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CN Power Back At WFTDA D1 Playoffs

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Quad City Chaos 2015 CN Power

The CN Power pose, at Quad City Chaos 2015. Photo by Neil Gunner

CN Power, Toronto Roller Derby’s All-Stars, return to WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs this October for the 3rd straight year! They’ve been tearing up the track all year, both at home and on the road, and go into Playoffs ranked 32nd in the world by the WFTDA, a fantastic achievement! (go here to see all the scores from 2015) But it’s not over yet – now they have a big trip ahead of them, as they head to Omaha, Nebraska to take on more of the WFTDA’s best. Those of us staying home in Toronto will be watching all the action on wftda.tv, and doing our own CN Power poses, as we cheer on the best that Toronto has to offer as they take on the world! Read on to learn more about Omaha and the 2015 International WFTDA Playoffs from the WFTDA:

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) announced on July 15 that Toronto Roller Derby’s CN Power qualified for the 2015 International WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Omaha, Nebraska, Oct. 2-4 as the #8 seed, and ranked #32 overall. The tournament seeding reflects the June 30 WFTDA rankings, which were based on sanctioned games played through that date.

Marking its 10th year of pushing the sport’s athleticism and competition to new heights, the International WFTDA Playoffs and Championships bring together the most talented, highly trained skaters and teams from WFTDA member leagues. Whether participating on the track, cheering in the stands or watching online, WFTDA tournaments provide everyone who loves roller derby an opportunity to witness the most anticipated match-ups of the year.

The following teams will be joining Toronto in Omaha on Oct. 2-4 to compete for a spot at the WFTDA Championships in November. The top three teams from each of the four international D1 Playoffs will advance to Championships to compete for the sport’s highest honor: the Hydra trophy and the title of WFTDA Champions.

1. Gotham Girls Roller Derby, New York, New York, USA
2. Angel City Derby Girls, Los Angeles, California, USA
3. Minnesota RollerGirls, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
4. Montreal Roller Derby, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
5. Windy City Rollers, Chicago, Illinois, USA
6. Boston Derby Dames, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
7. Helsinki Roller Derby, Helsinki, Finland
8. Toronto Roller Derby, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
9. Queen City Roller Girls, Buffalo, New York, USA
10. No Coast Derby Girls, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

The International WFTDA Playoffs and Championships offer seven full weekends of full-contact competition. Catch a preview of tournament action and see archives of past footage at youtube.com/thewftda. Clips for use in broadcast are available by request.

Learn how to join the action in Omaha; at the Championships in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Nov. 6-8; or at any of the WFTDA postseason events at wftda.com/tournaments. Those who can’t make the trip can still cheer on CN Power from home, via the WFTDA’s broadcast channel, WFTDA.tv!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Toronto Roller Derby Public Relations – pr@torontorollerderby.com
Kali Schumitz, WFTDA Public Relations – press@wftda.com
Jenna Cloughley, WFTDA Marketing and Communications Manager – jenna@wftda.com

The WFTDA has also released the tournament brackets. Here’s the bracket for Omaha, so you can follow CN Power’s progress in October!

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Quad City Chaos 2015 a smashing success

This past weekend Toronto Roller Derby hosted the 6th edition of Quad City Chaos, and it was the biggest and most successful and entertaining one yet!

  • The biggest, as for the first time we held 9 games over the weekend – 6 WFTDA-sanctioned games, and 3 regulation B-team games
  • The most successful – some of the closest games ever at this tournament, with the biggest sanctioned-game point spread only 55 points (CN Power vs Boston Massacre)
  • The most entertaining, with multiple lead changes in almost every game, and incredible hits! Such as this one captured by George Pelekis and posted on his TOderby flickr page, of CN Power’s Lady Gag-Ya taking out Steel Hurtin’s Snot Rocket Science, who through sheer force of will manages to stay in bounds and keep going:

