Roller Derby Tryouts in Yonkers

Erica spent a good chunk of her childhood on roller skates cruising the sidewalks of the New York’s East Village. She was very disappointed when they moved up to the burbs and there were no sidewalks and the roads were covered with tarred gravel. I bet there was a time when I could have talked her into trying out for the Roller Derby. They are having tryouts this September.

I’ve often thought of shanghaiing my brother Larry and cousin Bob and going down to Yonkers to watch a match. I am a little concerned because Yonkers has so many really bad neighborhoods. I think it would be fun, but I’d insist on taking Larry’s car.

Suburbia Roller Derby – Wanna Play?


  1. Jim Shannon wrote:

    Rollerskating. God does that bring back memories.

    I recall when I was with the church of the nazarene (1969-72) in my hometown Coquitlam BC our young peoples group youth pastor would take us across the boarder to Blaine Washington rollerskating rink once a month on Thursday nights. Why Blain I have no idea. It was an hour drive each way, good times.

    Most of the main streets in Coquitlam had sidewalks in the
    1960's. Regan Ave didn't.

    Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 3:47 am | Permalink
  2. Jack wrote:

    For anyone thinking of trying out and in need of a little inspiration, check out the roller derby-related videos at, including this one — — about the “aha moment” of a young woman who credits roller derby for saving her soul.

    Thanks — [email protected]

    Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 10:16 am | Permalink
  3. Kate wrote:

    Roller Derby rocks hard core. It's one of the more fun sports to watch. There's never a dull moment and a fist fight usually breaks out. At least here it does!

    Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 9:36 am | Permalink