Grand Raggidy Boosters Scholarship 2017

The Grand Raggidy Roller Derby Boosters are proud to announce the launch of the GRRD Boosters Scholarship Program. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2017 GRRD Boosters Scholarship now through August 31st, 2017. The scholarship will be awarded during our September game. All students or perspective students seeking higher education are encouraged to apply.

Submit all scholarship materials to grrgboosters@gmail.com

Download application.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Individuals can self-nominate, or be nominated by any other individual; there are no restrictions regarding who can nominate an individual for this Grand Raggidy Roller Derby Boosters Scholarship. Winners of the Grand Raggidy Roller Derby Boosters Scholarship must wait at least three years before applying to be considered again. The Grand Raggidy Roller Derby Boosters Scholarship will be awarded at a pre-announced GRRD event of the committees choosing and recipient must be present in order to be eligible.

Scholarship Information: Scholarship Amount: $250 - $1,000

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. CST on August 31st, 2017.

Welcome New Attach Coach

Grand Raggidy Roller Derby would like to introduce Stacey Sheering “Jem” as Attack’s new coach. She brings with her 24 years of combined experience playing and coaching sports. She began skating for the league in 2014, volunteered selling beer, and trained to be a non-skating official (NSO) prior to being selected as the Attack Coach. She believes “competition is great for the soul and makes us all strive to be our best selves.” We look forward to her joining King Aiko on the Attack bench and seeing the team reach new heights and goals under her guidance.  

Most Valuable Member - October/November

Happy birthday, BJ Tallywhacker!

And congratulations on winning our Most Valuable Member award for October and November.

BJ is a longtime official for Grand Raggidy and our Volunteer Coordinator. She wrangles our network of helpers to cover everything from penalty trackers to merch maidens. It’s a tough job, but she never lets a staffing snafu get her down!

She began her derby journey in September of 2006. While attending an outdoor symphony, a GRRD skater, Dotmatrix, handed BJ a flyer. That was enough to spark her interest - she signed up to volunteer even before seeing a single jam! BJ Tallywhacker
held a scorekeeping position for GRRD for seven years - in the last three years, she has branched out doing many other jobs, equaling ten years of derby! 
Skaters home and visiting know her face on their way in the door to sign in. She always stamps hands with a smile. BJ also regularly works as the Penalty Box Manager, using two stopwatches to time incoming skaters while coordinating with the other two box timers. She’s got some real skills as an official!

Thank you for all you do, BJ! You are a Most Valuable Member!
 

Seeking an Attack Coach

Do you love roller derby and want to be more involved with the growth of the sport and Grand Raggidy? We have a position for you. 

View this PDF for full details on the available position. 

If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest to shoutout@grandraggidy.com with Attack Coach Applicant in the subject line to be considered for this opportunity. Deadline for submissions is October 21, 2016.

Most Valuable Member - September

Violet Tendencies #11 is an Attack! skater and Chair of Events, PR and Sponsorship with Grand Raggidy. That is just the tip of the iceberg, however! She recently stepped up as Basic Training coach, working with new skaters on their physical skills and derby knowledge. Violet also regularly takes up the helm of organizing events like the upcoming New Salem Witches Woods. She is never shy to take on what needs to be done, even representing Grand Raggidy at the International WFTDA conference this past summer.

But what about skating? What drives her is the challenges of adversity. “I’m very competitive. If I can’t do something, that motivates me to do it more.” She also lives these values with her family - a husband and two sons, aged 6 and 8 - describing the motto of their home as Never say “can’t”; say “I will.” Her pump-up song is “Confident” by Demi Lovato.

She’s hard to miss in her purple fishnets and sequined shorts, wearing that “I will” grimace of determination on the track. But don’t let that fool you! Violet is a complex character - a self-described nerd - and her favorite thing to do is make spreadsheets in Excel. “I don’t know why,” she laughs. You can also find her craft table at many of our fundraising events.

