expect? The sooner you join us, the better you’ll be. We’ll teach you skills to join the league, but you’ll only learn by coming fast and often. So come out to BJM the first night available to you, and come as frequently as you can.

Then what? What else? Where’s this going? We’ll test your skills in December, and clear you for try-outs sometime in January. So, if you’re itching to start a little early, we recommend that you visit a roller rink and start doing some skating. In Auburn, Reva Rollerdrome is available for skating, in Vestal, Skate Estate, and in Elmira, Joy Crest Skating Rink. If you can’t make the drive and you want a head start, feel free to do some other conditioning. Yoga, running, biking, hiking are all great ways to start getting ready! And we can never underestimate the value of squats and sit-ups. No pressure, but if you’re looking for an edge, these are great places to start.

But, but I have more questions? Okay. Email membership@ithacarollerderby.com and they’ll set you straight.

We look forward to seeing you out on the track November 4th!

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ILWR Rolls Over Cancer – Oct 23

The Ithaca League of Women Rollers (ILWR)—Ithaca’s first and only women’s roller derby league—is joining the Cancer Resource Center’s walk-a-thon/5K run, now celebrating their 17th year.

The Cancer Resource Center’s fund raising event will take place on Saturday October 23rd at Cass Park in Ithaca. The Ithaca League of Women Rollers swap their skates for running shoes as they join this community-wide fundraiser that raises awareness and addresses the needs of local people with cancer.

“Nearly everyone knows someone whose life has been changed by cancer. The Cancer Resource Center is there to ease the shock and anxiety for so many people and families in this community facing cancer. We want to help with that,” said a spokesperson for the ILWR team.

The Ithaca League of Women Rollers’ team “Rolling Over Cancer” is ready to run on the 23rd and looks forward to running with and for the Ithaca community that offers them so much support during their roller derby season.

You can still join up with a team of your own or make a pledge by visiting the Cancer Resource Center website!

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2010 Best Local Sports Team!

Best of Ithaca 2010

Jocelyn Codner
Freelancer

Welcome back, Ithaca, to our annual Best of Ithaca poll results! You the people have voted, we counted and your champions have been declared. We have some returning victors, some interesting categories and some fresh faces this year, so be sure to check out all those who made the list. This is a community filled to the brim with accomplished, talented and fascinating people, so choosing a Best out of that bunch is no easy feat. Be sure to congratulate your winners and yourselves for being able to even make a choice. View the selections>>

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Double-header: Derby Dancing – Oct 9

Nobody Puts Roller Derby in a Corner

Where have you been all summer Ithaca? If you’ve missed our games, here’s your last chance! 2010 League standings put the SufferJets at (3-4) and the BlueStockings at (5-1). Our league also took 3rd place in the first ever New York State Roller Derby tournament! Yes, we’ve been busy!

Join us for our season finale as we battle our sisters in shove, Assault City Roller Derby from Syracuse, to add one final win to our season standings.

Saturday, October 9th – at Cass Park Rink
Doors at 5pm, first whistle at 5:30

ADMISSION AT THE DOOR – SUGGESTED DONATION $5 KIDS | $10 ADULTS

Then dance the night away with all your favorite rollergirls, referees, NSOs, coaches, jeerleaders, fans, and more at:

Stella’s – 403 College Ave – WITH dj Gourd

A portion of the proceeds goes to Friendship Donations, Food Rescue & Gleaning Program.

Please bring a non-perishable food donation to the rink!

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Junior Roller Derby Gains Traction

by Luke Z. Fenchel on September 24, 2010
Online at: The Ithaca Post

Ithaca League of Junior Rollers

Photo by Lauren Comly

ON A RECENT TUESDAY EVENING in September, a group of young women circled around the rink at Cass Park for a roller derby practice. Given the burgeoning popularity of the sport in Ithaca, this was no surprise, but upon closer examination, it became apparent that the twenty or so skaters whizzing by were neither The SufferJets nor The Bluestockings. Instead the event was a scrimmage between The Heartless and the Bad Blueberries, temporary team names for the practicing Ithaca League of Junior Rollers. Read the rest….

