First of all, let's start with #1, literally. I hope nobody on your team is sporting the number one on his or her jersey, because that's a big derby nono. Back in 1937, at least 18 people on a touring bus of derby skaters and support personnel died in a wreck. The number "1" was permanently retired from all roller derby teams as a tribute. I haven't seen any #1s out there yet, but just let your freshmeat know it just isn't done in derby. Also, it would be a really arrogant number to take, or is that just me? Maybe it's just me.
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Derby peeps, I know we do this as a semi-hobby/semi-obsession; we sometimes find ourselves biting off more than we can chew. What am I talking about? Well, I've noticed a trend of derby people flaking out of derby commitments. Everyone gets excited when invitationals are first announced, but then reality hits, or laziness hits, or forgetfulness hits and people start backing out. This is not ok. If you're going to sign up for something, make sure you are willing and able to do it! It's not ok with an invitational, it's not ok with events hosted by your league, and it's definitely not ok when it comes to games your league is involved in! Yes, I know that sometimes real life steps in and says "I don't think so" to your plans, but if you're consistently flaking out on events, don't make the commitment in the first place.
Finally, dealing with league emails is my last topic. Never hit the "reply to all" option if you're just answering one person! We all get two hundred eleventy bazillion emails on a pretty regular basis, and ain't nobody got time for a "reply to all" with a side comment in it. Reply all is the bane of many derby leagues! Try to keep the clutter out of your league member's email boxes! Avoid the reply all!