Roller Derby: A Magical Sport for Muggles

by Angelica “Helga Hufflepunch” Rodriguez of Revolution Roller Derby
A couple of years ago a good friend of mine asked if I wanted to go see a roller derby game. “A roller derby game? Like in Whip It?” she laughed, “Yeah, sort of.” So I got in the car, drove to Orlando and watched a brand new sport, still in its infancy, with admiration. A year later I would join the fray under my new alter ego: Helga HufflePunch. My life has never been the same.

 

Helga Hufflepunch

One of the greatest things about roller derby are the fun alter-ego, or derby names. You will find everything under the sun from Luna Shovegood, to Belligerent Lestrange, Phoenix Fawkes’m Up, Militant Bulstrode, and Helga HufflePunch (‘sup)… And those are just the Potter related names that came to mind.

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Photo by Phantom Photographics

So why am I talking about this muggle sport? Partly because I’m obsessed but also because your very own Slug Club is partnering with Thunder City Derby Sirens for their first Bi-Wizard Tournament on April 16! Unlike regular roller derby games, the Bi-Wizard tournament is a roller derby scrimmage, where skaters from all over Florida are put into mashup teams and play against each other. It is sure to be a blast! Never seen a roller derby game before? Do not worry, this guide is just for you!

For those of you not in the know, roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in the world; the US alone has over 1,250 leagues. It has been around since the 1920s, but its modern resurgence is vastly different. The game is played on quad skates, on a flat track, with five players on each team: one jammer, and four blockers. The game consists of two 30-minute halves, each of which is broken up into 2-minute (or less) jams.

The jammers wear a star cover on their helmet and they score points every time they legally pass an opposing player. The blockers, who must skate together in a pack, try to stop the opposing jammer from scoring and help their own jammer get through the pack. Additionally, one of the blockers will also be designated as a pivot. The pivot wears a large stripe on their helmet and is able to score points if the jammer hands them their star cover, when this happens it is called a “Star Pass” or “Panty Pass.” The first jammer to break through the pack is designated as lead jammer, and while both jammers can score points at the same time, the lead jammer can call off the jam at any time.

Jammer

Photo by Starfish Derby Photography

Roller derby has an extensive rule book and contrary to popular belief, you cannot elbow someone in the face, or punch, or kick. I won’t get into the nitty-gritty, but it’s basically hockey rules when it comes to hits: you can hip check, shoulder check, and body check. It is one of the few sports where offense and defense are played at the same time, and it is AWESOME.

Derby is a predominantly female sport, but it has grown to include all-male leagues, co-ed leagues, and even junior leagues! The sport is really fun to watch and even more fun to play. Derby leagues are always looking for new recruits, volunteers, referees, and fans. If you are interested, chances are you have a league near you!

See you all on the track!

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Photo by Starfish Roller Derby Photography

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Upcoming Meetups

We have a number of fun meetups coming up soon! Want to be one of the first to know about any upcoming meetups? Join our Facebook or Meetup.com groups! (You’ll need to be a member in order to RSVP to any of the events listed below.)

April 29th – “Kill the Spare” Bowling Meetup – RSVP on Facebook or Meetup.com
Come join us at Kings Bowling on I-Drive for our second “Kill the Spare” Bowling Meet-up!

May 4th – Second Annual Battle of Hogwarts Laser Tag RSVP on Facebook or Meetup.com
“It’s time to choose your side and either fight to protect Hogwarts, Harry Potter, and the future of the wizarding world as you know it, or fight to rid the wizarding world of the mudbloods and blood traitors who only serve as a disgrace to our community. You-Know-Who and his followers will storm the castle on May 4th in an event that will forever be known as “The Battle of Hogwarts.””

May 5th – S.P.E.W. MeetingRSVP on Facebook
Interested in community service and activism? Join our S.P.E.W. group, a Harry Potter Alliance chapter! We’ll talk about our current Accio Books campaign, plan for Esther Day, and more! Make sure to join our S.P.E.W group here.

May 24th – Group Photo at MISTI-con – RSVP on Facebook or Meetup.com
For those of us attending MISTI-con in May, let’s meet up at the ball just after it begins to get a group picture! (If you’re unfamiliar with MISTI-con – it’s an amazing Harry Potter conference taking place over Memorial Day weekend this year. You can get more information at http://www.misti-con.org/)

May 30th – May Book Club: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – RSVP on Facebook or Meetup.com
For book club meeting we will be reading the fourth book in the Harry Potter series: The Goblet of Fire. Join us at the George & Dragon for book discussion and trivia! This is the last day to turn in all the books you collected for Accio Books. Be sure to get them to us today or you are stuck with them for another year!!

