Junior roller derby in the news, a black & white scrimmage, and 3 days ’til our next bout!

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Junior roller derby fans, players, and community members! Come join us for a fun, all-levels black & white scrimmage on June 3. Details above and here on our Facebook page, where you can share with your friends.

Players, don’t forget to SIGN UP! Bring black and white shirts with your numbers, and cover your knee pads with sticky furniture pads to protect the gym floor. $5 donation and insurance waiver required for skaters . Open to the public for FREE! Light refreshments and official merchandise will be available for sale.

The roller derby teams get ready to rumble on the 180-foot track at JFK Coliseum in Manchester.

Check out this fantastic article in Parenting NH Magazine featuring NH Roller Derby’s junior team, the Sabotage Sisters, and our very own Mad Misfits! We could not be more proud of all the hard work that our players, volunteers, coaches, and parents have put in to make roller derby possible for our youth! Photo Credit: Kendal Bush (former Mad Knocker!)

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And in case you missed our last post…

Come to Dover Arena this Saturday and cheer us on as we bring our Mad Knockers best to Seacoast Roller Derby’s season opener! Playing this team has always been a fun rivalry and we hope to see you in the stands!

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Details:

Doors open at 4:30 pm; first Whistle at 5:30 pm.

Dover Arena – 160 Portland Ave, Dover NH

Beer Garden provided by The Blue Mermaid Island Grill

Trackside tickets are $12 (18 years+), General Admission tickets are $10 for ages 18+ and $8 for ages 8-18. Kids under 7 get in free!

Advance tickets are available from any Seacoast Roller Derby member, Jetpack Comics in Rochester, or at the door the day of the bout.

RSVP and invite your friends!

7 days til our next bout!

Come to Dover Arena this Saturday and cheer us on as we bring our Mad Knockers best to Seacoast Roller Derby’s season opener! Playing this team has always been a fun rivalry and we hope to see you in the stands!

Image may contain: 2 people, people on stage and text

Details:

Doors open at 4:30 pm; first Whistle at 5:30 pm.

Dover Arena – 160 Portland Ave, Dover NH

Beer Garden provided by The Blue Mermaid Island Grill

Trackside tickets are $12 (18 years+), General Admission tickets are $10 for ages 18+ and $8 for ages 8-18. Kids under 7 get in free!

Advance tickets are available from any Seacoast Roller Derby member, Jetpack Comics in Rochester, or at the door the day of the bout.

RSVP and invite your friends!

Community supper success and 2 home bouts announced

Last Thursday’s Community Supper in Antrim was delicious and enjoyed by all. Thanks to the parents and volunteers who made our annual pie tradition possible. Antrim community members, we can’t wait to see you in the stands this season!

Ticket information for our TWO 2017 HOME BOUTS will soon be available. In the meantime, save these dates, and invite your friends, family, co-workers, classmates, barber, accountant, babysitter, and folks you just met!

August 12 is our Mad Knockers vs Seacoast Roller Derby’s women’s team. Click to share the event on Facebook:

2017 bouts digital flyer AUG 12

September 9 is our Mad Misfits vs Southshire Roller Derby’s junior team AND Mad Knockers vs Southshire’s Battle Cats. Click to share:

2017 bouts digital flyer SEP 9

Bring your own chair for trackside seating or enjoy the view from the stands. It’s gonna be action-packed!

Beer garden with hot and cold concessions
Official team merchandise for purchase
Vendor tables, photo booth, and fun kid stuff
Half-time musical performance
50/50 raffle to benefit Avenue A Teen Center
1/2 price tickets for seniors and kids <10

Support local roller derby!

To place an ad in the event program, become a sponsor, volunteer, official, or to learn about membership, email us: contact@monadnockrollerderby.com

Skate boot camp and rhythm skate sessions: May 6 – June 24 in Peterborough

Mad Knocker extraordinaire Sarah “Sprawkett” Wright is leading a rhythm skate meet-up starting on Saturday, May 6th, 9 AM – 11 AM. We will be meeting up at the Peterborough skate park (aka Adams Playground, 64 Union Street). It will run from May 6th to June 24th (with the exception of May 20th and June 10th).
We will be starting with an hour of boot camp style workout. Typically seven exercises for one minute each, followed by a one-minute full-body movement and a one-minute break. Then we will be putting our skates on for one hour to learn rhythm skating with each other.
What is rhythm skating, you ask? Sprawkett has compiled this YouTube playlist that provides examples of the drills we will be discovering together. If you’d like to participate in the new skill set, please attempt the drills in the playlist, and come with a familiar idea about what we will be attempting. Key word: attempting.
Sprawkett would appreciate an email to confirm your attendance. This meet-up is meant for humans that are experienced at skating and can stride around in a skating rink with out a problem.

