Roller derby is back and better than ever, according to FoCoGirlsGoneDerby.com, the homepage of Fort Collinsâ€™ local roller derby team, the Micro Bruisers.
While the league consists exclusively of women, roller derby is a contact sport.
â€œRoller derby is overtly feminine in the way we dress, but itâ€™s also very aggressive,â€ said Megan Lazorski, known in the rink as Slim Skatey. â€œIt redefines femininity.â€
The Micro Bruisers will be competing tomorrow at the Qdoba Event Center against the Slaugherhouse Derby Girlsâ€™ Prime Cuts. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets range from $10 to $15, while kids 12 and under can attend for free.
The competitive nature of the sport is evidenced by the helmets, mouth guards, braces and pads that each player wears.
â€œIâ€™ve been really lucky so far (in terms of injuries) â€” and Iâ€™m knocking on wood here,â€ Lazorski said. â€œI have gotten minor injuries though, like Iâ€™ve gotten my thumbs jammed. Knee injuries are really prevalent in the sport.â€
â€œYou definitely need to have a lot of willpower and dedication,â€ Moriah Hummer said. â€œItâ€™s really rigorous and a lot of hard work.â€
â€œThe time commitment is a big deal,â€ Lazorski said. â€œLike I work 50 hours a week, sometimes more. We have to do committee work, too. If youâ€™re not dedicated, if you donâ€™t put the time into it, youâ€™re not going to progress or get better.â€
Hummer also claims that to be a member of the team, you also need to be able to get along with others.
â€œThereâ€™s so many different kinds of people involved in this,â€ said Lazorski, listing scientists, stay-at-home moms, waitresses and students among the teamsâ€™ rosters.
There are two teams in Fort Collins; the A team is called the Micro Bruisers, and the B team goes by the Punchy Brewsters. Each team has about 14 players, and bouts against other A or B teams from places such as Grand Junction, Salt Lake City, Denver and Pikeâ€™s Peak.
â€œMy favorite part of derby is the confidence it gives you and other women,â€ Hummer said. â€œWhen you join up you basically gain another family, as well as confidence in yourself.â€
â€œYou get to have fun with some awesome people,â€ Lazorski said. â€œItâ€™s more aggressive than a lot of sports, but thereâ€™s still a lot of strategy to itâ€¦ Itâ€™s such a great workout. Itâ€™s a great way to blow off steam from, you know, life. And grad school.â€
Collegian writer Emily Kribs can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Micro Bruisers vs. Prime Cuts
Where: Qdoba Event Center
When: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
Cost: Pre-sale tickets: $10, Day of event: $15, Students over 12 with ID: $10, Kids 12 and under: Free, Miliary with ID: $10
More info: www.FoCoGirlsGoneDerby.com