Lessons Learned – Saying “Goodbye” to 2016

“Life is change. If you aren’t growing and evolving, you’re standing still, and the rest of the world is surging ahead.”
― Louise Penny


2016 has been such a momentous year for the Charlotte Roller Girls that it’s really hard to encapsulate it all. Instead, we’d love to share with you a few lessons learned, some transitions which are happening within our league, and how you can continue to help us change and grow in the year to come.

Lessons Learned from CLTRG Training & Coaching

[What I learned is] “that the power is in the people. we have a league/team that is comprised of many talents and personalities. I have learned through my first season coaching CLTRG that my job is to create a space for people to grow their strengths. I’m the facilitator, not the dictator.”
– Vaginamite, All-Star Team Coach

[What I learned is] “that it’s all about team work.  The Charlotte Roller Girls are all about working together and utilizing all the amazing people who are involved in our league.  We want to tap into all the backgrounds, knowledge, and experiences that our team has, and see what we can do to learn and benefit from that information.  This means new forms of communication on the track, new drills and teaching methods, and new ways to get all our skaters, refs, NSOs, and volunteers involved on and off the track.  We want to push ourselves in our training and skills so we can continue to grow as a league.”
– Jersey Jawbreaker, CLTRG Training Head

Achievements & Transitioning from 2016 to 2017

It is with much sorrow when we come to the end of each season, as we must say goodbye to those who move on. We know that Roller Derby is a rough sport and can take a toll on our bodies, so necessary transitions are to be expected. However, first we will start with all of those who have progressed in 2016, then share what our transitioning/retiring skaters are moving on to!

Charlotte Rollergirls 2016

First Time Bouting:

Charlotte Rollergirls 2016

First Time Bouting for CLTRG:

  • Ka$h Honey, transferred from Greensboro Roller Derby
  • Liability, transferred from High Country Mountain Derby Girls in Sonora, CA
  • Princess Slaya, transferred from Balsam Mountain Roller Girls
  • Bathtub Jenn, transferred from Smoky Mountain Rollergirls


Moving On From Skating for CLTRG:

