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Wanted: New Editor in Chief

For almost 6,5 years I have been working on improving Cassette Culture and making it a world dominating Internet magazine. Of course, we are not there yet. There is a lot of work to be done in the future. I…

Where is my motivation?

Yeah yeah, I love roller derby, I love my team, you know that by now (if you read my blogs before). But I didn’t talk about motivation that much. Well, despite my love for the game, sometimes my motivation is…

Blood, skates and tears it was!

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Last december, we, Dom City Dolls, participated in the Dutch Championships, Blood, Skates & Tears in Eindhoven. It was truly awesome! It was the first time our team played a trounament, and it sure is a different cup of tea.…

Roller Derby Community

The Roller Derby community… What does that mean? No, really, what does it mean? We sure like to talk a lot about it, in the community. And yes,  there is one. Maybe I am too Dutch, too cynical, to accept…

Let’s Get Dirty

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Source: Breakoutrun.nl So as you might remember from my previous posts, I’m quite into roller-derby. But that’s not all! Next to all that checking and blocking, I’m also quite fond of mud- and obstacle runs. You might have heard of…

Stay safe!

Injuries. Everybody hates them. It is the only downside of roller derby – or, now I think of it, every other (contact) sport – I can think of. There is a lot you can do to prevent injuries. I know…

Derby: Long live volunteers!

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At the beginning of 2013, I became ad interim president of our derby league. I’d  already been our secretary for 2 years, so from that point on I had two volunteer jobs. I loved it, but it was a little…

Derby girls have feelings too.

Tough Girls play derby. At least, that is the image people have. But is it true? Sure, we can handle incoming shoulder checks, and of course we can hit pretty hard ourselves as well. But at the same time, we…

ROLLER DERBY: Injury Time

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Remember my last article about how tough it was to finally train with the A and B-team? Well, things got even more complicated. It is actually quite a funny story. I was finally able to skate again after finishing my thesis. So I started to train, slowly, and decided to participate during the scrimmage my league organized: Rockcity Rollers versus Rockcity Rollers. So nervous seen as this would be my first public scrimmage. I had bought new and softer cushions a few days before, which I still had to try out. There was no other occasion then during the warm-up before the scrimmage. I actually was the first on the track that day, hours before the actual scrimmage: People told me that different cushions made a big difference, and that I would have to learn how to skate all over again.

Get your freak on in Oslo

If you are not from Norway yourself, Norway is definitely worth visiting! Norway has a rich history in alternative music, especially black metal,  but also a lot of rockabilly.  Also sports wise Norway has a lot to offer, both in…

DERBY: Day of the underdogs

Owh, I know I told you before how deeply in love I am with this crazy, time consuming, sport which has taken over my life. I love my league. I also told you that before. I love our trainings, and…

On- and off track battles

­­­Last weekend I went to a WFTDA tournament, to watch Europe’s finest teams play awesome bouts. When I started playing, some 2,5 years ago, I figured that I would be playing bouts every week by now, but boy, I was…

Life v/s Roller Derby

For two years now, I am fully addicted to the lovely sport called roller derby. The image of the sport is a tough, hard sport that takes over your life. And it is true. But there most certainly is a…

How I Got Into Roller-Derby

I am Desirée. I’m a 23-year old business-student and, more importantly, part of the Fresh Meat at the roller-derby league RockCity Rollers Eindhoven (RCR). You might have read Danielle her report about the first homebout for the Rotterdam Deathrow Honeys…

Playing with Fire

In high school I capped at 14 extracurricular activities, in college I balanced 24 hour semesters with ballet, marching band, and indoor color guard. Since graduation I have gone back to school, volunteered, learned to play cello, and started riding…