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Alignment,” referencing his job as an auto mechanic in Brewerton. It didn’t take long before the derby girls adopted Kevin as one of their own. “It’s family for me,” he says. “When they do good, you feel good.” Last year, the two renewed their vows during a match’s halftime. They had eloped five years earlier, after a spur-of-

Fast Track // In the heat of a match, an Assault City skater speeds by her opponent. The team’s first four seasons were a mix of wins and losses, with surprisingly only one broken bone. Roller Bride // Kristie and Kevin Moore renew their wedding vows at halftime to celebrate five years of marriage. Kevin became a referee to spend more time with his wife and fell in love with the sport, too. promised he would sleep on the couch if he threw me in a penalty box at a bout,” Moore says. “I promised not to complain about the oil stains from his classic cars on the driveway.” Later, Moore’s teammates forced her to wear the tutu out. This sense of humor plays a crucial role in such a demanding atmosphere.

“You don't mess with a derby girl at a bar when she's with her derby sisters.” - Kristie Moore the-moment decision that resulted in a private Lake Tahoe marriage. This time, Kristie and Kevin’s families got to watch. An employee from Moore’s office played wedding planner, which, in derby world, meant bringing to the bout a tutu, veil, and double-stick tape — to attach the veil to Krispy’s helmet. Each derby girl held a bouquet and took a knee to show respect, as Crazy Diamond, who gave Kristie her first taste of derby, walked Krispy toward Otto. Their vows showed an acquired knowledge of what it takes to keep a derby marriage going strong. “Kevin

Even their nicknames strike a balance between serious and fun. The girls register each name, from “Arizona Lightning” to “The Grouchy Lady Thug,” on Two Evils, a roller girls website with more than 28,200 crafty callouts from across the country. Earning one’s derby name marks a crucial part of initiation into the roller derby realm. But it takes more than a clever nickname to earn a spot on Assault City. The training process lasts three months, explains Becky Firman, better known as the aforementioned Crazy Diamond. After that, the fresh-meat girls take

skills and written tests. These measure endurance, hitting, jumping, falls, and a fundamental understanding of derby rules. Generally, no player gets turned away, but not everyone makes it on a game-time roster. Those who do get to play need to adhere to a strict and complex set of rules. Each match consists of two 30-minute halves. Jammers, one from each team, start skating 20 feet behind a pack of players, four from each side. The whistle blows and the jammers race to the front of the pack. Whoever gets there first earns the title of “lead jammer,” meaning they hold the privilege of calling off the two-minute set at any time. A new lead jammer is established every two minutes. After this, jammers race to break through again. Once they lap the pack, they score one point for each opposing player passed. And while the mattress-lined walls of Assault City’s practice space indicate hitting is a crucial part of the sport, even derby has its illegal moves. Players cannot grab with their hands, trip, kick, shove, punch, jab with elbows, or use their head to hit an opponent. If they do, they earn a penalty and sit out for 60 seconds. With such a high level of demand, some derby players are forced to live a

MAY 2011


Volume 1: May 2011  

Page through a sneak preview of our debut issue, dropping next Wednesday at our new tumblr--get your adrenaline pumping with 4 summer advent...

Volume 1: May 2011  

Page through a sneak preview of our debut issue, dropping next Wednesday at our new tumblr--get your adrenaline pumping with 4 summer advent...