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A Day of Skating for the Whole Family! Sep 25

1 PM TO 3 PM
Roll for Kids Sake
An open skate for all ages to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ithaca – come skate with the Ithaca Bluestockings and Big Brothers Big Sisters

6 PM doors, bout at 6:30 PM
Roller Derby Bout
The Ithaca Sufferjets vs. The Upstate Cupskates
(Members of the Utica Roller Girls and Roc City Roller Derby team up
in a bout versus the SufferJets.)

7:00 PM (during the halftime of the SufferJets’ bout)
Junior Derby Debut!
The debut exposition of the Ithaca League of JUNIOR Rollers

Admission at the door:
Roll for kids sake
$5 – includes skate rental

Roller derby bout
$10 adults, $5 kids suggested donation.
A portion of proceeds goes to BBBS of the Ithaca Youth Bureau
After Party at The Haunt 702 Willow Avenue in Ithaca.

CASS PARK RINK | 701 Taughannock Boulevard Ithaca, NY
(607) 273-9211

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Rhiner’s Brawl caps weekend festival

Roller derby goes to the circus for West End celebration

By Meredith Richard •Correspondent •

Ithaca Journal
September 12, 2010

In conjunction with the Second annual Rhiner Festival, the Ithaca League of Women Rollers threw out its derby rule book to present the Rhiner’s Brawl at Cass Park Rink.

Guests gathered at the rink before the show to enjoy the circus-like atmosphere complete with face-painting, balloon twisting and costumed acrobats. Some attendees arrived in their Rhiner Fest ensembles, while others came just to see the Brawl.
An old-time brass band provided the soundtrack as the two teams warmed up for the main event.

“We’re excited about having something new in Ithaca, and excited to hear the live music,” said local resident Mark Finnigan.

The Rhiner’s Brawl added a new twist to traditional roller derby with its circus performers and creative costumes. The two teams, The Tailed and The Tutu’d, were outfitted for the affair with feline accessories and colorful ballet skirts, respectively.

“I’ve never seen circus roller derby before,” said attendee Arlene Vogel.

The rollers stayed in character throughout the event; The Tailed girls took cat-like strides around the rink, while The Tutu’d team members sashayed through the course with the occasional on-skate arabesque. In the spirit of the carnivalesque
environment, the participants seemed more focused on showmanship than on the prospect of victory. The race differed from most derby matches in that there was no penalty box, and heckling clowns mediated the action.

Overall, the event offered a well-received addition to the lineup for Rhiner Festival, a daylong celebration of Ithaca’s turn-of-the-20th century waterfront squatter neighborhood’s heritage. Many guests had heard of roller derby before, or seen it on
television, but took this opportunity to enjoy the sport firsthand. The costumes and bantering announcers made the race feel more easy-going than the average derby match, rendering the occasion more like a festival than a serious sporting event. The carnival booths and performers made the experience family-friendly, and some youngsters took the opportunity to try derby skating on the sidelines.

“We’ve always wanted to drop by one of these events, but this is the first time we’ve had the chance. The Rhiner Fest looked like a lot of fun, and we’ll try to go next year,” said resident Wing Eng, who brought his whole family to the Brawl.

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Greatest Roller Derby Show on Earth – Sep 11

In conjunction with the Second Annual Rhiner Festival, the Ithaca League of Women Rollers is throwing their derby rule book out the window to present:

The Rhiner’s Brawl—The Greatest Show on Earth on September 11th at Cass Park Rink.

Come get an eye- and ear-full of this freakshow spectacle as Ithaca’s favorite rollergirls team up as The Tailed vs. The Tutu’d for this very special derby event. The arena will come alive with trumpeting Klezmer horns, heckling clowns, jousting acrobats, mesmerizing magician, balloon twisters, fabulous face painting, and all around Tom foolery that will give you a stitch in your side at this throwback to 20’s era circus show—fun for the entire family!

Cass Park will open their doors at 6:00 pm and the antics will start rolling at 6:30. A suggested donation of $5 for kids and $10 for adults makes this event possible. A portion of the bout proceeds will go to support the Tompkins County History Center. Spectators are encouraged follow the circus to Moonshine Island Speakeasy at Castaways after the Brawl, where bout spectators will receive a free glass of hooch.

