Introducing Our New Skaters (Part 1)

Some of our new skaters (with some vets!) at practice.

Some of our new skaters (with some vets!) at practice.

The Loraxe #9

Why did you choose your derby name/any backstory to it?

It sort of sounds like my name, and I liked the idea of a Dr. Seuss character with a dark side.

How did The Outfit enter your life?

I went to my first Outfit bout about 5 years ago and was instantly hooked, I remember thinking it's such a badass sport!

Why roller derby and why now?

I'm not happy unless I'm challenging myself, and I've always admired derby players and how hard they work. Learning to skate really well seemed like a great challenge and also a chance to join an awesome community! During an Outfit bout in 2018 I just went for it and signed up for bootcamp!

What has been the most exciting part of being on the league so far?

Being able to see my skating skills improve in such a short amount of time. A few months ago I didn't think I'd be where I am now! Skating with such positive and supportive teammates is really motivating for me as well.

What is the most frequent comment or question you've received from people in your life (or from strangers) when you tell them that you've started derby?

"Be careful" or "Have you gotten punched yet??"


Villian L. #50

Why did you choose your derby name/any backstory to it?

I struggled a lot initially coming up with a derby name. I started by trying to make witty puns off of my name, but nothing felt right. Then I considered the persona I was trying to be on skates; fearless, a little reckless, and driven. Watching the BBC show, "Killing Eve", the assassin protagonist, Villanelle, embodies these things & is fashionable and a badass to boot! Now while skating, I remind myself that my own qualities (L) also serve me and I can work towards being more fearless too.

How did The Outfit enter your life?

I discovered Outfit after I moved to Lyons. I was taking introductory skate lessons Saturday afternoons at Fleetwood and saw all the derby signs. When I googled them, I found out Bootcamp was about to start - it was a sign!

Why roller derby and why now?

Roller derby is inspiring to me because it is one of the few sports that is female dominated but not associated with traditional femininity. You get to be tough and you have to work hard and push yourself but also know how to self-care. I'm finally establishing myself in a career and feel like I'm somewhere I'd like to be for a while, so starting derby really connects me to my hometown.

What has been the most exciting part of being on the league so far?

The challenge has been fantastic. My goal this year was to do something that would push me, and keep doing it even if I wasn't "good" at it. My motto I've developed is "build persistence, not perfection" and seeing myself stick to that has been very exciting for me. I also hear from a lot of my teammates in a similar situation and it's so encouraging and such a great community to be a part of.

What is the most frequent comment or question you've received from people in your life (or from strangers) when you tell them that you've started derby?

Definitely "Oh! I used to watch it on TV! [elbowing air and laughing] Is it still like that? Man it is quite the show!". People seem to equate it to WWE but on skates.


Poppy Razzi #222

Why did you choose your derby name/any backstory to it?

I am a photographer and I hunt down jammers like paparazza hunt down celebrities.

How did The Outfit enter your life?
After my former team ended I needed a new home, I honestly almost threw in the towel but got an encouraging message from Satanik Hispanik and said what the hell I'm not ready to not play derby i'll give WFTDA a try.

Why roller derby and why now?
I grew up ice skating, it was the only sport I really liked, until I tried roller derby.

What has been the most exciting part of being on the league so far?

Scrimmage!

What is the most frequent comment or question you've received from people in your life (or from strangers) when you tell them that you've started derby?
I get a lot of positive reactions from strangers but also they assume everyone just skates around elbowing everyone else.


Bat Hit Crazy #8

Why did you choose your derby name/any backstory to it?
I love bats! I share bat facts with anybody any time. Do you know there’s over 1300 species  of bats? That’s about a fifth of all known mammals! I was struggling so hard to come up with a bat related name, but Slamherin Diaz brilliantly thought of Bat Hit Crazy and here we are.

How did The Outfit enter your life?
When I moved to Chicago last April I was always looking for cool new things to do, I saw a flyer about roller derby. I had never seen roller derby in real life, I hadn’t even seen Whip It, but it was a sport oft mentioned in my family’s trivial pursuit circa 1980. I went on a quest to see a Chicago Outfit bout and was amazed! I liked watching well enough but I also wished I was that swift and powerful. And then I saw on facebook they were training new people in a bootcamp, “no skating experience necessary”, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

Why roller derby and why now?
Sports were not usually my thing, but I’ve had a void since my quidditch team faded apart. It’s been a slippery slope since I saw a bout, the intrigue of a full contact sport ON WHEELS! As it turns out, it’s more like flying than running around with a broomstick.

