WARREN, Maine (WABI) – The Rock Coast Roller Derby team is rebuilding to field a charter team after an 87-week hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The team brings a fun touch to the rink.
“Roller derby has changed a lot since its creation. We don’t nudge or punch each other in the face, none of that. We have a lot of very strict rules so that everyone can practice this sport safely. It is a very complex sport. It’s true. It’s not staged,” said Secretary Amanda Fagan.
There are a few key skills needed to become a great gamer.
“You need tenacity, teamwork and just having that motivation to keep going,” Fagan said.
“Agility is great. Having really good footwork and agility is important because you’re doing a lot of fancy things with your skates without even thinking about it,” said Mandy Baker, president.
The Rock Coast team welcomes all skill levels.
“I’ve always been a roller skater. When I saw people doing that, I thought that was so cool. I really wanted to do it,” Baker said.
“We all have to start somewhere. None of us are superstar skaters overnight. I had never skated in my life when I joined. We’ll teach you everything you need to know,” Fagan said.
Baker and Fagan have been on the team for years and they welcome new players to check it out.
“Man, it’s fun. If you get the chance to go see the roller derby, go watch it. It’s interesting. It’s a bit confusing, but football was also confusing the first time you watched football,” Baker said.
“Those are the best four years of my life,” Fagan said.
Rock Coast trains Tuesday nights from 7-9 p.m. at the MAC or the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport.
The team is only in the training phase and plans to participate soon, with a view to hosting an international tournament next summer.
They are also looking for coaches and officials who are 18 or older.
For more information, you can visit RockCoastRollerDerby.org or find the team on Facebook and Instagram.
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