May 2015 Featured Org – Boys & Girls Club of Taunton

MARD believes in giving back to our community. Every game we highlight a featured organization to bring awareness to charitable groups in our neighborhoods. For our May 2nd doubleheader our featured organization is The Boys & Girls Club of Tauton.

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The Boys & Girls Club of Taunton is a safe, healthy place where the young people of our community can learn, grow, and have fun.
Mission

The Boys & Girls Club of Taunton gives youth in the Greater Taunton Region – especially those who need us most – a sense of hope, belonging, and purpose, as well as the skills they need to overcome life’s challenges and give back to their community.
Overview

Their “Clubhouse” is located at 31 Court Street in downtown Taunton. They are open every day after school and during most school vacations. Club Members may drop in at any time to engage in supervised activities led by our caring staff. Please visit their Membership page for details.

In addition to serving as a daily drop-in facility for young people, the Boys & Girls Club of Taunton offers a licensed Child Care program, several youth and adult Sports Leagues, the Tiger Sharks Swim Team and Swim Lessons.

Each summer the Boys & Girls Club of Taunton also operates Summer Camp at Lewis Park, a fantastic day camp facility located on 45 acres at 388 Harvey Street in Taunton.

Click here to visit their webpage or click here to visit their Facebook page.

April 2015 Featured Org – Silver City Teen Center

MARD believes in giving back to our community. Every game we highlight a featured organization to bring awareness to charitable groups in our neighborhoods. For our season opener our featured org is Silver City Teen Center.

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About

Created to be a safe haven for Taunton’s teens, ages 13-19. Violence in any form, toward any person is unacceptable.

Mission

To promote safety, health & wellness for Taunton’s youth by creating a safe haven.

Organizational Overview

The Silver City Teen Center now located at the St. Thomas Church Hall, 111 High St., Taunton MA, is the result of an October 2008 National Make a Difference Day anti-gang, anti-youth violence & underage drinking prevention project to create a safe haven for Taunton teens ages 14 – 19. The initial project, for which the teen center received a $10,000 award from the Paul Newman Foundation & USA Weekend News, was a collaboration between the Taunton School Committee, the Mayor’s Office and Southeastern Massachusetts Voices Against Violence.
The SCTC supports an open enrollment and services/activities/programs are at no cost to families. At the request of the community, in 2011, the teen center amended the ages served to 13-19.

Silver City Teen Center members have multiple opportunities to participate in public service events to raise awareness about public health issues that directly impact them such as teen dating violence, bullying/cyberbullying, underage drinking & drug use; teen depression, self-injury and suicide prevention. Teen center volunteer staff are trained in these issues.

Tutoring is available free at the SCTC. Home tutoring is available on a sliding scale fee. Job readiness and college research support are also available.

Snacks & water are available & a meal will be served each day

Click here to visit their web site or here to view their Facebook page.

MARD is now 501(c)(3) recognized

A message from our President

Mass Attack Roller Derby is proud to share some very exciting news: our application to become a 501(c)(3) charitable organization has been approved by the IRS!

MARD remains a skater owned and operated league, run by volunteers and dues paying skaters. Any profits from ticket and merchandise sales pays for our practice space.
Receiving approval as a 501(c)(3) opens doors for our league, allowing access to grants, and makes donations and sponsorships tax-deductible! Access to funding via generous gifts helps MARD reach a goal of sustainability for the long term.

The research & application process was not easy, and a few hard-working ladies made this happen. HUGE thanks to Gwen Animalsattack, EH-Radiskator, Sixx Tatt, Jezebel Crush, Trouble’s Braids, & Evilyn Tent for all of your hard work!

Thanks to our fans & friends for your support!

Derby love,
Bootiful Banshee, #187
President

Make our derby dreams come true with a tax-deductible gift




Interested in sponsoring Mass Attack Roller Derby? Email our Sponsorship Team at mard.sponsorship@gmail.com

2015 Meat and Greet Schedule

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Come skate with us! Our Meat & Greets are a great time to meet the ladies of Mass Attack Roller Derby, ask questions, & learn what it takes to be a derby girl.

