I know my friends within the Mid-Atlantic Region have been antsy for this list, so I’m going to publish this one first. The Mid-Atlantic included any Maryland/DC/Delaware teams. All voting was based on where the skater PLAYED, not where they LIVED. As long as they played as an active member of a team from the region in that season (regardless of rule set) they were eligible for vote.
I am writing from the perspective of 2013, keep in mind! Most of the people on these lists have had pretty incredible seasons thus far as well. With all of these articles, remember – maybe not everyone gets a picture. Sorry. You have no idea how much time it takes to find photos for 60 skaters that are 1) good and 2) from a photographer I have permission to credit. ❤ PS THANK YOU ALL PHOTOGS FOR THE HARD WORK YOU DO!!! You are awesome, we love you, and I highly suggest that everyone who reads these articles check out the photogs listed [and buy things from them].
Serious Snowflake – Salisbury Roller Girls
Long of leg and strong of hip, Snowflake uses muscle to get by her opponents. She’s not afraid to jump an apex, but often you’ll just see her push right through a blocker (sometimes with a pirouette just to be sure she gets by). Snowflake is one of those skaters that brightens a bench; always excited to learn and play more. She got a chance to try out the bank track on the East Coast Outlaws this season versus the Penn Jersey Hooligans, and her skills have earned her a spot on the Maryland All-Stars.
Uvetta Work – Charm City Roller Girls
This woman is terrifyingly gorgeous on the track. I love watching her be a rock in front of jammers and when she jams for her home team I can’t help but giggle (and be glad I’m not the one bouncing off of her). She is a critical, dominant piece of the Charm City blocking core.
T – Free State Roller Derby
You’ve gotta be good to have your derby name be just a letter. Almost pixie-like in her jamming, T is around you before you realize she was there to begin with. The apex is nothing more than a small obstacle to jump over for her, and before you know it, she’s back around the track and taking your point.
O’Chit (Rebecca Simon) – Charm City Roller Girls
Power. That is Chit. Watch her hit someone. Chit has mastered a bursting pop that will take girls off their skates. Her control with her edges is amazing and her positional blocking is nothing short of pure intimidation. Watching her jam is fun simply because of the amount of strength she can put into her wheels to cut back and forth and through walls. It’s no wonder she’s a member of the Maryland All-Stars.
Jackie Treehorn – Free State Roller Derby
Standing 6’Forever on her skates, Jackie is still considerably new to the sport of roller derby. The amazing thing about Jackie is not her ability to take up half the track or her booty blocking – it’s her adaptability and her eagerness to learn. She is a Maryland All-Star who once was top heavy with blocking, but no longer relies on her shoulders for strength. She understands that her hips are where the magic happens, and is a rock in any wall.
Thee Mighty Isis – Mason-Dixon Roller Vixens
Isis makes an impression whenever she is on the floor. Like Treehorn, Isis commands attention in a wall and is a leader on the floor. Far more agile than teams will give her credit for (before the bout), she is able to recycle through packs to punish jammers. With the star she is a battering ram who also can roll off of hips and duck past opponents. She is a secret weapon in the Maryland All-Star arsenal.
13. Warren T Voider – Harm City Havoc
Still relatively new to the sport, Warren is a key jammer in the Havoc roster. While other jammers on his team rely on pure agility, Warren is able to jam like a blocker to get through heavy walls. His footwork is just as good, and as a blocker, he is starting to become a real leader in the pivot position.
12. Battery Operated – Charm City Roller Girls
“Bops” (as she is known to her team mates) has been an important player in the All-Star line-up and to her home team, The Modtown Mods. As a blocker, she is a leader on the floor, a strong piece of wall work, and has the feet to always be waiting for a jammer at the front of the pack. She is also a wonderful team mate – serious and pointed when the time calls for it. Joking and laughing when given the opportunity.
On the Mobtown Mods.
Photo by Tyler Shaw
11. Dual Hitizen – DC Rollergirls
Dual is another skater who can blend into the crowd sometimes, because she is so good at her job when she’s blocking that you don’t notice her. The jammer just can’t get through. When she jams, she doesn’t even do anything too magical. She simply gets by you. No no, don’t worry it’s not you. It’s her. She’s magic that way.
