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Dear Mr. Maldonado,
At practice, we emphasize not only to give criticism on poor form, but to also demonstrate how to do it well. Here are some links to GOOD derby journalism (articles and videos) from well respected news sources:
BOSTON GLOBE"Four on the Floor"--outlines the backgrounds of some skaters, none of them are tattoo artists.http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/artic...
NEW YORK TIMES"You Just Can’t Keep the Girls From Jamming"http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/mag...
"The Dude of Roller Derby and His Vision"http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/18/spo...
CHICAGO TRIBUNE"Rollers chase glory--and revenge"http://www.chicagotribune.com/service...
ESPN"Roller Derby Revival" (Nominated for an Emmy this year)http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/v...
NEWSWEEK"Girls on Wheels"http://www.newsweek.com/id/40211?bcpi...#?l=1785302026&t=1507768968
These journalists clearly did a lot of research. They actually have attended bouts and interviewed skaters. If you have ever attended a game played under WFTDA rules in the past year, you would not have seen a punch, kick, or bite, and if you did, that skater would be expelled from the game, and possibly suspended from future games, per our gross misconduct rules. The most common ruleset used for flat track play is the WFTDA rules which you can read here: http://rules.wftda.com/officialrulesw.... You would also know that there is more than just helmets, elbow, and knee pads. We are also required to wear wrist & mouth guards. Some skaters elect to wear padded shorts to protect their hips, tailbone pads, shin guards, flack jackets, turtle shell bras, sports flak vests, etc.
Roller derby is a full contact sport, but full contact does not equate to "vicious, brutal violence". I'm not sure why you are vilifying it. I think you need to actually go to some bouts.
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