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Photography: Hispanic Attack

What brought you to roller derby?

Amanda (Hug-N-Kill) had watched a game and started going to a couple practices. We use to do sports together in high school and she asked that I should try it and do it with her. So I said sure why not…

When did you first start playing roller derby?

End of May beginning June 2012

What made you want to try it?

I was asked to try it, but was also looking for something to keep me active

How did you choose your derby name?

My first derby name was Cagey Kajee. An adjective and my first name, someone on my team helped me come up with it. When I had my oldest, it was the time that letters couldn’t be numbers anymore, so I change my name and number in 2015. Mama Menace, as I hope my oldest will play and be Venace the Menace. My number is his birthdate.

How long have you been involved in the and in what capacities?

I was a skater for Hill City Rollers from 2012-2015 and did a little NSOing during that time. I was the secretary for the league at one point and part of coaching and training, helping coach practices and as a line up coach. I learned many basics and stepping stones with HCR, and made some pretty amazing friendships.

I’ve been with CNY since 2015 as a coach, skater and official. I try to officiate any game that I’m not playing in or bench coach for. I have met so many wonderful people and made amazing friends with my travels with CNY

Do you have a favorite team/favorite skater/official/volunteer?

There are too many amazing people to pick one. I like watching multiple people play and skate and be involved for so many different reasons.

What’s your favorite thing about playing roller derby?

I love the physical and mental challenges. It’s fun to play, but being able to be challenged and pushed athletically is the best feelings.

Photography: Hispanic Attack

What do you consider your greatest strength as a jammer/blocker/pivot?

If I’m jamming, my greatest strength would be knowing when to give up the star, even if I don’t get out I’m doing my part to try and keep the score for that jam 0-0.

If I’m a pivot I’m constantly looking for my jammer and trying to see what they may need, and positioning myself in a way to take the star without getting trapped behind the wall.

If I’m blocking I tend to take up a lot of track space and try to communicate what is going on to the best of my abilities. And for all the positions, I can hit pretty hard if I’m not laughing.

What are your goals for the 2020 season?

I want to play and officiate all the derby. I am trying to get stronger outside of derby and work on some health issues which I hope in turn make me a better skater and teammate.

Mama Menace

Any suggestions for new officials or those considering officiating with CNYRD?

Take a deep breath and don’t let anyone put you down for wanting to officiate. There is no such thing as “just an official”

Since joining have you found yourself in any unexpected roles?

I wasn’t expecting to be the head coach for the DayBreakers last season, but it was a great opportunity and I learned so much about myself as a coach and about my teammates

Photography: Hispanic Attack

How do you push yourself to be a better athlete?

During practices I try to pair up with teammates that I feel will give me the most challenge depending on what drill we are learning. At the same time by pairing up with the rookie skaters and explaining drills in different ways gives me an opportunity to approach things in ways I may not have thought to before.

What thing have you done within CNYRD that has given you the greatest personal satisfaction?

When I was bench coaching in NH last year and I had the jammer call off the jam because I thought we had won. It was a great feeling and taught me some tough lessons, but I could not have been prouder of how we performed in that game, even though we did lose.

What core value do you appreciate/emulate the most? Why?

I guess it applies to both. Just be a decent human being. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to be kind, and it goes a long way. You never know how much a kindness can mean to someone, especially in their darkest days.

Do you feel like you have changed since joining CNYRD?

I have become a lot more knowledgeable in the derby verse, but i have also learned many things as they relate to life too. With knowledge comes change, all I can hope is that it’s for the better.

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned so far?

When we learn a certain strategy for a few years and then get told it was wrong. It’s hard to switch gears at first and try to do things in the new fashion. In terms of skills I’m still trying to figure out how to do hockey stops and getting over the fear of trying to do them

What is your patronus?

According to the wizarding world Patronus quiz I’m an Ibizan hound

What is your day job?

CSM (Customer service manager) at Walmart

How do you balance a commitment to derby and life outside of derby?

I’m not sure I really balance. I have work, derby and family. Repeat

You describe yourself as a mother an wife. Tell us about your wonderful family, or share a special moment if you would like.