10. Sin Diesel – Harm City Havoc
This man has been around for a while; he was one of the founders of MDC, Harm City, and has coached for several women’s teams (including Team Maryland). He has always been strong in blocking, and quick footed with the star. Being a member of the Cinderella Team Argentina at the MRDWC leveled him up. Before he was a part of the pack, but now you can see him play as a pack member. Regardless of the experience of his pack, he no longer takes all the responsibility onto himself, but rather directs and trusts those around him. Harm City has benefitted from Sin’s experience and leadership far beyond what I can express in a short paragraph. He looks like a new skater. It’s really awesome to watch.
9. Susy Pow – Charm City Roller Girls
A member of Team Australia, Susy Pow made her way onto Charm City All-Stars easily with fast feet and agility in her blocking. She made the biggest splash when CCRG made their way to Salem, OR and used Susy as a primary jammer. Susy’s jamming style is unusual: she is light and fluid when she takes a hit, but extremely solid when attacking a wall. She also jumps apexes like it’s her job. Maybe it is! In Salem, she jammed 41 times over the three games. Her lead jammer average was 61%, and she scored 146 points during the tournament.
8. Frightmare (Stephanie Griffith) – DC Rollergirls
I love Frightmare: hilarious off the track, aggressive as hell on the track. She doesn’t care who you are, she’s getting past you. And you’ll just have to learn to live with it. When she pivots, she commands her pack. When she hits, she is able to nail those little nerve spots with her hips and shoulders; she is able to stop the blockers that look like they should blow her up. I love Frightmare.
7. Lady Quebeum – Charm City Roller Girls
(It’s pronounced ‘Kaboom’) Here is another skater that makes me happy to be on the track. “LQ” has been around CCRG for a long time, and the all-stars have utilized her long legs and head for strategy effectively. She is able to keep skaters focused on the track, and is amazing at following direction from others. Her leadership on Team Maryland helped the skaters grow as a unit quickly. CCRG is happy to have her back on her wheels too – at the end of last season she suffered a tib/fib fracture. Cleared to skate again, her tenacity will surely get her back on the All-Stars quickly.
6. Truth Hurtz – Harm City Havoc
Feet of fury and will of fire: this is Truth Hurtz. A critical piece of the Havoc jamming crew, but powerful in a blocker position, Truth’s footwork is blinding. He is able to squeeze through cracks in the wall you didn’t know were there and can outrace opponents on the outside line all day. He’s menacing at his least, he’s impossible to handle when in his groove.
5. Buster Skull – Salisbury Rollergirls
If you’ve read my writing about Buster Skull in the past than it’s no secret that I am a fan. Buster is absolutely tenacious on the track, whether blocking or jamming. Her work as a blocker within the pack has evolved significantly over the years; now she is able to trade blows with the biggest skaters without flinching. When she jams, she fearlessly attacks walls and has an ability to break packs without looking like she’s putting in much effort.
4. Hittsburgh – Charm City Roller Girls
Have you ever been hit by truck? If you would like to be, Hitts can provide that experience for you! Solid on the track, her can-openers can easily put the opposition on their ass. Backwards or forwards, getting by her with the star is challenge, her mobility is top-notch, partially because she is excellent at working within pairs and diamonds. Her blocking has also been super useful to the ranks of Team Maryland. When she wears the star…well… she likes the edges. It doesn’t matter if I tell you that though: she’ll still able to tip toe past you.
3.Nuckin Futz – Charm City Roller Girls
The woman is made of vapor (very, very quick vapor). A student of herself, Futz was able to study her own patterns and make huge leaps in 2013 in her jamming. The Salem WFTDA Divisional playoff had no idea what it was in for when she stepped to the line. She found the smallest crevices in walls, patiently waited for her blockers to create a little chaos, and juked behind teams of blockers so quick that they weren’t sure where her hips even were (much less know where she was going). You want to study a jammer who can be lighting quick to the side and then stretch her stride long out of the pack? Go study some Nuckin Futz.