Cass Park Rink
701 Taughannock Blvd

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ILWR @ the Empire State Showdown Sep 4


Located in Long Island, NY
Please visit the Empire Skate Showdown website for more info on location and ticketing.

Teams from all over the Empire State will converge upon Long Island for the EMPIRE SKATE SHOWDOWN! An intense, single day event that brings together skaters from the Canadian border to the Eastern tip of Montauk battling it out in true Roller Derby fashion to see which team will be left standing to take home the ESSD Trophy!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8 Teams – 2 Tracks – 12 Bouts

Doors @ 1pm – First Whistle @ 2pm

Teams Competing:
Long Island Roller Rebels
GGRD’s Wall Street Traitors
Hudson Valley Horrors
Hellions of Troy
Albany All-Stars
Ithaca League of Women Rollers
Central New York Roller Derby
Assault City

Tickets available @ Brown Paper Tickets or from any Long Island Roller Rebel
$20 in advance/$25 @ the door

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Roller Derby Double Header – Aug 28

SufferJets vs Long Island Roller Rebels
BlueStockings vs Rideau Valley Vixens

$10 for Adults $5 Kids suggested donation.
Pro-rated Season Tickets Only Available Online or at the Ticket Center on the Ithaca Commons.

Doors Open at 6:00pm • Whistle Blows at 6:30pm

A portion of the proceeds will go to support Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Ithaca.

After-Bout Party at WildFire Lounge – 106 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca

CASS PARK RINK | 701 Taughannock Boulevard Ithaca, NY
(607) 273-9211

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“Wreck” Roller Derby – Every Wednesday!

What is Wreck Derby?

Wreck Derby is a chance to learn the basic skills of flat-track roller derby. This is a perfect way to learn the game if you are considering trying out for our league next year, or just for some great exercise. We’ll cover the basics and skip the bone-crushing hits! You learn the game with some modified blocking rules. Come skate, and meet some amazing women!!

Please see the details below and register here>>

If you would like to borrow skates and/or gear please make sure to provide that info on the registration form.

Dates: Every Wednesday – July 21 – October 6

Time: 7-830 PM for practice – please arrive by 6:45pm to gear up.

Location: Cass Park Rink, 701 Taughannock Blvd.

Fee: $5 per session + $3 rental gear (ask about a discount if you sign up for all sessions)

Submit your fees by PayPal here:


Practice Fees



Who can join?: Women 18 and up!

Your trainers will be members of the Ithaca League of Women Rollers including: Chairman Meow, MaMadusa, Velma Vex, Bee Bee DeVille, and Momo-A-Gogo.

Please bring:

*QUAD ROLLER SKATES
*HELMET
*WRIST GUARDS
*ELBOW & KNEE PADS
WATER BOTTLE
MOUTH GUARD

*If you don’t have these items we can rent them to you. We’ll do our best to locate a pair of rental skates for you until you get your own. If we don’t have your size available, or you drop in and we didn’t know you were coming, you can also do your first night on rollerblades, if you already skate.

Knee and Elbow pads, (see below for details on recommended styles), wrist guards, a mouth guard and a skate helmet are required items. You can find starter items at any skateboard, or sports store, but remember to look for good padding! We have very limited spare items of safety gear, but it is first come, first serve, and size is limited. We recommend you buy your gear in advance, or borrow some. Rollerblading pads will work for your first night out, and a bike helmet will suffice too. Don’t be shy, come on out and try it!

1) Skates
Quad roller skates or quad speed skates are required.
Artistic boots or speed boots are your choices. Artistic boots are higher and offer more ankle support if you have weak ankles, but provide less ankle mobility for roller derby skating. It’s a personal choice, and trust us, your starter skates may last a very long time, but will not be your last pair if you like roller derby! Speed boots are the derby skate boot, of course, so it’s your best bet. We will strengthen those ankles in no time! If you do not have skates today, we have limited loaners available, but we will need to know when you plan to attend and what shoe size/skate size you need.