I have a wonderful husband and two amazing children, one who is 5 and the other who is 2. My children are what made me make the tough decision to change where my career was going. We also have lots of fur babies and a fish. My family is my world, and I always strive to give them the best moments in time possible.

If you have time for other hobbies what do you get up to when you’re not skating?

Umm, well does work count? I try to read books and manga on occasion. I enjoy watching some TV shows and anime with my husband.

A little something extra!

Favorite color: purple
Favorite #: 11
Favorite season: Spring
Favorite food: too hard to decide but I do love chocolate peanut butter combinations

Piss-N-Ginger

Photography: Daniel Crowther

How did you first hear about roller derby?

My two sister-in-laws got into it while I was pregnant with my oldest daughter and they said I should try it when I had a chance

How did you choose your derby name?

My nana used to always say I was full of piss and vinegar and since I have red hair it stuck. So when I was thinking about names (originally wanted my name to be Irish you Harm) and my 1st choice got denied by 2 evils PNG stuck.

How long have you been involved in the sport and in what capacities?

This is my 10th season. I have been Head of Bout Production (now know as Game Production), I’ve also been on other committees like Non-Bout Events, Siege Committee, Member Rep, Announcer at games, and I’ve been on the Board of Directors as Vice President for two seasons now.

How does it feel to be acknowledged for your volunteering efforts?

It’s great to get recognized for helping out, but even if I didn’t, I love this sport and my league and would do anything to help out.

Any suggestions for new volunteers or those considering volunteering with CNYRD?

This is a great sport, doesn’t matter who you are, you can play and if you can’t we will find something that suits you within the league! We are like family. Some of my best friends I’ve met in this league.

When did you first start playing roller derby?

I’ve been in the league 10 seasons but I’ve been playing for three seasons now.

What made you want to try it?

After I had my daughter I needed “me-time” as selfish as that sounds.

Do you remember your first CNYRD game?

Yes my first game was an away game and trying to fit seven people in a Dodge Journey with four sets of gear….well it was a cramped trip 😂😂
Where and when? It was in Vermont against the Southshire Battlecats not sure of the date

Did you have any skating experience before you started Rookie Training?

Only recreational skating at Skate-A-While when I was a teenager.

Since joining have you found yourself in any unexpected roles?

Yes, I never thought I’d be in a leadership position like VP …or an announcer.

What do you consider your greatest strength as a blocker?

Blocker, I tend to forget strategy and seek out the opposing jammer and try to get’em….lol kind of like “visualize and attack ” like Adam Sandler in the Water Boy.

Do you feel like you have changed since joining CNYRD?
Yes, I’ve got way more confidence, and even though I don’t see it I have improved greatly thanks to the help of my coaches and league mates.

What are your goals for the 2020 season?

Learn to jam, get better at hitting, and gain some muscle.

What thing have you done within CNYRD that has given you the greatest personal satisfaction?

I finally beat those damn laps…lol I made 27/5 (when I started 25/5 and never passed them) my bitch…lol

What core value do you appreciate or emulate the most?

I try to listen and understand when people are talking to me, doesn’t matter what it’s about, and never judge.

Why?

You don’t know what everyone is going through in life, and sometimes they just need someone to listen, to vent to, and sometimes ask for advice.

Why have you stayed involved with CNYRD?

Because god damnit I love you all.

Do you have a favorite team/favorite skater/official/volunteer?

Hellions Of Troy is my favorite team. And Eloda Sarcasm is my favorite derby person ever!

What is your patronus?

Honey Badger

You are a self described lunch lady and mom to crazy kids. Tell us about your day job and family. Are there any moments that made you proud to fulfill either of those roles?

I’ve been married to my best friend John for 14 years (together 18), and I am a mom to three kids. One son and two daughters. We have a dog named Ginger and three fish (they actually don’t have names…lol). Soon we will be grandparents to our first grandchild. We’re keeping the ginger population alive…lol. I am a lunch lady….lol.

I’ve been everything from a nurses aide, to an airport screener, and in between. After I had my two daughters I stayed home with them (did some daycare on the side for a few friends) until they both were in school all day and then I got a job with the district. It’s perfect, we have all the same days off, because daycare is damn expensive and I don’t make enough money anywhere to afford that.