  • Sarcastic Glitch
    • Glitch skated for CLTRG for 4 seasons, from 2013 to 2016. She plans to take her new found time and put it into finally being able to clean the house, get the laundry caught up, and even have some date nights with the Hubs or share some quiet time at home. She looks forward to whipping her kids into shape with a list of chores, accomplishing homework and putting them to task on cleaning out the cat litter boxes. Glitch is excited to get rid of the “derby funk” which has plagued all of her stuff these past few years. Who knows, she may even become some sort of Bette Crocker/Suzie Homemaker/Pinterest Queen Phenomenon, bake some stuff, sew and be all crafty. Just kidding! Pick up on the sarcasm people.
      “I plan to continue efforts of TNR (Wikipedia: Trap-neuter-return aka TNR) is a program through which free-roaming cats (not belonging to particular humans) are humanely trapped; sterilized and medically treated; and returned to the outdoor locations where they were found).  I have been doing TNR for about 12 years now, SPAY & NEUTER YOUR PETS! Roller Derby is a lot of pain, sweat and tears and I would do it all over again.  I am grateful for all the people I’ve met playing.  Some of my closest friends, whom I love dearly, were my teammates first. I am so thankful for them!” 
  • Total Lizaster
    • Though Lizaster had zero skating experience when she joined the Charlotte Roller Girls in 2012, but a feisty spirit and support from her teammates made her fall in love with roller derby. Over her 4 years with CLTRG, she was elected captain of the A team and head of Public Relations for the league, sponsored by BioSkin and selected for Team North Carolina where she represented the state in national competitions for 2 years… somehow managing to hobble away from derby with only minor injuries. She chose to retire to spend time on her career as a broadcast journalist and other hobbies including dirt-biking and playing the drums. Lizaster will continue to be part of the league in the 2017 season as a bench coach for the All-Stars.
      “I could have never imagined such an amazing community of badass women existed until I found roller derby. I am eternally grateful for what this sport has taught me, both on and off the track. My experience as a roller girl has made a profound impact on my life and some of my closest friends are people that I met on roller skates. The Charlotte Roller Girls will always have a special place in my heart and I’m pumped to be part of the league as a coach next season. Thanks for everything fam!”
  • Mustang Stella
    • Stella has been a member of CLTRG for 6 years. She is currently working to heal her body from injuries, but she is crossing her fingers that she will be physically active again soon. She looks forward to running again and hopes to join her teammates in a charity run each month. She plans to stay involved with the league on some level and will forever be cheering CLTRG on from the stands.
      “I left the track, but my heart still remains with this league and this sport. They have added so much to my life since 2010. I have pushed myself mentally and physically to a point where I thought I would break, and then I was encouraged and supported to push myself some more. I am different now, better, stronger and I owe it all to you! The CLTRGs and this sport have helped to guide my strength and confidence to the surface and encouraged me to accomplish so much in my life. I am forever indebted to all of you! From the bottom of my heart, Thank you! Though I am not on skates anymore, I am forever a derby girl and these ladies will always be my teammates.”
  • Give ‘em Hell Vetica
    • Vetica skated with CLTRG for 5 years even though her “skate time” was limited due to her propensity for injury. She will now move on to be a coach for the B-Dazzlers and help support the league as needed.
      “The league has become my family when my family is across an ocean. They were there for me during the most difficult time of my life and supported me throughout. My heart will forever bleed purple. I cannot express enough how much CLTRG means to me. I’m really heartbroken that I now have to retire, but I am hoping to remain part of the family with coaching.”
  • Vibrant Thing
    • Vibe finished her 7th season with the Charlotte Roller Girls and decided to take a break from skating for the near future. She loved her time with CLTRG but sometimes its good to step away and give yourself a chance to miss it. Also, its hard on your body… that’s real talk.
  • Rita Maneata
    • Rita will be relocating to Tallahassee Florida in 2017. She will be skating for the Tallahassee RollerGirls. She intends to work hard and make their travel team, Capital Punishment, so she’ll have the opportunity to play CLTRG twice next year. She warns us to watch out! Rita started with CLTRG in August of 2010. Her first bout was February of 2012.
      “CLTRG has been and meant everything to me for the past 6+ years. Derby is my longest relationship, with good reason. My teammates have been friends, sisters, and coworkers. I want to thank the league for all the opportunities I’ve had and assure everyone that I won’t be wasting my talents!”
  • Bunsen Burn Her
    • Bunsen started skating with CLTRG in June of 2013 and skated for just over 3 years here. She moved to DC for a new job and is now skating with DC Rollergirls.

Help CLTRG In The New Year

There are several ways you can help us in 2017. To name a few, you could be a sponsor, an NSO, a referee, or a Charlotte Roller Girl!

If you would like to support CLTRG financially this year, we have several great sponsorship packets. You can learn more about those by going to our Sponsoring CLTRG page. To simply make a donation, please visit our Support Local Derby page.

If you want to be near and dear to the hard-hitting action, but the thought of touching a bunch of sweaty women gives you nightmares, then we would love to have you along as a Volunteer or Non-Skating Official. Volunteers can do a wide variety of things. It really just depends on your skill set and what you would like to contribute to our league. NSO’s come to our scrimmages and learn how the game works. There are many positions in which you can participate from penalty tracker to jam timer. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to be involved with us. Learn more on our Join Us page.

If you love sports and love watching them played to the best of an athlete’s ability, then you may want to become a Referee. Even if you don’t “love” sports, really. A referee is an active skating role in Roller Derby. If you don’t know how to skate, that’s no problem, we will teach you! Come to our scrimmages and learn how the game works. Our senior refs will take you under their wings and show you the ropes. Learn more on our Join Us page.

Finally, if you are just as crazy as we are and looking to get rough and tumble on skates, then we have the perfect outlet for you! Now, you may be telling yourself you aren’t sure. You wish you knew what this entailed, what it would be like, what the practices are like, etc. Honestly, we’ve taken the guess work out of it for you. Our new in-take program, Skate Charlotte, allows for you to come and train with us without the commitment of dues, insurance or purchasing a lot of gear. Learn more on our Join Us page or request to join our Skate Charlotte group on facebook.

As always, thank you for taking the time to support us and learn more about our crazy derby lives. Questions? Comments? Please feel free to comment below or reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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