Apr 292010
 

Dolly Rocket of Charm City Roller Girls doing some amazing pivoting. (photo credit: www.fracturemag.com)

So last week’s post was all about the jammer, who often gets the most attention anyway so I move on. This week I’m going to tell you more about the Pivot.
Now I’ve said multiple times but for those who are behind, the pivot is the lady with the helmet cover (panty) with a single stripe down the middle. I also discussed the privilege that pivots have of being eligible to become a jammer if for some reason the current jammer cannot swing it.
But this isn’t the only thing that differentiates the pivot from the rest of the blockers in the pack.
Often you’ll hear of derby girls referring to the pivot as the last line of defense but only after being around for a few months do you truly get the understanding of what the purpose of this position is (or at least it took me a while to truly grasp the understanding). Luckily for you though, I’m here to impart my knowledge.
Okay, the pivot is pretty much like the captain away from the bench. The pivot calls out the plays and helps to control the speed of the pack ALONG WITH being the last line of defense against a jammer who has just busted through the pack. But being a pivot is not just about having the mouth guard that’s easiest to talk around. It’s about being able to take in the situation and call what play needs to be done right there on the track.
From what I’ve seen with my own team, the captain, Sigga Please, and co-captain, Zarathrustya, do tend to play pivot a lot not only for their abilities to scream at their blockers but for this insane skill we derby girls like to call panty chasing. First they put their hips square in front of those jammers and try to

In the photo Zara is squaring her hips in front of jammer Rock Bottom and even though Sigga does not have the pivot panties on, she is getting the pack to slow down and force Zara out of the zone of engagement. (photo credit: Skunk Rolla, RSRD)

keep them in the zone of engagement. If for some reason this fails, they haul ass and swing their hips around in front of the jammer and slow her down. The hardest part about this is that most of the time, pivots are at the front of the pack. This is their rightful place, so when they take off to engage in some good old fashioned panty chasing, the pack is busy doing other things; and the pivot ends up out of play and has to let the jammer by.
Another two fellow Red Stick Roller Derby ladies who make amazing pivots are Sour Patch Kid and Rock Bottom. Whenever they are pivots, I know what is going on with the pack and where I should be. My team was playing against Magnolia Roller Vixens and they have this badass blocker named Kamdemic and she and I were out for blood from each other. At one point we both completely passed the pack up and just kept hitting each other. I still remember the sound of Rock Bottom screaming “MADIE LET HER GO, FALL BACK! SLOW DOWN!”

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This is that moment that will live forever in my brain. Kamdemic and I going at it while rock yells at me to let her go. (Photo credit: Cajun Eject Her)

That’s how a pivot works, you should always be able to hear her mouth, she should always be barking commands at you, and you should always be trying to keep her in the zone of engagement as she tries to nail the jammer. After writing this I’ll never be able to get this out of my head.

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Apr 092010
 

Well, well, well. Aren’t you lucky? You are about to embark on a derby journey of epic proportions with the livest bitches in the land. I am proud to present the groundfloor girls of LDG and they are going to rock your world right down to your custom R3s.

trAC/DC

trAC/DC runs shit. She is a writer and the creator and co-editor of Live Derby Girls. She took up the skates in October, fell in love, and kissed the rest of her life goodbye. She bouts with the Red Stick Roller Derby in Baton Rouge, LA, and while no one knows yet whether she’s really a blocker or a jammer, once she figures it out you best get out her way. trAC/DC loves metal, crop tops, bourbon, feather roach clip earrings, and other pimp shit. If you want to buy her presents and stuff, she will gladly send you her mailing address, but otherwise you’re gonna need to take a step back. Now.

trAC/DC

Rock Bottom

Rock Bottom is the co-editor of Live Derby Girls and the happiest ho in this universe. Her ass is hard, but her heart is not. A lover of gas station-purchased hats, bad rap, and spandex, she is happiest on skates or in the arms of her best friend, Sassy Samatha of the South, her beloved Labrador Retriever. Labels that apply to her: conservative catholic, former sorostitute, retired basketballer, aspiring rap star, and resentful student. But don’t be fooled. Rock knows a good time. In fact, she’s known for her impromptu rap concerts, cutthroat dance-offs, and fabulously heavy drinking. She’ll probably like you, as long as you like fuzzy animals, poetry, going commando, or smoking your neighbor’s stale cigarette butts. If you’d like her to crowd surf at an afterparty near you, contact her at rockbottom@livederbygirls.com.

Rock Bottom

Krissy Krash

This 6’1 Amazon will knock you flat on your ass, steal your woman and your car. Krissy was genetically engineered for the sport of Roller Derby. Combining her mother’s take no shit attitude and her Dad’s pro-linebacker DNA resulted in a roller girl of epic proportions . Spending the majority of her life diving for soccer balls as a goal keeper has given her the timing needed to crush any skater that dares cross her path. This heavy hitting goddess has been known to run a half marathon in the AM and head right to the track to lay the smack down against the best of the best that very night. How does she do it? Krissy is the Jane of all trades when it comes to derby training and nutrition. You want to know how to hit harder, skate faster, or look hotter in your hotpants? This is your go-to gal.

