As the Derby Dolls gear up for their third annual Jantastic Roller Derby Invitational, the PR team took a moment to catch up with two of the many members of USA Roller Derby participating in this star-studded event.
Baller Shot Caller from My Little Ponies and ‘Snot Rocket Science from Wolfpack chatted with Kelican Bae, the Dolls’ Public Relations Head, to find out more about their team mentality and expectations for this year’s tournament. Fans will remember back to last year’s event, it was these two teams battling for the Championship trophy.
What is the strategy that has led your team to two consecutive tournament titles?
Baller: “Teamwork is what led our Ponies to last year’s win. We had a great coach and loved skating together. We really enjoyed pumping each other up during games and being there for each other. We have all become friends and really enjoy making this trip every year for the love of roller derby!“
How does one being on a collective team build that teamwork?
Baller: “We build team spirit by hanging out with each other as soon as we arrive in San Diego and during our stay there. We enjoy each other’s company and keep in touch with each other throughout the year. We definitely have some shenanigans that get us loose and stress free. But those are a secret! Lol!”
What is the Wolfpack bringing to San Diego?
‘Snot: “Hunger and some new Wolves. Howl. AAAOOOooooooo!!!!! We had and have some of the best players in the flat or banked game. We come together so quickly because we know that’s what’s going to get us the most success in any game we play.”
What about Jantastic keeps you coming back?
‘Snot: “Jantastic has to be the best way to start off a derby year. It’s super motivating to fly through the air on a banked track, especially with my Wolfpack teammates. We have so much freaking fun together. There are also a lot of skilled players on the West Coast that I don’t get to play against often so I like seeing their style.”
See these skaters and all the athletes of Jantastic this weekend at the San Diego Derby Dolls Dollhouse. Games begin Saturday January 14th, 2017 at 9a.m. and continue throughout the day and into Sunday. Full games schedule can be found here.
Contributing Writer: Kelican Bae
Photo: Grant Palmer