1. "I just want to skate" Ooh ooh....I don't want to skate, I'd rather permanently do committee work instead! Well duh, who doesn't want to skate? I personally would rather skate over just about anything that happens when I'm dealing with my league, but that isn't always the reality of the situation. We all work our asses off so we can skate, and unfortunately sometimes that means doing the humdrum crappy jobs of running a league, dealing with drama, or raising money. Suck it up sweetheart, you have to do the other crap in order to skate. Our sport just isn't at the point where we can say realistically "Can't someone else do it?" The answer right now is no, so get your butt in gear and get to work! If you think the league work gets done by magic pixies, I implore you to get a new helmet.
|Self motivation...not for other denigration.|
3. "If you can't play nice, then play derby" Puke. Anytime I hear anyone say this I know they're probably going to be a douche on the track, and worse yet, be proud of it. Is that vinegar I smell? I know a lot of derby skaters have had limited experience with sports, so they think that being aggressive means being an asshole; I argue you can play hard and not be a jerk. That means not screaming at the refs, not losing your temper at the other team and not making every hit personal. If you can't, take yourself off of the track please. The rest of us would like to play a sport.
4. "There's no crying in roller derby" Lies. Go hide your lying face and shut your lying mouth. I say this one in jest sometimes, but I've cried over derby. I try not to do it in front of people, and mostly on the ride home...or over a Snickers bar. Plenty of people cry in derby, around derby, on top of derby, under derby, BECAUSE of derby, so stop lying and accept it. Now, to be fair, if you cry at every damned practice, I might suggest that you rethink your desire to play derby. Also, please don't cry when you lose. Someone has to lose in a game, and eventually that might be your team. Learn to lose gracefully and with some dignity...at least in public. You don't have to do a happy little jig for the other team, but crying just seems kind of....lame.
But that's just my opinion.