The results

Sanctioned Games
As mentioned, this weekend’s 6 WFTDA-sanctioned games had some of the tightest scores we’ve ever seen at Quad City Chaos, with multiple games being decided only in the dying minutes. With all 4 teams currently ranked in the top 40 of the WFTDA (and Rideau Valley clearly showing that their #39 slot is only temporary and that they do indeed belong in Division 1), every game was an unpredictable battle. This weekend was noteworthy also as the first time since 2012 (and only the second QCC ever) that CN Power went undefeated at 3-0 in their own tournament. The scores:

Game 1: #39 Rideau Valley Vixens 165142 #29 Steel Hurtin’
Game 2: #28 Toronto CN Power 229174 #25 Boston Massacre
Game 4: #25 Boston Massacre 169127 #29 Steel Hurtin’
Game 5: #28 Toronto CN Power 186154 #39 Rideau Valley Vixens
Game 7: #25 Boston Massacre 182159 #39 Rideau Valley Vixens
Game 6: #28 Toronto CN Power 235191 #29 Steel Hurtin’

B-team Regulation Games
In B-team action, the Bay Street Bruisers continued their undefeated run at Quad City Chaos, although that streak was in serious jeopardy in their second game against the Boston B-party, who led for the majority of the game, with the Bruisers pulling off the come-from-behind victory on the final jam. The scores:

Game 3: Toronto Bay Street Bruisers 253144 Rideau Valley Sirens
Game 6: Toronto Bay Street Bruisers 184180 Boston B-Party
Game 8: Toronto Bay Street Bruisers 31969 Steel Beamers

MVPs

There were so many options for MVPs for this year’s Quad City Chaos. There were 4 awarded – a blocker and a jammer from the A-team games, and a blocker and a jammer from the B-team games.

A-team MVPs
A-team MVP Jammer: Soul Rekker, Rideau Valley Vixens
A-team MVP Blocker: Nic Rollfiliac, Steel Hurtin’
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A-team MVPs received Juice Wheels courtesy of Rumbling Rage Derby Shop, a belt buckle courtesy of Twelve ThirtyFour Skate Co., and samples from sponsors Come As You Are, Honibe and Zax Bruise Cream.

B-team MVPs
B-team MVP Jammer: Devochka, Bay Street Bruisers
B-team MVP Blocker: MC SlamHer, Boston B Party
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B-team MVPs received gift certificates courtesy of Wicked Skatewear, a belt buckle courtesy of Twelve ThirtyFour Skate Co., a roll of KT Tape, mouthguards courtesy of SISU Mouthguards and samples from sponsors Come As You Are, Honibe and Zax Bruise Cream. Congratulations to all 4 tournament MVPs!

Recaps

Full recaps of the entire weekend at Quad City Chaos are available at The Derby Nerd (Toronto Teams Go 6-0 at a Thrilling 2015 Quad City Chaos) and also on Derby Central (Quad City Chaos Tournament, Toronto, ON), the latter contribution by Death Track Doll Pr’Editor.

The good folks at CityNews provided this recap during the Sports section of their newscast on March 23:

Archived Game Broadcasts

The entire weekend was broadcast on Layer9.ca, with Games 4,5 and 9 simulcast on WFTDA.tv. All 9 games are being archived in HD on Layer9 here, and Game 9 concludes with the awarding of the MVPs.

Next: Quad City Chaos at the Bunker, March 21-22

Toronto Roller Derby 2015 Quad City Chaos

March 21 – 22 at The Bunker

Quad City Chaos is Toronto Roller Derby’s annual (our 6th!) two day tournament featuring four WFTDA top-40 leagues: Boston Derby Dames, Rideau Valley Roller Girls, Steel City Roller Derby and of course, Toronto.

  • Boston
  • RVRG
  • Steel
  • Toronto
A Weekend Full of Derby!

This year Quad City Chaos expands, with now nine games over the weekend: 6 full WFTDA-sanctioned games over the two days, plus three B-team bouts! Stay up to date by RSVP’ing to the Facebook Event listing for QCC!