Come hang out and get a preview of life with the derbies. Our open recruiting night is the Monday after Meat & Greet …..email mard.recruits@gmail.com for more info (you can only join 4 times a year)

Admission to open skate is $7 and skate rental is $3 charged by Silver City Sports Complex. If you have skates bring them!

Click below to RSVP to our Facebook events

April 4, 2015

July 11, 2015

October 3, 2015

2015 Season schedule!

Mass Attack Roller Derby is proud to announce our 2015 Home Season Schedule:
April 11, May 2, June 13, September 12, October 17, and November 14!

Mark your calendars & stay tuned for news on which teams are set to battle our Mass Attack All Stars and Bloody Bordens!

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Barrett’s Haunted Mansion

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Mass Attack Roller Derby will once again be running amok in Barrett’s Haunted Mansion.

Come visit us on Saturday, October 25th at Barrett’s Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA if you dare…..

Tickets are on sale beginning at 6:30 until closing - see time schedule here.

The mansion opens at 7pm and will close when the last group has gone through.

We are open RAIN OR SHINE. We will only close if the weather is too severe and becomes a danger to our customers and staff. In this case, we will make an announcement on this site and our phone system and signage as soon as we can.

Fresh Meat Blog: Zebra Edition

Until I met Goldie Gloves
By Tyson Smitherman

photo by Underworld Photography

I.M. Fallen reffing a MARD game! Photo by Underworld Photography

Howdy everyone, I am known to the derby community as I.M. Fallen, and have been asked to share with you my experience of finding derby and a little about my journey as a skater in various capacities. So hold onto you helmets, check your safety gear, and let’s go!

Like many, I had a somewhat circuitous route to derby and likewise that route included the movie Whip It. This was not my first exposure to roller derby; I had watched banked track on network television when I was kid, and later watched many iterations of roller derby-like sports as well. Rolling has always been in my blood and many of my happiest moments have been with wheels beneath my feet.  I have been skating since I was about 4 years old, so (needless to say that is a pretty long time ago) about 35 years and change. In that time I have been a rink rat, an aggressive inline and quad skater, and an inline speed skater. I love to skate. I have made my living skating at times, having served as floor guard and resident teacher at several rinks. I am sure many of you have benefited from this love of skating and teaching others how to skate better. This certainly makes me happy.

I remember finding Mass Attack Roller Derby, and thinking those women look mean. Actually I found them several times on the Internet, and then one day I was driving to Skater’s Edge to skate with some blader friends and remembered that MARD practices at Silver City Sports Center. So, I looked them up again, and this time I contacted Sixx Tatt and asked about checking it out. She emailed me back and told me where to come and when. That fateful October evening I arrived at SCSC with a pair of blades and my figure skates. My life was about to change. I have social anxiety and am quite introverted, which is probably why I love skating so much; it gives me something to connect with another without having to make an actual connection. When I got there all these new people around me, and I had no idea who Leesa Webber/ Sixx Tatt might be and that made me very, very nervous. So I just stood there until someone talked to me; while I honestly don’t remember who approached me (I think it may have been Bootiful Banshee) I do remember two things about that encounter. First, whoever it was, was very welcoming and second, Sixx hadn’t arrived yet, but would be there soon. I was a little relieved that I had not come out for nothing and these people all had roller skates.

Soon Sixx arrived and we were introduced. We talked for a few minutes about what I wanted to do. At the time Sixx was the Head Non-Skating Official and suggested that since I was so new to roller derby that it might be best to learn the game as a NSO while I trained to be a skating official. By then practice was beginning and I really wanted to skate. I told Sixx that I really wanted to be a skating official, and the question was posed “when was the last time you skated?” I looked at my watch, and replied, “I was on blades yesterday, but quads it’s been a while.” Sixx smiled and said something to the effect of “let’s see what you’ve got then.”

