Right now Your Mom Men’s Roller Derby is in a small dilemma and is struggling with how to move forward. For a few years, we have been participating in and helping to promote Spring Roll, A coed roller derby tournament put on by the Ft Wayne Derby Girls. We love this tournament because this event and these girls were some of the first people to embrace men’s derby and to give it some national attention. In a way of helping ...

The First (And Most Important) Question
The First Question     The first question that I typically get when I encounter someone for the first time is “what do you do for a living?” At first glance, it appears to be an easy question but it actually riddles me more than most any other. It really isn’t that I don’t know what I do, rather I don’t know what I do that I would want to define myself as “living” for. By occupation I am a Real Estate Broker/ ...

Your Mom Takes the 2013 MRDA Championship
Your Mom Takes the 2013 MRDA Championship [caption id="attachment_1165" align="alignnone" width="300"] Photo Credit Bob Dunnell[/caption]    Just like our sisters are doing in WFTDA, the men of roller derby are finally beginning to create a style of play that is unique and ground breaking. For the formative years of the men’s side, we were playing catch up, learning the ins and outs of game play while at the same time trying to stay on our skates. With a great deal of help and ...

Hydra With My Cheese (The 2013 WFTDA Championships)
I didn’t know what to expect heading into my first live WFTDA Championship. I had some wonderful opportunities with my skate company, Roller Derby Elite, to go to a number of roller derby events in 2013 and encounter a number of the important players in women’s derby. As a member of the top ranked men’s team in the world, Your Mom Men’s Derby, I had also been fortunate enough to play against some of the teams who would be competing ...

USA Roller Speed Skating Will Rise Again
USA Roller Speed Skating Will Rise Again   Why is the United   States not producing world inline speed skating champions Like they used to? This question is currently being thrown around all over social networks as if being born in our country makes us entitled to global victory. I would contend that although being born in the United States has many great advantages, for athletes in non traditional sports, it also has unique challenges. The answer to what we should aim ...

New York Skate of Mind
Shock, Gotham and Your Mom     Inside the roller derby world the name “Gotham” conjures up all kinds of images. For many it represent Gotham Girls Roller Derby (GGRD)…the top team and gold standard in the sport. To others we see Bonnie Thunders, the Lebron James of roller derby or Suzy Hotrod who opened millions of eyes to our sport in the ESPN Magazine “Bodies” issue. Lately, Gotham has also become synonymous with New York Shock Exchange (NYSE)…the nearly unbeatable men’s team ...

Killing the Power Play
“Killing the Power Play” My solution to the patient offense     When I tried the modern game of roller derby I felt like I was one of those lucky people who win the lottery. I thought I was done with high level competition and then I give this game a try and I was hooked all over again. It is with that sense of “love” that I bring up my main problem with this game. Although many flaws can be found in almost ...

  Your Mom Vs Minnesota Roller Girls All Stars   Saturday January 12th marked the second straight game that Your Mom Men’s Roller Derby has faced off against a women’s derby team. In Late 2012 the MRDA Champions faced off against an all star team of women from throughout the Midwest including women from MNRG. This bout would be more interesting in that the Minnesota Roller Girls All Star Team is a well respected highly ranked WFTDA team and they are well known ...

About 2 years ago, after a difficult but not very directed practice, the members of Your Mom Men’s Roller Derby Team sat around the concession stand at Skate North. It was really the first time we slowed down long enough to think about what each of us wanted to do with this sport. In the beginning, my brother Dante (TinkerBelle/ Frank Notsohotra) had been following his wife Romina (Stella Italiana) and her teammates on The Des Moines Derby Dames as ...

Back to School For Me   I just came home from one of the greatest inline races in the world, The North Shore Inline Marathon inDuluthMinnesota. I love the NSIM because I get to see so many different types of skaters all showing up to celebrate our great sport. Racers, fitness types, children, age groupers and people looking to say they had finished a marathon (checking it off of the bucket list). The amazing venue that is Lake Superior and the great ...