**The views and values on this site are those of the author and are in no way affiliated with the views and values of any league**

Krissy Krash

Julie Kablooie
Julie bought her first pair of big girl skates in January 2009 so she could stay in shape by doing something fun. She joined Red Stick Roller Derby in April 2009. On the track, Julie is a blocker and off the track she maintains the league newsletter. When she’s not blocking on the track or being chased by the intergalactic police, Julie Kablooie enjoys a not-so-quiet life managing a local game shop with her husband. She puts her dual degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry to good use, discovering the exact relationship between number of gamers in the store and personal volatility. Between keeping her beloved nerds stocked up with games and goodies and occasionally brokering an international dragon sale, Julie stays pretty busy. She enjoys knitting (but never sewing), singing at the top of her lungs while driving, British science fiction, and Belgian beer. She can often be found leaving the afterparty early in order to get home in time to feed her three cats and three rats. Although, if you buy her another beer, she’s pretty confident that the problem will work itself out.

Julie Kablooie

Heidi Volatile
Heidi Volatile is the blammer with the glamour! Whether jamming or blocking, she makes her explosive presence known–and you’ll still feel it days later. The only thing louder than her mouth is the red lipstick that she constantly applies to it (she finds it coordinates nicely with her eyes and your bruises). You’ll hear her coming, but it really won’t do you any good. Ms. Volatile occasionally pauses in her quest for worldwide domination to blog at LiveDerbyGirls.com, where she shares wit, wisdom, and musings about how to Better Knock Down Bitches (BKDB). She also loves long walks on the beach, drinking the tears of her enemies, and receiving email at blammeration@gmail.com.

Heidi Volatile

The Swede
Swede Hurt was born in the distant Northern Europe. Being the offspring of an Amazon and a Viking it seemed to be in her blood to spend most of her life traveling and seeking adventure. Swede formerly pursued a career in snowboarding, but the snow grew too cold and her knees to oweak. So she decided on an exercise of the brain, went to University in Seattle where she was introduced to ROLLER DERBY and unicorns. Jet City Rollergirls was the first league to take her in, and in a very short time she became one of their star jammers. After a season, Swede felt ready to venture to Rat City Rollergirls to claim a spot on their 2009 All Star team. A year went by and Swede felt that even though she loved Seattle, it was time to leave and headed for NYC where she was welcomed by Manhattan Mayhem of Gotham Girls. Swede can also be spotted in purple on the banked track under the Legit name Berglöf or in grey representing Team Vagine. There can never be too much derby in Swede’s life, and her mission is to spread roller derby worldwide, inch by inch, country by country. She jams and blocks and sometimes she even talks shit, but most of the time she’s just the Swedish Viking Amazon you wanna be friends with. Oh, and don’t be surprised if you see Swede on a unicorn, it’s here favorite means of transportation, next to roller skates!

The Swede

Madie Sans Merci
Madie is a New Orleans, Louisiana native but after moving to Baton Rouge for college she was assimilated by the ladies of Red Stick Roller Derby. Derby brought out her streak of vengeful violence. After adopting her name from John Keats’ famous “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” she proved to be truly merciless on the track. She has the deameanour of a sweet girl, but that sly smile is just an indication that she’s planning something devious for you. She thrives on a diet of cyanide, bullets, and Jager. What doesn’t kill her makes her stronger, and that’s a lose-lose situation for the ladies she encounters on the track.

Madie Sans Merci

Raven Von Kaos
Raven Von Kaos has been booty deep in derby since 2007. She hails from the beautiful and scenic Santa Cruz, California where she skates for the Santa Cruz Derby Girls. When Raven is not on the track she can be found reading, writing and living the derby life. Raven has been an active blogger since 2008 and started the Derby Hurts site / brand in late 2009 after undergoing surgery for an ACL injury caused on the track. With all that is going on in the derby world, Raven tries to keep her finger on the throbbing pulse that is America’s favorite underground sensation.  This girl never leaves her skates or her wit at home. On the track Raven is known for her signature booty block and delivering hard hits, but the self-declared after-party champion loves to bust a move and enjoy a tasty beverage with her competitors after every game. Be sure and stay tuned for Raven’s reviews, write-ups and reports on everything that is derby-fabulous.

Raven Von Kaos

Ms. Kittie Fantastik

Wife and mother first, roller bitch next, Ms. Kittie Fantastik’s priorities are straight. Kittie is a transplant from the cornfields of the north and is happy to school you on either your housekeeping or hip checks. She showed up to practice in October of 2009 and we haven’t been able to get her our of her fishnets since, much to the gratification of her husband. By day, she works 9 to 5, dreaming of skate glory. By night, she pours her heart out on the track in the form of tomahawks, full body checks, and “packin’ it up” until she goes home to tuck in her daughter, make lunches for the next day and kiss her husband good night.

Ms. Kittie Fantastik

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