DERBY DOLL OF THE MONTH OCTOBER 2018 - WILD BILL HICCUP

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He’s our hero of the Wild West….. Coast. Let’s all tip our hats to our October Derby Doll of the Month, Wild Bill Hiccup!

This October is dedicated to our shot-calling man, Wild Bill Hiccup. Wild Bill Hiccup (or Woobie as he’s called around the track) has spent his time at LADD in uniform as part of our team of Enforcers. Over the past year his black and white colors have transformed and shined as he’s taken on some immense duties with us and our transition to our new home. Woobie was a big part in locating places to skate during our interim, helping design our new space layout, leading as part of our track move team, and even becoming a dependable handyman for all the fixing and building we needed in the new place. He’s a leader in his own right and we thought there was no better way to show off this all around hero than to parade his awesomeness all over our LADD outlets!

Just like his lawman counterpart Woobie is the law around the banked track. He monitors the track with his  marksman’s eye catching penalties and surveying the gameplay. He always keeps the order and the rules in check as he makes the calls in some high stake games of roller derby. This brilliantly mastered Enforcer has even found himself calling some big shots at the renowned banked track tournament, Battle on the Bank!

Off the track, this hell of a guy is making moves as a steadfast leader. Now the Track Move co-head, our man Woobie has been helping build Dollhalla into a livable and thriving home. He’s helped with the design and layout of our new space and has even become a stable jack of all trades for all repairs and builds our new home needs.

Woobie’s becoming a legend all his own at LADD. His sharp eye has made many a calls, his hands have helped raise many walls, and his love for the league will never fall. Raise your whiskey glass to our hero of the Wild West Coast, Will Bill Hiccup!

DERBY DOLL OF THE MONTH SEPTEMBER 2018 - D'CUP RUNITH OV'R

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Here’s to our Queen of the Track- D’Cup Runith Ov’r!!

All this month we’re celebrating our dearest doll, D’Cup Runith Ov'r! D’Cup has been sharing her derby love with LADD for years. She shares her time with us as part of the Tough Cookies and Ri-Ettes and most recently took on the tremendous responsibility of directing our track move. She’s been a rock as we’ve taken on our big move into our new home and desesrves all the praise for being such a boss!

D’Cup’s derby love is rooted in over 9 years of skating. Before she was a Derby Doll she spent time with the ladies at OC Rollergirls. Her knowledge of both flat and bank track has gotten her to play with various roller derby teams around the country. At LADD, she is one of the veteran members of our Tough Cookies and has even got a top spot as part of our all star team, The Ri-Ettes. Her derby career is extensive and impressive and we can’t wait to share more years with her on the track.

Last year, D’Cup faced a hiccup in her derby life. A broken fibula had her off the track for months. But even injured, this hell of a lady still came out to practices off skates and mentally took in strategies and skills practiced by her teammates. Months of physical therapy and a positive mentality got her back on the track and playing in the most recent Battle on the Bank. At the tournament she absolutely killed in all 3 games and even helped lead our Ri-Ettes to yet another championship victory!

As you can tell D’Cup has a big heart for roller derby and her ladies at LADD. She’s really shown her love for the league over the past few months as she lead us in our various track moves. This badass woman has taken on these big moves with such energy and gusto. In such a short amount of time D’Cup has led us through 2 track set ups and 2 break downs. She’s spent an insane amount of hours working on our track both painting, building and leading just to get us all up and skating together again.

This powerhouse of a lady has truly dedicated herself to the league and her derby sisters. Without her we probably wouldn’t have been able to pull off our big move so quickly. Her leadership and heart has brought us all back together and skating as a league again. We thank you for all you’ve done D’Cup and know that we owe you the world.

DERBY DOLL OF THE MONTH JULY 2018 - SWEEP THE LEG JOHNNY

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Daniel LaRusso lost this round. Let’s give it up for OUR CHAMP and Derby Doll of the Month, Sweep The Leg Johnny! 

This July is dedicated to our firecracker, Sweep the Leg Johnny! Johnny has been a part of our league for years. His time with us has been filled in numerous roles, as part of our BOD, The Enforcers and The Ri-Ettes training team. If that isn’t enough this stellar fella has also taken on the taxing task of getting us our new home in Vernon. There’s nothing Johnny can’t do and we wanted to take all this month to show him how much we appreciate him for it.

Johnny started his derby life with LADD as part of The Enforcers. He’s been making the calls on the track for years, always armed with his keen eye and his arsenal of cues, codes and signals. He’s extremely supportive of his team of black and white is always encouraging his fellow Enforcers to build their skills. Johnny’s a constant voice for The Enforcers and has always been a ref we all can count on.

