my first scrimmage.
Sunday I got to participate in my first ever scrimmage with the Rocktown Rollers! Previous to this I’ve scrimmaged at practice against my own teammates and played in a mixer in December.
Bright and early Sunday morning I joined six other lovely derby ladies to travel in the party van to Richmond. Approximately 15 minutes out of Staunton I realized I forgot my mouth guard. Whoops! Luckily Little Miss Meanie had my back and had an extra one that I customized with hot water from our rest stop at McDonald’s.
During warm ups this new mouth guard caused me to gag, pretty much the entire time. I wasn’t playing during the first bout so, I just sat on the bench with my mouth guard in and focused on breathing like the nerd I am. I was not going to let my forgetfulness cause my derby skillz to suffer.
Looking back most of the scrimmage is a total blur. My first time going out as a jammer (eep!) I got a major penalty for track cutting. Oops! I got hit out of bounds and accidentally slid back on the track in front of people. Pretty sure I didn’t make it around the track once before I had to make my way to the penalty box.
I got my jitters out and the rest of the scrimmage was super exciting! It was awesome getting to work with girls on my team whether it was when I was blocking or jamming. I also really liked playing people that I didn’t know. Not knowing who will hit you super hard and ruin your life makes it a lot easier to go up against them. When scrimmaging against other Rocktown Rollers I know who has destroyed me in the past.
It was so crazy hearing “Clarissa Pains It All” announced each time I was on the jammer line. My last time jamming I knew we were only up by a few points and I was determined to not let their jammer score a million points on me, or any for that matter. I managed to make my way close to the front of the pack and then Bam Bam Brawler gave me a whip and I got lead jammer! It’s really a blur as to how all of that happened, but it did and that’s all that matters.
This scrimmage just got me more pumped for the 2012 Season. I impulse purchased some sparkly eye shadow in preparation for our first bout coming up this Sunday. I’m going to be a lot more glam this season.
Speaking of the bout this Sunday, do you have tickets yet? Let me know I have pre-sale ones you can buy from me! You can also get them online here. This is definitely something you don’t want to miss! Ok, I think I’m done gushing about roller derby at least until practice tonight…