1. You will get to see amazing derby. Not everyone can make it to Regionals or Nationals because of the time of year those two events take place, but since ECDX takes place during the summer months, people tend to be able to take vacation time and attend. It is so great to know that you can walk from one rink to another and see Gotham, Philly, Charm City, Boston, or any other teams you've been dying to see play. Of course, if you have a derby crush on any "famous" skaters, this is where you might be able to catch a glimpse of them. Be cool ladies, be cool.
2. You might get to see teams you wouldn't normally have access to. When I went to ECDX in 2010, I was so lucky to be able to see Rose City play my league, CRG. Because Rose City is on the other side of the country, the chances of me seeing them play live are pretty low. You never know which teams will show up for ECDX!
3. You will see some new strategy the teams are working on before Regionals. ECDX is where a lot of teams will try out some new bit of "rules interpretation" and let's face it, don't we all want to know what the latest greatest thing is going to be? Also, you might get to see a bout where they are trying new and different rules. Last year, they ran a bout where they had abolished the minor infractions, and I really really wish I had been there to see that one.
4. Challenge bouts are fun and you can increase your derby network by playing in them. I had the honor of playing four challenge bouts my first year, and I had a great time! When I played with the Glamazons, I had the opportunity to play with Swede Hurt from Gotham, Rock Nasty and some players from the Wind Hitty! How exciting is that!
|I was gaga over who I got to skate with!|
|I got to skate with Cape Fear too!|
|And the Bootleggers!|
So, if you are on the fence about attending, please rethink it and join in! Get on the ECDX Yahoo groups and sign up for those challenge bouts! Yes, I hate Yahoo groups too, but for this, I bow to their use.