Schedule

SATURDAY
10am Game 1 – Rideau Valley Vixens v Steel Hurtin’
12pm Game 2 – CN Power v Boston Massacre
2pm Game 3 – Bay Street Bruisers v Rideau Valley Sirens (B game)
*break*
5pm Game 4 – Steel Hurtin’ v Boston Massacre
7pm Game 5 – CN Power v Rideau Valley Vixens

SUNDAY
11am Game 6 – Bay Street Bruisers v Boston B Party (B game)
1pm Game 7 – Boston Massacre v Rideau Valley Vixens
3pm Game 8 – Bay Street Bruisers v Steel Beamers (B game)
5pm Game 9 – CN Power v Steel Hurtin’
7pm MVP ceremony

Immediately following the final bout on Sunday, we will be announcing tournament MVPs. You can purchase advance tickets online here for the following options:

  • Weekend passes (includes the doubleheader)
  • Weekend VIP passes (includes the doubleheader)
  • Single tickets for the Saturday night headline doubleheader only (also available in 4-packs and 10-packs)
Saturday night headlining double header:

5pm – Steel City Steel Hurtin’ (#29) vs Boston Massacre (#25)
7pm – Toronto CN Power (#28) vs Rideau Valley Vixens (#39)
Tickets for the headlining doubleheader are currently on sale at our ticket outlets, and also online, as are other ticket options: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1336635

Note: online advance ticket sales close at 5am, Saturday March 21.

2015 Quad City Chaos Announcers

We always have a great crew of announcers all weekend long at Quad City Chaos, both in-house and on the stream, and this year’s is no exception!
Toronto: Bill Murray, Derby Nerd, Monichrome, Mr Whistler
Steel City: Hawkeye
Rideau Valley: Tipsy McStaggers
Special Guests! Captain Lou El Bammo (Royal City Roller Girls), Lightning Slim (Tri-City Roller Derby), Victor Won (Border City Brawlers), Bob Noxious (Brewcity Bruisers)
Our announcers will be live both in house and on our boutcast on Layer9.ca, plus, the Saturday night headlining doubleheader AND the final game on Sunday will be carried live on WFTDA.tv!

High Level Officiating Team

Quad City Chaos offers great exposure and experience for high level skating and non-skating officials every year, typically featuring some of the highest-certified WFTDA officials in North America. We’re excited to announce that for the 2015 edition, the Tournament Head Referee is Jean-Philippe Amann of Montreal Roller Derby (WFTDA-certified Level 4), and the Tournament Head NSO is Wishbone Breaker of Lansing Derby Vixens (WFTDA-certified Level 3).

Crew Head Referees for 2015:
Jon Dilks, WFTDA Level 4, Philly Roller Derby
Patricide, WFTDA Level 4, Montreal Roller Derby
Deuce Willis, WFTDA Level 4, Hammer City Roller Girls

Crew Head NSOs for 2915:
Funnypack, WFTDA Level 2, Montreal Roller Derby
90 Degrees Johnson, WFTDA Level 4, ROC City Roller Derby
Travis Sickle. WFTDA Level 3, Burning River Roller Derby

Vendors and Sponsors

Food Vendors:

Cardinal Rule, offering vegetarian, meat and gluten-free options. (Saturday and Sunday, roughly noon onwards)

Caplansky’s food truck Thunderin’ Thelma! (Saturday night only)

This year’s vendors include
Both days:
Twelve Thirty Four Skate Co., Monster Muffin, Rumbling Rage Derby Shop, Toronto Junior Roller Derby, Brassiere Boutique, Happy Peddler, Rockin’ Ramzi’s Rockabilly and Pin-Up Emporium, Gentle Force Chain Maille Jewelry, South Hill Designs, and Younique.
Saturday night only:
JDzigner, Chic Made Consciously, and The Sauce Shack.
Sunday only:
USANA & Badass Button

This year’s sponsors include:
Foundation Physiotherapy
Honibe – Island Abbey Foods
KT Tape
Nerd Roller Skates
Roller Derby Athletics
Rumbling Rage Derby Shop including donation of Juice Wheels for MVP prizes
SISU Mouthguards including donation of mouthguards for MVP prizes
Sugarbomb
Twelve Thirty Four Skate Co.
Urbane Cyclist
Wicked Skatewear including donation towards MVP prizes

2015 Travel Team Rosters Announced

On Saturday, November 8, we held our annual tryouts for CN Power (our WFTDA A team) and the Bay Street Bruisers (our B team). Toronto Roller Derby is now pleased and excited to announce the rosters for our travel teams for the 2015 season!