For the past 2 All-Star seasons, Johnny’s replaced his stripes for a coach's shirt as he’s taken on training our Ri-Ettes. His reffing insights has built a strong foundation for the team and has encouraged our All-Star skaters to play smarter and challenge penalties when necessary. He’s traveled and trained with our team of black and grey and helped lead them through some hard-fought bouts and back-to-back victories at Battle on the Bank! 

He’s not only led our All-Stars but our league into a very promising future. For the past few months our man Johnny has been a legal and operational powerhouse. He’s been working day and night alongside Derby Doll Army Members, Melistophiles and BioniK BlitZ. These 3 helped find and acquire our new home in Vernon. He’s put in so much work into keeping us going and deserves so much for all he’s done. This month goes out to you, Sweep The Leg Johnny!

DERBY DOLL OF THE MONTH JUNE 2018 - AUNTIE PATRIARCA

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She’s a fighter through and through. Let’s hear it for our LADD wonder woman and Derby Doll of the Month, Auntie Patriarca. 

Auntie Patriarca has really shown us her true power over the past few months, from being drafted to Fight Crew to becoming a pivotal part of the BOD. She is a force to be reckoned with and we at LADD thought of no better way to show our appreciation than by parading all that is Auntie.

Auntie has been with the league for over 4 years. This super mom started derby as a way to inspire her son. Her years on skates taught him and others how to try new things, challenge your shyness, and most importantly, how to never give up! 

A few months ago this stellar skater had her derby career kicked up a notch. Auntie became one of the newest red, hot drafts to our feisty ladies on Fight Crew. Her fighting spirit won over the hearts of the team and has landed her amongst the greats on skates.

Off the track, Auntie has also taken on another new role as part of our BOD. Auntie took it upon herself to help our league land a spot with the #1 crowd-funding platform for charitable donations, Crowdrise. Her push for this platform has helped us raise over $14,000 across 2 campaigns, one of them being a love-driven fundraiser in memory of our angel, Carmen Monoxide. Auntie’s undying involvement with us at LADD and now as part of the BOD, has us all excited about the big moves she’s bound to lead us towards in the future.

Auntie has really made her mark at LADD these past few months. Her fighting spirit and loving heart has us all inspired, empowered and even closer together. So as we take on the month of June, we’d like to take the time to honor our dazzling doll, Auntie Patriarca!!

 

DERBY DOLL OF THE MONTH MAY 2018 - MIA

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April showers brought MIA Power! *WHOOP WHOOP*

For the sweet days of May we’re celebrating our marvelous, Mia! She’s a Siren at heart and a saint in spirit. This kindred soul has recently found a way for us to get back and rolling on our skates. Her hard work has gone leaps and bounds and has helped reignite our derby spirit at LADD! 

Her heart for the sport started at a lively young age. She’s been taking it to the track for years as part of our city’s various derby leagues including LADD, Angel City and San Fernando Valley. (She even grew up as part of our Juniors at one time!) It wasn’t long till this young derby star found her way on one of our home teams, The Sirens. In 2013, Mia was drafted to the WHOOP WHOOPING group and has been living out her derby career with them ever since. Her bold blocking and game intensity is beloved by her teammates and has even helped lead them to past Champs! This year Mia has decided to hang up her uniform (for now) as she focuses on the off-skates side of life. All though she won’t be in blue, she’ll still be here helping at LADD, which fortunately was a lot sooner rather than later. 

Since our most recent departure from our home at 4900, we’ve been making do with various practice locations around LA and we have Mia to thank for this. She has helped contribute to finding and securing practice locations where we can, once again, be together as a league. She helps head the scheduling, as well as, staffs and co-writes the curriculum for these pop up practices. 

Mia has dedicated her life to the sport of roller derby and her sisters at LADD. It is with her magnificent derby brain and unselfish heart that we’re able to pull off these league-wide trainings. Her effort to get us all back on the track is all love and she deserves the world for it. Thank you for all you do Mia. 

DERBY DOLL OF THE MONTH APRIL 2018 - BEN WOBBLES

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Cheers and beers to our April Derby Doll of the Month- Ben Wobbles!

This April we’re celebrating our head honcho, the top dog, our man, Ben Wobbles! 

Wobbles has been with us at LADD since 2012. His time here has been spent in a couple of major roles including Enforcer and General Manager. He's taken on these duties with such positivity and support and has created a very special space for all of us.

Wobbles started his derby life in 2012 as part of our team of Enforcers. He called the shots and pushed the rules and held strong in his reffing abilities. His skills and playful ways made him a loved member of our Enforcers. There wasn’t a smile he couldn’t crack or a penalty he couldn’t track.

