Junior skaters will soon be the future of derby.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
T-Wrecks from the Lil Chicago Most Wanted, right, looks to get past rolling STOWE from the Smalltown Smashers in junior roller derby action at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.
The Lil Chicago Most Wanted, the junior team of the Lil Chicago Roller Derby (LCRD) league is holding a junior boot camp this weekend.
The Hit Skate Play program will have Coach Lime and Coach Ang Xiety on hand to help the juniors develop into stronger players.
“Ang Xiety is a coach with Pile o Bones club in Regina and coaches juniors already,” said Courtney ‘Alpha Ginger’ Blackstock of the LCRD. “She has a really good understanding of how to transition them into the hitting aspect of the game.”
The boot camp will be held Saturday and Sunday on the flat track at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.
The focus of the weekend is about getting junior derby players to improve their game and to increase their knowledge.
“Junior is done in three levels, so Coach Ang Xiety’s goal is to make everyone focus on being level three, where you make your way up to hitting and the main show,” stated Blackstock. “A lot of this weekend is about transitioning to that level three. We are going to be hosting the boot camp, classes and then benchmarks on Sunday for the juniors to get to the next level.”
Coach Lime will be on hand to help out with the weekend and to run the boot camp.
“The juniors are the future of the sport,” Lime said.
Veteran members of the LCRD will be there for demo purposes and to skate around and help the younger or less experienced skaters.
The goal is to grow the sport of derby in the city and in other locations.
“Juniors are growing at such a rate. I refereed games on Saturday and the juniors are amazing right now. Just imagine if you add a couple of years for them,” said Blackstock. “By growing the juniors, we are growing the sport as a whole, which could progress us into a professional level — which is what everybody wants.”
The boot camp is open to boys and girls aged six to 18 years of age, but participants must be insured. The registration is $75 for the weekend. There will be a scrimmage at noon on Sunday, which is available to the public to watch for $15.
Tickets for the scrimmage and those that wish to register can do so at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, check out the Lil Chicago Roller Derby Most Wanted Facebook page.
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