Thursday, July 20, 2017

a sad, bleak, black day for Queenie




Monday, July 10, 2017

every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end

so Fresh & Furious went well! It was a fun tournament and it was interesting to see penalties that one doesn't normally see in the level of game play I'm used to.

So yesterday was my 9th derbyversary.  Nine years.  Sometimes I feel like I've been doing it my entire life, other times it seems like just yesterday I was lining up to do my 20 laps in 5 to be able to skate in a bout for the first time.  I don't like thinking much about how my life would be different if I hadn't discovered derby.

Not necessarily in honor of the derbyversary (it actually was just a coincidence), but a few things happened:

1. retired the hockey helmet.  NEW HELMET WHEE!

 2.  (related to 1) I refereed in glasses!  It went really well - I didn't have any issues with them fogging up.  (the Q was just a temporary decoration, stolen from my hockey helmet.  I have a few ideas on how I'm going to decorate this one.)

3. I retired my skate case (formerly a typewriter case).  One of the latches was breaking and it was getting to be more of a hassle than it was worth.  I bought a skate noose and we'll see how that goes.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

wheep wheep

So QCRG (the Buffalo league) has been treating July as "Thank You" month, where they're posting nice things about their volunteers and officials and whatnot.


Queen Kicktoria also comes from Roc City Roller Derby to help us out and we are beyond thankful to her. She helps our games run smoothly and has helped us out more than almost any other outside referee. She's the first to volunteer to come if we need her.

 Thank you Queenie! We really appreciate you and all the driving you do to come hang with us.

And people wrote nice things after that blush blush eeeeee.


Saturday is Fresh & Furious, in Toronto.  That'll be fun.  Then Ithaca and then Ottawa and then who knows what else in the upcoming 

Friday, June 30, 2017

a weekend without any officiating OH MY GOD

I HRed the second half of scrimmage last night - it went okay.  Slowly but surely I'm learning.  Pack stuff changes so quickly - it's like "out of play in - you're in play now".  Then there's all the other stuff I gotta look out for.

Prompted by a thread I'm reading on FB about the reasons there is starting to be a lack of officials in high school sports and burnout, I decided to note how many games I have officiated since I started:

2017: 62
2016: 52
2015: 36
2014: 2 (I started in October)

(this is basically what's on my officiating resume, which includes things like 20 minute Beast of the East games and 30 minute ECDX challenge games)

I'm still definitely in the OMG OFFICIATING ROLLER DERBY IS THE GREATEST THING EVAR honeymoon phase.  I have to make myself take weekends off to ensure I don't burn out.  (it's not necessarily that I sit at home doing nothing - it's a "I have this thing I could go to, or I could officiate that game, I'll go to this thing.")

Anyway.  Things like ECDX and tournaments* are quite different for players than they are for officials.  Skaters might have three games an entire weekend - officials have that many in a DAY.  I had ELEVEN GAMES IN FOUR DAYS at Battle of the All-Stars.  It's a combination woodchipper and summer camp.
*I'm guessing - I never actually went to a tournament as a skater

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dilemmas, dilemmas

So for those of you scoring at home, I have bad eyesight (I know, a referee with bad vision.  how original).  For the majority of my life I wore contacts exclusively; in the last few years it's only been when I play derby. 

I'd always been leery of wearing them while playing; I've known skaters who fell and had their glasses cut their faces. (I had my own experience of this as a child - I got a door slammed right in my face and my glasses gave me a scar over my eyebrow [which I have since decorated with a piercing]).


Lately I feel that my distance vision isn't as sharp as it is in glasses, but that's just because it's been waaaay too long since I've had my contact lens prescription updated (that's getting taken care of in a few weeks).  They get dry and icky and can pop out on occasion (I had that happen to me as a player, mid-jam, once.  One of my teammates said "watching you put it back in looked so sanitary") and you can't immediately fall asleep after a game (which I tend to want to do at tournaments).

I bring this all up because it occurred to me that I've had my current hockey helmet for over four years now and it would probably be a good idea to get a new one. 

So there's a few things to think about -
  1. I can't fit my current glasses under a hockey helmet, but I could probably under an S-1 or Triple 8
  2. I could get sports goggles but they're kinda goofy looking*.
  3. Plus I've heard that they can fog up 
  4. A non-hockey helmet would be easier to decorate*
  5. There's not as much potential for face-cutting actions as a referee
    1. there's still some potential though
  6. Getting an updated contacts prescription will most likely resolve the distance issue, which right now is the most significant thing for me
  7. LASIK ain't gonna happen

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ECDX in the books

Any sort of tournament/extravaganza weekend is invariably a roller coaster of overwhelmitude for me, both physically and emotionally, and ECDX 2017 was no exception.

I had eight games refereeing - one WFTDA regulation, two WFTDA sanctioned, one MRDA regulation, one JRDA sanctioned and three half-hour fun challenge bouts - and one as jam timer (the weekend's MVP game).  It was a lot.  I didn't make it out to the pool at all (which, in the long run, was probably a good thing as I saw many, many sunburned people).

I have to admit that the Hamilton v. Burr game was a let-down.  There weren't that many people really into the musical - the announcers hadn't seen it (they'd gotten suggestions from people on what to say on Facebook) so the references felt kinda shoe-horned in.  I had my I'M A REFEREE - WHEEEE! nameplate though, and I made an AND PEGGY for another referee, so we were representing.

I also, of course, had my Impostor Syndrome going in full force and effect. There was also the OMG I JUST OFFICIATED A GAME WITH A VERY COOL AND WELL-KNOWN REFEREE SHOULD I FACEBOOK HIM/HER OR WILL THAT JUST SEEM TOO DESPERATE GAH (I did Facebook friend them.  They accepted.)

But there was also lots of HI FRIEND YOU'RE MY FRIEND I HAVEN'T YOU IN A LONG TIME LET'S HANG OUT and we hung out.

So it's all good in the end. :)

Monday, June 19, 2017

did not die!

the weekend went well!  The first game was very warm and stuffy and it was hard to breathe and when my jammer was lead and calling it off I could only get out the first set of four whistles before I'd have to stop and catch my breath.  I don't know if I would've survived doing three games there; hats off to everyone who did.

The second and third games in Ithaca went well, too.  I was front IPR for the regulation game, which I've only done a few times in scrimmage but I don't think I did too horribly.  The acoustics in their venue are horrible - sound just goes up into the ceiling and disappears - so at one point I was yelling OUT OF PLAY so loud my voice actually cracked.

Then a nice afterparty with delicious drinks (bourbon + lemon juice + sugar + club soda?  Tops.) and then home again, crawling into bed at about 3:15am.


This upcoming weekend is ECDX and I'm STUPIDLY excited for that.