Ten reasons you know you’re addicted to Roller Derby

So, you’ve been into Roller Derby a while now, and…

1. You go to 3 practices a week with your team but, even with your super busy life, it’s just not enough!
You try to think of other opportunities to skate; Rollerworld, scrims and even gate crashing another teams practice. Then you realise you’ve bought some outdoor wheels, now you can skate anytime, anywhere, let’s just hope the weather is nice. Please let the weather be nice…

2. Your social media site is 95%+ people who have pictures of themselves on skates as their display picture.
I’m sure I used to have some other friends, but I just can’t remember who they are?

3.  You start to plan your monthly income into “food/bills/petrol/roller derby fund”.
“I can manage another month without *Insert relatively important thing here* as I could really do with some new knee pads…”

4. All of the groups you are in on Facebook are roller derby related.
You are in 5 of your teams Facebook groups, and then those from that mixed scrim/bout you were in that time, oh and roller derby events, recyclables, scrim generators… *clicks next page*… Oh and your news feed, don’t even get me started about that.

5. You start talking about roller derby to people who have no idea what it is/aren’t interested.
Like your mum or uncle or next door neighbour. However you ignore their lack of interest and keep talking anyway. Roller derby is important; they just don’t get it… yet.

6. You make unexpected new friendships during regular outings, based on the fact that you both play roller derby.
“OMG”, you start an over enthusiastic conversation, alienating others around you. You then add them to your Facebook, because, you know – we’ve been over this – that’s what you do now you’re a roller derby addict.

7. You become overly proud of bruises, and relish the opportunity to share/compare stories about your injuries with fellow players. (Sometimes even those mentioned in point 5)
“Check this one! This one is from when I sat on my own wheel!”

8. Your partner/boyfriend/girlfriend has now started skating too.
Although you enjoy this, as it means you can actually see them again – you also start to panic – “what if they get better than me? What if they get better skates? What if they hit me and I fall over?” But as I said, the positives do outweigh the small nags of panic in the back of your mind.  You can now spend time together, a lot more than before, and you can go skating together. It pretty much works in your favour. Win-win.

9. You think about roller derby 24/7.
You dream about roller derby. You imagine yourself as the best skater, calling off that 50 point jam… the crowd goes wild. “Great dream! Epic! I’m going to skate like a boss at my next practice, thank you dream!”

10. You go shopping with your friends, only now every shop/clothes shop has transformed into some kind of roller derby shop.
“Oh those shorts are cute, I could totally wear them for roller derby…”. “Oh can we call in somewhere, I need some lubricant for my bearings”.



Ok, so it said ‘top 10’ but I think point 11 is important in judging this too…

11. You read this blog, laughed and completely agreed with all of the previous points.
Then, because of point 2, thought “I’m so going to post this on my social media website for all of my roller derby friends/team to read to!”

Thanks for reading.

Cherry Revenge
Roller Derby Addicts Anonymous member

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