June 6th – Abracadabra Ice CreamRSVP on Facebook or Meetup.com
“Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory is one of the hottest new liquid nitrogen ice cream concepts in the country. They use liquid nitrogen to freeze your very own ice cream creation within seconds. With temperatures reaching -328 degrees below 0 they are able to flash freeze the ice cream right before your eyes. Every witch and wizard loves the quick little magic show as “Magic Clouds” flow across the counter top creating an exciting experience for everyone, including the most curmudgeonly Potions professor. Come and create your own flavor of ice cream or try one of Abracadabra’s suggestions. You are welcome to bring any (and I mean ANY) ingredients to put in your own concoction! (Slughorn’s favorite is pineapple.)” **Rescheduled from May 16th**

June 12th – Harry Potter Game Night – RSVPs are CLOSED but you can join the waiting list on Facebook!
Join us at Liam Mason’s apartment for a great big Potter bash. Liam will be providing HP Scene it, HP Clue, and Quidditch Beer Pong . The HoH’s will bring Cards Against Muggles! Feel free to bring another HP themed game if you have one.

September 1st – Train Ride to HogwartsRSVP on Facebook (Open to the Public!) or on Meetup.com
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment that you can purchase in Diagon Alley prior to your departure.

Term begins on September 1. Please arrive at King’s Cross station at 10:00am* to cross through Platform 9 3/4 and board the Hogwarts Express at 11:00am.

Join the Central Florida Slug Club as we travel from King’s Cross station to Hogsmeade for the start of term. School uniform is strongly encouraged but not mandatory. Once off the train we will head to Hogwarts to get a class photo. We will follow up with lunch at the Three Broomsticks.

December 5th – Portkey to Magic’s Yule Ball – RSVP on Facebook
Join us as we venture to St. Petersburg, Florida and invade our sister group’s Yule Ball. Tampa Bay’s Portkey to Magic has worked out a hotel discount for us; check the Facebook event for details. Ball tickets need to be purchased in advance – only 100 tickets will be sold!

Upcoming Meetups

Unofficial Meetup: Oblivion Taproom Great Hall Feast
Starts: August 31st at 5:30PM
Where: Oblivion Taproom on E. Colonial

Oblivion Taproom, a restaurant in Orlando, will be hosting a Harry Potter themed party, including themed food and a costume contest. The HoHs will be in attendance but the event is not being run by the Slug Club and therefore will not count for House Points. Join other Harry Potter fans in Central Florida for a feast! Here’s their official description of the event:

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July Meetups

Summer Cookout
July 13th, 12:00PM

Welcome Witches & Wizards to this summer’s sensational barbeque! Join us as we enjoy kabobs, burgers, and perhaps even a game of volleyball or two!

The cookout is to take place at Bill Frederick Park overlooking the lake under one of the nearby pavilions. Guest’s should keep in mind that no alcohol or fireworks are allowed at the park. Parking for regular vehicles is $4 for the day (larger vehicles have a higher price which may include **per person fees) though otherwise there is no entrance fee. While we are not allowed to bring our own grills there will be quite a few grills available by the pavilions.

**Please keep in mind that this event is a potluck. Please sign up on the event page with what you would be interested in bringing so that we can better organize the event.

RSVP: Facebook or Meetup.com

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Book Club: Lev Grossman’s The Magician
July 21, 7:00PM

For the next book club meeting we will be reading NY times bestseller The Magicians by Lev Grossman!

“Quentin Coldwater is a high school senior, but he’s still secretly obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read when he was little, about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory. Compared to that, everything in his real life just seems gray and colorless. That changes when Quentin finds himself admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the practice of modern sorcery.

But magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure and meaning he thought it would—until he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. The Magicians is a grand, glittering fantasy that reinterprets the grand tradition of C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling in a brilliant novel for adults.”

Come meet with us to discuss the book, enjoy great company or even just to grab a drink and hang out! The venue was a huge hit at our last book club meetup so it will be the same time and place.

RSVP: Facebook or Meetup.com

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Unofficial Meetups for the month:

Some of our members will also be gathering for the official opening of Diagon Alley! This is an unofficial meetup; the Heads of House are not coordinating the event. In order to participate, please join the Facebook group and communicate with members on the event located here.