In 2016, Wobbles took on a very important position at LADD. He took on the role of being our General Manager. This responsibility had proven to be strenuous and daunting, but he took it head on with such spirit and strength. He truly shined these past few months as GM as we faced our big move. With every shift he was there to help lead and was working with us all the way to the end. He’s been a rock we can depend on, a shoulder to lean on, and a leader that pushes on! 

As we take on the month of April, we’d like to take the time to celebrate our man. So grab your glasses and raise them high. Cheers to you, Wobbles.

DERBY DOLL OF THE MONTH MARCH 2018 - JACKIE NIBMLE

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For all of March the LA Derby Dolls are celebrating our lucky and beloved, Jackie Nimble. Nimble has graced the track for years with LADD and has brought nothing but joy to us all in her time. She shares her knowledge and skills with each and every one of us, from the new freshmeat all the way to her sisters on Ri-Ettes. Nimble and her love has woven itself into the very fabric that makes up the LA Derby Dolls. It is her spunk and dedication that made it so easy for us to come together and call her our March Doll!

Nimble’s derby career was born at LADD. In February of 2009 she strapped on some skates, hit the track, and (basically) hasn’t stopped since. She’s followed the league through our numerous homes and never once has her love wavered. Her years at LADD has shown us all her undying love for her sisters and roller derby. 

Playing over 9 years of derby, Nimble has found herself amongst the top skating ranks at LADD. She is a part of one of our home teams, The Tough Cookies and has also spent years as part of our all-star team, The Ri-Ettes. Her skills and communication on the track has made her a powerful player and one that many respect and admire. 

Her love for roller derby doesn’t stop with her. Nimble humbly shares her derby devotion as a trainer at LADD. As a teacher she exudes a positivity and encouragement that can make a weaker skater feel like she can take on the world. Her guidance is uplifting and has pushed many towards greatness. Nimble’s commitment and support has contributed to a loving community of up and coming skaters with the strength and pride to do it all. 

Nimble’s stunning skills and infectious goofy smile, are a constant reminder of how lucky we are to have her as part of our league. Her commitment to LADD and her derby sisters is unprecedented and her ability to  make each and every one of them feel noticed, encouraged, and part of a family is unmatched. This lucky month’s for you, Jackie Nimble. 

DERBY DOLL OF THE MONTH FEBRUARY 2018 - WHORECHATA

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This month of love is dedicated to our league-wide Valentine and Derby Doll of the Month, WhoreChata!

For all of February, we at LA Derby Dolls are celebrating the greatness that is our league mate, WhoreChata. Chata has been a force to be reckoned with these past few months; from being drafted to the Sirens to taking on one of LADD’s biggest events at Night on Broadway. She has worked day and night rallying our league together and has really revived the spirit of all her derby sisters and we love her for it.

Here at LADD, Chata first made her league mark as Co-Head of PR and has been killing it ever since. As Co-Head, she helps lead her committee of social media creatives with her vibrant direction and bold diligence. Her work in the committee has landed us great opportunities with big players such as Irwindale Speedway, Night on Broadway, and Buzzfeed. Chata has really helped keep us relevant and connected with our public and fans through all of her PR work for the league and has paved way for a dynamic future for the Derby Dolls.

Chata’s excellence in PR really shined at the beginning of this year as she headed our Night on Broadway public bout. She made it possible for our league to play in one of the biggest events our city has to offer! We were able to skate under the LA sky as a crowd of over 700 people was able to see us in action again, and it’s all thanks to her. She spent months talking to the coordinators, leading the planning, and uniting us all together to create such an unforgettable event for our league. 

These killer PR skills that Chata so humbly possesses is also highly complimented by her skills on the track. As a newly drafted Siren, Chata has more than proven her abilities to be a great team player. Her team loves her for her dedication, blocking skills and her vicious slide blocks.

And if that isn’t enough, our ever so charming Chata has also taken up duties as part of our Juniors training team. You can catch her teaching our young skaters (and even her daughter, Poison Ivy) the skating skills, teamwork and strategy it takes to become an LA Derby Doll. Her coaching and knowledge help mold our Junior ladies into the tough and empowered women of our future. 

This amazing woman has done so much for us as a league and she deserves all the valentines and chocolates!! We love you, WhoreChata! XOXO

DERBY DOLL OF THE MONTH JANUARY 2018 - SWEET HOME ALABAMM'YA

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She’s the sweetest skater to ever hit the track. Let’s hear it for our January Derby Doll of the Month, Sweet Home AlaBAMM’ya!