2) Safety equipment
a) Knees
Although we will let you skate with any pads of your choice, we recommend a skateboard/skating knee pad with at least 1 ½ inches of padding. This is so that you can learn to fall safely, and to perform exercises on your skates more comfortably. Recommended brands are Triple 8, 187 and Fatboy for skaters over 150 lbs, and Pro-Tec Street. These pads work for skateboarding and aggressive skating and offer the best protection for you.
b) Elbows
Same as above. Some falls we teach require elbow pads to connect with the floor, and we want you to be protected.
c) Wrists
A wrist guard protects the weak wrist joint from injury when you use your hands to prevent a fall, which is common for beginners when they fall backwards.
d) Mouth guard
You can pick a boil-and-bite mouth guard up at any sports/hockey equipment type store. We recommend you pay the little bit extra for a SHOCK DOCTOR mouth guard, as it comes with insurance. In case you fall and face-plant, you want your smile to stay pretty! Plus, it helps prevent concussions from biting down hard and suddenly during a fall.
e) Helmet
We recommend a skate or skateboard helmet, but any helmet certified for skating or cycling is acceptable for beginners.

For first timers:

Rollerblades, rollerblade starter pads, bike helmets, and low-level mouth guards are accepted for first-timers that are just trying it out.

We have very limited, first-come, first-serve extra pieces of gear, and loaner skates, but we don’t recommend that you depend on it! Please obtain your own safety equipment, even if you are borrowing it, or getting loaner skates from ILWR.

Otherwise, your first night can include some off-skate training and off-skate advice on what to work on until you have skates, and you can observe the practice to see if you are excited by it and want to come back. Please don’t be shy and don’t be scared. We start you off very slow and protected and teach you how to safely skate, stop, and even fall without injury.

Sample Skate Session

15 minutes free skate for warm-up
05 minutes stretch and introduction
30 minutes: Beginner instructions and Advanced Drills to work on new and improve existing skills. May include endurance training, or strength training drills.
30 minutes: Combined skating and practice time, or drills, that will range from pack work, to speed and endurance training, from agility to balance or strength training, derby scenario drills, or games for fun.
05 minutes free skate cool-down
05 minutes stretching
Total: 90 minutes (1.5 hours)

Here’s a quick introduction to the basics of Flat-track Roller Derby:

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BlueStockings vs Black Ice Brawlers -July 31

The Ithaca League of Women Rollers is pleased to announce their homecoming to Ithaca’s Cass Park Rink on Saturday, July 31 for a roller derby extravaganza in collaboration with Ithaca Foodnet Meals on Wheels, and an even greater surprise for fans—the Ithaca debut of their newest team—the BlueStockings.

For the brevity minded:

5-6 pm – Bike, walk, roll, or stroll the Cayuga Waterfront Trail

530-7pm – Chicken BBQ Tailgate Party

7pm – Doors Open, Game starts at 730pm

The BlueStockings have been rocking the roller derby world— bouting on tracks as far away as Vermont and as near as Cortland. Undefeated after five games in their inaugural 2010 season, these girls have a message: the new roller girls on the block mean business.

On July, 31 at Cass Park Rink, the babes in blue will take on Vermont’s Green Mountain Derby Dames, who will be out for revenge after the BlueStockings socked it to them in May with a final score of 216 to 60.

The July, 31 event kicks off at 5 pm as Ithaca’s flagship team, the SufferJets, invite the community to join them as they roll along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail to raise money for Ithaca Foodnet Meals on Wheels. Walk, ride, roll, or stroll the bike path with the SufferJets and then come back to the Cass Rink parking lot to support Ithaca Foodnet Meals on Wheels Chicken BBQ Tailgate Party from 5:30 pm until the bout begins at 7 pm. A $10 ticket gets you a generous chicken dinner plus a chance to win dinner and an evening’s stay at local resort, Geneva on the Lake. Tailgate party music will be provided by the Johnny Russo trio.

Doors for the Roller Derby will open at 7 pm and the first whistle blows at 7:30 pm. A suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for kids keeps our derby dolls rolling. Discounted season passes good for the remaining 5 games of ILWR’s home season are available through the league’s website. Passes are also available at the Ticket Center at Center Ithaca on the Ithaca Commons.

To kick off the action, Bobby Narco (the Pavarotti of Roller Derby) will sing “The Star Spangled Banner”. Bout-time music will be provided by DJs Bob and Luke and the Fall Creek Brass Band. A portion of the bout proceeds will go to support Ithaca Foodnet Meals on Wheels. A vivacious after party will be held at Castaway’s, 401 Taughannock Blvd. Cass Park Rink is located at 701 Taughannock Blvd.