LeakyCon is a multi-fandom convention with it’s roots in the Harry Potter fandom. It’s taking place July 30th through August 3rd at the Orange County Convention Center on International Drive. The Central Florida Slug Club and Tampa Bay’s Portkey to Magic will be having a joint meetup at some point (we’re still waiting for scheduling information from the convention organizers.) We’ll update all forums and social media sites with information as we receive it. If in doubt, check the events located on Facebook and Meetup.com for further information. The Slug Club will also be doing a photo scavenger hunt during the con. Information for that can be found on Facebook or Meetup.com as well.

June Meetups

I Must Not Tell Lies: Rita Skeeter Journalism Meetup: Thursday, June 19th at 7:00PM

  • “Attractive blonde Rita Skeeter, forty-three, whose savage quill has punctured many inflated reputations…”

    Channel your inner Rita Skeeter and gossip all about the fundamentals of journalism and the roles journalism played in the books. What not enticing enough for you? Well, you are the juicy news! Bring your favorite quill and some parchment to find out what quirks lurk behind the rosy cheeks of your fellow Slug Club members. There will also be quill making supplies on hand as well in case you happen to forget yours.

    Too shy? Have something to hide? Or perhaps trying to avoid your mortal enemy? Sit back and enjoy a latte or some pastries. But, of course, you know that, don’t you? 
    Don’t forget to bring your Auror’s Training this counts for “Logic and Study”

RSVP: Facebook or Meetup.com

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End of Term Feast and House Cup Award Ceremony – Sunday, June 29th at 12:30PM

  • What an amazing school year we had! Meeting new friends, reconnecting with old ones, creating magical memories that will last a lifetime! The Faculty and Staff at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are proud of your academic achievements, as well as your heartfelt volunteering to our prestigious school when it was needed. Now, it’s time to celebrate the hard work of some outstanding students, and the moment you all have been waiting for! The announcing of this year’s House Cup winner! 

    There will be prizes and certificates for the winners of the House Cup, those who have contributed with the most points, and those worthy enough to be bestowed with the Order of Merlin! It will be an unforgettable event, and you don’t want to miss it! 

    Because of the awarding of the House Cup at this event, NO INDIVIDUAL POINTS will be given.

RSVP: Facebook or Meetup.com

May Events

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“”I know that you are preparing to fight. Your efforts are futile. You cannot fight me. I do not want to kill you. I have great respect for the teachers of Hogwarts. I do not want to spill magical blood. Give me Harry Potter, and none shall be harmed. Give me Harry Potter, and I shall leave the school untouched. Give me Harry Potter, and you will be rewarded. You have until midnight.” – Lord Voldemort

It’s time to choose your side and either fight to protect Hogwarts, Harry Potter, and the future of the wizarding world as you know it, or fight to rid the wizarding world of the mudbloods and blood traitors who only serve as a disgrace to our community. You-Know-Who and his followers will storm the castle on May 5th in an event that will forever be known as “The Battle of Hogwarts.”

The cost for the event is $24.00 for Visitor admission package (3 missions, 10 mins or 10 lives each) Use the muggle phone to call 407-542-8785 for more pricing details.

We will meet at 7pm for drinks and food and start playing at 8pm. Attendees will be placed on teams the day of the event. We’ll try to accommodate team preferences but there are no guarantees.

**We’ll be collecting books for HPA’s Accio Books program, with donations going to Orlando Union Rescue Mission

RSVP: Facebook or Meetup

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Book Club: Sorcerer’s Stone

Join us for the first meeting of our book club! We’re going back to the beginning and reading Sorcerer’s Stone.If you’d like, bring suggestions for next month’s read. We’ll take a poll over on the goodreads page and decide from there!

Can’t wait to have some discussion and traditional English fare at The George & Dragon Pub on I-Drive!

RSVP: Facebook or Meetup

April Meetup – Finite Incantatem!

Join us on Monday April 14th for some mini-golf, and to put a stop to an atmospheric charm gone wrong! The Weasley twins tested a new product called Weather in a Bottle and now this miniature golf course is stuck in between Winter and Summer. The only way to cast the Finite Incantatem counter-spell is to play through the course, battling an enchanted snowman, a hungry clam, snow banks, and sand traps. (Don’t worry – Santa’s house elves have left you clues at each hole on how to break the spell.)

This will qualify for the Physical Strength and Tactics portion of your Auror Training. The cost is $14 for 18 holes. Parking is free. Disney Cast Members and Annual Passholders receive 50% off for themselves and up to 3 others. Slug Club members who offer their discount will receive an additional 20 House Points!

RSVP: Facebook or Meetup

Meetup: Lumos et Nox – March 30th at 4:00PM

You know what your home needs? Some Harry Potter themed light switch plates. You might not notice it yet, but now that we’ve put it out there, you’re going to think about it every time you switch a light off and on. Fix that easily by attending the Slug Club meetup on March 30th at Central Park in Winter Park! Wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind messing up, because we’ll be sitting on the ground (unless you bring your own chair) and painting.