Then, I met Goldie Gloves. In much the same way that one does not simply enter the mythical Mordor; one does not simply meet Goldie Gloves, one sits at the feet of a roller derby paragon and learns a different way of life. My meeting with Goldie was, and has been, life changing and affirming. There were a few other fresh meat who were working on skills to level up, I was quickly relearning what quads felt like again. I felt like I was back towards square one, although I didn’t stay there for long. I was working on my skills for the greater part independently with Goldie checking one me from time to time; within a week or two I was asked if I wanted to take an assessment and see where I was at, with little to lose, I said I would certainly like to do so. I remember my first try at the 25 laps in 5 minutes and how I was pretty sure that I was going to die, even though I came pretty close to making it. The rest of the assessment I recall as being pretty easy, although transitions and I did not completely get along yet. I could only confidently transition counterclockwise front to back and then clockwise back to front, I was not yet the tornado I would become.

I.M. Fallen in his zebra stripes! Photo by Luna Sea

I.M. Fallen in his zebra stripes! Photo by Luna Sea

I found transitions frustrating, and by then I had met MARD’s in house skating official, Saturday Night Beaver. Both Beev and Goldie encouraged me to work on the things that were difficult, what Beev called the “squirrely” parts, and to know that I was going to fall. I hate falling! I still hate falling. Did I mention I don’t like to fall? Alas, time passed and I worked diligently at every practice to do the things I could not do. These things I had never been able to do. For every time I did a comfortable direction, I practiced the “squirrely” ones 3-4 times. I think the proof is in the skating, and you can judge for yourself if I was successful.

There are only a few things I can say with surety. When I found derby, it was ready and waiting and accepted me for who I am. There was no judgment, perhaps a little protection of one’s sisters when a strange bear like man shows up that no one knows. But, I cannot blame anyone for that, and I am just as protective of my derby sisters. I can say I needed Derby, and I am pretty certain I always will. I can also say that I would not have as a firm a grasp of the rules as I do without Sixx, Beev, Evilyn Tent, and Goldie; constantly pushing me to learn them and usually making it fun.  The last thing I can say for certain is without Goldie Gloves there would never have been I.M. Fallen or Smitherman #777 with Team USA aspirations. All of my earliest derby memories contain Goldie; every milestone of skills or rules was and has been shared with her. When my wife, Atl Ignite, joined derby; the first person she met was my friend Goldie Gloves. My oldest daughter, Lisha, wants to grow up to be like Goldie; and I think that is a pretty great goal.

My journey will probably not be yours, but I will be there with you if you want. I will give you a hand up when you fall and show you how to do the skill better. I will tell you falling sucks, but if you are not falling you are not learning. I now fall often, but for me it is usually trying to do what I thought was impossible last week. Now I have a fairly successful referee career, and I am rostered member of Mass Maelstrom. I have come a long way in the last two years, and I have further left to go. This journey started because of roller-skating, but it has become so much more than the skills I have developed. I have gained so much, friends from all over the globe that I can’t imagine being without; a team of crazy Vikings that has afforded me brothers and sisters to do battle with.

Two parting things: first “be your own hero,” derby idols come and go, but you are stuck with you, so work hard and be amazing. Second, find a derby mentor and work with them, then be a derby mentor. I am so glad at the end of my sparkly derby rainbow was Goldie. I hope all of you are so lucky.

 

Interested in officiating? We are always recruiting skating and non-skating officials! Please contact us for more information!

October 11, 2014 game CANCELLED: a message to our fans & friends

Due to a scheduling conflict with our A-team competitors, Mass Attack Roller Derby’s October 11, 2014 home game has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment of our fans. We appreciate your continued support.

Please join us for our last home game of the season, this Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 4:15pm. Up first, Mass Attack All Stars battle Worcester Roller Derby’s Warriors, followed by Bloody Bordens versus WoRD’s Warheads. Help us celebrate the end of our season at the after party,  hosted by Home Plate Bay Street Grill, at 1094 Bay St, Taunton MA 02780. See you there!

Stay tuned & see what we have in store for October. It’s sure to give you a scare! ;)

Many thanks,
Mass Attack Roller Derby

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