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The one thing that I have noticed is you have not done much research on this matter. First off there is rules to this legitimate sport. If interested read them at www.wftda.com for yourself. There is no tripping, biting, scratching, punching, or fighting as you stated. Just like all other sports these kinds of actions will not be tolerated because they are not involved in this sport; it is against the rules. Fighting will get you ejected from the game and possible suspensions. Second off, I think that this article is misrepresenting everything that the Roller derby community has tried to get away from, the 1970 WWE version of roller derby, which promoted violence, which was a fake entertainment sport, for the solicitation of profit and money from spectators. Furthermore, Flat track roller derby was founded in 2004, Hard Knox roller Girls was started around January 2006, so HKRG is not 4 to 5 years after the California crave as you so put it. Also, the Rogues were former skaters of Hard Knox Roller Girls.One thing you forgot to mention is the Women of Hard Knox Roller Girls practice over 6 hours a week some leagues and skaters practice more then 12 for endurance, strategies, and techniques.The techniques they practice are to include but not limit to: How to fall and be hit LEGALLY without being injured, how to get the Jammer through the pack LEGALLY and many more drills; subsequently, like other sports (I.E. Football, Baseball, Basketball, soccer, rugby, and probably any sport you can think of). There are also referees that have to take skills tests, referee test, and submit applications to even referee a sanctioned bout. In conclusion before you think about slandering a sport and a league in your magazine you should probably do some real research....
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