What is in a roller derby name? Hutzpah, ego, warrior, threat, intimidation, princess, sparkle, Glam, rock, punk, sugar and spice and every thing in between. It has been defined as a play on metaphor, celebrity and altar ego.
There is a saying, “it is not what they call you that is important, it is what you answer to.” A roller derby queen takes time to come up with her own name and may even take the time to ask her friends, family and teammates for some input. She takes severe pride in what she comes up with. If the “newbie” does not come up with one then the team will by fluke and your skater habits add a little punk and some sass.
She has been known to be willing to get in a fight over another player or Ref’ just taking what she sees as just a sampling of it, for their own “roller derby name.” Nope, she is not the least bit willing to share.
It is the first question a “newbie” is asked, “So what’s your derby name kid?”
“What, you say you do not have one yet?” “You will by the time practice is over today and we are through with you, mark my words.”
It is a right and a passage, just like finally getting your nickname from your baseball team when you were a kid, or your “pet” soccer or team name as a teen. It is a sense and a feeling of belonging. You are a part of the team, of the gang now, of the family now and nobody can take that way from you, not nobody.
Word up, on the track these days is that some women want to take on their own given, “proper” names. They want to be taken seriously as athletes playing a sport, not a “hissy” exposing her body in the name of track scrapes and fishnet burns, fore going safety. She wants to wear a real team uniform too.
There are four differently types of roller derby being played out there right now. Different rules with different
modes of behaving on the track.
So what is a roller derby woman to do? Is she taking the world and its comments to seriously?
What will be the ways of a roller derby queen and her team on the flat or banked track? In time we will know.
Have fun, use the roller derby name generator, see under heading on the right, Now Serving: hot links is,
Mia psycho’s roller derby name generator.”
Atlanta Rollergirls team names and player names for “name-itis.”
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