It’s almost Halloween! Time for cute costumes, mountains of candy, or, if you’re me – hiding from children and watching Championships!
If you haven’t yet, you can still get a ticket to watch from WFTDA TV, it’s going to be well worth the $20! I can’t wait to see how things shake out this season! There are so many teams really improving their game (especially the international teams!), I think there will be some really exciting match-ups (please refer to every single game happening Friday).
Also, I’m thrilled that there are so many international teams attending – 5 anthems, what?! It goes to show that derby is a growing sport, and that it is evolving everywhere. I’ve enjoyed watching the style of play from Victorian Roller Derby League and Bear City – even watching their warm-ups was instructive. I remember, at the K-W D2 tournament, watching the Germans spend their warm-up time puzzle-piecing their bodies together – just seeing which configurations would be most challenging to break, seeing where their walls fit together. It was spell-binding. I expect no less from them as they play in the D2 Championships.
Watching VRDL was great too – even through the stream, their energy was infectious and their blocking brought diamond formations to a new level.
I also had the pleasure of watching the MRDA Championships a couple of weekends ago, and I was hooked. The men’s game has come so far in the past couple of years. Their strategy work, their incredibly agile jammers, and their savvy play were a joy to watch. I think men’s and women’s derby leagues have so much to learn from each other – I hope for lots of cooperation to come, it can only make all of us better skaters and players!
I can’t wait for Champs. I’ll be rapt, notebook in hand, scribbling down everything I can remember. It’s almost a shame that we take offseason right after Championships, since as a trainer, I’m always incredibly geared up about all of the advances in play that high-level teams are employing.
Finally, if you HAVE to go trick-or-treating, and can’t just watch the derbs, click on the pumpkin to read an article that I contributed to about how to make your trick-or-treating session into a training session. I think it’s pretty clever, but I’m also pretty biased.