There are a new group of girls in town that The Coachella Valley Art Scene is routing for.
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Meet the Coachella Valley Derby Girls.
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These desert chicks are ground breaking, mean business and are going all the way.  And because so, they are our current source of inspiration to “go hard.” 
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We recently had the opportunity to share a moment with Bonita Reckless of the Coachella Valley Derby Girls to ask her a couple questions on who the CVDG are, how they came to be and how to get involved.  Read below for more information & enjoy!
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INTERVIEW: Coachella Valley Derby Girls

conducted by Sarah Scheideman of The Coachella Valley Art Scene

on why desert derby girls rock

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First off, lets talk about the sport of roller derby. Can you give us a basic rundown of the fundamentals?
A roller derby game is called a “Bout.”  The Bout is split into two 30 minute halves, which are made up of 2 minute jams where the two teams have an opportunity to score points. There are 5 girls from each team on track during a jam: 1 jammer (the only one that can score points), 1 pivot (the pace setter for the group of blockers, who is also considered a blocker) and 3 blockers (the defensive line). The blockers pack up in front of the jammers and when the whistle is blown, the blockers start moving and the jammers try to break through. The first jammer legally through the pack gets the Lead Jammer title, and is the only one who can call off the jam before the 2 minutes are up. After that initial pass through the pack, one point is scored every time the jammer passes a blocker on the opposing team. All while girls are hip checking, shoulder checking and booty blocking! Fun right?
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Roller derby pretty much came to be in the 1940’s and recently made modern revival in the early 2000’s…only this time it came back as a predominantly all-woman organized sport .  Why do you think this is so?
The great thing about derby is that it has never really gone away, it’s been around and it’s been evolving. As a women-dominated sport, we feel that only a woman could have the heart and drive to make a sport like this prosper. Starting a roller derby league is seriously like giving birth and making sure that everyone who comes across it , gives this poor little bastard child a chance. It’s not just about girls in fishnets and crazy make up or just having an excuse to drink excessively and beat each other up. It takes blood, sweat, and tears to evolve an idea into something enjoyed by the masses. So we think only a woman could make such a huge commitment (and we mean HUGE) and raise it to be a respectful sport.
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Who are the women of the Coachella Valley Derby Girls??
Can I get a drum roll….derby name and position please!
(Drumroll…..)
Coach Mosquito Bandito #83
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Jessi James! #69  – Jammer, Blocker
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Bonita Reckless #1937 – Blocker
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Evie Von Creep #77 – Pivot
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Hurricane Irene # 07 – Blocker
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Mad Dre Furious #81 – Pivot
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Jeni Von Doom #04 – Blocker
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Snow Bite #55  – Jammer
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Jersey Whirl #13 –  Jammer
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Kit Skullflower #714 – Blocker
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Book Tremor #88 – Blocker
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Machete Mama #28 – Blocker, Jammer
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Spooky Holler #18 – Blocker
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BAsher #01 – Blocker
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Doesn’t Kara #317 – Blocker
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Jennifer Blood Spewit #33 – Blocker
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Westside Vikxen #669 – Blocker
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Bleeding Mascara #507 – Fresh Meat
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Bloody Ragdoll #88
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Bench Coach Bloody Murphy
Bench Coach Bloody Murphy #70
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azzerslice-Her #34
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Glitter Sweet #14 – Fresh Meat
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Street Team:
Unicorn
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Anita Nuharedoux
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How did the Coachella Valley Derby Girls come to be?
It’s a great story…
Jessi James! and Smiley Coyote moved down here from the Bay Area where they were part of the TVRG League. Both of them were so obsessed with the sport that they couldn’t live without it. Smiley made up a flyer and a facebook page and they both started passing the flyers out all over the Coachella Valley. Most of the girls on the League can tell you that they have been waiting for derby in the Coachella Valley for YEARS and when the word hit them they went running towards it! Like a moth to a flame, we all caught the derby bug.
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Do you have any pre-game rituals?
