Meet your coaches for the upcoming rookie camp!!
Ruby Ruff N’ Tumble and Bo Loco will be the main coaches, with guest coaches dropping in for select practices. These ladies have a ton of experience and are ready to share their knowledge and teach YOU how to be an awesome derby skater. Check out how they got involved with derby!
Meet Ruby Ruff N’ Tumble!
- Rookie Year: 2010
- Teams you’ve been on: Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls (Serial Thrillers, Straight Jackettes), NHRD AS
- Best Skill: Communicating on the Track
- Secret Weapon: My Booty
- Theme Song: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Can you give a brief synopsis of your skating experience? I started as a ref under OSDA (Old School Derby Association) at Orlando Psycho City. I reffed until I could join their rookie camp. After a year of skating on the Serial Thriller home team, I started skating with their travel team–the Straight Jackettes. The following season, I was the captain of the team until my relocation to New Hampshire. I then joined NHRD and was able to skate with the AS until I took a break from the adult league for about a year to focus on the junior league and my family. I came back in June 2016 and have been the AS team since. I’ve just been elected as the AS co-captain.
How have you grown as a skater? I have learned confidence and how to overcome frustration with myself and others.
How have you overcome difficult skills? Persistence. I like to pick 1 or 2 skills to work on at a time. I practice them over and over, especially during warm ups and while I’m waiting for my turn during drills. I have increased my skill level drastically over the last year especially.
What is your background with coaching? I own and operate the New Hampshire Junior Roller Derby league where I teach girls 7 to 17 how to skate. I am the head coach and work with an assistant coach to make sure we are devoting time to our skaters. Additionally, as captain of the Straight Jackettes, I coached team practices. Lastly, I enjoy running practices for the league.
Meet Bo Loco!
- Rookie Year: 2014
- Teams you’ve been on: Granite State Troopers, Cherry Bombs, All-Stars
- Best skill: Backwards blocking
- Secret Weapon: Booty hits
- Theme Song: Girls Run the World by Beyonce
How did you get involved with derby?
I saw some NHRD girls flyering in Manchester. I was too young to join at the time, but got involved as soon as I was old enough.
Can you give a brief synopsis of your skating experience? I had never skated before my first practice. I struggled with every single skill and was barely able to keep up with my fellow rookies, but continued to work hard in and outside of practice.
How have you grown as a skater? I think myself and others grow the most when they believe there is always a next level to reach. Even the best skaters in the world still work to improve their basic skills. If you don’t set limits for yourself, you’ll keep improving!
How have you overcome difficult skills? I like to work on the skills that challenge me most any chance I get! When I was struggling with transitions (turning around while rolling) I would practice the movement without skates around my house. It sounds dumb, but it totally works. I also like to visualize myself doing skills the way someone I’d like to emulate does them. I’ll pick someone who does that skill well and picture myself doing it the same way. It helps!
What is your background with coaching? I was always in the captain role in the sports I participated in growing up. Coaching came along with those roles and I love it! I love watching people work through difficulties to find success on the other side.