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Life Lessons in a Years Worth of Roller Derby

Our Creative Project-Managing whiz Danielle, stepped out of, WAY out of, her comfort zone and  joined a women's roller derby league a year ago. Below she shares with us some life lessons and with wisdom like this Danielle, it sounds like you're on the right track. :) Keep it up! You rock! [caption id="attachment_6174" align="alignleft" width="230"] Photo Credit: Russellreno Limprecht[/caption] A year ago, I decided to join Reckless Rollers, the rec team for the Bay Area Derby Girls Roller Derby league. What started out as something fun to try has turned into one of the best experiences of my life. I have bonded with a family of women who have taught me so much and to whom I have a fierce loyalty to like no other group I have ever encountered. I love my derby sisters like family, and I have learned and continue to learn from them on a daily basis. The support system that the B.A.D. girls foster is unlike anything I have ever experienced, and I am forever grateful. While it hasn't been an easy road, and my learning curve is a long one, it has been an amazing road to travel. So, on my year anniversary, I thought I would list some things that I have learned in the past most awesome year with the B.A.D. girls. I hope this list makes someone who reads it go out and try something that they think they would never do, which brings me to my first point: 1. If you want to try something new, just try it. Don't hem and haw and come up with a million excuses not to. If it doesn't work out, so what, but you will never know what you are missing if you let your mind talk you out of doing it. 2. Don't let your age be a barrier. I definitely thought about the fact that I would probably be one of the oldest people in Rec, and I am. This isn’t an excuse to not be active - age isn't a reason to give up on fun. 3. You don't always know what you think you know. I thought I knew how to skate when I signed up for rec. What I realized almost immediately is that I know how to move in a circle on a rink with wheels on my feet. This does not mean you are ready for roller derby. At all. 4. Admit your weaknesses. It's the only way you will start to work on overcoming them. 5. Overcoming the aforementioned weaknesses doesn't happen overnight. In some instances, it doesn't even happen over the course of a year - I know this from experience. 6. Don't focus on what you can't do so much. I still do this, and I take for granted what I can do now that I wasn't able to a year ago. T-stops took me a month to get down last July, now I can't even imagine how I DIDN'T know how to do them, but instead of patting myself on the back when I finally am able to do something that I have worked on, I tend to piss myself off about the next thing that I can't do. Turn and toe stops became my next fixation, and now that I am actually able to skate and turn 180 degrees while moving (although still not at top speeds), I am starting to fixate on my next obstacle. Give yourself time to enjoy the accomplishment of learning something new. 7. Don't compare yourself to others. There is always going to be someone better than you. That doesn't mean you won't get it, it just means you didn't get it yet. 8. Overthinking is your enemy. 9. I still cry from frustration as a grown woman. At one point or another, derby frustration will probably make you cry. Do it, get a tissue, and move on. 10. Don't get dragged into the drama and don't create it. There are a ton of different personalities at derby, and tension runs high. You will probably get pissed at someone. Actually, you WILL get pissed at someone. Use that anger in a positive way and focus it. Don't dwell. Get over it. In the end, we are all there to support each other when the day is over. 11. Sometimes you have crappy practices. Take them for what they are worth and move on. Crappy days make you realize where you need to focus. If every day was a good day, we'd all be on the travel team. 12. It's ok to screw up. Even in front of a warehouse full of bad asses. Everyone falls - it's derby. You are on wheels and people are trying to knock you over. You are going to fall. The list of what I have learned goes way beyond what I have listed here, but these are the things that really stick out. I am so happy that I jumped into this opportunity, and I wouldn’t trade any of my bruises, tears, or sore quads for the world.

Your Sports Story

What’s your story?

Maybe you came to sport late.

You found it in the gym or the studio.

Maybe you discovered it early, on a court or a course.

Maybe it’s walking, maybe it’s running, maybe it’s dance or yoga or swimming or hiking. Maybe you found your sport when you saw your daughter transformed by that first athletic success and knew that your own transformation was out there waiting for you. Maybe you found it on your way to something else—a kid’s practice, a healthier life, a friend’s race. But no matter where each of our sports stories begins, we all end up at the same place, a place where we are becoming our own best selves.

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Skort Stories

skortstory21Once upon a time long, long ago at Title Nine our founder (Missy Park) wasn't too keen on skirts or dresses, so getting them in the catalog was a tough sell. This was before we became enlightened. We thought that a skort (not the old school kind that looked like shorts in the back - ugh!) would be the perfect thing for the gal on the go. You can still look dressed up and a little girly but in a very functional piece of clothing that allows you to climb fences - or heck, even run and do cartwheels if you want. We began offering skorts that looked stylish instead of dorky (hidden shorts with nifty stash pockets), and using technical materials to achieve the ultimate in form and function.  Soon we were working to get every skirt we saw turned into a skort (well not every skirt but close!). Our customers saw the practicality of skorts and started buying them as fast as we could make them... and they still do! That's how skorts were born here at Title Nine. The End. - Alice, Head Buyer & Merchandiser "My middle name is Pants. Or rather I should say my middle name is No Skirts, Dresses or Anything Close. But then my life was changed by the Run Around Skort. Folks in the office here at Title Nine were convinced if they could get one on me, I would be a convert. Years and months passed. Conspiracies were launched in an effort to have me wear one. Finally our head merchant, Alice, said she had one she knew I would love and would I be willing to simply give it a try?  I relented and the rest is history. The Run Around Skort is simply awesome. Alice gave me two and I have run, bike commuted to work, gone out to dinner, walked around Lake Merritt and even took a photo of me in one for my Mom. It is extremely comfortable, dries super quick, and I feel fashionable wearing it! I still adore pants but I am happy to now have to change my middle name. "  - Janis, Director of  Operations