We just started scrimmaging and will be having our first bout on March 16th against Bordercity Rollergirls of Yuma. For pre-game we just like to make sure everyone has calmed nerves and that we’re all focusing.
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Is there something about living in the desert that makes our girls tuffer?
The heat for sure! We started June of 2012 and we have been outside on parking lots, tennis courts, and basketball courts all through summer. So not only have we been taking hits and falling on crazy hard surfaces, but we’ve also had to endure the summer heat, because it’s not an excuse for practice to be cancelled. We heard that this was one of our hottest summers and it makes us feel really good to know that we were out there and survived.
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I love that your team sponsor is a chiropractor.  That’s serious!  Derby looks fun and kitchy, but can you let us know just how physical it is and how much athleticism is needed?
Oh, it’s very serious! Dr Marco Cazares of The Spinal Injury Center in Indio, CA. is awesome and he takes really great care of our team. Roller derby is a very very physical sport. Not only are we pushing endurance at every practice, we are hitting each other pretty hard and taking some pretty hard falls. As we’re doing laps we have to be able to control our speed, with all of us in a line or in a pack all awhile in derby stance(sitting position). It kills our backs in the beginning but we become stronger with our training. We also have off-skate practice where we do a good amount of core building exercises – crunches, push ups, suicides and arm work outs . We’re pretty hardcore!
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Personally, I am really proud that the Coachella Valley has our own Derby team…makes us sound legit!  How has your experience been traveling out of town and repping the Coachella Valley?
Just like we mentioned above we’re just starting out, but when we scrimmage out of town it’s great to hear “Oh you guys are that new team out in the desert! It’s so great to finally meet you gals!” We have so much pride and it is great to represent such a big valley. We’ve been needing this for a while and it’s so great to be here from the beginning.
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You have two upcoming events… a dance night and “bout.”  Can you tell us about eat one and why your Coachella Vallians should go?
Yes we have April Fools! at Plan B in Thousand Palms CA. That is going to be a really fun event. Our Bout! Oh my goodness yes! Our very first bout ever will be in Yuma, Arizona and we will be skating against the Border City Roller Girls. We would love to see our supporters come out to watch us represent the Valley in another state.  It’s about 2 and a half hours away and we are going to make the Coachella Valley proud. We have been training since June of last year and we are so ready to kick some a….!  Its going to be a real test of skills and agility. Definitely going to set the bar for the rest of our season.
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If someone out there reading this is interested in learning more about the sport, how do they get involved?
We encourage everyone to come out to a practice, ask questions and get to know the team a little. You can also drop us a line on our Facebook page or at our email: cvderbygirls@yahoo.com. They can also send donations to:
Coachella Valley Derby Girls
C/O BFP services, Inc
PO Box 2770 Cathedral City Ca, 92234
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Where do you practice?  What are your practices like? 
Right now we are practicing on a basketball court at Freedom Park, which is right next to Ronald Reagan Elementary. Every practice is a little different. We have an endurance night, scrimmage nights and everything in between. Coach Mosquito Bandito likes to mix things up so our bodies don’t get used to the same old. It can get pretty intense. We practice as hard as we play.
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I also understand that you are a non-profit?  How can someone work with/ help out / donate to the CV Derby Girls?
Yes we have established ourselves as a non-profit because we are very community based. We volunteer and support some great charities in our valley – Safehouse of the Desert, Martha’s Village & Kitchen, Mental Health System of Riverside County and Heros in Recovery. The best way to donate to CV Derby Girls is to meet up with one of the Leads on the Board and let us know how you want to help out. We like to get to know our supporters and develop a relationship so they know exactly how they will be helping out our team. We’re not here to beg for help. We want to show everyone that we will work hard to make the Coachella Valley proud!
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And last but certainly not least…..Roller Derby as an Olympic Sport???
Oh heck yes! 2020, it will happen! People are noticing how much roller derby is catching on and how fast it’s spreading – it’s in the UK, Canada, Australia, South America, Europe, Asia, Mexico… IT’S EVERYWHERE! It’s a sport that can be enjoyed by all, young or old, Man or Woman because of the nostalgia and fun of it. Even though it’s not for everyone to play, it is definitely one of those sports that is enjoyable for all to watch. We empower, we motivate and we are role-models to the next generation of girls trying to find their niche.
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To become a fan and get more information on the CVDG, please visit:
or email
 cvderbygirls@yahoo.com
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