- Published on Thursday, 22 January 2015 12:46
- Written by iLuvLocalPlaces.com Staff
The Cape Girardeau Roller Girls, or CGRG, are jumping into another derby season. Fundraising is starting; bouts are scheduled; and the league is ready to take on new members. Do you have what it takes to be found anywhere near the track? Maybe skating isn’t your cup of tea, so read on as there may be something else to interest you!
It takes a lot of guts to put on skates race around a track trying either to score points for your team or deter the other team from scoring their own points. It also takes a lot of sportsmanship, patience, and physical work. On the track, the skaters often seem ruthless and aggressive. Off the track, though, they are not so bad. You can catch them at events such as parades and charity benefits among other things. They pride themselves on being philanthropic by donating proceeds of ticket sales to charities and organizations throughout the area.
To be on skates, however, it’s not all about the knee socks and flashy tights. Without some stripes in the mix, bouts would be a disorganized tizzy of flying elbows, illegal blocking, and skater pile-ups (which often happen anyway!) Without further adieu, hats off to the referees who regulate and enforce the rules of the game, also known as "The Zebras." Seen going forward, backward, the wrong way and occasionally crashed to the ground (just because they have stripes doesn’t make them immune to gravity,) the referees have to follow every move the skaters make in order to call the game in all fairness. Knowing the rules inside out is most important to this herd, and you can see what it takes to be part of it!
Last but certainly not the least of all one more very important group to mention are the non-skating officials, or NSOs. Who else is going to sell tickets at the door, or keep score so the winner can be determined? Without the dedicated NSOs, many aspects of the bouts would be left a mystery. Much of the behind-the-scenes stuff would go unfinished and the question of who had the most penalties in a bout unsettled. For many NSOs, being a part of roller derby is important, but due to physical limitations, time constraints, or other factors, being an NSO keeps them in the derby family and gives them a chance to help out the team in an important way. There is a need for new NSOs all the time, so don’t hesitate to try your hand at penalty tracking, score keeping, and white board operations, among many other tasks.
There is much more to roller derby than skates and a clipboard. If you’re interested, check out the recruitment night on January 26. Show up for more information, and keep in mind that just showing up is not binding! Remember to bring your ID for age verification, a mouthguard if you intend to get on skates, and some gear if you have it! (If you don't have gear, there will be some for you to try out!) Perhaps you would just like to learn a little more about the sport, or maybe you’re looking to join. Either way, enjoy the opportunity to ask questions, take your chances on skates, and learn more than you ever knew possible about roller derby.
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