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CN Power

Ames to Kill
Android W.K.
Bala-Reina
BelleFast
Biggley Smallz
Just Jes
Kookie Doe
Lady Gag-Ya
Machu Beatchu
Mad Megz
Mega Bouche
Mia Culprit
Misery Mae
Nasher the Smasher
Panty Hoser
Renny Rumble
Santa Muerte
Scarcasm
Smoka Cola
Tara Part

bruisers
Bay Street Bruisers

Beaver Mansbridge
Chronic
Devochka
Emraged
Getcha Kicks
Hannibelle
Honey Boom Boom
Joss Wheelin
Lowblowpalooza
Lucid Lou
Monster Muffin
Moose Knuckles
Murdercat!
Robber Blind
SewWhat?
Sleeper Hold
titmouse
Tushy Galore
WolveRina

Stay tuned for details on our 2015 schedule, including the 2015 edition of Quad City Chaos, where you can see both of these amazing teams in action!

CN Power is going to WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs!

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CN Power, Toronto Roller Derby’s All-Stars, are heading back to WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs for the 2nd consecutive year! They’ve been tearing up the track all year, both at home and on the road, and go into Playoffs ranked 23rd in the world by the WFTDA, a fantastic achievement! (go here to see all the scores from 2014) But it’s not over yet – now they have a big trip ahead of them, as they head to Evansville to take on more of the WFTDA’s best, looking to improve on last year’s performance, when they finished 6th in the Division 1 tournament in Salem, Oregon. Those of us staying home in Toronto will be watching all the action on wftda.tv, and doing our own CN Power poses, as we cheer on the best that Toronto has to offer as they take on the world! Read on to learn more about Evansville and WFTDA Playoffs from the WFTDA:

 

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) announced in July that Toronto Roller Derby’s CN Power has qualified for the 2014 WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Evansville, Indiana, Sept. 19-21 as the 6th seed, their highest tournament seeding yet. The tournament seeding reflects the June 30 WFTDA rankings, which were based on sanctioned games played through that date.

The international WFTDA Playoffs and Championships tournament series brings together the most talented, highly trained and committed skaters and officials from WFTDA member leagues to display the “Real, Strong, Athletic and Revolutionary” game play that pushes the limits of the sport worldwide. Whether participating on the track, cheering in the stands or watching online, the WFTDA tournaments provide everyone who loves roller derby an opportunity to witness the most anticipated match-ups of the year.

The following teams will be joining Toronto in Evansville Sept. 19-21 to compete for a shot at advancing to the WFTDA Championships in November. The top three teams from each of the four international D1 Playoffs will attend Championships to compete for the sport’s highest honour: the Hydra trophy and the title of WFTDA Champions.

  1. London Rollergirls, London, England, UK
  2. Texas Rollergirls, Austin, TX, USA
  3. Windy City Rollers, Chicago, IL, USA
  4. Jacksonville Rollergirls, Jacksonville, FL, USA
  5. Ohio Roller Derby, Columbus, OH, USA
  6. Toronto Roller Derby, Toronto, ON, Canada
  7. Steel City Roller Derby, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  8. Nashville Rollergirls, Nashville, TN, USA
  9. Houston Roller Derby, Houston, TX, USA
  10. Arizona Roller Derby, Phoenix, AZ, USA

The WFTDA Playoffs and Championships offer seven full weekends of full-contact competition. Learn how to join the action in Evansville; at the Championships in Nashville, Tennessee, Oct. 31-Nov. 2; or at any of the WFTDA postseason events at wftda.com/tournaments. Those who can’t make the trip can still cheer on CN Power from home, via the WFTDA’s broadcast channel, WFTDA.tv! Where will YOU be watching CN Power this September?