2. IM Pain – Charm City Roller Girls
Co-Captain of the All Stars, Pain is known for her strength in jamming and effortless ability to rack up points. With a background in speed skating, it’s no wonder that she can outrun most of the blockers she comes against, and has extra-sensory vision for the inside line that reveals holes that the rest of us mere mortals cannot perceive. I watch her and wonder how she gets through packs sometimes. She makes everything look effortless. When faced with injury at the end of the season, Pain shifted her leadership role to one off track. Her persistence and dedication also earned her a spot on Team Maryland.
1. Holly Go Hardly – Charm City Roller Girls
Not everyone understands Holly’s level of dedication, drive, and determination of the 2013 CCRG co-captain. Holly is an absolute monster blocker on the track; I have never met someone who can hold her balance in such awkwardly appropriate ways while still being completely effective against opponents. When her walls are as strong as her, she is solid block that doesn’t move. When her team is not as experienced, she can arrange blockers into walls, and direct and brace as the game progresses. Her body awareness also allows her to use her hips in ways that many people have not figured out yet. She is able to make herself long across the track as she drags opponents to an edge, or knocks them out of bounds with a bursting, backwards strike. Now again she puts on the star, usually for funsies, and she spins and maneuvers around blockers; always when they think they have her in their trap.
Holly is never afraid to push herself to failure. She falls. She’s struggles. She improves. She never goes 50%. She never backs down. Yes she can be a little intense and overwhelming when you’re in a high stress situation, but yes, I admit it: I may have a bit of a derby crush on Holly Go Hardly. And I’m super stoked that I got to play with her on Team Maryland.
I’m super curious how my collueges in Herbalife always are able to get these awesome photos of themselves while they’re working out. I don’t seem to have paparazzi following me the way they do. That being said, my workouts have been small and effective recently, but nothing so wild to write home about.
I have begun doing the 24Fit program which I am excited about. It is as hard as you make it, and I am looking forward to creating a better body and more strength and balance for roller derby through its program. I am really excited to recommend the DVDs for people who have a fear of the gym or haven’t worked out in so long that they need something really progressive to ease them into working out. It’s nice for me because I have been so overloaded with school, building a client base, working with clients, improving myself, derby, etc that getting to the gym has been very difficult.
I have gotten to attend a few Fit Box classes at Max Fitness on 6th Street, and those always kick my butt. It’s great getting to take my aggression out in a circuit training that involves ropes, punching, kicking and squats. The other huge news?
I’M ALL IN ON CONTACT AND SCRIMMAGING!
Ever since figuring out that I have a knee cap tracking issue, I have been able to tape my knee in such a way that I can skate normally again, and often without any pain!
I have refocused on my nutrition – very difficult when tight on funds. As I build my coaching business (which I have the best clients and coaches on my team PS), I am learning so much about myself and how my boyfriend and I consume food and things. In the last few weeks, I have undergone a huge change in my mindset and approach to food, health, friendship, confrontation and life.
I have taken steps to eliminate complaining! It’s harder to do than I thought. It’s so easy to get caught in your own negative thoughts. You cannot believe them! They will suck you in and eat you alive. I am done sending the universe mixed messages. I have done a lot of personal development, been doing a class called The Next Level and got to go to January Spectacular. It all changed my perspective on the energy I’m sending out.
I don’t want any negativity! I don’t want anything to hold me back. Yes, it’s ok to be sad. It’s ok to feel overwhelmed, but I trust myself enough now to know that I will find a way to rise above and conquer all the issues that come against me.
The challenges in roller derby and athletics increase daily. My physical fitness is good, but I know it could be better! I’m hoping to find local people that want to go on the journey with me. I’m hoping to find some people that share my enthusiasm and passion for health, wellness, nutrition, fitness and helping other people feel as awesome and positive.
So… There is a trip to Palm Springs that is in May. Qualification is through April. On the career side that would be a heck of a graduation present for myself! I am stretching and running and working and building to achieve my dreams. I love this job. I love what I do. Now, I just need to find some more people who want to work with me and get in the most amazing shape of their life and feel better than ever before!!
Now…. More push-ups! More planks! More sprints! More work! Let’s get it!!
#HarrisburgPAandBeyond #Dominate2013 #TeamKhaos
Wow… I need to eat. This post was all over the place!! Time for some dinner before practice tonight.