Pictured: Notorious T.I.J., Sweet Irony, and Princess Leia Out
Roller derby is a full contact sport that requires dedication, skill, strategy and teamwork. The sport dates back to the 1930s as an endurance race. Modern day roller derby revolutionized in the 2000s as an all-female sport. Currently, there are over 1,000 teams in over 20 countries worldwide, and the sport continues to grow at a lightning fast pace. It is even being considered for the 2020 Olympics. Roller derby in Alamogordo, New Mexico is no different and continues to reach new milestones.
Alamogordo currently has one roller derby team, Derbal Remedy, that was established in 2011. This year is our first year competing in bouts (games) against teams from around New Mexico and Texas including Taos, Clovis, and Dumas. Derbal Remedy currently has twelve active players and is always looking for “fresh meat” (new recruits). Any woman, at least 18 years old, can contact our team page via Facebook for more information. We are also looking for men to get involved as referees. TheHolloman AFB family is well represented on the Alamogordo team. We currently have two active duty players, two military spouses, a child care provider from the youth center, and two florists from the flower shop at the BX.
I started skating with Derbal Remedy in January 2013 and haven’t looked back since. I have learned so much in the past four months, and I continue to learn something new at every practice. Alamogordo local, Carl Smith, is our head coach and general manager. He has taught me everything I know about the sport. On average, we practice eight hours a week. Roller derby has improved my overall fitness tremendously. Not only has my cardiovascular fitness improved, but my arms, legs and core are the strongest they have ever been. Why do I put myself through these eight hours of torture per week? This past weekend answered that question – I skated in my debut bout and it’s an amazing feeling!
On Saturday, two of my Derbal Remedy teammates and I played as augmentees for Las Santas from Las Cruces in a bout against the Dirty Curry Prairie Dollz from Clovis. It was very rewarding to finally put all of the skills that I had been practicing for the past three and a half months to the test. Practice definitely made perfect for Las Santas. After countless laps around the track with almost as many falls, we went on to win the bout with a final score of 223 to 79! I have been on cloud nine ever since Saturday, and I cannot wait to skate in the next bout. The bottom line is that fitness does not have to be a chore. Find something you love to do and have fun doing it. I dare you to skate like a girl!
1Lt Carlye Sweet aka “Sweet Irony”
Derbal Remedy, Alamogordo NM