Come support Ithaca Foodnet Meals on Wheels, a fantastic local organization that provides meals for our homebound elderly and disabled neighbors. And stick around to meet your newest Ithaca Roller Derby Stars—the Ithaca BlueStockings!

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The SufferJets take on Buffalo—June 26

The Ithaca SufferJets are coming down with Full Moon Fever as they get ready to take on Buffalo’s Devil Dollies in honor of Valentina Tereshkova—the first woman in space—on Saturday June 26th at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex in Cortland.

This will be the Ithaca League’s final bout of the season in their springtime Cortland home, as they return to Ithaca’s Cass Park Rink in July.

The bout promises to be one of the closest matches of the season; at their last meeting in 2009 the Ithaca SufferJets beat the Devil Dollies by just one point earned in the final seconds of the game. Come support your SufferJets as they duke it out to maintain dominance over the Dollies.

Music will be provided by ILWR DJ’s Bob and Luke, who will be joined by the spirited Fall Creek Brass Band. Ithaca’s Running to Places Theater Company will perform a special suffrage-inspired halftime show.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first whistle blows at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults. Kids aged 12 and under are admitted for free. Tickets for this bout and the entire 2010 season are now available here. Tickets also available at the Ticket Center at Center Ithaca on the Ithaca Commons. For information on riding the ILWR Fan Van from Ithaca to Cortland, e-mail events@ithacarollerdery.com

The J.M. McDonald Sports Complex is located at 4292 Fairgrounds Drive in Cortland. Join the SufferJets after the bout at The Dark Horse Tavern in downtown Cortland.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to support the JM McDonald Center— hosts of ILWR’s 2010 spring season.

Get your moonwalk on…

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Wanted! Sports reporter for ILWR home bouts

WANTED: The Ithaca League of Women Rollers seeks sports reporter(s) to cover ILWR home bouts in the reporting style of Derby News Network. The qualified reporter(s) will be required to attend ILWR home games and develop bout recaps (500-700 words) the following day for League approval and release by 5 pm on days following the bouts. Official stats will be provided by the League to aid in bout re-cap development. Compensation includes event press pass, $50 per bout, or $75 per double-header. Interested candidates should submit a brief writing sample to publicrelations@ithacarollerderby.com

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What’s all this “Battle for the Bean” buzz a *bout*?

What’s all this “Battle for the Bean” buzz a *bout*?

The Ithaca League of Women Rollers (ILWR) is partnering with Coffee Mania and Gimme! Coffee for its first-ever intraleague bout on Sunday, May 16, at the J. M. McDonald Sports Complex in Cortland, the league’s springtime home track.

For this special one-time event the two ILWR teams, the SufferJets and BlueStockings, will be ground and re-blended to form two high-octane teams—Team Gimme! and Team Coffee Mania. Same skaters, same game, new rosters, different uniforms. Whether you wear Gimme! red or Mania purple, you’ll be able to cheer for your favorite ILWR skaters as these one-time teammates turn on each other for this special event—the Battle for the Bean. Come and enjoy free coffee tastings, learn more about how beans are roasted, and find out which of these two local coffee houses will take home the Big Bean.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the first whistle blows at 5:00 for this Sunday evening event. Tickets are $10 for adults. Kids aged 12 and under are admitted for free. Tickets for this bout and the entire 2010 season are now available through the league’s newly designed website, http://www.ithacarollerderby.com. Tickets are also available at the Ticket Center at Center Ithaca on the Ithaca Commons. Spirited music will be played by the Ithaca College Pep Band and official ILWR DJs Bob and Luke. For information on riding the ILWR Fan Van from Ithaca to Cortland, e-mail events@ithacarollerdery.com.

Join us for this special Sunday roller derby extravaganza! The J. M. McDonald Sports Complex is located at 4292 Fairgrounds Drive in Cortland. Join your favorite skaters after the bout for more fun and music at the Darkhorse in downtown Cortland.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will support the Women’s Opportunity Center of Ithaca. This bout is generously sponsored by Gimme! Coffee and Coffee Mania in addition to our season-long sponsors.

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