Meet Chaotic Daze, a roller derby blocker that goes by the name â€œDaze.â€ She plays for TX-RG Rec and Roller Derby, and has participated in the sport for a year. This Austin, Texas roller derby girl has taken some serious hits in her sport, but she keeps rolling!
How did you discover roller derby? What were your first thoughts when you saw a match the first time?
I first discovered roller derby from the show Rollergirls. It only aired for a session, but that was enough to peak my interest. Funny thing about that is my favorite skater from that show, Smarty Pants, is now one of my skater trainers. When I moved to Austin, where derby is just huge, I decided to go to a game. It was life changing. It’s hard to describe my feelings the first time I saw roller derby. The first bout I went to it was a mixture of awe, excitement, wonder and pride. This was women playing a full contact sport! Being strong, beautiful and physical! There were women of every size playing. There were girls my size and bigger being cheered for and kicking ass! Let’s face it, this was the first time I had ever seen a sport where the “big girls” we’re some of the best on the team. This was something I HAD to do!
Also, what’s your age?
I am thirty, that’s right, thirty. One of the amazing thing about roller derby is you can do it at any age. With our “Brat’s” (junior) and “Rec-N-Rollerderby” leagues we range roughly from 8 years old to 58 years old.
What is a typical derby season – how many matches, how much travel, is there a final goal/cup to play for?
I have been playing for year. I current am in our rec league and our sessions go all year. We have two to three practices per week (or more) depending on what you sign up for. There are different levels you assess to in order to play harder and faster. We scrimmage once a month. The game planning is just as fun as the scrimmages themselves! This may be rec league but we go all out from announcers and themes to intros and a crowd of family and friends….. we do it all. We do not have a playoff or cup in rec league that we play toward. We play for the love of the game.
What position do you play? How does your body factor into how you play roller derby?
My main position is blocker. I can use my size to throw solid hits or contain the other teams jammer to prevent them from scoring. I also play jammer but not because I’m small or fast, just because I play hard and use my size to my advantage. My size is a definite advantage in derby. In one of my very first practices, I’ll never forget it, a girl I was practicing a blocking drill with said “wow, youâ€™re fast and have a big bootie, your so lucky!” And that was the beginning of my loving and appreciating what my body can do.
Are you involved in other sports or performances?
I am not involved in any other sports. Derby is plenty for me!
What is the most severe injury you’ve gotten during derby?
Injuries happen. Not to everyone, there are plenty that have never gotten hurt. I however have. Not badly but I have fractured my wrist, deslocated my elbow and the rest has been limited to bruises, soreness and one black eye.
Considerations, I have to make that is unique to me is because I am bigger than other players I have to watch how hard I hit. The refs have pulled me aside once or twice for hitting too hard. Just because I can hit the tiny girls accross the track doesn’t mean I always should (or so they say).
Other than working when I’m not on skates I am reading, hanging out with my girlfriend Bruis’er (who recent started derby) or just hanging out and having fun .
What would you like the world to know about yourself, or about roller derby?
It is life changing. You get out what you want from it, you push as hard as you want to push yourself (as my trainer Kat A Killzem is so fond of saying). Anyone can to this, from the mom that can only practice one day a week to the ones that practice everyday in hopes to making it on a premier pro team. For me, it has brought me this amazing group of supportive women. Women I am lucky enough to call friends. It has given me an outlet. When I’m sad, stressed, happy or anything else derby and my derby girls are there. What else can I say? Roller derby saved my soul!