Do you have what it takes to be a roller derby girl?
It's a full contact sport where you get pushed and shoved around, so why are so many women signing-up to become roller derby girls?
There's a list of requirements to join the Cincinnati Rollergirls. But the number one thing you'll need is a lot of nerve.
"The times that you get hit into the crowd sitting at the side of the track, those are always memorable moments," said Lauren Bishop whose team name was Mis-print.
Team members say you'll also need to be aggressive on the rink.
"It's fun to get out and hit people," said Christina Kuhnhein.
The roller derby girls say even with the aggressive nature, the sport is relaxing.
"It's fun. It really is. Everybody kind of thinks you're crazy," said Cara Halter.
Team members say it can be intimidating because you’re trying to keep your balance all while a member from the other team is doing just about anything to get past you, and that includes shoving and maybe even throwing a punch.
"There are zones where you can hit and where you can't," said refereeTeri Montemurro.
You must also be quick on your feet.
"You constantly need to be moving your feet up and down. Moving right, moving left, trying to jump quickly. You're always using your shoulders and your hips to try to make yourself whole. Whether you're hitting people with shoulders or swinging hips," Halter explained.
The Cincinnati Rollergirls are now up to 50 members, but you'll need to take on a new name if you plan to join the team.
With names like Cincy Pyscho-O, Big Ugly, and Ruthless Chris, reporter Jenell Walton from The List knew she needed something that sent a strong message that she was ready to rumble.
It didn't take long for the team to come up with a perfect match.
They named her "Hit List."
Now, don't be fooled by the hard exterior on the outside. these roller girls say they still like being ladies.
"A lot of girls wear more makeup for the games than they do in their normal life. I'll wear eyeliner for games, but not so much in real life or lipstick and sparkles. It's more dress up," said Sydney Greathouse, who goes by Big Ugly on the skating floor.
With teams all over the country, you're sure to find one in a city near you.Auditions are going on now in many cities for the upcoming season, so check with your local chapter for dates and times.
Cincinnnati Rollergirls hold tryouts every January.
Skaters must be at least 18 years old.
You can contact the team at cincinnatirollergirls.com for more information.
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