Email Sprawkett

There is no guarantee that this will be successful the first time, so be a part of the beginning, before any of us are experienced.
Bring a yoga mat, athletic shoes (or bare feet), water bottle, and your skates with the pads you will feel comfortable doing some foot work in. At least knee pads are suggested.
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Updated: 2017 Season Schedule

We’ve got an update for you! Check out the new 2017 season schedule, mark your calendars, and plan to BE THERE with all your friends for all these great Mad Knockers and Mad Misfits games! We’re taking on some tough opponents this year and can’t wait to see all our beloved fans cheering us on in the stands! GO MAD!

Click each graphic to share with your friends and communities:

League schedule:

2017 season poster

Mad Knockers (Women’s) bouts:

Knockers postcard 2017

Mad Misfits (Juniors’) bouts:

Misfits postcard 2017

“I Hate Valentine’s Day” Scrimmage Photos, Call for Ads, Roller Skating Night, and Season Preview

Visit our album of photos on our Facebook page to relive all the magic that was our “I Hate Valentine’s Day” Scrimmage! Shout out to all the volunteers and officials for making the trip to Antrim for one of the best, liveliest, most enjoyable scrimmages yet. Kudos to the 45+ skaters who played, for a great start to the season – especially you first-time skaters! Thanks to the Mad Misfits for putting on a great refreshment and merchandise table, and to participants in the post-scrimmage clothing swap, which generated a carload donation of clothing – 228 women’s, men’s, and children’s items – for the Revival Shop. And Special thanks to Mike Austin for being our official photographer for the day.

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For more great scrimmage action, check out our Events page. Scrimmages are free and open to the public. Cheer on the Mad Knockers as we test ourselves against leagues across New England and get ready for bout season. Scrimmages are informal (non-sanctioned) competitive play with all the rules, strategies, and excitement of a real roller derby game but without the impact on team rankings. Community members, prospective skaters, sponsors, and visitors welcome!

Scrimmage Dates:

  • March 5 Mad Knockers vs. Worcester Roller Derby
  • April 1 Mad Knockers vs. Bay State Brawlers
  • April 29 Mad Knockers vs. Seacoast Roller Derby
  • May 13 Mad Knockers AND Mad Misfits vs. Southshire Roller Derby
  • August 26 (tentative) Mad Knockers black & white vs. Mass Maelstrom

Scrimmages are also great opportunities to learn the ropes of being a skating or non-skating official (NSO). NSOs can track scores and penalties, time jams and periods, and fill other critical volunteer roles. If your youngster needs community service hours for school, we are a registered nonprofit, and this is a great community activity! All scrimmages are 2 PM at Great Brook School in Antrim. Email us at contact@monadnockrollerderby.com to get started.

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Challenge: Can you spot all the Mad Knockers in this photo? Killer K, Jeneration Crash, Kim, Sprawkett, Crash Cart, Brooke, and The Jessicutioner?

YOU can support more great LOCAL roller derby by becoming a sponsor. Email us for details on advertising in our event program. Advertisers get space on our printed event programs, our website, AND mentions by our announcers at bouts, so it’s 3 ads in one! We love our sponsors, and we need you!

Our next community Roller Skating Night is March 11. Last month there was a big party of friends, and we want to see more of you out there. So bring YOUR friends, or make some friends at roller skating night! Besides hot and cold refreshments, we also have fresh new batches of league logo t-shirts, totes, patches, stickers, and our newest product: handcrafted, all-natural, luscious Mad Pit Paste!

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Thanks to the continued support of Rick & Diane’s Pizza, a Roller Skating Night sponsor!

Season Preview:

The official event posters and postcards will be released once times are confirmed with our opposing teams, but for now, SAVE THESE BOUT DATES:

  • April 22: Double Header – Mad Knockers AND Mad Misfits vs. NH Roller Derby’s women’s and junior teams (Manchester, NH)
  • May 27: Mad Knockers vs. Seacoast Roller Derby (Dover, NH)
  • June 17: Double Header – Mad Misfits vs. NH Roller Derby’s junior team AND invited all-stars (featuring 3 Mad Knockers) vs. Massachusetts all-stars (Manchester, NH)
  • August 5-6: All Eight on the Floor Tournament (Auburn, MA)
  • August 12: Mad Knockers vs. Seacoast Roller Derby (Henniker, NH)
  • September 9: Double Header – Mad Knockers AND Mad Misfits vs. Southshire Roller Derby’s women’s and junior teams (Henniker, NH)
  • September 23: Mad Knockers vs. Twin State Derby’s Upper Valley Vixens (Woodstock, VT)

Skater shout-out! Crash Cart #911 is a force to be reckoned with this season. (Duh, she’s a mom!) Having bouted with the Mad Knockers for the first time last year, she is back in black & blue, and steadily becoming one of the hardest hitters and steadfast leaders on the track. May we say, she also takes a mean selfie! Catch her in action and try not to fall!