Jocelyn Bassler

Skid Ho

Photo by Arvin Alston

Puttin' the "ass" in Bassler since 1980!

Join Date?
I started playing roller derby in June of 2007 with the Mason-Dixon Roller Vixens and transferred to Dutchland in August of 2009.
What positions do you normally play/like to play?
I actually enjoy jamming and feel that I serve my team best as a jammer, but I love blocking, too!
What brought you to DDR?
It was hard to leave my old team, but I was looking for a team that I could grow with and to play more competitively with. I was also touched by what a caring, hardworking, and organized group of people Dutchland is. The people really sealed the deal.
What do you love about Roller Derby?
Going fast on 8 wheels! I also love the mental challenge - when you're on wheels, you gotta think quickly and execute quickly. Also: HITTING PEOPLE IS FUN!
What do you love about Dutchland?
Dutchland is like my second family. The love is real. I honestly do not know who or where I would be without the people I have met through this league and the friendships that I've made here.
What is your favorite Derby Story?
Roller derby really celebrates the underdog. I love any derby story that involves triumph where you least expect it: The person that never played sports growing up that has found their inner athlete, a small-town team coming out of nowhere to win a game against a notable opponent, the person that was clinging to the wall on their first night at practice who is now skating on their all-star team. Those are the best derby stories!
What are your proudest Roller Derby moments?
The Dutchland vs Boston game at ECDX [East Coast Derby Extravaganza tournament] in 2011 - playing a close game against a team we revered and hearing the announcers say that if you weren't present, you were missing out - that's derby gold! Also, I have had the good fortune of playing in three regional tournaments, but I think I felt the greatest sense of pride the last time we went - after losing half our all-star team to retirement, so many of our skaters stepped up to the challenge of playing some really tough games and getting some great tournament experience. Also, having had the opportunity to bench coach for many Crush games, I always feel tremendously proud of our newest skaters as they play their first games and you can see how much they are learning and succeeding. The first time they win MVP? ALL THE TEARS!
Most embarrassing Roller Derby moment?
Shameless people are hard to embarrass...although I would have to say that emphatically trying to call off a jam when you are not Lead Jammer is somewhat embarrassing.
What is one piece of advice you would give to any new skaters or any person who is thinking about playing Roller Derby?
You CAN do it. Be firm, but patient with yourself. Put your whole heart into it. Do your strength training!
What is one thing Dutchland/Roller Derby has helped you achieve?
I have played sports all my life, but I don't think I ever fully appreciated or respected my body until I started playing roller derby as an adult. I grew up with eating disorders and roller derby finally helped me see that what your body can do is more important than what it looks like; that feeding it and fueling it properly are far greater exercises in control than punishing it or limiting what you put in.
Anything you would like to say to the adoring fans?
Thanks for cheering and keeping our spirits up!!! MORE COWBELL!!!!