We’re kicking off our year of dazzling Derby Dolls with the sweetest of them all- Sweet Home AlaBAMM’ya! Sweetie is a seasoned leader at LADD and has proven her stunning leadership skills as Sirens Co-Captain, Co-Head of Training, part of EC Management and Head of DPV. She has taken on these immense duties with such grace and patience and has really kept our league and its members rolling through. 

Over the past year, Sweetie has been a really strong backbone for us at LADD. She has been one we can all depend on as she continuously takes the initiative to keep us trucking forward as a league. Sweetie’s introduced countless pieces of policy to the EC this year and even implemented Operation Clean Wheels, which has done wonders for the integrity of our track. Her vision and energy to keep us at our best is a style in which we only wish to achieve. 

Her bright ideas and helpful spirit are complemented with her encouraging teaching style. As head of DPV, Sweetie has taken on the challenging task of teaching a new era of skaters. The encouragement she brings to even the newest on skates makes you feel as if anything is possible. Her patience and her commitment to training our up and coming have created an ever-growing pot of skaters in our LADD family. 

Sweetie has taken on her seasons at LADD “laying down the law” as part of our leagues, Sirens. *WHOOP WHOOP*. This past season she took on the pivotal role of Co-captain and her team couldn’t be any more grateful. Sweetie’s strong voice and stellar blocking have made her a force to be reckoned with, making the Sirens a team to beat. Not to mention, these top-notch skating skills has also landed her a spot as part of our All-star team, The Ri-Ettes.

Sweetie not only helps lead her ladies in Blue but she also fronts her own little derby family team! Armed with two little skaters of her own, Sweetie and her daughters are fore-fronting a new wave of tough ladies!

Sweetie helped make our league great in 2017 and we can’t wait to see the ideas and leadership she has for us in the years to come! This one’s to you, Sweet Home AlaBAMM’ya!

DERBY DOLL OF THE MONTH DECEMBER 2017 - ANNA MEAN GABLES

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Is there a penalty for stealing our hearts? ❤️  Here’s to our December Derby Doll of the Month, Anna Mean Gables!

This December we’re celebrating one of our league’s greatest gifts, our Enforcer Extraordinaire – Anna Mean Gables! She’s been making calls for LADD for years and has stayed loyal to the league as we’ve hopped home to home. Her commitment to the league and the skaters is unmatched and we hope to share more good times with her for years to come!

Meanie has been an unsung hero the past few months. She has taken on the title of de-facto Captain of the Enforcers, which has ultimately led her to take on the work of 3. *HOLY MOLEY!* She leads her team of black and white with a level head and a strong knowledge of derby that only comes with years of experience. She has taken on these duties with such heart and has really supported our team of Enforcers through a rough time. 

Her level-headed leadership as an Enforcer has really made her a fond and critical member of our league. Meanie staffs our scrimmages and bouts with her crew and does an amazing job of keeping us all in the know with the rules, and check us on our ever so faulty moves. She is firm but fair and keeps a very open and helpful dialogue with our skaters. Her knowledge has really guided our league into a safer and more educated skating future. 

Meanie is very admired by all she comes in contact with. Both skaters and Enforcers alike really find a comfort knowing they can always talk to Meanie. From rules to advice she is an ear that’ll listen. Armed with this ear she hears thoughts and concerns and has worked diligently to create a safe and inspiring arena for our league.

As you can see, Meanie is anything but mean. Her willingness to take on the duties of captain has proven to all that she is dedicated. Her mindful calls on the track has shown her knowledge. And her thoughtful ear confirms her heart for the league and its skaters. This holiday season we have one more thing to be grateful for and that’s for our lady, Anna Mean Gables!

Derby Doll of the Month November 2017 - SLY FOXX

 Sly Foxx has soared her way to the top spot as our November Derby Doll of the Month!  All this month we are honoring our dearest skater, Sly Foxx! Sly has continually gone above and beyond for the league from organizing fundraisers to scheduling practices. Her work for the Derby Dolls has created an arena of camaraderie and peace as we transition as a league, and we adore her immensely for it.   Our November Derby Doll first started her life on roller skates, years before joining LADD. With a skater mother encouraging her along the way, she roller figure skated from 1991 to 2010. Sly traveled the world on her quads and took part in skate competitions with her precision team. This awesome doll has been killing it on 8 wheels for over 25 years supplying her with both a formal and aggressive skill set that has proven to everyone what a badass she is on skates.  Her rich skating skills are complemented greatly with her generous heart. As we go through our transition, Sly has been a strong helping hand to not just skaters but the league as a whole. She has helped coordinate tryouts and practices for all and has been a great source of information and guidance for LADD members. Sly keeps an open dialogue with the EC and the BOD that has created a peaceful connection for our leaders here at LA Derby Dolls.   Sly’s contributions to the league don't stop there. Last month, she single handedly planned and directed our sold out Halloween bout at Moonlight Rollerway. This event created a platform for the public to see us again and was a great kickoff for friends and family into the Halloween season. This event helped raise some well needed money for our league and showed everybody that the Derby Dolls are still around and strong.   Sly’s years at LADD have been filled with the loving camaraderie of her fellow rough and tough, Fight Crew ladies. Her team loves her for her fire and her stone cold blocking. She fights hard beside her teammates and it all payed off last year when they won it all and took home Champs. Sly gives her all to her crew and her team values all that is Sly Foxx.   Sly has given the league her heart as well as her hard work and dedication. She openly shares her LADD pride with anybody and everybody, while working hard to better herself as a skater and a teammate. Sly is a loving skater that deserves all the love back. Thank you for everything you do, Sly Foxx. 

