1. Swapping your shirts in front of people. In most scrimmage practices my team uses black and white shirts, and often times we have to switch back and forth between them. If you come into our league with any kind of modesty, then you probably will have it taken out of you after you've changed shirts three times a week. We don't judge, we just need you to be in the right color. We've seen everything; muffin tops, bad tattoos, and ill fitting jogging bras are ok to us. Derby folk have seen it all, but don't whip off your top during open skate, or the mall, or Burger King. "Outsiders" might not take well to it.
2. Borrowing someone's sweaty gear. Would you ask to wear someone's nasty, sweaty, stinky shoes without socks? Probably not, but derby folk often swap out or borrow disgusting and sweaty gear, shirts, dirty socks and on the rare but documented occasion, a mouth guard. I suppose that teammate funk is better than stranger funk, but derby folk will borrow some of the most intimate items and not worry about the icky factor. God forbid you sit on a public toilet!
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4. Reaching out and honking someone's butt. Derby breaks down a lot of barriers, and the most amusing is definitely being able to touch someone's butt, boobs, or other interesting areas. You would get slapped for most of the "goofing around" contact derby engenders, but imagine if someone grabbed your butt at the library. Books would fly!
It's funny that we really do have two sets of rules to live by because of our sport. You can coexist in two worlds, but let's hope you don't let them overlap too much!