Archive for February, 2012

EXTENDED! Design the Official 2012 HCRG T-Shirt!

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Design some HCRG swag
We Hammer City Roller Girls love our t-shirts, and we want YOU to create the limited edition shirt that will represent our 2012 season.

Up for grabs:

  • Two 2012 season tickets
  • T-shirt featuring your design
  • Swag prize pack

We’ve decided to extend this contest for one more week. We’ll be accepting new submissions until March 7, 2011 at 11:59pm

For full contest details, please click here. We’ll be posting the very best submissions on Facebook for fans to vote on. Stay tuned!

5 Things I Learned About Roller Derby

Monday, February 13th, 2012

By: Oh!Henry

Oh!Henry started playing roller derby at 18 years old. In her first season with HCRG she joined the WFTDA chartered team, and won MVP in a bout against the Queen City Lake Effect Furies. At the next bout Oh!Henry skates in – keep your eyes open for the 5150 Peanut Gallery.

1.) Falling for in derby

There isn’t something that I can think of that actually compares to how driven you become to attend practice because it’s not like a job or school where you have to go “or else.” However, you end up in a sweaty state of worry if you even think you might miss practice. Or at least I do. About two practices in, I found myself turning down family taco night to ensure I was at practice and anyone who knows me knows how much I love a good family taco night. Roller derby is a siren sitting on a rock in the sea of…. life, making you fall in love with it.

Ok, that was cheesy.

2. Roller derby isn’t just about smashing each other up

When people hear about modern roller derby, they instantly think two things, violence and fishnets. The most common responses are,
“Oh like the elbows and punching, right?!”
OR
“Like that one movie with Ellen page?”

Fortunately for me, I had an awesome neighbor who played with HCRG and told me what to watch and look up as soon as she found out I was interested in roller derby.
For people who aren’t aware of the resurrection of roller derby, it is forever immortalized in their heads as either a sport where ladies manage to wrestle in a WWE-esque style while on skates or a movie that doesn’t accurately depict roller derby. I like to respond to comments like that by letting them know that roller derby isn’t fake or always about the big hits, it’s mainly about strategy and knowing when to do things. It’s good to remember that the hardest hitting player on a team is not necessarily the best player.

3. Falling for in derby

It goes without saying that a lot of falling takes place in roller derby. There are the falls you know are coming, the falls where you don’t even see the person winding up to hit you and the accidentals. It’s because of the last two in that list that you have to remember to stretch your upper body as well. Luckily in Derby 101 and Smash Squad you learn how to fall properly without injuring yourself. It is imperative that you stretch your upper body as well because there’s always that one fall that catches you off guard and your primal instincts are to put your arms out and catch yourself.

4. Teammates become friends, friends become teammates

You know when you yawn and then everyone around you yawns, even if they didn’t want to, and then everyone gets mad because they didn’t want to yawn? The exact same thing happens with roller derby except it’s a million times more awesome and nobody gets mad. Derby’s gravitational pull sucks all of your friends, coworkers, girlfriends and neighbors in. Unfortunately, guys can’t be on our team but husbands, boyfriends and brothers, fear not, HCRG is always looking for more Rowdy Rowdy Refs!

5. Don’t give up

This one sounds like it could potentially be filled with clichés and a heartwarming tale about perseverance. I will try to keep it as low as I can on the sappy scale. Luckily, not giving up is easy in a sport like roller derby because its so much fun. Just because Cindy Whatsherface can do slow motion backflips over the pack while reciting the alphabet backwards doesn’t mean that you should be able to, even if you both started at the same time. Maybe Cindy practiced the alphabet backwards and doesn’t know how to do it the proper way or perhaps she was raised by the cast of Cirque de Soleil and learned how to backflip before she could run. We’ll never really know but it doesn’t matter anyways because I promise you that if you show up to practice, pay attention and skate your heart out, you will improve. No matter what you’re doing, as long as you practice, you will get better. I know I had said that I wasn’t going to fill this with clichés but (I’m not even sure if this is one so it doesn’t count) learning doesn’t plateau so nobody really knows everything about anything, ya’ know? Great.


Henry accepting her MVP award against Queen City’s chartered team. Photo by Joe Mac.

Design the Official HCRG 2012 T-Shirt

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Design some HCRG swag
We Hammer City Roller Girls love our t-shirts, and we want YOU to create the limited edition shirt that will represent our 2012 season.

Up for grabs:

  • Two 2012 season tickets
  • T-shirt featuring your design
  • Swag prize pack

Submission Guidelines:

  • This contest is open to everyone, including fans, skaters, officials, volunteers, and the derby community. Hate roller derby? You can enter too, but note you will still receive the same prizes. So you may want to re-think the whole hating thing. Or contest entering thing.
  • Please include no more than three colors on your design.
  • Make sure your design will be visible on grey shirts.
  • The design must be family-friendly. Some sass is acceptable. Safe enough to wear at school, yet cool enough to rock at an after-party.
  • Feel free to include our Hammer City Roller Girls logo, although it’s not required.
  • Create your design in vector format using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or similar. Be sure to keep this high resolution version in case your design is the winner – we’ll need it to make your t-shirt dreams come true.
  • Save a copy of your design as a gif, jpg or png in addition to the vectored format. Please e-mail your submission to contest@hammercityrollergirls.ca by 11:59 PM EST on February 29, 2012. Include your name, phone number, and city.
  • Please only submit your 2 best designs. Or just your very best (or only) one.
  • By submitting your design, you agree that the Hammer City Roller Girls reserve all rights to modify the design, and the rights to publish and distribute the design through any means of communication.

How We’ll Pick the Winner:

  1. During March, fans will have the chance to vote online through the Hammer City Roller Girls Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hammercityrollergirls.
  2. The Hammer City Roller Girls will select the winner after online fan voting is complete.
  3. The winner will be notified by e-mail or phone, and announced on our website and Facebook page. And Twitter. And our e-mail newsletter. (We’ll just be so excited to brag about this.)

Good luck! Hammer City loves you!

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2012 WFTDA Demographic Survey

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Take the Survey! WHO IS ROLLER DERBY?

Are you a skater, fan, or league partner? Please participate in the WFTDA’s third annual demographic survey! We want to know more about you, and what your roller derby experience is like.

The WFTDA is offering randomly drawn prizes. In addition, HCRG will also be raffling off a pair of season opener tickets to our fans that take the time to answer the survey.

The survey is open from Februuary 1st – February 15th, 2012. The Hammer City Roller Girls (and the WFTDA) thank you for your time.