I love that kids in school seek me out to talk to me at lunch and either just want to talk or ask serious questions or just be silly teenagers. I’m proud of being a parent, because who knew I could keep them alive this long…lol. My two girls don’t take anyone’s crap….sometimes not even mine and that means they can hold their own so I think that’s something. However, they can be angels when they need to be, WORLD WATCH OUT…lol.

How do you balance a commitment to derby and life outside of derby?

I don’t think I’ve found that balance yet…lol.

Photography: Hispanic Attack

If you have time for other hobbies what do you get up to when you’re not skating?

Coaching the juniors….lol. Both my kids play for the Frostbites of CNY Junior Roller Derby. I do want to join my local volunteer fire department as a firefighter, I just have to find time to take the course when I’m not doing derby…lol.

Slay West

How did you first hear about roller derby?
I think I heard an ad on K-ROCK or saw an ad in the OD (Observer Dispatch)

Baby Slay

How long have you been involved in the sport and in what capacities?
CNYRD – Since March 2008. I’ve served in many leadership capacities including President and Coaching & Training Chair. I’m currently the Games Committee Chair, Siege of CNY Tournament Chair, full-time skater, part-time NSO, WFTDA rep, CNY Nightmares captain, and league coach. Mohawk Valley Roller Derby (MVRD) – On and off since they formed in 2009 (I think). I’ve previously been a coach and am currently a skater on their B team and an NSO.

What made you want to try it?
I’ve played sports my whole life and when I got home from grad school and saw the ad, I thought it was definitely something to check out since I hadn’t played on any teams for a couple of years.

Photograph: Walter Romero/ Hispanic Attack

What’s your favorite thing about playing roller derby?
How physically and mentally challenging it is.

Do you remember your first CNYRD game? Where and when?
November 2008 against Albany at the Washington Ave Armory. I’m pretty sure we had a few guest skaters too.

Have you played any other sports before?
Yup! Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Fast and Slow Pitch Softball, and Lacrosse. From youth level to Division 3 college.

What do you do for off-skates training?
Mostly lift weights and cardio cross-training. I’m a member of the #cuttlefishcrew run by Iron Octopus Fitness (virtual group fitness).

Do you feel like you have changed since joining CNYRD?
I think in some ways; I have a lot more confidence.

What do you consider your greatest strength as a jammer, blocker, or pivot?
Knowing what’s going on in the game and anticipating what is going to happen.

What are your goals for the 2020 season?
Continue to improve power and strength while blocking; work on being a strong forward-facing blocker.

How do you push yourself to be a better athlete?

I find it helps me to find athletes that inspire me to want to improve. I love seeing another derby player do something then try to break down and figure out how I can do that as well.

What thing have you done within CNYRD that has given you the greatest personal satisfaction?
Creating the Siege of CNY tournament

In 2018 Siege of CNY became a WFTDA Recognized Tournament

Why have you stayed involved with CNYRD?
I really love roller derby; the sport and the community.

Do you have a favorite team, favorite skater, official, and or volunteer?
It’s hard to narrow it down to one so I’ll go with two: Bonnie Thunders from Rose City Rollers and DARYL from Gotham Girls Roller Derby.

Photograph: Sean Childs

Since joining have you found yourself in any unexpected roles?
Yes, every leadership role I’ve ever been in.

You mentioned you are an Athletic Trainer by day, how do you balance this and derby and or are there times the two cross over?
Due to unusual hours, long hours, and changing hours, I just do the best I can. Since I work primarily at Whitesboro High School with their sports teams, there are definitely times where I need to miss practice for work or work a Saturday game at the school then go over to Kennedy Arena for our game. Luckily, I am able to get subs at work from time to time to help and most of derby season takes place when school sports are over.

If you have time for other hobbies what do you get up to when you’re not skating?
Park skate, trail skate, read, watch or go to the movies

You mentioned you are a pet mom, tell us about your pets!
We have 2 cats and 1 dog, all rescues! Piper is our old lady black cat. She’s 13 and queen of the house. Marshmallow is 8, orange and white, and loves to lay by the heat vents. Riley the dog is the baby of the bunch. She’s only 2, is black and white, and is super cute and energetic.