Violet, from your friends at Grand Raggidy, we’re happy to have you. Whether you’re working the merch booth, maintaining attendance polls, holding a jammer at the front of the pack, or bringing your positive attitude to practice, you’re a valuable member of the league. Thank you!

Grand Raggidy Boosters Scholarship!

The Grand Raggidy Roller Derby Boosters are proud to announce the launch of the GRRD Boosters Scholarship Program. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2016 GRRD Boosters Scholarship now through May 31st, 2016. The scholarship will be awarded on September 24th, 2016. All students or perspective students seeking higher education are encouraged to apply.

All scholarship materials must be submitted to grrgboosters@gmail.com

Download application.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Individuals can self-nominate, or be nominated by any other individual; there are no restrictions regarding who can nominate an individual for this Grand Raggidy Roller Derby Boosters Scholarship. Winners of the Grand Raggidy Roller Derby Boosters Scholarship must wait at least three years before applying to be considered again. The Grand Raggidy Roller Derby Boosters Scholarship will be awarded at a pre-announced GRRD event of the committees choosing and recipient must be present in order to be eligible.

Scholarship Information: Scholarship Amount: $250 - $1,000

Application Deadline: May 31, 2016

March Most Valuable Member

She attends games, “hangover” bouts, and our volunteer functions: it’s Soul Collector! One of our many photographers, she is also a friend of the league and lover of derby. She began setting the shutter speed for action as early as high school, going on to be a pro-hockey photographer for 27 years! She then heard the siren’s song of derby, where she’s been shooting for a decade - since the very beginning. She’s had her work published in newspapers, Sports Illustrated, The Hockey News, and many more media. We are so lucky to have her at every game, posting her work on Facebook for all to see. It’s always fun to get a glimpse of what we look like on the other side of a lens - the chills, thrills, and spills of every jam.

Also a renaissance fair regular, her name derives from “the black magic box that steals your soul”, as the magical device - which we know as a “camera” - is called. To us, her camera doesn’t steal our souls, though… it shows the world our passion, athletics, and even those goofy moments, giving us many happy memories to smile on. We are happy to name Soul Collector March’s MVM for all of her efforts to keep derby and GRRD rolling merrily along.

You can see her many derby shots on her Facebook photography page, DeFord Designs. Always check in a few days after a game to see the great action all over again.

January Most Valuable Member

General DamageHer got her name from her staff, who know her as their general manager. She leads the charge in the local hotel industry, bringing awards to her Springhill Suites and working with the hotel association, as well as the Convention and Visitors Bureau, to keep Grand Rapids thriving as the great destination it is!

Her biggest accomplishment in derby, she says, is returning to play after her second pregnancy and a broken wrist. These are not small obstacles, but she’s never given up - even sitting on the bench to cheer, broken bones and all! DamageHer is also a dedicated mom and wife, honing the balance between all the commitments of derby and work with being a good role model to her two children, Teagan and Aspen. She says biggest derby inspiration is not necessarily Bonnie Thunders or Scald Eagle, but derby moms everywhere!

Her teammates call her a great teacher, motivator, supporter, ass-kicker, and athlete, always striving to better her skills on wheels. DamageHer also wears many important hats in GRRD! She is Attack! team representative, working with coaches and captains on game day to ensure everything’s in order; is in charge of organizing team jerseys; works with the GRRD board of directors to make and maintain vital connections in the community; and in the past, has held the league job of social media outreach… and we hear she is an awesome “beer lady”.

Of course, not to be ignored: she’s a formidable blocker and leader in the pack!

We’d like to welcome General DamageHer to our All-Stars team, where we’re sure she’ll kick butt and reach her goals for wellness and growth. Congratulations! You’re definitely a Most Valuable Member and we thank you for everything you’ve done these past three years. Here’s to many more!

