So there’s this bout in Grand Forks coming up February 19th. And 10 of the Iron Range Maidens were picked from a hat to go for the pre-bout mixer. At first just 5 of our girls got to go and I was in the alternate 5. I can’t tell you how excited I was about that. FANTASTIC! OUR GIRLS ARE GONNA ROCK! Now? Now that I’ll be there, decked out in prom finery, the feeling is a little more mixed. Anxious, not nervous. I am, after all, the Butterscotch Bitch. And though I’m new to this, I AM willing to show up, get low and block with my booty.
Did you know there is roller derby ALL over the place? For instance there’s the Babe City Rollers in Bemidji, 3 teams in Grand Forks as part of Forx Roller Derby, Fargo-Moorhead Derby Girls, Fergus Falls Roller Girls, Harbor City Roller Dames, Duluth Derby Divas, and in the Twin Cities there are many many teams under the leagues MN Roller Girls and North Star Roller Girls.
There’s even a Men’s roller derby league called the Twin City Terrors!
So we, the Iron Range Maidens, are not alone in our enthusiasm for this crazy-ass sport. It is widespread and gaining momentum.
WFTDA – the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association lists 104 Full Member Leagues in the U.S. with 59 Apprentice Leagues. And I have a feeling those numbers are a low estimate!
So back to the Grand Forx bout coming up. I mean COMING UP (February 19th)! Some new teams from the region (including the Iron Range Maidens) have been asked to be part of their pre-bout mixer. The theme is “A Bout To Remember” and we’ll be playing with a prom theme of Prom Queens vs. the Carries. Yes, that Carrie.
How exactly do we play? Check out this video, and we’ll talk more later. I promise. After I hit some consignment stores for prom dresses.