Happy Holidays, y'all! We're happy to announce that in 2014, Philly Roller Girls is starting our first-ever Juniors Program! Thanks to a HUGE response from our young skating clinic attendees this past summer, we've developed a program we think will challenge and encourage fresh talent...but we need your help!
Please consider helping us fund our brand-new program through a generous holiday donation today, so that by January 1, we're able to hit the ground skating! You can even leave us a message in the comments section if you'd like to make a donation in someone's name as a gift!
Help us train these brilliant, enthusiastic young women by helping us with seed funding for Philly Roller Girls' 2014 Junior Derby Program! Thanks so much for reading and sharing!
As the Philly Roller Girls prepare for our 2013 Annual Fresh Meat Tryouts (Fresh Meat = our rookie skaters training to be official league members), the league is buzzing with anticipation for our new recruits! While we all think back on our own experiences with tryouts and learning roller derby, we thought this might be a good time to share some advice for aspiring roller girls. Enjoy! And for more information, don’t forget to check out the Tryouts info page. Can’t wait to see you at our upcoming workshops and tryouts!
What is something you wish you knew before trying out for PRG?
“The Rocky theme song.” Pop A Roach
“Just how greatly it would impact my life. I thought I was trying out to play a sport, but it's so much more than I could have ever imagined.” Devoida Mercy
“That I was becoming part of something so much bigger than me.” Antidote
“To not be discouraged when learning new skills. Everyone is working hard to get better and struggling to learn new skills is sometimes just a part of the process! It will make you stronger and more well-rounded in the long run.” Goldy
What advice would give to skaters trying out this November?
“Don’t be afraid to attend workshops! I was so intimidated by them. I assumed I’d be judged and written off before the actual tryouts, but it’s really just the opposite. The workshops are a unique opportunity to get to know PRG skaters and accelerate your learning.” Goldy
written by Mark Zimmaro (@mzimmaro), photo by Bryan Gallagher
Holden Grudges’s trip last year to Philly was a memorable one.
Or maybe it wasn’t.
Her team at the time, Charm City of Baltimore, had just wrapped up its weekend of competition at the East Coast Derby Extravaganza and Grudges was on her way home.
But her roller derby equipment wasn’t. It remained at the SportsPlex Arena as the host Philly Roller Girls cleaned up after the party.
“I didn’t even realize I left without it,” Grudges said. “Thankfully, one of the other Charm girls grabbed it but I don’t remember who did. I was a little drunk (from the abundance of derby action that weekend).”
Maybe it was a sign that the derby gear recognized before Grudges did. Regardless, the Liberty Belles have a new transfer.
And a pretty good one.
Holden Grudges made her first bout appearance with PRG’s Heavy Metal Hookers Training team as it took on the Junkyard Dolls of — you guessed it — Charm City in a non sanctioned competition.