Roller Derby: Potential Fresh Meat

If you’ve been reading my previous roller derby related posts, I’m going to skip ahead about eight to nine months.  I still have a lot of write about in my roller derby journey, but I have recent roller derby experiences I want to get down while it’s still fresh. (Fresh about a month ago, life has gotten in the way of posting this sooner.)

To catch you up, I’m now a little over ten months in. I’ve returned to the Seattle area.

There is a lot of roller derby up here. Clinics, training, camps, boot camps, recreational groups, and amazing teams. One of the best teams in the world right now is Rose City, just about three hours south. Rat City and Jet City, two other top ranked teams, are just north.

Best of all, is that there is an amazing recreational league called Potential Fresh Meat, or PFM.PFM-logo-pride

PFM is a lot like what Sin Cal Derby Vixens felt like to me. Veterans or core members training new, hopeful, fresh meat skaters.  The biggest difference, of course, is the sheer number of skaters resulting in an amazing range of skills and sheer number of . PFM has a vast pool of amazing coaches, veterans, and core members teaching skills a variety of ways.

Sin Cal Derby Vixens are an amazing group of women building up a team virtually from scratch. I miss them dearly, and they will always hold a big piece of my heart.

There is so much I miss about them. Trusting Limit Liz to pamper me and get my hair right, and even take care of my crazy kiddo’s locks. Talking old school derby with Mexi Q Shin Her and enjoying her food at her amazing restaurant. Skating with Diablo’s Angel and her kids at the local rink on a weekly basis or more. Hanging out with Haute Donna, one of my very best friends, scheming and obsessing about fundraisers and roller derby. Talking practice plans and skills with Bonny and Master Half-Asser.

I’ve definitely left a big part of my life behind, but if it wasn’t for them, I would have never started on this crazy roller derby journey.

I owe so much to Sin Cal and all the lovelies on my home town team, but PFM has definitely taken my skills to the next level.

PFM puts on practices twice a week. There is a rotation of focus for the practices. Some practices will be on form and stride. Others will be on WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) Minimums (what you have to pass to be able to play in a sanctioned bout or most scrimmages). Some are focused on other skills, such as lateral movement, hitting, blocking, etc.

And most importantly, in my mind, are the New Skater practices. These are for those starting out to learn how to fall and stop safely. PFM focuses on T-Stops, Plow Stops, and Knee Slides (or Knee Taps).  Once you can T-Stop and Plow Stop safely, you can move on to regular practice and even scrimmage.

They put on learning scrimmages once a month, a unique feature to this league, and truly invaluable for learning the game. They also put on drop-in recreational scrimmages, something I will be looking forward to in the near future. Currently, I’ve got one more scrimmage to go to no longer be “green taped” or marked as a beginner.

camp block and rollI also recently attended an amazing sleep away roller derby camp called Camp Block and Roll. I was able to attend it thanks to PFM and seeing a post about a scholarship at just the right time.

In my next post, I’ll be sharing about my Camp Block and Roll experiences. We learned about Short Track Rolla Derby and even got to play it. I attended amazing classes taught by Loren Mutch of Rose City, LuluDemon, Booty Quake of Roller Derby Athletics, and Melladonna. Come to think of it, it might take more than one wpost to cover.

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