FOR MORE PRESS INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Kali Schumitz, WFTDA Public Relations – press@wftda.com

Juliana Gonzales, WFTDA Executive Director – 512-587-1859, juliana@wftda.com

 

 

2014 Fresh Meat Program Is Open Again! Intake 2 Starts June 1

Feelin’ the #FOMO because you missed the March intake for our 2014 Fresh Meat Program? Well have no fear, we’re opening up a second intake for our Fresh Meat Program with Benchmarking starting June 1st and practices starting June 8th.

SUNDAY JUNE 1, 2014, 2– 5pm
Location: The Bunker
Downsview Park
40 Carl Hall Rd, Studio 3
Toronto, ON

REGISTER HERE

NEED GEAR?
Our own Renny Rumble from Rumbling Rage Derby Shop will be at the Bunker on Sunday May 25th from 2-5 pm to answer any gear questions you might have or help you with sizing your skate order. Pro-tip:  It’s best to order as far in advance as you can.

Please see the full program details below.

Any further questions? Please contact us at freshmeat@torontorollerderby.com . You can also check out this video from our winter Meat n Greet: http://youtu.be/mzgFEw4kIVg

Want to see our latest Fresh Meat graduates in action?  Make sure to attend our next bout on May 10th.  Tickets available HERE

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Event Details

NOTICE: You will need full gear and skates in order to participate.

Where’s your skate at? Let the Benchmarking Begin!

Take the first step in joining the Toronto Roller Derby 2014 Fresh Meat Program. Before practices begin June 8th, we require that each skater complete a benchmarking test on June 1st. This helps us shape and customize our training program to your needs and allows our league’s trainers to get to know you better. More importantly, since this might be the first time on skates for some, it will give you a feel for what a typical roller derby practice could be like before you commit to the full program that runs until November.

The Toronto Roller Derby 2014 Fresh Meat Program is open to all potential derby skaters or officials 18+ who wish to skate in a Men’s or Women’s league.

Did You Already Do This on March 2?

Since this will be our second Fresh Meat intake this year, if you already attended the benchmarking in March, you do not have to repeat it again, and can jump into the first practice on June 8th. Please register here so that we know when to expect you.

Is there a cost to participate in the Benchmarking?

$10, payable cash, at entry. You will be asked to sign a waiver at the event or be sent the form to do so in advance for insurance purposes. If you know you are going to continue on with derby, you can also go ahead and sign up for your full insurance with CRDi.

What does the full Fresh Meat program cost?

$350: $200 payable at first practice (June 8), $150 at mid-term checkpoint

$50: Canadian Roller Derby Insurance (CRDi) required by June 8. This is a separate organization and payable to CRDi online. Toronto Roller Derby will not accept your insurance payment.

Full Gear Required!

Full roller derby gear will be required. All equipment must be in good working order and fit properly.

•   helmet
•   mouth guard!!
•   elbow pads
•   wrist guards
•   knee pads
•   skates

We also ask that you bring some masking tape and a marker so that we can tape an assigned number to your helmet on arrival.

Where to Buy Gear:

You can purchase gear online from our own Renny Rumble’s Rumbling Rage Derby Shop: http://rumblingrage.com or visit the shop in Barrie.

FITTING ON SUNDAY, MAY 25th, from 2-5 PM. Renny will also be at the Bunker at Downsview on Sunday May 25th for anyone who wants to be fitted or to answer any additional gear questions you might have.

Where else? You can also try:
•   My Roll Life (1714 Queen St West, Toronto): http://MyRollLife.com
•   Twelve Thirty Four Skate Co. (Peterborough): http://www.twelvethirtyfourskateco.com

More About the Test

The benchmarking test is a modified version of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s Minimum Skills Test. There will be no contact involved in the benchmarking. Benchmarking will identify your current ability and provide you with information on where you presently need more work. The information will also provide trainers with information for planning lessons.  This might sound intimidating, but it really isn’t – we will take in skaters willing to learn at any level.