Materials fees are covered for this event, thanks to a generous donation by Claudia of Gryffindor! We will provide paint, traditional toggle size switch plates and brushes. If your plate switches at home are different than the traditional plates you can bring them with you to paint. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lutron-Fassada-1-Gang-Toggle-Wall-Plate-White-FG-1B-WH/203782225?N=c6quZ1z0v9zg#.UtXU7P1Z6Yg

Please RSVP by Friday, 3/28/14, at 10:00PM so we can be sure to have enough supplies. We will bring newspaper to lay down to paint on but you may want to bring a chair or blanket to sit on and maybe even a hard surface or old magazine to paint on.

RSVP:    Facebook   /  Meetup

February Events

Valentine’s Celebration at Madam Puddifoot’s
February 10th at 7:00PM

Love is in the air! Join us at Madam Puddifoot’s tea shoppe to celebrate love in all its forms, including romantic love, platonic love, and our mutual love of Harry Potter!

This Valentine’s Day themed meetup will showcase our creative sides by making up silly pick up lines, writing perfected prose and poetry, and ‘chain writing’ where each participant has 2 minutes to write anything before passing it along to the next person. These musings will be used for our newsletter (with permission from the author, of course.) Attendees can also simply enjoy the charming atmosphere and share in our love for all things Potter.

RSVP: FB or Meetup

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Double Feature – Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets
February 22nd at 4PM

Join us for Movie Night in the Slytherin Common Room. We’ll be watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets. Guests who bring snacks and/or two liters of soda will receive extra house points. Seating is limited so some guests may be lounging on the floor.

Please be aware that the Slytherin Common Room contains both a dog and a cat. Please take your allergy meds ahead of time. The dog will stay out of the way for the event, but the cat has free roam and will expect love and attention.

RSVP: FB Only. (Location is Unplottable for safety purposes.)

January 2014 Meetups!

January 10th – The Book Chooses the Wizard/Game Night

On January 10th, join us for “The Book Chooses the Wizard” book exchange. If you would like to participate, please bring in a wrapped book (used or new, just be prepared to part with it forever.) The books should be wrapped in paper and then a few words vaguely describing the genre or content of the book, like “Mystery”, “Love Story” or “Political Drama”.

*Cheap way to wrap it in paper – flip your leftover holiday wrapping paper inside out and voila! Instant plain white paper that you can’t see through. Please make sure to label all R- and X-rated books as “Restriction Section”.

You don’t have to participate to attend but everyone who brings in a book will take home a new book in return. For further information on the book exchange and for ideas on descriptions, please visit http://www.reddit.com/r/books/comments/174p2a/my_local_library_branch_started_doing_this_blind/

The Muggle Liaison Office and the Department of Magical Games and Sports will be present with games to play during the exchange. Wizard’s favorite like Pottergories, Got Your Conk and Mad-Eye Moody-Libs.

RSVP: Facebook or Meetup

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January 25th – Second Annual Hogsmeade Weekend and Cosplay Day

Join us for The Central Florida Slug Club’s second annual Hogsmeade Weekend! January 24th-26th marks Universal’s Harry Potter Celebration weekend in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Don your wizard robes and join your fellow fans at the theme park! Universal’s Islands of Adventure will host a number of special events throughout the weekend with a limited number of spots open to local visitors. We’ll try to get in on some of the events but even if we don’t make it in, we’ll hang out, ride some rides, and enjoy the atmosphere of Hogsmeade. (Just don’t forget your signed permission slips!)

Actual meetup times will be determined as the schedule for the weekend is announced. We’ll likely do a dinner or drinks meetup later in the evening behind The Three Broomsticks and the Hog’s Head. Please keep an eye on the event page for further details. (Meetup.com wouldn’t let me leave the start time blank, so it’s set for park opening right now.)

Please remember that Universal’s costume policy can be strict at times. If it’s sold in the park, you’ll be fine wearing it. Do not do anything to your face that makes it unrecognizable (no masks, nothing that drastically changes your facial features so you no longer match your l.D.) If anyone outside of the group asks to take your picture, please make sure they understand you are not a Universal employee (they’re usually okay with you taking it so long as you do not try to pretend to work for Universal.) Follow any guidelines given to you by park employees and be respectful to them at all times.

**This event qualifies for Auror Training’s Concealment and Disguise certification for anyone in wizard wear.

RSVP: Facebook (public!) or Meetup