10. “Defcon is in town, don’t use your credit cards and secure your computers. They’ve been stealing Rollercon participant’s information.”
Defcon, for those of you who don’t know, is a Hacker convention that was in Las Vegas at the same time as Rollercon. Whether rumors of security breaches are true or not, is anyone’s guess. However, just the fact that we had to worry about it was lame. By the way, isn’t hacking illegal? Shouldn’t the police have been able to just go and round people up?
9. “I booked my room a year in advance. I paid for an upgraded suite. Our friends got a better room than us just because they checked in early.”
Unfortunately, it seems like the Riviera had a hard time dealing with 5000 derby folks in one go. They allowed early check in (which was great for those of us here early), but it means some things got lost along the way. My room was one that was upgraded. No fridge. No coffee pot. Sad face.
8. “F*** you, Ref!”
So… every derby girl gets fired up about penalties sometimes. Whether it’s a missed call, a wrong call, a late call, a blatantly incorrect call, an inconsistent call or one you feel was simply unjust. However, Rollercon was not just a training ground for skaters, it was a training ground for refs. Skaters did their best to remind each other of this, but sometimes there were still some tempers flaring.
7. “I stood in line for more than an hour and didn’t get a ticket to the class I wanted.”
Every year, Rollercon works to improve their logistics and order of operations. Here’s how the MVP classes worked this year:
If a class was to begin at 2pm, they would hand out tickets for those 2pm classes when the Noon classes went into their rooms. It was an effort to keep skaters from having to wait in line for two hours to get into a class (which they had to do previously). Now they can get their ticket and come back 2 hours later.
However for some of the high profile classes, if you didn’t get in line for that Noon ticket at 10am, you were not getting in. So, back to the drawing board it would seem.
6. “They gave away Suzy Hotrod’s class tickets an hour early.”
UGH. Right when we thought we had the system down! Regardless of when the volunteers let you line up (sometimes you were sent away until an hour before the ticket handout), the tickets for classes were always handed out two hours before the class was scheduled.
For the Suzy Hotrod “Sneaky Feet” classes on Saturday, volunteers decided that ‘since they were lining up so early’ they would just start handing out tickets at 3pm. Lots of angry MVP’ers are going to be writing Rollercon about this one.
It’s just a matter of having a system. Regardless of whether that system is good or bad, as long as it’s consistent you will have happy Conventioners.
5. “Rose City got punked.”
First let me say that I love Rose City. I dream of skating for Wheels of Justice one day. Everyone knows that Rose was coming into Rollercon short of Scald Eagle (she broke her leg at ECDX against Gotham; it happened right in front of me and I may have cried a little). Most of us didn’t realize that White Flight was out on a meniscus injury and that Soulfearic Acid did not make the journey.
That being said, it’s still Rose City. A star jammer does not a team make. This is a solid team. The ladies who filled in, with a lot of pressure on their shoulders, really did the best they could against Philly and Denver.
Every team has gone into bouts lacking top skaters. Every team has to find a way to pull through it. Let’s be honest, Denver and Philly played some crazy good derby this weekend. Rose played their hearts out. Derby teams do not like it when people try and the game was unfair. So have some respect – they skated their hearts out.
4. “Don’t put stickers on the walls and GLASS IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE POOL AREA.”
The mantra for Rollercon is “Don’t be a douche”. The fact that people could not remember that glass was not welcome in the pool area is one thing (RC texts reminded us about 25 times throughout the convention).
However, that people would jeopardize the derby world’s relationship with the Riviera by stickering walls and bathrooms is just despicable. Big picture here, people. Let’s have some respect.
3. “No, you can’t bring in new skaters for this challenge bout. Our stats are getting messed up.”
My first reaction to this was: “I completely understand, Head NSO. Switching out skater numbers on a designated roster may be a bit of a pain in the ass, especially with only 15 minutes between bouts.”
Then I think: “Wait. What stats?” I know the NSOs are also practicing, but is anyone in the long run going to care about the number of lead jams Star Trek Academy got over Star Wars Padawan?
However, skaters are tricksey. Friday we began to take the number of a skater who didn’t show up. The announcers and NSO’s may have been a bit confused that a girl was Justice Feelgood Marshall during the “Wasted” bout, but I like to think I did his number proud.
2. “Oh no, I don’t jam.”
During the 6 hours of scrimmage and 11 challenge bouts I heard this phrase approximately 40 times from different skaters. The first couple times I played nice and laughed. After two days, however, I began giving small lectures to skaters.
Everyone jams. If a blocker does not know how to jam, how can they expect to ever win the front of a pack, or catch a jammer before the end of the engagement zone? How can they avoid being a goat? Everyone jams. It’s practice. Take the star and get out of your comfort zone.
1. “I can’t believe people come to Rollercon to skate.”
I am not a partier. I was the girl who got to Black n Blue late because I was in a Quadzilla class and left early because I wanted to be sure to make my way onto a morning challenge bout. However, I understand that for some people it’s about the atmosphere of Rollercon.
However, with coaches like Smarty Pants, LuluDemon, Suzy Snakeyes, Dirty Deb, Georgia W Tush, Trish the Dish, The Rev, Isabelle Ringer, etc, etc, etc, etc … I cannot believe there would be a skater not excited to put on wheels. With ongoing open scrimmages and spots waiting to be grabbed on challenge bouts, I cannot believe there were MVP pass holders that just did not care if they ever got to play.
Rollercon IS a big party, and that is part of the allure and its charm. However, this year seemed to be a major swing towards a serious learning atmosphere during the daytime.
The staff did everything they could to make Rollercon more than just Beerfest on skates, but the best convention of roller derby in the world. They increased the number of track space available, the number of teachers, and they incorporated, for the first time, WFTDA sanctioned bouts.
Thank you Rollercon and everyone who made it happen. Thank you for letting me teach, as well as letting me learn. Despite the negatives I heard during the week, there were so many more positives and we all are looking forward to Rollercon 2013.
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