Sly Foxx has soared her way to the top spot as our November Derby Doll of the Month!

All this month we are honoring our dearest skater, Sly Foxx! Sly has continually gone above and beyond for the league from organizing fundraisers to scheduling practices. Her work for the Derby Dolls has created an arena of camaraderie and peace as we transition as a league, and we adore her immensely for it. 

Our November Derby Doll first started her life on roller skates, years before joining LADD. With a skater mother encouraging her along the way, she roller figure skated from 1991 to 2010. Sly traveled the world on her quads and took part in skate competitions with her precision team. This awesome doll has been killing it on 8 wheels for over 25 years supplying her with both a formal and aggressive skill set that has proven to everyone what a badass she is on skates.

Her rich skating skills are complemented greatly with her generous heart. As we go through our transition, Sly has been a strong helping hand to not just skaters but the league as a whole. She has helped coordinate tryouts and practices for all and has been a great source of information and guidance for LADD members. Sly keeps an open dialogue with the EC and the BOD that has created a peaceful connection for our leaders here at LA Derby Dolls. 

Sly’s contributions to the league don't stop there. Last month, she single handedly planned and directed our sold out Halloween bout at Moonlight Rollerway. This event created a platform for the public to see us again and was a great kickoff for friends and family into the Halloween season. This event helped raise some well needed money for our league and showed everybody that the Derby Dolls are still around and strong. 

Sly’s years at LADD have been filled with the loving camaraderie of her fellow rough and tough, Fight Crew ladies. Her team loves her for her fire and her stone cold blocking. She fights hard beside her teammates and it all payed off last year when they won it all and took home Champs. Sly gives her all to her crew and her team values all that is Sly Foxx. 

Sly has given the league her heart as well as her hard work and dedication. She openly shares her LADD pride with anybody and everybody, while working hard to better herself as a skater and a teammate. Sly is a loving skater that deserves all the love back. Thank you for everything you do, Sly Foxx. 

Derby Doll of the Month October 2017 - Vodka Toxic

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Can we get a round of applause for our Derby Doll of the Month, Vodka Toxic?

All this October, we at LA Derby Dolls are celebrating our beloved doll, Vodka Toxic.  Vodka has put in many years of skating and leadership here at LA Derby Dolls. Her guidance and love for the league has put her in awesome director roles such as Head of Fresh Meat, Head of marketing, former VP of Board of Directors, and former Head of PR.  If that’s not enough, this killer lady also played a pivotal role in forming the LA Roller Derby Co-Op and has been a stunning player for years as part of our league’s, Varsity Brawlers. 

Her love for roller derby is unreal. Her 11 ½ years on skates has proved to be meaningful not only to us but to roller derby in LA. Before her Derby Doll days, Vodka was a part of Angel City Derby and is one of their league’s founding members. She has shared many years on skates with both leagues and continues to show her support for the badass women in the roller derby community. 

Vodka Toxic is a very endeared skater in our league. On and off the track she is helpful to all. If there’s ever a skater in need Vodka is there. Whether it be a Fresh Meat skater trying to learn the ropes or a department that needs some assistance, you can depend on her.  

Her 7 1/2 years as a LA Derby Doll has proven to be more than exceptional. She and her team, Varsity Brawlers won the 2015 Championships and keeps a strong love and bond with her ladies in purple. Her snazzy skating on the track is complimented greatly by her stunning taste in music as she is a music marketer by day, badass skater by night. Her derby sisters love her for her playful spirit, determination and great taste in tunes. 

Although she is retiring, this isn’t goodbye. Vodka will be around helping us and continuing to push our skaters and league into a brighter tomorrow. We appreciate you and everything you do. We love you, Vodka Toxic!