Macon A. Ruckus #212

When did you start playing Roller Derby?
Tot class of August 2013. 2/12/2014 I passed assessments.
What positions do you normally play/like to play?
Still trying to figure that out.
What brought you to Dutchland?
I came to Dutchland because I wanted to learn a new sport. There isn't a lot of opportunity for adults to learn a new sport, especially women. This was a perfect opportunity. Plus, I found a pair of red skates with flames at a used sports shop. Did a quick search and found out they were used for derby. I took a picture and sent it to a friend. I was told there was a derby rink about a half mile away from where I was standing, with my flaming red skates in hand. It was destiny.
What do you love about Roller Derby?
There is always a challenge. Learning from square one or refining your skills. If you have previous team sports experience, you can roll it right into the physical and mental challenges of the sport. If you never played a sport, or weren't part of a team sport, roller derby is one of the most inviting sports you will come across. Everyone wants you to learn and excel. I've dipped my foot into the water of other sports, only to be yelled at for being a rookie. It wasn't very encouraging. Derby provides the opportunity to learn and grow into the sport.
What do you love about Dutchland?
Dutchland not only plays derby, they also support the local community and charity organizations through team volunteering. It is a grassroots campaign run by all of the individuals on the team, for the greater of the sport and our community.
Favorite Roller Derby moment?
Every moment is a favorite moment when I can put skates and pads on to practice or play.
What is your most embarrassing derby moment?
I don't really embarrass very easily, but it is unnerving when you aren't sure if you heard your number and name during introductions and you stand there with that momentary, silent pause of was it me, or my teammate they called? And anytime you fall down while standing still, doing nothing.
What is one piece of advice you could give to newer girls or those who are thinking about joining Roller Derby?
It is easy to be hard on yourself. Be kind and acknowledge what you have accomplished, not what you cannot do, yet. And always wear your pads during public open skate, always!
What is one thing that Roller Derby/Dutchland helped you achieve?
I can't say there is really one thing that derby has helped me achieve, rather a few. It helps you to continuously challenge yourself to hit harder, play smarter, be a better teammate for your team and yourself.
What has Roller Derby taught you?
How to fall down and hit people, in a safe manner, for both parties. I now understand why boxers, after trying to knock each other down, hug each other at the end of a bout.
Anything you'd like to say to your adoring fans?
Thank you for your never wavering support. More cowbell. Always bring your creative, supportive, cheering you to the bouts.