Portrait of a Pitbull Princess

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15_PitBullPrincessWith Bootcamp kicking off this week, I wanted to sit down with one of our skaters who went through Bootcamp herself, to give you all some insight on the different ways we get involved with the Outfit.  It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Pitbull Princess.  A mother of three girls and several pit bulls who is gearing up to skate her way into her third season. Pitbull started with derby like so many of us, watching tv and seeing something with roller derby and thinking: “man, that looks fun! I want to do that!” After some quick social media searches, she found her way to a small group skating in Tinley Park. After a few weeks of practices though she found she wasn’t learning as much as she wanted and learned about the Outfit’s Bootcamp for derby minimum skills.

She headed into Bootcamp and learned some skills and more about the Outfit and with the encouragement of her husband to join, Pitbull decided to go for the first night of tryouts.  After not making her first night of tryouts and realizing that she could not commit to the 4 practices a week with her three girls at home, she decided to take what she learned with the Outfit and return to Tinley.  Tinley Park began to fizzle out but Pitbull was still very determined to play so she went with some of her friends at Tinley to the newly formed smaller team in the same area.  

Within a few months of skating with the new league twice a week, Pitbull found that her skills were starting to stagnate as there wasn’t as much emphasis on coming to practice and learning new things but more of a social environment to skate and have fun.  Pitbull wanted the challenge though and after some headbutting over practice and learning skill sets and taking a bad hit that sprained her ankle, Pitbull decided to check back in with the Outfit and see if she could make her way through tryouts again.  

After working out, healing her ankle, and going through another bootcamp and tryout session, she made the team and hasn’t looked back since.  Pitbull has found that derby is a great way to successfully get out her aggression in a constructive way as well as find time for herself as a busy mother of three during the week and on weekends.  One of her favorite qualities the Outfit has is the welcoming nature and open attitude of everyone on the team.  She has been able to come to practice, learn new skills while building off of her current ones, and due to her commitment she has quickly risen through the ranks and is now playing with our Charter team after just two seasons.

Even better has been her family’s encouragement of her skating.  Her girls are now reaching the age of joining our Junior Skate Team, the Chicago Riots and they love coming to practices and games and helping where they can.  They talk about derby and their mom to teachers and classmates constantly and she knows she’s teaching her girls how to be strong and independent.  Her husband has been equally encouraging of her passion and lends some of his free time in helping out Pitbull and the Outfit when he can.  Pitbull found what she was looking for in the Outfit and has given her all each season.  She is one of my favorite players and someone I very much respect and admire for her passion and tenacity for this sport.

If you’re on the fence about coming to bootcamp because of the time commitment derby might have and negotiating that with your home life, we have many moms on the team that are happy to provide advice and support.  Just look at our Pitbull Princess!

Bootcamp began last night and will continue through the end of October, every Monday evening at 7:30pm at Fleetwood Roller Rink. You can find all of the details here.  We hope to see you out on the track!

~Rhonda