Additional Program and League Commitments

Upon joining the Fresh Meat Program skaters will have to fulfill the following in order to be eligible to join Toronto Roller Derby:

•   Attendance: skaters must maintain a minimum of 70% attendance. Let’s be honest, you will need to be there as much as possible in order to pass the WFTDA minimums at the end.
•   League Volunteering: skaters must volunteer for at least 10 hours of league volunteering time in order to complete the program. To find out about volunteering opportunities, contact volunteer@torontorollerderby.com.
•   Get in touch about volunteering at our upcoming games May 10th or May 24th.

Full Program Training Schedule:
Training runs for 20 sessions, 3 hrs per week, on most Sundays, 2-5 pm. We are blacked out of our venue from time to time, so will try to give you as much notice as possible. There is a possibility that this could also extend the duration of the program past the dates below. Benchmarking and testing will also occur throughout the program.

The first set of practices are focused on skating basics, while the next set of practices focus on game play and derby training. Rules are constantly reviewed throughout.

Program Schedule:
Jun 1     Benchmarking
Jun 8     #1
Jun 15   #2
Jul 6      #3
Jul 13    #4
Jul 20    #5
Jul 27    Review
Aug 10  Interim Evaluation
Aug 17  #6
Aug 24  #7
Sep 7    #8
Sep 14  #9
Sep 21  #10
Oct 5     #11
Oct 19   #12
Oct 26   #13
Nov 2    #14
Nov 9    Game Play Scrimmage
Nov 16  Rules Review
Nov 23  Review
Nov 30  Final Evaluation

Still Have Questions?  Please contact us at freshmeat@torontorollerderby.com

New WFTDA Rules to debut April 5th

On March 1, 2014 WFTDA released revisions to the WFTDA Rules for Flat Track Derby.  The new rules, voted on by the skaters within WFTDA leagues, are in effect as of April 1, 2014.  Meaning, this weekend’s double header will be the first time ToRD skaters will bout under the March 1, 2014 rule set.  We caught up with ToRD Head Referee, Parking Lot, to get his input on the new rules debuting April 5th at The Bunker.

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Q:  Can you give us a little background on why the WFTDA decided to implement a new rule set?

A:  The WFTDA is a player run sport and very young when compared to other sports. For this reason the sport is constantly evolving and growing. The first WFTDA rule set was released in January of 2006. Since then we are on our 10th revision. This has been solely driven by the players. They have a rules committee that writes what the players vote to change and then the entire WFTDA votes to accept these. For a look back at previous rule sets you can go here: http://wftda.com/rules/archive

Q: What are the top three most noticeable rule changes?

 A:  Top three from a fan perspective: 30-second penalties, clarifying the star pass and false starts.

Q:  What kind of impact do you think this will have on how the game is played?

A:  The new rules have tweaked a lot of things all with keeping the game going in mind. 30-second penalties mean people are on the track faster after being penalized. The Star Pass becomes clearer now as when the helmet cover is passed to the pivot they are now the jammer and can start playing right away. The false start no longer makes a person stand still on the track while everyone else does a lap or they skate around backwards.

Q:  What has the referee crew been doing to prepare for this change?

A:  The Officials, on skates and off have been studying these rules for a few months, as the players have been developing and voting on them. The WFTDA has a great resource for the officials to talk at a global scale to ensure that every one is calling the rules the way they are designed. We have been talking, testing, and practicing with these. The teams are very supportive in having us out to their practices so that we can be ready on game day.

Q:  How do you think the shorter penalties will impact skaters, if at all?

 This definitely speeds up the game and closes the potential for large 20 – 30 point power jams. Power jams do still happen and are just as exciting but there is half the time for the team on the track to use this advantage. The shorter penalties also lower the chance that you will end up with 3 blockers in the box at the same time leaving someone alone on the track trying to play against 4 people.

Looking for all the details?  Want to brush up on your rules knowledge before April 5th?  Head to: http://wftda.com/rules/change-summary/rules-2014-03-01 for a complete summary of all the changes.  Want to stay in the loop of all the event details (as well as rules details) head to our event page.  Have questions while watching the bout on April 5th?  Please talk to us on twitter @TOROLLERDERBY or use #TOderby!