New Holland Golden Boot Award 2015

Below is what I have written so far about Garden Ho. Can you both take a look? Snakespit I saw you volunteer for a different thing to proof read so I thought I would ask. Ho is always the proof reader so I cannot ask her about this one. Thanks

Every season one skater from Grand Raggidy Roller Derby is rewarded with The New Holland Golden Boot Award. This award is presented to the skater who receives the most fan votes throughout the entire season. In addition to receiving the traveling Golden Boot trophy, our newly elected winner receives a party in her honor at The New Holland Brewing Company. The 2015 Golden Boot Award recipient is #88 Garden Ho!

Garden Ho has been with Grand Raggidy Roller Derby just shy of seven years. In this time she has worked hard both on and off the track to make sure Grand Raggidy Roller Derby is one of the best leagues around. On the track, she is known for her fierce blocking and stellar take downs. Off the track, she assists the league as Co-treasurer, writing blog copy, and ticket guru. Below is a little more info from your fan favorite when asked a few questions.

Besides basset hounds and sarcasm what else do you enjoy?

I enjoy taking really long road trips with my boyfriend. The past two summers, we have driven out to Montana and Oregon. There are things you see on the road that you miss if you just hop on a plane. I like to cook and bake. Sharing my recipes with friends is fun too. Having long breakfast dates with my gal pals. We drink a bunch of coffee and catch up. It's cathartic. Dancing and singing with my sister.

How did you feel win you won the boot award?

I was skating around the outside of the track with my teammate, Rue DeDaye when she looked over and said "Oh, it’s you!"

I was surprised and very happy. It is so fun to skate and have all the fans cheer for you when your name is announced, so winning the boot was that feeling times a thousand. I have secretly wanted to win it for years and just hoped that my actions would get me the votes some day!

What do you love most about the sport of Roller Derby?

With roller derby, there is so much to keep track of because you are essentially playing offense and defense at the same time. There is so much going on out there on the track, it is a blast when what you are trying to do really works! Like that damn play we've been practicing for months and to see it happen! That is awesome! I have always enjoyed team sports and a lot of that has to do with the great group of gals that I get to call my teammates. When I moved to Michigan, I was looking for something sporty to do and then I found derby. I love the competition. I love hitting people and hearing the crowd react. I love seeing our new skaters progress and grow. I love yelling all the time and cheering on my team. I love it all. Well, I don't love the endurance drills so much but I'm working on that. Also, I like winning games with my friends and all the high fives! High fives for days!

Do you have a favorite skater that you think should be honored with the 2016 Golden Boot Award? Just stop by the Bomb Squad booth at any of our home games to cast your ballot.

Double Header - January 30

It is time to kick off the new year with an old fashioned double header.

On Saturday, January 30th, Grand Raggidy Roller Derby will play in a double header against the Killamazoo Derby Darlins and the Downriver Derby Dolls.

In addition to the exciting derby action going on this evening you will also be able to donate to the Polar Plunge to see some of your favorite Grand Raggidy Roller Girls be dunked for charity! All donations will go to the Michigan Special Olympics.

Tickets to the event are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Discounts for kids, students & seniors are available. Advanced tickets can also be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the action starts at 6 p.m.

Be there or be square!

 

November Most Valuable Member

This month’s MVM feature is brought to you by a former skater, the one and only, Mona Vaydid.

Where should we even start with this month's MVM?! Selena Goremez, AKA- Gore, is hands down the one person in the league that I am willing to bet on whom everyone can agree they enjoy being around. Her personality shines on and o+ the track and her sense of humoris one to put a smile on anyone's face, even SugarPants. It's to no surprise to see her voted to receive this award upon her exiting the league, because quite frankly-she is very much going to be missed by Grand Raggidy. Taking the big leap of faith and moving her life down to Austin, Texas, we will not be shocked to see her shine bright throughout the league she joins there. Risk taking with her derby wife on an adventure of a lifetime, Goremez will be able to continue skating with a league that those back in Michigan hope she hates so much that she'll return home, because as Beyoncé would say, she's very much so, "irreplaceable". Her involvement in the street team was de3nitely well suited for this socialite, and as a self-proclaimed, "professional friend maker", her presence is one that any league is grateful to have. But don't let this charm fool you, she is an absolute BEAST on the track and when blasting through the pack, she is able to knock you down hard and immediately come up with some sort of joke to make sure you know she isn't always business. This month's MVM is my personal favorite and one I'm so excited to be on this crazy journey with in the Lone Star State where everything is indeed bigger, everyone's favorite good time friend, one that any league is lucky to have around, my Backstreet Boy loving wife, the one and only, Selena Goremez. ♥

Last home game of 2015!

Come cheer on your favorite roller derby team and end this last home game with a BANG!

On Saturday, December 5th Grand Raggidy Roller Derby will play in a double header against the DuPage Derby Dames. The DuPage Derby Dames come from the western suburbs of Chicago and they pack a mighty punch. They have been on a winning streak beating 8 teams in a row this season, and they plan on keeping that trend going. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with the Grand Raggidy Attack taking on the DuPage Derby Dame’s B-Team, Onslaught. This is the first time ever that these two teams will have played against one another. Grand Raggidy Attack has a 75% chance of winning, compared to DuPage’s 25%, but it all depends on what game is brought to the track. The main event will begin after that game with the Grand Raggidy All Stars facing off with Uproar, DuPage’s All Star team. This is the first time that these two teams will be competing against one another, so they will both be out for blood. Currently, the Grand Raggidy All Stars are ranked 73rd in WFTDA and the DuPage Derby Dames are ranked 87th. This will be a battle for Grand Raggidy to remain at their current status, and for the DuPage Derby Dames to increase theirs.

Tickets to the event are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Discounts for kids, students & seniors are available.

Advanced tickets can also be purchased at brownpapertickets.com online ticket sales end 24 hours prior game.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the action starts at 6 p.m. You do not want to miss any of this derby action, so don’t be late!

October Most Valuable Member

With her ginger hair, booming voice, and giant bear hugs, October’s Most Valuable Member is easily one of Grand Raggidy Roller Derby’s most recognizable skaters both on and off of the track. Whether it is helping to run practice, being a fearsome blocker, maintaining contacts with other leagues, or sharing her expertise with newer skaters, her dedication to the sport and to the league overflows into everything that she does with the Grand Raggidy. In fact, Trashy is so well recognized within the league, that this is her second win of this most prestigious award.

Trashy TwoLips is known for much more than just her congenial demeanor though. While primarily a blocker with Grand Raggidy’s All Star team, she counts her proudest roller derby moment as jamming against Milwaukee’s Brew City Bruiser All Star team and ending the jam with zero points scored for the other team. She cites the challenge of the game as one of her favorite parts about roller derby. “No matter how good you are,” she says, “you can always improve.” Trashy certainly takes that to heart with all of the enthusiasm she puts into not only her own improvement, but also in helping other skatersbuild their own skills.

While in her personal life Trashy recently expanded her own family, she keeps a very special place for the roller derby community in her heart. She states that she wishes more people knew what a wonderful and diverse community it. “It’s really a world wide family,” she states. The care that Trashy puts into nurturing both her personal family and her roller derby family is evident in the time and care that she puts into every interaction that she has. Grand Raggidy is certainly thankful for everything that you do and for being part of our family.

Double Header, November 7

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 7th and march on out to watch Grand Raggidy’s double header in Grandville. This event pairs Grand Raggidy up against Michigan’s finest skaters.

The first game of the evening will match the All Stars against Team Michigan! Team Michigan is compiled of the top skaters in the Mitten and they compete yearly to represent their beloved state. Things might get a little interesting as four of your Grand Raggidy Rollers are also on Team Michigan, but have no fear; they will skate hard and fast for the Teal and Black! Lucy Morals, Bette Mangler, Xtreme Tac and Lindsay Blowhan will skate against their fellow Team Michigan teammates in hopes to take home the win. Next up, the Assault will face off against the Ypsilanti Vigilantes, Ann Arbor’s home team. The Grand Raggidy Assault is comprised of some of your favorite Attack skaters and our up and coming talent from our recent basic training groups! Both of these teams have been hard at work, playing tough games and want to make every point count.

You will also want to be sure to stop in and see the Bomb Squad for amazing bakery goods and a chance to play games for awesome prizes. The Bomb Squad always has something awesome for our fans! While you’re at it, be sure to visit the merchandise booth and try out some tasty treats at our food vendor, Bud’s Burgers.

Contact your local derby girl for $10 discounted tickets. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults, $12 for students, military and seniors, and $8 for children. Kids under 5 are free! Group rates are available upon request. Advanced tickets can also be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com

As always, doors open at 5pm and the action starts at 6pm sharp! Be sure to get there early because you are going to want front row seats for this show.

Double Header - October 24

On Saturday Oct 24th Grand Raggidy Roller Derby will take on the Aurora 88’s from Aurora, Illinois in a double header event. At 6 p.m. the Grand Raggidy Attack will kick off the action against the Wrath Pack. This will be the second time that these two teams have played. At their last meeting the Wrath Pack came out on top. Directly following the first game, the Grand Raggidy All Stars will take on the Original Sin in a first time meeting. The game begins at 8 p.m. and both teams are hoping to draw first blood. Currently the Grand Raggidy All Stars are ranked 81st. The Original Sin is an apprentice team with WFTDA working towards their membership status and, therefore, they are not ranked.

There will be something for everyone to celebrate at this fantastic event. Everyone is encouraged to get in the spirit of Halloween and come in costume. There will be a free photo shoot for anyone who shows up in dressed to impress. Half-time entertainment will include a game of musical chairs and a ring toss. We will also be taking donations and raising funds for the Kids Food Basket of Grand Rapids. In addition to monetary donations we will be collecting snacks that will be used in sack lunches for local school aged children.

In honor of the 10 year anniversary of GRRD, tickets that are purchased from a skater will be only $10. Advanced tickets can also be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/ for $12 and tickets purchased at the door are $15. There are also discounts for kids, students, military personal & seniors.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the action starts at 6 p.m. Be sure to get there early because you are going to want front row seats for this show.

Double Header on September 19

On Saturday Sept 19th Grand Raggidy Roller Derby will play in a double header event against the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes. The event begins at 6 p.m. with the Grand Raggidy Attack taking on the Ann Arbor Bruising Co. This will be the first time that these two teams have crossed paths in over a year and both hope to walk away with bragging rights. The main event will begin at 8 p.m. and will feature the Grand Raggidy All Stars vs the Ann Arbor Brawlstars. The last time that these two teams faced off was in May at the Mid-West Brew Ha Ha. The Brawlstars walked away victorious in May and now Grand Raggidy is hoping to settle the score. Grand Raggidy is currently ranked 81st and Ann Arbor is ranked 64th.

Halftime entertainment at this battle will be provided by Grand Rapids own DeSoto. You will also want to be sure to stop in and see the Bomb Squad for special bakery goods and a chance to play games for awesome prizes.

Tickets to the event are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Discounts for kids, students & seniors are available. Advanced tickets can also be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the action starts at 6 p.m. Be sure to get there early because you are going to want front row seats for this show.

WHO: Grand Raggidy Roller Derby

WHAT: Grand Raggidy Roller Derby’s Season Opener

WHEN: Saturday Sept 19th at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Rivertown Sports, 2605 Sanford Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418

Running of the Bulls 2015

On Saturday August 8th, 2015 Grand Raggidy Roller Derby and BarFly Ventures are partnering to bring you an epic pub crawl known as the Running of the Bulls. This event is modeled after the famous El Encierro (The Running of the Bulls) which takes place every year in Pamplona, Spain. During El Encierro, the brave participants run through the streets of Pamplona Spain being chased by a group of angry bulls. On Aug 8th, you will have a chance to participate in Grand Rapids own version of El Encierro. Only instead of being chased by angry bulls, you will be run through downtown Grand Rapids being chased by a mob of terrifying roller derby girls. The girls will not only be dressed as bulls but will also be on skates. And just in case you don’t feel like running (or have had one too many to move very quickly) they will also be equipped with and not afraid to use their repurposed foam pool noodles to “motivate” you. But don’t worry, you will be able to take shelter in and re-hydrate at many of downtown Grand Rapids’ favorite bars. Each participating bar will be offering drink specials for registered runners.

Registration starts at 10am at Hopcat and has the option to come complete with a t-shirt and wristband for $20 (which will be required to receive the discounts offered at each bar). The chaos will begin at 11am and will end at Grand Rapids Brewing Company at 3pm. The route will include bars such as Stellas, McFaddens, Pyramid Scheme, Peppino's J Gardellas, Tin Can and more! So be sure to put Aug 8th on your summer calendar. This is a one of a kind event that you won’t want to miss. Hope to see you all there!

WHO: Grand Raggidy Roller Derby

WHAT: Annual Running of the Bulls

WHEN: Saturday August 8th, 2015 at 10 am

WHERE: 25 Ionia, SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/grbulls?fref=ts

May Most Valuable Member

By Giddy Up Anya

This month Pat Ellis, Grand Raggidy’s ticket booth volunteer, won the coveted title of Most Valuable Member. She’s been with the team since April 2014, and has worked our ticket booth for every game in the 2014-2015 season. As All Star player Garden Ho said, “She’s good at what she does and makes my job as Co Treasurer much easier.”

I interviewed Pat over the phone and got her take on Grand Raggidy’s players, the fan’s experience of roller derby, and the scoop on what she plans to do with her trophy. Here’s an edited transcript of our conversation.

You have family in the league, don’t you?

BJ Tallywhacker [Grand Raggidy’s Head Non-Skating Official] is my sister.

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Well, I work at Meijer. I’ve been there forty-three years. I have seven grandkids. I go to roller derby and work in my yard!

What is involved in your league job with the tickets?

Basically, collecting the sold tickets and the money for the skaters, recording all of those and setting up all the will call envelopes with the tickets in them. Selling the tickets to the people when they come in the door. Balancing out the cash. Making sure everything is put away right.

What’s your favorite part of roller derby? Why did you get involved with the team?

I don’t get to see a whole lot of the games, but I have been learning a whole lot more about how it works. BJ [Tallywhacker] said, “Come to one of our games!” And I went to one, and I sat there, and I went, “I have no idea what they’re doing.” [Laughs]

Then I looked in the [pamphlet] and started learning about it. Brenda [BJ Tallywhacker] taught me different things, about how they get their points. Every time I’m there I learn something new.

My favorite part is watching the jammers try to get around the girls that are blocking them. Some of those jammers are pretty tiny compared to those big girls!

Do you have a favorite jammer? Or blocker? Someone you like watching?

I like watching [Xtreme] Tac. She’s good, the way she flies around that rink. And Ultrafox. She’s a good jammer.

Both Xtreme Tac and Ultrafox are so fun to watch.

I think it’s exciting. I had a couple that I worked with, and they came one week and brought their dad. He’s eighty-something. They really enjoyed it. They took one of the pamphlets, and they are still reading about how it works.

Was watching Grand Raggidy your first experience with the sport?

When we were kids, we used to watch [roller derby] on TV, but they were … not flat tracks.

Banked tracks?

Yeah, they’d skate up on the sides. And I was a kid watching that, and I thought it was so cool. Then they didn’t have it on TV for years. So, if you’re fifty or older, you probably saw it when you were a kid.

Have you gone to any other derby games around the state? And what did you think?

I went with Brenda [BJ Tallywhacker] down to Kalamazoo last month. I heard one of the [Kalamazoo] girls go, “We don’t ‘have to worry about this team. They’re not gonna beat us.” Well, they whipped their butts. You never do that. You never say, “We’re gonna win,” because then you get your butts kicked.

Oh yeah, whenever anyone in sports gets overconfident… it’s like a curse. When you’re nervous, you’re almost more ready to defend your turf, so to speak.

I’m sure over the summer, Brenda [BJ Tallywhacker] will be asked to help out at a few different ones, so I’ll go with her to watch the different games. I would enjoy watching other teams to see how they are compared to our girls.

Do you want to add anything else?

Just that I’m going to take my trophy different places with me. I’m taking it to work with me. Brenda posted something on our Facebook page. If I can manage to do it, I will. I’ll make a collage of all the places it has been.

Thanks so much to Pat Ellis for all the work she does for our league! We’re lucky to have her as part of our team.

10 Years

Grand Raggidy Roller Derby turns ten and we plan to celebrate in style.

On Saturday May 2nd Grand Raggidy Roller Derby will play in a double header that begins at 6 p.m. The event begins with the Grand Raggidy Attack facing off against the Deathrow Maidens. Then the Grand Raggidy All Stars will take on the Carolina Rollergirls. This will be the first time Grand Raggidy and Carolina have done battle and both teams are hoping to make a statement. Grand Raggidy is currently ranked 58th and Carolina is ranked 100th.

This game will mark the 10th Anniversary of Grand Raggidy Roller Derby and a celebration is in order. There will be a pre-game tailgate complete a large smoker that will be filled with plenty of burgers, hot dogs and pulled pork. The amazing Bomb Squad will have a number of prizes available to win as well. Grand Raggidy has also sent out invites to all former members of Grand Raggidy Roller Derby so be prepared for a proper reunion. Even Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will be on hand to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Tickets to the event are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Discounts for kids, students & seniors are available. Advanced tickets can also be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the action starts at 6 p.m. But don’t forget to be there at 4 p.m. for the tailgate. It is sure to be an event to remember.

WHO: Grand Raggidy Roller Derby

WHAT: Grand Raggidy Roller Derby’s 10th Anniversary party.

WHEN: Saturday May 2nd at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Rivertown Sports, 2605 Sanford Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418

March Most Valuable Member

There’s no surprise that March’s Most Valuable Member is Wheels McGee, Grand Raggidy’s skate coach.

Wheels is a long time speed skater and speed skating coach. He began working with Grand Raggidy players right around the time of the league’s inception. Ten years ago, the founding members of the league were attending open skates at local roller rinks in order to get in extra practices. Wheels had seen them around, and offered his services as a coach. He’s been with the league ever since, working as our skate coach and all-around problem fixer.

Three times a year, Grand Raggidy has a new group of newbies join our team, and each season, Wheels helps new skaters gain their footing on the track. Along with the Basic Training coach, Wheels does all of the new skater evaluations to make sure that new players are safe to join full contact game play. When I first started Basic Training in August 2013, it was Wheels who taught me how to crossover, how to turn around, and how to skate backwards.

Wheels is often the person that team members turn to when we have questions about skates, when one of our toe stops fall off mid-drill, or when we need someone to tape up an injury.

Grand Raggidy thanks Wheels for all of the work that he does for our league. We’re so thankful that his grandmother gave him his first pair of skates when he was still in elementary school, and that he’s continued to be a part of our team as we’ve grown from our early days into the strong, nationally competitive team that we are today. It really wouldn’t have happened without his expertise and fantastic coaching skills!

In addition to coaching for Grand Raggidy, Wheels is one of the coaches for GR Speed, the local speed skating team. You can learn more about speed skating on their Facebook page.