What has been the most exciting part of being on the league so far?
What has been the most exciting part of being on the league so far?
Learning to roller skate! It’s such a positive community, I’m so happy to be in an intense learning environment that is also full of support.

What is the most frequent comment or question you've received from people in your life (or from strangers) when you tell them that you've started derby?
“Isn’t that really violent?!”


Babe Runner #49

Why did you choose your derby name/any backstory to it?
Because I’m a total babe!Just kidding. I’m a sci-fi nerd and I love the movie Blade Runner (and Star Wars, etc.)

How did The Outfit enter your life?
I played in Colorado and I was looking for a team here. I like the idea or being in a girl gang.

Why roller derby and why now?
I worked in news and covered a story on the local roller derby team. I immediately thought I NEED this in my life.

What has been the most exciting part of being on the league so far?
I love how the sport teaches us to be fearless and strong. And everyone is so supportive. I also like skating fast and hitting people.

What is the most frequent comment or question you've received from people in your life (or from strangers) when you tell them that you've started derby?
“That is so badass!” And “Is that like fake wrestling but on skates?”


Slamherin Diaz #305

Why did you choose your derby name/any backstory to it?
I had been looking forward to picking a derby name since I had been compiling an exhaustive list of derby name ideas ever since I saw “Whip It”. Slamherin Diaz always got the biggest laugh when I tried it out on friends, and I figured since I’m an actor if would be fitting. Also, Cameron Diaz and I are both Cuban!

How did The Outfit enter your life?
I just saw a post on Facebook about the bootcamp they were offering!

Why roller derby and why now?
I had been feeling eager to try something new and something athletic. Roller derby piqued my interest because it seemed to nurture a strong community of women, and specifically queer women, and I could always use more of that in my life. The opportunity to learn derby presented itself with the Outfit’s bootcamp and it felt like the timing was perfect.

What has been the most exciting part of being on the league so far?
Seeing myself progress! I had absolutely no idea how to even skate on day one, and to see how far I’ve come is really rewarding and inspiring for what is still yet to come.

What is the most frequent comment or question you've received from people in your life (or from strangers) when you tell them that you've started derby?
“But it’s not REAL right?? The hits are staged… Like WWE!!!” and “Oh shit, when can I see you beat the crap out of someone on skates?”


Polly Rocket #94

Why did you choose your derby name/any backstory to it?
I was pretty good at brainstorming names, it was just a matter of which one was the best fit for me. I had a list of characters and was going through and making derby names out of them and I turned Polly Pocket to Polly Rocket. Much like Polly Pocket, I'm small in size, but I'm also powerful like a rocket (Or at least I aspire to be!). It seemed like the right fit.

How did The Outfit enter your life?
I had been roller BLADING for a while and was talking to my friend in a restaurant about it and how I wish I could find a group of people to do it with. I was unexpectedly approached by someone telling me they were on a roller derby team and that their bootcamp was coming up. I went to a game they had that weekend and after that I knew I had to try it for myself.

Why roller derby and why now?
I saw the movie "Whip It" in 2009 and as cliche as it sounds, it really made an impact on me. That was my first exposure to roller derby. At that time, I was 15 and on my high school cheerleading team. Then in college, I saw a flyer for roller derby tryouts in the area. I was too young to try out for their team, but it rekindled my interest in the sport. I still never thought I would ever play, though. When the opportunity to join the Outfit came about, I was intimidated and hesitant, but I knew it would have been foolish of me to not at least try.

What has been the most exciting part of being on the league so far?
Being able to see what I can achieve is the most exciting part of being on the league. That atmosphere is so positive and I am in an environment that I feel others also want to see me succeed. It is intimidating to try new things as an adult, and being able to learn something completely knew and learn about yourself is very rewarding.

What is the most frequent comment or question you've received from people in your life (or from strangers) when you tell them that you've started derby?
The most frequent comment I get is usually something like "YOU play roller derby!?" But in the beginning, I didn't think I could ever play roller derby, either! I end up explaining to people that everyone is different and there is not a standard that a roller derby player has to fit into. That and of course that we don't break out into fights on the track!