Team Awesome IS: |
Amanda Jamitinya - Rocky Mountain Rollergirls
AND MORE (check it out down below!)Basically, Team Awesome is a bunch of players from roller derby leagues across the country who come together anytime, anyplace they can to play roller derby. Its not really an all-star team, though its the crazy ones that love playing that end up on the team, so you know, they don't exactly suck. Its just a bunch of people who like to play & travel together and have fun. We'll play YOU... Just ask us!
Where did Team Awesome come from? Do you seriously think you're awesome?
Once upon a time a team called New England Roller Derby challenged Lexie Deluxe, a former Philly player, to put a team together to skate against them at the first ECE. They called themselves NERD. So of course in a rochambeax sort of way, Lexie named her team "AWESOME." That's it. No tryouts, no big deal, not even ringers - it was just whoever she liked and their friends (cause she was busy helping to organize ECE). In fact, because of a wicked ice storm, that first game was played by whomever showed up and put on the jerseys she had printed up. Speaking of jerseys, that first Awesome / NERD match started in matching jerseys and resulted in a tied score, and it was totally fun. And so a handful of those skaters, most of whom had played against each other and had tons of fun - decided to get together and play again at the next Rollercon. Where we showed up (again) in the same color as the team that challenged us. And it was also pretty fun. So, one thing led to another... How can someone play for Team Awesome?
Well, there's no tryouts or anything like that. Pretty much everyone started out as a local sub, often pulled out of the crowd 5 minutes before a challenge, and we have those for almost every game. We choose subs pretty casually. And we just go to lots of events and whenever someone on the roster notices someone particularly awesome (usually when they're playing against them), they talk them up to the group (like anyone would after a good jam). Sometimes that sticks, and then we ask that awesome skater to sub next time we have an opportunity and she's around. If she's a good time and fun to play & and hang out with, we keep inviting her. Not too scientific, not too exclusive - but it works for us. So the answer is: play good derby, be awesome, and be around! OTHER AWESOMES THAT MUST BE MENTIONED:
Serge (Announcer & Fabulous Road Trip Companion)
AND our awesome LOCAL SUBS Muffin Kamikazi Kim & & Miss Evil (Duke), Catholic Cruel Girl (Rocky), Tannibal Lector (Oly) Hard Anya (Gotham), Malice w/Chains (Windy), Joy Collision (Charm City), Sol Train (Rose City), Nina Knockout & Mo Pain & Teflon Donna & Violet Temper (Philly), Steely Jan & Kung Pow Tina (San Diego), and all past & future subs
Awesome Alumni who will always be welcomed back!... Include Lexie Deluxe (Philly) - our first captain!, Roxy Rocket (Carolina), Dahmernatrix (retired from SD Derby Dolls), Darth Skater (Rat City), Crash Baby & Killbox (Detroit), Jawbreaker (Northstar), Bullet Tooth Tracy (TX Rollergirls), Valphonse Capone (Windy), Pinky 500 (Rocky), Jersey Diabla (Philly), Fisti Cuffs (Gotham), Screamin Mimi (Humboldt), Derringer (Texas), Coach Dirty (Sacred), Crackerjack (Texas), everyone who subbed in ever!
AND ESPECIALLY EVERYONE WE'VE PLAYED AGAINST, including: