February-March Mad-ness

Come on out & mingle with YOUR 2018 Monadnock Roller Derby league!

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Get off the couch and do something out of the ordinary!

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Community roller skating nights are for EVERYONE!
Have a blast with a great set of music curated by our resident DJ, Cow Plow; hot and cold concessions; and fun people from our local community and beyond. Make it a family night, friend night, or date night! If you don’t skate, you can volunteer! Email us.


Saturday Bootcamps: No Skates Required! 

Ongoing through April 7, 10 AM – 12 PM at Hancock Elementary School

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Bootcamps are two 45-minute sessions with 5-10 minute health/fitness discussion breaks. Intended for the average person to create a basic athletic training and care routine.
Bring: towel or yoga mat, athletic shoes, water bottle, free weight (optional).
Donation: $5/session suggested for community members; free for League members.
Contact: Sprawkett 603-748-9945 or email:sprawkett@gmail.com

cropped-knocker4sOur preliminary 2018 roster will be announced in March… Be on the lookout!


P.S. We are on the hunt for some free or very low cost alternative summer practice spaces. Ideally these have a clean, indoor surface, the size of a basketball court or larger, with restroom and parking. Know of any? Email us.

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February events

Such fun ahead of us this month! Come join us for all of it!

2nd Annual I Hate Valentine’s Brawl

Saturday, Feb 3 at 1:30 PM (Doors open 12 PM)
Great Brook School, Antrim
See skaters of all levels and ages from leagues around New England test their stuff in a full game of mixed black-and-red competitive play. Join us for a dessert-focused pot luck in the cafeteria afterward and you might enjoy a taste of dishes from Monadnock Roller Derby’s new cookbook, which will also be available for purchase.

Community Roller Skating Night

Saturday, Feb 10 at 6-9 PM

Great Brook School, Antrim
Come join the fun, on or off skates! Lots of great music, food, friends, and fun. Themed costume contest, games, and prizes. Admission $5 donation, and skate rental $6. Bring all your family and friends! Benefits the Mad Misfits (juniors) and Mad Knockers (women’s) teams.

Community Supper Served on Skates

Thursday, Feb 15 at 5:30 PM
Community Supper is a monthly event coordinated by The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center, serving the towns of Antrim, Bennington, Hancock, Francestown, and neighboring community. It’s for everyone! Donations will be shared with The Grapevine to support programs that strengthen communities, families, and people. Come enjoy a fantastic meal prepared with love and support a great cause!

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Community Meet & Greet

Monday, Feb 26 at 5:30-7:30 PM
Avenue A Teen Center, Antrim
Come on out & mingle with YOUR 2018 Monadnock Roller Derby league! Join some junior and adult skaters in your community for:
Pool & foosball games
Scavenger hunt
Door prizes
Refreshments
Learn our league chants
Preview the season schedule
Snap photos with the most bold & beastly athletes around

Saturday Boot Camps: No Skates Required

Saturdays through February at 10:00-12:00
Hancock Elementary School
Boot Camps are two 45 minute sessions with 5-10 minute health/fitness discussion breaks (45 minutes of circuit and tabatas training, 45 minutes of yoga with a focus on flexibility, core strength, and balance). Intended for the average person to create a basic athletic training and care routine. Exercises will be off-skates for a cross-training experience. Bring: towel or yoga mat, athletic shoes, water bottle, free weight (optional). Donation: $5/session suggested for community members; free for Monadnock Roller Derby members. Contact: Sprawkett 603-748-9945 or email: sprawkett@gmail.com

And, don’t forget to pick up your copy, fresh off the press:

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The official Monadnock Roller Derby cookbook features recipes, photos, and quips from all your favorite Mad Misfits and Mad Knockers. Proceeds benefit our programs so we can continue to offer youth and women’s roller derby in the community.

4 WAYS TO PURCHASE:

  1. In person from your favorite Mad Misfit or Mad Knocker (We are competing to see who can sell the most cookbooks!)
  2. Through our Facebook shop
  3. Through our PayPal page
  4. Check or money order to: Monadnock Roller Derby, PO Box 204, Antrim, NH 03440

If you are having your cookbook shipped, please include the following:

  • Your complete mailing address, phone number, and email
  • +$5 for shipping & handling
  • Your preference for counting the sale toward the Mad Misfits or Mad Knockers

To everyone who supports our organization, through your cookbook purchase, volunteer time, creative talent, and attending our events… MAD LOVE!

 

Monadnock Roller Derby is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the sport and spirit of roller derby. Our mission is threefold:

Challenge ourselves to get back up, as many times as it takes;
Challenge one another to be our best, because no one survives alone;
Create a safe and supportive space for all members to learn, grow, and smash their fears.
Join us! MonadnockRollerDerby.com

Fresh cookbooks, coming up!

cookbook cover mockups lightHeard the SCOOP? The official Monadnock Roller Derby cookbook is ready for pre-order! Featuring recipes, photos, and quips from all your favorite Mad Misfits and Mad Knockers. Proceeds benefit our programs so we can continue to offer youth and women’s roller derby in the community.

4 WAYS TO PURCHASE:

  1. In person from your favorite Mad Misfit or Mad Knocker (We are competing to see who can sell the most cookbooks!)
  2. Through our Facebook shop
  3. Through our PayPal page
  4. Check or money order to: Monadnock Roller Derby, PO Box 204, Antrim, NH 03440

$20. Limited batch of 100 cookbooks, so get yours in time for holiday giving!

If you are having your cookbook shipped, please include the following:

  • Your complete mailing address, phone number, and email
  • +$5 for shipping & handling
  • Your preference for counting the sale toward the Mad Misfits or Mad Knockers

Pre-order here

To everyone who supports our organization, through your cookbook purchase, volunteer time, creative talent, and attending our events… MAD LOVE!

Fall flavors!

Get Rolling

Check out the Keene Sentinel’s story on Monadnock Roller Derby’s first-ever cookbook!

Rolls together, cooks together

Big thanks to Xander Landen for the story, to our fans and community for the recipe contributions, and especially to Cow Plow and Crash Cart for the tremendous work that’s gone into producing this cookbook. We expect to go to press this week in time for publication and sale around November 1.

Recruitment

Recruitment night on October 18 was a definite success! We welcomed potential new players for both the Mad Knockers and Mad Misfits and we are pretty excited about them. Thanks to everyone who came and/or promoted our recruitment efforts.

If you did not attend, but you’re still thinking about joining, please know you are welcome at any time! Email us at contact@monadnockrollerderby.com to get started.

Midweek Scrimmages

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Our midweek scrimmages are a great way for you to get your derby fix! If you’re a community member, these events are FREE to watch! If you’re interested in learning the ropes as a skating OR non-skating official, scrimmages are the perfect place to try out your skills. And of course, if you’re already skating with a league, this is where you can get your hits in throughout the off-season! Click here to sign up!

Pass the Biscuits

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November is a time for delicious food and sweet times! Come to our “Pass the Biscuits” scrimmage and pot luck on November 18 at 1:30-4:30 PM, Great Brook School in Antrim, NH. Fans and community members are welcome. Maybe there will be some dishes from our new cookbook!

Skaters and officials, sign up here.

Holiday Fairs

Come get some official Monadnock Roller Derby merchandise and specialty gifts at two upcoming craft fairs on November 25: Great Brook School, Antrim NH and Francestown Elementary School. Also, see our holiday display at the Festival of Trees at James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim, beginning November 25 and continuing through December 2017. This will be our third year participating.

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See you out there!

 

Community skating nights, midweek scrimmages, recruitment night, and a fresh new cookbook!

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We are excited to offer Midweek Scrimmages during this off-season. These are a chance for leagues from all over to learn, develop their skills, and share the awesomeness that is roller derby with our community. Free to come watch!
Skaters and leagues, fill out this quick form to indicate your interest.
Expectations:
  • Level 3 skaters that meet minimum WFTDA requirements (no min/max on experience)
  • Scrimmage rules follow 2017 WFTDA rule set
  • Skaters bring black AND white scrimmage shirts with number, plus all required safety gear
  • Skating OR non-skating officials that need basic training, give MRD a heads up so we can plan accordingly
  • Waiver signed prior to skating (forms provided at venue)
  • WFTDA insurance number provided prior to skating (see form)
  • $5/scrimmage fee for non-MRD members (cash, check, or Paypal)
  • The school requires all skaters to cover knee pads with furniture pads or cloth (flooring is varnished wood, slippery-ish)
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They’re back! Professional sound and lights, hot and cold concessions, games, and a great time for all, no matter your age or skill.

These monthly events allow us to offer free membership to our junior team, the Mad Misfits. Without the support of our community, we could not offer this amazing opportunity to our youth, who are developing teamwork, confidence, communication, leadership development, and healthy habits in a safe, welcoming space. If you cannot come to skating night, please consider becoming a Mad Misfits or Mad Knockers sponsor.
October’s Skating Night features a costume contest! So get ready… Bring everybody!
Click here to RSVP, share, and invite your friends.

There’s a crisp in the air…

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Our fresh new cookbook is going to press soon! Look for announcements about how to get your hands on a sweet copy, featuring recipes, photos, and quips from our very own Mad Misfits and Mad Knockers. Proceeds will benefit our programs.
Monadnock Roller Derby is a registered NH nonprofit.
Our Mission is threefold:
Challenge ourselves to get back up, as many times as it takes;
Challenge one another to be our best, because no one survives alone;
Create a safe and supportive space for all members to learn, grow, and smash their fears.

We are recruiting

Monadnock Roller Derby’s junior team, the Mad Misfits, and women’s team, the Mad Knockers, are both recruiting new skaters and family members. This is an opportunity for YOU to join one of the most successful teams in New England, in one of the fastest growing sports in the nation.

Recruitment Night – October 18

5:30 Mad Misfits | 6:30 Mad Knockers | Great Brook School, Antrim NH

Mad_Knock-316Our coaches and skaters of all experience levels will welcome you, show you the ropes, and get you to love roller derby as much as we do. See we’re all about and ask all your questions. Family members and significant others, consider joining as a skating or non-skating official!

There is a monthly membership fee which we try to offset through fundraising, volunteering, and sponsorship. The only other cost is equipment and insurance. Members must have their own health insurance.

Besides skating, we hold activities throughout the year, such as parades, community suppers, bout viewing parties, outdoor skating, and more.

To RSVP or for more info, email contact@monadnockrollerderby.com. More info: www.monadnockrollerderby.com

Get rolling!

We’re on a roll!

The MAD-ness of fall continues! Monadnock Roller Derby is celebrating our most successful season ever, and using our momentum to bring some great activities ahead:

Image may contain: 1 person, textThe Mad Knockers take on Twin State Derby in our final bout of 2017 this Saturday, September 23. Event details here. 7 PM at the Union Arena in Woodstock, VT.

Cheer on our Mad Misfits in a black-and-white scrimmage featuring junior players throughout New England on Saturday, September 30. First whistle at 3:00 PM, at the rink at Brattleboro’s Living Memorial Park. Stay for the Elm City Derby Damez’ game against Worcester, with some of the Mad Knockers guest skating! Same rink, 6:00 PM whistle.

Community Roller Skating Nights are back! If you’re looking for local fun, this is one of the best deals around. Professional music and lights, hot & cold concessions, competitive games, and free skating instruction from real MRD skaters… 21753385_1703232879709529_7508034335300683531_o.jpgCome join us in the community for a great, active, entertaining night on skates. Next date: Saturday, October 7 from 6-9 PM at Antrim Town Gym.

Wednesday Night Black & White Scrimmages begin Wednesday, October 11. Twelve weeks of off-season recreational play at level 3 (i.e., skaters who’ve passed minimum skills level test). These events are geared toward B/C level skaters. (For reference only, RollerCon defines skill levels here.) Scrimmages will follow the 2017 WFTDA rule set.

REGISTER HERE for Wednesday Black & White Scrimmages

$5 fee for those not already members of Monadnock or Elm City, payable at the door by cash, check, or Paypal. Free to watch! Volunteers welcome, too!

Wednesday Night Black & White Scrimmage Dates:

October 11 & 25

November 1, 8, 15 & 29

December 6, 13 & 20

January 10, 17 & 24

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NEW RECRUIT NIGHT! 

Wednesday, October 18

5:30 (Mad Misfits – ages 8-17) and 6:30 (Mad Knockers – ages 18+)

Officials (skating and non-skating) welcome at any time

Know someone who could use a good challenge? Our league is all about lifting ourselves and one another up in a safe, friendly, inclusive environment. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED. All levels of ability are welcome. We have gear to borrow and plenty of seasoned skaters ready to teach you everything you need to get started with roller derby. Whether for fitness, competition, or a healthy personal routine, we’ll take you through the necessary skills and offer our experience and encouragement. Email to RSVP.

Check out why this mother and daughter pair, Hazel Nutter and Cerberus, skate with us:

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Come meet us, check out what we’re about, and consider taking the next step by becoming a member of Monadnock Roller Derby. Share the event & bring a friend!

Map & directions to Great Brook School

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Pass the Biscuits! Thanksgiving Scrimmage & Potluck

Saturday, November 18 at 2 PM – Great Brook School (directions above)

Monadnock opened the 2017 season with the “I Hate Valentine’s Day” scrimmage. Now let’s cap it with “Pass the Biscuits” for Thanksgiving! This is an open black and white scrimmage. All scrimmage-eligible players, refs and non-skating officials (including those in training) are welcome.

REGISTER HERE for Pass the Biscuits! Thanksgiving Scrimmage & Potluck

$5 fee for those not already members of Monadnock or Elm City, payable at the door by cash, check, or Paypal. Free to watch! Volunteers welcome, too!

Questions? Email: contact@monadnockrollerderby.com

And finally…

Image result for clear background honey spoonSubmit your recipes for our first-ever cookbook! Just in time for your harvest and holiday celebrations! Illustrations by our Mad Misfits, fresh photos of your favorite skaters, sweet recipes like Black & Blue-berry pie… You’ll want a dozen to share! We want your tasty dishes and non-edible concoctions like body cream or laundry stuff. Email: contact@monadnockrollerderby.com. Get rolling! Submissions are due this Saturday, September 23.

 

September Madness!

 

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Back to school! Practices return to Great Brook School (Antrim, NH) on September 6. WE ARE RECRUITING FOR 2017-2018. Practice schedule: http://www.monadnockrollerderby.com

This month will be one of our busiest ever, with our final home bout of 2017, away bouts, parades, skating classes for middle & high school students, and preparing to launch a new skater recruitment session and cookbook fundraiser. Get in on all this madness!

 

September 4: Francestown Labor Day Parade – Francestown, NH

September 6: Practices return to Great Brook School – Antrim, NH

September 7, 14, and 21: FREE skating classes for middle & high school students in collaboration with Avenue A. Thursdays 6-8 pm – ALL levels of ability and experience welcome! Basic skating, transitions (180° & 360°), backwards skating, footwork, stops, jumps, and other cool skills! Email AvenueA@GrapevineNH.org to register!

September 9: HOME DOUBLE HEADER vs Southshire Roller Derby – Henniker, NH

>> Get your tickets! >> RSVP and invite your friends!

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September 16: Antrim’s Home & Harvest Festival Parade – Antrim, NH

September 23: AWAY vs. Twin State Derby – Woodstock, VT

September 30: A few of our Mad Knockers will skate with the Elm City Derby Damez against Worcester Roller Derby (WoRD) – Brattleboro, VT

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YES! We are recruiting!

We are looking for new skaters, both competitive and recreational, and officials, both skating and non-skating. Look for news coming soon about newcomer events.

For details: contact@monadnockrollerderby.com